What Is An Elastomeric Coating?

Waterproofing your facility could one day save its life. Water damage is one of the top expenses for facility managers. When water gets in it can cause mold, mildew, rust, and equipment breakdowns – unwanted headaches. However, MaintenX offers a simple waterproofing solution: elastomeric coatings. 

Elastomeric coatings are a simple and effective roof waterproofing solution for all types of facilities. This external coating is applied to roofing and other exterior surface areas. As its name suggests, it is made of an “elastic” substance that expands or contracts in response to temperature changes, making it much easier for the roof to withstand outdoor conditions. This extra-thick and durable coating will waterproof and therefore extend the life of your roofing and walls.

Elastomeric coatings can be made from acrylic-based or water-based products. They are applied seamlessly as an impenetrable barrier between your roofing and the elements. Many acrylic-based elastomeric coatings provide a light-reflecting white coat that is both aesthetically appealing and energy-efficient. 

An elastomeric coating can provide more than structural benefits to your roofing; it can make your entire facility eco-friendlier. Elastomeric coatings protect your roof from UV rays, reducing the overall energy needs of the facility, especially during the summer. This, in turn, reduces your carbon footprint and energy costs. 

There are many other benefits of elastomeric coatings, such as:

  • Extending the lifespan of your roof and exterior surfaces
  • Maintaining structural integrity during periods of extreme temperatures and weather
  • Reducing energy costs by keeping your facility cool
  • Reducing the risk of roof leaks
  • Strengthening structures without adding weight
  • Reducing water and sun damage

While elastomeric coatings can be incredibly beneficial to commercial roofing, it is not a cure-all solution. These coatings can form holes or cracks just like any other coating, reducing their ability to protect your facility. Many elastomeric coatings also require a primer, which can add to their density. The additional thickness of the primer and coating on top of your roofing, when not applied properly, can create a rubbery and less-than-appealing look. In addition, this waterproofing measure can be costly to install.

Despite its challenges, MaintenX believes in the many benefits of elastomeric coatings. Talk to your MaintenX team to learn about roofing options for your facility.