Silicone roof coatings have been around for a few decades now, and have quickly become a quality roofing option. However, some homeowners are still uncertain of whether the benefits of silicone warrant its price or simply don't know the full benefits of this coating material.
Whether you want a new look for your roof, or are looking to restore a leaky, rusty roof, silicone offers you revolutionary benefits that you may not get from other coating materials such as acrylic or aluminum. The benefits of silicone coatings greatly outweigh the costs, as they are easily installed and offer great versatility. Here is a look at 2 benefits of silicone roof coatings.
Ease of installation
Silicone coatings are spray-applied, making them very easy to apply on any roof surface. Moreover, this roof coating material cures very fast - often within a day or so - and can cure in hot or dry climate. Unlike other roof coatings that won't adhere well when humidity is high, silicone can easily cure in high humidity and temperature, making it ideal for application almost at any time of year.
Another advantage of silicone is that is can be applied to the existing roofing material, lowering labor costs. In most cases, the former coating material does not need to be removed for the silicone coat to adhere, and all that is needed is a simple powder washing before the new coat can be applied.
In rare cases - especially on newer roofs - a filmy residue that could affect the ability of the silicone coating to stick may still be on the roof. This would necessitate that the old coating material is removed before applying the new coating.
Over the years, manufacturers have been able to formulate high-quality silicone coatings that can be used for diverse purposes. The most commonly applied coating is made of 'high solids.' This thick, high solid silicone coating is mostly sed for roof restorations, where it is applied to cover leaks, dents, rust and other imperfections.
The higher solid content that such silicone coating has over other cheaper coating materials also allows it to be applied in a single coat without affecting its quality or performance when cured.
Lighter coatings with low solids also exist, which are typically used for coating and recoating foam roofing. The low solids are able to penetrate the dimples in the foam, giving it the protection it needs from the sun.