If you’ve never heard of liquid rubber roof coating, you aren’t alone. Primarily used for commercial buildings, it’s only been recently that homeowners and small business owners have realized how beneficial this product can be for their properties as well. If you are considering a protective coating for your roof, here are some things to consider about this option:
Pros of a Liquid Rubber Roof
There are many reasons that a liquid rubber coating can be a huge benefit for buildings of all shapes and sizes.
- Liquid rubber is flexible, waterproof, and UV-resistant, so it resists damage from the three most common elements that damage roof materials. Temperature fluctuations, which usually cause roof materials to crack, are not a problem thanks to rubber’s ability to expand and contract without breaking.
- Rubber is very long lasting. Because this type of covering is usually laid out in one piece, it has very few seams that can be damaged. These roof materials are designed to last for decades.
- Repairing a liquid rubber roof is inexpensive and easy. Maintenance is almost nonexistent over the years; at most, you may have to touch up any aesthetic paint that was applied once every decade or so.
- There are many options to choose from that can help you determine what kind of rubber roof covering you need. From a thin coating of 45mm liquid rubber, to a coating of up to 90mm, the range is extensive, so that you can get the right coverage based on your building’s structure and your needs.
- Your interior utility bills will be lowered thanks to this material’s natural UV resistance. Sun is reflected away from the roof, which makes the interior of the building cooler.
- Rubber is a very green choice because it takes less energy to produce a rubber material than it does to produce other common roofing materials. Rubber is also 100% recyclable, so decades into the future when your roof needs a replacement coating, the old coating won’t be tossed into a landfill.
- Liquid rubber roof coatings are fire resistant, which not only keeps you safer, but can also lead to a reduction in homeowner’s insurance in many cases.
Cons of a Liquid Rubber Roof
The biggest drawback to this type of roof covering is that it’s not the most aesthetically pleasing choice. However, it can be painted with acrylic paint, which not only covers up the black or white liquid rubber with a more attractive color, but also makes the coating last longer. Additionally, some manufacturers have even started to make this coating in strips that resemble shingles more closely, for homeowners with stricter HOA rules, for example.
The best way to ensure that you get a great covering for your roof if you choose liquid rubber is to choose the right roofer. Be sure that you choose a company with experience installing liquid rubber. As the aesthetics of this material improve every year, it won’t be long before there are virtually no drawbacks at all to this type of roof.