Types of Commercial Roof Coatings

With seasonal storms, hard-hitting hurricanes and Florida’s relentless sun, your commercial facility’s flat roof takes a beating. Commercial roof coatings are a time-tested way to extend the life of a building’s roof.  Protecting your roof with one of these roof coating products is simply good business. However, not all commercial roof coatings are the same. Which roof coating product is the best choice for your commercial building?

Acrylic Roof Coating
A water-based solution, acrylic roof coatings are cost effective, easy to work with, highly reflective and do a nice job of fending off the sun’s destructive ultraviolet rays. However, these products do have distinctive weaknesses. They are prone to thinning as they become more weathered, and they do not handle ponding water well.

Polyurethane Roof Coating
Effective polyurethane roof coating systems will consist of two layers. The first is a relatively inexpensive aromatic coating that makes a great base layer but shouldn’t stand alone because it isn’t UV stable. The second layer is a more expensive aliphatic coating that is UV stable, holds color well and resists dirt better than most other roof coatings. When applied properly, polyurethane roof coating systems are durable enough to handle traffic, more likely to stay clean and better able to cope with a little ponding water than acrylics. What should you be wary of when considering this type of roof coating? Polyurethane roof coatings are pricier than acrylics and have a stronger odor than other products.

Styrene Ethylene Butylene Styrene Coating
Styrene-ethylene butylene styrene may be used in everything from sports mouth guards to handlebar grips, but its name is more than a mouthful, so when it’s used to top commercial roofing, it is referred to as SEBS roof coating. While this type of roof coating can be utilized on a variety of surfaces, adheres well, resists UV rays and handles water ponding without flinching, it does require regular care to maintain its solar reflectance. This additional maintenance adds to the overall cost of the roof coating application.

Silicone Roof Coating
When you have heavy UV exposure like Floridians do, it’s hard to beat a silicone roof coating. Undeterred by the sun’s bright beams, it also thrives in humidity, shrugs off ponding water, and weathers well without getting hard or brittle. What’s the downside to silicone roof coating? These coatings do get dirty, but the rain acts as a cleanser. Silicone can also be tough for other products to adhere to, so if you decide to recoat your roof again in the future, you’ll need to remove the first coating or apply a compatible silicone.

Mid Florida Roofing is a full-service roofing contractor fulfilling the roofing needs of homeowners and businesses throughout the Orlando Florida area for more than 15 years. We understand the challenges presented by our environment. Our long-lasting GACO commercial roof coatings offer an affordable and highly effective way to protect your commercial facility’s roof. While other commercial roof coatings sometimes wilt in out humid climate, one application of this remarkable silicone coating provides protection that lasts as long as your roof’s substrate does. If you are interested in protecting your commercial building with a high-quality roof coating, contact Mid Florida Roofing today to discuss your options and request a free estimate.


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