Roof coatings have an obvious appeal to a home-owner. Replacing a roof is one of the largest capital costs any home-owner can face, whereas a coating, at a far lesser cost, can help prolong the shelf life of any roof, and help make savings on energy bills.
While it cannot fix every problem to befall a roof, most ageing roofs can be offered a lifeline from coating, and a substantially approved appearance.
Given the huge capital outlay associated with new roofs, anticipation is key with coating it, namely not waiting until problems have become so entrenched as to be unrecoverable with coatings.
The key benefit of coating is clearly lengthening the life of a roof. Repairs come as standard with any coating solution, so tiles can be fixed and replaced, leaks damaging the membrane can be patched, while the cleaning and antifungicidal washes will remove all the damaging and unsightly moss and lichen which commonly attacks roofs, and gives them that brack-ish hue seen on most ageing one’s.
Additionally, the ageing due to heat can also be attacked by the application of reflective coatings which delay ultraviolet impact upon it.
Thermal coating is popular due to its bi-fold purpose of protecting and extending the life of a roof, but also by reducing heat loss through the outer layer which can reduce energy emissions. When applied to roofs, its purpose is to offer full protection while still allowing the tiles to breathe.
Roof coating companies make claims of anything up to 40% savings on energy bills, and while these may be exaggerated as part of their sales message, it’s undeniable the reducing the loss of heat through the top of the house will improve the energy efficiency of any home.
Despite these key benefits, for many its the dramatic improvement in the aesthetic appearance which motivates them most to undertake roof coating, especially if the home owner is looking to sell their home in the near future.
Roof coating is fairly multi-functional, namely able to help sustainability of myriad roofs, be they tiled, clay, concrete, slate or rosemary, and also is adaptable to different colours.
With many people in the western world having to tighten their belts due to ongoing recession, roof coating can offer an attractive alternative to the greater outlay involved with having a new roof, and can also improve a property’s appearance while making savings on energy bills.