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Why Should You Get a Roof Coating?

Often times there might be a small leak or damage that can easily be fixed or prevented with the help of a roof coating. Getting a roof coating is half the cost of a roof yet tripple its life - it is a worthy investment for most building owners.

Roof coatings have long been utilized to protect commercial roofs from wearing out too quickly under the withering heat of Texas summers. For different situations there are different roof coatings that impart various kinds of qualities that can compliment or increase the longevity of your roof. Often times, getting a roof coating can extend the life of your commercial roof by adding an additional 20-30 years. With that in mind, here are a few of the most common kinds of roof coatings:

Elastomeric Roof Coatings

Elastomeric roof coatings serve the purpose of being both water proof and offering UV protection to the roof at the same time. These are available as a liquid coating and are applicable on almost any form of roof surface. Usage of elastomeric roof coatings has shown a reduction in energy costs of up to 50% and reduction in heat damage by 90%. The added bonus of this roof coating being water proof makes it a favorite among commercial building owners. One particular quality of these roof coatings is the ability to shrink and expand with the roof in response to the affect of the temperature brought on by the changing weather. This flexibility in the coating ensures that the roof is in no way damaged by the coating.

When to Get a Roof Coating

A roof coating does not need to be applied at any particular time of the year. Although some roof coatings require certain temperatures in order to dry faster, other roof coatings can be applied at any temperature. It is greatly recommended that when a new roof is installed that the roof coating should be applied sooner than later in order to ensure that the roof lasts longer. Luckily, depending on their conditions, old roofs can also be improved with the help of a roof coating.

 Silicone

Silicone Coating

Silicone roofing is a great option to seal a roof and protect it against harsh weather conditions. It is known as a roof coating, because the silicone is applied onto the roof surface, and then it dries into a protective coat that shields the roof from the elements.

Silicone Roofing System: Affordable and Durable

A silicone roof coating is a solution for leaking roofs and weather. It is a great option to consider for flat-topped commercial buildings, because it is strong and durable and can protect against problems that can arise from ponding water. Flat roofs often gather moisture, and if the roof is not protected then the standing water can cause permanent damage such as peeling or bubbling where the water is ponding.

Benefits of a Silicone Roofing System

There are many benefits to using a silicone roofing system, those advantages include:

  • Silicone roofs are weatherproof and waterproof
  • The material is flexible
  • Silicone maintains adhesion for many years
  • Silicone roofs are not degraded from severe weather or the sun's rays
  • This type of roofing outperforms many other types of roof coatings
  • Silicone is resistant to staining, mildew, and mold problems
  • The silicone materials adhere well to many types of surfaces, making it a great choice for many different projects
  • Can be used on sloped or flat roofs
  • Silicone can be applied on your current roof to extend its lifetime, making it a cheaper option than tearing out the roof and re-building
  • Different colors are available, so you can choose a shade that matches the other building materials (lighter colors are usually better UV reflectors)
  • Extends the life of your roof
  • A long warranty protects your roof against defects, and shows the confidence that we have in this type of roofing system

Many types of roofing systems have problems with adhesion and longevity, and silicone roofing is a great way to overcome both of these issues. One of the biggest advantages is the fact that this roofing system is a great way to help you lower energy costs. The surface is reflective, which protects the building from the harsh surface temperatures. This protection is an effective way to minimize utility costs, because it is easier to regulate the temperatures inside the building. Often, people like to use a silicone roofing coat to extend the life of their current roof. Instead of spending the money to tear out all of the old roofing and re-install new materials, the silicone can be applied over the top. This option is environmentally friendly, and more cost-effective.

How a Silicone Roof is Installed

When a silicone roof is installed, there are several steps that need to be followed:

  • Loose dirt or gravel is removed from the surface of the roof
  • The surface is cleaned thoroughly, to prepare for the application
  • Some types of silicone require a fabric wet coating to help it fully adhere, so the fabric is applied first
  • The liquid silicone is applied to the surface
  • Attention is put on any grooves, cracks or uneven surfaces in order to completely seal the entire roof
  • The silicone is allowed to dry, and a 2nd coat is applied (if needed)