Roof Coating / Fluid Applied

Roof Coating / Fluid Applied Roofing in Dallas, TX

Note that these materials differ from deck coatings, which are designed to resist foot activity (and occasionally vehicle traffic). Deck coatings that can withstand the abrasion they endure are necessary for walkways, decks, parking garages, and other structures.

However, liquid applied coatings are a perfect answer for the majority of roofs. For instance, they were utilized to repair the Superdome’s roof in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.

What is Fluid Applied Roofing?

One of the roofing systems with the greatest rate of growth in North America and Europe over the past few years has been liquid spray-applied roofing membranes. When compared to tear-out and replacement, this kind of solution can extend the lifespan of a roof by decades while requiring much less time, effort, and money.

Imagine being able to install a durable, rubber-like roof membrane in a matter of hours, without the need for messy tear-out or smelly hot tar kettles. The majority of substrates, including metal, concrete, and even old roofing materials like bitumen and asphalt, can be covered with liquid roofing, including flat, low-slope, and domed roofs.

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Types of Fluid Applied Roofing

Various manufacturers sell dozens of liquid-applied monolithic roof systems, each with their own formulation. The most popular application method is by sprayer because it is quicker, however many formulations can also be applied with a brush, roller, or even squeegee.

These systems come in a huge range of colors. As “cool roofs,” reflective white coatings are common. They minimize air conditioning expenses and lessen the heat island effect by reflecting sun energy.

When dried, the thickness of liquid roof coatings ranges from around three mils—equivalent to one coat of paint—to more than 40 mils.

High-tech elastomeric resins like urethane, polyvinyl acetate (PVA), and even neoprene are used to make the majority of them. Some are single components, while others are two-part systems. There are water-borne coatings, but the majority are solvent-based. Some products can be used straight from the container. Currently, the most widely used liquid-applied roof coating technology is single component moisture-cured polyurethane coatings.

Ames Research Laboratories’ reinforced systems, for example, boost sturdiness and durability by using high-strength polyester roof fabric that is embedded between wet coatings of Super-Elasto-Barrier rubber base coat. This strengthening greatly improves the system’s lifetime, durability, and non-permeability.

Benefits of Fluid Applied Roofing Systems

On some of the most difficult projects in the world, their effectiveness and durability have been confirmed, and major manufacturers now provide performance guarantees that are competitive with those of any other roofing system.

Safety: Since liquid roofing does not use hot tar kettles, torches, or other high-temperature instruments, there is no risk of fire to contractors, the building, or the property’s inhabitants. If the original roofing system contains asbestos, the ability of liquid roofing systems to encapsulate the surface to which they are placed can be a significant benefit.

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Sustainability: White roof coatings frequently result in lower energy expenditures and can greatly reduce the quantity of waste transported to landfills. For instance, the Super Elasto barrier system from Ames creates a continuous non-permeable reinforced rubber membrane while reflecting rather than absorbing solar radiation.

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Limitations of Fluid Applied Roofing & Roof Coating

Obviously, not every situation calls for liquid spray-applied roofing membranes. Liquid membranes most certainly won’t fix the issue either if the roof has advanced to the point where repairing or re-coating are no longer viable options.

Puddles can form after rain in low areas on some flat roofs, particularly those near drains. Some manufacturers offer ponding water warranties for their coatings, but many do not, and if exposed to standing water, the coating may fail. While some producers of polyurethane roof coatings do so, most manufacturers of acrylic roof coatings typically do not.