Answers to Your Biggest Questions About Elastomeric Roof Coatings
In the commercial roofing world—and especially in our restoration/revitalization specialty area—we use a lot of technical terminology that we realize our customers may not be familiar with. This understandably leads to plenty of questions, and it’s our goal to educate the building owners and managers we work with as we bring new life to old, tired roofs.
With that in mind, today’s post focuses on elastomeric roof coatings, which are what we exclusively install here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing in partnership with Conklin Roofing Systems.
What are Elastomeric Roof Coatings?
While there tends to be some disagreement in the industry as to what specific roof coatings and materials qualify as “elastomeric,” the definition of this term is quite simple. It refers to substances that are elastomers, or that have elastic properties.
In other words, elastomeric materials stretch and can return to their original dimensions after doing so—think of a rubber band, and you’ll have the right idea. They may be either acrylic or non-acrylic in nature, and they might be spray-applied or rolled out like our single-ply membrane restoration systems. They are extremely protective against harsh weather, UV light from the sun, and even foot traffic on your roof.
The type of elastomeric coating that’s most appropriate for your commercial building’s roof will depend on what materials it was originally made from. Professional roofing contractors like us will work with you to help you choose the best-performing coating for your unique roof.
Are Elastomeric Roof Coatings Waterproof?
In short, yes. Elastomeric roof coatings are designed to help stop leaks in aging roofing systems made from a variety of materials, like metal, layered asphalt, single-ply membranes, and more. When properly applied by professionals, these restorative coatings can seal problematic seams and create a 100% leak-proof barrier across the surface of your roof.
How Long Do Elastomeric Roof Coatings Last?
While many factors can influence the longevity of roof coatings, the Conklin System products we work with are well-known in the industry to have extremely long service lives. In fact, Conklin coatings are backed by impeccable warranties, which are typically non-prorated and guaranteed for up to 18 years.
That said, elastomeric coatings should last at least a decade before they need to be renewed or refreshed. If you’ve gotten less mileage out of a restorative coating—or your building’s original roofing material—in the past, we want to show you how Conklin coatings are different. Among other benefits, these coatings have a 40+ year history of quality and performance in all types of climates throughout the US and elsewhere!
Can Elastomeric Coatings Save on Energy Use and Costs?
Another standout feature of elastomeric coatings is their reflectivity. Many older commercial roofs—especially those made from built-up roofing (BUR) materials—are darker colored, which means they absorb the sun’s heat and actually work against your building’s cooling systems in the summertime.
Our membrane coating process is just one of several options made to “lighten up” your non-reflective roof. The white reflective coating stays up to 80 degrees cooler in the summer, which translates to real savings on your energy bills!
If you’re looking for even more energy-saving capabilities, you’ll also want to consider polyurethane spray foam (SPF) coatings. In addition to being reflective, SPF coatings are insulative, which means your roof can better protect your building’s interior from outdoor temperature extremes throughout the year.
What Are the Limits of Roof Coatings?
We like to say that coatings have no limits! Though, it’s important to remember that the right coating for your unique roof will depend on many factors based on your building’s physical location and even what type of business you conduct inside your building.
While very flexible (no pun intended), elastomeric roof coatings like those we apply at Unlimited Commercial Roofing are used to restore existing roofs. Some of these materials can also be installed as original roofing—namely, single-ply membranes and SPF coatings. However, you will always want to consult with a knowledgeable roofing contractor about your options, whether you are constructing a new commercial building or thinking about restoration vs. replacement of a current roof.
Is Your Commercial Building’s Roof Showing Its Age?
In eastern Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, Unlimited Commercial Roofing is your expert resource for restoring your building’s roof with a variety of elastomeric coating solutions instead of undergoing costly replacement. Get in touch with us today to schedule your free on-site roof inspection!