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Turning Your Metal Roof’s Weak Points into Strengths

Metal roofing has long been a popular choice for commercial roofs due to its durability and energy efficiency. It’s also an environmentally-friendly choice since it’s not made from petroleum by-products and can easily be recycled.

But, despite their obvious advantages, metal roofs do develop issues as they age. Rain, snow, salt air, and a variety of other environmental factors combine to damage your metal roof over time.

Rust and corrosion are the biggest problems, especially on metal roofs made from galvanized steel. Rust usually starts at the seams, eventually leading to leaks that cause costly water damage or even mold infestation.

Even aluminum roofs, which aren’t prone to rust, can suffer from weakened seams or damaged fasteners that also lead to costly leaks.

If your metal roof is showing signs of age or is already leaking, you might think the only solution is to replace your metal roof, which can be a costly proposition. But this isn’t the only option.

At Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we specialize in restoring commercial metal roofing using Conklin Roofing Systems’ complete restoration system.

Today, we’re pulling back the curtain to give you an inside look at how our metal roof restoration process can actually turn your aging roof’s weak points into strengths, extending the life of your metal roof for decades to come.

Weak Point 1: Rust

When it comes to metal roofing, protecting your roof from rust is job number one. That’s why we begin all of our metal roof restoration projects by applying Conklin’s rust-off solution. This neutralizes existing rust and inhibits new rust formation.

Next, we prime the entire roof’s surface with a high-quality Conklin metal primer. This seals and protects the roof’s surface from the elements.

Applying rust protection to an aging roof means many more years of leak-free service for most building owners.

Weak Point 2: Damaged Fasteners

After the roof is primed, it’s time to address the second most common weak point in metal roofing – loose or damaged fasteners. Loose or damaged fasteners allow water to seep in causing water damage over time. You might not even notice these small leaks at first, which can lead to bigger issues down the road.

To fix this problem, we caulk each individual fastener head using Conklin’s fastener-grade Kwik Kaulk. We also look for any other weak points in the roof’s surface and caulk these areas where needed.

Whether you’re experiencing leaks at this point or not, shoring up the fasteners and weak points on your roof provides added protection against future problems.

Weak Point 3: Leaking Seams

Since leaking seams are the most common reason for metal roof leaks, we take extra care to seal and protect them from future leaks. We do this by applying Conklin’s Butyl tape or Spunflex fabric. The tape or fabric is compressed between two layers of base coat to completely seal the roof’s seams, stopping any existing leaks and preventing new leaks from forming.

By sealing and protecting the most vulnerable point on most metal roofs, this process transforms your roof’s seams from a liability into a strength for years to come.

The Final Coat

After shoring up all the weak points on your metal roof, our final step brings everything together. We apply a reflective topcoat over the entire roof that provides an attractive finish and one final layer of protection.

Because this final coating is reflective, it keeps your roof cooler in the summer, too. In fact, white roofs with a reflective coating stay up to 80 degrees cooler in the summer heat for a savings of up to 84% on your energy bills. Protecting your roof from excess heat can also extend the life of your roof.

As you can see, it is possible to transform your aging metal roof into an asset you’ll appreciate for years to come without the cost or inconvenience of a complete tear-off. Our restoration process is designed to extend the life of your roof for decades, while providing leak-free service. Plus, we’ve partnered with Conklin Roofing Systems, a leader in the roofing industry since 1977, to bring you the most reliable, cost-effective roof coatings available.

If you’re ready to explore the possibilities for your aging metal roof, we’d love to talk with you. Based in Quarryville, PA, Unlimited Commercial Roofing works with business owners across Lancaster County. Visit our site to schedule your free, no-obligation roof inspection today!