When a flat roof needs restoring there are other options than total roof replacement that save customers a significant amount of money. A silicone roof coating is an ideal solution for large and small commercial roof areas and can cost as much as 75% less than a commercial roof replacement. These types of coatings are also tax deductible in year one because the project is classified as roof maintenance. This tax classification means that you avoid having to amortize your tax deductions over time like you would if you replaced your roof. This article will review the different scenarios that building owners face and why a roof coating is an appropriate solution.
Don’t Put It Off!
One of the biggest mistakes that buildings owners can make is to ignore roof related issues. By avoiding regular maintenance plans or by not addressing leaks, owners put themselves in a more problematic scenario financially. A silicone coating is a more cost-effective solution than total replacement; however, by waiting too long to act on issues, building owners risk the option of even being able to apply a coating to their roof.
Ignoring leaking areas can lead to insulation under the roof becoming saturated with moisture. Once this happens, a coating is no longer an option because an applied coating will blister from the evaporating moisture beneath it. Once the insulation under the roof is compromised, the only realistic option left is a replacement, which is much more expensive. See the average costs of fixing flat roofs here.
State Building Codes
Per the Georgia building codes, only two roofing systems are allowed on a structure before replacement it required. For older buildings that already have two roofs from previous projects, coatings are an excellent solution because they do not count as a roofing system. Rather than proceeding with a costly tear off and rebuild, coating a preexisting flat roof is a cost-effective option that can extend the life of the roof with an equivalent warranty. For a preexisting roof to be eligible for a silicone coating, it must be a smooth surface (single-ply, EPDM, TPO, PVC, Modified Bitumen, or BUR.)
Metal Commercial Roofs
If an existing roof is made of metal, a complete coating is not necessary unless it has previously been coated. A professional crew can coat the seams, fasteners, and penetration locations with a silicone flashing grade coating that will save the customer a significant amount of time and money.
On many commercial flat roofs, water doesn’t properly drain off of the building. When the water is unable to drain, it accrues in little ponds in the low points of the roof. This type of occurrence is called ponding water and typically occurs due to the settling of a building which creates an unlevel surface. This issue can void roof warranties and cause internal water damage to buildings.
Applying a silicone roof coating can help level out the roof as a preventative measure and also protect the roof from the negative effects of consistent standing water. GacoFlex SF2000 is a solvent-free 100% silicone coating that renews weathered, leaking and “dipped” roofs. The application of Gaco silicone coating is beneficial because it is the ONLY product that has an unlimited ponding water warranty from the manufacturer.
Create A Roof Maintenance Plan
The most effective way to address roof related issues is by installing a roof maintenance schedule. Building owners can proactively address problem areas with their roofs before they become damaging and costly. As the old saying goes, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
Parsons Roofing is dedicated to helping our customers receive the best outcome for their roof and their business. Contact our team for a free consultation today.