Congress Associates Announces Sales Representative Agreement with Karnak Corp.

Congress Associates announces a new independent sales representative agreement with Karnak Corp. Congress Associates will be responsible for product representation in all of the New England states including Connecticut and the Albany, N.Y., market. The company has represented coating and restoration systems for numerous years and is pleased to align itself with Karnak reflective and fire retardant coatings.

“Karnak has been long known for quality coating products and offers a line of high end restoration and waterproofing systems,” says John Massengill, Congress Associates president. “We are constantly looking to improve our service offerings by aligning ourselves with manufacturers at the forefront of product development. Karnak is the perfect addition to our roofing and waterproofing services offered. Our customers further benefit from innovative solutions provided by trusted sources in the industry to best protect their assets.”

Karnak manufactures a complete line of reflective coatings, cements and sealants for roofing, waterproofing and maintenance. Karnak is the premier manufacturer of Energy Star labeled coatings. All products are tested for fire resistance and wind uplift, approved by UL, FM, certified to comply with ASTM specifications and are CRRC listed. The company’s Energy Star labeled coatings qualify for LEED points as part of LEED Certified buildings.

Moisture, water intrusion and reducing energy consumption are a concern for all building owners and property managers. Karnak Kanopy reflective roof and maintenance coatings reduce roof surface temperature by preventing heat absorption, extend the life of the roof and reduce building operating costs. These coatings lessen the heat island effect, benefiting the environment.

National Coatings Corp. Expands in the Gulf States

National Coatings Corp., a manufacturer and supplier of durable, energy efficient, cool roof coatings, announces the addition of Pillar Building Solutions LLC, Memphis, to National Coatings’ Gulf States Regional Team.

Thomas Mayberry started Pillar Building Solutions in 1991 (formerly Pillar Sales Group). He has 35 years in the building industry, covering many facets of construction, including painting, glazing, remodeling, roofing, insulation, waterproofing, coatings and sealants. Mayberry along with his representatives, Josh Howard and Ryan Mayberry, are responsible for building off of National Coatings’ current customer relationships while growing opportunities with contractors, building owners, architects and consultants in Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Pillar Building Solutions are participants in CSI and AIA. Mayberry has served on numerous committees, several as chairman, including the Memphis CSI Products Show.

“I am very excited to have Thomas and his team represent us in the Gulf States market.” says Collin Qualls, National Coatings’ District Sales Manager – Gulf States. “They bring a stellar reputation to National Coatings and will aid in our expansion of the region.”

Architectural Metal Panels Offered with Graffiti-resistant Coating Systems

AEP Span is now offering its metallic-coated and pre-painted architectural metal panels with graffiti-resistant coating systems.

AEP Span is now offering its metallic-coated and pre-painted architectural metal panels with graffiti-resistant coating systems.

AEP Span is now offering its metallic-coated and pre-painted architectural metal panels with graffiti-resistant coating systems.

AEP Span’s factory applied graffiti-resistant coating systems consist of a three-coat system including a primer, a color coat, and a graffiti-resistant clear coat in a low to medium gloss and a high gloss. These coating systems are available in all AEP Span paint systems.

The graffiti-resistant coating systems work as a barrier of protection over a steel surface and is formulated to work with PPG’s DuraPrep Prep 400 graffiti remover. The coating systems prevent most graffiti material from gripping or shadowing the surface, which allows the field applied DuraPrep Prep 400 graffiti remover to wipe away graffiti. If an AEP Span architectural metal panel is spray-painted, graffiti can be eliminated by applying the graffiti remover directly to the stain, allowing it to sit for 10 to 60 seconds, then wiping it with a clean cloth or scrubbing it with a nylon brush. Most stains can be removed in 10 minutes or less.

Other graffiti that can be removed include paint overspray, pen and marker ink, lipstick, scuff marks, tape residue, bugs, tar, and many other substances that mar the appearance of steel building panels.

Resuscitate Metal Roofs and Walls with a Reflective Restoration Coating

“Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the July/August 2014 issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently introduced its CPR System, a highly reflective, low-odor, synthetic liquid rubber membrane designed to waterproof and restore existing metal roof and wall panel systems, delaying costly roof replacement and improving the overall performance of the roof system.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently introduced its CPR System, a highly reflective, low-odor, synthetic liquid rubber membrane designed to waterproof and restore existing metal roof and wall panel systems, delaying costly roof replacement and improving the overall performance of the roof system.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently introduced its CPR System, a highly reflective, low-odor, synthetic liquid rubber membrane designed to waterproof and restore existing metal roof and wall panel systems, delaying costly roof replacement and improving the overall performance of the roof system.

This lightweight, multi-layer waterproofing system will only add one-fifth of a pound per square foot to existing roof systems when completed, eliminating the time and cost associated with engineering a new roof system. The CPR System provides resistance to UV damage and deterioration caused by weathering by forming a rubber-like monolithic membrane over the entire surface. It is designed for application to properly prepared stainless steel, galvanized metals, Galvalume-coated metals, copper, aluminum and Kynar-coated metal roof systems.

According to Tom Stuewe, a Garland product manager: “The CPR System is the answer for building owners or facility managers who don’t have the budget for a replacement but need to extend the life of their roof system. The ease of application makes it ideal for in-house maintenance use, and its cold-process, low-odor formulation allows restoration projects to proceed with minimal disruptions to building operations and occupants.”

The CPR System is available in brush-or-trowel-grade versions and can be easily applied over sloped, contoured surfaces. When properly installed and maintained, this system can provide an additional 10 to 15 years of service life.

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National Coatings Adds American Roofing Sales to Gulf States Regional Team

National Coatings Corp. (NCC), a manufacturer and supplier of durable, energy efficient, cool roof coatings, is pleased to announce the addition of American Roofing Sales Inc. (ARS) of Marietta, Ga., to National Coatings’ Gulf States Regional Team.

ARS will concentrate their efforts towards Architects and Roofing Contractors by providing dedicated client support and cultivating relationships with new and existing clients in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Western portion of the Florida Panhandle.

ARS comes to National Coatings with exceptional experience and knowledge in both sales and high-end commercial roofing products. Doug King, President at ARS, has over 38 years of roofing sales experience and has been working in the roofing community in the South since the inception of his firm in 1988. The ARS team is comprised of Doug King, as well as, Taylor King, Kirk Swor, and Brian Dickerson.

“We are excited to have Doug and his team represent us in the Gulf States market.” said Collin Qualls, CSI, National Coatings’ District Sales Manager – Gulf States. “They offer us a concerted effort in the expansion of the region and more importantly, the benefit of coupling the respect and reputation that both National Coatings and American Roofing Sales have earned over the years by providing their respective client’s only the highest of quality.”

Steelscape Now Offers Graffiti-resistant Coatings from PPG

PPG Industries’ building products group announced Steelscape is now offering metallic-coated and pre-painted steel with DURANAR GR (graffiti-resistant) and CORAFLON GR coatings.

Duranar GR and Coraflon GR three-coat systems feature a primer and color coat topped with a graffiti-resistant clearcoat that can be cleaned with DURAPREP Prep 400 graffiti remover by PPG. If the Steelscape steel is spray-painted, graffiti can be eliminated by applying the graffiti remover directly to the stain, allowing it to sit for 10 to 60 seconds, then wiping it with a clean cloth or scrubbing it with a nylon brush. Most stains can be removed in 10 minutes or less.

When applied on either Duranar GR or Coraflon GR clear coatings, Duraprep Prep 400 field-applied graffiti remover also can eradicate paint overspray, pen and marker ink, lipstick, scuff marks, tape residue, bugs, tar and many other substances that mar the appearance of steel building panels.

Duranar GR coatings are available in a variety of low and medium glosses; Coraflon GR coatings are for high-gloss finishes.

Max Chemical Becomes Trademark Licensee of Kynar Aquatec

Arkema Inc. has announced that Max Chemical Inc. is now a trademark licensee of Kynar Aquatec high-performance coating technology in North America. Max Chemical uses Kynar Aquatec PVDF latex as the basis for its Crossco MaxWhite ultra-durable roof coating product.

“Max Chemical has been providing quality products to builders, developers, contractors and hardware stores in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean for more than 30 years and we are delighted to welcome them to our family of Kynar Aquatec PVDF licensees,” said James Feorino, global market manager at Arkema. “Our licensing program provides a growth platform for strong regional roof coatings brands, such as Crossco MaxWhite, by capitalizing on the performance-enhancing benefits of our advanced emulsion technology.”

Kynar Aquatec high performance coating technology is an innovative platform of emulsions that enable formulators to produce ultra-durable water-based coatings with low VOC levels below 100 grams/liter. Coatings formulated with these emulsions provide the durability and performance of traditional Kynar 500 resin-based coatings and can easily be applied to a variety of substrates. Given their low-VOC waterborne character, excellent weatherability and ability to be formulated with IR reflective pigments for lasting building efficiency, the Kynar Aquatec emulsions offer sustainable coating solutions for a wide variety of building requirements.

“We are pleased to become an official licensee of the Kynar Aquatec PVDF emulsion for our Crossco MaxWhite roof coating as we are always striving to embrace innovative technology to differentiate our products,” said Ignacio Cotto, technical director at Max Chemical. “This agreement gives us important advantages in terms of material, supply and support, and we will be able to provide our customers with a sustainable, long-life roof coating with outstanding durability, low maintenance and high thermal reflectivity.”

Designed for application as a protective topcoat, Crossco MaxWhite coating formulated with Kynar Aquatec PVDF provides exceptional performance in thermal reflectivity, color stability and weather resistance over new or existing roof surfaces. This innovative coating product exhibits strong adhesive characteristics and dries to a tough, durable finish that withstands years of wind, rain, dust and heat exposure. Crossco MaxWhite is available through Pro-Seal Distributors in Puerto Rico and through CTI Imports Inc. in Florida.

Quest Construction Products Is Trademark Licensee of Kynar Aquatec Coating Technology

Arkema Inc. is pleased to announce that Quest Construction Products is now a trademark licensee of Kynar Aquatec high-performance coating technology in North America. Quest Construction Products uses Kynar Aquatec technology as the basis for its Kymax brand of protective coatings for new or existing roof surfaces.

“While we have a long history of partnering with Quest Construction Products on their high-quality Kymax coatings, it gives us great pleasure to welcome them as an official licensee of Kynar Aquatec,” said Vince Casmirri, marketing manager of architectural coatings at Arkema Inc. “Our licensing program is a key component of our strategy to provide customers the support and innovative technology they need to succeed, and we are pleased with the outstanding recognition that Kymax coatings has achieved in the cool white roof market.”

Kynar Aquatec is an innovative platform of emulsions for producing premium water-based coatings with low VOC levels below 100 grams/liter. Coatings formulated with these emulsions can provide the durability and performance of traditional Kynar 500 resin-based coatings and can easily be applied to a variety of substrates, including metals, plastics, wood, concrete, textiles and previously painted surfaces. Given their low-VOC waterborne character, excellent durability and weatherability, and ability to be formulated with IR reflective pigments for lasting building efficiency, the Kynar Aquatec emulsions offer sustainable coating solutions for a wide variety of building requirements.

“We are extremely pleased to have been selected as an official trademark licensee of Kynar Aquatec latex,” said Michelle Carlin, product manager at Quest Construction Products. “This program provides a growth platform for strong brand owners in the architectural roof coatings market by capitalizing on the proven success of Kynar Aquatec technology by Arkema.”

Kymax coatings are manufactured using Kynar Aquatec emulsions to deliver the proven durability and performance of traditional Kynar PVDF coatings. However, rather than requiring high-temperature baking, they are air-dry finishes that cure at ambient temperatures. Designed as a liquid applied roofing product over new or existing roofs, Kymax provides the ultimate in reflectivity, color stability, algae resistance and weatherability. It is also certified to meet ENERGY STAR, Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), LEED and California Title 24 reflectance and emissivity criteria.

LINE-X Expands U.S. Locations for Protective Coatings Manufacturing

LINE-X Protective Coatings, a developer and provider of high-performance protective coatings, announces it’s continued efforts to support job creation and domestic manufacturing by developing products and expanding locations within the United States. Headquartered in Huntsville, Ala., LINE-X was the first nationwide spray-on truck bedliner and protective coatings franchise and remains the only franchised system to offer spray-on truck bedliners, truck accessories, automotive and protective coatings through a nationwide network of over 380 locations in 47 states. With a dedicated full-time Research & Development staff, LINE-X continues to bring new products to the U.S. market by consistently producing the highest quality and most reliable materials available

“We are very proud of LINE-X being a U.S. based company with the ability to develop and offer products that meet the needs and interests of our customers across the nation. We are dedicated to supporting our national community with manufacturing and franchise opportunities for hard-working Americans,” said Kevin Heronimus, CEO of LINE-X Protective Coatings. “With over 20 years of franchise experience, we are committed to continuing to offer successful opportunities to individuals wanting to join the LINE-X franchise family. We welcome team members that are interested in meeting the growing needs of consumers and promoting our continually expanding product lines.”

LINE-X Protective Coatings is the industry leader in truck bed protection, offering specially formulated polymers that permanently bond to the truck’s bed for unmatched durability under the most extreme use. This high-quality spray-on application contours to the shape of the truck bed to seal and protect it from weather, road grime, scratches, dents and most household chemicals, while adding an attractive finish that both protects and enhances the value of the vehicle.

LINE-X continues to lead the marketplace with innovative coatings made in the United States that provide unique solutions to customers in a variety of industries, including residential, commercial, light industrial and military applications. LINE-X Protective Coatings is committed to leading industries that utilize spray-on applications and expanding to additional locations across North America.

Coating a Roof? Don’t Forget Fire Ratings

Fire tests are one of the most important system tests for roof coatings, and it is essential when specifying and applying a coating over an existing roof in a maintenance or repair setting to ensure the roof system’s fire rating is not negatively affected.

TEST METHODS FOR FIRE TESTS

The International Building Code (IBC), first published in 2000, brought together several regional codes into one central, national code and facilitated the acceleration of code adoptions across the U.S. Today, most of the U.S. follows a statewide adoption process for the IBC for Roof Assemblies and Rooftop Structures; some areas do not, which can make code enforcement tricky. Some areas still follow local adoption and may refer to older versions of the code instead of the most current 2012 IBC.

According to the most recent IBC, roof assemblies and coverings are divided into classes A, B, C or “Nonclassified” and are tested in accordance with UL 790 or ASTM E 108. These tests measure the spread of flame, recording whether the material you put on the roof will cause the flame to spread too far on the roof. The UL 790 inaugurated modern fire tests about 100 years ago and, as such, incorporates a century of data and history about roof coatings that may broaden the reach of what certifications the test provides.

“Many see UL 790 as the preferred fire test,” notes Steve Heinje, technical service manager with Quest Construction Products LLC. “It is interesting to note the ASTM E 108 test is deemed by the code requirements an equivalent test.” The ASTM E 108 is a consensus version of UL 790 and can be run by any qualified and accredited test laboratory. Many test laboratories, such as FM Approvals, conduct testing using ASTM E 108.

COMPONENTS OF FIRE TESTING

The roof coating is just one component in the fire rating of a roof assembly; other components include slope, the coating substrate, whether the roof deck is combustible and whether the roof is insulated. These factors, taken together, will determine the roof system’s fire rating.

SLOPE
Although there are exceptions, most fire ratings are done for slopes of under 3/4 inch for commercial roofs, and coatings tend to be recommended for application to a roof with 2 inches or less slope. Slope is an important factor to consider because special coatings may be needed for high slope transitions.

SUBSTRATE
The substrate or membrane type is another vital component of fire testing because the substrate to which the coating is applied could affect the flammability of the roof system. When coating over an existing roof, one should note what existing roofing substrate is being coated over—whether it’s BUR, mod bit, concrete, metal, asphalt or another type of substrate.

COMBUSTIBLE VS. NON-COMBUSTIBLE ROOF DECK
Most coatings are tested over noncombustible decks, but additional and challenging tests are required for the use of combustible decks. It is much more difficult to achieve a Class A rating when covering a wood deck.

INSULATION
Again, it is important to note the materials of the existing roof being coated because these components can affect the flammability of the roof system. Polymeric insulations often reduce the allowable slope for a given system.

PROPER APPLICATION OF THE ROOF COATING

Another significant consideration is that the coating is applied at the appropriate thickness and rate.

“One big thing out of the coating manufacturer’s control is that the applicator uses the recommended or test-required thickness and/or rate at the point of application,” points out Skip Leonard, technical services director with Henry Co. Proper application encompasses parameters, such as the final dry-film thickness, the use of granules or gravel, use of reinforcements and even the number of coats. Accounting for these details is an integral part of installing a rated system.

Once assembled, the roof covering will be granted a Class A, B or C rating by approved testing agencies, typically through UL 790 or ASTM E 108, depending on how effective the roof proves to be in terms of fire resistance. Rated coating solutions exist for just about any existing roof system recover or coating application and often can achieve a Class A rating.

Learn More
Visit the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association website to locate a roof-coating manufacturer who can help you choose a roof coating most appropriate for your roof system. For more information about roof-coating fire ratings, check out FM Approval’s RoofNav online database for up-to-date roofing-related information or the UL Online Certifications Directory.