As a warehouse owner, you know the importance of keeping your building in prime condition. This means having maintenance done on a regular basis, inside and out. You can help keep the costs of that maintenance down and even keep your energy bills lower by having a reflective roof coating applied to your building. Should you apply roof coating to your warehouse? That is up to you, but before you make your decision, here is what roof coating is for and why it's an important part of keeping your roof in good condition.
What Can Roof Coating Do?
Roof coating helps to extend the life of your roof by protecting it from the elements. The reflective surface repels light and heat away from the surface of your roof and reduces the heat transfer into your building. This will decrease the expansion and contraction of the material due to the heat build-up and prevent the weakening of the roof's membrane. This will help to prevent leaks during rainstorms and also can help with your building's heating and cooling costs.
What Roof Types Are Coated?
For the most part, any type of roof type can be coated. This means if you have a metal roof, you can apply the coating if you have a spray polyurethane roof you can also apply roof coating. However, if you have an untreated gravel or ballasted gravel surface membrane, it is not recommended to apply the coating.
How Is It Applied?
It isn't difficult to apply a roof coating. You have a choice of using a spray, brush or a roller. Unlike with paint, you don't need to use a primer before applying your roof coating either, a good cleaning beforehand should prepare the membrane enough in order for the application to be successful. However, depending on the type of coating you are using, it might be recommended to use a primer. Check with the manufacturer or ask your contractor before applying the coating to see if a primer is needed.
When you are preparing your roof for application, clean every inch and let it dry completely before applying the coating. The coating might not adhere properly if the roof has not been given enough time to dry. When you pressure wash the roof, be careful not to damage the membrane or the seams. It's possible that your coating might require your roof to have additional preparation, so read the label first and talk to a roofing contractor for more information.