Your roof can be protected from fire, water, or fading by using a specialty coating. These coatings can be rolled, brushed, or sprayed them on to your roof. The use of these treatments can improve the value and protect the appearance of your home. A fire retardant coating may gain insurance discounts. Specialty treatments can be either water or oil based. Water based solutions are environmentally friendly and can combine with other treatments to provide a better color coating. Oil based coatings can have longer lasting results and often help replace the natural compounds of the wood. Protective coatings may help reduce the sun's ability to fade your roof. Natural specialty coatings may promote the growth of algae and mold, and encourage insects. For more information on specialty coatings, contact a roofing specialist.