This summer heat is a doozy! Like our bodies, our roofs need protection from the sun’s intense rays. All roofs are sealed with a protective coating that wears down over time due to age, temperature, and weather. Replacing it protects your business and lowers your energy bill. ShenCorp Total Roofing takes care of all your roofing needs. At ShenCorp, we service areas such as Winchester, VA, Charlottesville, VA, Waynesboro, VA, Richmond, VA, and other parts of the mid-Atlantic region. Since 1977, we have become the leading choice for industrial and commercial roofing services like commercial protective roof coatings for customers throughout Virginia. Give us a call today!
Types of Coating
There are three main types of coating for your roof. All have their pros and cons, but going with the one that best serves your home is critical.
Roof coatings formulated with acrylic are a good option for clients in a broad range of climates. Acrylic is a water-based solution that matches most roofs. Its major strength is that it offers an incredible balance of cost and performance. Acrylic roof coatings are also highly reflective, UV-resistant, and easy to work with, making it a popular choice for many. Unfortunately, acrylic loses thickness under the elements. Therefore, acrylic roof coatings are better in drier climates with average temperatures of 50°F and above. However, the sun also degrades acrylics and speeds up the loss of thickness.
Elastomeric roof coatings can withstand a range of weather conditions because of their resilient formula. Elastomeric coatings are generally less expensive than other coating types. Though the reflectivity is great this formula is not UV stable for as long as silicone is. For this reason, elastomeric are usually used for positively pitched roof systems or as a base coat. Combining elastomeric with another coating will make it extremely durable. It will also stay cleaner and more resistant to water and humidity. However, elastomeric roof coatings can have a stronger odor compared to other formulas.
A defining feature of silicone roof coatings is that they are moisture-cured. In some applications, the use of silicone can also eliminate the need for a primer. Since silicone formulas advance curing, silicone roof coatings will weather better than others with nearly no erosion issues. Silicone roof coatings work best for commercial buildings in wet locations. However, silicone formulas hold onto dirt and dust, but rain and water can easily clean the roof system right up. Unfortunately, this can cause the roof to lose its reflectivity faster. It is also hard to adhere to silicone, so when a roof needs re-coating, you must re-coat with a compatible silicone.
Picking the right coating for your roof is very important. If your business is located in the trans-Atlantic area in Virginia, give Shencorp a call today to get started. We always recommend applying protective coatings to your roof; it will save you time and money in the future. Let us help you help yourself!