Why use a roof coating?


Roof coatings can be a cost-effective alternative to roof replacement, saving up to 50% or more for a roofing system with a similar factory-backed warranty.

Coating your roof can save as much as 70% if your current roof has multiple layers, poor drainage, and inadequate insulation.

Roof replacement usually requires a full tear-off and upgrading of insulation, taking 2-3 times longer and requiring more materials, significant transportation, and dump expenses.

Avoiding these expenses with roof coating projects often results in significant savings for the property owner.

Roof coatings can offer huge tax benefits compared to roof replacement as they are viewed as a repair by the IRS, allowing the total cost to be fully deducted from the year the expense was incurred.

Whole roof replacements usually have to be depreciated over several decades, making roof coatings a more tax-efficient option.

Consult a tax professional to confirm the tax implications in your area.


  • Roof coatings are widely considered a green roofing system.
  • Most roof coating projects require little or no tear-off. This often voids 100+ tons of debris being transported to landfills and buried. In addition, most coatings systems can be re-coated in the future, avoiding filling landfills for decades.
  • In most cases (light or white), roofing coatings reduce energy consumption and cooling costs due to their reflective nature. This not only saves you money, but it reduces the urban heat island effect of cities.

Streamlined Installation

  • Installing roof coatings is much faster and more streamlined than a full roofing system replacement, resulting in significant time and cost savings for the property owner.
  • In most cases, tear-off is not required for roof coatings except for smaller trouble areas that may need to be reinforced, reducing noise, dust, and disruption to owners or tenants.
  • Proper preparation is crucial before applying silicone or acrylic roof coatings, including identifying and remedying all trouble areas and leaks and reinforcing seams and penetrations.
  • The whole roof is cleaned, and topcoats are applied, creating an incredibly durable shell that eliminates seams typically where flat roofing systems fail.
  • The thickness of the coated roof is very similar to most single-ply replacement systems and qualifies for manufacturer-backed warranties of up to 25 years.


  • Roof coating systems offer convenience and huge cost and tax savings.
  • A full roof replacement is typically a major operation that involves stripping off several hundred tons of debris and craning it to the ground.
  • Numerous dump trucks or dumpsters are required, and large areas must be roped off to maintain safety for tenants and workers.
  • Tear-off alone can often take longer than the entire roof coating application.
  • Roof coating is more convenient as it doesn’t require a full tear-off and the associated debris removal.
  • The coating is particularly advantageous for businesses with active parking lots and constant customer traffic, as it minimizes disruptions and maintains safety.

Advantages include

Avoiding constant noise

Avoiding constant noise from tear-off and install.

Almost eliminates dust

Almost eliminates dust and debris from the removal of the old roof.

Minimal disruption of building

Minimal disruption of building access and parking lots.

Significantly reduces chances of leaks

Significantly reduces chances of leaks and building damage during installation.

Whole process is completed with virtually

Whole process is completed with virtually no disruption to tenants.

Usually take 20-40% of the

Roofing projects usually take 20-40% of the time for replacement.

frequently asked questions ABOUT Roof Coating

What are my roof coating options?

There are a few options coating options but the most popular are acrylic, silicone, and spray polyurethane foam. Talk to a Roofcorp consultant to find out which type will work best for your needs and budget.

Do roof coatings come with warranties?

Roof coatings come with great warranties but the higher quality the product chosen, the better the warranty. Coating warranties can range from 10 to 25 years.

Are roof coatings expensive?

Roof coatings are much more affordable than replacement, often costing as little as 40 to 60% of the cost of replacement. Coatings are a great budget-minded option.

What type of roofs can be coated?

Roof coatings are suitable for residential and commercial flat roofs and other types of low slope roofing. Coatings are popularly used over tar and gravel, metal, modified bitumen, and single ply membranes like TPO, EPDM, and PVC.