Roof Sealing is the process of applying a chemical coat to your roof, sealing it and protecting your roof from water, UV light damage, and possibly improve your home’s energy efficiency by reflecting light and heat.
Sealing your roof is particularly critical if you have a flat roof. Flat roofs should be pitched slightly to drain water, but water can still sit on the roof, exposing your home to potential water damage. By sealing your roof, you protect your roof from water damage.
Prolong the Life of Your Flat Roof
If you have a flat roof, roof sealing can extend its lifespan. Flat roofs typically last around 10 years, depending on climate and materials. Coating your roof every five to eight years can potentially double your roof’s useful life.
Applying a sealant to your roof can have several benefits:
- Provides protection from water: Applying a chemical coat to your roof can make it water resistant and help protect from leaks and water damage.
- Shields surface from UV light: Normal asphalt shingles can break down and curl over time after being exposed to direct light. Applying a sealant to your roof can reflect UV rays and protect your roof.
- Protect against mold: Chemical sealants can be more mold resistant than traditional roofing materials. If you live in a damp environment mold can be a problem.
- Improves your home’s energy efficiency (possibly): While this last claim is debated, the Department of Energy has done studies showing that certain colored roof coatings can reflect heat and light and keep your roof cooler. A cooler roof means that you don’t have to use as much energy to keep your home cool.
The Roof Sealing Process
If you’re considering having your roof sealed, this is the typical process that our contractors take:
- Remove an old or loose seal coat.
- Wash the roof with an etching cleaner to prep the roof for a new coat of seal.
- Rinse the roof and allow it to dry.
- Inspect the roof for any leaks and damage. If any damage is found, patch the holes.
- Apply the roof sealant by rolling it on.
- Inspect the roof to make sure the entire surface is covered.
Rely on Experienced Roofing Contractors
Finding the right chemical sealant for your home can be challenging. Rely on a roofing contractor that has the experience to ensure that your roof is fully covered and properly sealed. Applying the sealant improperly can expose you to potential roof damage, meaning repair and possible roof replacement. If you’re considering having your roof sealed, give us a call and rely on our expertise. We’d love to hear from you!