Roof coatings are useful for a multitude of reasons; their main service is to extend and protect the life of a roof for new construction and existing roof coverings. Roof coatings are generally used on BUR, metal, single ply membranes, modified bitumen, and spray polyurethane foam.
What are roof coatings?
Roof coatings are generally described as a liquid that is thicker than paint and has a higher solids content. The point of roofing coating is to protect a roof against the environment and weather, such as excessive water, wind and snow; and UV light from the sun. Something many consumers don’t know about roof coatings is that they are extremely elastic and will remain elastic throughout their life cycle. Typically, the elastic contains a high level of resin. During manufacturing stages, the resin is introduced in order to keep the roof coating elastic throughout its life. However, when a roof coating is cured, the resins turn into a durable elastomeric film. This makes the roof coating become even more secure by providing additional waterproofing.
How are roof coatings applied?
If you know anything about applying paint, which is typically applied to portions of a gallon per 100 square feet, you’re on your way to understanding how roof coatings are applied. Similarly to paint, roof coatings are applied in terms of multiple gallons per 100 square feet. And, regardless of what type of material roof coating is being applied to, there will be a roof coating perfect for the job. The most common kinds of roof coatings available include: Asphalt coatings, acrylic coatings, silicone coatings and polyurethane coatings.
What are the benefits of roof coatings?
Roof coatings aren’t well known throughout the residential housing market because they’re primarily used on commercial buildings; however, there are some low sloping residential roofs where roof coatings play a role in vital protection. Generally speaking, roof coatings are applied to industrial and commercial buildings to extend the life of a roof by minimizing chemical damage, physical damage from weather and preventing water from seeping through the cracks. Having a roof coating applied to a commercial or industrial building can seem like an expensive upfront cost, but it typically ends up saving the building owner a lot of money on costly roof repairs down the road. Plus, it can save energy by lasting for years down the road, protecting the exterior through waterproofing and provides an extra level of insulation to save on monthly energy bills.
How do roof coatings lower roof temperatures?
Roof coatings are reflective. This alone will lead to lower roof temperatures. What does this mean exactly? It’s likely that if your commercial or industrial building, or residential structure, has a roof coating, the ultraviolet radiation being reflected off of the roof will reduce the cooling costs, which in turn reduces the temperatures inside the structure. Whether you have a cooling unit or not, temperatures are much more likely to stay low. What does this mean for climates that tend to get hot in the summer? Minimized cooling costs during peak energy times, therefore decreased strain on the electrical grid and minimized outages.
How do roof coatings reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect?
Have you heard of the Urban Heat Island Effect? It’s when the city is hotter than the surrounding rural area, thanks to global warming, urbanization and climate change. Since the 1970s, the United States has been warming, and cities have become increasingly hotter than adjacent rural areas. During the summer in Charlotte, the city is 12 degrees warmer than rural areas. What does this mean exactly? Hot summer city temperatures can take a toll on your electric bill. And, one of the easiest ways to directly impact how much you’ll be spending each month is to learn more about how roof coating may enhance your structure by giving Ace Roofing in Charlotte a call.
Roof coatings prevent waste and tear-off.
Tearing off an existing roof is an act many building owners are faced with, or they can choose to call us for roof repair. Whichever a building owner may choose, roof coating is a great idea and the ideal solution to not only extend the life of the roof, but to prevent tear-off waste.
Give Ace Roofing in Charlotte a call. We can provide you with the roof repair, roof coating and other roofing services you need.