Roof coating: how to choose the best option?

Roof coating refers to the external part of the roof structure. That is, the visible part. Its function is to protect the area from environmental conditions and to prevent wear and tear of the materials. That is why, during any construction process, it is essential to know how to choose among the wide variety of options.

In this article we tell you all the details about the characteristics that should have a good roof coating. Remember that taking the time to decide will save you inconveniences in the future both logistically and economically.

Of course, although the main thing is to make sure that the roof coating is strong, you should also pay attention to its appearance, as it will be one of the first parts that anyone will see when they arrive at your home. 

The good news is that among all the options on the market today, there is no doubt that one of them will fit perfectly with the design of the building and your preferred style.

What to look for in a roof coating?

Mainly, what you should make sure to find in a roof coating is protection against rain, wind and snow, ultraviolet rays, possible blows or other types of external attacks. Flood prevention and fire prevention is also essential. 

That is, it has to be a sufficiently strong and, above all, waterproof or low porosity material. This will prevent water seepage, leaks or problems with mold growth inside the permanent roof structure.

To reduce risks during roof coating installation and to have peace of mind that the results are effective, it is best to rely on the help of experts. Qualified personnel will have all the tools required for the installation of any type of roof and will know what protocols to follow according to territorial and national regulations and recommendations.

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The best roof coating options

With the passage of time, the advancement of technology and the production of new roofing materials, the range of accessories and roof coating versions has expanded. 

Here are 3 different options. All are specially made to address common roofing problems, so the decision really depends on the individual’s taste and budget. 

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are a timeless classic. They are the most popular and most traditional choice. On the one hand, this is because they are among the most economical alternatives. But it is also worth noting their high quality and strength. 

In addition, this type of roof coating is very versatile aesthetically. It will be easy to find it in your preferred colors and specific designs can be requested depending on what you have planned for your new construction or remodelling. 

Elastomer membrane

This type of roof coating is one of the most durable. If all care is taken and maintenance sessions are performed when necessary, they will have a useful life of 25 to 30 years. 

Although these membranes are slightly more expensive than other materials, they are a long-term investment as it is unlikely that you will need to replace them or that they will be damaged.

One benefit you will receive by installing this type of roofing is that it prevents heat build-up inside the house.

Plastic tiles

Plastic is a very flexible, lightweight material that can visually mimic almost any type of design; these are some of the advantages of choosing it as a roof coating. 

On the other hand, the installation process is simple and no extra layers are applied to protect it, nor is it necessary to take too much care since it is not such a delicate material.

However, one of its disadvantages is that it can easily lose its finish. For example, it scratches more than other surfaces and can lose its original color over time.

Finally, while these are our top recommendations, here are some other types of roof coating you might be interested in:

  • Fiberglass
  • Metal roof tiles
  • Cedar
  • Concrete
  • Sheet metal shingles

If you would like to receive further guidance or a quote for an installation or maintenance job, please contact us.