WHAT'S THE BEST ROOF COATING?

When it comes to roof coatings there are two types most often used: Silicone and Acrylic.

We will look at what roof coatings are. What's the difference between silicone and acrylic? Which do we recommend? And Why?


What are Roof Coatings?

Commercial roof coatings are a perfect solution for property managers and owners looking for a permanent solution for a leaking or aging roof. The type of roof material, weather conditions over the years, or the age of the existing roof can all play factors on how long a roof last. Most new roofs begin to see issues or leaks in less than 15 years. Once a roof start leaking they can be hard to chase down the leaks and find them. Then they leak again and again in different places. these Leaks and the cost to repair them can cost thousands of dollars each year. Roof coatings are an extra layer of protection applied to the existing roof that can give it many more years of life. Coatings should adhere strongly to the surface and yet also remain flexible enough not to tear or peel off. Silicone and acrylic roof coatings are both popular options that can solve your leak problems and prolong a roof’s lifespan. Both are applied with minimal Interruptions to daily business.


What's the difference between silicone and acrylic?


SILICONE: BENEFITS

  • Extremely UV stable: Will not degrade or deteriorate from exposure to the sun.

  • Highly Reflective: Up to ninety percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Reduces the cooling load, lowers utility bills and increases indoor comfort.

  • Flexible and Durable: High concentrate of solids. This requires less material and allows for a single application, saving time and labor.

  • Extreme Conditions: Good against extreme temperatures, downpours and oxidation.

  • Ponding Water Proof: 100% Water Proof. Will not deteriorate from ponding water

  • Minimum Labor: To install High Quality Silicone Requires little labor and there are very few steps needed to take. This keeps Labor cost very low.

  • Adhesion: Pull strength test show that silicones stick to the roof much better than acrylic products and won't delaminate premature.

  • Cleaning: Must clean surface but doesn't need to be spotless. Saves time and labor cost.

  • Quicker Install Times: Less steps and less need labor means a quicker install for you which means less interruptions

SILICONE: DISADVANTAGES

  • Attracts Dirt: Requires periodic maintenance to avoid losing its reflective properties.

  • Equipment: Requires $75,000 worth of equipment to Spray silicone.


ACRYLIC: BENEFITS

  • Extremely UV stable: Will not degrade or deteriorate from exposure to the sun.

  • Highly Reflective: Up to ninety percent of the sun’s harmful rays. Reduces the cooling load, lowers utility bills and increases indoor comfort.

  • Equipment: Requires $8,000 worth of equipment to Spray Acrylic

ACRYLIC: DISADVANTAGES

  • Water-based: Become brittle and delaminate from the roof when exposed to ponding water, or excessive amounts of continued rain.

  • Low Solids: This requires more material and multiple applications, costing time and labor. This also affects the flexibility of the product.

  • Temperature sensitive: Should not install in weather below 60 Degrees

  • Extra Steps: Acrylics require a ton of prep work and primers be used. Resulting in higher labor cost and other materials.

  • Adhesion: Pull strength test show that Acrylics do not stick to the roof as well as silicone products and can delaminate premature.

  • Cleaning: Must clean surface Must be spotless. Again Cost labor and time.

  • Longer Install Times: More steps and more labor means a longer installs, Which means more interruptions.

In Summary:

While the prices for 2 Bids may seem comparable.

Silicone Bids are generally 75% product expense and 25% Labor Expense.

Acrylic Bids are generally 20% Product expense and 80% Labor Expense.


Most would agree, It's better to pay the money for the product. Product is something you get to keep. Most people quoting and installing roof coatings wont have these conversations with you, as most haven't invested in the equipment to install silicone.


The smart Choice is Silicone Roof Coatings.


SGR Roofing LLC

Smarterflatroofing.com

If you have a commercial or industrial building that needs a roof coating call us. (833) 747-7471


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