For Building Owners and Facility Managers
Is the cost of applying a roof coating a good investment?
Yes, applying a roof coating is an excellent investment.* If the installation costs for a roof coating (which vary) are slightly higher in certain situations, the long-term benefits can easily offer an attractive return on the installation investment, by providing:
- A cost-effective way of meeting your roofing needs
- Longer roof life, better durability- coatings protect the roof substrate from destructive UV
- Reduced maintenance costs over the life of the roof; and coatings can provide the added bonus of being a water-resistant barrier
- Better budget management due to predictable life extension of the roof (the opportunity to re-coat the roof rather than replace it)
- Reduced installation risks
- Minimal disruption to the occupants, operations during application, construction process, saving money in areas other than the roofing materials and application itself
- A more desirable and comfortable work environment inside the building
- Opportunity for energy credits, tax savings, rebates
*Coatings are considered “restoration” and not a new roof system installation. Therefore they may usually be expensed in the fiscal year during which they are applied instead of amortizing the cost over the life of the roof (as in a new membrane installation). This can be a huge tax benefit to some building owners. Check with your CPA or CFO to properly apply this information to your own roof situation.
Is a special contractor required to install a roof coating?
An experienced roofing contractor should apply the roof coating. Although the coating may look like an ordinary architectural coating, successful application and long-term performance requires proper preparation, repair of leaks or damaged areas, and ultimately proper selection of the correct primer and coating system.