Why do you need RoofGuard, or do you?
Yes, you do if you own a tall commercial building, and the roofing gets a beating, day in, day out, day after day. The sun UV rays are beating down, hailstorms, winds, no wonder they need frequent repairs. Fortunately, there are now RoofGuard products on the market to ease some of that day in, day out weather beatings.
Before RoofGuard came along, those frequent and repeated repairs were time-consuming and the early replacements were expensive. Wait, what is RoofGuard? RoofGuard is a bright white roof coating is a chemical technology that has been fortified with Hy-Tech insulating ceramic microspheres. When applied, this high build elastomeric coating does five things for a commercial roof:
That sounds great, five things in one coating. So, how to tell if you need RoofGuard? When there are severe issues with your commercial roofing, you’ll know without anyone pointing it out. However, there are some issues you wouldn’t know without getting up on the roof and walking around.
It is always recommended to have a professional commercial roofing contractor do this, but if you or your maintenance crew can do it, here are some clues that you need to look for a commercial roofing contractor that has experience and knows how to install RoofGuard after a thorough inspection of the roof.
- EPDM Membrane Ripped: EPDM rubber roofing is common on commercial buildings with flat roofs. It can also rip, making it vulnerable for roof leaks. A visual inspection on the rooftop is the only way to find these rips.
- Cracked TPO Roof Coating: While a white TPO is energy efficient, after about 15 years, it begins aging, and with age comes cracks. Once those cracks start, it becomes vulnerable to leaks
- Water Ponding: Ponding water will be found once it has rained or you can run a water hose up to the roof, but after a heavy rain is the best time to check for ponding water. A common issue that causes this is the drains are clogged up and clearing them will usually get the water draining again. If not, then there is a sag in the roof and needs professional roofing contractor service.
- Flashing Separated: Roof flashing has an important job on any roof, and because most commercial roofs are flat, the roof covering usually has seams. Those seams need flashing to keep them watertight as do any roof intrusions like the electrical, HVAC, plumbing vents, etc. Once the flashing has been repaired or replaced, RoofGuard over the roof will assure there won’t be any water infiltration.
- Loose Membrane: If EPDM roofing membrane comes loose or tears, and the wind catches it, your entire roof is subjective to water leaking. RoofGuard over the repair membrane will stop any possibilities of that happening.
- Loose Fasteners: This is something that will only be noticed by inspecting the roof and is found by bumps on the membrane. Once the fasteners are replaced, RoofGuard will keep the fasteners in place along with the membrane.
What is the difference between elastomeric and silicone?
An elastomer coating is a polymer with elasticity and viscosity, aka viscoelasticity with weak inter-molecular forces. The term, which is drawn from elastic polymer, which is frequently referred to as rubber.
Silicone is an elasomeric material that is resin-based combination of 96% solids and 4% carrier. Silicone is recommended for flat commercial roofs that experience ponding water. While it is a more expensive option compared to other Elastomeric coatings, it has a better weather resistance.
What is an epoxy primer?
This is a resin-based sealer that once it has cured, it results in a hard, non-porous surface. If you desire to paint the surface, it should be sanded first using a sanding machine, so that the surface is smooth, making it easy to paint.
How do you apply elastomeric coating?
Only three steps to apply an elastomeric coating, following the instructions on the can:
- Using a brush or leaf blower, clean the roof surface of all loose debris such as dirt, gravel, limbs, sticks, etc. Then go over the roof with a pressure washer. Allow to dry thoroughly.
- Patch and repair blister, cracks, and other problem areas with a white acrylic sealant.
- Wait for a sunny day where the temperature is 65°F or higher and apply the elastomeric coating, following instructions.
How long does elastomeric coating last?
With an elastomeric coating of 20 mils, you can expect a life expectancy up to 10 years. With an elastomeric coating of 30 mils, the life expectancy is 20 years.
Is RoofGuard good?
Yes, when applied by experienced, knowledgeable, and trained commercial roofing contractors. It is one of the best ways to stop leaks from happening, which can save a commercial building owner from having to spend money on new roofing. It can also save the loss of equipment and other possessions inside the building. Need RoofGuard today? Call 860-633-7243!