Tucson Roof Coatings: What To Know

As the first line of defense for your home or business, your roof takes a lot of abuse. From rain and sleet to wind and sun, your roof is at the mercy of the elements every single day. To deal with all that stress, your roof should be made of quality materials, installed by professionals who know what they’re doing. However, even the highest quality materials will fall victim to the elements over time. That’s why applying a roof coating is imperative, especially in Tucson where weather extremes are par for the course. First off, let’s define what roof coatings are.

Such coatings are designed to protect and extend the useful service life of roofing systems such as BUR, metal, modified bitumen, single ply membranes, and spray polyurethane foam, according to the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association. Roof coatings are typically thicker than paint, with a higher solids content, formulated to guard against the damaging effects of the environment, like UV light, water, and wind. Because they are very elastic, they include high-quality resin which provides a durable film that adds to the waterproofing. In addition, this can help to fill small cracks and membrane seams that are a part of every roof. Coatings differ from paint in many ways, especially in terms of application. Paint is applied in portions of a gallon per 100 square feet while roof coatings are applied in multiple gallons per 100 square feet. From acrylic and asphalt coatings to polyurethane and silicone coatings, there are many types available today. The type of Tucson roof coating you choose will depend on your kind of roof, your budget, and a professional’s recommendation.

Importance of Maintenance

Once your roof coating is applied, either at the time of construction or as part of a roof replacement or repair, you should get in the habit of maintaining it over the years. Neglecting maintenance can lead to a reduction in the lifespan of your roof. In addition to regular maintenance, inspecting and re-coating your roof every five or so years can double your roof’s life. We recommend that your roof, as well as the coating, be inspected especially after a major storm or high wind event.

Maintenance can:

  • Strengthen and protect your roof from harsh weather and UV rays.
  • Help you save on your energy bills because the coating can reflect the sun’s rays, allowing your home to remain cooler in summer and warmer in winter.
  • Reduce heat transfer into the building, decrease thermal shock, and mitigate leaks.
  • Prevent moss and lichen growth.
  • Put off the need for replacing your entire roof, at great expense to you.
  • Add property value and curb appeal, a big plus if you’re thinking of selling your home.

Effects of Weather

Without regular maintenance, your roof can degrade, showing signs of premature wear and tear. Because your roof coating is the topmost layer of protection for the membrane, it bears the brunt of all the sunlight (both infrared and ultraviolet (UV), rain, hail and damage from tree limbs and such. If you notice damage to your roof coating, such as blistering, cracking, peeling, leaking or ponding, call your roofer or roof coating painter right away.

Costs of a Bad Roofing Job

The ability of your roof to last to the end of its useful life will depend heavily on how it was initially installed. All the best materials and roof coatings in the world won’t save a roof that’s been improperly installed by sub-par roofers, with consequences including structural damage due to leaks. The potential cost of poor workmanship can reach into the thousands of dollars, not to mention reduced lifespan that could cause you to have to replace your roof much sooner than anticipated. That’s why it’s so important to thoroughly vet your roofers before hiring them, making sure they are licensed and insured, with many years of experience, continual training and adherence to local laws, and positive reviews.

It’s also important to hire professional & licensed painters to apply your roof coating, rather than attempt this as a DIY job. Not only is it dangerous to do it on your own, but hiring a licensed professional means you get access to the highest quality materials with a job done right the first time. Hiring an unlicensed roofer to apply your roof coating could void your homeowner’s insurance policy in the event a claim arises as a result of that work.

Contact Blue Coyote Painting

Blue Coyote Painting is licensed (ROC#312523) and has many years of experience in Tucson roof coating application. Your roof coating should be inspected every five years to stay on the safe side. If it’s been awhile since you last checked or if you notice any damage, contact us today at 520-219-2777 for a free estimate. We offer a three-part process that includes pressure washing the roof, cleaning and removing debris, and scraping loose and peeling material as needed.