If you don’t know much about roofing systems, any coating might sound about the same.

But there is more to coatings than you might know and you’ll want to research how each reacts to materials and adheres to the surface so you know which coating is best for your needs. The two most popular are silicone and acrylic.

Silicone Coatings

Silicone coatings have non-water based solvents which help them cure better in wetter areas. They have a strong odor until they are dry and are less elastic than other coatings. They have a good effectiveness against water and nothing sticks well to them. This helps them stay cleaner with ease.

Acrylic Coatings

Acrylic coatings are water-based so they don’t smell as bad when they are being applied. They’re easy to work with and easy to clean. They are long-lasting, durable, and work well in extreme weather conditions. They can even be used alone where other coatings must have a roof fabric or something else beneath them. The reflective coating is energy efficient and can discolor over time.

Which is Better?

There’s no one right answer for every roof in need of a coating. The key is to find the best fit for your needs. Check through some of the pros and cons to make a decision.

Silicone Pros and Cons

This coating generally stays cleaner and is more resistant to puddling water. They are more expensive and the strong odor during installation may not work well in every situation.

Acrylic Pros and Cons

Acrylic is a cost-effective solution and good for many climates, providing a great value. You get a balance of cost and performance with UV resistance and ease of installation. However, these coatings will lose thickness due to weathering and they don’t perform well if water pools on them.

If you still can’t decide which coating is best for you, that’s okay. Contact Perfection Roofing Inc to ask questions about the coating styles and benefits. We’re proud to be Tulsa’s most trusted roofing contractor and we’ve been in business for almost 40 years. Our goal is to solve your roofing issue in an effective and efficient way. We aren’t happy until we have a solution we know will fit your lifestyle with ease.