Behind The Scenes Of Coating Your Flat Roof

Commercial properties usually have flat roofs. Flat roofs offer terrific business opportunities; diners love a rooftop restaurant and then there’s Mardi Gras. As a building owner or manager of a Florida commercial property, you take the bad with the good. Flat roofs have problems greater-sloped roofs don’t.

Maintenance is Critical

Most often, flat roof problems are a result of poor workmanship. Another cause of commercial flat roof failure is little or no maintenance.

Commercial flat roof maintenance is critical because flat roofs are most susceptible to damage. If your commercial property has an older flat roof, a regular maintenance program can prolong its life. Roof inspections by a local roofing professional can reveal damages that should be managed sooner rather than later. 

Repair vs. Replacement: How Do You Decide?

Your local roofing professional should be experienced with commercial roofing applications, renovations, and repairs. Perhaps more importantly, you want a roofing contractor who is knowledgeable about the weather extremes we have here in Tampa, Florida. Our roofs must withstand the weight of extreme rainfall and damaging winds.

Every Roof is Different

It’s not unusual for a Tampa flat roof to show signs of leaking or other problems after 20 years. Perhaps skylights or a new HVAC (heating, ventilation, air conditioning) system was later installed without consideration for roof damage.

When well-constructed and maintained, flat roofs could last about 30-50 years. If you see signs of a leak you should call a knowledgeable roofing company. When caught early enough, small and concentrated damage can be repaired and contained.

Blisters, cracks, and tears are also minor roof repairs. Your roof materials might be nearing the end of their lifespan. Roof coating may be the repair you need. If the damage is widespread, you’ll likely need a commercial flat roof replacement.

What Your Roofing Contractor Looks For

Smarter Facility Management magazine says regular roof inspections can lower your repair and replacement costs by 45% and extend your roof’s longevity. A reputable roofing contractor knows what to look for when helping you decide to repair or replace your Tampa commercial roof.

Initial estimates are often free. To get as much mileage as possible out of your “good old roof,” your commercial roofing inspection and maintenance program should be scheduled according to your roof’s age and condition. Even newer roofs need twice-a-year maintenance visits.

Some of the factors your local roofing contractor will consider (by rating “good,” “fair,” or “poor” are:

  • Areas where ponding water appears
  • External components and seals – Chimneys, drip edges, HVAC unit, fascia, skylights, vents
  • Flashing detail around roof curbs for debris/ponding water
  • Interior roofing components – Visible water leaks, invisible mildew/mold
  • Missing components from external installations
  • Power sources installed through the roof or other critical opening-type areas
  • Roof deck condition
  • Rust and rot anywhere
  • Sheathing and joists
  • Underlayment
  • Water leaks – possible damage to rafters/trusses

Anything in fair condition may get a “Let’s keep an eye on this” ruling. Obviously components in poor condition need immediate attention before more damage occurs.

Flat Roof Coatings

For this area of the country, Duro-Last® commercial roof coatings are proven to withstand extreme heat, UV radiation, and harsh weather. Depending on your budget, type of roofing material already present, and maintenance plans for the future, there are several types of Duro-Shield™ coatings your roofing professional may consider for your commercial flat roof:

Silicone – Silicone is a water-resistant material for long-lasting roof protection. It can be applied to roof substrates including:

  • Aged galvanized metal
  • Concrete
  • Mineral/granule-surface or smooth surface built-up (BUR) and modified bitumen
  • Single-ply membranes:
    • EPDM (EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer)
    • PVCs (polyvinyl chloride)
    • TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin)
  • Spray-applied polyurethane foam
  • Wood

Acrylic – Duro-Shield 10 and 20 are 100% elastomeric acrylics designed to seal and protect a variety of substrates, including:

  • Metal
  • Mineral/granule-surface and smooth-surface built-up (BUR) and modified bitumen
  • Single-ply membranes:
    • EPDM
    • Hypalon® CSPE (chlorosulfonated polyethylene)
    • PVCs
  • Wood

Other support materials your roofing contractor may include as part of your Tampa commercial roof restoration project are:

  • Acrylic brush-grade mastic, primer
  • Polyester reinforcement fabric
  • Silicone brush-grade sealant, primer

Imperial Roofing’s Legacy is Superior Service

As with your commercial roof, longevity is important in a business. One of the ways to choose a local roofing company is business experience, and Imperial Roofing Contractor of Tampa, Florida has been in business for over 50 years. We serve:

  • Brandon
  • Clearwater
  • Odessa
  • Palm Harbor
  • Spring Hill
  • St. Petersburg
  • Tampa Bay
  • Wesley Chapel

You know the importance of supporting local businesses because you are one. Superior service and pride in workmanship is the Imperial Roofing legacy. Call or contact Imperial Roofing Contractor in Tampa today. We bring our highly educated roofing team to your project and guarantee your roof will be installed with the quality, attention to detail, and the fair pricing you deserve.