White Roof Paint

White Roof Paint

The words “white roof paint” are used frequently in environmental discussions regarding ways to reduce the effects of global warming.  Unfortunately, the words “white roof paint” are not the appropriate words to use when discussing covering your roof with a material to reflect the sun’s radiation away from the building and back into the atmosphere.  The words that would be appropriate are “white roof coatings” or “highly reflective, elastomeric roof coatings”.

Difference between White Roof Paint and White Roof Coating

White roof coatings are different from white paint because a “coating” is a functional element that protects the roof, expanding and contracting with climate changes to insure no leakage occurs, the coating lengthens the life span of the roof and cools the inside of the building by reflecting the suns radiation away from the roof.  A “paint” is a decorative element that only enhances the aesthetic appearance of a building.  It does not contain an elastomeric or rubber-like material that is designed to expand and contract with the movement of the roof.  Instead a paint will crack, split, and peel.  Moreover, paints are typically applied in very thin films, while roof coatings are applied at thicknesses 5-10 times thicker.  White paint would not cool the building as efficiently as a white roof coating because it does not contain the highly reflective ingredients needed to reflect the sunlight or solar radiation away.  Therefore, when choosing a material to protect your roof top, to help slow down the effects of global warming, chose a white roof “coating” not white “paint”.

White Roof Paint – Contact National Coatings at 800.423.9557

All of our coatings are compliant with federal, state and municipal wide codes, VOC and energy conservation programs.  To find out more information, please contact us at info@nationalcoatings.com