Roof replacement can be quite expensive. Depending on the type of roof you have, a full replacement can cost anywhere from $5 to $15 per sq. ft.
A roof coating system (or roof restoration system), on the other hand, provides all the benefits of a new roof but for a fraction of the cost.
Roof coatings are applied directly to existing roof surfaces. As such, they carry a fraction of the labor and material costs associated with a traditional roof tear-off and replacement. This means you can expect to pay 50-70% less with the installation of a roof coating system.
Perhaps the best-known quality of an elastomeric coating system is its ability to extend roof life. The average commercial roof only lasts about 20 years, but the addition of a coating system can prolong a roof’s serviceable life by up to 10, 15, or even 20 years.
If properly installed and maintained, a coating system has the potential to be recoated numerous times.
It also can significantly reduce the need for constant maintenance and repair.
Reduces Energy Costs
Coating your roof is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your building.
Unlike conventional dark-colored roofing materials, white roof coatings can reflect 80-90% of the sun’s harsh UV rays and diminish the flow of heat to your building. This reduces the workloads of HVAC systems during warm summer months and cuts interior cooling costs by up to 20% on average.
Additionally, the superior reflective and emissive qualities of a coating system can significantly cool roof surface temperatures (pictured above) and provide a more comfortable work environment for building occupants.
Unconditioned spaces can experience a reduction in ambient temperatures, as well.
In recent years, the demand for more sustainable roofing solutions has grown considerably due to more stringent environmental regulations and building codes as well as increased concern for the environment.
Commercial roof tear-offs contribute millions of tons of waste to landfills each year.
In contrast, there is no tear-off required prior to the application of a commercial roof coating system, allowing you to reuse existing roofing materials with minimal impact on the environment.
As mentioned above, the prospect of recoating also contributes to increased sustainability.
In addition to improved sustainability efforts, many of today’s elastomeric coatings are developed with little to no VOCs (volatile organic compounds), making them much safer for the environment.
This also means buildings with a roof restoration system could qualify for the US Green Building Council’s LEED program.