Not all roof coatings are created equal and not all coatings are right for every roof. When choosing the right coating for your roof, you'll need to consider the roof's current condition, the climate, UV exposure and other variables, including the shape of the roof. It's best to contact a professional to have your roof assessed and inspected so that any potential problems, such as leaks are addressed. It's a good idea for you to become familiar with the types of coatings available for repairing or restoring your roof. Here's what you need to know about three of the most common roof coatings.
Silicone roof coating systems provide a seamless seal that works well for large and small roofs regardless of whether the roof is flat or sloped. Silicone is also versatile because it can be applied to almost any roofing surface, making it an excellent option for repairing or re-covering your roof. Compared to other types of roof coatings, silicone doesn't degrade under harsh weather elements, so it will stand up to extreme weather fluctuations and intense UV ray exposure. The main drawback with silicone coating is that it picks up more dirt than other types of coatings. Another drawback is that when it is time to re-cover your roof, you'll typically need to remove the entire coating and apply a fresh one.
Acrylic is a water-based coating and is one of the most cost-effective options compared to other types of coatings. It's also environmentally friendly and holds up well under most types of climate conditions. It's highly reflective and UV resistant, making it a good choice for roof restorations where a reflective surface would lower energy costs. It is somewhat vulnerable to water pooling, so that's something to keep in mind if your roof is flat. It's also a little more vulnerable to damage than other types of coatings, but it does offer the best value in terms of performance and cost.
When it comes to the most damage resistant coatings, polyurethane is the best option. It also helps eliminate ponding water problems as it adds an increased thickness compared to other coatings. Polyurethane is more durable than acrylic and remains cleaner than both silicone and acrylic applications. It's also versatile and can be used in a wide variety of situations. While polyurethane costs more than acrylic, it also lasts longer, so the extra cost balances out in the end.
For more information, contact a business such as Surface Shield Protective Coatings.
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