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Different roof coatings

There are several different types of commercial roof coatings to service the many different types of commercial roofs . Commercial roof coatings are almost always reflective, keeping the sunrays off your building while keeping your building cool and protecting the underlying material safe from premature breakdown due to UV rays. Most commercial roof coatings are used as a water proofing barrier to help keep the building dry. There are many roof coatings to choose from below is a description of each one. Harleys Construction wants to help you decide which coating is best your your commercial roof .


 One of the reasons silicone roof coatings is gaining in popularity is its resistance to ponding water. Silicone coatings can endure the damaging effects of ponding water without breaking down , they are one of the only roofing products guaranteed against ponding water, Another great feature of silicone is their protection against U.V.rays . The suns ultra violet rays are one of the main causes in roofing system prematurely failing and silicone roof coatings can reflect up to 80-90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. This means if you have Harleys install a silicone roof coating you could potentially save thousands of dollars by cutting your cooling costs d. Unlike other coatings, silicone roof coating won’t break down, chalk, or crack due to exposure from direct sunlight. They erode much slower than other coating giving prolonged protection for many years 

Silver coating

Silver coatings are usually used as a reflective top coating to protect the roof against breaking down from the U.V. rays . Some silver coating come with fiber , or rubber in the for added  strength. Silver coatings are perhaps best known for having outstanding adhesion. They will fully adhere to most conventional commercial roofing substrates including metal, modified bitumen, built-up roofs, spray polyurethane foam, concrete roof deck, EPDM, TPO, and other single-ply membranes. Silver coating may also help reduce heating costs in the warmer months. Silver coatings should be reapplied every 5 years due to the coating eroding. 


Acrylic roof coatings provide many benefits. They are low cost, offer great protection against the suns U.V. rays, and are generally easy to work with.   Acrylic coating can be a very affective solution for coating your commercial roof.  They are a great product for several roof types including  pitched metal roofs  modified bitumen, single-ply, EPDM, built-up roofs, and spray polyurethane foam. Acrylic roof coatings are not a great choice for  roof substrates with ponding water issues and poor drainage, acrylic is water based and  the product will break down in a standing or ponding water situation. Acrylic roof coating will also loose mill thickness over time due to degradation of the product 

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Asphalt coating

Asphalt roof coating are a waterproofing compound that is mostly used on existing built-up, BUR roofs, Modified Bitumen, Coal Tar Pitch, TPO, EPDM, Hypalon and Gravel roofs. They are a great idea for a aging roof, the coating could extend the life of your roof indefinitely if applied at 5 year intervals . Asphalt emulsion roof coatings are made of asphalt emulsified with water and clay. Asphalt emulsion roof coatings will not crack, alligator, run or sag under extreme weather conditions. They’re lightweight, water-based, very low-odor and require no tear off of the existing roof. This makes them easy to apply, even for occupied buildings.

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