Roof Coating Reduces Energy and Maintenance Costs

Crystal roof coating helps reduce energy costs.

Crystal roof coating helps reduce energy costs.

Using white colored roofs is a way to help reduce heat gain into a building or home in the southern climates where it stays hot most of the time. Just as wearing white or light colored clothes can help you stay cooler on a sunny day, a white roof can help keep a building cooler and lower the load on the air conditioning unit, reducing cooling costs.

Using the cool roof calculator on Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s website, it shows that if you live in Miami, Florida a white “cool” roof can save you approximately 0.185 USD per square foot per year as compared to a black roof. That’s roughly $647.50 per year for a 3500-square-foot home or $9,250 per year for a 50,000-square-foot office building or warehouse.

But what happens when a white roof turns grey?

When doing energy saving calculations, one of the overlooked errors is not factoring in the loss of insulating performance when white roofs get dirty or moldy. When that happens, the “cool roof” impact is less effective because the roof has gone from a reflective white to a grey or green.

For concrete roof tiles, especially, another factor that impacts energy efficiency is moisture. When a roof is wet, it conducts more heat than when it’s dry, making it less energy efficient.  

That’s why Crystal clear insulating and mold resistant roof coating benefits all types of roofs, including white roofs. It not only has its own insulating benefit (in all seasons and climates), it also helps the roof stay clean and resists the growth of mold. Another benefit it provides is a moisture resistant surface, so rain beads up and rolls off (taking dirt along with it) rather than soaking in.

If you tally the stay clean/maintenance benefits (not the energy saving ones), you can estimate saving approximately 25 cents per square feet to have a roof power washed. For a 5,000-square-foot roof that is $1250 per washing, which is usually done every one to two years by most. Product for that same amount of roof, would be approximately $3,000, so with incorporating maintenance savings, payback would be approximately 2.4 years, and your total maintenance savings over the 10-year warranty period would be approximately $12,500 if you previously had to clean the roof each year.

A School Used Crystal Roof Coating to Keep their White Roof Clean & Efficient

A Florida school had a costly issue, their white metal roof grew mold and collected dirt, meaning not only constant maintenance costs to clean it, but also a loss of energy efficiency. They looked to Crystal roof coating to solve the issue and ran a 60-day trial to see how it would help them.

Crystal roof coating applied to a section of the school roof remained clean.

Crystal roof coating applied to a section of the school roof remained clean.

The roof was cleaned and a section of the roof was painted with a coat of white paint and then over-coated with two coats of Crystal clear insulating and mold and UV resistant roof coating.

The photo above was taken 60-days after application. The spots where Crystal was applied stayed clean and white, while the unprotected areas became dingy and less energy efficient once again.

Additionally, the coating provided thermal insulation to lower cooling costs, even when the sun wasn’t shining.

Contact INI Worldwide for a quote for either product only or product and application. 

Coating Protects Homes from Fire

Sun FireDefense’s SPF 3000 Flame Resistant coating is a post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant via a silicone ceramic coating that provides insulation and reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees F.

Sun FireDefense’s SPF 3000 Flame Resistant coating is a post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant via a silicone ceramic coating that provides insulation and reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees F.

More than 50 percent of homes destroyed in wild fires aren’t in the direct path of the fire. Burning embers that float for miles and land on rooftops and find their way under eaves cause most homes to burn. Sun FireDefense’s SPF 3000 Flame Resistant coating is a post-treatment, interior/exterior fire retardant via a silicone ceramic coating that provides insulation and reflects heat up to 3,000 degrees F. The coating protects exterior and interior woods, such as maple, mahogany, cedar shake shingles, open-air roof decking and structural lumber. The clear spray lasts seven to 10 years and has a five-year warranty for exterior and seven-year warranty for interior wood applications.

Silicone Roof Coating Resists Weathering

R.M. Lucas Co. has added #8400 100 percent Silicone Roof Coating to its line of products.

R.M. Lucas Co. has added #8400 100 percent Silicone Roof Coating to its line of products.

R.M. Lucas Co. has added #8400 100 percent Silicone Roof Coating to its line of products. The #8400 is a low solids, single-part roof coating that creates a barrier that is resistant to natural weathering. The coating is durable, breathable, watertight and weatherproof. The #8400 creates an offering to the professional contractor who desires the performance of a silicone coating at a lower price point than Lucas #8000 100 percent Silicone Roof Coating High Solids. #8400 is suitable for application over spray-applied polyurethane foam, EPDM, PVC, aged acrylic coatings, concrete, asphalt BUR, modified bitumen and metal.

Coating Comes with List of Ingredients

Fluropon Pure is Valspar's newest addition to its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF family of coil and extrusion coatings.

Fluropon Pure is Valspar’s newest addition to its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF family of coil and extrusion coatings.

Fluropon Pure is Valspar’s newest addition to its Fluropon 70 percent PVDF family of coil and extrusion coatings. Formulated with material transparency in mind, Fluropon Pure does not include hexavalent chromium, lead, phthalates and PFOA, allowing the product to meet Living Building Challenge’s Red List 3.0-Compliant requirement. Fluropon Pure delivers the same capabilities of Valspar’s original Fluropon line, including cool roof formulations. Additionally, the coating is trusted to protect buildings against harsh outdoor elements, including humidity and corrosion, dirt, stains and chemicals.

Color Pigment System is Reflective and Fade Resistant

Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc. introduces COOL COLORS with ColorActiv Technology.

Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc. introduces COOL COLORS with ColorActiv Technology.

Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc. introduces a color pigment system of reflective, energy saving colorants with fade resistance called COOL COLORS, with ColorActiv Technology.

The color pigments were originally designed for Military applications. The reduction in surface temperatures provided stealth capabilities against thermographic heat seeking radars to military vehicles and structures. This same technology is now available in ColorActiv Technology pigments for most any of Nationwide Protective Coating Manufacturers Inc., paint or coatings from concrete stains to wall and roof coatings.

Touch the roof or walls of a home or business when it’s been out in the sun for a while, and you will feel it’s hot. In fact, some dark colored roofing can attain a temperature of 190 degrees fahrenheit or more. These materials absorb a portion of the infrared radiation from the sun. This heat buildup transfers inside the structure, increasing cooling costs. ColorActiv Technology now allows for dark colors to have more reflectivity. This lowers the surface temperatures thus lowering heat transfer into the structure. The reflective coatings come in a variety of colors and custom color matching is also available. Depending on your color choice these coatings provide a reflectivity from 23% to 77%.

Restore Domes with 22-karat Gold Restoration Film

RealGold Inc. announces a new, cost-effective 20-plus-year 22-Karat Gold Dome Restoration Film.

RealGold Inc. announces a new, cost-effective 20-plus-year 22-Karat Gold Dome Restoration Film.

RealGold Inc., a manufacturer of genuine gold and silver exterior-grade products, announces a new, cost-effective 20-plus-year 22-Karat Gold Dome Restoration Film.

Used to beautify church domes throughout the U.S., Europe and Asia, the 22-karat gold film features a 20-plus-year outdoor warranty. Guaranteed non-fading and non-delaminating for 20 years, the maintenance-free exterior grade of the gold film is durable and features a non-stick surface resistant to airborne contaminants and fowl waste.

The 22-Karat Gold Dome Restoration Film features a permanent self-adhesive application process, costing a fraction of traditional hand-applied gold leaf. It far outlasts gold-colored paints, which are prone to fading and peeling.

For a free estimate of RealGold’s 22-Karat Gold Dome Restoration Film, interested parties are invited to email the height and base diameter measurements of the dome, along with photographs of the dome highlighting two sides, to billcrowley@realgoldinc.com.

Silicone Roof Coating Fixes Roof Leaks

Gaco Western's GacoElastomeric Silicone Roof Coating

Gaco Western’s GacoElastomeric Silicone Roof Coating

Gaco Western‘s GacoElastomeric Silicone Roof Coating offers customers a better choice for fixing roof leaks. Because acrylic elastomerics have issues with ponded water and UV degradation, they do not provide a lasting solution.

Not only does GacoElastomeric withstand ponded water, it remains flexible over time whereas acrylics become hard and brittle. It has higher solids than acrylics so more coating stays on the roof to provide better coverage and because of the unique chemistry it can be rained on after just two hours and won’t wash off the roof.

Waterproofing System Provides a Sustainable, Durable Product

SOPREMA Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo.

SOPREMA Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo.

SOPREMA Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo, an eco-friendly, high-performing waterproofing system developed with new technology to provide a sustainable, durable product with increased longevity and UV stability.

MAMMOUTH Neo is comprised of an innovative and environmentally friendly elastomer made from organically sourced raw materials derived from 75 percent canola oil, using 30 percent less non-renewable fossil resources than traditional membranes. This high-quality composition allows the system to withstand the weathering elements longer, slowing down the aging process and contributing to a healthier building environment.

MAMMOUTH Neo system consists of two ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight and easy-to-install layers, reducing time and strain spent on the job. The system contains MAMMOUTH Neo Base SI, a self-adhered first layer and MAMMOUTH Neo Cap, a self-protected second layer, to provide the assurance and durability of a redundant system.

MAMMOUTH Neo is designed for new construction and renovation projects. MAMMOUTH Neo can be applied to concrete, wood or steel substrates. Tensile and wind resistance tests conducted on MAMMOUTH Neo resulted in a maximum permissible depression value equal to 4,989 Pascals (Pa).

Products Designed for Buildings with Sensitive Occupants

Viridian Systems has developed a variety of low-odor, solvent-free products for specialty roofing markets, such as schools, nursing homes, food producers and hospitals.

Viridian Systems has developed a variety of low-odor, solvent-free products for specialty roofing markets, such as schools, nursing homes, food producers and hospitals.

Viridian Systems has developed a variety of low-odor, solvent-free products for specialty roofing markets, such as schools, nursing homes, food producers and hospitals. The products include modified bitumen membranes in solvent-free adhesive, single-ply membranes in water-based adhesive and built-up roofing with solvent-free adhesive. The systems are VOC-compliant and cold-applied and offer wind-uplift resistance that is FM and UL tested.

Asphalt and Polyurethane Create Membrane

The Garland Co. Inc.’s new OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc.’s new OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane.

The Garland Co. Inc.’s new OptiMax polyurethane-modified asphalt-based roof membrane combines asphalt with polyurethane to create a durable and long-lasting modified membrane. OptiMax becomes increasingly resilient as it ages because, with time, polyurethane molecules are chemically linked with one another. The process was first used in Europe in the paving industry. The “active modification” process involves chemically reacting the polyurethane modifier to specific molecules within the asphalt. This modification provides enhanced long-term performance characteristics and weatherability.