You may have heard a lot about the importance of keeping your roof clean as a part of regular roof maintenance. However, a topic much less talked about is the importance of making sure your roof is well sealed. While it may seem self-explanatory that a well-sealed roof is important, there are many more details that are equally important to consider when it comes to sealing your roof. From who you hire to the materials you decide to use, every choice is important.
We all want our roofs to last as long as humanly possible. This means, doing our best to maintain our roof and hope that the outdoor elements cause minimal damage during its 20+ year life span. Prolonged exposure to sun, rain, and wind can really do a number on your roof and result in one of the most dreaded words when it comes to home maintenance: leaks. This is where roof sealing comes into play. In order to increase your roof’s life expectancy many homeowners who do a little bit of research turn to roof sealants. They provide your roof with an extra layer of protection that minimizes the damage from extreme weather and exposure to the elements. Flat roofs that collect water and debris are most vulnerable to damage and as such benefit the most from a sealant treatment. That said, sealant can also be applied to angled roofs in order to extend their longevity.
There are many roof sealants on the market that are available for consumers interested in sealing their roof. A good sealant can protect your roof from the growth of mold and algae, improve your roof’s ability to withstand fire damage and of course minimizes damage from the rain, sun, and ice. One of the most primary benefits of roof sealants is to create a waterproof protective barrier. Many roof sealants contain silicone and elastomeric that ensure water doesn’t pass through the roof but also ensure that your roof is still capable of breathing and doesn’t trap interior moisture from activities such as cooking and showering. Another key benefit we mentioned above is protection from the sun. The harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun can cause molecular damage to your shingles that will lead to curling and deterioration. While some shingles may have already been coated against UV damage, after many years of sun exposure this coating is probably not performing at its best and adding a fresh coat of sealant can do wonders to increase your roof’s lifespan. However, choosing the right sealant for your roof may be tricky. You need to take into account your local climate, the type, age and materials of the roof and the equipment you have access to. If all this sounds a bit overwhelming, the best course of action is to speak with your local Orlando roofing professionals. Experienced roofers are very well versed with the products available on the market and will have access to specialized products you may not be able to find in a home and hardware store.
While it is absolutely possible for homeowners to seal their roof themselves, it is highly unrecommended. We already discussed the challenges of choosing the correct roof sealant but there are many more reasons why you should seriously consider a professional instead. On average, sealing a roof will cost about $900. However, this cost can vary quite a bit depending on your roof size and the type of sealant/coating you will need for your roof. The most expensive options being Rubber EPDM Coating and Ployurea Sealant. Hiring a professional ensures you save yourself a lot of hassle, avoid putting yourself in seriously dangerous situations and of course guarantees that your roof is sealed properly. Inexperienced roofers and homeowners can often leave small, pinhole-sized openings while applying a sealant that are large enough to let water through and cause roof damage from within. In fact, doing it yourself may even end up costing more after you factor in the equipment you’ll need to buy and time it’ll take you to do it yourself.
Sealing your roof can be vital to extending the lifespan of your roof. It is an integral part of roof maintenance that is often overlooked even though it can make a significant impact on the condition, functionality and even the look of your roof. While it may be tempting to seal your roof yourself, this treatment is actually one of the most cost-efficient ways to protect your roof and many professionals charge a very reasonable rate that minimizes the risk to your safety and guarantees that the treatment provides the maximum benefit. Make sure you take the time to do your own research and speak with your local Orlando roofing professionals to get advice on the best types of sealants and quotes on their rates.