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Whether you own or manage a commercial warehouse, industrial building, or commercial building the last thing you probably want to think about is replacing your commercial roofing. Roofing solutions are made to last, but eventually, they do reach the end of their lifespan. However, before jumping right into replacement, you may want to see if a commercial roof coating could help save it and give you a few more years. There are two primary types of roof coating that can possibly seal your roofing and extend its lifespan: silicone and acrylic.
What Is a Commercial Roof Coating?
Much like you can seal the teeth of a young child to prevent cavities, you can seal the top of your commercial roofing to help provide a protective layer that will extend the lifespan of the current roofing. Known within the industry as a restoration membrane, this protective coat can help you save money on your roofing project and also help prevent damages in the future. Before beginning the project, however, you need to know the difference between silicone and acrylic so that you can make the best choice for your commercial roof.
Silicone Restoration Membrane
Silicone coating, referred to within the industry as a silicone restoration membrane, is a fluid that is sprayed evenly and directly along the existing commercial roofing. The prices can vary based on the size of a roof but it will also cost much less than replacing your entire roof. In order for this to be an option your roofing needs to be in semi-good condition and cannot have any noticeable exterior damage or rot since it will not reverse any of these issues. For this reason, before you choose this type of solution you need to have a roofer inspect your roof to see if a coating is a viable solution.
If you decide to go with a silicone coating for your roofing, the process is very simple. First, the roofing company will inspect your existing roof and make repairs as they deem necessary. If there are damaged pieces they will remove and replace them before applying the coating. Then they will reinforce the seams in your existing roof so that they can continue to support the current structure. Once this is done, they will apply the silicone coating. The entire process should not take longer than a week and many times only requires a few days dependent on the extent of present damage.
The benefits of silicone coating include the fact that it offers a high solids content so it tends to be more stable and does not get hard or brittle. This prevents the coating from cracking and peeling over time. It is also very reflective which helps to control temperature costs in Dallas, TX, and is resistant to UV rays which are very important given the long Texan summers.
The main drawbacks of silicone coating are that it usually costs more to install compared to acrylic because it requires more solutions. In addition, it is made out of inorganic materials which green-friendly companies may not be keen on. While it does not crack in the sun, it does tear easily so if your commercial building is located near trees that may drop constant debris on them it may not be the best option.
Acrylic Commercial Coating
Acrylic commercial coatings are applied in a very similar manner. Your commercial roofing will first be inspected and any obvious repairs or damaged areas will be fixed. Like silicone coating, in order for an acrylic coating to be an option, the roofing cannot be too seriously damaged. If the entire roof structure is damaged then a coating will not be an option and you will need to consider replacing your roofing which is an entirely different discussion. If you are not about the overall condition of your roofing, it is best to consult with a professional roofing company so that they can assess the quality of your roof and offer you personalized feedback.
After the repairs are made, the acrylic solution will be applied to your commercial roofing. One of the benefits of acrylic coating is that there is a low solids content and it is made out of organic materials. Therefore, there is less concern about runoff and it is considered a green-friendly roofing solution. However, it has a much slower cure time and takes up to seven days to be fully cured which is a huge difference compared to silicone coating which only takes two to six hours to cure.
In addition, in order to apply the acrylic coating, the temperature needs to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit although in Dallas, TX that is not too hard of a challenge to rise to. The other major challenge is that for an acrylic coating to work best, it needs to be applied several times and with a seven-day cure time, which means the entire process takes a couple of weeks to complete. However, the VOC level is dramatically better than silicone, so once again it is a much more environmentally friendly solution that is a significant concern.
Similar to the silicone coating, the acrylic coating is a great choice for commercial roofing because it is highly reflective and will help control energy costs. In addition, it is UV resistant and is able to hold up in multiple climates making it able to handle cooler winters and boiling summers just the same.
If you are not sure whether or not acrylic or silicone coating is better for your commercial roofing, it is time to contact a professional company. Longhorn Commercial Roofing can help you determine if your commercial roofing can be saved via a restoration membrane. They can then recommend whether acrylic or silicone is the better option. Contact us today for more information.