WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU HEAR “SUSTAINABLE ROOF SYSTEMS”
When someone says “sustainable roof systems“, many people’s first thought is a living roof. Living roofs consist of a layer of plastic over top of the roof surface, then soil, and then living plants grow out of that soil. The roof is a garden, essentially. You can see examples of living roofs and learn more here. While this is obviously a very sustainable roofing system, it is not the only kind, and we offer a system that can compete with it.
Silicone Coating: One of the Best Sustainable Roof Systems
We manufacture and sell many products, but we specialize in silicone. Specifically, we specialize in silicone roof coatings. These coatings are then spray applied to the existing roofing substrate. Because they are spray applied over the existing substrate, silicone coatings make up very sustainable roof systems. Here are some of its strengths as compared to a living roof.
No reinforcement of the existing roof is needed, and no tear-out is needed. A living roof may require either of these methods depending on the strength and condition of the existing roof. Because the living roof system is very heavy, the roof has to meet some tight requirements to be eligible.
The coating is reflective, meaning it minimizes the urban heat island effect. Sustainable roof systems should not only be environmentally friendly at installation, but throughout the life of the roof. A reflective silicone coating means the roof is not heating up the surrounding atmosphere and changing local weather patterns.
A Longer Lasting Solution
The largest advantage of silicone coatings as a sustainable roof system is its lifespan. A living roof must be taken care of and monitored closely if weather patterns don’t flow the way the building designer hoped. If they plants die they must be replanted, many times needing new soil. A silicone coating, however, comes with a 10-15 year warranty when a PM Certified Licensed Applicator installs it. This means the coating is good to go for 10-15 years depending on the installation method and thickness. Aside from routine checks that rarely result in repairs, the roof can be installed and forgotten for a decade or more.
Silicone coatings are a great sustainable roof system for your commercial flat roof. If you are interested in installing a silicone coating on your roof and would like to know more, get our contact information from the Contact page and get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.