If you are considering a new roof for your business or home, it is important to look into roof coating systems. There are many different types of coating systems available for different types of buildings. Some roof coatings can improve insulation, protect against weather damage, and reduce the risk of leaks. Others can help waterproof buildings. In addition, some can protect against acts of nature such as storms and snow storms and can easily be removed after use.
As with all types of roofing systems, there are many options to choose from, some of which can also be customized. One of the most popular roof coatings systems on the market today is the rubberized asphalt membrane. This type of roof coating can be applied in a two-step process which first uses a cold process to set the rubber particles on the roofing material then a hot process to seal the particles and make them adhere to the roofing material. Most rubberized asphalt roof coatings systems are economical and effective, but some can deteriorate over time and need to be replaced every few years. These rubberized asphalt roof coatings are very durable and have a long life span, however, they are not without their drawbacks.
Asphalt, clay, slate, stone, ceramic tile, and concrete are all common types of roofing system materials. They all have advantages and disadvantages depending upon the location and use of the structure. When choosing a coating for your roof, it is important to consider the environment in which the structure is located, the cost of the materials, how the structure will be used, and whether or not the restoration will be of a continuous and ongoing nature or temporary. For instance, roof coating systems made of clay may be used to repair damage caused by flash floods, strong storms, or other catastrophic weather events. However, clay roofing materials are not as eco-friendly as many other types of substrate available on the market and should be considered when restoring a damaged structure.
It is much more cost effective to invest in a permanent roof coatings system that can last for twenty years or longer than temporary roof coatings that only have a life expectancy of about four to six years. The upfront costs of these systems are much more affordable than having to replace the structure because the system lasts for the length of the life cycle. Additionally, these types of systems are far less likely to need replacement after being exposed to harsh weather conditions, such as hurricanes, snow storms, extreme sun, and excessive wind.
Other types of roof coatings systems are made of different materials, such as rubber, silicon, and melamine. Silicone is the most commonly chosen material because it has the ability to be combined with other materials to create more durable and impact resistant roofing. Unfortunately, it also attracts dust, which can degrade its performance. Silicone coatings also cannot be applied if it has been pre-painted, so they must be applied using a primer before installation. It is important to use a high quality primer and to make sure the surface has been adequately dried before applying the silicone. This allows the silicone to adhere better to the roofing, which can increase the longevity of the structure.
Finally, silicone spray systems have been designed for direct application to asphalt shingles. Silicone spray is applied with a rotary brush and then carefully followed up by a back and forth motion with a spatula to smooth the edges of the coating. The spray gun is reserved for spraying down the seams. These are generally completed by a trowel and an angle grinder. However, the spray system is not recommended for flat roofs that are not in need of a flash.