How A Roof Coating Can Help Protect Your Commercial Roof

Commercial Roofing Contractors Applying Roof Coating

If you run your business from a commercial facility, you probably know that maintaining the property, especially its most expensive component, the roof is a constant struggle that incurs high expenses as well. Fortunately, there are many great and affordable ways to preserve the condition of your commercial roofing, regularly applying a suitable roof coating product being the best method. To enable your roof to take all the beating from the elements, from heat and solar radiation to freezing temperatures and excessive rain, here is how a suitably applied and refreshed roof coat can protect your roof and with it, your entire commercial building.

What is, in fact, Roof Coating?

Commercial roof coating is a material in liquid form that is applied on top of the roof to form a uniform, resistant and durable membrane that prevents the direct exposure of the roofing material to sun, rain and snow and enhances its resistance to temperature variations. Available coating products can be divided into two types: solvent-based materials, such as silicones and urethane products and water-based coatings, such as acrylic. While solvent-based products are generally known to be more durable, they are also more expensive, while water-based materials are cheaper and less smelly, but they also last shorter.

The Benefits of Roof Coating

The performance of your commercial roofing can be very efficiently enhanced with the right type of coating – here are some of the most important benefits:

  • Prolonged lifespan – commercial roofs are strong and long-lived structures, but the right type of roof coating can prolong that lifespan by up to a decade;
  • Improved energy-efficiency – many coating products have reflective properties that prevent the roof from absorbing solar heat, thus protecting the roof and reducing the energy needed to cool the air underneath the roof during daytime hours;
  • Better looks – coating products come in a wide range of colors, making aesthetic improvements easy and affordable;
  • Leak prevention – roof coating products offer an excellent waterproofing solution as well, preventing the premature deterioration of the roof because of the accumulation of ponding water;
  • Corrosion and rust prevention – metal roofs and the metal flashing used around roof openings are prone to developing rust and corrosion, especially if the surface of the metal component is bare or the old coating is damaged. A fresh layer of protective coat prevents both rust and corrosion, thus prolonging the lifespan of metal roofing elements.

How to Apply the New Coating on Your Commercial Roof

The first re-coating process should ideally take place 5-10 years after the installation of the roof, depending on the condition of the roof and the harshness of the environmental circumstances that the roof is exposed to. The coating process needs to be repeated every 5-10 years by professional Chicago commercial roofing contractors to maintain the protective qualities of the protective layer.

The first steps in the application of roof coating are roof cleaning, inspection and repair – only a roof that is in perfect condition can be coated, so all the impurities need to be removed and all the problems need to be fixed before applying the coating layer. Coating products can be applied from a spray can or with the help of a roller and its efficiency is usually enhanced with some fiber-based material to reinforce the most sensitive areas of the roof, such as the flashings and the roof penetrations.

 

 

 

Recommendations For Basement Windows

Basement Denver Replacment Windows

Why do basements need windows? First, basement ventilation is the key to preventing mold formation in your home and getting moisture trapped inside, affecting the quality of the air you breathe and the thermal comfort. Basements are places that may contain dangerous contaminants; the lack of proper ventilation will allow these contaminants and smells to spread in your entire home. Because of their underground location, moisture penetrates more easily the floor and walls. When this cold humidity collides with warm air, condensation occurs. As such, more than any other rooms in the house, the basement is prone to moisture problems, mold growth and other indoor pollutants. Some of these are toxic and dangerous to the occupants’ health.

The basement is also commonly used for storing household chemicals. Paints, solvents, automotive products and cleaning products slowly release chemicals into the air. In an unventilated space, these chemicals accumulate and produce a toxic environment. Ventilation of the basement evacuates polluted or dirty air and allows fresh air in, therefore home owners are advised to ensure a constant flow of clean air through installation of adequate windows for their basement.

Most of the time, natural ventilation is sufficient for ensuring thermal comfort and adequate air quality in your basement, but it depends on the windows. Natural ventilation uses air currents, but this type of ventilation works only for basements with strategically located windows that can be opened and closed easily.

But basement windows are not only about ensuring proper ventilation; they also provide the natural light needed in addition to the artificial light, to ensure a healthy, safe and comfortable environment.

 

Factors to consider when choosing windows for your basement

In the process of installing basement windows, it is necessary to consider various factors that will directly affect the durability and efficiency of the chosen products. The main aspect in this case is that the windows will be located relatively close to the ground level (10-20 cm), so they will have to withstand external influences, especially a high level of humidity.

Basement Denver replacement windows are not like other windows in your home, so do not be fooled into believing that you can install any type of window. Basement windows are specially designed to fit in the existing conditions. They are smaller compared to other windows and there are local codes to be respected. For example, a basement window is typically required to have a height of at least 24 inches and a width of 20 inches, with an opening of at least 5.7 to allow occupants to escape in an emergency situation, or to allow a fully equipped firefighter to enter from outside.

It is necessary to regularly clean and wash the glass, as any contamination of its surface leads to a 60% block of light penetration. In addition, white profiles will reflect a larger amount of natural light.

Basement windows made of PVC are considered the most popular. Nowadays, anyone can opt for PVC basement windows, as they are affordable and can increase the light by 10-15% without losing their thermal properties. It is not advisable to use a wood profile for the basement windows because of its constant exposure to moisture.