There are two basic types of roofs. First is the pitched roof that is commonly used for residential dwellings. Second is the low sloped covering that is used on many commercial buildings, and certain Southwestern styled structures. The low sloped or flat roof is further broken down into those that are protected by coating the roof surface and those that use other roofing methods such as BUR (built-up roofing) or the application of membranes like TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer). Unfortunately, all of these roofing solutions can degrade or become damaged and require repairs. One way to reduce the need for costly roofing repairs is with Roof Coating Tucson.
Several types of roof coatings are available, and the one that gets used will depend on the structure and its requirements. For example, the Southwestern or Santa Fe style dwellings typically work best with a layer of decking as the supporting base, a thin membrane, and a reliable top coating. Selecting the right coating is necessary so that the roof does no fail prematurely. Typical options for Roof Coating Tucson on this kind of roofing surface includes reflective colors such as aluminum and white or darker shades like light or desert tan.
Experienced contractors such as Ralph Hays Roofing recommend replacing the roof coating before the existing one has worn down completely. One reason for this is that the quality of the coating products often varies. For instance, some lesser quality coating materials may only last for two or three years and generally provide inadequate protection for the roof. Another concern is that the hot Tucson climate can affect certain coating products.
There are other materials used for roof coatings, and one of the better options for certain roofing types is liquid EPDM. EPDM is a synthetic rubber that normally comes in the form of a membrane. Liquid EPDM starts out as an uncured form of the roofing that gets activated when it is time for installation. One benefit to the liquid version of this durable roofing material is that there are no visible seams. This means that there should less reason to patch the roof. Liquid EPDM can also be applied a bit thick, so there is an even more durable protective surface. Click here to learn more about roof coatings and how they can help.