“Man, we seem to be getting a lot of requests for commercial roof coatings over the last few years,” was the general theme at a staff meeting not too long ago. And then, we just happened to read an article in a recent issue of MRCA’s Midwest Roofer Magazine talking about just that: Current Trends in Roof Coatings.
The article speaks to the departure over the past 20 years from long-standing roofing solutions such as built-up roofing and modified bitumen. It notes that as a result of this departure, the market has seen a fairly widespread migration to thermoplastic solutions – TPO, PVC, and KEE. But this is over the past 20 years, and as more and more of these systems approach the end of their serviceable life, it’s no surprise that the roof coatings you see today are NOT the roof coatings of yesterday. Simply put, the solutions of the past are just that – the past.
Now, when you think about it, 20 years isn’t really that long ago. The NBC sitcomFriends was just starting its epic run. Moviegoers worldwide learned that “life is like a box of chocolates” (Forrest Gump, 1994). Grunge was in. The World Series was off. The Cowboys won the big game. And who can forget the infamous slow-speed chase involving the white Bronco? The internet was just starting to be widely available to the public through the Mosaic platform. And, if you had a cell phone, you were a tech trendsetter…even if it was the size of a shoe box and you carried it around in your “phone purse” (yeah, we had one too).
So it’s really amazing to see just how far technology has come in 20 years. Technological advances in the roof coatings for the commercial roofing industry are no different. If the roof on your building is nearing the end of its serviceable life, there are several things to consider as you look for ways to extend the life of your system, for example:
- Is your system eligible for coating?
- Are there other conditions that need to be addressed prior to application?
- Will a coating application void your current warranty?
With the variety of new products and applications continuously entering the market, it’s smart to have a Professional, Licensed Roofing Contractor on your side. Professional, Licensed Roofing Contractors have the expertise to be able to offer comprehensive solutions tailor-made for your specific situation. So whether you have an old modified bitumen roof that’s leaking like a sieve or a 20-year-old TPO membrane roof that’s just starting to show the signs of aging, the good news is that there is a solution out there that can help. The trick is just finding the right one.