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Commercial Roof Coating: Gimmick or Legitimate Investment?

White Flat Roof With Skylights

A Roof Coating Can Greatly Enhance Waterproofing and/or Energy-Efficiency for Your Building.

You may have already heard of commercial roof coatings. While many businesses sing the praises of roof restoration, you have to ask: “Is it really worth the cost?” Let’s find out!

What is the Purpose of a Roof Coating?

Consistent maintenance and seasonal repairs will prevent the majority of problems for your roofing system. There comes a time however, when gradual wear and tear has worn down your material, leaving tears and punctures. You’re left with a difficult choice: do I stick it out and keep scheduling repairs, or do I start looking for a roof replacement?

That’s where roof coatings come into play. A roof coating is the middle option between repairs (which can get expensive over time) and installing a brand new roof (immediately expensive). The restorative coating can mend minor holes, cracks, tears, etc., but there are many other potential benefits as well. Many businesses see a dramatic decrease in their cooling costs as well, because a coating can reflect additional sunlight.

Which Roof Coating is Best?

“What’s best for my business?” is the right question. It all depends on what functional priorities you have. Some of the most popular roof coatings include:

  • Acrylics 
  • Silicone Coatings
  • Polyurethane
  • Butyl Coating

If your business is searching for a stronger waterproofing to combat pooling water on the roof, your best choices will be either butyl or silicone. Both of these can handle weathering hazards extremely well. Polyurethane offers fair water resistance with excellent color protection.

Companies that look for energy-efficiency above all else often go with an acrylic or even a urethane modified acrylic coating. Acrylics (especially whites) are highly reflective, so they can greatly reduce the temperature of your roofing system. Who doesn’t like saving money on heating and cooling costs?

Schedule Your Commercial Roof Coating!

Our team at Keystone General Contracting, LLC is happy to provide estimates and installation for your choice of roof coating in Shreveport, LA and nearby areas. Give us a call today at (318) 703-4780!

How a Cool Roof Could Help Your Company

Cool Roof

White and Other Reflective Colors Help Reduce the Surface Temperature of Your Rooftop.

You’ve probably heard about cool roofing solutions over the years and how they can save you money. How exactly does that work? Well, with a properly installed cool roofing system, you can expect exception energy savings from your HVAC system and lower maintenance costs for your roofing.

How Does a Cool Roof Work?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy,

Standard or dark roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more in the summer sun. A cool roof under the same conditions could stay more than 50°F cooler and save energy and money by using less air conditioning.”

One of the most literal terms in the roofing industry, “cool roofing” reduces the surface temperature of your system for better energy efficiency. This is usually achieved by making your roof more reflective, either by using alternative roofing materials or via flat roof coatings. As a result, your HVAC unit won’t have to work as strenuously to compensate for extra heat. That means fewer calls to your HVAC company for commercial air conditioner and heater repair.

What is a Cool Roof Made Of?

There’s more than one way to craft a cool roof, such as…

  • Metal roofing materials (especially aluminum)
  • Light-colored single ply material (TPO and PVC are favorites)
  • White roof coatings (acrylics and other elastomeric solutions)

When you’re installing or replacing your commercial roof, the material you pick has a tremendous impact on your building’s energy efficiency. A well-insulated roof will keep cool air inside your building, while a reflective roof will keep the extra heat out. Popular materials for cool flat roofs include white TPO and PVC, while aluminum is a favorite for sloped roofing systems.

However, you don’t have to wait for roof replacement to access the benefits of a cool roof. Many benefits utilize acrylic coatings for their reflective capabilities. In very humid and high-precipitation climates, urethane modified acrylics add enhanced waterproofing capabilities to ensure your coating lasts. Coatings are very easy to install, plus they have minor restorative capabilities perfect for roofs with cracking and abrasions.

Flat Roof Coatings and Commercial Roof Installation

Are you eager to get the ball rolling on your company’s cool roof? We’d love to help you! You’re welcome to call our Keystone General Contracting, LLC professionals at (318) 703-4780 to get an estimate on your roofing system.

3 Shingle Upgrades: Superior Strength & Style

Shingle Upgrades

Find a Shingle Roof That Provides the Style and Strength Your Home Deserves!

Lots of people love their shingle rooftops! Asphalt shingle roofing has its perks, but sometimes your home needs a material that provides stronger protection. Thousands of people are in the same boat, but there are several quality options for homeowners wanting something better. Consider these three amazing shingle upgrades for enhanced roof protection and beautiful style!

Upgrade Option #1: Architectural Shingles

Withstanding wind speeds of up to 120 mph, architectural (or laminate) shingles are much more resilient against extreme weather incidents. The special layering process of architectural shingles also creates a lovely multidimensional look in your roofing system. Who couldn’t use a little extra curb appeal?

Upgrade Option #2: Impact Resistant Shingles

Have you ever had to submit an insurance claim for rooftop hail damage? You probably remember the hassle and the stress if you have. Impact resistant shingles can handle hail strikes of up to 90 mph, without breaking! They come in a variety of colors for your styling convenience, but imagine never having to file another rooftop damage insurance claim.

Upgrade Option #3: Synthetic Shingles

Synthetic shingles allow you to mimic the appearance of luxury wood shakes, tile, and slate! With synthetics however, homeowners get to skip the exorbitant maintenance costs and heavy weight associated with traditional luxury shingles. Synthetic tiles are so light, they don’t even need additional roof supports! Synthetic wood shakes don’t require frequent cleaning like natural wood. With numerous designs and colors to choose from, you’ll see why so many people choose synthetic shingles for their roofing system.

Which of these shingle upgrades appeals to you? For all your questions about premium shingle roofing, you’re welcome to chat with the experts at Keystone General Contracting, LLC. Call (318) 703-4780!

Roof Replacement Vs. Repair

A damaged roof is a damaged roof, but many homeowners wonder when or if they would be saving money and time fully replacing their roof or just getting repairs. Here are some ways to know if roof needs to be replaced or just repaired:

Age

Our Roofers Can Replace Or Repair Your Residential Roof

The type of roofing material you have plays a big factor in when you should opt for replacement. Premium roofing types like slate, metal, and tile can last 80 or more years, while more affordable materials like shingles need to be replaced and repaired more often.

Storms

If you live in a storm-ridden area, consider replacing your roof with a stronger roofing system like impact resistant shingles or metal. That way you won’t have to get so many repairs after every big storm that passes through because heavy rains or winds blew off your shingles.

Moisture

Depending on how big of a leak will determine whether you can just patch your roof and get a few more years out of it or if you need to replace it all together. If you catch the leak quick enough, a simple repair will be fine. If you notice brown water stains on your ceilings or dripping water inside, you need an entire roof replacement as you have a major hole in your roofing system.

How Long Staying in House?

If you know you aren’t going to be staying in this house a long time, repairing the roof for while you are living there is your better option financially. If you have bought a home and are planning on living there for decades or generations, replacing a roof is more affordable in the long run than having to constantly repair the roof.

If you need your roof replaced or repaired in the Shreveport, LA area, call Keystone General Contracting, LLC at (318) 703-4780 today.