Silicone Roof Coating Primers - August 2020

Wed, Aug 26, 2020

This benefit is a major time and money saver for any contractor. It has helped propel silicone into the spotlight as one of the fastest-growing roofing technologies in the industry. Although rare, there are times when a primer is actually necessary. In this article, we will be looking into the following substrates and whether or not a primer is necessary for each:
■ metal roofs
■ spray foam
■ single-ply (TPO / Hypalon / PVC / campers)
■ mod bit / aged asphalt / gravel BUR

Primers and Metal Roofing
Metal roofs are great substrates for silicone roof coating restorations. If in good shape, your metal roof will require no primer at all. This is not always the case, however. In cases where rust is affecting the roof, rust inhibitive primer (RIP) is recommended. By applying 1 gallon per 200 square feet, you can almost entirely stop rust. Although, there’s nothing that can completely stop rust, RIP slows it to a degree that it is no longer considered a threat to the roof. RIP can be sprayed or rolled on and, once dry, it adheres to your silicone coating. It’s a safe and easy way to make sure rust doesn’t take over a metal roof. Of course, if rust damage has created major holes or gaps in a roof, some panel replacement may be necessary. In most cases, however, RIP offers enough protection to keep the metal roof’s rust at bay. The only other time a PM primer may be necessary on a metal roof is if Kynar roofing is used. In rare cases, we have seen poor adhesion on Kynar. Thankfully, there is a solution for that as well. Single-ply primer (mostly used on single-ply substrates) will coat over Kynar and offer tremendous adhesion for the silicone coating. Read More

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