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Keep it Cool and Save Some Green with Commercial Roofing Coatings

Industrial roof coatings are a great way to make your commercial roof a cooling agent for your entire building and save some “green.”

A white commercial roofing coating will sharply lower the temperature of a roof’s surface during the summer by reflecting UV rays instead of absorbing them like a traditional black roof. You can keep your building cooler, reduce the load on your HVAC unit, and save bundles of cash by talking to us about roof coating systems.

Commercial Roofing Coatings for Single-Ply, Built-Up, and Metal Roofs

Coatings can extend your roof life, but only if your roofer takes the time to properly prepare that roof before the roof coating system is applied.

GSM Roofing is ready to show you many types of coatings and help you make the best choice for your commercial building.

Here are the most popular types of coatings offered by our manufacturers:

Acrylic Roof Coatings

Acrylic commercial roof sealants are cost-conscious choices that are water-based and simple to apply for an experienced roofing contractor like GSM Roofing. The result is a roof surface that reflects UV rays to save energy and extend the roof’s life.

This type of commercial roof coating does have a drawback, however. It is susceptible to thinning over time, mainly where ponding is present.

Polyurethane Roof Coatings

These solvent-based commercial roofing coatings are applied in two parts—a base layer and a UV-stable top coat. Its advantages include color retention, traffic and dirt resistance, and the ability to withstand moderate ponding.

As good as polyurethane roof coatings are, their fumes can be offensive, and their price points are higher than acrylic roof coatings.

Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene Coatings

SEBS solvent-based roof coatings deliver several advantages, including solid adherence to roof surfaces, UV-ray resistance, and superior handling of ponding.

This type of roof coating requires regular maintenance to keep the damaging properties of water and sunlight at bay.

Silicone Roof Coatings

Silicone roof coatings could be called the superstars of all commercial roofing coatings. You can’t beat them when it comes to withstanding ponding, humidity, and the sun’s UV rays.

We have found that solvent-based silicone roof coatings tend to get dirty, but the rain rinses them reasonably well. And when it comes time to recoat the roof, keep in mind that a compatible silicone roof coating must be used—others will not adhere well.

Cash Savings Isn’t the Only “Green” that Comes with Roof Coatings

You probably already know that commercial roof coatings save you money by preserving roofs so they last longer. They can also help you put off roof replacement until necessary.

But did you know that roof coatings are also considered “green” initiatives?

  • Commercial roof sealants keep re-roofing debris out of landfills, and that’s a green initiative that’s hard to beat.
  • By reflecting UV rays, commercial roof coatings help to preserve existing roof systems, cutting down on new manufacturing.
  • White roof coatings keep the sun’s UV rays from raising interior temperatures, reducing cooling energy consumption.

Considering that a roofer can apply these eco-friendly commercial roofing coatings to single-ply roofs and built-up roofs, and metal roofing systems, you’ll see all the environmental benefits.

Do you think commercial roofing coatings are the next step for your roof?
Let’s talk about how they can save you money, reduce your carbon footprint, extend the life of your roof, and more!

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A big thanks to the GSM team, the guys were a big help at our test roof installation yesterday.

Michael Stieh Sr Staff Engineer June 28, 2022