Is Silicone Coating Perfect For Your Commercial Roof?

EPDM and PVC continue to be the leading materials for commercial roofs. They're highly durable and dependable.

Budget-friendly EPDM can deliver extensive roofing protection for up to 25 years. Alternatively, PVC roofs can deliver great value for money thanks to its heavy-materials carrying capacity and better durability beyond 30 years.

On the other hand, silicone coatings might make for great alternatives to these two common roofing materials. It works similar to SPF roof coatings, which seep through the cracks of aged roofs and reinforce them with silicone plastic rather than elevating foam roofing materials.

Like SPF, silicone coating requires professional applicators to handle the task efficiently. Without proper training and equipment, in-house teams can end up with botched work, subpar work results, and problematic guarantees.

Silicone coating manufacturers entrust their products and installation processes to roofers they train and educate. In doing so, they guarantee comprehensive insurance for both materials and labor.

Truthfully, they're more expensive than EPDM but not as expensive as PVC roofs, making them an excellent choice for affordable commercial roofing. Dependable roofers in Littleton, CO can handle this task for you without any trouble.

West Roofing Systems provides an excellent look at the pros and cons of silicone roofing systems. Read more about them here.

PROS TO SILICONE ROOF COATING

Cost Savings

The #1 benefit of a silicone roof coating system is the cost savings versus completely tearing off and installing a new roof system.

A silicone coating system usually costs between $2 and $3.50 per square foot. A complete roof tear off and installation can cost $4 – $10 per square foot.

As long as the existing roof substrate is dry and stable, no roof removal is required.

If there are some wet areas of the roof, these can be removed and installed with new, dry material before silicone is installed.

Extended Life Roof

If your roof is in relatively good condition, you can extend the life of your commercial roof by protecting it from the elements. Since the silicone is applied as a liquid, it fills in any seams, cracks, or other vulnerable areas of your roof.
Warranties come in 10, 15, and 20-year increments

Reduced Energy Expenses

Silicone roof coatings are often referred to as “cool roofs” due to their ability to keep facilities cool. The bright white color reflects UV rays, saving up to 35% in energy costs by reducing air conditioning usage to keep the facilities cool.

Short Project Duration

One of the biggest issues with having work done on your facility is the interruptions to the daily functions of your building. A silicone coating installation can cut the down project duration up to 30%. This is not only more convenient, but it can also save money on labor expenses.

Backed by Manufacturer’s Warranty

A silicone roof coating system is backed by a manufacturer’s warranty. These usually come in 10, 15, and 20-year warranties.

The coating will prevent any roof leaks unless there’s interference by third parties (such as another contractor damaging the roof), acts of God (such as a tornado), structural changes to the building, or a change in operations. (Continued)

If you have yet to find a reliable roofer, you can always count on us at Roper Roofing to provide you with the best services. Contact us today to learn more!

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