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Using a New Product to Save Big Money

From Progressive Materials:

The newest, most significant roofing innovation from the last 20 years is undoubtedly silicone roof coatings. No other innovation has gained the notariety, market share, and attention that silicone roof coatings have. Attend any industry tradeshow and compare the number of silicone coating manufacturers to the number who attended 5 years ago, and you’ll notice a major increase. Why are these coatings taking off so rapidly? The main reason is that building owners love saving money, and they can do that easily with a silicone roof restoration. Silicone roof coatings allows saving money with roof restorations in three major ways.

Saving Money at Installation

Silicone roof coatings first save you money when you install the roof restoration material. The material itself is less expensive than traditional roofing systems, and the installation process is faster and less expensive as well. A tear-off and replacement might take 10 guys, while a silicone restoration can often be completed with only 2-3 crew members. Eliminating the need for tear-off, which eliminates the need for dumpsters and speeds up the installation process, is a major cost savings. You also spend less on labor as the projects are completed with fewer workers in less time.

saving money with roof restorations

Silicone roof coatings reflect significantly more UV rays than a traditional roofing system.

Saving Money with Reflectivity

Once installed, silicone roof coatings a saving money for building owners through their reflectivity. One a 90 degree day, a traditional roof can get up to 150 degrees or higher. This heat permeates the roof, enters the building, and causes the AC to run longer and harder. A reflective roof coating on that same 90 degree day will sit at 95 degrees or less. Minimizing the amount of heat transferred into the building eases the strain on your AC unit and keeps your building cooler without spending costs on energy. In addition to the day-to-day savings of not running your AC, you also extend the life of your units by reducing the amount they are used.

Saving Money with a Longer Life

Finally, as it approaches the end of its life, the silicone roof coating has one more benefit. Even when the warranty period is up, you don’t have to tear the roof off now. Silicone roof coatings prevent tear-off – indefinitely. You can recoat silicone roof coatings to extend the life of the silicone and further extend the life of the roof. If the building remains in good structural condition, you can keep the existing roof as long as you still have silicone on the roof.


Silicone roof coatings are taking the commercial roofing market by storm. This is primarily because they are saving money for building owners and property managers in a number of ways. They are a carefree, effective system that costs less than traditional roofing, what’s not to love?

HVAC & Ventilation with Spray Foam

Spray foam, ventilation and HVAC systems

Still relying on the classic rule-of-thumb sizing for your homes’ HVAC systems? You could be oversizing the HVAC system in your homes, meaning greater upfront construction costs as well as higher operating costs and discomfort for your clients.

Spray foam and ventilation

With tighter air sealing requirements, changes in building codes and higher R-value requirements, it is recommended home builders use the standard Manual J calculation to determine the home’s requirements and get accurate heating and cooling loads. Advantages include:

  • right-sizing of HVAC system
  • cost savings during construction
  • reduction in the home’s operating costs
  • proper distribution of heating and cooling on a roo- by-room basis

Appropriately combining spray foam and mechanical ventilation contributes to proper moisture control management, improved indoor air quality and a regulated air exchange.ASHRAE Standard 62.2 should be consulted to determine the mechanical ventilation requirements for each home.

Why Choose A Silicone Coating For Your Roof?

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If you’re looking to decrease your building and roof maintenance budget, then the answer might be a large one-time expenditure.

A roofing system that has to be replaced every 15-20 years is an expense that should be amortized across multiple years. This means that even in years that you don’t need a new roofing system, you’re still setting money aside for that new roof. This can drive up your roofing budget significantly. Utilizing a roofing system such as a silicone roof restoration that can be recoated every 20 years eliminates that major expenditure in the future.

Saving money
Instead of a roof that has to be torn off, choosing a system that can be recoated will save you money

Planning for the Future

Installing a roof coating is more expensive than nothing, but less expensive than a new roof. So, if you need a new roof anyways, then a roof coating is a no-brainer. A roof coating (silicone in particular) is a great way to plan to lower expenses in the future by lowering the largest expenditure – replacement – every 15-20 years. Recoatinga silicone roof coating is far less expensive than tearing off and replacing your roof.

You Need a Roof Anyways

We’re not asking you to put a roof coating on a brand new, perfectly good roof. We’re asking you to consider a silicone coating the next time you have to replace your roof anyways. When your roof is old, worn out, out of warranty, or leaking, then look at a silicone roof coating. You need to spend money to get your roof back into gear anyways. Why not spend 50% less money and get a more cost-effective roof while you’re at it?


If you need a new roof anyways, which eventually, every building does, then go for the silicone roof coating. It is a great way to start saving money on your roofing budget by eliminated the need for a roof replacement down the road.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Cool Your Building Down

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


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.


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.

Stopping Roof Leaks with Silicone

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


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.


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.