Should You Consider a Cool Roof For Your Commercial Building?

The roof on your commercial building is one of the most precious investments and assets to your property. The roof overhead keeps your building dry, and your tenants safe. A compromised flat roof can cause expensive disruptions to your business or tenants (if you are a multi-family home).

Most property and facility managers don’t realize that rain and hail and wind aren’t the only threats to your commercial roof. Scolding heat can damage your roof as well. Every day when your roof is exposed to the blistering summer sun in Missouri, your black roof can feel like it’s 100’s of degrees in temperature. Not only potentially ‘cooking’ your roof, but it can also increase the temperature of your building, requiring the usage of additional air conditioning.

Why You Should Consider a Cool Roof For Your Industrial or Commercial Flat Roof

You may notice that a majority of commercial flat roofs have black or gray roofing coatings, which is less than ideal when factoring how black roofs absorb heat and transfer it right into the building below. Whereas a lighter-colored roof will reflect away those heat rays, absorbing less heat. As the UV rays hit your roof, it can raise the surface temperature of your roof and building. This is particularly why cool roofs have become increasingly popular over the past few years.

Cool roofs offer better energy efficiency, and reflectivity as compared to conventional dark colored roofers. What is the benefit of having a more energy efficient roof? It not only helps protect your roof from the blistering sun’s UV rays, but save you money month over month on your energy and cooling bills. A cool roof will absorb the sun’s heat and UV rays, radiating less heat into the room and inner building below the roof. This is particularly important for retail and warehouses.

The less air conditioning required, means the lower your energy bills will become. It also means the less maintenance required in up-keeping your flat roof if it is baking in the sun. This also will prolong the life of your commercial roof as heat can shorten the lifespan of a roof considerably. You’re also helping your carbon footprint and the environment by reducing carbon emissions.

For this reason, we offer polyurethane fluid applied spray roof coatings. These coatings can be applied directly over an existing roofing system such as metal or BUR. Since it can be applied over-top, that means you can save on traditional costs associated with a full tear-off, such as the labor and material of doing so.

Call a St. Louis Commercial Roofer That Specializes in Fluid-Applied Roof Coatings

If you are considering roof coatings, and a cool roof for your commercial building, feel free to give us a call at (314) 462-2730 or for more information visit www.missouricommercialroofingpros.com. We are glad to discuss with you whether your commercial building is a candidate for roof coatings, and a cool roof. Not all buildings are a fit, and we will help steer you in the proper direction. We provide commercial roofing services across the Saint Louis metropolitan area, providing flat roof repair and replacement, as well as roof restoration and roof coating services.

Is Your Saint Louis Flat Roof In Need of Repairs?

Over the years, flat roofs have become very popular not only just in downtown St. Louis, but in the suburbs as well. Flat roofs are often found on industrial and commercial buildings, but more are being used across Missouri.

When repairing a flat roof, there are a handful of things that need to be kept in mind, as it is different than repairing a sloped asphalt shingle or slate roof.

Understand The Roofing Material

When it comes to a flat roof, different roofing materials are required as opposed to a sloped or pitched roof. Most often you will see a built-up roofing (BUR) on a flat roof which is overlapped felt. Many flat roofs have either rubber EPDM roofs, TPO, PVC, or even have a spray coating applied overtop.

Where Is Your Flat Roof Leaking From?

One challenge with flat roofs is that they are prone to leaks, particularly if water begins ponding on the flat surface (and is not shed away). In order to make any proper flat roof repair, a trained commercial flat roofing professional will need to identify and locate where the leak spot is. If there are cracks in the seams allowing water to leak into your home or business, this needs to be quickly repaired. Potentially a coating can be applied to fix those problem spots versus having to replace the entire section.

 

Is a Low-Slope Roof a Good Idea?

Some buildings and roofs are a better fit for a low slope roof than what is a conventional flat roof because of its foundation. A low-slope can allow for water to properly shed from the building, which can help prolong your roof’s life and allow for better water shedding.

Rotten Decking?

When was the last time you had your wood decking inspected or replaced? This can also be another major leaking spot as the wood ages. When it is time to have your flat roof replaced, you may need to have old and aging wood replaced underneath the roof. Check the condition of the plywood for water damage and chips, and if necessary, replace it to extend the life of your future roof.

Flashing

Other common leak spots are due to improper or poor flashing on your flat roof. These flashings help seal and waterproof your roof from leaks. You will need flashing around vents and chimneys on your flat roof.

Temperature of Roof During Install

When your flat roof is being installed, it is important that all proper protocols and installation procedures are followed properly. This includes ensuring that the asphalt roll is not overheated when initially laid out. The felt should be placed over the asphalt.

Call a Saint Louis Commercial Flat Roofing Repair Company You Can Depend On!

Not all roofing companies are equally experienced and equipped to handle commercial projects. We specialize in commercial flat roofing and low slope roof systems. Whether you have a commercial TPO flat roof or a rubber EPDM flat roof that is in need of a roof repair we can help. We work all across the Saint Louis metro area, helping 100’s of local property managers, building owners and commercial real estate agents with industrial and commercial flat roof repairs. We also provide roof coating services that can help extend the life of your commercial flat roof without having to completely replace or tear off your existing roof. Call us at  (314) 462-2730 or visit us at https://missouricommercialroofingpros.com

Could Your Commercial Roof Be Failing?

How often do you think about your commercial roof? How often do you inspect it or take preventative maintenance measures to keep it in top working condition?

One of the most expensive assets, and investments on any property is the roof on your commercial building. Unfortunately for most building owners and property managers, the roof is often times taken for granted and ‘out-of-sight’ and ‘out-of-mind’ until there is a problem. The saying “an ounce of prevention” is worth “a pound of cure” applies particularly well to commercial roof maintenance.

A commercial roof replacement can be an expensive investment, but if you knew there were steps you could take to prolong the current life of your existing commercial roof, and prevent early roof damage, would you?

When it comes to your commercial roof and facilities management, you should always try to identify problem spots before they occur. This is known as asset management, fixing and repairing small problems before they exacerbate and go from a small repair to a full replacement.

The best facility and property managers will often employ preventative maintenance strategy. In doing so, you will not only maximize the life of your commercial flat roof, but it will cost you a lot less over the life of your roof.

With a proactive mindset, you will constantly be looking for ways to extend the life of your flat roof. Even if that means periodic costs to repair and keep your commercial roof in tip-top shape, it is a lot less expensive than the alternative of not maintaining your roof and absorbing the full replacement cost at an earlier date than truly required. This will help you delay having your roof replaced for several years. This is extra time to spend capital on inventory and other business expenses versus the roof.

Data-Driven Inspections

A quality Saint Louis commercial flat roofing contractor will provide a thorough roof inspection to fully analyze and assess the condition of your flat roof. Not all contractors are equally equipped and skilled to perform commercial roofing inspections, commercial roof repair or commercial roof replacements.

A professional commercial roofer will use technology and science to help determine how much life is left on your roof. This can be ascertained through photos, infrared scan, and even sampling a portion of your roof and sending to a lab for structure and chemical testing. An advanced commercial roofer will check for elongation and tensile strength.

Through this type of advanced inspection, you will have an idea of the useful life left on your roof, any options to repair or restore it, and costs involved. This is data from an objective inspection report. While an eye-test can help provide analysis on overall roof condition, a flat roof and low slope roof are much more complex than residential roofs. It is important to not leave analysis just to the naked eye, and guesswork. But, using technology to help identify problem spots. For instance an IR camera can help pinpoint moisture and leak spots.

Roof Restoration

Not all aging commercial roofs have to be completely replaced. Depending on the condition and health of your commercial flat roof, you could potentially be a candidate for our roof restoration through applied polyurethane spray roof coatings. This can be applied right over your existing roof. This can extend a commercial roof for 10 or 20 years! That means potentially an extra 20 years from your existing roof without having to tear it off, and completely replace it. As such, roof coatings can be up to 50% less in cost than a full replacement, while having many other benefits such as reflectivity and insulation advantages.

Call The Best Commercial Roofing Contractor in ST. Louis

If you’re looking for the best STL commercial roofing contractor to inspect or help repair your flat roof, we can help! We take pride in providing one of the most thorough commercial roofing inspections across Missouri. As we mentioned in this article, not all roofers are properly equipped to inspect commercial roofs. We use modern technology to inspect your roof. We can provide a comprehensive commercial roof analysis, and provide a full recommendation for all repair or replacement options. Give us a call today to set up your free next day commercial roofing inspection!