A Complete Guide To Roof Coatings & Their Benefits

Many Roofs Can Last Much Longer With A Simple Roof Coating To Protect It, Seal Up Leaks Or Even Reflect Sunlight To Lower The Temperatures Inside The Building.

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Let's Talk About Roof Coatings

While you may not think about it often, your roof provides more than a cover over your head. It keeps your employees safe and comfortable and regulates your utility bills. Unfortunately, many business owners don’t worry about their roof until it begins to leak. Other business owners may feel confident in their roof’s condition but find themselves at the end of their warranties. In this case, they may believe they need to invest in a new roof to extend their warranty.

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Luckily, you can opt for a long-lasting, budget-friendly alternative: roof coatings. These heavy-duty roof systems can seal, protect, and restore your existing roof while saving you money. Additionally, many companies can get a new warranty that covers their rooftop for up to 20 years following the installation of a rooftop coating.

Our knowledgeable staff at Maxx Roof LLC created this guide to explain the ins and outs of roof coatings. Here, you’ll find answers to questions such as:

  • What is a roof coating?
  • How do you apply roof coatings?
  • How long do roof coatings last?

What Are Roof Coatings?

Commercial roof coatings — or roof coverings — use thick, high-quality resin to create an insulating layer over your existing rooftop. The coating protects your roof from the elements and extends the lifespan of your current system.

Most commercial roof coverings include one or two layers of fluid applied directly to your existing rooftop. The elastic nature of the resins helps fill cracks, seams, or blisters in your rooftop as it cures, creating a seamless, waterproof coat.

Unlike traditional roof paint, roof coatings improve the look of your facility while guarding against water, hail, and wind damage. A contractor typically moves slowly during the installation, spreading a gallon of coating for every 100 square feet. More advanced measures may result in thickening the layer with two or more gallons spread over the same area for enhanced protection.

Types Of Roof Coatings

Choosing the best roof cover for your facility depends on several factors, such as the type of building you own, the elements it will face, and much more. To prevent a reduction in effectiveness and endurance, you can consult with an experienced Denver roofing professional like those on our team at Maxx Roof LLC. We’ll guide you through the process and help you choose between one of the three most common commercial roof coatings:

Silicone Roof Coatings

Silicone roof coatings combine solvents and a catalyst in a silicone base, creating a reliable rooftop for your facility. Known as “cool roofs,” these UV- and heat-reflecting waterproof systems erode slowly and don’t harden or shatter with age.

Silicone roof coatings also offer flexibility in installation, color, and design. Our contractors at Maxx Roof LLC can install silicone coatings over virtually any rooftop, including:

  • Modified bitumen roofing
  • Sprayed polyurethane foam rooftops
  • Metal roof coverings
  • Built-up roofs

While silicone roof coatings work well for most facilities, they do need regular cleaning to prevent dirt and grime from building up and reducing reflectivity.

Butyl Rubber Coatings

Commonly used in cold storage spaces, butyl rubber coatings add a stretchy, strong, and fast-drying barrier to your rooftop. The coating can also help cut your energy usage and utility costs thanks to its highly reflective nature.

Many business owners opt for butyl rubber coatings when making minor repairs since the coating works well with various roofing surfaces. However, the coating requires more material per square foot, making it less cost-effective than other coatings.

Acrylic Roof Coatings

Acrylic rooftops offer an unmatched level of toughness and longevity. The impact-resistant coating adheres quickly to a single-ply roofing membrane and prevents buildup of dirt and grime. Additionally, many facilities in high-UV areas opt for acrylic coatings due to their reflectivity, keeping your building cooler and reducing your utility costs.

Further, acrylic coatings feature high-quality emulsion polymers and biocides that resist moisture, mildew, and mold. The cost-effective coatings come in a variety of custom colors and can withstand cold to -50°F. That said, if your building lacks positive drainage, you may need another type of coating to prevent leaks.

Roof Coating Installation

While installing a roof coating in Denver may seem complicated, our team of experienced contractors at Max Roof LLC takes the hassle out of the process. We begin each project with a thorough on-site consultation. After finalizing the scope of the project, our team will get to work installing your new roof coating following our five-step installation process:

1. Inspect the existing roofing system

Before we begin pouring the coating, our team will perform an infrared inspection to locate leaks or water damage below the roofing membrane.

2. Repair any damaged areas

After a careful inspection, we will remove, replace, or repair any damaged areas of your roof. Then, we’ll power-wash your rooftop to remove built-up dirt, grime, or contaminants.

3. Prep the rooftop

Some inexperienced contractors may begin applying the coating immediately. Instead, our team will first apply a primer to your rooftop to reinforce the existing system before we start spraying or rolling your new coating.

4. Apply the coating

Depending on the structure and style of your rooftop, our team will use sprayers or rollers to apply your new roof coating. We’ll work carefully, focusing on 100-square-foot areas at a time to ensure an even, thorough spread. Then, the roof coating will cure over the next 24 hours.

5. Conduct a final inspection

Finally, one of our experienced team members will inspect your rooftop to ensure that the coating has adhered properly. After the rooftop coating receives its final approval, you’ll receive our signature Maxx Warranty, guaranteeing our work and your satisfaction.

Lifespan Of Roof Coatings

You already know that a roof coating can add years to your existing system’s lifespan. However, exactly how long does each coating last?

Depending on the type of coating used and how thickly your contractor applied it, you can expect your coating to last between 10 and 20 years. At that point, you can opt to have it removed and have another coating applied to extend your warranty and enjoy a safe, dry working environment.

Roof Coating Costs

Several factors influence the cost of a new roof coating, such as location, the type of coating selected, the size of your building, and the structure and pitch of your rooftop. However, regardless of these factors, a roof coating will almost always cost significantly less than a replacement. To provide you an estimate, we can conduct a contact-free survey of your property at your convenience.

Advantages Of Roof Coatings

  • Durable and long-lasting: With regular care, a roof coating will last between one and two decades. Your roof coating can also extend the lifespan of your original rooftop by strengthening the membrane and reducing weather damage.
  • Reduced utility costs: Due to their high reflectivity, roof coatings can cut energy costs by as much as 35%.
  • Quick installation: The quick turnaround of a roof coating application will keep you and your employees working without interruption. Additionally, you’ll save on labor costs compared to the cost of a new roof.
  • Backed by our signature Maxx Warranty: Many manufacturers provide warranties for their products. At Maxx Roof LLC, we also offer our Maxx Warranty for added protection and regular upkeep.

Disadvantages Of Roof Coatings

  • Slippery when wet: Each type of coating may become slippery when wet. While this may not pose a problem on the average workday, it may become a hazard during rooftop maintenance projects.
  • Strong smell while curing: If your facility features multiple air intakes on the rooftop, you will likely smell the roof coating while it’s curing. The smell will disappear after the coating has cured, though.
  • Strict guidelines: Installation guidelines vary based on the type of roof you choose, but, in general, your roof must meet several criteria, including: well-maintained seams, no significant damage and less than 25% moisture saturated.
  • Professional installation required: Some may think that applying a rooftop coating looks as effortless as painting a wall. However, if you don’t inspect, repair, and prepare the rooftop properly, your coating will not adhere to your roof system.

How To Maintain A Roof Coating

Like your existing roof, your new roof coating will require regular maintenance to ensure that it lasts for decades to come. Don’t let that dissuade you, though. Maintaining a roof coating requires less time, energy, and cost than an uncoated roof and can delay a total replacement for decades.

Alongside regular inspections from our team at Maxx Roof LLC, you can keep your roof cover looking great by:

  • Ensuring adequate water drainage.
  • Limiting the amount of foot traffic on your rooftop coating.
  • Avoiding exposure to degrading liquids like solvents or oils.
  • Avoiding holes or punctures.
  • Using plastic snow shovels to remove snow.
  • Clearing all construction debris, such as nails, screws, and metal shavings.

While our team will conduct routine inspections of your roof, we can also provide thorough examinations following severe weather, rooftop equipment repairs, or other circumstances where your coating may have suffered damage.

Popular Roof Coating Manufacturers

At Maxx Roof LLC, we know that reliable roof coatings require more than skilled application. That’s why we work with only the highest quality products on the market from respected manufacturers like Conklin Roofing Systems, GAF, and IKO.

Some companies may attempt to cut costs by purchasing cheap products that degrade, lose their reflectivity, or adhere improperly. Instead, we invest in the very best because we know you expect it.

Whether you want to install a stone-coated steel roof from DECRA® or protect your existing roof with a spray-on coating from Conklin Roofing Systems, you can count on a clean, durable finish at a budget-friendly price.

Get Your Roof Coating Done By Our Pros

For more information on commercial roof coatings or to receive a free estimate, contact our team at Maxx Roof LLC today at (720) 743-4492. We have multiple options to choose from that can help you restore your roof when it’s not the right time to replace it. For a free consultation and to discuss your options, don’t hesitate to reach out to us and speak with one of our experts.