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He Started Successful Metal Roof Repair Business 
Before Luke Schweitzer started his roof-coating business 3 years ago, he did a lot of research. The owner of Schweitzer Rubber Roof Coatings in West Bend, Wis., believes solvent-based products are the best so he uses only a line of rubberized coatings from Inland Coatings (www.inlandcoatings.com). The Iowa-based manufacturer has been in business since 1978 selling its products direct to contractors like Schweitzer. Their fluid-applied roof restoration systems provide a waterproof membrane that repairs leaks and dramatically extends the life of metal roofs.

    Schweitzer learned about Inland Coatings products from a friend at a roofing seminar and recognized a need and opportunity in his area.

    “Metal roofs all develop leaks and corrosion problems from exposure to the elements and years of heat-related expansion and contraction.” With Inland’s two-layer system, he can add decades of roof life for customers at about half the cost and no inconvenience compared to removing the metal roof and installing a new one.

    “Our coatings also help keep buildings cooler because they’re white,” he says. The rubber surface also holds up better against hail damage.

    With experience coating roofs on everything from pole barns to a 95,000-sq. ft. storage complex, Schweitzer continues to be impressed by the products. After proper preparation, including cleaning the surface with a 4,000-psi oscillating hot water power washer, Schweitzer makes sure seams are intact before spraying the coatings. He is currently testing the coating’s cooling ability on calf hutches and plans to coat grain bins in the future. The product also works well on concrete, he notes, so it can be used around bin bases. Other customers are interested in coating feed bunks and silo roofs.

    As an installer throughout Wisconsin and beyond, Schweitzer says he chose the right product for his business.

    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Schweitzer Spray Coatings LLC, West Bend, Wis. (ph 262 305-4249; www.sspraycoatings.com; info@sspraycoatings.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4