Commercial Silicone Roofing
A Silicone Restoration Membrane (SRM) is a fluid applied silicone coating sprayed directly onto an existing roof system. … A silicone roof coating is a single layer of silicone that’s rolled or sprayed on as a liquid to fill in cracks, blisters, and seams.
Before we look at the silicone roof coating process, it is important to understand why we are so passionate about silicone roof coatings. There are many different types of roof coatings on the market today, but silicone is widely revered as the “Cadillac” of the roof coating market. It is generally the most expensive option when looking at material costs, but there is good reason for this increased cost. Silicone coatings have been developed over many decades for many different applications, and these years of development have made it a strong, UV resistant, moisture curing, non-chalking, environmentally friendly product.
Once installed, many people don’t know what silicone roof coatings provide, and how beneficial they are. They provide protection from the elements, as coatings create a seamless, waterproof, monolithic membrane that stops leaks and resists ponding water. Silicone roof coatings are also reflective, meaning they keep the surface of the roof cool despite the sun’s rays, meaning your building stays at the proper temperature.
Silicone roof coatings are not new, however, it’s important to know about the advantages so that you can make the best purchasing decision. The truth is, there are many benefits to this type of roofing system. Although silicone roof coatings are not the least expensive roofing option for roof repairs, an investment in one is a quality-based decision where its performance pays off year after year.
Let’s go over five great reasons for silicone roofing. Your business can be positively affected by every single benefit we indicate. After you read them, please contact us for answers to any additional questions you may have.
Single Coat Application Saves Time and Reduces Costs
Because the solids content in silicone roof coatings is greater than a very inexpensive or acrylic coating, it can be applied in one coat.
The main benefits of a thicker, simpler application process are:
• Less ponding while the silicone roof coating is applied
• Easier slope corrections can be made during the application
Primer is Unnecessary in Many Situations
After the professional roofing contractor power washes your roof, the silicone coating can be applied. Unless your roofing system is a single-ply type, you likely won’t need a primer.
With single-ply’s that are fairly new, such as those under 5 years, there could be a residue that prevents the silicone from adhering properly. In that case, we would recommend a primer.
It is highly likely that you won’t need a primer. However, to confirm this, the skilled roofing contractor should conduct an adhesion test. Primer is a supply where you’ll save by not spending money on materials you don’t need.
Silicone Coatings Are Environmentally Safe
Silicone roof coatings have a high flashpoint. This means that the solvent evaporates in the air fast. This fact contributes to silicone being non-flammable. If the coating happens to ignite, sustaining the fire is impossible because of its high flashpoint.
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) levels affect indoor air quality. The low levels of VOC in silicone roof coatings enable it to surpass the material safety standards requirements. These are put forth in every U.S. state including California, which is known for its very high standards on material safety for public health.
Ponding Water Doesn’t Stand a Chance with Silicone Coatings
No other coating can repel ponding water like silicone. The science-based formulation causes it to cure in the damp air. This also creates a sealed layer that is free of leaks when under the strain of ponding water.
Because silicone roof systems are UV exposure resistant, they tend to look close to new years after installation. You won’t have to recoat as often if you would with other types of coatings.
Silicone Coatings Offer Seasonal Application Flexibility
Regarding silicone coating installation, humidity is a friend instead of a foe. Furthermore, cold and warm temperatures don’t affect silicone’s ability to completely cure. This makes spring, summer, and fall seasons perfect for silicone coating roof repairs and replacements. Another bonus benefit is that wash-off doesn’t happen because of the unique silicone formulation.
It’s about performance, durability, and longevity. As you can see, the advantages of a silicone roof coating are worth your investment. Oftentimes, acrylic and other alternative coatings don’t last. Now you can worry less about roof repairs when you have a silicone roof coating installed by an expert roofing contractor. If you additional have questions, we’re here to answer them. Contact us today to find out more.