If you are considering getting a rubber roof coating for your home or business, you may be wondering what the benefits of this type of coating are. It is essential to understand the benefits of this type of coating as a rubber roof coating is a more expensive option than traditional roofing.
Rubber Roof Coating is Weather Resistant
Traditional roofing uses asphalt shingles, which can be more brittle and do not have much gravitational pull. Due to these factors, a rubber roof coating is a much better option when looking for weather-resistant roofing. Rubber is a much stronger material than asphalt and is resistant to cracking during all weather conditions.
This is especially important for business and commercial roofs. Unlike many homes, most commercial buildings have a flat roof. This means there is nowhere for the water to drain, and in colder weather conditions, such as snow, sleet, and hail, it will also need to support a large amount of weight.
If the shingles are not sealed properly, or they wear over time, such as with asphalt shingles, the water can roll or be blown underneath them, causing additional damage.
It is also Fire Resistant
Rubber roof coverings and coatings are also fire-resistant. Although rubber can start on fire, a fire usually needs to be between 500 – 600 degrees Fahrenheit for rubber to catch fire.
The fact that a business is using a rubber roof coating can not only help prevent fires, but this can save the owner money. Many insurance companies give a discount for businesses with rubber roofs because it is fire resistant, lessening the chance of the customer having an insurance claim.
This Option Has a Longer Lifespan
Although rubber roofing coverings can have a higher upfront cost, it is essential to note that it also has a much longer lifespan. A typical asphalt roof has an average lifespan of 15 – 20 years. However, a rubber roof has a lifespan of 30 – 50 years. So, as long as the roof is made of quality materials and was installed correctly, it will need to be replaced less often.
If an asphalt roof needs to be replaced at 15 years (the low end of the average) and the rubber roof may last 50 years (the high end of the average), business owners with traditional roofs will need to replace them 2 times before the rubber roof owner needs to do the same thing.
Other Benefits to Rubber Roof Coatings
There are a few other benefits of having a rubber roof or a rubber roof coating. One of these advantages is that they are low maintenance. Very little needs to be done to maintain this type of roof, and when maintenance issues arise, they are usually simple to take care of. For instance, if a leak does occur, liquid rubber or a special repair tape can be used to fix it. Also, you may want to have it repainted every decade or so with acrylic paint.
Rubber can also be environmentally friendly, being made from recycled materials. Finally, it is durable. Extreme hot and cold temperatures will not make it brittle and prone to cracking.
Although rubber roof coating may have a higher upfront cost than traditional roofing, it is highly recommended. It is more weather and fire resistant and needs less maintenance and replacement throughout the years. Here at Keystone Commercial Roofing, we are here to help. Please contact us with any questions you may have.