Restore Your Roof To Its Former Glory With A Cromapol Coating
The British climate is infamously changeable – one minute it is raining, the next blazing sun, the next hail stones the size of golf balls. We can take shelter from the fickle whims of the weather by taking cover indoors, but our rooftops always take a battering. Due to the ravages of the sun’s UV rays, or a biting frost, most roofs don’t stay in tip top condition for long. After some months or years of exposure, the roof starts fading, degrading and ultimately weakens. When this happens, you might be forced to start thinking about investing in new roofing. But a new roof is not only expensive but also a huge inconvenience. Some people argue that the only roofing surfaces affected by environment conditions are those made of iron sheets. This is wrong. Roofs made of asbestos, fibreglass or asphalt too gets affected by the ever-changing environmental conditions. The easiest and cheapest way to protect and maintain your roof’s surface yourself is by applying a layer of Cromapol coating.
What Is Cromapol?
Cromapol is a high performance roof coating. This roof coating is acrylic based and contains fibres. The coating helps shield the roofing from the changing weather conditions which are damaging. Cromapol is appropriate for all types of roofing and can be applied on pitched and flat roofs, roof lights, corrugated asbestos, roof felts, gutters, metal and fibre glass roof tops. The protective coating provided by Cromapol ensures that ultra violet rays and frost do not destroy your roofing. The really great thing about this coating is that it does not need primer.
Thankfully, applying Cromapol is a very easy task. You don’t need any special expertise to apply this protective coating on your roofing; application of Cromapol is a do it yourself task. Before applying the coating, make sure the surface is clean and free of any friable or loose materials. Apart from making sure the surface is clean, it is essential to make sure it is dry. If the roofing has existing coating, adhesion tests should be undertaken. Application of Cromapol on some surfaces that have existing coats may not be effective if the two coats cannot bond together. In the case of moulds or mosses on the roof surface, a decent mould and moss remover should be applied to keep the surface clean.
You can choose whether to apply the coating using a roller or a brush. After making sure that the surface is ready, apply a coat or two. Although one coat is enough, a second coat helps increase the thickness uniformity of the surface. A second coat might be necessary if the roofing is a bit weathered and thus not uniform. The second coat’s aim is to get rid of any irregularities in the thickness of the coating so that everything is protected equally. When there is need for a second coating, it should be applied 2 to 3 days after the first coating. The coating dries up within 72 hours. The drying time varies with the prevailing temperatures. Cromapol is designed for external use only and should be applied on temperatures between 5 and 25 degree Celsius, so this isn’t a job for a scorcher, or indeed a freezing February morning!
Even with England’s unpredictable weather, you can usually manage to find 3 days without it boiling or freezing to protect your roof. And once it is protected it will last for years and years. Cromapol coating makes roofing durable and could save you a fortune in the long term.
About the Author
Steve Parker is a keen DIYer and online writer. He has written this article on Cromapol roof coating on behalf of Damp Shop Direct.