The importance of Roof Preparation is essential for having a successful restoration.
According to the NRCA, the general rule is to inspect the roof twice a year, once each season, summer and winter.
Roof Preparation begins from the initial inspection, where you can ask your contractor for infrared technology to give you a complete scan of the insulation areas.
The inspection report will tell you the current roof conditions and if it will be necessary to fill up an insurance claim.
After that, you need to understand which coating systems are available to restore the roof and the restoration procedures for each one, including Roof Preparation.
Roof Preparation might include reinforcing open seams, cracks, blisters, and other deficiencies before applying the restoration system.
This previous work can determine the restoration project is going on safe, effective, and receiving leverage in any dispute.
3 Basic Steps for Roof Preparation
1. Cleaning Roofing Surface
One of the most crucial steps for Roof Preparation is cleaning the surface.
The roofing surface has to be completely free of dirt, grease, contaminants, tools, moisture, loose roofing material, or debris that can interfere with the coating adhesion.
You need to know that the adhesion will not occur if the surface is not clean and dry.
It does not matter which kind of system you choose; the coating system will eventually detach from the surface when it wasn’t properly clean. Resulting in an unsuccessful restoration project.
Roofing Contractors usually rely on tools and products like pressure wash, scrubbers, prime, and washing procedures to leave a smooth surface.
Also, the Roofing Contractor needs to be following the application guidelines required by the roofing manufacturer.
At Instacoat Premium Products, we provide the application guidelines for our coating systems to all of our Roofing contractor networks.
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2. Make all the Necessary Repairs
Repairing all the damaged areas should be just as important as cleaning the surface.
There will be areas and spots in the roof that would need to reinforce like HVAC units, seams, parapets & pipes, etc.
Look for cracked areas, blisters, and other common roofing issues like roof alligatoring, chalking, or excessive moisture.
Our “Neoprene Liquid Rubber” amongst the Reinforcement Fabric is one of the best for this step.
Also, it is useful when reaching tricky areas that are hard to reach or corners. A trowel or a roof brush could be an option.
Previous repairs will allow the coating system to properly adhere to the roofing surface and speed up the dry time, avoiding any bubble formations.
3. Application Techniques & Equipment
Instacoat Premium Products are applied using different techniques.
- Manually Brush
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In other words, the method is an integral part of Roof Preparation.
Similarly, Roofing Contractors should monitor the thickness rates of the coating system chosen.
In this way, you will make sure there is a proper application and avoid future problems if there is a claim with the warranty program.
At Instacoat, we have a series of airless spray equipment to spray the “Neoprene Liquid Rubber efficiently.”
In conclusion, Roof Preparation is more than you think.
Begins with hiring an experienced Roofing Contractor for the initial inspection, and please make sure you receive a damaged report.
However, do not forget that it is a job where both the Roofing Contractor and the property manager have individual responsibilities.
In case you are a Roofing Contractor, do not miss the following tips:
- Initial inspection
- Detailed report
- Remove roof debris, leaves, or branches
- Power wash the surface
- Repair roofing leaks and seal flashings
- Clean and check drains
In case you are a building owner or property manager, do not miss out on the following tips:
- Provide all the historical maintenance records
- Control restoration budget
- Report roof damage and leaks to the contractor
- Ask for a detailed report about roof conditions
- Ask for a warranty program
- Choose a certified applicator
Lastly, be sure to know all the procedures and advantages of the coating system chosen.
You can trust Instacoat Premium Products as your best ally for all your roof restoration projects.
All our coating systems are waterproof and against extreme weather conditions.
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