Managing your facility’s roofing system does not end after the installation. Proper inspections and maintenance are needed to ensure that clogged drains, scuppers, and other issues are cleared before they can cause more damage.
Neglecting maintenance issues, failing to correct defects and forgetting to winterize your roof 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 wintertime 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 is an experienced roofing contractor able to apply high-quality coatings that are essential for success. Warm weather is the best time of the year to apply roof coatings as curing time is a bit longer in cool weather. However, new technologies do allow the application of some 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 storm season and/or 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.