Roof companies suggest the use of roof coatings on some occasions. If you’re wondering whether your building should use a roof coating, this post might be able to help with your decision. Roof coatings are intended for specific reasons:
Roof Life Span Extension
Any roof has an expected life span. The application of a roof coating — if conditions are right — can add to that life span by adding solar reflectance to the membrane.
Restore a Roof’s Waterproof Qualities
Provided the roof isn’t that old — say, in the middle of its expected life span — adding a roof coating can restore its watertightness.
Replace Old Coating
In some cases, a roof coating is applied as soon as the membrane is finished, ie. the roof is completely installed. This enhances some of the roof’s best qualities, like solar reflectance and waterproofing. You can apply a new coat if that original coating has deteriorated. You can schedule this with regular roof repair.
Replace the Roof’s Color
A black roof is not a good reflector of sunlight. Using a white roof coating can turn that around. It will make your roof more energy-efficient, reducing the need for cooling inside the building.
Improve the Roof’s Resistance to Fire
Some coatings can make the roof more fire-resistant. It’s a good idea to use a fire-retardant coating to improve your building’s safety especially if it’s close to foliage.
A roof that’s beginning to fade is a good candidate for a coating that can improve its looks.
A roof coating is not generally not recommended in these cases:
- The roof is in poor condition and needs a replacement
- The roof is too old
- The roof is prone to ponding (pooling of water after rain, snow, etc.)
- The roof is exposed to plenty of debris from the surroundings
It’s a good idea to discuss with roofing contractors whether your building could use a roof coating or not. Always work with professional roofers who are familiar with the type of roof you have.
Roofing By Curry can help you, and we are just a phone call away. Call us today at (941) 921-9111 in Sarasota, FL.