What's the Best Roof Coating for Your Commercial or Industrial Space?

Roof Pro Best Roof Coatings For Commercial Buildings Baltimore

If you’re in the market for a new roof for your commercial or industrial space, you’ll most likely be looking for a roof coating. Commercial and industrial roofing requires a different roofing system than a residential home does. According to the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, “coatings will extend the life of the roof by reducing heat transfer into the building, decreasing thermal shock (thermal expansion and contraction of the roof membrane), and helping to mitigate leaks.”

With these things in mind, it is very important to choose the best roof coating for your space. Let’s learn a bit more about these popular coating options and what they can do for your commercial or industrial space.

Asphalt Roof Coatings

Due to its dependability and price, any research on roof coatings will turn up a variety of asphalt options. Asphalt roof coatings come in a variety of options and are solvent based. These are good choices for both cold climates and environments that are prone to inclement weather, as in Baltimore for example. Asphalt coatings come in three popular options: built-up roofing, modified bitumen, and hybrid systems.

Built-Up Roofing (BUR)

The BUR option is very popular and has been used in the United States for decades. This choice is ideal if you’re looking for long-lasting durability. BURs work so well because they are installed by layering the membranes, called “plies”. The plies give a layering effect that provides extra durability through reinforcement. Its respective plie number (such as “5-ply membrane”) will denote the sheets reinforcing the system. Because this system has layers, if one fails, the other layers will continue to protect your structure. This lends to being more waterproof than other options. You can also include reflective roofing options to BRU for additional roofing protection.

Choose this option if:

  • You have a commercial or industrial building
  • You need to keep your building cool
  • Your area is prone to inclement weather
  • Waterproofing is important to your equipment
  • You’ll be able to re-roof in 15-30 years

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Modified Bitumen

Also known as polymer-modified, modified bitumen are composed of “reinforced fabrics that serve as carriers for the hot-polymer bitumen that is manufactured into a rolled material” (National Roofing Contractors Association). These roofing systems are applied with a mopping motion or with heat, such as a torch. This material can expand and contract with heat and tends to be easier to repair since it is done in one motion.

Choose this option if:

  • You require easy repairs
  • Your commercial building is hot
  • You’re looking for weather resistance

Hybrid Systems

These roofing systems are often a mix between modified bitumen and BRU. Most customers won’t need this type of roofing option, but it is necessary in certain situations. Low sloped roofs aren’t often protected with just BRU or modified bitumen, so hybrid options are a necessity. Roofing suppliers such as IKO are beginning to offer these materials more often due to the increasing need for customized roofing solutions.

Choose this option if:

  • Your commercial building has a low slope (not flat slope)
  • You’ve had issues with BUR or modified bitumen in the past

As with any roofing option, make sure you look at the warranty options available through your contractor and ask questions about their process. Make sure you choose an option that helps keep your project on-budget. Just because you are a commercial property owner, doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve quality materials and installation.


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