8 Tips To Help Building Owners Select A Commercial Roofing Company

Recoating a roof is one of the biggest investments a building owner can make. Fluid applied roofs can last for 20 years or more, therefore selecting the right company is of utmost importance. Ideally, the company selected will have years of experience, in-depth knowledge, and an outstanding reputation.

Here are some tips to help guide you through the process.


The internet is a great place to start. A simple Google search will bring up multiple local companies for you to choose from. From here you can narrow down your search by looking at case studies on their websites, viewing previously completed jobs and reading reviews.

Another option is to reach out to distributors and material manufacturers and ask them to provide a list of preferred companies.

Ask for referrals from friends, family, and businesses in your area. Make sure the referrals you receive have had work done recently and their projects are similar to yours. Don’t just scan over the list of referrals, make an effort to contact each of them. They will give you their unbiased opinion on their experience working with that company and how they communicated before and after the job.

Are They Properly Licensed, Certified & Insured

Before signing on the dotted line, make sure the company you select has provided proof of the following:

-State Licenses


-Workers Comp

-Liability Coverage

If the company you select does not hold the proper certifications, licenses, and insurance you could be held responsible for alleged wrongdoing or accidents caused by their work. Once documents are provided make copies of them to protect your company.

Experience In The Field

There are many types of roofs and not every company has experience working on each. You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix a plumbing issue. In this case, you do not want to hire a company that installs residential shingle roofs to apply a silicone coating to your commercial building.

Hiring a company that is not an expert installing your specific roofing type increases the risk of mistakes being made and problems occurring in the future.

The Lowest Price Isn’t Always The Greatest Value

Everyone likes saving money and getting a deal. It can be appealing to select a company strictly based on the lowest bid.

Beware, not all companies use the same products or materials. If a bid comes in substantially cheaper those products could be made from subpar or inferior materials used to cut corners in order to win the job.

In order to better compare materials ask each company to provide a material list with the manufacturer and product names. From here you will be able to request a product data sheet from each manufacturer and compare the specifications.

Size Matters

There is a big difference between a 10,000 sq. ft. roof and a 100,000 sq. ft. roof. You will want to partner with a company that has enough licensed staff to manage your project effectively. Some companies may be too small to handle larger projects.

Ask A lot Of Questions

Selecting a fluid applied roof system is a big investment. If you have questions ask their company, they should be able to answer them in great detail, providing you peace of mind before, during and after the project. Peace of mind is important when making a highly considered purchase; you should feel confident that all of your concerns were addressed when selecting who to work with.

Get A Quote With Multiple Options Provided

Everyone has a budget they have to adhere to. When searching for companies seek out ones that offer different options that are convenient and appropriate for the scope of your project.

Sort Out The Specifics

After selecting a company you are comfortable working with set up a meeting to sort out the specifics. These details should include:

-Start & Completion Dates

-Payment Schedule

-Material List

-Warranties & Specifications For Products & Workmanship

Following these tips will give you the knowledge and confidence knowing you selected a commercial roofing company that has an outstanding reputation, is knowledgeable and can install your roof with the quality your project demands.

Volatile Free, Inc. Will Be Exhibiting at The FRSA Convention & Expo

We’re excited to be exhibiting at the FRSA Convention and Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida!

The FRSA’s convention consists of three full days of education, networking, family fun, sports, and friends along with two days of FRSA’s highly recognized trade show, the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo.

If you’re attending the show make sure to stop by Booth #507 and say hi. Our knowledgeable sales team will be there to answer all of your questions on our professional grade silicone and acrylic roof coatings.

See you at the show!

Silicone Roof Coatings & The Rain

Spring has finally arrived in the Midwest and that means spring showers. The potential for severe weather also increases this time of year as atmospheric instability can create strong storms unexpectedly. One of the biggest concerns on the minds of roofing contractors is having to roof around rain or an unexpected pop-up storm.

The rain has the potential to seriously damage a building owner’s property, and in turn, can ruin a contractor’s day. Did you know, that SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE can help to not completely shut down your job site?

Most traditional roofing systems require you to tear off the existing roof. This poses a problem, in order to manage an approaching shower or storm, work on the roof must stop long before the rain hits. Tarps must be laid out and fastened down. Even after all this work, there is still a risk that water could penetrate the structure. Strong winds could blow away the tarp or heavy runoff could seep through a hole. All of this extra work is a huge setback and reduces productivity.

A major benefit of using SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE is that very little tear-off is required, if at all. With a tack-free time between 30 minutes and two hours (dependent on atmospheric conditions) contractors have the convenience of working closer to the time before rain hits.

Silicone adhesives by nature rely on moisture to cure. If a contractor is caught off guard, and an unexpected shower pops-up during the coating application, the worst that can happen is dimpling. This is a simple fix and the silicone can be easily recoated after the rain stops.


There is no proper way to install a roof in the rain but SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE can help on rain-sensitive projects. If you’re a contractor and are tired of having to rush to put up tarps when rain threatens, give us a call. Our knowledgeable sales professionals are available to answer your questions about liquid applied roof coatings.

Case Study: Capstone Roofing Uses SEALGUARD SILICONE System To Restore Christian Center Roof

Victory Christian Center, Tulsa, OK


Project Name: Victory Christian Center

Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Type of Project: Silicone Roof Application

Contractor: Capstone Roofing

VFI Sales Representative: Adam Scheafbauer


Roof History

Victory Christian Center is a well known church and school located in Tulsa Oklahoma.  Anyone familiar with Tulsa will tell you the center has a prominent presence as you pass it on Lewis Avenue.

The existing roof started to degrade around the metal flashing, due to ponding water. Capstone Roofing received a call from Victory Christian Center to come out and inspect the roof. Upon inspection Capstone realized this project provided a higher degree of difficulty than most.

The existing roof consisted of multiple substrates and needed a coating system that would adhere to various surfaces. Capstone Roofing was tasked with meeting school regulations and working around school and church functions.


Before : Existing Single-Ply Roof.


The Solution

Capstone Roofing consulted with Volatile Free, Inc. (VFI) representative, Adam Scheafbauer to come up with a solution that would be aesthetically pleasing, while still providing maximum performance. The products selected were:

-VFI-#11 Epoxy Primer

-SEALGUARD VFI-990 Silicone.


The roof was primed with VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer.


Proper surface preparation occurred before installing SEALGUARD VFI-990 Silicone. In order to insure all dust, dirt and debris were removed, Capstone cleaned and power washed the roof using appropriate surface cleaners.

Next VFI-#11 Primer was applied to provide excellent adhesion to various substrates including, metal and single-ply surfaces.

Repairs around the roof’s seams and penetration points were made using reinforcing polyester fabric, insuring that no water penetration would occur.

A finish coat of SEALGUARD VFI-990 Silicone was sprayed in accordance to VFI specs.


The Result

SEALGUARD VFI-990 Silicone extended the roofs useful life while providing an aesthetically appealing solution to combat degradation and ponding water.


After: SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE coats the entire roof!

Acrylic vs. Silicone: A Better Understanding


Understanding the differences between different roof coatings can be confusing. Today numerous liquid coating options exists, each having their own strengths and weaknesses. Two of the most popular coating options are acrylics and silicones.

The right information can make selecting the correct coating easier. By knowing the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of each you will be able to make an informed decision on which will protect and extend your roofs life for years to come.

Acrylic Roof Coatings


Acrylic roof coatings are an excellent restoration solution to many types of substrates including metal, modified bitumen, built-up, single-ply and spray polyurethane foam. These coatings offer many benefits such as cost effectiveness, high reflectivity, UV resistant properties and ease of installation.

Cost Effectiveness

Acrylic roof coatings are extremely cost-effective, hence their popularity. These coatings installed usually run between $0.20 -0.75 per square foot. Property Managers and building owners can save thousands of dollars when installing this type of coating system.

 Reflective & UV Resistant

Building owners can save money during the summer months by reducing their cooling costs, thanks to acrylic coatings highly reflective and UV resistant properties. Not only do building owners get to reap the benefits of an acrylic coating, the environment and surround area that they are built in do too! Surrounding air temperatures can be reduced, limiting the affect of urban heat islands.

Ease of Installation

One of the biggest attributes of acrylic roof coatings are their ease of use. These coatings can be sprayed or rolled onto a roof’s existing substrate. No tear off is necessary, allowing day-to-day operations to take place and limiting disturbances to building owners.


There is no such thing as perfect, the same can be said about acrylic roof coatings. While acrylic coatings give multiple benefits it is important to discuss their limitations to insure your roof is a good candidate.

Ponding Water

Acrylic coatings can provide your roof with many long lasting benefits, but ponding water remains an issue. These coatings are water-based and lack performance when exposed to ponding water for prolonged periods.

If exposed for a long period the coating can become brittle and delaminate from the roof. Before applying an acrylic coating make sure to consult a specialist who can determine if the roofs structure will encounter problems with ponding water.

Cold Temperature Applications

Acrylic coatings should not be applied in extreme cold. Because these coatings are water based they can lose performance when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Cold temperatures will slow down the dry time and make it harder for the coating to properly adhere to the roof.

Silicone Roof Coatings


Silicone roof coatings are highly regarded and for good reason. They are extremely UV stable, provided a high level of flexibility and durability and are made from high solids. Silicone can coat many substrates including metal, modified bitumen, built-up, single-ply and spray polyurethane foam.

Excellent UV Stability

Silicone coatings are highly reflective and can reflect up to 90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Most silicone coatings are CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council) approved. In many climates cool roofs can reduce the cooling load of a building, providing owners and occupants many benefits. These benefits include increased occupant comfort, reduced air conditioning use and decreased maintenance costs.

Extreme Durability & Flexibility  

Silicone coatings provide seamless membranes that can withstand wind-driven rain and sand, oxidation and extreme temperatures. Unlike acrylics, silicone is a moisture cure substance and his highly effective on protecting structures from ponding water.

High Solids

As a high solid component silicone requires less material to reach a desired film thickness when coating a roof. This allows applicators to apply more coating in a single pass saving time and labor.


It is just as important to understand the limitations of silicone in order to insure you are getting the most out of your liquid applied roof coating.


Dust and dirt are easily attracted to silicone roof coatings. If building owners or property managers fail to routinely maintain the roof and keep them clean, the coating system can lose its reflective properties. This in turn can negatively impact cooling costs and increase internal building temperatures.

 Slippery When Wet

Silicone can become slippery when wet do to its water resistant properties. VFI would recommend using VFI- Walk Pad in safety yellow to insure maximum slip protection in highly foot trafficked areas on silicone coated roofs.


Acrylic and silicone coatings are great options for roof restoration. In order to determine which product is right for your roof contact us. A VFI representative will help you make the proper selection.





Stop Metal Roof Leaks Once And For All

SEALGUARD VFI-990 Silicone be applied to a metal roof.

Metal Roofing is one of the fastest growing segments in the roofing industry. Most metal roof manufacturers offer warranties of 40-50 years. Structurally these roofs will last for that time period, however most will fail and begin to leak before then.

These failures usually occur due to poor craftsmanship and improper maintenance of the roof. Common issues that building owners experience with metal roofs are:

  • Failure at the seams: This can be caused by the metal panels being formed incorrectly, improper installation and failure of the sealant or butyl tape. Thermal shock as well as overloading can lead to separation or deflection of the seams.  All of these can lead to water and debris penetrating your structure.
  • Fastener back-out: As the temperature swings, metal roof panels expand and contract causing shear force on the fastener. Shear is accomplished when two adjacent parts of the fastener are pushed in opposite directions to their contact surface. Eventually, this force will cause the fastener to back-out prematurely leaving a hole in the roof and the metal panel unsecure. Washers used to create a seal beneath the fastener can age, harden, become brittle and crack leading to roof leaks at the fastener point.
  • Rust leading to roof failure: Metal panels can rust prematurely if they are damaged during installation. If a screw is used with the incorrect drill point, little metal shavings called, pigtails are created. These pigtails are hot and can melt their way into the paint system and protective coating, exposing the metal panel to the elements. Hail can damage the factory finish of the metal panel causing rust or premature degradation of the surface.
  • Deterioration of flashings: Flashing is a material that guides precipitation off of a roof. It plays a critical role in maintaining a roofs integrity. Flashing is installed anywhere a roof joins another structure such as skylights, roof vents, pipe penetrations and chimneys. If a roof system’s flashing fails, multiple problems can occur including water damage, causing it to begin to rot and further structural damage down the line. If water comes in contact with a ceiling wall building owners run the risk of mold developing.

After continuous repairs that never seem to work, most building owners grow tired of throwing money at the problem and replace the roof entirely, which is no small expense and disruptive to every day activity.

Liquid applied roof coatings provide building owners a cost saving solution compared to a full roof replacement.  By applying a Silicone or Acrylic roof coating system, a roof can perform properly, prolonging its life for another 10-15 years with continued sustainability available with a future reapplication of the coating system. A majority of leaks on metal roofs are the result of failures at the seams, fasteners or flashing. VFI’s liquid applied roof coatings will seal your roof and eliminate leaks.

Our coating solutions are:

  • 100% Seamless
  • Encapsulate fasteners, a main area of concern for water penetration.
  • Liquid applied coatings are elastomeric meaning no gaps in the roof surface.
  • Stops and prevents rust.
  • Self-Flashing

If you have a building with a metal roof and are tired of costly roof repairs contact us. Our knowledgeable experts will assist you in seeing if your roof is a good candidate for liquid applied coatings.

Be Our Guest


Volatile Free, Inc. ® is heading to Nashville, Tennessee for the International Roofing Expo held from February 11-13th at Music City Center. The International Roofing Expo is the premier trade event for the roofing construction and maintenance industry.

The Expo Hall has reached its maximum capacity and that means multiple opportunities to network, attend educational seminars, gain new product knowledge and have a little fun too.

Whether you’re an old friend or don’t know us yet we’d love to see you. Register now for a Free Expo or 10% Off Conference Super Pass. Make sure to stop by Booth #611, we’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!

Case Study: Farha Roofing uses SEALGUARD SILICONE system to restore an EPDM roof!

Roof History

Farha Roofing got the call to come out and inspect an 80,000 square foot shopping center type facility. The owner explained that the Single-ply, EPDM, roof was out of warranty and starting to leak. Farha Roofing found that in addition to leakage there was also some ponding water, making SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE an excellent choice.

Before: EPDM roof with ponding water

The Solution

Farha Roofing chose to use a Volatile Free, Inc. Roofing solution. This included:

1.  VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer

2.  VFI-Butyl Tape


Primed roof with VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer

The Installation

First, Farha Roofing thoroughly cleaned the EPDM roof. Second, they applied the VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer for the best adhesion. Third, Farha used Butyl Tape to seal seams, termination and penetrations that needed extra reinforcement. Last, they spray applied SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE to complete the project.

Butyl tape installed on necessary seams to prevent leaks

The Result

This system stopped all leaks, restored integrity to the roof and saved the business a costly tear off.

After: SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE coats the entire roof!

Product Information

VFI-#11 Water Epoxy Primer is a general purpose, two component, water based, epoxy primer. It provides excellent adhesion and superior strength to most metal, mod bit/BUR, single-ply, concrete and wood.

The SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE is a cool roof coating and is UL, Energy Star, Miami Dade, FM and T24 certified. SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE is also  a single component, high solid roof coating. it forms an elastomeric waterproof, white membrane and protects your roof from water damage and UV deterioration.

Standard and Premium SEALGUARD SILICONE Colors

Check out all of our Standard and Premium SEALGUARD SILICONE colors.

The VFI Standard Line includes:

  1. White
  2. Light Gray
  3. Medium Gray
  4. Tan

The VFI Premium Line includes:

  1. Armor Gray
  2. Brick Red
  3. Dark Bronze
  4. Patina Green
  5. Hunter Green
  6. Bright Red
  7. Black

Please contact Volatile Free, Inc. for pricing on premium and custom colors. A color chip must be submitted for color matching. Pricing for custom colors will be determined once the color has been matched and approved. VFI will do whatever it takes to maintain color consistency in each batch, however, it is possible for small color variations to occur. Weather conditions, application
technique and substrate texture may affect the product’s gloss and color. Minimum order size is 30 gallons per color, or a small order additional charge will be applied. Allow a minimum of seven business days. Lead-time is based upon color matching, approval by customer and lead times of pigments. Custom colors may not be returned. All pricing is F.O.B Volatile Free, Inc. –Brookfield, WI. Pricing is subject to change.

Case Study: Washington Roofing uses new Polyurethane Basecoat with Silicone Topcoat!

Roof History

Bailey Hall at Fort Scott Community College was experiencing roof seam leaks. The Modified Bitumen roof was starting to alligator where past repairs had been made with asphaltic material.

Before image of Mod Bit Roof

The Solution

Washington Roofing & Insulation chose to use the ultimate Volatile Free, Inc. Roofing System. This includes:

  1. VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer
  2. VFI-727 Polyurethane Spray Foam
  3. VFI-3600 Polyurethane Basecoat

The Installation

Washington Roofing & Insulation used VFI-727 Polyurethane Spray Foam around the perimeter of the roof, roof units and all protrusions.  They then treated every seam with VFI-3600 Polyurethane Base Coat for the best security and to make them water tight. Last, they coated the roof with UV Stable High Solids SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE.

VFI-727 sprayed around perimeters and VFI-3600 applied on all seams

The Result

This roof had been leaking for quite some time into the classroom below. This system stopped all leaks, restored integrity to the roof and saved the college a costly tear off.

VFI-990 topcoat over VFI-3600, VFI-727 and VFI-#11

Product Information

VFI-#11 Water Epoxy is a general purpose, two component, water based, epoxy primer. It provides excellent adhesion and superior strength to most metal, mod bit/BUR single-ply, concrete and wood.

VFI-727 Polyurethane Spray Foam is a spray applied, polyurethane, roofing insulation foam. When combined with SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE, it forms a superior barrier that can extend an existing roof’s life. VFI-727 Polyurethane Spray Foam is UL certified.

VFI-3600 Polyurethane Basecoat is a two component, aromatic polyurethane coating that forms a tough elastomeric membrane, that provides waterproofing and impact resistance when applied to the existing roof substrate.

The SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE is a cool roof coating and is UL, Energy Star, Miami Dade, and T24 certified. SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE is also a single component, high solid roof coating. It forms an elastomeric, waterproof, white membrane that protects your roof from water damage and UV deterioration.