FLUID APPLIED ROOFING VS ROOF PAINT: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
Fluid-applied roofing is often confused with roof paint, but they’re very different solutions that provide very different levels of protection. If you’re looking for a way to ward off the many threats your building’s roof may encounter, find out more about how these two choices really work in the real world.
The Right Coating
Fluid-applied roofing and roof paint both theoretically coat the roof of a building to strengthen its durability. They are normally used when a roof is just starting to fall apart to prolong the roof’s life and save an owner on the cost of a full replacement. While paint can fill in some of the gaps in a roof and leave a surface looking smooth, it’s simply not strong enough to fight off the extremity of New England weather.
Fluid-applied roofing contains no paint, and it offers several advantages that paint can’t offer. For example, Acrylic Elastomer Over Spray Polyurethane Foam or Elastomeric Silicone System not only holds strong against ice, snow, rain, and sun, but it can also slow down bacteria growth and fires. In fact, Fabric-Reinforced Acrylic Elastomer has anti-UV properties that keep your building from wearing away in the sun and in many cases is thicker than TPO and EPDM rubber roofing systems.
If you’re looking for real protection instead of a quick fix, choose a contractor who understands fluid-applied roofing. The contractor will consider the use of the roof, its exposure, and its age before recommending a product that will truly reinforce the existing structure.