In the world of re-roofing, it is often the systems that are the quickest and easiest fixes that are specified and installed.
Typically, this means re-installing the same roof that currently exists which is specified by either a roofer or building contractor and include: single-ply seamed top sheets of either EPDM, TPO or PVC or a total removal and install of a built-up modified bitumen roof system.
Pinpointing where a roof is failing or a leak is originated from is often the most challenging part of a roof repair. Therefore, new roof systems are installed over the existing roof. Where two or more existing roofs are present, local building codes require the removal of the existing roofs prior to the installation of asphaltic or single ply roll sheet roof systems. Fluid Applied Roof Systems can be installed over two roofs and still provide a full 20-year Waterproof warranty.
Fluid Applied Roofs are Seamless Monolithic Applications with Full System Warranties
Many roof failures occur where dissimilar materials meet one another at critical locations on a roof including flashings, crickets, drains and equipment curbing locations. These areas of different materials are excluded from manufacturers warranties and only covered by short-term workmanship warranties of 1-2 years. Fluid applied systems use the same materials on the horizontal surfaces as are used to flash all roof penetrations and provide a fully warrantied monolithic system.
Fluid Applied Roofing Systems are Sustainable
Roofs do not always need to be torn off when they are reaching the end of their service life. Leaving an existing roof in place is a LEED initiative that reduces the impact on overburdened landfills and the transportation to the landfills. Most roofs fail in localized areas that can be identified by infrared surveys that can be repaired and then sealed with a New Fluid Applied Roof System.
Fluid Applied Roofing Systems are Compatible and Flexible
Fluid applied roofing systems are IBC Regulatory compliant and are compatible for application over most roof systems including: Asphalt, Single-ply, Modified Bitumen, Spray Foam, Metal, and New Green/Garden Roofs. Fluid applied roofing systems are also flexible and can be applied in and around hard to reach areas such as: up walls, up to and around equipment curbs, exhaust fan flashings and under mechanical equipment without disassembling and removing them for roof repairs.
Not All Cool Roofs Are Created Equal
The US DOE, CRRC and Energy Star have determined that Solar Reflective Roof Top Coats “Cool Roofs“ Save Energy and many utility providers provide energy credits for the application of New Cool Roofs. Super Therm® is a patented blend of ceramic compounds that has the ability to prevent, reflect and block 95% of surface heat load from being absorbed by the surface it is covering. Typical energy saving from the application of Super Therm® lowers the surface temperature of conventional roof surfaces 20-50% resulting in energy savings with ROI’s of less than 2 years.
I am confident that Fluid Applied Membrane Roof Systems will overtake traditional single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM & Ballasted) and Built-up (BUR and Modified Bitumen) for re-roof applications. Fluid Applied Roof Systems are now more than the temporary fixes that historic roof coatings provided. Fluid Applied Roof Systems that are fully warrantied, monolithic, integrated roof systems and can be applied over 2 existing roofs will become the roofing system of choice for building owners, facility managers and engineers.