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Reflective Roof Coatings: What Are the Benefits?

[fa icon="calendar"] Jan 4, 2018 10:02:00 AM / by Krystal Coddington

Krystal Coddington

What are the benefits of reflective roof coatings?Your building is likely the largest investment that you’ve ever made. Keep that investment protected by making sure that its roof is in good condition. A well-kept building is one way to catch the eye of potential customers or tenants, and that means the roof must be free of damage or leaks.

Let’s get real. Constant heat and sun in Las Vegas can really take a toll on your roof. So how do you lengthen the life of your roof in such harsh conditions? Reflective roof coatings.

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What Are Roof Coatings for Commercial Buildings?

If you’ve noticed a few leaks or some wear on your roof, it may be that all you need is a roof coating, which serves as a less expensive way to repair and refurbish the roof of your business. A reflective roof coating creates a seamless membrane in a white color that stops leaks, provides protection from the elements, and keeps the roof cooler.

What Are the Benefits of Reflective Roof Coatings?

Not only will this coating repair any damage your roof may have endured, but it also reflects heat and sunlight, making your roof last longer. As a bonus, reflective roof coatings keep buildings cooler, requiring less energy in the summer.

An Alternative to Roof Replacement in Many Cases

Nothing lasts forever, but just because you’ve noticed a leak or two in your commercial roof doesn’t mean that you need to have a full roof replacement. It’s easy to have a professional roof technician come and take a look at your property. They will let you know if the repairs can be done and the rest of the roof can be coated. This will be much less expensive than having your entire roof replaced.

Related: What If I Can't Afford to Replace the Roof on My Building?

Extends the Life of a Roof Up to 5-7 Years

Another bonus of having a roof coating applied is that it will keep your roof looking great and leak free for another 5-7 years. These extra years can allow you to save up for future roof replacement.

Cheaper Than Roof Replacement

We’ve mentioned this a few times, but roof replacement can be expensive. A roof coating will cost half the price of a re-roofing. There are other financial benefits to having a roof coating installed. By getting coatings rather than a full replacement, you’ll experience no loss of business at your company or rental property. This is because there is no need for a roof tear-off. This eliminates extra labor costs and disposal fees. Some roofs may also be recoated multiple times, further extending their functionality.

Reduce Energy Bills By Up to 50%

Traditional roofing in the desert heat actually costs more money in the long run. Most roofs are dark in color, which absorbs heat from the desert sun. This means you will be spending more on air conditioning over the course of a year. In a sunny place, reflective roof coating reflects heat, keeping your building naturally cooler and your bills lower. Check out the Cool Roof Calculator for more information.

Tax Credit in This Calendar Year

Unlike a total roof replacement, getting a roof coating installed on your business can actually score you a federal tax credit. You may qualify for a 10% tax credit on the cost of your roof coating (minus labor costs). For more information, check the Energy Star website for guidelines.

What Is the Installation Like?

Installation of a roof coating is less time consuming than getting a new roof. Depending on the size of your building, application of a roof coating can be done in less than a day or over the period of a few days. First, the roofers will clean your roof of debris and dirt. Then the roof coating is applied. It typically takes 24 hours for the roof to dry. From a business standpoint, it’s important to note that tenants and customers are free to remain in the building.

Reflective roof coatings are an economical way to maintain your commercial buildings while keeping store doors open. It is a small investment that will lengthen the life of your existing roof. Since it will also help you or your tenants save on electricity, it is also a more environmentally friendly choice. In every respect, reflective roof coatings will only benefit your business.

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Krystal Coddington

Written by Krystal Coddington