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Protect Your Roof: How To Avoid Mistakes When Applying A Roof Coating

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If you need to have your roof coated this year, now's the time to get that taken care of. Many people wait until fall, when the weather cools down a bit. But if you wait until fall, you can run into problems. This is especially true if the rainy season comes sooner than expected. For the best results, you want to get your roof coated before the weather changes in the fall. If you're going to attempt a do-it-yourself application of roof coating, take your time. You want to avoid making mistakes. Here are three steps you can take to avoid mistakes when applying roof coating. 

Get the Application Right

If you're going to apply roof coating, make sure you get the application right. Mistakes with the actual application can give you less-than-perfect results. The first mistake you want to avoid is not applying enough coating. You may think that a single layer of coating is sufficient. That's not the case. If the application is too thin, you may lose some of the coating during the drying process. That's because the coating can evaporate before it dries thoroughly. Not only that, but a thin layer won't provide the protection you need. You can also make a mistake by applying too much roof coating. If you apply a coat that's too thick, the sealant can bubble. Not only that, but the coating won't dry evenly. For best results, apply two even layers. Remember to let the first layer dry all the way before applying the second coat. 

Don't Let the Coating Settle

If you're going to tackle your roof coating as a do-it-yourself project, watch the coating material. Once the coating material is mixed, you'll want to make sure it doesn't settle to the bottom of the bucket. If the material settles, your roof coating won't properly seal your roof. The best way to avoid settling is to stir the mixture several times during the application. 

Avoid Weather-Related Problems

If you've decided to coat your own roof, take steps to avoid weather-related problems. One way to do that is to pay attention to the weather reports. If there's rain or unusually cold temperatures in the forecast, postpone your application. Those weather conditions can ruin the application of your roof coating. If it rains during the application, you could lose part of the coating to runoff. If the temperatures turn cold, your roof coating won't dry properly. 

If you need to apply roof coating to your roof, use the tips provided above. They'll help you avoid application problems. To ensure a problem-free application, contact a roofing contractor near you.