Top Benefits of Using Cold-Applied Liquid Coatings for Roofing

Spray-applied roofing is fast becoming the most acceptable way of providing a waterproof roof covering that lasts. Flat roofs and green roofs fail because they are waterproofed with roofing membranes that have seams and are not bonded, or asphalt-based products that are heavy and become brittle and do not accommodate fractional movement. Other common problems are detailing around drains, services, vents, and movement joints.

The key to flat roof waterproofing is that the system is seamless and fully bonded.

Cold-Applied Liquid Coatings for Roofing

Cold applied polyurethane liquid coatings overcome all of these problems. Consisting of strong polyurethane resins, these cold-applied solutions are suitable for use on a variety of surfaces including concrete, bitumen/asphalt-based products, PVC/TPO, wood, and steel.

Provided that the surface is in good condition and structurally sound, cold-applied polyurethane coatings are ideal for re-roofing with the ability to be installed over the existing roof. This reduces the labour and waste disposal costs of having to remove the older roof(s) that are currently in place and reduces waste going to landfill. Slip resistance can be added to these coatings increasing safety in wet or slick conditions.

Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of cold applied liquid coating systems.


Cold-applied liquid polyurethane coatings create a smooth and seamless protective membrane on virtually any surface regardless of its shape or texture. Even oddly shaped surfaces with rough edges and protrusions get full coverage with these cold-applied coatings.

Cost-Effective Roofing Systems

Cold-applied polyurethane liquid coatings have a lot of cost-saving benefits. First of all, the material itself is affordable compared to other protective coatings on the market. Moreover, the fast application minimizes labour costs and downtime for building owners. With proper care and maintenance, polyurethane coatings for roofing applications can last anywhere from 10 to 30 years before reapplication is required.

Excellent Adhesion to All Kinds of Surfaces

Cold-applied polyurethane liquid coatings can adhere to a wide range of substrates. Whether you are looking to waterproof and protect a metal roof, re-roof over an existing roof, or install a new roofing system in a new build, polyurethane coatings are an excellent option.

Superior Waterproofing Capabilities

Another noteworthy benefit of cold-applied polyurethane coatings for roofing is their superior waterproofing capabilities. These cold-applied liquid coatings form a strong, smooth, and seam-free membrane that prevents leaks and is highly resistant to punctures. Polyurethane coatings can easily hold up to ponding water. They withstand all kinds of inclement weather, environmental, and jobsite conditions, to offer superior long-lasting surface protection.

Insurance Costs

Insurance companies are starting to become more resistant to insuring roofers that install roofs requiring any type of heat application – polyurethane coating systems do not require heat. No open flame, not hot asphalt, no extra liability insurance required.

Where to Get Liquid Coating Systems in Canada

IMC Distributors is one of the leading suppliers of high-quality liquid roofing solutions in North America. We’re proud to be the exclusive partner of ISOMAT, Nukote Coating Systems, and Shell Tixophalte products in Canada. Contact us, or one of our distributors, today to learn more about the extensive line of protective coating products we offer.

Karli Logan is the Owner and President of IMC Distributors which is the exclusive partner of Nukote Coating Systems in Canada. With a B.Sc and M.Sc, as well as a demonstrated history of working across a number of industries, she has a passion to drive significant gains and benefits for IMC’s clients.