What Is an Elastomeric Roof Coating?

What Is an Elastomeric Roof CoatingElastomeric coatings are those that stretch two times as much as the original length. It is even possible for elastomeric roof coatings to stretch even more than two times the original length. Elastomeric roof coatings are highly unique in that they are capable of returning to their original dimensions after stretching. Below, we delve into the benefits of this unique roof coating, its different types, and when it should be installed. 

The Merits of Elastomeric Roof Coatings

Elastomerics are used in the form of a liquid that is added to the top of a roof system that is already in place, creating a protective and malleable membrane. This protective monolithic layer is waterproof, has a lengthy useful lifespan, comes with a warranty between 10 and 20 years, and keeps the building that much cooler by reflecting the sun’s rays. This unique coating is either white or gray in color. Buildings in the north typically have gray elastomeric roof coatings to soak up the sun’s heat during the cold winters. Buildings in other parts of the country typically have white elastomeric roofs for additional sun reflectivity that keeps the property cool.

If your roof needs restoration, you should consider the benefits of an elastomeric roof coating. In particular, these roof coatings are often used on large commercial buildings with roofs that are thousands of square feet. However, elastomeric roof coatings can be added to the roofs of other buildings of varying types and sizes.

The Different Types of Elastomeric Roof Coatings

Urethane, acrylic, and silicone are the three most popular elastomeric roof coatings. Acrylic is a water-based coating added to roofs that have a slope. Typically composed of 52% solids by volume along with 48% water, acrylic elastomeric roof coatings have the potential to partially evaporate after application. However, the addition of this coating is worth it as it sends standing water gliding right off the roof.

Silicone elastomeric roof coatings are silicone resin based with 96% solids and 4% carrier. This means 96% of the particles will remain on the roof rather than evaporating or sliding off. Silicone elastomeric coatings are particularly helpful for flat roofs as they can endure water that ponds. Silicone is also revered far and wide because it is available at a reasonable price and typically exceeds expectations in terms of performance. Roofing industry experts are also quick to point out silicones are two times as resistant to weathering than elastomeric roof coatings of the acrylic variety.

Urethane elastomeric roof coatings are held in high regard as they have superior impact resistance compared to other types of coatings. Though elastomeric roof coatings of the urethane variety cost a pretty penny, they are worth it. The only potential downside to choosing urethane is that it does not withstand ponding water as well as silicone and acrylic.

As time progresses, many more property owners are adding elastomeric roof coatings to their buildings. In particular, these coatings are commonly added to the roofs of commercial buildings. There is no sense in paying for a roofing team to tear off the entirety of your roof for a full replacement when you can add a protective elastomeric roof coating. This coating’s white hue reflects the sun, ultimately keeping your building cooler and also reducing your monthly energy costs. This coating seals the roof, providing a monolithic layer that keeps everything below as dry as possible. 

If you are worried about your elastomeric roof coating violating a local code, don’t fret! Though most building codes do not permit the installation of more than two roofs, elastomeric coatings do not count as a roofing layer. Rather, this is a protective coating that safeguards everything below your roof. Add in the fact that elastomeric roof coatings are installed in a short period of time, and there is even more reason to consider adding this coating to your commercial building. Money Roofing & Construction works quickly and efficiently, minimizing the amount of time necessary for your elastomeric roof coating installation. 

It is a mistake to wait until your roof has several leaks or other considerable performance issues to be proactive with the addition of an elastomeric coating. Have this protective coating added prior to the rubber seams loosening or the flashings showing indications of wear, and you will rest easy knowing your roof has a protective layer in place that extends its useful lifespan, ultimately providing an invaluable peace of mind.

If you are interested in adding an elastomeric roof coating to your roof or if you need a new roof, repairs, or maintenance, contact us today. You can reach Money Roofing and Construction for a quote by dialing (469) 342-3330. If you prefer to contact us online, you can do so by filling out our contact form.