If you have a flat roof in your commercial or industrial building in Atlanta, you may be considering having a silicone coating applied rather than replacing the roof. This is often a good solution when the roof isn’t in too bad a shape, and it costs substantially less. Because it is considered roof maintenance, you can also use it as a tax deduction. Our Atlanta commercial roofers have included a few things you should consider below.
First, don’t procrastinate. By putting off having your roof coated and ignoring what you believe are “minor” leaks, your roof and the insulation beneath it will become even more damaged. At this point you’ll likely need a roof replacement as sealing will no longer be an option.
Commercial roofs made of metal can be coated. If your metal roof has not been coated previously, roofing contractors can use a silicone flashing grade coating on fasteners, seams, and penetration points to protect against the development of leaks at these weaker points.
Georgia building codes require roof replacement for buildings that have two roofing systems due to prior roof projects. In this case, rather than have a total roof replacement that requires tearing off the old roof and replacing it with a new one, you can have the roof coated because this type of maintenance is not considered a roofing system. However, the current roof has to by a smooth surface in order for it to qualify for a silicone coating.
Standing water is a common problem on industrial or commercial flat roofs, however a silicone roof coating can be effective for leveling out the low points of the roof so that water no longer ponds in those areas. Standing water in these “dipped” areas can result in leaks and other damage; it can also void your roof warranty.
These are just a few things you need to consider when thinking about a good coating for your commercial flat roof.
At Kelco Roofing we specialize in commercial roofing in Atlanta. Whether for repairs, maintenance, inspection or a total roof replacement, count on our highly skilled contractors for exceptional results.