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What is Elastomeric Roof Coating?

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Does Roof Coating Stop Leaks?

Elastomeric roof coating is an excellent option for homeowners looking for a practical solution for roof leaks. Elastomeric roof coating is a process whereby a plastic coating, usually made of polymeric products (including acrylic and white pigments like titanium dioxide), are used to seal roof leaks. Elastomeric roof coatings can be applied throughout the year, regardless of season, due to the reflexivity of the product.

What is the Best Elastomeric Roof Coating?

There are four main types of elastomeric roof coating. The first is butyl, which is the best option for flat roof repair, and low-sloping roofs. Butyl has a very superior water pounding resistance, and acts as a vapor barrier. The second is acrylic, which is the best for over-sloped roofs. Acrylic is more popular than butyl because it is more environmentally friendly, and long-lasting. The third is polyurethane, which is best for EPDM rubber roofs. The coating doesn’t require high PH rinses, and can also be used on modified bitumen and single ply roofs.The final main type of elastomeric roof coating is silicone.

Silicone coating is the best coating for polyurethane foam roofs. Silicone coating is very effective for repairing weathering. The elastomeric roof coating is also good for recoating roofs that already have silicone coatings.

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Is Elastomeric Roof Coating Waterproof?

If you have a low-slope commercial roof, there is a high probability that you have roof equipment on your roof, ranging from HVAC or air-conditioning systems, drains, pipes and more. The area around this equipment will need to be waterproof, and elastomeric roof coatings resolve these issues quickly and easily. Elastomeric roof coatings are fluid applied, and often sprayed. They create a monolithic, seamless roof membrane across the entire roof membrane– even around roof top equipment. As the coating dries, the ingredients bond together, creating a seamless, fully custom tailored roofing system to meet each and every need, including waterproofing.

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Can Elastomeric Roof Coating be Painted?

Elastomeric roof coating can be painted. Before painting your roof, remove debris. This should be done in a methodical way. Pick up large branches and other debris by hand, the sweep the roof to remove leaves, sticks, and other small objects. Pressure wash the surface using a detergent solution and water. Once the roof is clean and dry, seal the seams of your roof with liquid rubber. Protect the seams of your roof with seam tape (available from any rubber roofing supplier).

With regard to the type of paint, the EPDM Roofing Association recommends choosing an acrylic coating specifically designed for rubber roofing. They caution that you can use latex paint to cover a rubber roof, but only if you confirm with the manufacturer that the paint won’t interact negatively with the materials in your roof.

What is Elastomeric Roof Coating Used For?

With its status as an elastic coating, elastomeric roof coating can be used for a variety of roof applications. Elastomeric roof coating can be used to protect and seal the underlying roof material, help stop and prevent leaks, and limit future weathering. Some coatings are even designed to cool the building. As elastic polymer roof texture, elastomeric roof coatings move with the structure of your roof, rather than remaining rigid, and thus are more forgiving than other roof textures.

Elastomeric Roof Coating Pros and Cons

It is necessary to weigh the pros and cons of any roofing material, thus ensuring that you have relevant information and can make informed choices.

Pros:

  • Elastomeric coatings apply like paint, but contain more solids, which give these coatings more flexibility and durability than traditional exterior paint. Fun fact: elastomeric coating was originally formulated to protect stucco.
  • Elastomeric coating has the ability to stretch 150-400%, making it an incredibly elastic sealant for roofs.
  • Longer life= fewer applications of elastomeric coating for your roof.

Cons:

  • Any breach in the coating, however small, can lead to moisture getting to your roof. Prevent trapping any moisture underneath the elastomeric coating, as it can lead to decay, mold growth, and further damage.
  • May produce lumps. Wrong application can lead to lumpy and ugly texture.
  • Vague product description. Some products do not specify the required number of coatings.
  • Application of your elastomeric roof coating requires experience.

Elastomeric roof coatings in Austin, TX performed by Direct Roofing Inc are an example of roofs that have acquired a level of excellence.

Elastomeric Roof Coating Contractors

We at Direct Roofing Inc have elastomeric roofing experts who are trained and able to apply your new elastomeric roof at your convenience. The roof coatings used will be high-grade, introducing the finest improvement and value to your roof, while being affordable.

Can Elastomeric Roof Coating Be Tinted?

Elastomeric roof coatings can be tinted. With a reference sample, such as a paint color chip or a color name and number from your paint manufacturer, batches of tinted coatings can be created and applied. Make sure to order enough coating to finish the entire roof (allow for some waste and overspray).

Elastomeric Roof Coating Installation

The process for installing an elastomeric roof is simple, but always leave it to the professionals. Many brands of roof coating require certified installation specialists to provide full warranty benefits. You will want to make the most of your warranty benefits in case any problems arise with your coating. A proper installation goes far in terms of providing a secure and safe roof for your home or business, and a warranty gives you some measure of insurance when and if a structural problem arises with your roof coating.

Contact our professionals Direct Roofing Inc, located in (Austin, TX) for all your elastomeric roof coating needs. Call (512) 900-4655. Now is a better time than later to have roofing peace of mind!

Which Metal Roof is Right For You?

If you are looking for a roofing system that will last for decades, provide great durability, and require little maintenance, then metal roofing is a superior choice. But with so many types of metal to choose from, how do you know which roofing system is right for you? The commercial roofing contractors at Direct Roofing Inc can help you pick out the best metal roof for your commercial building when you call us at (512) 900-4655. Schedule an appointment for commercial metal roof installation in Austin, TX today!

Types of Commercial Metal Roofs

Metal roofs go great with commercial and industrial buildings that have low sloped roofs. As metal is waterproof, fireproof, and can resist chemicals, it is a favorite among warehouses and other industrial businesses that see a lot of high heat. Other roofing systems would collapse from the extreme temperature fluctuations, but metal roofing can withstand it all, including any type of storm.

Corrugated Metal

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The most popular type of commercial metal roofing system, corrugated metal provides the typical industrialized look. This is because the metal bolts are shown connecting the metal panels. Even with the hardware exposed, this does not hinder the durability of a corrugated metal roof. Instead, corrugated metal roofing is one of the most durable metal roofing systems available, though maybe not the most attractive. Corrugated commercial roofs come in two types of styles: U-Panel and R-Panel. U-Panel corrugated roofs are 26 gauge, while R-Panel roofs are 29 gauge. the difference in width is mainly for aesthetic purposes, as the wider R-panel roofs are found to be more appealing on sales businesses. Corrugated metal roofs have some of the longest lifespans out of any metal roofs, lasting up to 50 years.

Standing Seam

For a slightly more attractive metal roof, go with standing seam metal roofing. Basically the same as a corrugated metal roof but without the bolts showing,standing seam gets its name because it gives off a seamless appearance. There are two types of standing seam roofing types to choose from: snap lock or mechanical lock. Snap lock roofs are for sloped roofs and are primarily seen on residential or highly sloped commercial roofs. Mechanical lock roofs are more common for low slope industrial or commercial buildings.

Steel

As the most lightweight metal roof available, that does not mean that steel is fragile. Coming with a zinc coating to help prevent rusting, steel withstands all storm types and won’t weather over time from age. Very similar to steel is aluminum, coming in at the second most lightweight metal roofing system. Steel is available in two types: galvalume and galvanized. Galvalume steel is a steel roof that has a mixture of zinc and aluminum coating on top of it. This coating helps to prevent rusting, but even without the coating, galvalume steel roofs have been recorded as surviving up to 40 years. Galvanized steel roofs are completely dipped in zinc to provide a rust-free coating.

Aluminum

The second most lightweight metal roof available, aluminum is the only one that is naturally rust-resistant. This is beneficial as it means that you can save a little money by not having to purchase an additional roof coating to help keep your metal roof from rusting. A lot of coastal commercial buildings have aluminum roofs, as they don’t have to worry about the sea salt air causing the roof to degrade quickly. While aluminum does not require a roof coating, a lot of people still opt for it because the natural metal will still show scratches and age over time.

Stone Coated Steel

Stone coated steel is seen more on sloped commercial roofs, since the metal panels covered in stone chips cannot adequately cover a flat roof without resulting in leaks and other water damage. Stone coated steel roofs can emulate many different styles of roofing, from slate to tile, all while still having a metal base to provide the strong and long lasting protection. Having a stone coated steel roof is recommended for more aesthetic commercial properties like hotels or sales businesses.

Metal Shingles

Similar to stone coated steel panels, metal shingles are actually shingles instead of panels imitating the look of shingles like stone coated steel does. Physically consisting of cut up metal pieces to create shingles, you are given the best of both worlds in that you are provided the durability of metal but the look of a more residential roof. This is beneficial if your commercial building is in a more suburban area and you don’t want to stand out too much, or if your line of commercial work does not require a heavy duty industrial-looking roof.

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Metal roofs last a minimum of 50 years when properly installed. They are Energy Star approved due to their high levels of energy efficiency and reflectivity. This means that your building will stay cooler as the metallic roofing panels reflect the sunlight instead of absorbing it, helping to lower energy bills as well. For commercial metal roof installation in Austin, TX, call the professional roofers at Direct Roofing Inc at (512) 900-4655 today.