Many Edmonton AB homeowners are practical. If they can reduce the cost of roof repairs, they will definitely find ways to do so. A great alternative to roof repairs is roof recovery using spray urethane foam. This is quite useful when trying to waterproof your entire roof material. An alternative to this is outdoor fabric roofing, which is relatively new in the market.

Known manufacturers of outdoor fabric roofing endorse it as a quality product that reinforces flat or low-slope roofing material. SureCoat System‘s product copy for its Poly-Mesh Reinforcing Mesh Roof Fabric explains it quite efficiently below.

SureCoat Poly-Mesh Reinforcing Mesh Roof Fabric

SureCoat Poly-Mesh is a high-grade easy to use reinforcing mesh roof fabric used for additional tensile strength as part of the SureCoat Roof System. Poly-Mesh reinforcing mesh roof fabric is recommended for all flat and low-slope roof applications. SureCoat Poly-Mesh is a unique woven polyester mesh of uniform thickness with voids large enough for saturation.

This allows the base coat of SureSet, SureCoat or Sure-a-Thane applications to penetrate through and bond to the topcoat. The finished product is a durable roof system with an unsurpassed tensile strength of 2800+ psi. Using this technique eliminates all cold joints and preventing delamination. SureCoat Poly-Mesh is a soft flexible easy to use material that contours to the roof, around penetrations, curbs, transitions and other roof equipment for easy reinforced repairs and full restorations.

Other added benefits of SureCoat Poly-Mesh Reinforcing Mesh Roof Fabric are:

  1. The ease of use labor cost savings using a quality mesh roof fabric
  2. The material cost savings because the poly-mesh absorbs the coating much better than other fabrics used in roof systems. Therefore, it takes less coating to make the SureCoat Poly-Mesh lay down on roof surfaces. (Continued)

In one part of the copy, SureCoat wrote the product as a “high-grade” fabric that provides additional tensile strength to your roof. Most often, roof coating manufacturers use tensile strength as a reference to their coating’s capability to withstand pressure. Spray urethane foam and elastomeric and acrylic roof coating creates a stretchable material with a rubber-like quality and notable thickness.

In turn, poly-mesh outdoor fabric roofing is similar to this material in its own way. However, it is made of plastic, which provides better tensile strength than rubber. To explain more about the qualities of both outdoor fabric roofing and roof coating, American Weatherstar has a great article we can use as reference.

Elongation and Tensile Strength in Roof Coatings and Outdoor Fabric Roofing

The elongation and tensile strength of roof coatings are closely related in an inverse direction. As one increases, the other decreases. For instance, if you review data sheets of similar products, and find a coating with an incredibly high tensile strength compared to a competitors product, then most likely the elongation is lower. This example does assume the same resins are being used in each product.


The percentage a coating can be stretched before it breaks.


The amount of pressure a coating can withstand before it breaks. (Continued)

Now, we know both outdoor fabric roofing and roof coating work within the same principles. However, one question remains: should you use outdoor fabric roofing or roof coating? Both have their respective advantages and disadvantages for properties.

J&M Roofing discusses outdoor fabric roofing in commercial applications, which are quite similar to flat roofed or low-sloped residential property applications. You can read more about their side-by-side comparison of both fabrics and coatings below.

Outdoor Fabric Coating vs Roof Coating: Pros and Cons

1. Extremely tough

They say that fabric reinforced roofing systems combine the stretchability and durability of liquid membranes and single-ply roofing systems. Single ply membrane examples include EPDM, PVC, and TPO.

With a fabric reinforced roof over your current roof, you can rest assured that it performs way better. It can now withstand building movements without cracking.

2. Possesses reflective properties

As you can remember, a fabric reinforced roofing system features a white reflective coating on its exterior surface. This white coat reflects the sun’s rays. Not all building owners are aware of the fact that excessive sun exposure causes premature roof damage. Your roof heats up and forces your air conditioning systems to work harder. This results in higher energy bills.

Being able to achieve a cooler and energy-efficient structure is one big reason to choose a fabric reinforced roofing system. (Continued)

Whether you plan to use outdoor fabric roofing or roof coating, always remember: the application makes both materials more effective at best. In this light, working with professional and reliable Edmonton AB roofing companies is definitely time and money saving in any case. If you have yet to find one, you can count on DDCL to help you. We have decades of experience providing top-level residential roofing services for both high and low-slope roofed properties. Contact us today!