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Elastomeric Roof Coating—Solving the Mod-Bit Problem

A modified bitumen (mod-bit) roofing membrane is one of the most popular commercial roofs available. 

A worker in a neon green t-shirt applies an elastomeric roof coating to a mod bit roof using a spray gun.

They can be costly to install and repair, which makes protecting your investment all the more important.

The roof is your building’s main defense against the weather, and, despite their popularity, mod-bit roofs have some serious drawbacks you can mitigate before a serious problem occurs.

The Mod-Bit Headache

The estimated life expectancy of a mod-bit roof is less than 15 years. 

Made from asphalt mixed with a polymer to increase the pliability and temperature tolerance over asphalt alone, a mod-bit roofing membrane is typically a rolled-on sheet that is simple to install. 

The dark asphalt is a heat magnet that absorbs the sun’s intense UV rays and prematurely ages the outer membrane. 

You’re left with a brittle roof that easily develops cracks and splits that turn into leaks. The resulting water damage during the next heavy rain can ruin the underlying material and insulation.

You can expect expensive repair bills and lost revenue when business is interrupted during the repair process.

Luckily, this cycle of deterioration is reversible.

Extend the Life of Your Mod-Bit Roof

A GE™ Enduris Silicone Roof Coating system is a great way to extend the life of your roof without resorting to a costly replacement. 

Sprayed on as a liquid, the coating’s multiple layers fill in the cracks and splits at the seams and around fixtures, the weakest areas of most conventional roofs. 

Sealing those many faults stops water damage before it occurs, which means you no longer have to spend hard-earned money on the constant patch and repair cycle common to mod-bit roofs.

Sealing your mod-bit roof with an elastomeric coating also means the granules from the mod-bit material are locked in place and no longer wash into your drains and down onto the parking lot during each heavy rainstorm—no more deterioration.

Going Green with a Reflective Elastomeric Coating

An elastomeric coating like the GE™ Enduris Silicone Roof Coating System not only helps prevent water damage, but it also reflects up to 90% of sunlight

Its white or light gray color increases its reflective properties, which deter direct sunlight rather than absorbing it. On a 95-degree day you can touch the surface of the silicone coating with your hand. Maintenance people who need to access HVAC or other roofing fixtures love silicone coatings. The reduced temperatures and smoother surface are much easier on their hands and knees.

An elastomeric coating may also solve your roofing difficulties without a full replacement, preventing the non-biodegradable materials from your old roof ending up in the landfill. 

Instead of tearing off your cracked, brittle roof, the coating is simply applied to the existing surface—a sustainable option that’s eco-friendly. 

Why wait?

The problems of an aging mod-bit roof that can result in considerable expense are often reversible with an elastomeric coating professionally installed by the experts at DFW Urethane. 

It’s time to break that expensive patch-and-repair cycle. Opt for an easy solution that protects the business you’ve worked so hard to build. 

Click here to learn more about the GE™ Enduris Silicone Roof Coating System.