The Pros And Cons Of Silicone Roof Coating

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All types of rooftops will accumulate wear and tear over time. This will ultimately decrease their efficiency, and they won’t be able to provide the same level of protection to a building.

In regards to your low slope/flat roof, your first thought might be to replace a roof when it begins showing signs of wear and tear, but there is a better solution. Instead of replacing an entire roof, you should consider a silicone roof coating.

Silicone Roof Coating: What Is It?

Ultimately, this coating uses silicone to fill in cracks, blisters, and seams on a roof. It is either rolled or sprayed as a liquid.

Even though a roof coated with silicone won’t have improved insulation, it will have reflectivity qualities and a layer of added protection against the South Florida elements. Should your roof begin to show signs of deterioration because of wear and tear or old age, but is still in good shape, you should consider adding one to two layers of silicone.

Pros Of Silicone Roof Coating

There are numerous positives to using silicone as a roof coating:

It Is Environmentally Friendly

Unlike other coating options, silicone contains fewer solvents than other moisture-curing products. If you have a high-solids version, it is likely solvent free. Fewer solvents are better for the environment.

Another reason silicone roof coatings are more environmentally friendly than other alternatives is that they contain incredibly low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Moreover, most silicone roof coatings meet and exceed state-regulated material standards.

It Is Extremely Versatile

One of the problems with other roof coatings is that they cannot be used on many roof types. A silicone coating doesn’t encounter the same roadblocks. Instead, whether you have a modified bitumen, metal, concrete, or single-ply roofing system, you can apply a layer or two of silicone.

However, depending on the roof you have, the professional doing your silicone roof coating will need to apply a primer first.

It Has A Quick Application Time

Coating your roof in silicone is quick, efficient, and easy for those seeking a fast solution if you have a reliable professional. This is because there is no need for heat-based methods when a layer of silicone is applied to a building’s roof.

It Has Great Durability

Unlike other roof coating options, a silicone roof coating is specifically engineered to contend with harsher weather conditions. When silicone (an inorganic composition) is applied to a roof, it can expand and contract naturally with the roof of a building, without becoming brittle. It’s also flexible and not overly rigid like other roof coatings.

What Are The Cons Of Silicone Roof Coating?

Just as there are positives to coating a roof with silicone, there are a few cons that you should note:

It Becomes Dirty Quickly

Unlike other roof coatings, silicone because it is usually white (though it can come in colors) it appears dirty far more quickly. It also holds onto the dirt more than some roof coatings.

It Can Be Slippery

Unfortunately, roofs coated with silicone tend to be very slippery. A slippery roof can be a safety hazard for anyone performing roof maintenance.

Silicone Roof Coating And More In South Florida

Interested in learning more about this effective roof restoration solution? ABC Roofing can help determine if a silicone roof coating is best for your property. Call today at 954-344-4622.

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