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May. 28, 2024

What Is the Energy Efficiency of Silicone Roof Coatings?

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Summary: The official R-value of silicone roof coatings is negligible, or close to 0. However, they increase energy efficiency by adding reflectivity, lowering roof temperature, and making HVAC units not…
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May. 22, 2024

Preventative Maintenance for Commercial Roofing 101

By Greg Palya
Roof Maintenance
If you’re reading this post, you truly are like no other. A commercial roof is out-of-sight, out-of-mind to most. The only trigger that creates any action is when the roof…
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May. 13, 2024

9 Red Flags Commercial Roofing Contractors Can Have

By Greg Palya
Roofing Contractors
Uncategorized
So, your roof has been leaking for a while. You’re sick of the minor repairs and band-aids that only work for so long. Now it’s time to get a quote…
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May. 07, 2024

Does My Commercial Roof Need 100% Torn-Off?

By Greg Palya
Roof Maintenance
You may be wondering, is my commercial roof in too bad of shape to repair or restore…and is a complete tear-off my only option? In this article, you’ll learn the…
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May. 01, 2024

What R-Value Can Be Achieved on a Bare Metal Roof?

By Greg Palya
Metal Roofing
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick Summary: An R-value of 26 can be achieved on a bare metal roof. Adding more than a R-26 may result in diminished returns. So, you have a metal roof,…
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Apr. 23, 2024

Commercial Roofing 101: The Latest Trends

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
In this article, you’ll learn: And just so you’re aware, West Roofing Systems has been in commercial roofing since 1979. In the past 40+ years, there have been many law…
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Apr. 03, 2024

Ballpark Cost to Restore TPO and EPDM With Silicone Coating

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Quick Summary: The ballpark cost to restore an EPDM roof is $3.50 -$7 per square foot. The ballpark cost to restore a TPO roof is $4 -$7 per square foot.…
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Mar. 27, 2024

What’s the Ballpark Cost to Restore a Commercial Metal Roof?

By Greg Palya
Metal Roofing
Quick Summary: The ballpark cost of restoring a commercial metal roof is $3 – $10 per square foot. The price depends on the details of the project. Do you want…
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Mar. 21, 2024

Why You Should Never Install TPO Over Gravel Built-up Roof

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
SUMMARY: If you have an existing gravel built-up roof that’s old and leaking, don’t go the cheap route by putting a board over it and installing TPO. Doing so will…
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Feb. 08, 2024

Cannot Locate Leak on Commercial Roof: What to Do?

By Greg Palya
Roof Maintenance
Summary: You want to seal the entire roof with a fluid-applied roofing system, such as a roof coating system or spray polyurethane foam. Perhaps you have a commercial roof leak…
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Feb. 01, 2024

8 Ways Spray Foam Roofing Saves Money

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
A new or restored commercial roof isn’t a small purchase. The installation can be costly. Then after the installation, there are other costs that your roof plays a part in,…
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Jan. 25, 2024

Ballpark Cost to Restore a Commercial Gravel Built-up Roof

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Summary: The ballpark cost to restore a commercial gravel built-up roof is $6.50 – $10 per square foot. Many factors affect cost, such as how much gravel needs removed, how…
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Jan. 18, 2024

How to Easily Raise Low Spots on a Commercial Roof?

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Installing a spray foam roof is the easiest and most cost-effective way to raise low spots on a commercial roof. There are two reasons why: If you’ve never seen spray…
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Jan. 12, 2024

3 Costly Mistakes Building Owners Make With Their Roof

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Summary: The three mistakes building owners make with their roofs are: As a building owner, you certainly have a lot of things to worry about: And probably a hundred other…
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Nov. 21, 2023

How to Get an Existing Commercial Roof Under New Warranty?

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Short answer: Install a roof coating system. Doing so can get you a brand new, renewable, 10-20-year warranty. So, you manage a commercial roof and notice that your warranty is…
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Sep. 19, 2023

9 Out-of-the-Box Considerations Before Selecting a Commercial Roofer

By Greg Palya
Roofing Contractors
We all know experience, reviews, certifications, etc. are important. But let’s dive a little deeper. Experience means they most likely can install the commercial roofing system correctly. But experience also…
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Aug. 31, 2023

Everything You Need to Know About Spray-on Roofing Systems

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
You may have heard the term “Spray-on roofing system,” “Spray foam roofing,” “SPF,” “spray polyurethane foam,” etc. They all are the same thing 😊 The term you use doesn’t matter.…
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Aug. 18, 2023

Which Roofing System Minimizes Business Interruption?

By Greg Palya
Uncategorized
Quick Summary: A spray foam roofing system or a silicone roof coating system minimizes business interruption. The reason is that during the installation, tear-off can be minimized (in most cases) by…
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Jul. 31, 2023

How to Cost-Effectively Restore a Unique or Unusual Roofing System?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick Summary – the answer is a fluid-applied roofing system. Since they are fluid-applied, they can go around, up, or down anything on a roof without interruption. Penetrations interrupt a…
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Jul. 20, 2023

11 Common Roofing Issues Solved Easier with Spray Foam

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Commercial roofs have issues just like your car does. Think of the possible issues your car can have: There are so many issues with your car that the list can…
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Jul. 13, 2023

Spray Foam Roofing: UV Protection, Thickness, Colors, Slipping

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Someone visited our site and downloaded “The Essential Guide to Spray Foam Roofing.” This eBook answers basic questions about spray foam roofing, such as: Etc. But I guess the guide…
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Jul. 06, 2023

TPO vs. Spray Foam Roofing: A Direct Comparison

By Greg Palya
Single-Ply Membrane Roofing
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
You know you need a new roof; it’s just a matter of which roofing system to choose. In this article, we’ll compare spray foam roofing and TPO. Here’s what we’ll…
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May. 30, 2023

What Maintenance Is Required After a Spray Foam Roof Is Installed?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
People always say, “We got a spray foam roof installed with a 20-year warranty, so why do I need a maintenance contract”? We’ll solve this debate in this article. The…
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May. 15, 2023

What Are the Capabilities of Spray Foam Roofing?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick summary: Spray foam can be installed over any existing roofing system. It can also go over flat, sloped, and irregular-shaped roofs. Since spray foam is fluid-applied, it can be installed…
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May. 04, 2023

What’s the Best Option to Fix a Flat, Commercial Roof

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Summary: When installed correctly, spray foam roofing or a roof coating system is the best option to fix a flat, commercial roof. This is because they minimize tear-off. Minimizing tear-off reduces…
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Apr. 28, 2023

What’s the Best Way To Restore a Metal Roof?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick Answer: Installing a silicone roof coating system is the best way to restore a metal roof. If the roof isn’t eligible to be coated, a spray foam roof is your…
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Apr. 26, 2023

The Best Way To Restore an Old TPO Roof?

By Greg Palya
Single-Ply Membrane Roofing
The best way to restore an old TPO roof is by installing an elastomeric coating over it. If the roof is in bad shape (seams apart, is super old, lots…
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Mar. 14, 2023

What’s the Best Option To Fix a Commercial Roof Without Replacing It?

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick answer: The best option to fix a commercial roof without replacing it is to install a spray foam roof or a silicone roof coating system. Determining which one depends on…
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Mar. 07, 2023

Best Roof To Install With High Foot Traffic

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick answer: A spray foam roof is the best roofing system to install with high foot traffic. The reason is that it’s 20x thicker than single-ply and has closed-cell properties.…
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Feb. 27, 2023

How Much Does It Cost to Renew a Flat Roof?

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
The average cost to renew a flat roof is $5 – $10 per square foot. The cost varies on many factors, such as: And many more factors, which we’ll get…
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Jan. 25, 2023

4 Tips on Making the Best Decision With Commercial Roofing Issues

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
So, you own commercial property and have roofing issues. Perhaps you have leaks, ponding or standing water, or an expired warranty. And since you already know it’ll be an expensive…
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Jan. 16, 2023

How Strong Is a Spray Foam and Coating Roof?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick answer: The density of spray foam is designed to allow for foot traffic. Spray foam is denser than the commonly used “ISO-Board” in other roof systems. The silicone coating…
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Jan. 03, 2023

What is the Minimum Slope Needed for a Flat Roof?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick Answer: Industry standards require no water area to exceed 100 square feet at ½” deep after 24 hours of dry conditions. Perhaps you’re wondering how commercial roofing contractors install…
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Dec. 13, 2022

The 17 Most Common Questions About Spray Foam Roofing

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
On average, a spray foam roof costs $4 – $8 per square foot. We know this is a wide range. Many variables influence the cost, including the roof size, the…
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Nov. 29, 2022

What’s the Best Commercial Roofing System To Install on a Tight Deadline?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
A spray foam roof is the best roofing system to install on a tight deadline. Why? Because, in most cases, you can install it right over an existing roof, minimizing…
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Oct. 31, 2022

How to Seal the Crevices in a Commercial Roof?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick answer: The easiest way to seal crevices in a commercial roof is to install a fluid-applied, seamless, fastener-less product. Maybe you have leaks from your commercial roof and don’t…
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Oct. 26, 2022

What Kind of Spray Foam Do Roofers Use?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
The spray foam that commercial roofing contractors use is called 3-pound foam. This means that a cubic foot, 1ft x 1ft x 1ft weighs 3 pounds. This differs from the…
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Oct. 11, 2022

How To Determine Saturated Roofing Insulation

By Greg Palya
Roof Maintenance
Do you have roof leaks? If so, the most common way roofs leak is when the insulation gets wet (or saturated). That water eventually comes into the building. It’s like…
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Sep. 29, 2022

Two Major Things Wrong With the Commercial Roofing Industry

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
West Roofing Systems has been in commercial roofing since 1979. Over the years, we’ve seen two significant things that are wrong with the industry: We’ll go through both of these…
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Sep. 22, 2022

What Affects the Cost of a Commercial Roofing System?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Perhaps your roof is leaking, and you know it’s ancient. It’s time for a brand-new roofing system. But what roofing system should you get? Like most building owners, you want…
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Sep. 13, 2022

Why Do Spray Foam Roofs Need Recoated?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick Answer: Spray foam roofs require a recoat every 10-20 years because the coating that protects the foam from UV rays wears away. Perhaps you’ve heard the term “spray foam…
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Sep. 09, 2022

What’s the Best Way to Flash a Roof Against a Vertical Wall?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Perhaps you’re a property owner who’s had multiple issues with flashing a vertical wall? You’ve tried “patching,” but that’s only worked for a few months. It’s time to think about…
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Aug. 23, 2022

The Best Roof for a Shopping Center

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
The best roof for a shopping center is a spray foam roofing system. There are several reasons: They have closed-cell insulation, which will not allow leaks They are easy to…
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Aug. 17, 2022

How To Remove Loose Gravel off a Commercial Roof?

By Greg Palya
Built-Up Roofing
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
The most cost-effective way to remove loose gravel from a commercial roof is to “wet vacuum” it. If you’re unaware of wet vacuuming, it’s a large vacuum that picks up…
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Aug. 01, 2022

How Does a Company Install the Correct Thickness of Foam?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
So, you have some questions about a spray foam roof installation. One question you have is: “How are they able to accurately level a sprayed foam over the existing roof…
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Jul. 28, 2022

How Does Spray Foam Get Secured to an Existing Roof?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Perhaps you’re learning about spray foam roofing for the first time. You hear how it’s seamless, fluid-applied, and in most cases, doesn’t require the existing roof to be removed. And…
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Jul. 19, 2022

What to Do: Leak on a Roof with Ballasted Rocks on Top?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
Quick definition: Rock Ballast means any type of stone used in a roofing system, such as river rock, slag, and pea gravel. So, you have a leak on a roof…
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Jul. 12, 2022

What Is the Cheapest Commercial Roofing System?

By Greg Palya
Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing
The cheapest commercial roofing system is a spray foam roof. It’s the cheapest when you consider everything involved with the total cost: The cost of the installation (process + labor…
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Jun. 17, 2022

What Is a Self-flashing Roof and What Are Its Benefits?

By Greg Palya
West Roofing Systems News
A self-flashing roof is when the top layer of a roof doesn’t need fasteners, adhesives, or rocks to be secured to the insulation or deck below. There are only two…
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Jun. 08, 2022

Not Eligible for a Roof Coating System? – Here’s What To Do

By Greg Palya
Silicone Roof Coatings
So, you’ve heard of the benefits of a silicone roof coating system but recently found out that you’re not eligible. What’s the best option now? The short answer is to…
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