04 Jan, 2017

Commercial Roof Restoration – What Makes A Good Candidate?

Are you ready to do something about your leaky or rusted commercial roof? Is your roof a good candidate for roof restoration or is it a candidate for tear-off and replacement? There are many factors to consider when deciding which is the best and most “cost effective” solution for your roofing problems. Depending on the state of your roof, you  might assume you have to completely tear off and start from scratch; before you jump to conclusions on whether or not your roof can be salvaged, let’s look at the Inland Coatings roof restoration process. 

Roof Restoration Process

Roof restoration typically involves the application of a durable, water resistant Roof Coating System. Seams, penetrations and exposed fasteners are sealed and reinforced, to ensure that the areas with the highest leak potential are heavily addressed and watertight with products like RC 2200 Rubber Seam Compound, RST Seam Tape & RPM Polyester Mesh. The coating system is then applied over the entire roof. This is normally a multi-coat process that seals and protects the existing roof surface, extending the service life well beyond its normal lifespan.

Inland Coatings’ approved commercial roofing contractors focus on a number of issues and criteria prior to making a recommendation. Below is the type of information they would be interested in knowing about your commercial roof before getting started on the restoration:

Condition, Condition, Condition

Depending on the type of roof (Metal, TPO, Hypalon, EPDM, BUR/Modified, SPUF), all have condition-related variables that must be checked to ensure the surface is a good candidate for a coating system. One of the first things to determine is whether the roof is structurally sound. On a metal roof, does it have a significant amount of rust perforation or pin holes? Is there moisture in the insulation that would require a partial or complete tear-off? What condition are the seams, curbs and penetrations in? Is there currently a coating on the surface and is it compatible with the proposed system? To get a free evaluation of your roof and quote from an Approved Inland Coatings contractor, please request a quote today.

Age And Appearance Of Your Roof

Along with the condition of your roof, the overall age of your roof is another important factor. Analyzing how your roof has aged over its lifespan can determine whether a restoration is the right choice. Conditions at certain locations can accelerate the aging process, making it necessary to restore or replace the roof sooner than expected. Wind, hail damage and other factors from Mother Nature also need to be considered. Inland Coatings has a true and tested line of products to address these issues and restore your roof to make it more resistant to extreme temperatures, severe weather, and wear and tear, extending the life of your roof.

Commercial roof restoration should also be considered if you’re concerned about the current aesthetics of your roof. In addition to being watertight, the appearance will be dramatically improved with the same capital expenditure. Roof Coating Systems are also available in a broad variety of colors.  

Climate & Your Roof

Climate plays a key role in the aging process. Depending on your geographic region, you may experience very hot summers and/or very cold winters. Some regions have salty coastal air or very rainy seasons. The vast majority of roofing systems also experience significant temperature variations on a daily basis. The roof expands and contracts throughout the year and the products and systems used must have the strength and flexibility to perform under those conditions.

It is recommended that Inland Coatings line of solvent-based rubber products be applied in temperatures between 40 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (5 to 43 degrees Celsius). With the proper application and cure time utilizing the Inland Coatings RC2000 and RC2200, they have elongation between 500-530% and tensile strength of 1520-1780 PSI. These properties are at the top of the roof coating industry and will help prevent tearing, leak point issues, and unnecessary call backs.

The Benefits of Restoring Your Roof

Proper restoration of your commercial roof will not only improve its appearance, it can add decades to the life of your roof. It will eliminate leaks and protect it from further weathering and deterioration. Roof Restoration is considerably less expensive than a full roof replacement, while still providing substantial protection and longevity. It is also far less disruptive than a complete replacement, eliminating potential operations downtime that your company might experience during the installation process. Finish coats, such as RC-2000 Rubber Roof Coating in white, have high solar reflectance which cools the roof, reduces energy costs and maintains a more comfortable environment within your building.

Commercial Roof Maintenance and Inspections

To help extend the service life of your roof, it should be inspected yearly to prevent small problems from creating a premature roof failure. Minor, timely repairs can save you a great deal in the long run. Your Inland Coatings Approved Contractor can establish this type of pro-active service going forward.

Inland Coatings, founded in 1978, is a leading manufacturer of SEBS Elastomeric Rubber Coatings and Mastics. Our product line is utilized for general maintenance and repair or full restoration projects on the following roof types: Metal, TPO, Hypalon, EDPM, BUR/Modified and SPUF.  


For more information on how Inland Coatings can help with your commercial roof restoration, contact us today.