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Pros and Cons of Different Roof Coatings

35067309_sIf you own a commercial building, you may want to consider roof coating for the roof. This is because when you coat your roof, it acts like another barrier to protect the roof from the sun’s rays. It does this by increasing the UV protection which also helps to reduce the energy cost of the building. Another thing that roof coatings do on commercial property is to help prevent the ponding of water with varying degrees of effectiveness depending upon the product. So below are the strengths and weaknesses of different coating materials so that you can make an intelligent choice when you do this job.

  • Acrylic roof coatings are good for most climates and are cost effective. It’s water based and is reflective; easy to use and UV resistant. However; acrylics need to be applied when the temperature is 50 degrees or above. Plus; acrylics will also lose mil thickness with the weathering; and in situations where ponding is normal after every rain, it doesn’t do well.
  • Polyurethane roof coating handles traffic and is more resistant to impact than the other coatings. Also, aromatic and aliphatic are the two main types of polyurethane coatings. For a base coat, aromatic coating is usually used because it’s not UV stable. Aliphatic coatings are more UV stable, are cleaner and hold color well, but are also more expensive.
  • Silicone roof coatings won’t get brittle or hard. Furthermore, it’s good in water ponding situations and is erosion resistant. With silicone being moisture cured, the weather being humid even helps with the curing. The down side is that silicone will hold dirt, but when it rains, the rain acts as a cleaner. But because of this; over time, the material will lose its reflectivity. Plus; silicone is difficult to adhere to so when the roof needs redone, you either have to either remove the silicone or use something that’s compatible with it.

Having a coating put on your roof is an excellent solution if feasible, instead of just having a shingled roof. But get the advice of a trusted professional for the right and needed roof application.

General Commercial Tenant Improvements

When you own a commercial building, improving the property can increase the value and attract a better quality tenant; a pretty much known fact. So with just a few improvements, the profit increase on the building rentals can rise impressively, and the resell value will go up too. Therefore; below are some ways to improve your commercial building:

  • Adding more square footage to your commercial property if needed can increase the demand for tenants. With this, you could add more storage, a conference area and additional office space for rental with the conference room. Also, by having a larger parking area; or even a covered parking area, this could help you get an edge on the competition.
  • You can increase the rental space inside. If there’s space which is not being used or there’s wasted space, say an area which is unfinished, it can be converted into profitable space. So a large storage area not being fully used can be cut into smaller spaces and what’s left over, after any needed storage space being taken into account, can be converted into offices.
  • Update your doors and windows because this will improve the appearance of your commercial rental property. So if the windows are poorly designed or outdated, update them into more efficient, state of the art windows. This will increase the natural light, cut down on noise and reduce the heating/cooling bill.
  • If you give the property a new coat of paint, it will refresh the outside appearance without having to do anything structural. Installing siding is another way to give the building a more updated look too. Plus, if you use a professional landscaping service, this can improve the look of the surrounding area outside the building.
  • When redoing the parking area, consider increasing security and the amount of parking spaces. By installing gates and alarm systems additionally it will make prospective tenants and the tenants you already have feel safer. Also, if your area is prone to criminal activity, consider hiring a private guard for the parking area and grounds.

These are just some of the general improvements on your commercial property that you can make.