Reflective Roof Coatings

The Need for Energy-Efficient Roofing

With energy costs on the rise year after year, it’s important to invest in roofing materials that will lower your energy bills and put money back into your business. Vanguard understands the importance of energy savings and is an industry expert in energy-efficient roofing.

Benefits of Reflective Coating

Reflective coatings do exactly what the name suggests; they reflect the UV rays of the sun away from your roof. These UV rays not only warm up your building and increase energy costs throughout the summer, but they are also responsible for prematurely deteriorating your roof. The sunlight breaks down the roofing materials, making way for leaks and moisture to get into your roofing system.

By applying reflective roofing membranes and coatings to your commercial roof, depending on the color of the coating, you could begin to see your energy savings increase instantly. The UV rays will be blocked by a higher percentage than in a regular roofing system. Business owners report that after applying reflective coatings to their property, they see a great reduction in their cooling bills in the summer. Some even see lower heating costs during the winter. 

In addition to blocking UV rays at a higher percentage and increasing your building’s energy efficiency, reflective roof coatings can also prevent roof damage from rain, snow, and ice, reduce noise pollution, and reduce roof leaks. With all these additional benefits of adding a reflective roof coating, you can rest assured your roof will withstand the test of time.

Types of Reflective Coatings

There are various types of reflective coatings, such as acrylic, elastomeric, and polyurethane. Acrylic coatings reflect the sun’s rays and are a great option for the northeast due to the large amounts of rain and snow we receive. Elastomeric coatings are flexible and help to resist wind damage, hail, and other weather conditions. Polyurethane coatings are high-abrasion resistant, which is good for roofs that are exposed to heavy foot traffic.

Roof coatings help decrease the expansion and contraction of the membrane by minimizing its temperature swings. This factor can help prolong the roof’s life. As an added bonus, a new coating system will improve the aesthetics of your building. 

Another reason for purchasing a roof coating system is that it is often less expensive than roof replacement. Your building can also use a coating system to secure an added layer of protection on your new roof.

Application Methods Are Essential

When applying a roof coating to any commercial business property, especially when the roof consists of different materials and slopes. Vanguard has the experience to deal with all types of roofs and the tricky areas around pipes, seams, rooftop equipment, and other variables.

At Vanguard, we apply and service various coating assemblies, such as TopCoat, Henry, Castagra, Karnak, and GAF, to name a few. Working with a professional who practices good safety means your business may not need to close during the installation process.

Contact Vanguard today for more information on reflective coatings and how applying these products will help your business become more energy efficient!