Is your facility’s roofing system ready for winter? By now, hopefully, every section of your metal roof has had a thorough fall inspection. If not, there’s still some time to ensure clogged drains, scuppers, and other issues are cleared and in good shape for the coming season.
Neglecting those issues, failing to correct defects and forgetting to winterize your roof before the snow flies is a recipe for disaster, especially if your facility’s roof is nearing the end of its serviceable life. Well maintained roofs are not as prone to leaks and daily freeze/thaw cycle issues.
Repairing a Metal Roof or Restoring a Metal Roof with a Roof Coating is helpful for aging metal roofs. Not all roofs qualify for coating, but if yours does, it can be a cost-effective method of protection. A roofing professional will inspect the roof, replace any wet insulation that might be present, and repair damaged flashing and other problems before applying a coating.
Coating the roof isn’t a project for a maintenance crew. Using an incompatible roof coating, or misapplying a product, can create more problems than it solves. TSCR has the experience in applying high-quality coatings that is essential for success. Curing time is a bit longer in cool weather but new technology permits the application of some types of coatings at low temperatures.
Single-ply membranes such as EPDM rubber, TPO, and PVC that are nearing the end of their useful life, can be brittle, more prone to leaks and less sound all the way around! Heading into winter with an old, multi-patched membrane is a gamble.
Repairs can be completed on EPDM rubber roofs by applying a rubber patch, much like a large bicycle tire. First, the surface is cleaned with a flammable rubber membrane cleaner and left to dry. Next, adhesive or glue, specified for the type of patch, is applied to the area being repaired and left to “flash off” or cure. Last, the rubber patch is applied and smoothed over the repaired area.
The repair processes for TPO and PVC are similar and can be repaired much like EPDM rubber. Because TPO and PVC are thermal plastics, they can be more brittle on aged roofs and more difficult to repair.