Acrylic vs Elastomeric

Elastomeric is a generic term for “rubber-like” roof coatings. Waterborne, acrylic coatings are the most popular. There are many types of elastomeric roof coatings, such as acrylic, butyl, polyurethane, or silicone.

Types of Elastomeric Coatings

Acrylic Elastomeric Coatings

This water-based roof coating is widely used on pitched metal roofs. It can be economically tinted to any custom color. Easy clean up with water makes it a popular choice for do-it-yourselfers. Acrylic refers to the polymer used in the coating. It is similar to the acrylic resin used in latex house paint but that’s where the similarity ends. These coatings are an excellent choice for structures that experience frequent temperature changes and are prone to cracks or leaks. Additionally, it reduces heat absorption and lower energy costs.

Butyl Elastomeric Coatings

A solvent-based, vapor barrier roof coating with extremely high elongation. It is commonly used over sprayed polyurethane foam in cold storage applications. These coatings are known for their superior waterproofing capabilities, making them highly effective in preventing water infiltration and protecting against moisture-related damage, in addition to having excellent adhesion and can withstand movement and expansion.

Polyurethane Elastomeric Coatings

Solvent based roof coating offers good tensile strength and ponding water resistance. Maybe be directly applied as a base coat for low slope roofs such as EPDM, TPO without primer. These coatings are well-suited for applications where high durability, resistance to weather and chemicals, and excellent adhesion are crucial while being a versatile solution used in roofs and even decks, walls, and concrete surfaces.

Silicone Elastomeric Coatings

Solvent based roof coating has excellent weatherability and UV resistance. Excellent finish coat for polyurethane coatings. They may also be used for rainwater catchment systems. These coatings are suitable for structures exposed to severe weather conditions, including high heat or extreme cold and high level of flexibility and elongation is needed as a result of movement, and are an excellent choice for long-term protection.

learn more about the differences between water and silicone based Elastomeric Coatings here.