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How to avoid expensive roof repairs

    Canada’s harsh weather can take its toll on your home. Year after year, the wind, rain, snow, ice and blistering sun take years off your home’s life. It’s no wonder that the aging process is most noticeable and expensive on the area that suffers the most – your roof.

    On average, Canadian homeowners replace their roofing material every 18 years at an average cost of $4,500 per project, based on a standard 1,000 square foot bungalow roof.

    The Canadian company Techniseal has developed an economical and environmentally-friendly alternative to replacing roof shingles. This innovative product is called Elastomeric Roof Coating and is branded under RoofKeeper for asphalt shingles and RoofSkin for sheet-metal roofing. This microporous, acrylic emulsion is applied directly to the roofing material, just like a regular paint. Specially formulated for severe climates, it offers an ultra-adherent protection against weathering.

    The innovative coating protects your roof for up to fifteen years and saves Canadian homeowners the cost of replacing pricey aging shingles and sheet metal for the roof.

    For as little as one sixth of the cost, you can now avoid the costly replacement of an aging shingles and sheet metal roof. The product is actually guaranteed for up to 10 years; but your roof will be protected for much longer.

    Because the coating is opaque, it gives you the unique feature of improving the appearance of your roof with a range of colours including black, brown, green, grey, red, blue, white, aluminum and clear. Because it is UV-resistant, it preserves its colour and protective qualities throughout its lifetime.

    Before actually applying the product to the roof, it is recommended to first add repair compounds such as Techniseal’s Instant Leak Sealer or Waterproof Sealant around any openings such as the chimney. Repair or replace aged or damaged shingles, remove moss and mildew and clean out the roof surface and the gutters. The application of the coating is rather easy; simply paint it over your old asphalt shingle or sheet-metal roof with a roller or an airless sprayer.

    The product is also environmentally sound. It’s a 100 percent water-based, non-toxic polymer coating that contains no tar. Since it avoids the premature discarding of asphalt shingles and extends the life cycle of the original roofing material, it helps keep away millions of tons of waste from landfills.

    The elastomeric roof coating can be used on any sloping roof and is ideal for protecting homes, cottages, garages, and sheds. More information on roof protection is available at

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