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Roofing Terminology

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Roof Coatings

Homeowners with flat or low slope roofs know how difficult it can be to keep them from leaking. Roof coatings can be applied to a flat roof to help prevent water intrusion and in many cases the coatings can be installed over your existing roof system without having to remove it.

Roof Coatings: Additional Protection and Energy Efficiency

Flat or low slope roofs often have rubber membrane roofing instead of shingles because water doesn't run off as quickly and may even pond in areas. A problem with rubber roofing is that it can be susceptible to punctures from tree branches or any other debris that might happen to fall on it, and roof leaks may not be detected until you have extensive interior repairs. If you have a flat roof, you should have it inspected by a roofing contractor on an annual basis to ensure it's in good shape and doesn't have any preliminary signs of problems.

One way to improve the longevity of your flat roof is to ask a roofing contractor to install one of the several varieties of roof coatings available. Most roof coatings are rolled or sprayed on and they can give your flat roof additional protection from leaks and punctures. Using roof coatings can also:

  • Delay having to install a new roof
  • Seal around roof penetrations such as plumbing stacks
  • Increase your home's energy efficiency by reflecting the sun's heat and lowering your home's cooling costs
  • May increase the warranty on your roof system

A roofing contractor can determine if your flat or low slope roof is suitable for roof coatings and whether they can be installed over your existing roof surface. They can also show you roof coatings that may improve the energy efficiency of your home and how much savings they can provide.

Roofing Terms