commercial roof coatings

Coatings For Flat Roofs

If you’re a business owner seeking to protect and preserve your buildings or real estate investments, commercial roof coatings may be an option you should consider. It’s a great alternative to a full roof replacement.

Commercial roof coatings are often overlooked, as many people don’t know enough about them in order to make an informed decision. As a relatively new innovation in building maintenance, roof coatings offer novel alternatives to business owners seeking to balance a limited budget against a need to keep their facilities in good working condition. Commercial roof coatings may be the perfect solution in your business’s specific circumstance.

At Big Anchor Roofing & Gutters, we have dedicated experience with commercial roof coatings, and we can help you determine if they’re the right option for you and your business. Give us a call today at 336-7 45-9534, and we can provide a no-cost appraisal of your building’s condition and a free estimate. We’ll be straight with you about whether roof coatings make sense for your business, and we can empower you with all the alternatives at your disposal.

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The Purpose of Commercial Roof Coatings

Roof Coatings

All things considered, the primary motive behind commercial roof coatings is to improve the effectiveness of your current roof and to extend its overall lifespan. A new roof coating can protect your business’s roof from potential leaks, thanks to a seamless, “monolithic structure” and powerful self adhesive properties. Roof coatings also feature flashing capability, which basically means that installation only requires a single membrane application. There are no special features or additional hardware required for pipes and joints.

A roof coating can enable a business to address concerns about an aging roof by extending its viability without the full cost of a traditional replacement.

roof coating in progress
Technicians coat screw sites with a protective urethane seal before the final coating
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A quick onsite video of the final coating in progress

Roof Coatings Pros And Cons

Silicone Roof Coatings Pros And Cons

Making the decision to move forward with a commercial roof coating as opposed to a full roof replacement becomes easier as you consider the benefits. At Big Anchor Roofing & Gutters, we can help you navigate the pros and cons. Here are a few of the key benefits you can expect with a roof coating application:

The Pros

No Leaking

An essential benefit of commercial roof coatings is that they virtually eliminate the potential for leaks. The liquid application allows the substrate to penetrate every nook and cranny of your roof structure, for an airtight seal. Of course, no roofing solution is full proof against the occasional leak, but roof coatings insure that they are exceptionally rare and easy to repair.

UV Protection

The final coating used in Big Anchor’s application is a bright white, by design. This insures that your commercial roof coating has maximum reflective qualities, to help keep the sun’s heat out of your building. Roof coatings can reflect up to 80-90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. This keeps your bottom line lower, as it requires less cooling costs inside during the summer months.


Another benefit of roof coatings is their longevity. The standard silicone top coat that we apply won’t degrade, chalk, or crack over time from prolonged exposure to direct sunlight. Erosion is much slower when compared to other elastomeric coatings, and it avoids becoming brittle or hard.

Flexibility & Weatherability

Roof coatings form a highly flexible, impermeable membrane coverage of your roof, capable of withstanding wind-driven sand, oxidation, and extreme temperatures. They are also capable of enduring the natural thermal expansion and contraction that occurs in large roof structures.

Environmentally Safe

While most roof coatings are considered environmentally friendly, high-solid silicone formulations like the technique that Big Anchor uses perform particularly well. It boasts a solvent-free process, and contains extremely low volatile organic compounds. This meets and exceeds all state-regulated material safety standards, making them safe for use in all 50 states.

Ease Of Installation

The installation of a commercial roof coating is a straight-forward process. After a thorough cleaning of the existing roof surface, a primer is followed by two coats of the signature urethane/silicone composite. Installation is quick and easy, with minimal (if any) disruption of business and building accessibility. You’ll be up and running in no time.

The Cons

Dirt Attraction

The silicone top coat used in our process tends to attract dirt and other airborne particles. Over time, this attraction can accumulate and ultimately impact the roof coating’s reflective property. As you might imagine, that impacts the roof coating’s susceptibility to heat from the sun – and correspondingly – your cooling bill.

As a result, we recommend pressure washing a roof coating system every 6-12 months after installation. This typically eliminates the problem of dirt and debris accumulation and preserves the reflective advantages of roof coating.

Slippery When Wet

The silicone topcoat used in our process can make surfaces very slippery. If your business structure is one that might require a decent amount of foot traffic on the roof, the slip factor can be mitigated with a “Walk-Path System” that clearly marks areas designated for pedestrian traffic. We can talk through these kinds of roof coating concerns when we evaluate your particular building’s needs.

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Commercial Roof Coating Installation


Big Anchor Roofing & Gutters benefits from a decade of experience with roof installation, replacement, and repair. Our technicians follow a careful process to insure that your roof coating is properly installed and you business is protected.



Before proceeding with anything else, we make a careful inspection of the existing roof. This is to confirm that your roof is a good candidate for roof coating, and it also identifies any need for repair prior to coating.



Any needed repairs identified in the inspection are made. This often includes the removal of protrusions, repair of sheet metal, or removal of wet insulation (from past leaks).



Before applying the roof coating, we insure a pristine surface by performing a thorough power-wash cleaning. This removes debris and helps to insure a proper seal.



All seams and flashing details are coated with a special urethane seal to help withstand the expansion and contraction of the roof structure over time.



Finally the main event. Depending on the roof in question, a primer may be necessary to insure a proper adherence of the primary coating. Once primed, a urethane coat is applied to provide the roof with superior strength, durability, flexibility, and adhesion.



The urethane coating is followed by a silicone coat. This forms a seamless rubberlike membrane with industry-leading UV protection, reflectivity, and resistance to ponding water.

Commercial Roof Coating Maintenance


One of the primary appeals of commercial roof coatings is that maintenance is incredibly easy and straight-forward. Essentially, if a problem develops (in the form of a leak), you simply identify the site, clean the immediate area, and then add more coating to reseal any holes or gaps. This requires minimal disruption to your daily business.

Commercial Roof Coating Recoating


Addressing a roof coating that has run its course (with respect to functional lifetime) is almost as straight-forward as maintenance. If your roof coating is overdue for replacement, a simple recoating adds an additional 10, 15, or even 20 years of additional effectiveness. This doesn’t require a removal of the original roof coating, It just involves a thorough power washing, followed by a fresh new coating. For a fraction of the cost of a new roof, you can add up to an additional 20 years of protection.

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What They Say About Big Anchor

Why Choose Big Anchor?

Commercial roof coatings are a highly effective, cost efficient solution for your business. It’s also one that many business owners and building managers overlook. Big Anchor Roofing & Gutters has proven experience with commercial roof coatings, and we’d be happy to help you learn more about roof coatings and whether they’re a good solution for you. Give us a call at 336-745-9534 today for a free appraisal and estimate.

We’ve earned our reputation as a dependable resource for commercial roof coatings by servicing the entire NC Piedmont, from Lewisville and Clemmons to Winston-Salem and Greensboro to Durham and Raleigh.

Our craftsmanship and commitment to service has earned us a Grade A rating and 5-star reviews with the Better Business Bureau as a credited business.

That’s why we’re confident in offering our Satisfaction Guaranteed warranty. We won’t quit until you’re fully satisfied, and your roofing challenges have been fully met.

Check out some of our other services. Again, regardless of the challenge you face, we’re fully qualified and ready to help. Give us a call today.