4 Benefits Of Elastomeric Roof Coatings

30 April 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles

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The fact of the matter is, when it comes to home improvements and renovations, the first thing you're looking for is something that will reduce the price of your bills. Well, elastomeric roof coatings can reduce your power pills and provide a litany of other benefits to your home, including adding to its value as well as reinforcing its status as an environmentally sound, green home. This brief article will address four of the major benefits that an elastomeric roof coating can provide.

What Is Elastomeric Roof Coating?

Elastomeric roof coating is essentially a form of paint. Unlike most acrylic paints used in industrial design and matters of roofing, elastomeric paint is a bright white and highly reflective.

Most acrylic paints used to coat roofs are actually black, and as such, tend to absorb heat from the sun. This can create a hot building. While this may be somewhat desirable in colder climates, elastomeric paint actually reflects the sun's rays, and is actually a far more resilient paint than the standard acrylic stock.

For those wishing to coat their roofs in more temperate areas, and especially tropical climates where the issue of the warmth of the building can become a salient issue, elastomeric roof coating is highly recommended.

Energy Saving

Most black asphalt and acrylic paint roofs are poor choices for buildings in urban areas. Although a very cheap coating initially, black asphalt and acrylic coatings can significantly increase the amount of money and energy you will lose by a large sum. Black roofs can reach temperatures up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. This heat is absorbed by the your home, which means your air conditioner has to work extremely hard to keep it cool, resulting in spiked cooling bills.

Black asphalt and acrylics absorb the heat of the sun, which in turn, will be absorbed and felt throughout the entirety of the building. This can be an especially strong strain in the summer months, as air conditioning units will struggle to meet the demand of the heat present in the building caused by the roof coating.

By choosing elastomeric roof coating, you will not only increase the amount of energy saved by the building, elastomeric roof coatings can reflect up to 90% of the thermal energy directed at a building, but if the building is in a tight, highly populated urban area, it will also save energy for adjacent buildings as well.

A Good Deal

It is true that elastomeric roof coating is significantly more expensive than asphalt or acrylic roof coatings and paints, at least initially. This is also the case with aluminum roofing. Aluminum is energy saving, but also a bit cheaper than elastomeric roof coatings. So, the question remains, "Why choose elastomeric roof coating over other, cheaper alternatives?" The answer is quite simply: the other alternatives are actually, in the long run, not cheaper.

Due to the amount of energy that elastomeric roof coatings can save, your utility bills will be anywhere from $35-$140 less expensive each year. This savings will vary depending on the size of your home, as well as the type of coating you use. Elastomeric roof coatings simply provide the most cost effective solution to coating your roof and ultimately cooling the entirety of your building.

Code Friendly

Elastomeric roof coatings are actually extremely code friendly. Due to environmentally sound nature of the roof coating, there is very little that is detrimental to your building or to the environment that you should be aware of before applying a coat of this paint. For example, most city codes state that only a certain amount of coats of certain roof coatings — for example, asphalt — can be applied to a building before it must be removed and then reinstalled. However, elastomeric roof coating does not actually constitute itself as a coat in the eyes of the city. This is due to the thinness of the paint, and the fact that it is not load-bearing.

With all of the savings and efficiency it can provide you with, chances are, elastomeric roof coating is right for you and your building. For more information on ways to protect your roof, contact roof repair companies.