The Advantages of EPDM Roof Coatings

There’s no getting around the importance a roof plays in any structure. Whether it be a home, a warehouse, office building, etc. you need a strong roof that can provide shelter from the elements. Leaks do happen, however, at which point, you want to act fast to solve the problem. Despite all the options available, you can’t do much better than having EPDM roof coatings above your head. Keep reading to learn why applying EPDM to your roof is one of the best decisions you can make for the structure.

Immune to Most Climates:

EPDM roof coatings can handle just about any climate condition short of a tornado. They can withstand low temperatures all the way down to -40 F without cracking or becoming brittle.

If you live in the Southern Hemisphere, you’ll be glad to know that a roof covered in EPDM doesn’t mind the warmth, either. While temperatures will never get up to 300 F, EPDM has shown it wouldn’t be a problem if it did.

The really great thing about EPDM roof coatings, when it comes to climate, is how much it can save you in energy costs. EPDM gets a lot of credit for keeping the elements out, but the truth is that it does just as good a job keeping your cold air or heat in, where it belongs.

Repair and Maintenance:

Roof Leaks Repairing

Roof Leaks Repairing

As the above attests, a roof covered in EPDM will have an easy time withstanding the elements. Yet EPDM needs very little, if any, maintenance. While you’ll want to clean your roof periodically, simply to keep things like fungi or algae from growing, the synthetic rubber itself won’t need any help.

This also provides greater savings. The longer you can go without having to fix your roof again, the more of a return you’re getting on your investment. But this can also provide great savings for use on an office building. As that type of building constantly undergoes inspections for worker safety, you won’t have to worry about spending more to keep it up to code.

Longevity:

It’s hard to think of another option that can provide the kind of longevity you’ll get from installing EPDM Roof coatings. The ERA (EPDM Roofing Association) recently conducted a study. In it, they examined a number of EPDM roof coatings that were 30 years old. Their finding was that, even after 3 decades, the EPDM maintained a high degree of tensile strength, almost as if it were new.

Installing EPDM:

Installing EPDM Roof Coatings

Installing EPDM Roof Coatings

Keep in mind that the above advantages are contingent on quality installation. While many people may be successful in installing EPDM on their own, they take the results into their own hands. Many of the benefits listed above will not be a factor if installation is mishandled.

When it comes to putting a roof over your head, you’d be hard pressed to find a better option than EPDM rubber. For added savings, incredible durability, and little-to-no maintenance issues, EPDM roof coatings will deliver. Best of all, you won’t have to think about it again for decades to come.

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THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN USING LIQUID RUBBER

1) Catalyst must be added prior to use. Scrape sides of container with a Liquid rubber spatula to ensure catalyst distribution.
2) Xylene or Mineral Spirits Solvents may be added to adjust viscosity or for clean-up.
3) Easiest way to spread the rubber on a flat surface is to broadcast material with a rubber squeegee then roll using a short nap roller. Product is self leveling. A flat spatula can be used for small areas.
4) Product has a long pot life after catalyst has been added; 4-6 hrs. depending on temperature.
5) Only temperature affects the rate of cure. Relative humidity has no influence.
6) Product is hydrophobic (sheds water) so substrate to be coated must be dry initially. The uncured rubber can get wet or even have ponding water, with only a cosmetic effect after application, and will still cure.
7) The rubber will penetrate into porous substrates such as wood and poured concrete. A primer/sealer should precede application of liquid rubber.
8) The chemical reaction of the catalyzed rubber can be arrested by freezing the material. This can keep material usable for weeks or months. To use again simply allow it to reach room temperature and apply.

Technical Aspects of EPDM

Elastomeric coatings are roofing applied in a viscous state. It has elastic properties, and can stretch in the summer time heat and then return to their original shape without damage.

Elastomeric coatings usually contain polymeric materials, such as acrylic, and a white pigment, such as titanium dioxide, to make them opaque and reflective. An elastomeric coating is applied thicker than paint. An elastomeric coating can be used on virtually any substrate including asphalt built-up roofing, concrete roofing, metal roofing, modified bitumen roofing, polyurethane foam roofing and single ply roofing.

Since EPDM Liquid Rubber Coatings cures by chemical reaction, a single heavy application will be preferable to multiple thin coats. A second coat will bond to a previous film but that bond will not be as strong as the internal bond within each layer. If a second coat is applied before the first has thoroughly cured, some wrinkling may result as the first coat absorbs solvent and swells. This will, however, recover as the solvent evaporates. It is generally recommended that only a single coat be applied over non-porous surfaces, the thickness of which can be varied as desired. Thicker films will take longer to cure through. Asphalt coatings and asphalt built-up roofs are considered unstable substrates and therefore, not recommended for coating directly with Liquid Rubber EPDM. EPDM COATINGS do carry a specific elastomeric which with a two coat application gives you a 10 year warranty.

Liquid Rubber is designed to re coat structurally sound existing roof and protective materials. They are also best for RV Roof Repair. They should not be used in place of roofing membranes”.

The following are recommended substrates to coat:

  • Metal – Coated or Galvanized Steel
    • Weathered Aluminum
    • Weathered Copper
  • EPDM Rubber membrane
  • Concrete (except foot traffic surfaces)
  • Urethane Foam
  • Primed Wood
  • Fiberglass
  • PVC Sheet and Pipe
  • Acrylic Sheet
  • Sponge Rubber insulation

Do Not use Liquid Roof or Liquid Rubber on the following substrates:

  • Built up asphalt roofs
  • Asphalt shingles
  • Modified asphalt roll roofing
  • Stainless steel
  • Glass
  • Silicone caulk
  • Foot traffic surfaces
  • Hypalon Membrane

Elastomeric Roof Coatings proofs to be best water resistant coatings

EPDM Coatings http://www.epdmcoatings.com always gives solution for roof repairing project satisfying the needs of the customers with contingent services. When the time comes for first full maintenance of your punctured roofs, liquid rubber waterproofing can be easily refurbished usually by the application of an additional coat.  Through development and improvements of the systems through the years, EPDM coatings have been designed to withstand the toughest climatic conditions and are compatible with the majority of roofs either its residential roof or RV roofs.

 

The primary advantages of epdm roof coatings are their economical, proven performance life, and ease of use. Roof coatings are generally one-component products that can be applied directly from the container. Today’s coatings are versatile and applicator friendly. Non-flammable products are also available.

 

An elastomeric coating is roofing applied in a viscous state. It has elastic properties, and can stretch in the summertime heat and then return to their original shape without damage. Elastomeric coatings usually contain polymeric materials, such as acrylic, and a white pigment, such as titanium dioxide, to make them opaque and reflective. An elastomeric coating is usually applied thicker than paint.

 

These rubber coatings are designed by the keen research from the top roofers to give maximum benefit of waterproofing. An elastomeric coating can be used on virtually any substrate including asphalt built-up roofing, concrete roofing, metal roofing, modified bitumen roofing, polyurethane foam roofing and single ply roofing.

EPDM Attributes

Colorful EPDM rubber granule feature :real raw material, non slip ,non-static ,high flexibility ,withstanding wear and tear dencay, sharp color, light gravity, strong adhesiveness ,and there is no dust and powder absorption on it and very clean. EPDM particle is a kind of high-tech chemical and environment-friendly product. As the ternary polymer made up of ethylene, propylene and a small quantity of the unconjugated, EPDM has extremely excellent features of ozone resistance, weather resistance, aging resistance and electrical insulation and outstanding color stability.
The performance of EPDM track:
1. Environment friendly: Non-toxic, nuisanceless and satisfactory.
2. All-weather use: It can keep high quality in any seasons and under any temperature difference and can be used immediately after rain.
3. Elasticity: It has proper elasticity and anti-elasticity that can decrease the consumption of physical energy and increase competition performance.
4. Absorption of impact force: It can moderately absorb the impact force of foot, decrease sports damage and is suitable for long-term exercise and competition.
5. Weather resistance: It wont fade, powder or soften due to ultraviolet, ozone and acid rain and can keep fresh color permanently
Wearing resistance: It has strong friction resistance, so it can meet the demand on long-term and high-frequency use.
6. Compressibility resistance: Its impossible that the elasticity cannot recover due to the weight of athletic equipment.
9. Resistance to impact: It has tenacious elastic layer and buffer layer. So it can absorb strong impact without any damage to the surface.
10. Flatness: The surface is flat due to the use of self-flatting material when construction. So it can meet the requirement of especially flat sports ground.
11. Strong adhesion: It can be used for special construction with strong adhesion and can prevent water rising without bubble and desquamation etc.
12. Security: It can prevent injury due to tumble.
13. Economy: It doesnt need special maintenance except current cleaning.
14. Color: The surface color is soft. The surface material of the particle can prevent the reflection of dazzling light and its beautiful and lasting.