Ceilings or Roofs, Pumpcoat Has its Clients Covered
Any homeowner who has dealt with roofing issues can most likely relate to the headache, stress and oftentimes, bank account-draining experience involved. But it’s not just homeowners who experience these problems. A recent, potentially disastrous leak at a power plant got us thinking about how roof wear-and-tear can affect industrial and residential properties alike.
No matter the building or house, there are certain precautions and techniques used to protect the roof from the elements. One such method is known as roof flashing, where pieces of metal or aluminum are shaped and secured around areas like joints or protrusions – eaves and chimneys – or other intersections. It’s an age-old method of keeping your house watertight, and it works well… up to a point.
This protection can become faulty over time and is also often the likely culprit behind roof leakage. In fact, almost 80% of reported roof leaks are found to be caused by flashings and penetrations. With this recent leak in the fan room of a power plant in West Springfield, Pumpcoat discovered multiple damaged flashing stacks to be the cause. Averting major damage, our field supervisor and a few workers used a special technique to diagnose the problem areas on the 1000 square foot roof. That way, we could figure out the leakage location and plan a strategy to prevent further leaking and repair the flashing.
Not only did we re-flash the area, we also applied an EPDM Rubber Membrane to the roof. This unique coating goes on as a thick liquid that pools onto the roof. Using a squeegee, the liquid is then distributed around the roof. After 14-odd hours, the liquid begins to cure, becoming fully cured in several days. EPDM rubber is a material commonly used for radiator hoses, freezer seals, pond liners; things where containing water is a priority and tough conditions/changing temperatures might be an impediment. You can also get the rubber in white or black, depending on your needs. (The white offers a substantial deal of heat reflectivity which saves on the heating and cooling costs within the plant.)
At Pumpcoat, we are always eager and willing to solve your problems and repair damage, but we also like to share our experiences so that we can aid our customers in prevention and maintenance.