It’s hard enough to find a roofing product that will effectively protect your building for years (preferably decades) and metal is often chosen due to its durability, recyclability, and cost. However, when a metal roof is on a building in a coastal area, the sea air can cause corrosion, leading to rust, leaks, and other costly damage. The best way to defend your roof against salty sea air is with a dependable rubber roof coating.
Salt and Metal
Living near an ocean has its perks, but if your building is protected by a metal roof, those perks may not outweigh the problems after a few years. Because metal roofs (when properly cared for and protected) can have a service life of 3-7 years longer than that of a typical roof protected by asphalt shingles, they’re popular on large commercial buildings. Some copper and zinc roofs have even lasted more than 100 years without needing replaced. However, salt in the air mixed with any moisture (rain, humidity) leads to deterioration in metal, so the investment in a roof can be cut down significantly.
Protecting your metal roof from rust and corrosion should be a priority. The RC-2000 from Inland Coatings actually has rust inhibitors built right in, making it resistant to salts, alkali, and acids. That means that any roof that’s been treated with the rubber roof coating is being actively protected against future damage caused by salty sea air. It also boasts superior weatherability with high ultraviolet and ozone resistance. This can lead to a longer service life for your metal roof.
Types of Surfaces RC-2000 Protects
Metal roofs aren’t the only things the RC-2000 can protect. In fact, it can be applied to metal buildings (not just the roofs), including flashings and gutters. Modified and BUR roofs can be protected using this rubber roof coating, as well as EPDM, Hypalon, and TPO roofs. It can also be applied to concrete surfaces and polyurethane foam.
Prepping Metal Roofs for Coatings
You could be using the best products available to you and still see leaks if they’re not applied properly. That’s why Inland Coatings works with certified contractors to ensure the application process is followed correctly. Cory Hunt, Regional Sales Manager of Inland Coatings says, “The key to any successful roof coating is proper prep work in regards to laps, seams fasteners, and penetrations. Proper prep reduces call backs to contractors tremendously.”
If you’re interested in learning how to protect your metal roof from corrosion caused by salty sea air, contact Inland Coatings.