Recoating a Commercial Roof

Recoating a Commercial Roof

There are times when a commercial roof will need to be recoated. While this may be a nuisance and an unwanted expense, in the long run recoating your roof can save huge amounts of money. When a coating is applied properly, it tends to lower cooling costs, while extending the expected roof life. It should also reduce the amount of repairs needed. Your commercial roof is a huge investment, it makes sense to protect it.

Types of Coatings

First the type of recoating used on your roof will depend on what type of roof you have. There are several types of coatings which are designed to work best under specific adhesive and weather circumstance. When can specify asphaltic and tar-based coatings for use with coal-tar-pitch built-up roof systems. For single-ply systems it is common to use non-asphaltic coatings. Remember that roofs are made differently, are used differently, and have different needs. It is important to consult with your roofing contractor to make sure your coating is most effective for your specific roofing needs.

Why Should You Recoat Your Roof?

There are several good reasons to recoat your roof.

  • Reduces cooling costs
  • Extends roof life
  • Fewer repairs
  • Protects against UV rays
  • Protects against leaks
  • Periodic recoating is less expensive than new installations

A good roof coating will make a big difference in your roofs life and the overall health of your building. Recoating is often a more popular choice than a full repair. This is not only because it is less expensive but also because there is less dust and debris, no downtime while the building is exposed to the elements, among other things.

How Often Should You Recoat

Coatings will last for several years. Most warranties recommend that you recoat every 10 years and often you will have too if you want to keep the warranty intact. In reality, coatings sometimes last longer than that, however, you will lose your warranty if its stipulations are not followed precisely. Such things as environmental and climate will affect the coatings length of life. Make sure the roof is being properly maintained, including small repairs. If you don’t do this, a re-coating will eventually not be good enough.

Recoating Your Roof Can Save You Tax Money

Another advantage is that recoating or restoring a roofing system is that it can save the business owner money on taxes. A roof restoration is classified as maintenance which usually will be expensed in the accounting period in which it is incurred. However, installing a new roof system is classified as a capitol asset which must be amortized over several years. Of course, if your roof has serious issues, it’s not wise to opt for the cheaper recoating just to save a few bucks. Make sure your roof is sound and performing well.

For more tips for your commercial and residential recoating, talk to our expert team. You can request a free estimate and we will be happy to explain your options regarding recoating your roof. Our expert services cover all aspects of roofing from minor repairs and ventilation to full replacement of both commercial and residential buildings.