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.

Conclusion

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.

Hangout With Us In Vegas!

It’s hard to believe that the HD Expo is a month away! This years event is taking place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We’ll be at the show from May 15th through the 17th, showing expo attendee’s what is possible when using VFI’s urethane rubbers and sprayable hard coats.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!

Volatile Free, Inc. Joins NPCA

Volatile Free, Inc. (VFI) is proud to join the National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA) as an Associate Member.

Founded in 1965, the NPCA was created to connect manufacturers and suppliers involved in precast concrete through educational, leadership and networking opportunities.

“We’re excited to become part of a great organization,” says Nancy Hochmuth, President of VFI. “We are looking forward to collaborating with manufacturers and working with them to provide the highest quality products for their molding and casting needs.”

Today the organization remains dedicated to expanding the use of quality precast concrete and providing members with the programs and information required to operate a successful precast plant.

Use of the NPCA trademark does not evidence an endorsement of any product by the National Precast
Concrete Association.

Acrylic vs. Silicone: A Better Understanding

 

Understanding the differences between different roof coatings can be confusing. Today numerous liquid coating options exists, each having their own strengths and weaknesses. Two of the most popular coating options are acrylics and silicones.

The right information can make selecting the correct coating easier. By knowing the strengths, weaknesses and limitations of each you will be able to make an informed decision on which will protect and extend your roofs life for years to come.

Acrylic Roof Coatings

Benefits

Acrylic roof coatings are an excellent restoration solution to many types of substrates including metal, modified bitumen, built-up, single-ply and spray polyurethane foam. These coatings offer many benefits such as cost effectiveness, high reflectivity, UV resistant properties and ease of installation.

Cost Effectiveness

Acrylic roof coatings are extremely cost-effective, hence their popularity. These coatings installed usually run between $0.20 -0.75 per square foot. Property Managers and building owners can save thousands of dollars when installing this type of coating system.

 Reflective & UV Resistant

Building owners can save money during the summer months by reducing their cooling costs, thanks to acrylic coatings highly reflective and UV resistant properties. Not only do building owners get to reap the benefits of an acrylic coating, the environment and surround area that they are built in do too! Surrounding air temperatures can be reduced, limiting the affect of urban heat islands.

Ease of Installation

One of the biggest attributes of acrylic roof coatings are their ease of use. These coatings can be sprayed or rolled onto a roof’s existing substrate. No tear off is necessary, allowing day-to-day operations to take place and limiting disturbances to building owners.

Limitations

There is no such thing as perfect, the same can be said about acrylic roof coatings. While acrylic coatings give multiple benefits it is important to discuss their limitations to insure your roof is a good candidate.

Ponding Water

Acrylic coatings can provide your roof with many long lasting benefits, but ponding water remains an issue. These coatings are water-based and lack performance when exposed to ponding water for prolonged periods.

If exposed for a long period the coating can become brittle and delaminate from the roof. Before applying an acrylic coating make sure to consult a specialist who can determine if the roofs structure will encounter problems with ponding water.

Cold Temperature Applications

Acrylic coatings should not be applied in extreme cold. Because these coatings are water based they can lose performance when the temperature drops below 50 degrees. Cold temperatures will slow down the dry time and make it harder for the coating to properly adhere to the roof.

Silicone Roof Coatings

Benefits

Silicone roof coatings are highly regarded and for good reason. They are extremely UV stable, provided a high level of flexibility and durability and are made from high solids. Silicone can coat many substrates including metal, modified bitumen, built-up, single-ply and spray polyurethane foam.

Excellent UV Stability

Silicone coatings are highly reflective and can reflect up to 90% of the sun’s harmful UV rays. Most silicone coatings are CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council) approved. In many climates cool roofs can reduce the cooling load of a building, providing owners and occupants many benefits. These benefits include increased occupant comfort, reduced air conditioning use and decreased maintenance costs.

Extreme Durability & Flexibility  

Silicone coatings provide seamless membranes that can withstand wind-driven rain and sand, oxidation and extreme temperatures. Unlike acrylics, silicone is a moisture cure substance and his highly effective on protecting structures from ponding water.

High Solids

As a high solid component silicone requires less material to reach a desired film thickness when coating a roof. This allows applicators to apply more coating in a single pass saving time and labor.

Limitations

It is just as important to understand the limitations of silicone in order to insure you are getting the most out of your liquid applied roof coating.

Dirt

Dust and dirt are easily attracted to silicone roof coatings. If building owners or property managers fail to routinely maintain the roof and keep them clean, the coating system can lose its reflective properties. This in turn can negatively impact cooling costs and increase internal building temperatures.

 Slippery When Wet

Silicone can become slippery when wet do to its water resistant properties. VFI would recommend using VFI- Walk Pad in safety yellow to insure maximum slip protection in highly foot trafficked areas on silicone coated roofs.

Conclusion

Acrylic and silicone coatings are great options for roof restoration. In order to determine which product is right for your roof contact us. A VFI representative will help you make the proper selection.

 

 

 

 

Preventative Roof Maintenance

With the weather becoming warmer, spring is the perfect time to conduct preventative maintenance on your liquid applied roof system.

Conducting proper maintenance will ensure your roof system is functioning properly and provide building owners with a greater return on investment.

Volatile Free, Inc. recommends doing this twice a year, once in spring and fall. Inspecting your roof after any large storms, high winds, hail or other damaging conditions is also recommended. For your roof maintenance checklist, click here >

 

Dana Gustafson Hired as Sales Manager

 

Volatile Free, Inc. is proud to announce Dana Gustafson as Sales Manager.

Dana has over 15 years of experience in sales and business development and is highly skilled in territory development and cultivating strategic sales partnerships. Prior to joining VFI, Dana worked at Spancrete, serving as Business Development Manager.

Dana’s main role at VFI will be to use his business development and account management skills to help VFI, expand market share with OEM manufacturers in the construction industry.

Stop Metal Roof Leaks Once And For All

SEALGUARD VFI-990 Silicone be applied to a metal roof.

Metal Roofing is one of the fastest growing segments in the roofing industry. Most metal roof manufacturers offer warranties of 40-50 years. Structurally these roofs will last for that time period, however most will fail and begin to leak before then.

These failures usually occur due to poor craftsmanship and improper maintenance of the roof. Common issues that building owners experience with metal roofs are:

  • Failure at the seams: This can be caused by the metal panels being formed incorrectly, improper installation and failure of the sealant or butyl tape. Thermal shock as well as overloading can lead to separation or deflection of the seams.  All of these can lead to water and debris penetrating your structure.
  • Fastener back-out: As the temperature swings, metal roof panels expand and contract causing shear force on the fastener. Shear is accomplished when two adjacent parts of the fastener are pushed in opposite directions to their contact surface. Eventually, this force will cause the fastener to back-out prematurely leaving a hole in the roof and the metal panel unsecure. Washers used to create a seal beneath the fastener can age, harden, become brittle and crack leading to roof leaks at the fastener point.
  • Rust leading to roof failure: Metal panels can rust prematurely if they are damaged during installation. If a screw is used with the incorrect drill point, little metal shavings called, pigtails are created. These pigtails are hot and can melt their way into the paint system and protective coating, exposing the metal panel to the elements. Hail can damage the factory finish of the metal panel causing rust or premature degradation of the surface.
  • Deterioration of flashings: Flashing is a material that guides precipitation off of a roof. It plays a critical role in maintaining a roofs integrity. Flashing is installed anywhere a roof joins another structure such as skylights, roof vents, pipe penetrations and chimneys. If a roof system’s flashing fails, multiple problems can occur including water damage, causing it to begin to rot and further structural damage down the line. If water comes in contact with a ceiling wall building owners run the risk of mold developing.

After continuous repairs that never seem to work, most building owners grow tired of throwing money at the problem and replace the roof entirely, which is no small expense and disruptive to every day activity.

Liquid applied roof coatings provide building owners a cost saving solution compared to a full roof replacement.  By applying a Silicone or Acrylic roof coating system, a roof can perform properly, prolonging its life for another 10-15 years with continued sustainability available with a future reapplication of the coating system. A majority of leaks on metal roofs are the result of failures at the seams, fasteners or flashing. VFI’s liquid applied roof coatings will seal your roof and eliminate leaks.

Our coating solutions are:

  • 100% Seamless
  • Encapsulate fasteners, a main area of concern for water penetration.
  • Liquid applied coatings are elastomeric meaning no gaps in the roof surface.
  • Stops and prevents rust.
  • Self-Flashing

If you have a building with a metal roof and are tired of costly roof repairs contact us. Our knowledgeable experts will assist you in seeing if your roof is a good candidate for liquid applied coatings.