The focus on roofing systems, which include roof coatings, are receiving increased attention and recognition these days. The reason probably is the development of new environmental regulations and building codes, as well as increased environmental concern. So, roof coatings are definitely the in thing right now, especially if you want to go green. This focus on sustainability is good for the industry as well. It provides opportunities to reduce costs while implementing environmentally friendly strategies within roof-management programs. In addition to the environment and the industry, roof coatings will surely provide benefits too you and your home too. What are these benefits? What are roof coatings anyway? Should you invest in them? Here we try to answer those questions.
What Are Roof Coatings?
A roof coating is a fluid membrane that, when applied, protects and extends the useful service life of roof assemblies. Sometimes we use it in a new construction setting to protect new roofs and homes. Most of the time, however, we use and apply them on existing roof coverings to extend its life. Roof coatings are thicker than paint and have more “solid” content. They are formulated to protect roofs from the damaging effects of weather and the environment, such as UV light, and excessive water and wind. In addition, they also provide protection for many years and are also extremely elastic.
It Cools Down Your Home
Roof coatings lower your roof’s surface temperature and decrease your home’s interior temperature significantly. This is possible due to the reflective and emissive properties of many coatings. Quality roof coatings reflect damaging ultraviolet and infrared sunlight away from your building, allowing for cooler roof and building temperatures resulting in a reduction in air conditioning energy usage.
It Extends The Roof Life
The right roof coating will increase your roof’s waterproof quality, protecting it from rains and storms. But, as mentioned, it will also protect your roof from harmful sun rays, prevent UV damage, and reflect heat away. In the long run, all of these benefits will then come into play and increase the longevity of your covering. A plus is, you get to lower your maintenance expenses and avoid early roof replacement too.
Another benefit of roof coating is its compatibility with a variety of materials. Roof coatings manufacturers formulate solutions that can adhere to a wide range of roofing surface types. These include metal roofs, asphalt roofs, composite roofs, galvanized metal, and wood, to name a few. Existing roof coverings, such as BUR, metal, modified bitumen, and single ply membranes may also be applied with coatings.