IPS Corp. Acquires Roof Coatings Company, Metacrylics

IPS Corp., a manufacturer of building and specialty adhesive products, has acquired the Metacrylics roof coatings company, based in Gilroy, Calif. This acquisition is in support of the IPS growth strategy within the roofing industry. IPS Roofing Products is known for roof flashing products for vent pipes, which are manufactured in Tennessee and sold nationally through both wholesale roofing distribution and building products retailers.

Gary Rosenfield, vice president and general manager of the IPS Roofing Products division, comments, “We are excited to enter the cool roof coatings market with the products and service proposition provided by Metacrylics. With the resources of IPS Corp. in support of this business, we plan to build on the previous success and reputation of Metacrylics. I am looking forward to working with the Metacrylics team to help them continue in that effort.”

Mark Anthenien, president and CEO of Metacrylics, says, “We are delighted to be associated with the IPS organization. With their support, we will be able to expand our resources and reach more customers with the high level of service and support that has become the foundation of our success.”

T. Tracy Bilbrough, chairman and CEO of IPS Corp., adds, “The addition of Metacrylics to our portfolio of brands, product lines, and operating facilities is a step forward in our journey of building a platform in industrial and construction related specialty products. We are thrilled to welcome the team and products of Metacrylics to the IPS family.”

Metacrylics is a manufacturer of cool roof coatings, and offers both acrylic and silicone varieties of products. It has a long history of successful installations in many regions of the country. Most recently, Metacrylics’ Extreme Performance acrylic product has been recognized in the commercial roofing market due to its adhesion, ease of installation, solar reflectivity rating, and ability to resist debris over time.

RCMA Members Apply Roof Coatings for ECA EnergyFit Program

Twenty-three members of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) volunteered to apply reflective cool roof coatings on 18 low-income row homes on the 1200 block of West Seltzer Street in North Philadelphia to support the Energy Coordinating Agency’s (ECA) EnergyFit Philly program.

Under a hot sun and high humidity, volunteers climbed up 32 foot ladders to apply reflective cool roof coatings under the guidance and support of ECA’s staff and contractors. Working on houses on both sides of the street, every roof received the first coating in about three hours.

Cooling down with iced water, volunteers listened to remarks by City Council President, Darrell Clarke – who thanked each volunteer personally – while acknowledging the good work by ECA and noting how energy conservation helps residents save money. The Director of Sustainability, Christine Knapp, drew attention to our prolonged heat wave and focused on the value of cool roof coatings to reduce air conditioning use. Finally, Darlene Pope, “the city’s best block captain,” gave the final remarks of the day. Gracious and thankful, and an advocate for clean energy, Darlene thanked the volunteers from RCMA for helping to make this day possible.

ECA’s EnergyFit Philly program preserves affordable housing by repairing, and providing energy retrofits to low income homes in poor condition. It is an innovative approach to the prevention of homelessness by preserving and stabilizing affordable housing that is currently ineligible for energy conservation programs due to roof leaks and other home repair needs. Applying roof coatings on these homes reduces the cooling load and extends the service life of the roofs.

Roof coatings are designed for protecting and extending the service life of roof assemblies for new construction and more commonly, existing roof coverings. Reflective roof coatings extend the life of the roof by reducing heat transfer into the building, decreasing thermal shock, and helping to mitigate leaks.

Roof coatings reflect visible light as well as infrared and ultraviolet radiation, causing roof surface temperature to drop by up to 55°F and decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a building on hot days. Lower roof temperatures in turn help to reduce cooling costs for buildings with air conditioning units and reduce interior temperatures and relative humidity in buildings with or without cooling units. A building owner can experience an energy savings of up to 15% after using a reflective roof coating, according to information from the U.S. EPA ENERGY STAR Program. When reflective roof coatings are used on a significant portion of a city’s roofs, they will also reduce the urban heat island effect, essentially cooling the entire city.

Several RCMA roof coatings manufacturer and supplier members have donated their products for use in this project, or volunteered their time to apply coatings to a block of low income row homes on West Seltzer Street. The RCMA is partnering with ECA on this project as part of its biennial industry conference, the International Roof Coatings Conference.