Use Liquid Roof to Repair Your Business’ EPDM Roof

If your business already has an EPDM roofing system installed, then you’re probably already aware of its many benefits. You’ve likely noticed how resistant it is to weather damage—even hail is incapable of lessening its efficacy. In addition, you’ve probably noted how resistant it is to fluctuations in temperature. If your business is located in a region where the winters are exceedingly cold and the summers and uncomfortably hot, then this is probably why you selected an EPDM roofing solution in the first place. Another benefit that is subtle, but nonetheless very important, is how resistant your EPDM roofing system is to damage from ultraviolet radiation caused by the sun.

In short, you’ve probably noticed that your EPDM roofing system is a “set it and forget it” kind of roofing choice. However, like anything in the world, there will come a time when your roof may need repair. If you’ve been worried about making repairs to your EPDM roofing system, then fear not. The truth is that repairing an EPDM roof can be incredibly simple. In most cases, you’ll only need to repair the part of your roof that needs repairing thanks to liquid roof.

What is Liquid Roof and How Does It Work?

Liquid roof is, in a nutshell, the liquid version of the EPDM roof that you already have over your head. Because it’s in the form of a liquid, liquid roof can be easily spread to fill in and repair cracks and tears in your existing EPDM roofing system.

Likely, however, you’ll not want to make these repairs yourself. Instead, you’ll want to get in touch with a qualified contractor who can apply the liquid roof. While they’re doing this, you’ll discover that the repairs will cause almost no, if any, disturbance to the course of your everyday business. Like the EPDM roofing system itself, the liquid roof is applied cold and then allowed to cure over the course of 24 hours. This means that you and your employees will not be subject to any noxious and potentially hazardous vapors while the liquid roof coating is being applied.

Are There Other Uses For Liquid Roof?

There sure are! If you’re not the type, then you might not know that liquid roof is a popular roofing solution for people that own RVs and motor homes. One of the primary reasons, aside from the weather and heat resistance, that owners of RVs and motor homes utilize liquid roof is the ease with which it can be applied. With a can of liquid roof and an EPDM roller, an RV owner can apply liquid roof to their RV in the space of an afternoon. After being left alone to cure for 24 hours, that RV owner will have a roof that will stand up to all the trials life on the road will put it through. The best part? If there’s ever a problem with the liquid roof, another coat will fix it right up.

Protect Your Roof With Roof Coatings

Utilizing a roof coating is an excellent way to ensure the longevity of your roof and to protect the investment that you’ve already made in it. Because extensive roof repairs can be prohibitively expensive, taking the precaution of applying a coating to your roof dramatically reduces the risk of exposing yourself to such a financial burden.

The roof coating that you’ll need largely depends upon the kind of roofing system that you have installed. It’s important to note and remember that a roof coating system is almost always specific to the kind of roof that you have installed. Because the chemicals involved are different from roofing system to roofing system, utilizing the incorrect coating can cause serious damage to your roof’s substrate.

The Myriad Benefits of Applying Roof Coatings

A roof coating can make an already solid roof even more durable. In many cases the application of a roof coating will improve the roof’s ability to resist weather, wind and water damage. If you opt to make use of an ultraviolet light resistance roof coating, you’ll really be doing yourself a favor. Sunlight can seriously degrade the chemicals in a roofing system, so using a coating that reflects UV light will increase the lifespan of the roofing system that you have in place. Another reason to give a UV-light resistant roof coating strong consideration is your heating and AC bill. Because the coating will be reflecting sunlight away from the roof of your building, this will help greatly in regulating the temperature of the building itself.

In many cases, it’s also worth noting that roof coatings are, on the whole, environmentally friendly. This has the obvious benefit of helping the environment, but is has other benefits as well. An environmentally friendly roof coating poses no health risks to the contractors who will be applying it, and it also will not pose any health risks to the employees who are working in your building. Because of this, you won’t need to put your business on hold while the coating is applied.

The Real Benefit of Applying a Roof Coating

Naturally, it’s your bottom line. In many cases, the application of a roof coating or sealant can increase the lifespan of your roof for many years. Because of this increased lifespan, you’ll be seriously delaying the time at which the whole roof will need to be replaced.

However, that day when you need to replace your roof may never come, especially if you pay diligent attention to the continual maintenance and repair of your roofing system. With a roof sealants and roof coatings, contractors have become adept at seriously increasingly the efficacy of existing roofing systems. In some cases, through the use of sealants and coatings, contractors are able to conduct an entire roof restoration, one which will leave your roof not only as good as it was when it was installed, but maybe even better!

The History of Liquid Roof Coatings

Believe it or not, liquid roof has a history that extends all the way back to the beginnings of modern history. Bitumen was the first material used to waterproof roofs, as well as the hulls of boats, and came into use around biblical times. What’s bitumen, you ask? Well, you can think of bitumen as a kind of ancient asphalt that was used as a kind of mortar or cement. Used with sand and other types of fillers, bitumen came into use as a roofing material during the early 1800s.

It wasn’t until after the industrial revolution that bitumen moved into the factory and became viable as a large-scale roofing solution. As the 1900s wore on, the process of making waterproof roofing materials developed and new solutions were offered by various companies and chemists. One of those many developments was the invention and wide-spread use of EPDM roofing.

EPDM roofing offered many benefits that bitumen (or asphalt) based roof coating solutions did not. For one, EPDM does not need to be applied hot, which puts the contractors applying it at far less risk of being exposed to dangerous vapors and chemicals. Also, the material is incredibly weather and temperature resistant, a factor, which increases its durability when compared to other competing roofing materials.

Liquid Roof Coatings Today

Because of the widespread use of EPDM roof, liquid roof coatings are much more prevalent today than they have been in the past. In general a liquid roof coating is used to repair an existing EPDM or rubberized roof. It is applied cold, so again there is minimal risk of exposure to dangerous chemicals and vapors.

Liquid roof coatings have become a popular solution among the RV crowd. Most find that a liquid roof is easy to apply and that it stands the many trials and tribulations that come with being attached to a mobile vehicle. These owners prize their liquid roofs for the extreme resistance to heat and weather.

In addition to being easy to apply, liquid roof is also exceedingly easy to make repairs to. In the same way it was applied, so too can it be repaired. One needs only to ensure that the surface upon which the liquid roof coating will be applied is cleaned before application. After that, it’s as simple as spreading the liquid roof out evenly.

Is Liquid Roof Right For Me?

That depends. In a wide variety of cases, the answer is yes. As you’ve already read, if you’re an RV owner who is looking for a time-tested solution for protecting your roof from leaks and damage, then liquid roof makes an excellent choice. In addition, if you are the owner of a commercial business with a low-sloping roof, then liquid roof can work for you as well. Since it’s applied cold, either applying or making repairs with liquid roof will ensure that your business undergoes minimal disturbance while the repair or installation is taking place.