Everything You Have Always Wanted to Know About Glendale Foam Roof Restoration
Foam roofs are a fantastic roofing solution for many Glendale commercial and residential structures. They are seamless, lightweight, insulate exceedingly well, can help lower your power bill, are watertight and last for a very long time, are sustainable and require minimal maintenance.
To ensure that your Phoenix foam flat roof lasts as long as possible, it is advisable to have your local roofing contractor perform annual maintenance checks. A thorough roof inspection is essential to assess the health of your foam roof and to be able to make repairs before the damage gets too big and too expensive.
Damage to foam roofs can be caused by sub-par installation, a lack of maintenance, missing the window to have your foam roof recoated for protection, hail storms, or because the acrylic coat has worn over time, exposing the foam and making it vulnerable to leaks and water damage.
Here are some things your local foam roofing contractor can do to get your foam roof back in shape:
Your foam roofing contractor will do a thorough inspection of your foam roof and look for any signs of damages in the foam and identify weak spots in the coating. For our customers’ convenience, Express Roofing LLC also provides videos of the roof inspection in which we explain what we are looking at, how it affects the integrity of your foam roof and what can be done about it.
Assess Severity of Damage
One very common type of foam roof damage is blistering. Blistering occurs when air or moisture is trapped under the membrane. While a properly installed foam roof generally will not blister, it is a rather common flaw in many Mesa foam roofs. If the blister is small enough it can often be repaired. Your local foam roofer can explain to you what is needed and how he will go about treating your blistered foam roof.
Another common flat roof problem is cracking. It is not unusual for small cracks to pop up on your flat foam roof over time. If you attend to them fast enough your roof will retain its integrity, but if you leave them unattended , they will turn into bigger cracks that allow moisture inside and may cause blistering and other roof problems. Small cracks can be repaired with caulk or special foam roof materials. Contact your local roofer for more information about how to handle blisters and cracks.
Repair and Restoration
Sometimes the acrylic roof coat wears out and exposes your foam roof to the elements. While most coats have to be reapplied over time it is important that they are not applied over areas that are too worn or damaged.
Elastomeric Roof Coating
The elastomeric roof coating is known to create a lightweight, seamless and flexible surface on your roof. It expands and contracts with temperature changes and the coat is designed in a way that it stays connected with it substrate at all times, no matter if it is wet, cold or hot outside.
Elastomeric Restoration Process
The first step is to clean the roof of dirt and debris, after which it will be deep cleaned to bring up all the other dirt trapped inside the roof. The next step is to apply two coats of premium coating to ensure maximum protection and coverage of your Glendale roof deck.
To ensure that everything will be tight, when done, your roofer will seal metal seams with an acrylic gel and also reinforced protrusions such as pipe jacks with polyester and the acrylic gel. Cracks will be reinforced as well. If your roof has skylights, your foam roofing contractor might seal those with acrylic gel and some polyester webbing and if applicable we might do the same to rooftop AC units as well. Now your roof is ready to be coated.
Five-Ply Restoration Process
Another restoration option available is the five ply system. The process is similar to the elastomeric roof coating one insofar as your roofer will clean the roof to prep it for the restoration process. Then all cracks, skylights, scupper, and pipes are sealed with an acrylic gel that also has UV protective properties and will remain flexible enough to never experience any cracking. The next step is to complete the five ply coating process starting of with two coats of primer in which a polyester mesh is embedded. This is followed by two coats of elastomeric coating that are designed to protect the base membrane from UV rays.
The benefit of the five-ply application is that it makes your roof virtually indestructible and keeps maintenance at a minimum. After about ten years you will have to power wash your roof and apply two more coats of elastomeric coating (which should be done every five years thereafter) and you will have a strong roof for life.
The extend of the restoration depends on the condition of your pre-existing roof. Sometimes, your roofer may be able to work on the roof as is, and other times, it may be too damaged in certain areas so that these will have to be cut out or filled in. Your roofer will let you know which solution is the best for your individual roof.
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