WHY ARE SO MANY BUILDING OWNERS INSTALLING COMMERCIAL ROOF COATINGS?
What is the point of installing a commercial roof coating on your building? What do they do for you? Why were they designed and what do they accomplish? All these questions can be boiled down to one: What is the purpose of commercial roof coatings? Let’s dive in and look at why commercial roof coatings were originally developed and why they continue to be such a popular option.
Why Were Commercial Roof Coatings Developed?
Commercial roof coatings weren’t originally intended to be a roof system on their own; they were originally just a protective coating to be used over spray foam roofing. When a spray roof is installed, it has to somehow be protected from the sun. This can be accomplished by laying down rocks over the foam, or installing a protective coating.
After roofing contractors installed protective coatings on foam roofs for long enough, they became curious if coatings could protect other systems as well. At this time, commercial roof coatings were tested on metal, single-ply, and other roof systems, and new market for roof coatings was born.
Commercial roof coatings are still not a “standalone” system because they need a substrate to adhere to, but they are a system that can be installed to existing roofs without any additional work.
Why Do Commercial Roof Coatings Remain So Popular?
Commercial roof coatings are a great way to protect your investment in your roof. They not only protect your roof from the damaging UV rays of the sun, but they also keep the weather out and prevent leaks, and keep all fasteners and seams in their proper place on your existing roof. Commercial roof coatings are a great tool to extend the life of your existing roof and improve its performance, both for less than half the cost of traditional replacement. That is why building owners keep installing them.
Commercial roof coatings were originally designed to only be a protective coating over spray foam, but as their versatility was tested and pushed to the limit, building owners and contractors began to realize what all they could do and how valuable they were. This led to the boom in the commercial roof coatings market that is still growing today.