Roof coatings, as their name indicates, are materials that are applied directly to the surface of your roof and are designed to protect it against environmental and physical damage. Roof coatings can be made out of a wide variety of different materials, each of which possesses a distinct set of physical characteristics and thus unique advantages and drawbacks as well. Understanding what some of the most common types of roof coatings are, and what they are best suited to, can help you determine which roof coating is the best fit for your home.
Acrylic roof coatings are one of the most common types of roof coatings used for both residential and commercial roofs, largely because of their extremely low price point relative to other types of coatings. Acrylic coatings are designed to reflect UV rays, which makes them well suited for warmer climates, as they will help keep the ambient temperature of your building lower – reducing your air conditioning bills each month. Further, acrylic coatings come in a wide range of different colors, allowing you to either change the appearance of your roof or match the coating color to the underlying color very easily.
Silicone roof coatings, like acrylic coatings, are reflective and designed to keep temperatures within your property low throughout the summer months. However, silicone is a much more durable material than acrylic is and is thus able to withstand more physical trauma, moisture exposure, and other environmental factors that may affect it. This helps extend the lifespan of both your roof coating and your roof, reducing the amount of maintenance and repairs that you have to complete in the long run. The main downside associated with silicone roof coatings is the fact that they are relatively expensive when compared to other roof coating materials.
Finally, polyurethane coatings are designed specifically for use on roofs that see a great deal of foot traffic, such as a patio or entertaining space in residential buildings or for maintenance purposes on commercial properties. Not only is polyurethane designed to be one of the most physically durable types of roof coatings, able to withstand extended periods of weather exposure, but it is also textured to be non-slip, making it an important part of roof maintenance safety. However, polyurethane does come with the downside that it will slowly degrade over time due to UV exposure, which can cause physical damage to the coating eventually.
For more information, reach out to a roof maintenance services provider.