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Roof Coatings - Are They Worth It?

 Roof Coatings - Are They Worth It?

Have you ever given your roof much thought? For many Bay Area commercial property owners, the roof remains out of sight, out of mind, unless a pressing issue demands attention.

Is that really the best approach, though?

Reactive repairs, as you know, are far more expensive than proactive maintenance. Especially in a climate like ours where UV damage is a major threat, protecting your roof with a high-performance coating can make a lot of sense, and translate to dollars saved.

5 Key Benefits of a Commercial Roof Coating

We’ll dig deeper into a few factors to consider below, but first let’s take a quick look at the major benefits.

  • Surface protection
  • Shielding against damaging UV rays
  • Increased efficiency
  • Extending the lifespan of your current roof system
  • Protection against moisture intrusion

Let’s camp on the increased efficiency for a moment. Especially here in the Bay Area where we experience a lot of sun, roofs that are typically dark in color soak up all of that heat. This makes your property more expensive to cool, and the intense heat causes structural strain on your roof system. This is why unprotected roofs simply don’t last as long.

When Does a Roof Coating Make Sense?

 Roof Coatings - Are They Worth It?

Do you have a new roof?

If so, this is an ideal time to protect your investment. Early, proactive steps will increase its longevity, while also minimizing decay and damage that could’ve been avoided.

Is your roof middle-aged?

A coating is still worth it. In fact, this is one of your last opportunities to extend its life and enjoy the additional benefits.

Are older roofs still worth coating?

This is determined on a case-by-case basis. If your older roof is dark and poorly-insulated, but structurally sound, a light, reflective coating can help delay the need for a full replacement.

When a Roof Coating Is Not the Right Choice…

A roof coating should never be considered a band-aid fix. If your system is in need of serious repairs or replacement, that needs to be taken care of first. A healthy, strong surface is the best candidate for an effective coating, and will certainly yield the best return on your investment.

Roof Coating Recap!

In short, roof coatings are absolutely worth the investment in most circumstances, offering tangible benefits for your property and budget. But, the approach needs to be considered carefully, including an evaluation of the current roof’s age and condition.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to reach out to our expert team at MB Jessee Painting. We specialize in Bay Area commercial painting and roof coating services, and would be happy to help you make the best decision for your property.


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