Adding coating to your roof can provide an extra layer of protection from the elements and help prevent a leak or another problem from developing. But when adding roof coating to the top of your home, you'll want to make sure you pick the right coating for the job and apply it the right way. A local contractor can help make this decision, but if you decide to go it alone, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Clean the Roof First
In order to adhere to the surface of the roof, the coating needs a clean area to work with. A roof that is dirty or has a lot of grease is not going to let the coating set properly. Think of applying your roof coating the same way you would if you were going to add a coat of fresh paint to a wall inside your house. You would scrub that wall so that all dirt and dust is completely removed, right? The same thing applies when adding a roof coating. Use trisodium phosphate or a product recommended by a local contractor to make sure that all dirt and grease is removed before you begin work with the coating.
Choose the Right Color for Your Area
Roof coatings come in multiple colors but if you want to get the most out of your new coating, pick a color that will help with your energy efficiency. Dark colors tend to absorb heat while lighter colors reflect it. So if you live in Minnesota where it can be especially cold in the winter, pick a darker color that will help absorb heat. If you live in Texas where the summers can be brutal, a lighter color will help reflect the heat. Either way, choosing the right color roof coating can help your heater or air conditioner to run more efficiently.
Go With Two Coatings, Especially in Problem Areas
For the best protection, add a second coat once the first coat is dry. If you don't have enough coating to cover the entire roof, at least put a second coating over known problem areas. On a flat roof, this could include any drain areas, any place where you've had repairs done and around any scuppers.
For best results when adding roof coating to your home, hire a professional contractor like Stetson Painting. If you decide to tackle the project yourself, follow these tips.Share