When I started this article, I was pretty skeptical about the idea of “silicone roofs”.
I mean, you can get “silica roof coating” or “silicon roof coating”, but you’re never going to get something that looks like a smooth, transparent coatings.
Silicones aren’t really an alternative to concrete, concrete is a lot more expensive, and it’s just not that easy to apply.
And even when you can, it’s not really the best way to coat a building.
“It’s just slippery, you don’t want to wear it,” said Steve McElroy, a mechanical engineer who’s worked with the Silica Roof Coatings Association for many years.
And I have no idea how many of the people who make them have actually used it.
That being said, I did some research on the topic and I think it’s true that it’s possible to use silicone roofs to coat your building.
But not as effectively as concrete or asphalt.
“There’s just so many things that are different about a concrete or an asphalt coating,” said McElry.
“If you’re coating a concrete surface, the cement itself is going to have an initial sheen that can be really difficult to remove.
If you’re doing the same thing with an asphalt surface, there’s less of a problem, and that’s probably what’s going to be more effective.”
You know, I’m a firm believer in the idea that there’s more to building than a concrete exterior.
And as a general rule, concrete has its benefits and some of those benefits can be quite great.
But in this case, the benefits are limited.
“We don’t have the best data to show that silicone roof coating works as effectively, if not better, than concrete,” McElley said.
“But it does have a lot of advantages that concrete doesn’t have.”
One of those advantages is that silicone is not a hard material.
And that means it can be used in a number of different applications.
McElray mentioned that silicone has a great ability to keep your concrete coatings from getting brittle.
“For a lot, you want to avoid the hard, brittle surface that silicone tends to have, which is the concrete surface,” he said.
If there’s a problem with your silicone, you’re not going to want to risk damaging the surface.
“So the most common application is for a roof that’s actually a very soft surface,” McEllry said.
For instance, you might have a very hard, shiny, shiny roof and then you’ve got a very, very soft, smooth, slippery surface.
So a lot times it’s a little bit of both.
But when it comes to waterproofing your roof, silicone is an easy way to get around this problem.
“The other advantage of silicone is that it doesn’t require much water,” McELRY said.
So you’re just going to need to water it a little every few days to keep it from becoming too waterlogged.
And when it’s wet, it’ll hold up to the elements.
“This is another application where silicone can be very beneficial,” he continued.
“In a city where water is a real concern, you may have a building that’s not very waterproof because of the building’s density.
But you can just use a very light coat, and you’re going to keep the water off the roof.”
You can also spray it down.
“You can spray it with water and then leave it in the rain, and then just spray the roof every couple of days, and the water will stay out of the concrete,” he explained.
And this is another example where silicone is really going to work in a lot different applications than concrete.
“I’ve seen a lot people use silicone as a way to waterproof roofs,” McElin said.
I think that the most important aspect of silicone roofing is that they’re non-toxic.
So if it’s your building and you’ve ever heard the word “waterproof”, this is what you’re looking at.
And the best part about this is that you don.
“When it comes time to waterproof your roof,” McIlin continued, “you don’t need to worry about what the water’s going a little too high.
You just need to add a little water, and leave it out there until it gets a little more than that, and use it as a surface coat for a couple of months.”
“It really comes down to personal preference,” McGlynn said.
As a general guide, silicone roof coatations are supposed to be good for about five years.
“And for a lot the same amount of money,” McGllynn said, “they’ll last longer.”
If you have a concrete roof, it may not be the best choice.
But the other thing that silicone does is help your cement build strength.
And you can apply that strength to the concrete