6 Benefits of Commercial Roof Coatings
Commercial roof coatings offer a tremendous range of benefits to property managers. Properties with excess 2017 capital budgets should heavily consider a roof coating. While older properties are typical roof coating candidates, new properties can also benefit greatly from a roof coating. This is especially relevant to property managers considering a full roof replacement next year. Here are 6 of the most noteworthy benefits of commercial roof coatings:
1 – Cut Utility Costs
One of the major benefits of commercial roof coatings is the ability to reduce energy consumption. Due to the reflective properties, roof coatings can help deflect 92% of the sun’s heat and UV rays away from your roof. As a result, the roof coating reduces heat transfer into the building. This is especially relevant in markets with high temperatures and more days of direct sun. Think Los Angeles versus Seattle.
2 – Extend Roof Life
Commercial roof coatings are a surefire way of extending commercial roof life. In a process known as thermal shock, roof membranes expand in hot weather and contract in cold weather. Roof coatings are a scientifically proven way to decrease thermal shock. In addition to reducing thermal shock, roof coatings also add a protective barrier against harmful UV rays from the sun. Given the cost to replace a TPO roof, it often makes sense to extend its useful life with a coating versus paying for a full replacement.
3 – Improved Building Aesthetics
One of the less-known benefits of commercial roofing coatings is the ability to improve building aesthetics. The most notable improvements come from applying a light-colored reflective coating. This before and after picture clearly demonstrates how roof coatings improve the appearance of your roof:
4 – Stop Roof Leaks
While a roof patch can be a short-term fix for a roof leak, coating a TPO membrane roof can often eliminate them altogether. This is because roof coatings are seamless and watertight. Before applying a roof coating, make sure all of the existing leaks on your roof have been Since it can be tricky to coat a TPO membrane, make sure to work with a certified and reputable contractor. repaired.
5 – LEED Certification Eligibility
Many roof coatings contain no VOCs and are environmentally friendly. They reduce landfill waste because they are applied to an existing roof and improve energy efficiency. As a result, applying a roof coating can help qualify a property for multiple LEED Programs. This works on a case-by-case basis, so be sure to consult with your roofing contractor if LEED eligibility is a requirement for any roof coating you apply.
6 – Tax Rebates & Incentives
In certain states, property managers and building owners are eligible for tax rebates and incentives for applying a roof coating. Baltimore Gas & Electric, for example, offers tax rebates of up to 50% of the total installed cost of an energy-saving roof coating for existing non-residential buildings. Use the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association’s searchable database of incentives to see what programs are offered in your state.
Roof Coating Contractors
Ready to reap the benefits of commercial roof coatings? Start by researching the right coating for your roofing. A great tool is the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association website. Once you know what type of coating you need, Contact Property Manager Insider, and our team can help you find a local roofer that offers coating services.
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