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What are some best practices for successful coating installations?

John Kenney Successful coating installations
December 5, 2023 at 1:00 p.m.

CCS Influencer John Kenney says successful roof coating installation begins with rigorous surface preparation.

In the specialized roofing field, contractors face unique challenges regarding roof coating installations. The success of these coatings is not just a matter of enhancing the aesthetic appeal of roofs but also about ensuring their longevity and protection against various environmental elements. The key to achieving this lies in adhering to a set of best practices, each playing a critical role in the overall effectiveness and durability of the roof coatings. 

The successful roof coating installation begins with rigorous surface preparation. This step is pivotal in ensuring the roof surface is free from contaminants such as dirt, debris and existing deteriorated coatings. The presence of these elements can significantly hinder the new coating's ability to adhere correctly, leading to issues like peeling or cracking over time. Therefore, a thoroughly cleaned and primed surface is the foundation of a robust and lasting coating application. 

Beyond cleaning, the integrity of the roof itself must be addressed. This involves repairing damage like cracks, leaks or structural weaknesses. These repairs are crucial as they ensure a uniform coating application and prevent future water ingress or structural failure issues. The goal is to create a smooth, unblemished surface for the coating to apply, ensuring maximum adhesion and effectiveness. 

Choosing the right coating material is another critical decision that roofing contractors must make. This choice should be tailored to the specific requirements of the building and its environmental exposure. Factors like weather conditions, UV exposure and potential foot traffic on the roof are essential considerations. The appropriate coating enhances the roof's protective qualities and ensures it can withstand the specific challenges it will encounter. 

During the application process, maintaining a clean and controlled environment is essential. Any dirt or other particles settling on the wet coating can compromise its integrity and finish. Using the right tools and techniques for application is also vital. These include selecting suitable brushes, rollers, or sprayers and applying the coating evenly and methodically. Application efficiency is not just about saving time but ensuring a consistent, high-quality finish that will stand the test of time. 

Finally, the role of ongoing maintenance cannot be overstated. Regular inspections and upkeep of the coated roof are necessary to maintain its condition and functionality. This involves routine cleaning, checking for any signs of wear or damage, and addressing them promptly. Proper maintenance extends the life of the roof coating and preserves its aesthetic and protective properties. 

In summary, roofing contractors aiming for successful roof coating installations must focus on thorough preparation, careful material selection, precise application and diligent maintenance. By following these best practices, they can ensure that their roof coatings look good and provide robust protection for years to come, safeguarding both the building and its investment. 

John Kenney is the CEO of Cotney Consulting GroupSee his full bio here.



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