Reducing the Sun’s Impact on Your Roof Is Vital!

Reducing the sun's impact on your roof is vital!

One of the great aspects of fluid-applied roof restoration is the profound impact it can have on a building’s interior climate. Most commercial and industrial roofing membranes are not sufficiently designed to prevent heat absorption which occurs from constant exposure to the sun’s harsh UV rays. As a result, heat permeates throughout the roof structure and ultimately transfers into the building below causing elevated temperatures and higher energy costs.

Fluid-applied roof coatings significantly outperform most traditional roofing membranes such as modified bitumen and EPDM when it comes to reducing the sun’s impact on roof surfaces. In fact, these systems can reflect up to 85% of solar radiation and reduce energy costs by 10-30% on average. This added layer of UV protection not only helps to maintain cooler indoor climates and reduce energy costs, it also prolongs roof life by preventing further degradation to the existing roof membrane.

To illustrate the effectiveness of these highly-reflective and energy-efficient roof restoration systems, we feature a repair project that recently took place on 10,000 sq. ft. smooth modified bitumen roof in downtown Mobile, Alabama.

Project Summary

Admittedly, the building owner did not initially voice any concern over the building’s internal climate, but did report numerous roof leaks throughout the building. To determine the severity of the situation, an inspection was scheduled with an American WeatherStar Approved Contractor.

The first step was to identify the source of the leaks. While the roof was in moderately good condition, the contractor was able to determine that a few isolated portions of the roof membrane, specifically around seams and penetrations, showed noticeable signs of deterioration and was in definite need of repair. In most cases, compromised flashing details, such as this, are the most likely spots for leaks to occur—and if not addressed promptly, could lead to an even more extensive and costly repair project down the road.

Once the extent of the damage was known, the contractor addressed the “problem areas” of the roof by applying localized sections of our Ure-A-Sil system. Since this project did not require a full-scale system installation, the project took only a couple of days to complete. To make a long story short, the Ure-A-Sil system did stop the leaks and the building owner was very satisfied with the quality of work.

A few days later during a follow-up inspection, the contractor, simply out of curiosity, performed an infrared scan of the underlying roof deck from inside the building. The results showed a significant reduction in surface temperature in the areas where the Ure-A-Sil system was installed. Check out the contractor’s infrared images below:

NON-TREATED AREAS (106°F)
AREAS TREATED WITH URE-A-SIL SYSTEM (86.2°F)

Roof Coatings Reduce Heat Absorption

As you can see, the treated sections of the roof are far superior at preventing heat absorption than non-treated areas. While the main objective of this repair project was to stop roof leaks, the added level of UV protection provided by this system cannot be understated. After all, roof leaks are the eventual result of constant, long-term exposure to the elements and minimizing the sun’s impact on the roof surface is essential to increasing its longevity.

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Whether you’re experiencing roof leaks or just want someone to conduct routine maintenance, a roof inspection can go a long way towards extending the life of your commercial or industrial roof. We have a nationwide network of approved contractors standing by ready to give you a free roof inspection. Apply today!

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