In 2011, Florida Quality Roofing replaced the shingle roofs for the Emerald Hills Condominiums. At the time, they also needed to address the aging and leaking flat roofs. However, due to budgetary concerns they were only able to replace the shingle roofs. As an alternative, roofing maintenance was performed twice a year. The maintenance was done before and after hurricane season, and consisted of diligent inspections of the membrane, removing all blisters, and installing “sacrificial layers” on areas where the water would pond. A silicone roof coating restoration was recommended as an alternative to an entire roof replacement, but the decision would come three years later.
January 2014, the President and General Manager of the Board of Directors for Emerald Hills met on numerous occasions to discuss their aging, flat roofs. Their roof system is composed of a metal and concrete roof deck, with a base layer of 12-inch polyisocyanurate, a top layer of high density (HD) wood fiberboard, three fiberglass ply IVs, and a modified bitumen cap sheet. As a result of the roof system, the re-roofing option proved too extensive, costly, and simply out of their budget—instead, a silicone roof coating restoration was recommended once again.
The first step was to a successful silicone roof coating restoration is to order a roof moisture survey to locate any areas where moisture might have been concentrated. Upon reviewing the survey, several wet areas were identified that needed to be removed prior to applying the coating. This is a crucial step that is often overlooked.
After removing the wet areas, the roof was power washed to remove dirt and debris. The next step in the silicone roof coating restoration process was to apply the epoxy primer and was followed by two coats of silicone in order to achieve a total of 20 dry mils (per manufacturer requirement for a 10 year warranty).
In essence, through the silicone roof coating restoration the roof was restored and at least 10 more useful, protective years were added to it’s lifespan, in which the buildings will also benefit from a cooler, more energy-efficient environment.
Additionally, as part of the FPL (Florida Power and Light) energy savings envelope program—this reflective silicone roof coating restoration qualified Emerald Hills Condominiums to receive energy saving rebates.