Roof Coating For Your Roof
When correctly installed, seamless roof coating will keep a roof cool and protect it from the elements, extending the lifespan of the roof. In this article, we are going to answer the most commonly asked questions about this process. The answers and information following will be helpful in deciding if a roof coating is something your structure needs:
Does roof coating stop leaks?
While roof coating to stop leaks is a process that is sometimes used in certain types of roofs to stop trivial leaks, it is recommended by industry experts that proper repairs should be done before applying roof coating. If a leak is obvious, a roof coating should not be used as a replacement for sealing the leak and repairing the roof.
How do I seal my roof?
If the location of the leak isn’t obvious, a professional roofing service will need to search for the exact area of the leak. This can be done by crawling through the attic with a flashlight, look for black marks, mold, water stains, etc. If they can’t access an attic, they will climb up on the roof and look for obvious signs of penetrations around the boots, flashing, vents, etc.
Once they have located the leak, they may do a temporary fix and apply caulk to the area, or apply plywood and plastic tarp until they have discussed a more permanent repair with you.
Do Rubber roofs need to be coated?
A properly installed rubber-coated roof will not require to be re-roofed for years, even decades, and should only need insignificant maintenance on rare occasions. Rubber roof coating is frequently sold by those in the roof construction industry as roof insulation. Rubber coatings can provide a level of protection from UV rays and infrared radiation.
How often should you coat a flat roof?
There are many factors to be considered in answering this question. Typically, for longevity sake, maintenance is necessary for a flat roof more than a pitched roof, which is usually done by applying a roof coating. Without a routine schedule of roof coating, usually every 5 years, a flat roof’s lifespan is approximately only 10 years.
With a proper roof coating though, a flat roof can last for many more years as well as save you the expense of costly repairs. If your structure has a flat roof, remember that when it comes to choosing between roof coating and repair, a roof coating is the more expense of the two. But repairs time and time again, can add up with the budget taking an unexpected hit at the most inopportune times.
Which roof coating is best?
When it comes to roof coating, there are many different choices, and each one is the right one, depending on the material that it will be applied over. Each type is efficient in cost and energy-efficient and can be a respectable solution to repairing a roof until you are ready for a full roof replacement.
On a commercial structure, a roof coating is often the right way to go based on the expense of labor, and today, because of the environmental concerns, the more popular choice. A roof coating provides a barrier from the elements and is a layer of UV protection that helps the cost of cooling or heating a building.
Because a roof coating needs to be water-resistant as well, there are some materials that will perform better in preventing pooling water. Some of the coating materials available are:
- Acrylic Roof Coating – This water-based material is a cost-effective solution and good for use on an assortment of roofs for most climates. It offers cost and performance that is highly reflective and UV resistant. However, applying it is weather sensitive and can affect the results is applied when temps are under 50°F.
- Polyurethane Roof Coating – Polyurethane roof coat has a higher resistance to impact and traffic. With two key types: aliphatic and aromatic, with the first being the most expensive but better resistance to UV Rays so the coloring holds up better and the roof stays cleaner longer. The aromatic coating isn’t as expensive, and since it isn’t as strong against UV rays, it is often used for a base coating and not the main coating. Either coating has a strong smell when being applied.
- Silicone Roof Coating –
- Silicone roof coating is moisture-cured, which is aided in curing by humidity. This type of coating eliminates the need to apply a primer and has minimal to no erosion. Because it doesn’t turn brittle and hard, it is strong against any water pooling. It does hold dirt but self-cleans in the rain, which lessens its reflectiveness over time. It doesn’t adhere well to silicone and requires any previous coating to be completely removed before applying.
What does roof coating cost?
Roof coating is based on several factors, such as the size and type of roof. They type of material used to coat the roof is the biggest factor and following the recommendations of an experienced roof is best. Their recommendations will be based on the climate and environment the roof is exposed to as well as taking into consideration your budget. Need roof coating in Alpharetta, GA for your property? Dial (404) 410-1060 for Vision Roofing LLC today!