Today, we’re waxing lyrical about the benefits of roof coatings.
Roof coating applications protect your roof—and your home—from fire and the elements: snow, rain, and wind. Coatings protect from excessive heat and cold, and they are a useful barrier to keep mold, mildew, and algae away.
Roof coating materials can also bring down your energy bill a notch or two.
Let’s look at the roof coating options. What you choose ultimately depends on the type of roof and the type of climate, and we at Denver’s Best Roofers can tell you as much as you need to know about that!
Elastomeric Roof Coating
Elastomeric coatings are durable and recommended for low-slope roofs. They are also dirt- and dust-resistant, so they extend the useful life of your roof. Some consider it one of the best roof coatings because of its fire-resistant properties.
Most elastomeric coatings are white, which reduces the absorption of the sun’s rays, or thermal transfer, and so it increases energy efficiency. You save money on utility bills because your air conditioner doesn’t have to work so hard to keep temperatures cool inside.
It might surprise you that the cost of elastomeric roof coating is less than other all-weather coatings. Because elastomeric roof coating is about ten times thicker than paint, we recommend that you get an experienced professional to take the necessary safety precautions and apply it for you.
You can apply this coating to metal roofs, modified bitumen, and standard roof tiles. It’s a versatile application and is usually reasonably priced.
One more good thing: Most elastomeric roof coatings comply with various construction industry energy codes and might qualify you for an energy rebate when you do your taxes.
Water-Based Acrylic Coating
This is a durable, less toxic alternative to other acrylics, and retains its reflective quality for years. Most suitable for restoring metal roofs, water-based acrylic roof protection coating is easy to apply, but has a short application window since it dries quickly.
Tough Silicone Coating
Silicone is typically thicker than most coatings and is used in ponds and swimming pools. So, it’s great if you live in a high-rainfall area! It dries in all types of weather, too.
Many people swear that the comparatively high cost of silicone coating is well worth the extra protection you get from this thicker layer of roof coating.
Fire Retardant Roof Coatings
Although the fire-resistance of your roof will depend on the type of roofing or roof tiles you have chosen, a fire-retardant coating gives extra protection. If your house is of wooden construction, or if you have a workshop or garage where you operate a lot of power tools, the risk of fire is high.
Having fire retardant protection on your roof you be a lifesaver in the event of wildfires. If you live in drought-prone Colorado, your recent brush with fire is enough to persuade you on this point!
Aside from elastomeric roof coating materials, there are two-part epoxy alternatives to consider that also have waterproofing properties.
Whatever roofing coating materials you’re thinking of, it’s best to ask us first. We’ve had years in the business in all kinds of weather.
And it’s a point of honor that we always recommend the best roof coatings to our customers. Check out our Roof Repair pages to see how beauty and practicality go hand in hand – or drop us a line with any questions you might have.