Roof coatings are practical solutions for protecting your property in several ways, whether that be for adverse weather conditions or retaining heat. Coatings protect your cladding from damage and debris, minimise the need for repair or replacement, and helps your property to withstand the test of time. Unlike the cost of repairs and replacement, coatings are easy and effective alternatives to ensuring that you protect your property from severe damage. However, there are multiple different forms of coating that can help with various issues your property may be facing. For this reason, it is first important to identify the issue and speak to a professional to ensure the materials are provided with proper care and the right coating solution. To lend you a helping hand, we have pieced together a guide containing all the information you may require about the different types of roof coating.

A Guide To The Different Types Of Roof Coating

For many commercial property owners, the roofing system can become a hassle to care for, with several costly issues and problems that could arise. While installing the most durable quality roofing can be effective, without sufficient coatings, it could be subject to damage due to debris and dirt built up or impact from heavy rain. Without coatings, your property could be vulnerable to stagnant water, cracking, rusting and much more. Find out more about how roof coatings can help and which one will be best for your requirements:

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Why Roof Coatings Are Important

A roof coating can be applied to many different build and material types, making it accessible to all property owners. This is a cost-effective alternative to repairs and can help to prolong the life span of your property and minimise the need for you to contact our team for further repairs. The main reason that a roof coating is vital for any property is because it helps to maintain a safe environment for your employees and visiting guests by reducing the risk of flooding or injury due to broken roofing systems. Some of the most important reasons for you to invest in your roofing system with a coating include the following:

Prolongs Your Roofs Life-Span

Many property owners will cut corners when it comes to spending money, but this can actually end up costing you in the future. Making an investment now can save you thousands of pounds on the need for repairs and potentially even a full replacement of your roofing system. As your roof will face constant exposure to adverse weather and environmental components, it is highly likely that it will eventually wear down causing severe damage such as bubbling or cracking which can lead to internal damage and flooding. As a result, the property will require regular maintenance and repairs to ensure that it is safe and follows government regulations on commercial property building standards.

However, with a roof coating, you can prolong the life of your roofing system as the coating protects the materials from the damaging elements. One of the many ways in which it is able to do this is through the waterproof properties of the coating. This, therefore, allows the coating to protect the system from weather and environmental impacts. To ensure that you can take full advantage of these properties, repairs on the roofing system will first need to take place. You can find out more information on the different types of roofing damage that you can experience in our previous article, or please feel free to contact our team to book in for commercial roof repairs if you are experiencing issues with your roofing system.

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Manages Climate

Commercial properties use a lot of energy to heat up during the winter and keep cool in the summer. In fact, according to UK Power, on average, commercial properties will spend £5,000 a year on energy, which will differ depending on the size of the property. The roof will have a large part to play in the loss of heat, making it vital that you repair the roof before the winter months draw in and coat your roofing system for ultimate protection. Coatings reflect the sun from the roof, meaning that you are able to keep your property cool in the summer months while retaining heat that is produced. This not only saves you money but can also help to prevent damage on the roof from UV light.

Improves Aesthetics

When it comes to a commercial property, aesthetics are everything, but one element of the property that is neglected when improving appearances in the roof. As you are unable to see the roof from the lower ground, it can be easy to neglect the roofing system in terms of the way your property looks. However, the roofing can have a significant effect on how the property looks in general. If the roofing system is not sufficient enough, then it could cause the top of your building to rust and become worn down, which will inevitably become noticeable with time. A coating will eliminate this issue, ensuring you can maintain a professional appearance while saving you the money required to repair cladding on the rest of the property.

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How To Know When It’s Time For A Coating

When you have a yearly budget for repairs and maintenance work on your property, it can be hard to distinguish whether or not it is worth paying for a roof coating. While a roof coating is always important, there are many factors and issues that you should keep an eye on that will indicate that it is time to call in a professional. Examples of when a roof coating will be beneficial include the following:

  • Leaking – this is one of the more serious issues of them all, and it is vital that if you notice your property is leaking, that you contact a professional for assistance. You can find out more information about how to spot leaking on your roof via Family Handy Man.
  • Age – the older your roof is, the less reliable it becomes, but the more protection you apply, the longer the life-span. Even if your property shows no physical signs of ageing, it is advised that you apply a coating if your roof is 16 years or older.
  • Cracking – if your roof is cracking then it could be a sign of multiple things, such as poor installation. Cracking is most common on felt flat roofs when the material is of poor quality, or the creases have not been effectively sealed during installation. You may require felt flat roof refurbishment as well as roof coating to prevent cracking and bubbling which can lead to leaking.

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Types Of Roof Coatings

There are various different roofing types that can be applied to your property, and each one comes with their benefits and uses. It is important to first identify the issue you are having as well as the roofing material that you have, as this will determine what coating will be best on your property. If you are unsure about what could be causing issues, then please feel free to contact our team for advice. The three main roof coatings include the following:

Asbestos Coating

An asbestos roof can be extremely dangerous to employee health when spending large quantities of time in the property. In fact, in 1999 the UK government banned asbestos instalment on properties due to its links with lung cancer and other health issues. If you are unsure about whether you have an asbestos roof, then there are a few ways you are able to identify the roofing material:

  • Colour – asbestos is a grey, white or blue colour, but when it has been mixed with other materials it may be hard to identify.
  • Age – the age of your roof may be an indication as to whether it contains asbestos. If it was built before 1999, then it could possibly have asbestos elements.
  • Professional Advice – as professionals in asbestos roof coatings, our team are well-versed in the signs of asbestos in roofing, so it may be helpful to contact the team for advice.

There are also a number of benefits to having an asbestos roof coating, such as preventing water damage, stopping asbestos fibre release and costing less than a full replacement of your roof. The team at GOCO Services have been dealing with asbestos for many years, and can help you to identify asbestos and apply a protective and safe coating while causing minimal disruption to your work. Please feel free to contact the team for more information or to book in for your roof coating or take a look at our previous article for more advice on asbestos roofing.

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Acrylic Coating

Acrylic coatings are usually made from acrylic binders and solvents with pigments if you require for the roofing to be a specific colour, making it perfect for not only a coating on your roofing system but also a colour change of your property. An acrylic coating comes with exceptional performance and is highly durable and has become one of the highest regard and widely used coating types. However, one of the main reasons that this coating is used is for its aesthetic enhancing properties, whereby you can choose a colour that matches your brand image and provides you with a professional touch to your properties appearance.

Much like all coating types, acrylic coatings come with many benefits, such as the following:

  • Increases durability
  • Lengthens lifespan of the roof
  • Creates a UV block
  • Protects from adverse weather
  • Easy cleaning
  • Multiple colour options

Silicone Coating

If your property experiences heavy downfall on a regular basis, then you may benefit from a silicone coating. This is one of the most waterproof types of coating and can help to prevent leaking or damage caused by stagnant water. Not only this, but the coating is also able to reflect UV rays, making it less prone to colour fading or cracking. A silicone coating is applied in just one coat, making it perfect for a business that is aiming to keep its downtime to a minimum. Other benefits to silicone coatings include:

  • High performance
  • Durable
  • Increases life span
  • Water resistant
  • Eco-friendly

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Find The Best Solution For Your Roof

The damage that you have experienced and the roofing material will have a significant influence on which form of coating you will need. While they all come with multiple benefits, it does not mean that they are right for your property type. If you wish to protect your roofing system even further, then you are also able to invest in industrial roofing sheets; these offer durable solutions such as the standing seam, composite panels or over roofing. Along with coating and repairing your roofing system, it is vital to protect the rest of your property through cut edge corrosion treatments as well as thorough cladding cleaning. If you would like to know more about roofing types or how coatings can be applied to your property, then please feel free to contact the team.