The Cool Roofing Movement: Six Benefits of Roof Coating

You already know that your house and business need a sturdy, well-installed roof to ensure years of trouble-free service. But did you know that applying a roof coating could increase the lifespan of your roof, whether it was installed recently or a decade ago?

Coating your roof can reduce heat energy costs and increase UV and waterproofing protection for the roof. As a roof is exposed to heat and ultraviolet rays over the years, materials break down. This chemical breakdown begins to ruin the roof’s appearance and function. Roof coatings lend strength and longevity to roofing materials while maintaining the aesthetic appearance of any structure.

The Cool Roofing Movement: Six Benefits of Roof Coating

Six Advantages of Roof Coatings

Reflective roof coatings act as a barrier between your roof and the elements, and many are approved by ENERGY STAR for their proven advantages. These include:

#1. Reduced cooling bills

ENERGY STAR-qualified roof coatings lower roof’s surface temperature and decrease your home’s interior temperature by an average of seven to 10 degrees. This happens in two distinct ways:

  1. A reflective roof coating when applied to roofs help reflect more sunlight from the surface reducing the amount of heat absorbed by the structure, which then translates into reduced energy cost.
  2. Quality roof coatings will also reflect damaging ultraviolet and infrared sunlight away from your building (this is called thermal emittance), allowing for cooler roof and building temperatures resulting in a reduction in air conditioning energy usage.

#2. Extended roof life

Roof coatings create a resilient barrier between the elements and the uppermost layers of your roofing material. The right roof coating increases your roof’s waterproof quality guarding your roof from harmful sun rays, prevents UV damage, and reflects heat away from the roof’s surface. This increased the longevity of your roofing while lowering maintenance expenses.

#3. Useful with a variety of materials

Roof coatings are formulated to adhere to a wide range of roofing surface types, including metal roofs, asphalt roofs, composite roofs, galvanized metal, wood, and others. However, before applying roof coatings to materials such as shingle, check your manufacturer’s warranty to see if these spray/brush-on products void your warranty. And when replacing a roof, consider upgrading to reflective coating shingles to benefit from the “hot” cool-roofing movement taking place in America.

#4. Avoiding early roof replacement

Small leaks and other minor damage can be repaired before a roof coating is applied. In some cases, you may be able to avoid full-scale replacement of your roof for several years if you utilize the right coating for the job. “Roof restoration using a coating system can save the owner 50-70% when compared to replacing the entire roof,” said David Bade, owner of St. Louis-based Bade Roofing Company “With a roof restoration, owners avoid the cost of tearing off the existing roof, purchasing new materials and paying labor fees to replace the existing roof. Not to mention the environmental impact that roofing materials have when disposed in a landfill.”

#5. Fade resistance

Reflective roof coatings help your roof maintain its color over time improving the overall look of your home as it ages. Since the roof coatings are reflective, the color of the roof is maintained for a longer duration, which makes your house look more appealing.

#6. Sustainable and environmentally-friendly roofing

One final peripheral benefit of roof coatings is that they help reduce waste by extending the life of your roof thus minimizing the amount of debris produced during maintenance and repair. Today, most coatings are specially formulated for environmental safety as well, so you don’t have to worry about production techniques or dangerous chemicals. Cool roofs also benefit the environment by reducing local air temperatures (the urban heat island effect) and lowering peak electricity demand.

Consider Applying Roof Coating

Reflective roof coating is your answer to a long lasting roof! If you’re considering this simple yet effective method of extending the life of your roof, call All Roofing Solutions, a family owned & operated DE roofing contractor with nearly 20 years of experience. We are fully licensed and insured to do roofing & siding installation, maintenance and repair work in Delaware and Pennsylvania!

We’ll help you decide which roofing material, and coating, is the best for your family residence, commercial facility, or office complex – and handle all your installation projects, large and small.

To learn more, call 302-725-ROOF (7663) in Delaware or 610-551-ROOF (7663) in Pennsylvania, or request Free Estimate online!


  1. Posted November 10, 2017 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Almost every roof can benefit from reflective roof coating, whether acrylic or rubber.

  2. Posted November 10, 2017 at 11:51 pm | Permalink

    Roof coatings is a great way to restore most commercial flat, low sloped, EPDM and metal roofs. While adding years to the life of the roof. It is energy efficient and can help reduce energy costs.

  3. Posted November 11, 2017 at 12:20 am | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing all of these benefits of roof coatings. I had no idea that these services can increase waterproofing protection for the roof. It also is very interesting to me that you mentioned that a coating can extend roof life. I will be sure to find a roofing professional in my area so I can receive these benefits as well!

  4. Posted November 14, 2017 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    thank you for the information on the benefits of roof coating. I didn’t realize there was a coating you could put on your roof but a friend of mine is currently having it done. That’s awesome that it helps with cooling bills and protects the roof leading to fewer maintenance repairs. I’ll have to look to see if it’s something I’d want to do to my roof as well.

  5. Posted November 16, 2017 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    Roof coating is the easiest and most cost effective way to strengthen your roof and live with out any roofing concerns for many decades.

  6. Posted November 23, 2017 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    Nice tips but do these coatings only meant for certain roofing material or could be used in any roof?

  7. Posted November 30, 2017 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    I really appreciate this information on the benefits of having your roof coated. My dad used to always say that a good roof would be one of the most important things to the structure of a house, and I definitely agree! It is interesting to me that this points out that having a roof coated can extend its life. Thanks for the information!

  8. Posted December 11, 2017 at 7:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for listing the benefits of roof coatings. Is is good in hailstorm season also. I have seen most of the roofs are damaged at the time of hailstorm. So, it becomes necessary if roof coatings are really helpful in hailstorm season or not. A professional restoration company is very helpful to give a better idea of the roof requirements & save your roof during hail storms.

  9. Posted December 11, 2017 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Roof coating is kind of very necessary and many people do not know about it and how they can be beneficial. Thanks for sharing this benefits of roof coatings. It can be very useful for those who are willing to do it and want to have proper knowledge.

  10. Posted December 18, 2017 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    Roof coating is the easiest and most cost effective way to strengthen your roof!

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