The roof of a building or home is one of the most critical components. It is just as important as the foundation and the load-bearing walls. In fact, without the roof, the walls might rot away quickly, and even the foundation would be damaged by exposure to the elements. Due to exposure to UV rays, rain, sleet, snow, and temperature fluctuations, roofs can be damaged in a wide range of ways. Liquid rubber coatings can be used to repair that damage, and for many other things.
What Are Liquid Rubber Coatings?
Liquid rubber coatings are exactly what they sound like – coatings developed with a type of rubber. There are many types on the market today. For instance, you’ll find coatings made with silicone. Others are made with urethane. Some are made with the addition of acrylic. Yet other formulations might use neoprene, while others may use butyl rubber.
However, one of the most versatile, high-performing, and durable options is made with what’s called ethylene propylene diene monomer, otherwise known as EPDM. This material is very durable, is highly resistant to UV rays, can be applied in any temperature situation, and offers a number of other advantages that make it ideal for roofing and roof repairs.
The Advantages of Liquid Rubber Coatings
As hinted at above, there are plenty of advantages associated with liquid rubber coatings, particularly with EPDM roofing material. One of those is that they are stable at all temperatures. Very high temperatures can soften some roofing materials, allowing them to sag and creating gaps in the protection offered. Very cold temperatures can make some roofing materials brittle and more prone to breakage. EPDM liquid rubber coatings, on the other hand, are stable at all temperatures and perform well throughout the year.
Another interesting advantage of liquid rubber coatings is the fact that they can be used to repair roofs even if there is a shift in the rooftop. If left unprotected, these can become gaps that allow water to penetrate beneath to the roofing substrate. The flexibility of rubber coatings allows them to flex, yet remain strong enough to protect against leaks.
Rubber roof coatings are also good for areas where traction might be needed, whether for workers, or in the case of any rooftop installation that requires regular maintenance or service – around HVAC systems, around green roof sections, and the like.
Finally, you’ll find that this material is completely impermeable. That means water cannot penetrate, even if it ponds up and remains for some time. It also means that oil and other chemicals cannot penetrate the coating.
Potential Uses for Liquid Rubber Coatings
Liquid rubber roof coatings have any number of potential uses. They can be used to repair damage to conventional roofing systems, or they can be used to refresh existing rubber roof systems. They can be used with the creation of new green roof garden areas, or to add soundproofing to a particular area. They make excellent solutions for creating semi-permanent walkways for workers who must access the roof regularly, and more. They can even be used to create an entirely new roof by covering up the existing roofing system.
How Are Liquid Rubber Coatings Applied?
There are two primary application methods used with these coatings. One is to pour an amount on the roof, spread it around with a squeegee, and then roll it on. The other is to use a sprayer to spray the material on. Spraying is faster, but rolling is more accurate. Spraying is a better fit for flat roofs, while rolling might be the best choice for pitched roofs.
Liquid rubber is a versatile material that offers immense benefits for both commercial and residential applications.