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The Different Types Of Roof Coatings

Published on November 12th, 2015

Your roof needs to be coated in order to ensure that it continues to do its job effectively and efficiently. Coatings help to protect it from weather damage and enable it to serve you for much longer. There are four main types of coatings and we’ll show you what they are.

Asphalt Emulsions:

  • They are made from emulsified asphalt, using clay as their emulsifying component.
  • They have extra strength because of their organic or inorganic fibers and filers.
  • They can be used a reflective coating when infused with aluminum pigments or titanium dioxide.
  • You can use a push broom to apply this coating.

Acrylic Roof Coatings:

  • These coatings help to make your roof more durable and long-lasting.
  • The coating has different types of acrylic polymer.
  • The most common color for these coatings are white (for the reflective coatings), but there are other acrylic coating colors.
  • They do not need to be applied as thick as other types of coatings and they can be rolled on or sprayed on.
  • They should be re-coated in the next 2 or 3 years after the first application.

Solvent-based Asphalt Coatings:

  • These are commonly called cutback coatings. The asphalt is solid at room temperature and is “cut back” with solvent, thus liquefying the coating and making it easier to apply.
  • You can get these cutback coatings in an aluminum-finish reflective coating or asphalt black.
  • You need to exercise caution with applying this coating, because of the likely presence of asbestos in it.

Solvent-based silicone coatings:

  • This is considered as the best roof coating and it’s cost-effective and high-quality.
  • They are bio-degradable (because they’re made of silicone).
  • They are applied by rolling (using a medium-nap roller) or spraying.
  • There are various available colors, including reflective white and translucent.
  • This roofing material can resist ponding water for very long times and it can also adhere to most substrates with no primer.

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