Do you own or manage an industrial or commercial property that’s protected by a flat roof? Sometimes roof maintenance and inspection get neglected. Yet a low slope roof can be prone to water and wind damage and its integrity weakened without immediate signs of trouble.
You want to spot a leak in your flat roof before it becomes this obvious:
Cool roofs cut down on energy costs and help avoid the need for rolling blackouts in urban areas during months with extremely high temperatures.
There are various choices in cool roof materials, however, so how to choose a commercial cool roof may seem daunting. You want to focus on the “coolness” each roof system provides, which is typically labeled by its Solar Reflectance Index (SRI). A minimum SRI of 65 is recommended for a low sloop roof. It’s a calculation of solar reflectance and thermal emittance values. This downloadable spreadsheet can calculate SRI.
You have three options: to coat the roof, recover the roof with a new waterproofing surface, or tear off the existing roof and replace it. Talk with a roofing contractor or consultant to determine which option makes sense for your building.
Elastomeric roof coatings are durable, affordable solutions that provide commercial buildings with waterproof and weatherproof protection. Recoating a commercial roof can extend its lifespan and could help maintain its reflective properties. While some roofing companies suggest you recoat the elastomeric roof coating every five years, Keystone Commercial Roofing offers an 18-year warranty before a recoat is needed.
However, there are different kinds of elastomeric coatings. Learn more.
An elastomeric roof coating can waterproof various approved roof substrates and extend the life of your industrial roof for years to come. As a preferred Conklin Roof contractor, Keystone Commercial Roofing contractors recommend the Rapid Roof III monolithic, which comes in 8 colors. This tinted elastomeric roof coating can be used on industrial metal roofs, spray polyurethane foam, membrane roofs, and as part of the Conklin Fabric Reinforced System.
Read more to learn the benefits of this acrylic elastomeric coating and to learn if a tinted elastomeric roof coating might be best for your commercial property.
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Look at any urban area with a concentration of commercial properties and warehouses and you’ll likely notice that a lot of them have flat roofs rather than pitched roofs. Why are flat roofs more common on larger commercial buildings when pitched roofs have more aesthetic appeal? The reasons are cost, feasibility, and durability.
While the term “flat roof” does apply to many large commercial buildings, they are slightly sloped. Commercial roofing is also called low-slope or low-pitch roofing.
Read further to learn how flat roofs are used on larger commercial buildings and reach out to our professional roofing contractors for commercial roof repair and restoration in Northwestern Pennsylvania, Northeastern Ohio, Southwestern New York, and the surrounding areas.
Northern Pennsylvania and neighboring states experience hailstorms dozens of times every year. Hail can occur during spring, summer, or fail. While no commercial roof system is impervious to hail damage, you may be wondering if roof coatings can withstand hail damage, especially since commercial roof coatings are far less expensive than a complete replacement.
Elastomeric coatings and other commercial roof coatings can withstand hail. How well depends in part on the size of the hailstones and the age of the roof system.
Hailstones vary in size, from about 1 cm to 4 cm. Larger hail that falls at a higher velocity obviously will cause more damage to a roof system than smaller hail in a less severe storm.
Flat roofs are great choices for industrial buildings because they’re less expensive and easier to install than pitched roofs. With proper maintenance, your commercial flat roof can last 20 years or more. But sometimes Mother Nature throws a wrench into the longevity of a building’s roof and it starts to leak.
If your building is showing signs of water damage, you’re likely wondering how much it will cost to fix your leaking roof. Typically, flat roof replacement costs about $8 per square foot. Labor costs for traditional roof replacement could increase that to $10 per square foot. In comparison, flat roof repair and restoration through Keystone Commercial Roofing costs about $4 per square foot.
A commercial roof restoration is a far less-expensive solution to fix a leaking roof. While costs are estimates, the size of your flat roof and its existing condition will impact the final cost of your flat roof leak repair. Let’s look at the factors involved in fixing a leaking flat roof.
Whether you’re looking for a roofing contractor to install a new flat roof system or looking to repair your flat roof, a monolithic roof system is one of the best ways to provide flexible, seamless, and durable leak protection for years.
Even better, these systems can help you save in energy costs year after year, possibly paying for themselves.
Read on to get a better understanding of how your facility (and your wallet) can benefit from a monolithic roof system.
If there are plans for fit-outs to your commercial building, including the installation of any ventilation units, don’t take shortcuts that will cost you more money in the end. What do we mean by shortcuts? Like, having a general contractor take care of restoring the integrity of your commercial roof system after a newly installed HVAC unit required rooftop ventilation or maybe a tenant requested a skylight installation.
We get it. Evidence of a leak in your commercial roof can cause alarm while you assume, you’ll face a huge expense.
Elastomeric roof coatings stop leaks and are much less expensive than a roof replacement. Our roofing contractors install elastomeric roofs that offer facility owners affordable leak protection for years.
So what is elastomeric and how can it be a better option than roof replacement?