Posted on: 24 June 2015
Traditionally, when a commercial roof wears out, it is torn up and replaced with a new one. That may be about to change, thanks to the development of new acrylic roof coatings for flat-roofed commercial buildings. These coatings are designed to be sprayed on damaged, existing roofs. They adhere tightly to the roof's surface, forming a waterproof membrane and protecting the building from moisture, thermal shock, and wind -- just like a completely new roof would.
When released in summer 2015, this new style of roof restoration system is expected to revolutionize the roofing industry by offering benefits for both building owners and the environment.
Benefits for Building Owners
Less Construction Time
It can take days, weeks, or even months to tear off and replace a commercial roof. While your roof is being replaced, you'll have to deal with construction crews and equipment around your building, which can be distracting and hurt business in some industries. You may even have to close some building entrances or even close your business for a day or two. Acrylic roof restoration systems, however, are quick and easy to install. The material can be applied in a single pass; most buildings can be treated in one day.
Reduces Energy Bills
The acrylic compound that is sprayed on to seal the roof is white in color. This means that it reflects more sunlight than a standard black or gray commercial roof. As a result, your building stays cooler and your air conditioning system does not have to work as hard in the summer, leading to reduced energy bills.
Improves Fire Resistance
The acrylic material is heat and fire resistant, which is especially beneficial in areas with hot, dry summers and in buildings with older electrical systems. Opting for acrylic roof coating instead of an entirely new roof made from more flammable materials may even lower your insurance premiums due to enhanced safety.
Benefits for the Environment
No Tear-Off Waste
If you were to have your current roof torn off and replaced by a new one, all of the waste from your old roof would be shipped to a landfill, where it would sit for hundreds or thousands of years before breaking down. Asphalt roofing materials can leech dangerous toxins into the soil and water when stored in a landfill. By spraying your roof with acrylic restoration materials instead of having it torn off and replaced, you are keeping roofing waste out of landfills
Fewer VOC Emissions
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are sometimes-dangerous substances that are emitted as gasses during the manufacture of many construction materials, including most roofing materials. VOCs have been shown to cause headaches, nausea, liver damage, central nervous system disorders, and an increased risk of several cancers. These new acrylic roofing restoration sprays are low-VOC products, meaning that by choosing this system over a roof replacement, you are reducing VOC emissions and protecting the health of people and animals in your community.
Less Oil Use
Standard asphalt roofing materials require crude oil products to manufacture. Not only is crude oil a limited resource, but drilling it and refining it is not exactly environmentally friendly. Acrylic roofing restoration systems, just like acrylic paints, are water-based rather than oil-based, so you are saving hydrocarbon resources by choosing this option over an entirely new roof.
New acrylic roofing restoration products are designed to repair many roofs that would otherwise need to be replaced. However, if your older roof is very badly damaged, these system may not work. Talk to a roofing contractor to determine whether having your roof sealed with one of these new acrylic compounds is a viable alternative to having it replaced. Click here for more info on roofing options in your area.Share