Roof coating is a viable alternative to a brand new roof and solves problems like fading and sagging. The covering will revitalize the look of your roof, but will also offer protection from the weather, the sun’s rays, and other damage that can occur with time. But when is the best time to have a coating applied to your roof? Fortunately, the weather in many parts of California stays mild year-round. However, there are some things to consider when you want to get the timing right and Just Right Painting is here to help. Here’s what you need to know.
When is Roof Coating a Good Idea?
While a coating can be a more timely and affordable alternative to a new roof, it’s not the right option for every home. If you’re having a roof emergency, chances are that your situation is too far gone to use a coating instead of replacing the entire roof. Proper maintenance and care of your roof mean inspecting it regularly. This allows you to see when a coating may be the way to go. Watch for signs that your roof is changing color, either all over or only in certain locations. Look for sagging or other kinds of damage that may need attention, but that doesn’t necessarily require a brand new roof. In these cases, a coating can extend the life of your roof and offer the protection you need for your home.
When to Have the Coating Applied
It’s always best to check the weather conditions a day or two before the coating is applied. If the weather isn’t going to cooperate, you will need to reschedule for another day for the best results. In general, the weather should be dry.
If rain is predicted, it’s best to postpone the job until it passes through, and your roof dries out. It must also be at least 55 degrees outside before a roof coating can be applied.
You’ll also need to plan for about 4 hours of sunlight after the coating is in place. This allows the sealants and coating to cure. In some parts of California, winter is fine for a roof coating, though you need to make sure there isn’t any moisture expected and the temperature won’t dip below 55 degrees.
Other Important Considerations
Weather is an important consideration when you choose roof coating. However, it’s not the only thing to keep in mind. Even with ideal weather conditions, the coating will need between 8 and 24 hours to dry. During that time, there shouldn’t be any precipitation or frost that could interfere with proper drying. If dew or fog is a possibility, it’s best to wait to go ahead with the job until the likelihood has passed. Again, coatings won’t cure or dry properly if the temperature gets too cold.
While winter may work for a roof coating, it’s better to plan the job when the weather is going to be warm and dry. That means knowing when the coating may be needed so you can plan accordingly. If your roof needs a coating and waits through the entire winter, you may end up having to replace it so be sure you’re ready by inspecting your roof regularly. When the time comes, call Just Right Painting to get a free estimate.