The Global Precast Concrete Market is Projected to Grow at a CAGR of 5% Through 2025

A recent study conducted by Transparency Market Research shows the global precast concrete market growing at a healthy CAGR of 5% through 2025. Two major factors contributing to this growth are swift urbanization and high demand for commercial construction projects.


Urbanization A Driving Force Behind Global Precast Market Growth


As the global economy has become more integrated a population shift has occurred with residents leaving rural areas and moving to metropolitan hubs. Cities are catering to this demand and are utilizing precast concrete to help build needed infrastructure. Precast concrete provides many benefits such as design-build efficiency, low maintenance, reduced costs, and aesthetic versatility.


High Demand For Commercial Construction


With mass migration from rural to metropolitan areas numerous commercial structures will need to be built including malls, hotels, and offices. Architects and builders love specing precast concrete products in commercial projects as it’s cost-effective, easy to produce, less labor-intensive and reduces build time.


Highly Engineered, High-Performance Solutions Tailored To The Precast Concrete Industry


Volatile Free, Inc. (VFI) manufactures a highly engineered, high-performance line of urethane molding rubbers for the precast concrete industry. With multiple Shore Hardness and pot life options, VFI has a product for all your precast concrete needs.


To learn more about VFI’s urethane rubbers contact us at 800-307-9218.

New Urban Row House Development in Nashville Utilizes VFI Deck Coating Products


Ludlow Row is a new residential development located in the historic Buena Vista neighborhood of Nashville, Tennessee. Buena Vista is quickly becoming one of Nashville’s trendiest neighborhoods, located steps away from highly acclaimed restaurants, eclectic shops, and exciting nightlife!

The development consists of 30 finely appointed row houses designed with functional layouts and elegant modern finishes. One of the prominent features of these homes are the spacious private rooftop decks with views of the Nashville skyline.

Commercial Construction & Renovation reached out to Volatile Free, Inc. as they were looking for a waterproofing system to coat over the structures plywood roof decking. After consulting with VFI, Sales Director, John Bower, Commercial Construction & Renovation decided to utilize a system that consisted of VFI-640-1 Elastomeric Base Coat and VFI-3221 Acrylic Concrete Coating.

First, a base coat of VFI-640-1 was put down over the plywood decking with 40″ fabric on top. The fabric was reinforced by applying another coat of VFI-640-1 being rolled over the top side of the fabric.

Next two layers of VFI-3221 in light gray were rolled out onto the roof. Once the coating was dry, tape lines were utilized as a stencil to make a pattern that resembled wood decking.

Two passes of VFI-3221 in dark gray were laid down as the topcoat to the decking system. The finished project provided Commercial Construction & Renovation a waterproof solution that is both functional and visually appealing.

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Jonathan Ihlenfeldt Hired As Chemist

Volatile Free, Inc. is proud to announce the hire of Jonathan Ihlenfeldt as Chemist.

Johnathan is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran College where he obtained a degree in environmental science. While at Wisconsin Lutheran College, Jonathan worked on numerous projects including creating a coating for wick production on CO (carbon monoxide) censors and platinum-based electrical potting.

“As VFI continues to grow, Johnathan will play a part in product development as we expand into new markets,” said Mike Sullivan, Lead Chemist. “We’re excited to have Johnathan on our team.”

In his free time, Johnathan enjoys participating in music, collecting and shooting guns. He is also an avid traveler with some of his favorite destinations being Utah, Colorado, Alaska, and Washington.

VFI Staff Promotion Update


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Volatile Free, Inc. is proud to announce that David Duxstad has been promoted to Logistics Coordinator and Customer Service Representative. Duxstad has been with the company for 20 years and previously held the positions of Chemical Compounder and Shipping & Receiving Manager.

“We feel Dave is a great fit for the position of Logistics Coordinator and Customer Service Representative,” said President, Nancy Hochmuth. “Dave is extremely familiar with our product line, customers and sales team.”

Mike Paradowski has been promoted to Warehouse Coordinator and will be responsible for overseeing all incoming and outbound freight at VFI facilities. Pardowski started working at VFI in 2016 as a Batcher and quickly worked his way into the logistics department.

“Mike is a great team leader,” said Hochmuth, “he is always willing to go the extra mile to make sure customer’s orders are fulfilled and delivered promptly. We look forward to having Mike in this new role.”

8 Tips To Help Building Owners Select A Commercial Roofing Company

Recoating a roof is one of the biggest investments a building owner can make. Fluid applied roofs can last for 20 years or more, therefore selecting the right company is of utmost importance. Ideally, the company selected will have years of experience, in-depth knowledge, and an outstanding reputation.

Here are some tips to help guide you through the process.


The internet is a great place to start. A simple Google search will bring up multiple local companies for you to choose from. From here you can narrow down your search by looking at case studies on their websites, viewing previously completed jobs and reading reviews.

Another option is to reach out to distributors and material manufacturers and ask them to provide a list of preferred companies.

Ask for referrals from friends, family, and businesses in your area. Make sure the referrals you receive have had work done recently and their projects are similar to yours. Don’t just scan over the list of referrals, make an effort to contact each of them. They will give you their unbiased opinion on their experience working with that company and how they communicated before and after the job.

Are They Properly Licensed, Certified & Insured

Before signing on the dotted line, make sure the company you select has provided proof of the following:

-State Licenses


-Workers Comp

-Liability Coverage

If the company you select does not hold the proper certifications, licenses, and insurance you could be held responsible for alleged wrongdoing or accidents caused by their work. Once documents are provided make copies of them to protect your company.

Experience In The Field

There are many types of roofs and not every company has experience working on each. You wouldn’t hire an electrician to fix a plumbing issue. In this case, you do not want to hire a company that installs residential shingle roofs to apply a silicone coating to your commercial building.

Hiring a company that is not an expert installing your specific roofing type increases the risk of mistakes being made and problems occurring in the future.

The Lowest Price Isn’t Always The Greatest Value

Everyone likes saving money and getting a deal. It can be appealing to select a company strictly based on the lowest bid.

Beware, not all companies use the same products or materials. If a bid comes in substantially cheaper those products could be made from subpar or inferior materials used to cut corners in order to win the job.

In order to better compare materials ask each company to provide a material list with the manufacturer and product names. From here you will be able to request a product data sheet from each manufacturer and compare the specifications.

Size Matters

There is a big difference between a 10,000 sq. ft. roof and a 100,000 sq. ft. roof. You will want to partner with a company that has enough licensed staff to manage your project effectively. Some companies may be too small to handle larger projects.

Ask A lot Of Questions

Selecting a fluid applied roof system is a big investment. If you have questions ask their company, they should be able to answer them in great detail, providing you peace of mind before, during and after the project. Peace of mind is important when making a highly considered purchase; you should feel confident that all of your concerns were addressed when selecting who to work with.

Get A Quote With Multiple Options Provided

Everyone has a budget they have to adhere to. When searching for companies seek out ones that offer different options that are convenient and appropriate for the scope of your project.

Sort Out The Specifics

After selecting a company you are comfortable working with set up a meeting to sort out the specifics. These details should include:

-Start & Completion Dates

-Payment Schedule

-Material List

-Warranties & Specifications For Products & Workmanship

Following these tips will give you the knowledge and confidence knowing you selected a commercial roofing company that has an outstanding reputation, is knowledgeable and can install your roof with the quality your project demands.

Independence Day: Office Hours

Just a friendly reminder that our office will be closed Thursday, July 4th in observation of Independence Day. May your holiday be filled with cookouts, parades, and fireworks!

Volatile Free, Inc. Will Be Exhibiting at The FRSA Convention & Expo

We’re excited to be exhibiting at the FRSA Convention and Expo at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida!

The FRSA’s convention consists of three full days of education, networking, family fun, sports, and friends along with two days of FRSA’s highly recognized trade show, the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo.

If you’re attending the show make sure to stop by Booth #507 and say hi. Our knowledgeable sales team will be there to answer all of your questions on our professional grade silicone and acrylic roof coatings.

See you at the show!

Silicone Roof Coatings & The Rain

Spring has finally arrived in the Midwest and that means spring showers. The potential for severe weather also increases this time of year as atmospheric instability can create strong storms unexpectedly. One of the biggest concerns on the minds of roofing contractors is having to roof around rain or an unexpected pop-up storm.

The rain has the potential to seriously damage a building owner’s property, and in turn, can ruin a contractor’s day. Did you know, that SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE can help to not completely shut down your job site?

Most traditional roofing systems require you to tear off the existing roof. This poses a problem, in order to manage an approaching shower or storm, work on the roof must stop long before the rain hits. Tarps must be laid out and fastened down. Even after all this work, there is still a risk that water could penetrate the structure. Strong winds could blow away the tarp or heavy runoff could seep through a hole. All of this extra work is a huge setback and reduces productivity.

A major benefit of using SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE is that very little tear-off is required, if at all. With a tack-free time between 30 minutes and two hours (dependent on atmospheric conditions) contractors have the convenience of working closer to the time before rain hits.

Silicone adhesives by nature rely on moisture to cure. If a contractor is caught off guard, and an unexpected shower pops-up during the coating application, the worst that can happen is dimpling. This is a simple fix and the silicone can be easily recoated after the rain stops.


There is no proper way to install a roof in the rain but SEALGUARD VFI-991 SILICONE can help on rain-sensitive projects. If you’re a contractor and are tired of having to rush to put up tarps when rain threatens, give us a call. Our knowledgeable sales professionals are available to answer your questions about liquid applied roof coatings.

Roof Waste Prevention: Liquid Applied Coatings Are The Answer

Every year thousands of buildings undergo roof tear-offs and replacement. The tear-off waste created on these projects usually ends up being dumped into a landfill.  It is estimated that more than 8 million tons of tear-off waste are put into landfills each year. This is a shame as that is a substantial amount of waste.

Not only is throwing tear-off waste into landfills unsustainable, but it also drives up landfill fees. Equipped with this knowledge, informed contractors, architects, property managers, and building owners are starting to ask themselves, does it have to be this way? What can we do to help the environment?

The easiest way to reduce tear-off waste would be to never tear off your roof. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, “nothing lasts forever.”

Another option that building owners have is to install a second roof over the existing one. This option is not ideal as it can only be done once. Issues that can arise with this method are multiple tons of weight being added to your roof, putting more stress on your structure. When overlaying a new roof over an existing one, it is challenging to properly inspect the decking to make sure there are no previous or existing leaks.

Liquid applied roof coatings provide the ideal solution for eliminating tear-off waste. These coatings can be installed over the existing roof, multiple times over!

How Long Do Liquid Applied Coatings Last?

The life expectancy of liquid applied roof coatings is directly related to how thick they are applied onto a surface.

VFI’s coating solutions will last between 10-20 years and come with warranties to match! When the first layer of coating needs to be replaced no tear-off is required, simply pour another layer on top of the first coat. Your roof will last another 10-20 years.

Putting Money Back In Your Pocket

The only thing better than saving the environment is saving money! Eliminating tear-off saves you money by reducing labor costs, eliminating dumpster rental fees and landfill fees.

If you’re thinking about replacing your roof give us a call and learn about the environmental and cost-saving benefits of liquid applied roof coatings.