Category Archives: Commercial Roofing

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How to Choose a Commercial Cool Roof

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.

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When To Recoat An Elastomeric Roof Coating | Commercial Roofing

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.

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Can You Tint Elastomeric Roof Coating?

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.

We always offer free consultations, so feel free to give us a call with any questions: (814) 724-9812

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Why Are Flat Roofs Common on Larger Commercial Buildings?

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.

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Can Commercial Roof Coatings Withstand Hail Damage?

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.

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Want the Best Flat Roof Protection? Consider a Monolithic Roof and Save Money

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.

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Planning Fit-Outs? Don’t Just Hire a General Contractor

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.

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Why Your Flat Roof Should Be Fully Adhered (Instead of Ballasted)

Flat roofs are commonly protected with single-ply membrane systems that are great for years of leak-proof protection. These single-ply roof membranes for flat roofs are seamless and resistant to water, hail, snow, and wind. Sometimes, though, these commercial roof systems are installed using ballast to weigh them down instead of fully adhering the membrane to the roof substrate.

Let’s first look into what it means to have a ballasted roof and then we’ll explain why it’s not the best choice for commercial roof protection.

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Keystone Marks a Decade in Commercial Roofing

In 2011, Keystone Commercial Roofing Keystone Commercial Roofing was founded on the idea that repairing an industrial or commercial roof shouldn’t mean replacing it entirely.

At the time, owner Jon Gingerich and Keystone’s team of roofing experts set out to provide money-saving, durable roofing systems from Conklin Roofing Systems.

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Silicone Versus Acrylic Roof Coatings: Which Is Best?

You’ve already made the wise decision to restore your commercial roof with a coating rather than a complete tear-off and rebuild. Now it’s time to decide which roof coating is best for the needs of your building.

When it comes to silicone coatings versus acrylic roof coatings, the choice comes down to your building’s drainage system and the risk of water ponding.  But first, let’s look at the pros of each roof coating.

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