WHY ARMOR ROOF COATINGS ARE THE BEST AND FAQs
A. Armor Roof Coatings will adhere to most any type surface such as metal, wood and wood composites, masonry, concrete, asphalt roofs, Modified, EPDM, PPO, APP, Hypalon and all built up roofs. We recommend that any wood or wood composite be sanded first to remove any Mil finish. Any large Joints in concrete or wood roofs should be sealed with our roof mastic and reinforcing roof mesh. Simply apply a thin layer of mastic and then embed the mesh and coat over with a second coat. Let it dry over night and then apply coating. For metal roofs we recommend use our Roof Mastic to coat bolt heads and any seams that appear to be worn or separating.
Armor Roof Coat is suitable for any type of roof, flat or pitched and can even be applied onto vertical surfaces such as parapet walls.
If budget constraints only allow you to do one coat, you can do one coat this year to stop your leaks and further deterioration of your roof and then apply the second coat the following year. The second coat will reactivate the first coat and the two coats will bond together.
Q. How is it applied and do I have to hire a professional? Also what is the coverage?
A. It's easily applied with a good quality 18" 3/8 nap roller. No experience is needed and is designed to be applied by first time users. Coverage is 100 sq ft/gal for the standard coating and two coats are required. Do not apply thicker than 100 sq ft/gal. Coverage of 17-25 sq ft/gal for the granulated coating. If using the granulated coating it is applied by trowel.
The simplest way to apply Armor Roof Coatings or any elastomeric roof coating for that matter is the following method. First determine what the spread rate is, for example our spread rate is 100 sf/gal so a 5 gallon pail will do 500 sf. Mark out the corners of a 500 sf square or rectangle if you prefer. Do this for the entire surface of the roof. Place a 5 gallon pail of the coating in each square or rectangle. Then simply empty the pail into it's square or rectangle and spread out evenly. A notched squeegee is very helpful in spreading our coating out since it is thicker than most other coatings. If using a squeegee simply roller over the coating after you've done the initial spreading with the squeegee. This is a fool proof method of applying any type of roof coating. With this method anybody can apply the coating. It works the same whether youy are applying it by roller or spraying it.
Armor Roof can also be sprayed on with the proper spray equipment. Again our coatings are thicker so you need a heavy duty spray rig. A sprayer with 3300 psi and 1 gpm capacity, 3/8" I.D. hoses and tips from .027 to .031 with filters removed can be used for spray our coatings over large areas. We would say that you don't have to spray unless your roof is over 20,000 sf. Or is a metal with deep corrugations. The granulated version is troweled on only. Graco spray pumps work best with our coatings.
Q. What surface preparation is needed? Is a Primer coat required?
A. All surfaces must be clean of any and all rust, dirt, grime, mold, mildew and any other foreign materials, use chlorine or bleach solution to kill and remove mold & mildew. A good washing with water hose and some TSP powder usually gets the job done quickly. Be careful if using a pressure washer since this can cause additional damage to older roofs especially granulated tar paper. You want to make sure you get all the loose granules off but you don't want knock anymore of them off with a high pressure stream. Once cleaned the surface must be dry.
Then repair any damaged areas such as split seams, cracks or holes with our roof mastic product, you can insert roofing mesh into the patching for added strength in needed areas. Bubbles should be cut open and dries out then repaired with paintable roof tape then coated.
In sum you want to make sure all flashings, seams and roof penetrations are properly sealed then when you apply the coating it will be virtually impossible for any water to penetrate your roof. See the pictures on the Application Tab on this page for an example of a Properly Prepared Roof Surface
For Metal Roofs that are rusted all loose rust should be removed and any remaining rust should be coated with a Zinc Primer. If your roof is bare metal and is not rusted then no priming is needed. If your metal roof has a paint coating on it we recommend our Bonding Primer be used to ensure adhesion between the paint surface and our coating. Concrete and Wood Roofs should have all the joints and seams sealed with a combination of our Roof Mastic and Roofing Mesh. This will ensure a crack in the coating doesn't form at the seam over the years.
Armor Roof Coatings do not require a primer coat(see above exception), they are self priming and there are no chemicals to mix! It's a very easy product to apply for professional results.
Q. How long will Your roof coating last?
A. It is guaranteed for 12 years and with basic maintenance such as keeping roof drains clean and removing large debris from storms it routinely lasts 15-20 years! At which time you can in most cases simply apply one coat for 12 more years of guarantee! This is really a superb product.
Q. Why is your coating more expensive than other coatings?
A. Look at our specs compared to any other roof coating. As with most products you buy as the quality of the product goes up so does the cost to make it. Armor Roof Coat is stronger, more flexible, has a harder finish for higher abrasion resistance, provides a higher water and vapor barrier and is Energy Star rated by the EPA. Armor Roof Coat also has a Class A UL fire rating! Roof Coat may cost a few dollars more because it's made with the best material ingredients allowed by the EPA. There are many Roof Coatings but you should know the difference. Most elastomeric coatings are water based. These are the cheapest versions and are usually sold through Home Improvement Centers and such. Armor Roof Coating is a rubber copolymer epoxy based roof coating. This is the highest grade of roof coating made and the most expensive to manufacture. That's why it's the best performing roof coating bar none. We also use more of the key ingredients and not less like other manufacturers do who water down their products in order to offer a low selling price. This results in coatings prone to failure, have extra long cure times, have higher application temperature requirements and or coatings that actually just wash away or fail in a few short years. These coatings are not cheaper when you have to continuously reapply them!
Our roof coating will pay off in reduced energy costs and a lower cost of ownership which is the cost of the material divided by the number of useful years the product lasts. We guarantee Armor Roof Coat for 12 Years while the other products that may save you a few dollars have little or no guarantee and the few that have similar guarantees to ours seldom last to the end of their guarantee period! Bottom line is you don't want a guarantee replacement, you want a roof coating that will last longer than the guarantee. Armor Roof routinely lasts 15 or more Years! So don't be fooled by lower first costs from other products, in the long run they are far more expensive. See the
Roof Coating Comparison Chart of competing products.
Q. What's the operating temp range and what temp can it be applied to?
A. Armor Roof Coat has a temperature range of -40 to 300 degrees. It will remain pliable at these temperatures and will not run, crack or become brittle. It can be applied in ambient temperatures down to 40 degrees.
Q. What is the cure time and can it be used on roofs with ponding issues?
A. Cure time is 24-48 hours unlike other EPDM products that take up to 7 days to cure. Armor Roof Shield lets you get the job done in a short window of time. Ideally ponding areas should be repaired so that they are properly pitched. If that's not possible we offer a specialized Ponding Water proof version of our roof coating. If the ponding area is a small percentage of your entire roof you can use the Ponding Coat in just that area and the standard version everywhere else.
Q. What is the difference between the standard coating and the coating with granules and when should I use each?
A. The Granulated coating is the same as the standard coating except that it has rubber granules embedded into it for extra wearability. Use the granulated version for roofs with heavy foot traffic, around HVAC equipment or on roof decks that will have tables, chairs and foot traffic. You can do the entire roof area first coat with the standard version and then apply a second coat of the granule version in areas with high wear concerns.
Q. What is your warranty on the product and policy.
A. Armor Roof is guaranteed for 12 years from any material defects when properly applied and applied to a properly prepared surface. We will replace free of charge any amount of material that has been determined to be materially defective in any way. ArmorGarage is solely responsible for the replacement of product and shall not be liable for any incidental or consequential damages under any circumstances if such should occur. Armor Roof when properly applied to a properly prepared surface yields on average 15-20 years of trouble free service. Then you can recoat the roof for another 12 years of guarantee.
Q. Can Armor Roof Coating be bought in different colors?
A. Yes. White and light gray are the standard colors and 13 additional special colors, please allow 5 extra business days delivery time for special colors. We can do custom colors for orders of 75 gallons or more.
Q. Do you have large quantity discounts and how long does it take to get?
A. We offer discounts on jobs larger than 10,000 sq ft. Standard colors ship out in 2 business days via FedEx Ground. Large orders ship in 3-4 business days via Common Carrier or FedEx Freight.