If you’re like many other Carolina homeowners, your home’s roof has never been sealed before. As a matter of fact, you may be completely unfamiliar with this process. If you’re in this camp, don’t worry! This guide is designed to help you understand all of the roof sealing basics you need to know. As you continue reading, you will discover some FAQs that pertain to roof sealing. The more you know about this process, the easier it will be for you to decide if it is something you should consider for your house.
What exactly is roof sealing?
Roof sealer products are engineered to prolong the lifespan of any roof. Different sealants are designed to be used with different materials. If, for example, you have an asphalt shingle roof, you should not purchase a sealing product that is meant for use on slate or ceramic tiles. While roof sealing can be done on any home, it is a particularly worthwhile investment for homeowners whose roofs tend to hold puddles of water. If, for instance, you have a flat roof, roof sealing can add years to the overall life of your roofing materials.
Roof sealants, essentially, add an extra layer of protection over the top of tiles, shingles, or shakes. Once the sealer has properly adhered to the roof, it will bear the majority of the impact from rain, snow, and ice. Certain sealers even offer UV ray protection, which is ideal for hot North Carolina and South Carolina summers.
How much does roof sealing usually cost?
The price of sealing a roof depends on a few factors. The size of the roof, of course, plays a major role. The larger your home’s roof is, the more it will cost to completely seal it. The type of sealant you choose will also factor into your final price. Acrylic coatings, for instance, are generally the cheapest at $0.20 to $0.80 per square foot. Bitumen sealers are slightly more costly, at approximately $0.80 to $1.50 per square foot. The most expensive option is rubber EPDM sealant, which is priced between $1.25 and $2.50 per square foot.
When figuring out your total budget for a roof sealing project, you must also take labor costs into account. Roof sealants should be applied by professional contractors who have previous experience with these products. In most cases, labor costs for roof sealing range from about $0.50 to $3.00. The price depends on the type of sealant that is being used and how long the project is expected to take. Get quotes from several local Carolina contractors before you make your final decision.
What are the main benefits of roof sealing?
Although you already learned about some of the perks of roof sealing, this process has perks beyond protecting your home from water damage and ultraviolet light. Perhaps one of the most overlooked benefits of roof sealing is that it increases flame resistance, which can give peace of mind to families in hurricane-prone regions of North Carolina and South Carolina. Fires are a little-known hazard during hurricanes, largely due to downed power lines. Roof sealing can also prevent mold growth, which is both unsightly and potentially hazardous if it spreads into your home.
If you are interested in having your roof sealed in the near future, don’t hesitate to call the Hatch Homes team. We would love to handle your roof sealing job and any other exterior remodeling projects you are thinking about doing. We provide families throughout the Carolinas with exceptional service and beautiful results. Simply contact our office to schedule a free consultation.