The Future of Roofing: Why Polyureas, Polyurethanes, and Silicones Are Leading the Way

In the architecture and construction industry, roofing isn’t just a structure; it’s a promise of protection. Beyond merely shielding us from the elements, it embodies a commitment to safety, comfort, and sustainable living.

As centuries-old traditional methods begin to show their age, a revolutionary wave is on the horizon. Spearheading this transformation are cutting-edge roofing solutions: polyureas, polyurethanes, and silicones, setting the gold standard for modern commercial roofing.

Understanding Polyureas, Polyurethanes, and Silicones: The Modern Roof Coatings

Cold-Applied Liquid Coatings for Roofing


Polyurea, often referred to as a polyurea roof coating, is an elastomer derived from the reaction of an isocyanate component and a synthetic resin blend component. Its fast-set nature, high elongation, and durability make it a standout choice. Resistant to water, various chemicals, and UV radiation, polyurea is an excellent choice for liquid roofing systems. Its quick curing time ensures projects are completed faster, and the coated surfaces are ready for use almost immediately. Another advantage is their strength and durability—dropped tools, spikes etc. will not penetrate a polyurea roof.


Often used as a polyurethane roof coating, this polymer is composed of organic units joined by carbamate links. Its versatility is ideal for a wide range of low slope and flat roofing applications. Polyurethane coatings, a subset of elastomeric roof coatings, offer excellent flexibility, adhesion, and are resistant to ponding water. They also are not easily punctured. They form a seamless, waterproofing membrane that effectively resists water ingress, making them a popular choice for protective roofing solutions.


Silicone, a key component in silicone roof coatings, is a synthetic material made up of silicon, oxygen, carbon, and hydrogen. In roofing, silicone coatings are renowned for their weatherproofing abilities. Like the other two roofing systems, they remain flexible over a wide temperature range, ensuring roofs can expand and contract without the coating cracking. Additionally, like the polyurethane and polyurea systems silicones are resistant to ponding water, making them an excellent choice for flat roofs.

Polyureas, Polyurethanes, and Silicones: Elevating Roofing Beyond Traditional Boundaries

As these advanced materials continue to gain recognition and adoption in the roofing industry, they are also pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Polyureas, polyurethanes, and silicones offer more than just superior performance; they also bring sustainability and innovation to the forefront. Here are some ways in which they are changing the game:

Unparalleled Durability vs. Wear and Tear

While traditional roofing materials have served their purpose, they often succumb to extreme weather conditions. In contrast, advanced coatings like polyurea and polyurethane are meticulously engineered to withstand the harshest elements. From enduring scorching UV rays to resisting torrential downpours, these coatings promise a roof that lasts longer and performs better.

Adaptive Flexibility vs. Rigidity

Traditional roofing materials are rigid, making them susceptible to damage from temperature-induced expansion and contraction. This is where materials like polyurea and polyurethane shine. Their inherent flexibility allows them to adapt to temperature fluctuations, significantly reducing the risk of cracks and subsequent leaks.

Seamless Protection vs. Vulnerable Points

Traditional roofs, with their seams and joints, often become points of vulnerability, allowing water infiltration. Advanced coatings, on the other hand, provide a continuous, gap-free barrier over the roof. This seamless protection ensures comprehensive defense against potential water damage.

Cost-Effective Application vs. Expensive Overhauls

Re-roofing with traditional methods can be a costly and time-consuming affair, often requiring complete removal and replacement. Advanced coatings present a more efficient solution. They can often be applied directly over existing roofs, offering significant savings in both time and money. This is a boon, especially for businesses that can’t afford prolonged operational disruptions.

Sustainability and Energy Efficiency vs. Energy Consumption

Traditional roofing materials, while effective in many ways, don’t always prioritize energy efficiency. Enter silicone coatings and UV stable polyurethane topcoats. Their reflective properties dramatically reduce heat absorption, ensuring not just a cooler indoor environment during sweltering months but also substantial energy savings. This is a step forward in promoting sustainable and eco-friendly construction practices.

Spotlight: Everroof’s Advanced Roofing Solutions

Everroof, a pioneer in roofing technology, offers a range of products that are at the forefront of this revolution:

  • Ever-Thane® Series: Whether it’s the Base Plus, Base Gray, or Bright White, the Ever-Thane series is a testament to the power of polyurethane in roofing. These products are versatile, adaptable to various roof systems, and designed for both re-roofing and new roof applications.
  • Ever-Thane® Accelerator: This product is not just an accelerator; it’s a game-changer. By enhancing the moisture curing properties of the Ever-Thane polyurethane coating, it ensures faster and more efficient curing.
  • Ever-Thane® Roof Flash: Roofing is not just about large surfaces; it’s also about the intricate details. The Roof Flash is designed to provide watertight liquid flashing for those intricate areas, ensuring comprehensive protection.


In the ever-evolving world of construction, choices for roofing are shifting towards innovation, efficiency, and sustainability. Polyureas, polyurethanes, and silicones, especially those offered by Everroof, are not just alternatives; they represent the peak of modern roofing technology.

If you’re considering re-roofing or embarking on a new roofing project in Canada, there’s no better choice than Everroof products, proudly distributed by IMC. Contact us today and give your roof the upgrade it deserves.

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.