With winter well and truly here, many commercial property owners worry about whether their roofing system is going to see them through the season. Leaks and roof repairs can happen at any time throughout the year but due to the weather during winter, they can become more problematic.
If you’re concerned about your commercial roof this winter, a liquid applied roofing system is a great consideration. Here are just a few reasons liquid applied roofing is a great system for winter:
Liquid roofing systems can be applied to preserve existing roofs that can be susceptible to the effects of winter weathering. For example with old asbestos roofs. During inclement weather conditions, if roofing systems that have used asbestos become disrupted, harmful materials can be released into the environment. Liquid applied roofing systems can be used to seal in the asbestos making it much more difficult for disturbances to occur.
One of the main advantages of a liquid applied roofing system is its seamless monolithic membrane. This is particularly useful on buildings that have awkward features such as HVAC equipment, drains, pipes or any other unique additions that would make waterproofing difficult. The monolithic membrane is created when the coating is sprayed on the roof and it almost melts together. Getting this high level of waterproofing on such awkward roofs can be difficult without liquid applied roofing and is a great way to keep a commercial building winterproof.
The superior waterproofing of a liquid applied roof system is unrivalled in large part due to the aforementioned monolithic membrane. As previously stated, the membrane can seal around awkward features but it also has the ability to expand and contract as the temperature fluctuations. This is important during winter as temperatures often fall below freezing and then rise again. With roofs that don’t have a flexible system this can cause roof leaks and failures. Having liquid applied roofing means the system expands and contracts with equal tensions across the whole roof, seeing you through winter.