Protective paints are vital to the protection and integrity of your roof. While protection paints are used primarily on flat roofs, they can also be used on slanted roofs, whether they are tiled, shingled or employ sheet metal. The overall usefulness of roof protection paints is based on several factors, among them coverage, tensile strength and thickness after drying. Below, we will look at three prominent brands of roof protection paints so you can compare them side by side and figure out which one suits you best.
Armor Garage – Armor Roof Shield
Armor Garage offers a roof protection paint that yields 100 square feet per gallon, one of the highest yields on the market. This paint’s ability to effectively spread out so far and still offer high protection value gives it great bang for its buck. It produces a dry thickness of 20 mils and one of the higher tensile strengths at 1,000 pounds per square inch (psi). It is a copolymer epoxy based paint, not based on water or silicone like many other leading brands, and is therefore not subject to the same solubility problems. Combine those advantages with its 12-year guarantee, its Energy Star rating and UL Fire rating, and you are easily looking at one of the finest roof protection paints on the market.
Gaco – GR 1600
Gaco’s GR 1600 roof protection paint is a silicone-based protectorate with similar capabilities of the Armor Roof Shield. They both offer the same coverage at 100 square feet per gallon, but the thickness offered is slightly higher, at 22 mils (mils being equal to 1/1000 of an inch). This added thickness means added protection and is among the thickest on the market. It does, however, have a lower psi than other similar roof protection paints at only 340 psi. One benefit of this particular product is a limited 50-year warranty, which is head and shoulders above its competition. These factors combined with its Energy Star rating and UL Fire rating make the Gaco GR 1600 one of the top available roof protection paints.
Lexis – Energy Guard
Lexis’ product, Energy Guard, is a butyl elastomeric, which is a synthetic rubber polymer. It is one of the few synthetic rubber roof protection paints on the market and offers a more resilient blend than a water- or silicone-based paint. It, too, features 1,000 psi, which allows for greater pressure to be applied safely to the roof. However, its square feet per gallon efficiency comes in at only around 35 square feet per gallon. It also falls short on thickness (11 mils) and comparable density, but due to it being a rubber synthetic, compensates nicely versus water- and silicone-based roof protection paints.
It is highly recommended by industry experts that you do not attempt this project alone, be it a commercial or residential endeavor. This process requires careful attention to detail, skill and the know-how to apply roof protection paints properly. However, with the right help and the right roof protection paint brands, you’ll be able to give the roof of your home a great look that will be sure to last for years to come. Do a little preparation now, and thank yourself later when you have a well protected, gorgeous roof.