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Roof Coatings and Commercial Spray Foam Insulation

We’ve already covered the fact that spray foam is a great product in new construction, but why is it so great and such a benefit in new construction situations? Let’s look at three main reasons that make spray foam an ideal fit for new construction.

Insulation Capabilities

A Spray foam roof is the most well-insulated roofing product available today. When you install it, you can actually forgo installing traditional insulation and work with only the spray foam. You will most likely need to install some sort of board to give them foam a completely smooth surface to spray to, but installing that board pails in comparison to installing traditional insulation. In addition to the insulating capabilities of foam, the board will typically carry some R-value as well, increasing the efficiency of your roof. You get a very well-insulated roof for a fraction of the labor.

A fully-adhered spray foam roof can resist wind uplift better than any other system.

Wind Uplift Protection

Sadly, wind uplift is a common problem with commercial buildings. If strong winds come through the area, it is not uncommon for sections of the roof to be blown off in the wind. In fact, it is not uncommon for the entire roof to be removed, which is an obvious problem for the building owner. Rather installing a roof that is susceptible to wind uplift and in 15 years applying foam to protect yourself, install the foam roof right now. Spray foam is rarely affected by wind uplift, so capitalize on this protection now.

Renewability

The final benefit we’ll discuss in this post is the renewability of spray foam. A thin, protective layer of coating is applied to the foam once it is cured. This coating is very often silicone. A roof coating provides protection from UV rays, which are just about the only force that can damage spray foam. This coating can be re-applied every 15-20 years to give new life and new protection to the foam. There is essentially no limit to how long the foam can last if this coating stays in place.

Renewability is just one green aspect of spray foam roofs. Spray foam can pay for itself through energy savings in as little as 4.5 years on some commercial projects.

Conclusion

Spray foam offers many great benefits to building owners, including saving time, increasing safety, and saving money. Don’t wait to apply spray foam in a retrofit application; install spray foam now and capitalize on the benefits for as long a period of time as possible.

The cost of replacing a roof is often seen as an unavoidable expense. My roof is bad, so I have to tear it off and replace it, right? That’s our only option, right? Wrong. You do have another option, a silicone roof coating. But if you don’t utilize a silicone roof coating and go the traditional roof replacement route, these are some of the expenses you can expect.

Tearing Off the Old Roof

Many times seen as a necessary evil, tearing off the old roof usually accompanies traditional roof replacement. A silicone coating eliminates the need for tear-off, but if you go the traditional route you will likely incur this expense. Tearing off the roof is primarily a labor expense, but the hours can add up and it can be a major expense. You also have to pay for the dumpsters and the hauling off of the material. Those are just the direct costs to you; not even mentioning the delays that can occur and the harm to the environment.

Installing a New Deck

If you’re changing roofing systems, you may have to replace the roof deck. You may also find that you can’t properly work on the deck once tearing off the outer roof and have to remove the deck for safety reasons. Again, this multiplies the amount of labor required to complete your project.

traditional roof replacement
Tear-off takes time and is expensive. The more of it you do, the more money required.

Insulation

Tearing off the roof will expose the insulation to the elements, and will generally damage the insulation in the process. Putting damaged insulation back into the roof will result in energy losses, so you’ll likely have to replace the insulation. Material and labor costs apply here.

New Material

Tearing off a roof and replacing it with another material (often the same material) to do the same job sounds crazy, but people do it all the time. The cost of the new roofing material grows as the size of the project grows. The better roofing system you choose, the more expensive the material.

Labor

Of course, every stage above incurs labor expenses. The larger your building, the more labor, and therefore money, required. Labor for tear-off, installing a new deck, removing and replacing insulation, and installing the new roof are all labor-intensive tasks. By electing to go the route of traditional roof replacement, you’re spending significantly more money than if you went with a silicone RCR system.

Conclusion

As you consider a traditional roof replacement, keep in mind all of the various ways in which it costs you money. Most traditional roof replacement options have become obsolete in terms of performance and price. To learn more about our alternatives to traditional replacement methods, contact us today.

Selecting a roofing system that has a shorter lifespan and a lower price tag is a commonly made decision, and we feel that it is not the correct one. Many building owners decide that they want to save some cash by installing a roof on their building that probably won’t last as long or perform as well, as long as they can save the money up front. The problem with this decision (mistake) is three-fold: it costs you money during the life of your roof, it is bad for the environment, and you’ll have to install a better roofing system eventually. Let’s look at each of these three issues in detail.

short-lived roofing systems
Short-lived roofing systems generally don’t provide the same benefits as longer lasting systems.

Short-Lived Roofing Systems Cost You Money During the Life of the Roof

Most shorter lifespan roofing systems don’t last as long because they aren’t manufactured as well. They deteriorate because they are thin, are poor material, or aren’t made well. All of these issues that contribute to a shorter lifespan also mean that the roof won’t perform well during its life. This means you’re going to spend more money repairing these short-lived roofing systems than you would on a better system. So, a portion of the money you saved at purchase and installation is now going to be spent on repairs.

Short Lifespans are Bad for the Environment

Roofing systems with short lifespans are also a problem for the environment. You must tear off the existing roof to install the new, short-lived roof. Then, in just a few years, you have to tear off the short-lived roof as well! This means in a span of 8-12 years, you are putting two roofing systems into the local landfill. This is wasteful and bad for the environment, and should be avoided if possible.

You Have to Replace the Roof Eventually

If you choose to install a short-lived roofing system to save money now, you’ll have to replace it with something before long. Are you going to choose another short-lived roofing system? Then you’re replacing your roof far too often, and will end up spending more money over time than you would have with a better roofing system.

Conclusion

Short-lived roofing systems rarely pay off in terms of financial savings. There are just too many problems with this strategy to make it effective. It’s worth saving for several years to afford a longer lasting roof. If the money isn’t in the budget, consider a silicone roof coating that is affordable and long lasting.

Managing a roof can be a difficult task. It is often a task that those in charge aren’t fully prepared for, and therefore they can make decisions that are less than optimal. Becoming aware of, and avoiding some common roofing mistakes is a surefire way to save money, improve the state of your roof, and ensure that it lasts as long as it should. Check out the common roofing mistakes below to ensure you don’t make these avoidable mistakes.

Incorrectly Estimating Project Costs

When installing a new roof, a common mistake is to Incorrectly estimate the total project costs. This works with overestimating and underestimating. Thinking that a project will cost more than it actually does mean that you had more money budgeted, and may not have gotten the best roofing system because you didn’t spend your full budget. This is a mistake because with the money left over, you may not be able to use it to improve your roof, and now you have a surplus with a roof that could be better. This is the better mistake to make in estimating of the two, however.

Underestimating project costs means you’ll have to dig deeper into your pockets, pull money from another area of the facilities budget, or stop the project short. You could end up with an incomplete roof, or a half-new roof and half-15 year old roof. Take your time when estimating project costs, it’s a very important step.

common roofing mistakes
Large roofing projects take a lot of time, and they can last longer than expected if you’re not careful

Underestimating Project Duration

When you’re about to begin a roofing project, it’s also important to try and estimate the duration as closely as possible. If you estimate that you’ll finish the project by September and you cannot, you might start too late, stretch the project into winter, and then have to wait until spring to finish. Now you’re left with an incomplete project, and you’ve spent more time and money on the project than you expected.

Another way to look at this is to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to finish any project you start. If you think it will take 4 months, a safe practice is to begin 5 months before you MUST finish. That way if there are time overruns you won’t be out in the cold.

Choosing a Short-Lived System

An all-too common roofing mistake is choosing a short-lived system to try and “save money”. Unfortunately, as we have seen time and again in our experience, these decisions rarely result in a net savings. Sure, you might save money at installation, but you end up paying more in repairs, energy expenses because it’s not a great roof, and in replacing the roof when it fails prematurely.

Obviously, just buying the longest-lasting roofing system doesn’t guarantee that you’re getting the best system, as there are many other factors to consider, but be weary of choosing short-lived systems just to save a buck.

Choosing DIY Roofing over Hiring a Contractor

Many facility managers are skilled enough to manage their own roofing and perform a lot of the roofing tasks themselves. Many others, however, don’t have the skills and shouldn’t undergo large DIY projects on their roofs. If you think you have the skills, try making repairs or improvements in smaller areas of your roof that are not vital. That way, if you get in over your head, it’s not a significant problem. If you find you don’t have the skills, call a professional. They may be more expensive up front but will save you money in the long run.

Conclusion

These are some very common roofing mistakes that we see made over and over again. If you can avoid these, you’ll be in pretty good shape. Give us a call if you need further details on any of these tips. Thanks for reading.

by on March 13, 2017 in Commercial Roof Coatings, Eco-Friendly, Energy Savings

UTILIZE SILICONE ROOF COATINGS TO COOL YOUR BUILDING DOWN

When your roof absorbs heat from the atmosphere, it transfers that heat to the inside of your building and heats up the entire building. This not only makes your building uncomfortably hot, but it means you have to spend more money on keeping the building cool. Reflective coatings counteract this effect and allow your building to stay cooler, even when the sun beats down on it.

Reducing Heat Entering the Building

cool your building downThe most significant way silicone roof coatings can keep your building cooler is by preventing heat from entering the building at all. A reflective roof coating reflects the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere and doesn’t let them penetrate your roof. Typically, the sun beats down on your roof, which allows the heat into your building, which heats up the entire inside. Silicone coatings reflect about 90% of the sun’s rays away from your building, and that means your building stays much cooler and more comfortable.

Save Money and Stay Comfortable

While your building stays cooler and you stay comfortable, you also save money by using your AC unit less. Everyone who’s ever paid the electric bill knows that during the summer, your AC unit works harder. Your electric bill goes up and your AC gets rather expensive to operate. Reflective coatings naturally keep your building warmer through reflectivity. This saves you money by reducing the amount of energy your AC unit has to expend.

In addition to saving money on your electric bill, running the AC unit less in the summer means that it will last longer and run more efficiently during its life. It will have significantly less wear and tear on it over the course of a lifetime than a unit that has to constantly battle the heat of the sun.

Conclusion

Silicone roof coatings serve many purposes, and one of them is to cool your building down. There is nothing like working in a comfortable environment during a hot summer day. You can have that experience for less money with reflective roof coatings on your building.

by on March 20, 2017 in Facilities Manager, Flat Roof, Leaks, Repairs

SILICONE CAN HELP YOU STOP ROOF LEAKS IN YOUR BUILDING

One of the most important benefits of silicone roof coatings is that they can stop leaks in their tracks. If your building has a multitude of leaks and fixing them one by one feels overwhelming, then it might be time to consider a silicone roof coating. Let’s look a little closer at how silicone roof coatings can help your roof leaks.

stopping rampant roof leaks

A split in your roof like this can lead to leaks. Silicone completely encapsulates any issues when it is installed.

Sealing Up Existing Leaks

Silicone roof coatings will first and foremost seal up and stop up all of your existing roof leaks, without requiring you to locate and repair every single one individually. Depending on the severity of your roof leaks, a silicone roof coating can actually be easier and less expensive than repairing all of your leaks individually. If it’s just a leak or two, then it’s a good idea to hop up on the roof and just repair the leak. That will keep your roof in good shape and save you money. However, many roofs are simply beyond repair, and they need to either be replaced (bad) or restored with silicone (good). If you coat the entire surface of your roof, every single leak will be sealed.

Preventing Future Leaks

Once you install a silicone roof coating, you receive a watertight warranty for up to 20 years. Silicone has a warranty, but leaks rarely develop. In most cases, once you install a coating, you roof will remain leak from for the full 20 year warranty term – and then some. Many roofs with a silicone roof see leak-prevention benefits long past the 20 year mark. This doesn’t mean that it’s a good idea to let your roof warranty lapse, as you never want to be out from under warranty coverage. The effectiveness of silicone roof coatings can last beyond 20 years, but you should remain covered under warranty.

Conclusion

Stopping leaks and preventing leaks are possibly the greatest benefit of silicone roof coatings. A roof that is fraught with leaks is a major headache, and can be extremely difficult to repair. Silicone roof coatings are easy to install and are the most effective leak-preventing roofing system on the market. Give us a call today if your roof leaks and you want to stop it affordably.

DON’T REPLACE YOUR ROOF, RENEW IT!

One of the most time-consuming and energy-draining projects you’ll ever undertake as a building owner is to replace your roof. Tearing out your old roof and replacing it with a new one is a lengthy process that can give you gray hair if you’re not careful. If this is such a hard process, why do some many building owners elect to replace their roof in traditional fashion? The main reason is that they aren’t aware of silicone coatings and the fact that they can renew their old roof. If they do know that coatings are available, many people are unsure of whether or not they work. Coatings are a fairly new product and don’t have the history that other roofing systems do. However, in their lifespan, roof coatings have already proven that the provide great protection and are a good roofing system.

Renew your old roof

Tear-off takes time and is expensive. The more of it you do, the more money required.

Avoid Tear-Off When You Renew Your Old Roof

When you use a silicone coating to renew your old roof, you can skip the roof tear-off step altogether. Silicone roof coatings can adhere to nearly any roof system, so you don’t have to tear the existing roof off. Simply clean the existing roof and install the silicone coating right over top of it. This saves you time, money, and helps keep waste out of landfills.

Extend Roof Life

Silicone coatings also extend the life of your roofing system. They provide complete protection from the elements, including the sun and wind. Your roofing system won’t break down as it can when it’s exposed to the elements, so as long as you maintain the roof coating you can expect the roof to last a long time.

Conclusion

Don’t worry about replacing your old roof, renew it with a silicone coating! You can save time and money by eliminating tear-off, reducing waste, and extending the life of your existing roof. Call us today if you’d like to learn more about how you can renew your old roof.

d1e66dcdf6a405bf1df096a7b4a9dca076fe5c49With a proven performance record, ccSPF offers an integrated air barrier solution providing superior thermal insulation, while helping prevent moisture and air infiltration. The key elements affecting air infiltration are wind, stack effects and pressure differentials. Let’s take a look at the many benefits that a well-designed ccSPF air barrier system can provide. CcSPF can help: • Create an effective air barrier due to its superior air sealing capabilities (nearly zero air permeance). • Mitigate the “wind” and “stack effect” by reducing or eliminating air infiltration/leakage from the building envelope (conforms to unusual shapes and fills voids common in building enclosures). • Simplify the air barrier design process (offers “all-in-one” air sealing, thermal insulation, moisture resistance and adhesive properties). • Inhibit mold and mildew growth (minimizes air infiltration that can generate condensation). Note: The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) considers ccSPF to be a flood-damage resistant construction and insulation material.1 • Address increasingly stringent air barrier and building/energy conservation codes and standards. • Reduce labor and insurance costs* (since ccSPF is installed in a single operation, it does not require large crews, fasteners, glues or torches). • Qualify* for energy rebates, tax credits and other sustainability/green building designations, such as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification or Energy Star® certification. The effectiveness of air barrier systems vary depending on many factors, including the type of assembly, the material choices, the installation quality and how well the system is integrated into the overall building enclosure system. For diagrams of common ccSPF applications, view Honeywell’s document: Closed-Cell Spray Polyurethane Foam Insulation: A Preferred Air Barrier System in Building Envelopes. Additional Benefits of ccSPF Air Barrier Systems Along with the benefits of ccSPF as an air barrier system, it offers many additional advantages as a high quality insulation and air sealing material. For example, ccSPF can help: • Lower energy bills† by improving energy efficiency (air seals and insulates). • Resist heat transfer better than many other insulation materials (R-values† are typically >6.0 per one inch of thickness). • Reduce the load on heating and cooling systems (HVAC sizing can be reduced as much as 35% without the loss of efficiency and comfort).2 • Deliver high structural (racking) strength (adheres to exterior sheathing and studs, adding rigidity). • Resist settling due to its rigidity and stability (some other insulations tend to “settle” or slip down the stud cavity over time). • Increase occupant comfort by reducing drafts. • Absorb sound and reduce noise. • Impede the entry of insects and pests. There are many considerations when designing a building to optimize heating and cooling efficiency, control moisture and provide occupant comfort in all climates. The case for well-designed air barrier systems is strengthening as expectations for improved energy efficiency and building performance grow. Air barriers are systems of materials used to control the unintended movement of air into and out of a building enclosure. A building enclosure includes all “six sides” of a building — exterior walls, roof and foundation floor — and may also include separations within the structure. Although there are many materials that meet minimum criteria for air barriers, closed-cell spray polyurethane foam (ccSPF) offers unique benefits that make it a preferred choice. According to many designers, builders and enclosure specialists, ccSPF is one of the leading materials that helps meet (and in many cases, exceed) air barrier code and performance requirements.

What makes ccSPF so effective? CcSPF insulation is spray-applied on site during new construction or renovations to air seal/ insulate wall cavities, crawl spaces, attics and basements. It can also be used as continuous external insulation for walls and as a roofing system. It is sprayed as a liquid that immediately expands to many times its original volume upon installation. As it expands into foam, it adheres and contours to the spray surface, filling in cracks and crevices that can cause air and water infiltration. Not only can ccSPF help prevent damage during severe weather, it provides excellent insulating and air sealing capabilities which can lower energy costs* and may qualify for rebates and tax credits.

by on January 9, 2017 in Commercial Roofing, Replacement

THE COST OF ROOF REMOVAL CAN BE LIMITING IN A ROOF REPLACEMENT

Most commercial roof replacement projects require old roof removal as one of the first steps. Tearing off the old roof and replacing it with the new is a fairly common practice. How does roof removal impact the cost of your commercial roof replacement project?

Increased Duration

Roof removal is faster than roof installation (in most cases), but it is still not exactly a fast process. Roof removal takes time and effort, and it can slow your roofing project down by several weeks on large jobs. If you are in a time crunch, you might want to consider options for avoiding roof removal.

roof removal

Tear-off takes time and is expensive. The more of it you do, the more money required.

Increased Labor Costs

While those workers are taking care of the roof removal on your building, they are getting paid. That means increased labor costs for you. You might have 5-10 crewmembers up on your roof working on a non-value-adding task. Roof removal is necessary for some new roof installations, but it doesn’t add value to your building. Do you want to pay higher costs for something that is just a stepping stone and not an actual benefit of the roof?

Roof Removal Produces Waste

When you remove your existing roof to replace it, you can’t reuse those roofing materials. They go in a dumpster, which goes to the landfill. All of this waste produces more material in landfills that are already filling up at a dangerous pace. You have to pay your crew members or a third party to take care of the trash from your building. If there was a way to avoid this, you’d certainly be interested.

Avoiding Roof Removal

Well there is a way to avoid roof removal! A great way, actually. A retrofit roofing system, such as silicone coatings or spray foam, is applied directly to your existing roof with no need for tear-off. This saves you time, money, and reduces the amount of waste going to local landfills. Who wouldn’t at least consider a system that provided all those benefits!

Conclusion

Roof removal is a time-consuming, expensive, wasteful process. Sometimes it is a necessary part of facility management, but in many cases it can be completely avoided. If your system is a candidate for a retrofit roof or a coating restoration, give us a call today! We specialize in minimizing tear-off, saving you money, and helping the environment.

by on January 16, 2017 in Commercial Roof Coatings, Installation

WHAT WILL YOUR NEW ROOF INSTALLATION COST?

Commercial roof replacement is typically a two-step process. Remove the old roof, then install the new roof. Each step in the process has costs and hurdles associated with it. These costs can vary greatly depending on the size of the roof, the complexity of the roof, and other factors. The cost to install a new commercial roof depends largely on surface prep and the material used. Let’s look at the expected cost of new roof installation below.

New Roof Installation

Prepping the roof for a new roof can be a difficult process.

Surface Prep

Depending on the system you choose, the surface will have to be prepped in various ways. For single-ply roofs, ISO board must be installed to the roof deck prior to installing the single-ply membrane. This adds installation value to the roofing system, but takes additional time and money.

Metal roofs don’t require much prep work. They are many times installed with no installation underneath (which isn’t a good idea, but people do it). Metal roofs are installed directly to the roof deck.

For retrofit systems like spray foam and restoration coatings, prep work consists of cleaning the roof and repairing any major problems. Prep work for these two systems is very simple, like metal, and doesn’t require a lot of time or money.

Material in Use

The other major factor in the cost of new roof installation is the cost of the material you use. Metal panels aren’t extremely expensive, and they lie about in the middle of the road.

Most single-ply materials are less expensive than other systems, and present a great opportunity for saving money to building owners. The purchase of single-ply materials is rarely one with a lot of zeros.

Spray foam roofs offer some of the highest material costs around, because they are an extremely effective roofing material. Foam outperforms most other systems in most categories, and that is reflected in the price of the material. The labor for foam roofs is generally less expensive than metal or single-ply roofs, which allows for some cost recuperation there.

Restoration coatings, whether they be silicone, acrylic, or otherwise, offer less expensive material for roof replacement than all other systems. You simply cannot be the prices offered by restoration coatings, because they are so simple. You need a very thin layer of coating, they can be efficiently manufactured, and there are enough manufacturers that the price is fair. Restoration coatings offer extremely reasonable material costs.

Conclusion

If you’re looking to replace your commercial roof, the new roof installation may be the most expensive part of the project. Don’t overlook the cost of the material as a significant portion of the project, because it is important and can cost you a lot of money. Give us a call today if you’d like to learn more about replacing your commercial roof.