Roof coatings not only help protect your roof from ultraviolet rays and the elements, but they also help reduce your building’s overall carbon footprint. Your trusted roofing contractor, elaborates on how below:
Lower Cooling Costs
By reflecting heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays, roof coatings reduce the strain on your HVAC system, which in turn reduces your cooling costs.
Fewer Construction Debris and Landfill Waste
Prolonged exposure to UV rays and the elements can cause premature aging and drastically shorten your roof’s lifespan. Since roof coatings reflect damaging UV rays, they can help extend your roof’s lifespan and by extension reduce the amount of construction debris that ends up in landfills. Any reduction in the amount of roofing debris generated is not insignificant given that roofing projects generate 40 percent of construction debris that end up in landfills and that 600 million tons of construction debris were generated in the US in 2018 alone.
Choosing the Right Type of Coating for the Local Climate
Keep in mind not all roof coating types can provide the same level of protection. Remember: there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach in home improvement projects, and roof replacement projects are no exception. To maximize your energy savings, you need to choose a roof coating that can withstand your local climate.
Here’s an overview of the most commonly used roof coatings:
- Acrylic coatings – UV-resistant acrylic coatings can be applied to a wide variety of roofing membranes, including single-ply membranes and metal roofing panels.
- Silicone coatings – Elastic silicone coatings are a great choice for commercial roofs, thanks to their resistance to ponding water. (Thanks to their low slope, water tends to pond on the surface of commercial roofs. This in turn increases the risk of leaks.)
- Polyurethane coatings – Polyurethane coatings have excellent resistance to damage stemming from foot traffic.
To learn more about your roof coating options, consult an experienced commercial roofer.
Anderson Restoration LLC, a roofer with over 30 years of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including roof repair and replacement services. To request a free estimate, call us at (281) 376-7474 or (817) 226-2111. You can also fill out this form.