After a roof is installed, you will want to do your best to protect it. Roof coatings are the most cost-effective and easily applied solution to protect your roof investment. Many homeowners or business owners have questions about roof coatings and how they work. Our professional team at Kanga Roof wants to provide you with the knowledge needed to make an informed decision about your roof coating.
We will discuss some of the benefits of a proper roof coating, how one is applied, and which options may work best for your roofing situation. Our team is also happy to answer any questions you may have before we begin a project.
How A Roof Coating Is Applied
Before a professional roofer or you start applying a roof coating, there is some prep work that needs to be completed. With all home remodeling or improvements, you need to ensure that necessary repairs are completed before putting paint or coatings on a surface.
Having pressure washing done on the roof or hiring a roof cleaner will ensure that all debris and mold are removed from the roof material. This will give the coating a clean and textured surface to adhere to.
First, a primer will be laid down. This will help your coating last longer and better protect the material it is applied to. After the primer is dry, the roof coating can be applied. Different types of coatings may require additional prep or application steps, so make sure you clearly understand the directions before applying.
Different climates, homes, or businesses will need roof coatings in varying thicknesses. Depending on the type of coating you are applying, you may need a few coats to achieve your desired thickness. Each layer of coating should be dry before you apply the next.
Benefits Of Having A Roof Coating
The importance of a roof is to keep your home protected from weather and intruders of any kind, but what protects your roof? Roof coatings help to prevent roof deterioration and improve the overall function of your home.
Here are some additional benefits of roof coatings:
Protecting your roof from constant repairs means that fewer roofing materials will end up in a landfill. Not only do roof coatings save you money, but they help save the environment too.
More Cost-Effective Than Reroofing
Since roof coatings are being applied to your existing roof, they are less costly than other services from a professional roofer. Applying a protective coating now will save you time and money on roofing repairs in the future. Slowing the deterioration of your roof materials will make your home last for much longer.
Many coatings have UV-blocking technology, which will help keep your home cooler in the summer. This will reduce your air conditioning use and keep your energy bill to a minimum.
Your Home Is Sustainable
Using fewer materials and coatings for your home will make it more sustainable. Creating less waste when building or working on homes will give us a better earth to live on.
Different Types Of Roof Coatings
Now that you know about roof coatings and how they can improve your roofing material, you will need to choose one. There are a few common options when it comes to coatings, so here is a little bit about five different types.
These coatings are typically water-based and great for environments with lots of sun exposure. Common colors include white, beige, and gray but can be made into other colors. These colors and coatings are the best to deflect UV rays.
Just like acrylic, silicone protects great against UV rays. Silicone coatings are also used for homes that see lots of rainfall. They will help prevent ponding or standing water that can cause leaks in your roof.
These solvent-based coatings have two types: aromatic and aliphatic. Aromatic is less UV protectant and aliphatic is better equipt to prevent UV damage. These coatings have great impact resistance, so they are recommended for homes or businesses surrounded by trees, or who may see hail impact regularly.
Asphalt roof coatings are solvent-based or emulsions. They are typically black in color and can be used for cold or harsh weather. Aluminized asphalt coatings can be used when UV resistance is needed.
What Roof Coating Is Best?
Personal preference, climate, and budget will all impact what roof coating you choose.
Silicone coatings are the top option if you are wanting to protect the roof from UV damage. Solar rays can lead to cracks and sun rot over time so a coating will help extend the life of your current roof.
Polyurethane has impact resistance as mentioned above, so if you live in an area with strong winds or hurricanes, this could be the most cost-effective option for you.
No matter what coating you choose, make sure that you do thorough research and ask a professional for help if you are worried about the application process. There are numerous benefits to applying roof coatings, so get started today!