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Your roof is the umbrella to the outside world, your protection against practically every weather condition and the foundation of your home. However, most people tend to overlook these facts and not see their roof being old and damaged, hence the opportunity for its replacement as a priority project. Basically, replacing your roof is not a choice – it is a risk of damaging your structural integrity of the home as well as personal risk to yours and the safety of the family. So, why should you replace your old roof?
How Do I Know If I Need A New Roof?
This is the most common question when thinking about replacing your home’s roof. Sometimes, it’s obvious that you need a new roof. It may have been damaged through a catastrophic storm, it may have many leaks or gaping holes, etc. And sometimes your roof may have hidden damage that only a professional can locate. However, in most cases, you may just want a newer, better looking roof.
Benefits Of A New Roof.
There are many benefits of replacing your old roof. The 6 top ones are:
Silicone Roof Coatings
HOW, WHEN, AND WHERE TO USE SILICONE ROOF COATINGS.
How to Use Silicone Roof Coatings
So you’ve done your researched Silicone Roof Coatings and have decided for yourself that you think they are the best spray applied or rolled roof coating available. What’s next? It’s time to learn the proper uses of silicone roof coatings.
There are two main functions and proper uses of silicone roof coatings. Both of the primary uses of silicone roof coatings involve coating over an existing roofing surface. Because silicone coatings are spray applied, they are not a standalone roofing system. They must be applied over another roofing system, and that system has often already been in place for many years. Whether it’s a new construction getting coated at the very beginning, or the building has been in existence for 50 years and its roof is leaking, silicone roof coatings can extend the roof life. Now let’s look at the uses of silicone coatings more closely.
The first use is to coat over an existing roof surface, or as we like to call it, Roof Coating Restoration. This method is used when the current roofing system on a building is wearing down, rusting, leaking, not performing well with regards to energy, or failing in some other way.
The Roof Coating Restoration steps in and puts a coating over the existing roofing surface, typically somewhere between 20-35 mils (2-3.5 sheets of paper) thick over the failing roof. This tiny layer of silicone coating then protects the roof from the elements, reflects UV rays back into the atmosphere, and can withstand ponding water. It truly is an amazing system.
This is not one of the initially intended uses of silicone roof coatings, but after silicone coatings were used on spray foam roofs, the coating was tested on other substrates and it performed exceedingly well. Since then, the Roof Coating Restoration process has become a major use of silicone roof coatings and has saved building owners millions of dollars by not having to rip out and replace their old roofing system.
What substrates work best with the Silicone Roof Coating Restoration System?
The primary Roof Coating Restoration candidates are metal, built-up, EPDM, TPO, PVC, and modified bitumen roofs. However, the Roof Coating Restoration system can also be applied to Hypalon surfaces, concrete, and itself in the instance of a recoat. Many of these substrates can utilize the Roof Coating Restoration system without a primer, and those that do need a primer only need it in certain problem spots on rare occasions. More often than not, silicone roof coatings can be applied to a roofing surface without a primer.
The second main use of silicone roof coatings is to coat over sprayed polyurethane foam. The only real enemy of an SPF roof is the sun. It can withstand rain, harsh weather and extreme wind, but the sun’s UV rays break down the foam and this shortens its life. To fight this, most SPF roofs are coated with a silicone coating that is UV resistant. This coating is applied when the SPF roof is first installed, almost immediately after it cures, and is also applied every 10 or 15 years based on the original coating thickness.
Whether the coating is going on an SPF system upon original installation as a foam + coating system or 15 years after the initial install as a spray foam recoat system, application of silicone coatings over sprayed polyurethane foam is the second major use of silicone roof coatings and is what silicone coatings were originally designed to do.
Differences in the Uses of Silicone Roof Coatings
There are two general types of silicone roof coatings that are designed specifically for each use described above. The first type is a high solids silicone coating. High Solid Roof Coatings are designed to fill all cracks and crevices when spray applied. Their high solids content also enable them to be built up when applied, meaning they can go on thicker without blistering or defecting. High solids silicone coatings are designed for use in the Roof Coating Restoration system.
The second type of silicone roof coatings is a low solids formulation, designed for use on the SPF projects described above. When a sprayed polyurethane roof is installed, the foam is porous on the surface, almost like the surface of a golf ball. If a high solids silicone coating was installed, it would seep into every crevice of the surface and fill it in completely, which makes for a sturdy roofing system but requires significantly more coating.
In order to keep costs low when coating over foam, low solids silicone coatings were developed to be installed without filling every single dimple. This still allows for a seamless, waterproof, and UV resistant roofing surface, but saves money and requires less material.
Team All Star Roofing & Construction are experts in applying Silicone Roof Coatings!
Benefits of Coatings
Elastomeric roof coatings have been used since the early 1980s over multiple roof types including BUR, modified bitumen, metal, cement, and EPDM.
There are numerous alternatives available for low-sloped roofing, and building owners, specifiers, and managers face uncertainty in selecting the best system. Contributing to the confusion are changing government regulations, TV images of hurricane-damaged roofs, and the drive for improvements to the bottom line in the face of rising energy and labor costs. Roofing choices often come down to system economics, owner preferences, or the specifier’s experience. Often, a lack of awareness of alternative options can result in a compromised choice for the long term.
A long-term, economical roofing solution often overlooked is acrylic roof coatings. California’s Title 24 law has increased awareness of the energy-saving benefits white roof coatings offer. These coatings, applied to traditional roofing systems, comply with new regulations or help a building obtain ENERGY STAR® or LEED Green Building Rating System® certification.
Building owners and facility managers nationwide are realizing the lasting benefits of elastomeric roof coatings. These durable, liquid coatings prolong the life of the existing roof. In fact, elastomeric roof coatings have been used since the early 1980s over multiple roof types, including BUR, modified bitumen, metal, cement, and EPDM. Many white-coated roofs exist today with excellent adhesion and high solar reflectance – more than 20 years after their initial application.
An elastomeric roof coating creates a uniform, seamless surface that remains flexible even at low temperatures. It expands and contracts with changing weather conditions, protecting a roof’s surface from the sun’s damaging rays. This enables the coating to handle the continuous thermal stresses over the lifetime of the roof. Its adhesion characteristics enable the coating to remain attached to the roof in wet or extremely windy conditions. Such a coating employs technology (to resist dirt pick-up) that helps maintain energy-saving reflectance qualities, as well as a bright, clean appearance.
On existing buildings, elastomeric roof coatings do not add “dead load” or weight to the roof. The roof coating can be applied without being counted as an additional layer for code purposes. This mitigates the cost of disposal from tear-off and contributes to dollars saved by the building owner.
To ensure proper performance from an acrylic roof coating, specification ASTM D-6083 (Standard Specification for Liquid Applied Acrylic Coating Used in Roofing) was developed to define a suitable level of quality. The tests and standards are based on actual in-service performance cases of acrylic roof coatings from numerous manufacturers over various roof types, ranging in age from a few years to 20 years, on roofs located throughout the United States. Anyone using a coating that meets this standard can have confidence that the elastomeric roof coating will perform successfully when properly applied over a sound roof.
In summary, by specifying a high-performing elastomeric roof coating, building owners and facility managers can extend the life of their roofs while improving the energy efficiencies of their buildings.
Solar panels are a great investment and can protect your home from UV radiation, while saving you money on your electricity bill. However, what if you plan to sell your home and you want to bring your solar panels with you or maybe it’s time for a re-roof? Whatever the reason, all roofs need to be replaced at some point, leaving homeowners wondering what to do. At Team All Star Construction we provide solar panel removal services to help you remove your panels when we are doing work on your roof.
What is Solar Panel Removal?
It might seem like solar panel removal would be a bit of a taboo topic in a community so heavily focused on renewable energy production, but solar panels are just like any other piece of equipment attached to your home. Homeowners who are replacing their old roof (or another home improvement) may need their solar system removed, and after the work is completed, reinstalled.
What is involved in Solar Panel Removal?
If you need to have your panel cleaned or repaired, the removal is as simple as unbolting the panels from their mounting device and unplugging the connecting power wires. However, for a full removal, the solar circuit must also be disconnected from the main line. Additionally, if you plan to sell your home after the panels are removed, you’ll also need to have your installer remove the mounting hardware that holds the panels upright.
Team All Star Construction uninstalls the solar panels, racking and roof attachments to make the roof ready for action. If needed, Team All Star Construction packages and stores the system components at our secure facility or we will stack neatly on your property. Once the repairs to the roof are completed, Team All Star Construction returns to reinstall your system (including any upgrades).
After the Reinstallation is complete, we test and recommission your system to ensure it’s running right.
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