Yellow Walkway Coating System Protects Roof From Foot Traffic

Metacrylics introduces a new yellow coating system that allows installers to create distinct, walkable paths to roof areas and access points that require routine maintenance. WalkwayYellow provides a textured surface, protecting the roof from damage caused by repeated foot traffic. 

WalkwayYellow can be installed on coated and non-coated roofs as an alternative to solid walkway products. Because it is liquid applied, WalkwayYellow allows for custom walkway paths to better accommodate the roof layout. The product can also be used to clearly identify roof edges, equipment, and other areas to avoid. 

Gary Rosenfield, vice president and general manager of Metacrylics, said, “We are excited to offer this additional product to our coatings line. We believe it adds significant value, and saves the cost of walkway pads required on many commercial roofs.”

According to the manufacturer, WalkwayYellow meets the ANSI A137.1 dynamic coefficient of friction requirements in the international building code. 

For more information, visit www.metacrylics.com.

Sherwin-Williams to Highlight Solutions For Metal Building Industry at IRE

Tobetter serve the growing metal roofing and building materials segment, Sherwin-Williams is introducing a first-of-its kind integrated Building Solutions program for metal suppliers, manufacturers, and contractors. The paint and coatings company is exhibiting and highlighting their portfolio of products at this year’s International Roofing Expo (IRE) from February 11-13 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“This year’s IRE is the perfect opportunity for Sherwin-Williams to announce this comprehensive product offering,” said Mark MacDonald, Building Products Marketing Manager. “We look forward to demonstrating our commitment to the metal roofing industry and highlighting how our products can help roofing contractors deliver outstanding results for their customers.”

The Sherwin-Williams Building Solutions program offers a complete selection of high-performance metal coatings, roof sealants, touchup paint, and metal restoration coatings – including Fluropon coil coatings, Geocel roof sealants, Kool Seal roof coatings, Ready Match Touchup, and Uniflex restoration systems. 

“By working with Sherwin-Williams, customers in the metal roofing industry have access to all of our industry-leading products, from a supplier that is committed to helping them grow their business,” MacDonald said. “Sherwin-Williams will be a passionate champion of metal roofing in 2019 – recruiting and encouraging contractors and roofers to expand their businesses into the metal segment.” 

At IRE, Sherwin-Williams will also host a professional engagement for industry attendees as part of the commitment to promoting and expanding the residential roofing market. Led by Matt Risinger, CEO and Chief Builder of Risinger Homes in Austin, Texas, the event will be held in the Sherwin-Williams Expo Booth # 1109 on February 12. For more information and to reserve your spot at the booth event, visit MakeMoreWithMetal.com.

For more information, visit www.sherwin.com.

Western Colloid Announces New President

Western Colloid announced Greg Hlavaty as president. With a long history in the roofing industry focused on roof coatings, Hlavaty brings not only experience and knowledge to the position of president but also a commitment of excellence to the employees and customers of Western Colloid. In his previous position as general manager, he built the Western Colloid mission of helping contractors build their business through exceptional support and training. 

Western Colloid operates the largest fleet of tankers servicing the roofing and coating industry in the United States. This footing in bulk transportation service allows contractors to keep installation costs low and helps the environment by reducing the use of barrels and pails. They pride themselves on offering free field inspections, prompt delivery, and exceptional service overall.

Hlavaty, a licensed contractor since the early 1980s, served as president of the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association (RCMA) over the last year. His industry knowledge and leadership are well respected. As president of Roof Coating Manufacturers Association (RCMA), he serves on the Board of Directors and contributes his industry expertise to RCMA’s committees and task forces. Hlavaty also received the prestigious Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award in 2016. The award was presented by fellow RCMA Board member Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF, who recognized Hlavaty’s efforts in facilitating RCMA’s merger with the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI).

Hlavaty’s commitment to helping contractors is well known. For contractors who have worked with Western Colloid over the years, it is clear that the company is focused on its contractors. The quality of the products combined with excellent training programs and customer support continues to create outstanding opportunities for roofing contractors.  

“We are focused on three very important areas, consultation, field support and training, Western Colloid’s employees work closely with contractors to provide exemplary support and training,” stated Hlavaty. “We send qualified agents to inspect the roof and prepare a specification designed to address the needs of that roof at no cost. The Western Colloid representatives assist the contractor while providing ongoing advice, hands-on training, bidding support and/or on-site demonstrations.  We have an amazing team that delivers world-class roofing systems. I am grateful to be able to help lead a company like Western Colloid.”

 For more information, visit www.WesternColloid.com

New Coating Line Includes Silicone and Acrylic Elastomeric Products

ALSAN CoatingsSoprema Inc. launches a new collection of silicone and acrylic products under the brand name of ALSAN Coatings. ALSAN Coatings are ideal for maintaining and extending the life of existing roofs by protecting them from natural weathering.

The ALSAN Coatings line is comprised of:

  • ALSAN Coating SIL 402, a low-VOC, high-solids, single-component silicone roof coating that forms a durable weatherproof coating for exceptional UV protection and resistance to standing water. This maintenance coating is intended for application over existing single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM and CSPE), modified bitumen, BUR, and metal roofing systems and/or approved existing coatings.
  • ALSAN Coating AC 401, a high-quality, plasticizer-free, water-based, acrylic elastomeric roof coating that is tested in accordance to ASTM D-6083. ALSAN Coating AC 401 is highly reflective and offers outstanding flexibility and resistant natural weathering. This reflective coating is intended to be applied over existing single-ply (TPO, PVC, EPDM and CSPE), modified bitumen, BUR, and metal roofing systems and/or approved existing coatings.
  • These products are supported by several primer options that allow the coatings’ use across a range of roofing materials and help prevent asphalt bleed-through, inhibit rust and promote adhesion. Additional accessories include an all-purpose cleaner, Polyfleece polyester fabric for reinforcing seams and flashing, walkway coatings/granules, silicone caulk and butyl fleece tape. Both ALSAN Coating SIL 402 and ALSAN Coating AC 401 are available in white and custom colors.

    “With the addition of ALSAN Coatings, SOPREMA now has an answer for virtually every roofing need and budget,” said Tom Stuewe, product manager, SOPREMA. “The ALSAN Coatings line now allows customers to reduce rooftop temperatures and prevent premature aging caused by UV rays, reduce energy consumption and costs, and extend the life of existing leak-free roofs that could be comprised of a variety of substrates—all at an economical price point. These materials also offer a low environmental impact, thanks to low-VOC content and their ability to extend roof lifespans, reducing landfill waste associated with tear-offs.”

    For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

    Chem Link Launches New Website

    Chem Link formulator and manufacturer of high-performance adhesives, sealants, coatings and related products for application throughout the building envelope, has refreshed and relaunched chemlink.com. The new website features over 300 SKUs and supporting product literature and is now designed to streamline the process of customers finding the right products for their needs through enhanced product search filters, a product video library and an improved user experience.

    “We are especially excited to launch the new chemlink.com because it has been designed with one true goal in mind: To make it easier than ever for users to quickly reach the information they need,” explained Sara Jonas, marketing manager of Chem Link. “We made enhancements to the overall interface design, upgraded the search functionality and general navigation throughout the site, and we added more visual media via a video library that helps visitors know for sure whether they’ve found the ideal product—and how to use it effectively.”

    In addition to the new features of the website, Chem Link customers can still find all the same products, brochures, tech data sheets and pertinent information on proper product usage through the easy-to-customize search engine and resource library. Information can also be emailed from product pages, and customers can find information on what colors, sizes and product quantities are available before making a purchase.

    For more information, visit chemlink.com.

    Federal Agency Relies on Silicone Coating System to Protects its Roof

    The coating forms a seamless membrane. DLA chose to cover the previous gray coating with a white coating finished with granules to minimize heat absorption. Photos: GE Performance Coatings

    The coating forms a seamless membrane. DLA chose to cover the previous gray coating with a white coating finished with granules to minimize heat absorption. Photos: GE Performance Coatings

    The cold, snowy winters and hot, wet summers in Scotia, New York, put immense stress on local buildings’ roofs. A damp climate with conditions that often involve standing water can take a toll on conventional roof coatings. That was the reason the federal Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) first chose a waterproof silicone roof coating for its Scotia facility in 1996.

    “Most building owners in this area spend thousands, sometimes hundreds of thousands, each year keeping their roofs intact,” says Dave Landry, director of operations for DLA, adding, “After using Enduris by GE, we spend almost nothing in comparison.”

    More than two decades later, the coating’s 15-year extended warranty had long run out and DLA was ready to reapply. As in 1996, the alternative to resealing would have been a costly and intrusive tear-off. “We had a terrific first experience with Enduris roof coating,” says Landry. “Twenty-two years later, there was no question about who we’d use.”

    Efficient Installation

    The GE Performance Coatings team inspected the roof for damage before the work began. After more than two decades of punishing conditions, on average less than five mils of the original 21.5-mil coating surface had worn away. Because silicone coatings are seamless, the roof was also protected from expansion and contraction cycles caused by temperature

    More than 20 years after applying a silicone roof coating on the roof of the Defense Logistics Agency in Scotia, New York, PUFF Inc. returned to conduct another installation.

    More than 20 years after applying a silicone roof coating on the roof of the Defense Logistics Agency in Scotia, New York, PUFF Inc. returned to conduct another installation. Photos: GE Performance Coatings

    fluctuations, which can tear apart dissimilar materials where they overlap. In the end, only 5 percent of the 275,000-square-foot roof required repair—the rest just needed a few more mils of coating. DLA chose to cover the previous gray coating with white coating finished with granules, helping to lower the amount of heat absorbed by the roof and add further protection.

    The applicator, PUFF Inc., also experienced the benefits of the silicone coating. “During the seven-week project, we lost only one day to rain,” says Bill Rush, operations manager at PUFF Inc. and an approved applicator for GE Performance Coatings. “If it had been an acrylic coating, we would have likely lost a week to predicted rain delay. Additionally, there were two days that rain came unexpectedly from over the mountains, when the forecast was a 10 percent chance of rain.”

    A quicker installation meant savings for the PUFF Inc. team—hotel rooms, per-diem expenses, and the opportunity cost of missing other jobs add up fast. Rush also felt a personal connection to the DLA’s positive experience. “I led the installation 20 years ago,” he says. “It’s a matter of great pride to see how well the system held up.”

    TEAM

    Roofing Contractor: PUFF Inc., Charlottesville, Virginia, Puffinc.com

    MATERIALS

    Coating System: Enduris by GE, GE Performance Coatings, GE.com/silicones

    Elastomeric Coatings Reduce Surface Temperatures on Metal Roofs

    Firestone Building Products offers Industrial Elastomeric Roof Coatings for metal roofs.Firestone Building Products offers Industrial Elastomeric Roof Coatings for metal roofs. The coatings are formulated with 100 percent acrylic polymer and are designed to offer superior adhesion, water protection and durability. The ENERGY STAR-approved coatings may help significantly reduce a roof’s surface temperature by up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, thus reducing peak cooling demands. According to the manufacturer, the white coating ensures a high level of reflective properties that keeps the roof near ambient air temperature, while minimizing stress to fasteners and seams. Firestone’s Industrial Elastomeric Roof Coatings are backed by a 10-year warranty and are available in colors including gray, tan and black.

    PPG Brochure Highlights 50 Years of Duranar Coatings for Metal Building Components

    PPG has published “The Gold Standard in Architectural Metal Coatings: Celebrating 50 Years of DURANAR Coatings,” a 16-page brochure commemorating the 1967 introduction of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.
     
    According to Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, the booklet illustrates the historical significance of Duranar coatings.
     
    “Our PVDF coating was a product that enabled architects to design metal components and facades with color,” he explains. “Until we introduced Duranar coatings, anodized aluminum was virtually the only metallic option to provide long-term performance on monumental buildings. It wasn’t until Duranar coatings were specified for several major projects that architects and building owners felt comfortable considering color finishes as a design option for metal.”
     
    Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance some of the world’s most recognized architectural landmarks. Buildings profiled in the brochure include the Empire State Building in New York, Shanghai Tower in China, The Louvre Pyramid in Paris, and Centre Videotron in Quebec City.
     
    Other prominent landmarks finished with Duranar coatings include One World Trade Center in New York; Shanghai World Financial Center in China; Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
     
    The brochure is organized by building type—skyscrapers, landmarks, convention centers, transportation facilities, libraries and sports venues. Each building profile includes photographs, location, approximate opening date, the selected Duranar coatings color and the architect’s name.
     
    In addition to publishing the brochure, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year and offer special customer promotions and giveaways. A dedicated web portal, duranar50.com, features images and descriptions of other landmark buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and additional educational materials.
     
    To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings or to download a copy of the 50th anniversary brochure, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.
     

    PPG Celebrates Anniversary of PVDF Coatings

    PPG has announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of DURANAR coatings throughout 2017, commemorating the introduction in 1967 of the polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) coatings for metal building components.

    Over the past half-century, Duranar coatings have been specified by architects to protect and enhance architectural landmarks, such as the Empire State Building in New York, the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, Shanghai World Financial Center in China, Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

    PPG has refined Duranar coatings since its introduction to meet evolving aesthetic, performance and sustainability demands of architects and building owners. Advances have included adding metallic flakes and other effects for appearance options; incorporating ULTRA-COOL infrared-reflective pigments to help reduce building-cooling loads; and formulating Duranar powder coatings, which earned PPG a R&D 100 Award recognizing the coatings’ ability to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and economize production of custom-colored powder coatings.

    Brian Knapp, PPG director, coil and building products, said Duranar coatings have been popular with architects and building owners for their blend of aesthetics, reliability and performance. “Duranar coatings can be formulated to provide a range of colors and effects, giving architects an unlimited design palette,” he says. “They also feature a chemistry developed and refined by PPG that has delivered decades of color retention and chalk and chemical resistance, even in seacoast and industrial environments.”

    Duranar coatings are formulated with PPG resins and pigments in combination with standard KYNAR 500 or HYLAR 5000 PVDF resins. In fact, PPG helped popularize and improve PVDF coatings technology by licensing Kynar 500 resin, which was originally commercialized by Pennwalt Corp. in the mid-1960s. PPG remains the original and continuous licensee of this PVDF resin, which has become an industry standard.

    PPG’s formulation for Duranar coatings creates molecular bonds that render the material almost impervious to the effects of continuous ultraviolet (UV) exposure, as well as other environmental and atmospheric hazards such as salt air, humidity, high temperatures and acid rain. In fact, many of the original trial panels coated with Duranar products PPG developed 50 years ago are still enduring exposure testing in South Florida.

    As part of the anniversary celebration, PPG will highlight Duranar coatings in trade-show displays throughout the year, offering customer promotions and giveaways. PPG also will introduce a web portal featuring images and descriptions of buildings finished with Duranar coatings, as well as articles, white papers and other educational materials.

    To learn more about the 50th anniversary of Duranar coatings, visit here or call (800) 258-6398.

    Pro Guard Coatings Receives FM Approval

    Pro Guard Coatings has received FM Approval on the Proflex Primer F1524 & 9101 Moisture Cure Liquid Rubber products. Pro Guard Coatings engineers a broad line of coatings for a variety of surfaces.

    FM Approvals is an international leader in third-party testing and certification services. By employing a worldwide certification process that’s backed by scientific research and testing, FM Approval recognizes quality products in both technical integrity and performance.