Many homeowners are interested in purchasing the most protective roof available. They want to safeguard their investment and value the piece of mind that a quality roof provides. If this sounds like you, you may want to consider applying a roof coating on your new or existing roof.
Roof coatings have been used on commercial properties for decades and have proven their effectiveness in repelling the elements. However, they have been used less frequently on residential properties. This article will provide you with additional information on roof coatings and help you determine if a roof coating is a good option for your home.
What are roof coatings?
Roof coatings are applied to roofs to protect and extend their life. Because most coatings are liquids, they can adhere to the roofing material and form a protective layer from the elements. They can be applied to new or existing roofs and are sometimes used for a specific purpose. For example, in wet climates, many homeowners apply roof coatings designed to repel water, whereas in hot climates, roof coatings that reflect UV rays are popular.
What type of roofs can you apply roof coatings to?
There are roof coatings made for nearly every type of roof available – from shingles to metal and everything in between.
What are the main types of roof coatings?
In general, the protective properties of roof coatings are determined by their composition. As a result, roof coatings are typically categorized by material. Some of the most popular roof coatings are detailed below:
Silicone Roof Coating
Silicone roof coatings are durable and resistant to extreme weather conditions, including UV rays. They are designed to form a seamless barrier, which helps to protect your home from water damage. While Silicone does have a higher initial cost to apply compared to other roof coating options, its longevity is one of its strengths, so the higher initial cost pays off over time.
Acrylic Roof Coating
Acrylic roof coatings are affordable and easy to apply, which explains why they are popular among homeowners. They are durable and can repel most weather conditions. However, acrylic roof coatings are not well suited for steep slope roofs or for climates that routinely face harsh or extreme weather conditions.
Polyurethane Roof Coating
Polyurethane roof coatings are exceptionally durable – especially when protecting your roof from hail or other impact damage. Additionally, polyurethane provides excellent waterproofing protection, helping to ensure that your home will remain dry even during heavy rain. Like Silicon roof coatings, however, polyurethane has a higher upfront cost. Polyurethane is also better suited for low-slope roofs and offers only limited UV protection.
Bitumen Roof Coating
If you live in a rainy area of the country, bitumen roof coatings may be the solution for you. These coatings offer excellent water protection, are affordable, and are relatively easy to apply. On the other hand, bitumen often has a distinct odor and aesthetic that makes it a less desirable option for some homeowners.
CMR is your go-to source for roofing information
We are a team of roofing experts committed to ensuring you get the best roof possible. If you have any questions about roof replacement, roof repair, or roof coatings, please don’t hesitate to contact us. One of our team members would be happy to explain your options and help you find the perfect solution for your home.