Commercial roof coatings are a perfect solution for those property managers that are looking for a simple solution for a leaking or aging roof. Silicone and acrylic roof coatings are both popular options that can solve your leak problems and prolong a roof’s lifespan.
However, it depends on the roofing system, conditions and current temperatures as to which option best suits your commercial roofing restore needs. Knowing the benefits, drawbacks and limitations of silicone and acrylic coatings can help you to make a more informed decision.
BENEFITS OF SILICONE ROOF COATINGS
Silicone roof coatings are extremely UV stable and reflect up to ninety percent of the sun’s harmful rays. This greatly reduces the cooling load, lowers utility bills and increases indoor comfort.
They are also very flexible and durable due to the high concentrate of solids. This composition of high solid requires less material and allows for a single application, saving time and labor.
They can withstand extreme temperatures, downpours and oxidation. Silicone coatings are better at protecting structures from ponding water than acrylic coatings.
DRAWBACKS OF SILICONE COATINGS
While silicone is an excellent choice, they tend to attract dirt and dust which requires routine maintenance to avoid the coating from losing its reflective benefits. Silicone coatings are also slippery when wet, requiring a ‘Walk Pad’ installed in highly trafficked areas.
BENEFITS OF ACRYLIC ROOF COATINGS
Acrylic roof coatings are an excellent choice for many types of substrates; modified bitumen, metal, built up, single-ply and spray polyurethane foam.
These acrylic roof coatings are very cost effective, have a high UV resistance and reflectiveness. In addition, acrylic is easily applied via spraying or rolling onto the existing substrate of the roof.
DRAWBACKS OF ACRYLIC ROOF COATINGS
While acrylic coatings have many enduring benefits, there are a few limitations. Because acrylic coatings are water-based, they coating can become brittle and delaminate from the roof when exposed to ponding water on a roof for long periods.
In addition, cold temperatures slow down the drying time and make it hard for the coating to adhere to the roof. Acrylic coatings cannot be applied when temperatures drop below fifty degrees.
So there you have it. Both Silicone and Acrylic roof coatings are very viable options. However, determining which to us depends on your particular commercial roofing restoration needs. Those of us at Restore It Commercial Roofing can help you decide the best solution for your commercial roof.
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