If you have a flat roof, keeping moisture out of the home is likely your top concern. One excellent way to do this is with silicone coatings. Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Silicone Coating?
Silicone roof coating looks and feels similar to plastic once applied, but its chemical makeup is different. In fact, many silicone coatings contain a blend of materials to enhance the performance of the protective layer. Silicon rubber, adhesives and gels are frequently used for sealing the home, from garage door seals and caulk to home exterior sealants and foam insulation.
How Is Silicone Coating Applied to a Flat Roof?
The silicone coating is applied above existing roofing materials. There’s no need to remove the underlying layers to apply silicone, which reduces the length of repairs or remodeling. This coating enhances the durability and moisture resistance of the underlying material while enhancing the energy efficiency of the entire roof.
Silicone is compatible with most of the popular roofing choices for flat roofs, including asphalt, EPDM and sprayed foam. In fact, silicone coatings will even work with metal roofing. Of course, for maximum adhesion and strength, the coating needs to be applied by a professional.
What Are the Benefits of Silicone Coatings?
Silicone is a pretty amazing material. It has natural properties that work perfectly as a sealing solution for a flat roof. It’s waterproof and flexible even at high temperatures. It’s naturally resistant to bacteria, algae and mold. Silicone’s wide range of temperature resistance means it can perform just as well in blazing heat as in winter weather. All of this helps it continue to seal flat roofs all year long, rain or shine.
How Long Does Silicone Coating Last?
When properly applied and maintained, silicone coatings for flat roofs can provide a decade or more of moisture protection. Your home stays safe from the effects of wind, rainstorms, snow and ice. If you want the best protection for a flat roof, it makes sense to invest in extra weatherproofing above existing roofing materials.