5 Reasons We Hate Liquid Roofing Systems

The phone rings in the GI Sykes office; it’s another request for a quote on liquid roofing systems comes in. A collective sigh rolls around the team as looks are exchanged. We loathe liquid roofing systems, and for good reason. 

So, to clue you in, we share the 5 reasons why liquid roofing systems are the outstanding roofing solution that we absolutely hate!

It Lasts Forever!

When it comes to longevity, liquid roofing systems excel. While ‘forever’ might be an exaggeration, these systems offer an impressive lifespan ranging from 15 to 25 years. What makes them so resilient? We’re glad you asked.

Firstly, the seamless application method eliminates the risk of water ingress, providing reliable protection against leaks. Additionally, liquid roofing is highly flexible, enabling it to conform to areas with curves or slight height changes, ensuring complete coverage and preventing potential weak points. 

Liquid roofing systems are UV resistant, which helps protect against sun damage and extend their lifespan. This is fairly essential when it comes to roofing, as your roof is going to be exposed to the sun for decades to come.

These systems are crafted using high-quality materials, guaranteeing their durability and reliability. So you can put your roof to the back of your mind where it belongs.

But why do we hate this? Because we have to wait a really, really long time to come back and replace it! 


It’s Safer To Install

Liquid roofing is definitely as different as it sounds, but perhaps not for the reasons you’d think. It’s important to note a distinct characteristic that sets it apart from other roofing solutions: its safety.

Unlike traditional roofing methods that may involve open flame application, liquid roofing systems are cold applied, eliminating the need for fire or heat sources during installation. 

While the fun of using a blowtorch might be exciting, the cold application method significantly reduces the risk of accidents, ensuring the safety of both our team and your property. 

Our poor team, though, they miss the thrill of working with flames! 

(We acknowledge that safety is paramount and prioritise it during every liquid roofing project!)

Liquid waterproofing for flat roofs

It’s A Quick Job

Often with maintenance, time is of the essence, and liquid roofing systems offer a swift and efficient installation process. If you have a smaller roof, the installation can often be completed within just a couple of days. Larger projects take more time but are still impressively fast.

The lightning-quick speed of installation with liquid roofing systems not only saves time but also reduces labour costs, making it a more cost-effective choice for property owners. Ultimately, you get more for your money since the installation job isn’t a lengthy one, and the roof you get is robust and long-lasting.

However… it does mean that our installation experts working on liquid roofing projects don’t get to enjoy the view from up high or catch some rays while working… sigh.

It’s Low Maintenance

One of the significant advantages of liquid roofing systems lies in their low maintenance requirements. Liquid roofing systems are incredibly resilient to weathering and are designed to withstand the test of time, which is great news if you have big plans for your commercial building or premises.

These roofs are engineered to resist UV exposure, extreme temperature fluctuations and even the damaging effects of high winds. In the UK, these are surprisingly important factors for a roof, as our weather and sun can reach occasional extremes, whatever the season.

Plus, since liquid roofing systems are applied seamlessly, there are no joints or seams that can serve as weak points for water penetration, providing a robust barrier against leaks and moisture damage. The low-maintenance nature of liquid roofing is a boon for property owners, as it means fewer inspections and repairs are necessary. 

Great for you, but means we don’t get to do as much! All you need is a professional inspection, a clean every so often, and you should be golden.

It’s Easy To Repair

Another sigh, as this means little to no costly repairs.

In the event of minor damages, such as small rips or tears caused by accidental dragging across the surface, repairs can be easily executed with a straightforward infill and seal process. 

Over time, you may encounter cracks due to prolonged UV exposure. These cracks can also be sorted efficiently, allowing for quick repairs that maintain the integrity of the roofing system overall.

The simplicity and cost-effectiveness of liquid roofing repairs mean that you save both time and money while making sure your building is protected. 

And that means you won’t see us anytime soon since you and your roof won’t need us much!

Do We Really Hate Liquid Roofing?

We hope you know most of this is in jest. We really think that liquid roofing is an incredible roofing solution, and it’ll mean your property is well protected for many, many years.

It’s just that we love our clients, and liquid roofing systems mean we don’t get to see them as much!  

So, whether you’re considering a new roof or weighing up roofing options for your next project, be sure to explore the advantages of liquid roofing systems. We are happy to discuss any questions you have. Get a quote today to see why we don’t really hate liquid roofing systems!

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