There are four basic types of elastomeric coatings, acrylic-based, butyl-based, polyurethane-based, and silicone-based. Acrylic-based elastomeric coating is one of the more popular types. In addition to its longevity, it is environmentally friendly and easy to apply and clean up. For flat roofs butyl-based elastomeric coating is the most common coating system. This coating adheres more securely to PVC, TPO, and other single-ply roofing systems. In the Northeast, where many homes require a vapor barrier to protect from snow and the elements of frigid winters, this is the ideal roof coating. For commercial buildings, most of which have an EPDM roof, polyurethane-based elastomeric coatings are optimal. These “rubber roofs” are laid in large sheets, from 10-50 feet wide and up to 200 feet long, and typically have wider seams which the polyurethane-based coating is able to fill and seal. For the most extreme weather protection, silicone-based elastomeric coatings are the way to go. These coatings are unsurpassed in extending a roof’s life in even the harshest of conditions.