Sometime You Just Have to Roll With It!
Now that we have taken a deeper look at spraying PM silicone, it’s time to look into rolling our silicone. Although we believe spraying is a great application method, many of our Certified Licensed Applicators (CLAs) still prefer to roll-apply their PM silicone. Let’s take a look at why that is.
Lower Equipment Cost
Arguably the most obvious benefit to roll-apply PM silicone is the cost of equipment. We consider spray equipment a great investment for any roofing company, but there’s still no denying the cost of the equipment can be pricey. When roll-applying PM silicone, all you’ll need is a roller and an extension pole. There are no spray tips, hoses, or mineral spirits needed. Just get your roller and some PM silicone and roll on!
Less Technical Labor
Another cost-saving measure is the labor cost. Although spraying can save on labor and material cost, you will need employees who are familiar with the sprayer. Technical employees can be more expensive than non-technical employees so finding someone qualified to roll vs someone who knows the sprayer and can fix any malfunction is usually easier and less expensive.
Potentially the most impactful difference between rolling and spraying is overspray. Overspray occurs if you are spraying coating on a windy day. This can create massive headaches for you if you’re not careful as overspray can get onto the building façade or nearby cars. If this happens, you could be looking at a major price tag for repair. Thankfully, we are available to train our CLAs on how to avoid overspray. Rolling, however, can be a better application method on windy days or if there are vehicles or properties nearby that could be hit with overspray.
As you can see, rolling PM silicone is another great application method. It’s cost-effective and precise, allowing you full control over the silicone at all times. Next week, we’ll look at a side-by-side comparison and let you know which we feel is superior for which job type.