Acrylic Roof Coatings
At American WeatherStar, we offer a variety of different fluid-applied roof coating systems to protect and restore both flat and metal roof surfaces. Once applied, these systems not only stop and prevent roof leaks, they reduce HVAC system workloads, improve the look of your building, and most importantly, save you money!
Acrylic roof coatings are just one of the many chemistry types that we incorporate into our fluid-applied roofing systems. With that in mind, let’s examine the benefits and limitations of acrylic roof coatings and what factors you should consider before installing an acrylic roof coating system on your building.
What Are the Benefits of Acrylic Roof Coatings?
Often referred to as the “original” elastomeric coating, acrylic roof coatings are typically used to protect and restore metal roofs. Over time, however, acrylic coatings have evolved into an excellent restoration solution for many other commercial roofing substrates. That being said, what benefits do acrylic roof coatings offer, and what does that mean to building owners and managers?
For starters, acrylic roof coatings are among the most cost-effective and durable coatings on the market today. Building owners and facility managers can save thousands of dollars by installing an acrylic-based roofing system on their building or structure. Providing an excellent balance of performance and cost are what make acrylic roof coatings such a valuable and sensible solution.
Highly Reflective and UV Resistant
Because acrylic roof coatings are highly reflective and UV resistant, building owners and facility managers can save money by drastically reducing cooling costs during the summer months. Minimizing the sun’s impact on the roofing surface not only helps to sustain lower energy costs as the system ages, it reduces internal building temperatures and helps extend roof life.
Easy to Install
Acrylic roof coatings are very easy to work with. This means the installation can be completed in a timely manner without sacrificing quality workmanship, and with minimal disturbance to any day-to-day business operations. In addition, installation teams rarely encounter complications to installation equipment, making them more productive and efficient.
What Are the Limitations of Acrylic Roof Coatings?
There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a fluid-applied roofing system for your building. While acrylic roof coatings do offer many important benefits, it’s just as imperative to acknowledge the limitations of the product.
Ponding water will negatively impact the performance of acrylic roof coatings. Before considering an acrylic roof coating system or product, it is imperative for building owners and managers to consult with a specialist to determine if the roof structure will encounter ponding water situations.
Cold Temperature Applications
As a water-based product, acrylic roof coatings are susceptible to colder temperatures. At the time of application, the outside temperature must be at least 50°F, and rising, for the coating to properly adhere to the roofing substrate. The dry time for acrylic roof coatings will slow down dramatically if the temperature is below 50°F.
Suitable Surfaces:MetalModified BitumenBuilt-UpSingle-PlySpray Polyurethane Foam