Benefits of Liquid Applied Roof Coatings

 

Nothing lasts forever. At some point a building owner or property manager will have to confront the issue of fixing a failing roof.

When a roof starts to fail, most people immediately think their only option is to fix the problem by tearing off the roof completely and replacing it with a conventional roofing system.  A roof tear off and replacement can be extremely costly and is one of the biggest capital expenditures that building owners and property manager’s face.

Multiple studies have been conducted on complete roof replacements, with the costs ranging from $3.50 to in excess of $6.50 per square foot. If we take the average dimensions of a 10,000 square foot roof that replacement could range from $35,000 to $65,000.

Unless you own a machine that prints money, those figures are pretty scary. Up until recently many people were not familiar with liquid applied roof coatings. These coatings can provide building owners and property managers another solution to deal with failing/leaking roofs.

The main types of liquid applied roof coatings are silicone’s and acrylics. Each of these coatings provides its own unique benefits, but for the purpose of this article we will be focusing on liquid applied coatings in a general sense.

Cost Savings

A major benefit of liquid applied coatings is their cost savings. Compared to other roofing methods liquid applied coatings on average can reduce the cost of a roof retrofit  up to one half when compared to traditional methods. Referring back to the example above, a 10,000 square foot roof coating installation would range from $1.75 and up per square foot with acrylic coatings to $2.50 per square foot with silicone coatings based on the system.  The total retrofit cost savings based on these figures would range between $17,500 to $25,000, a significant savings.

Provides a Seamless Membrane

The more penetrations or seams in your roof system, the greater the potential for water to infiltrate your structure. Liquid applied roof coatings are sprayed or rolled onto a roof’s surface, are self-flashing and provide a seamless monolithic membrane. Unlike other roofing methods, liquid applied coating systems do not require additional materials to flash around penetrations in the roof. Liquid coatings can be applied around any hard to reach area.

Time & Labor

Unlike traditional roof systems, liquid applied coatings do not require the roof to be torn off. Instead the coatings are applied directly over the existing roof substrate. This eliminates the removal of old materials from the job-site, excess waste deposited in landfills and fee’s associated with the old roof’s disposal.

Exposure & Convenience

Traditional methods of roof replacement require the roof to be taken off before the new one can be installed. Because liquid applied coatings can be installed over the existing roof system, building owners to do not have to worry about exposing the inside of their building to the elements. Tenants of the building can also remain in the structure while the coating process takes place. There is no need to close down during the re-roofing process or move expensive equipment into storage facilities.

Energy Savings

Many liquid applied roof coatings are CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council) rated. A cool roof is designed to absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight than traditional roofs. A CRRC rated roof provides many benefits to a building such as reduced energy bills, improved indoor comfort and decreased roof temperatures that can lead to early aging and failure.

Cool roofs also benefit the environment and the surrounding areas that they are built in. Local air temperatures can be reduced limiting the effect of urban heat islands.

Sustainable & Renewable

Liquid applied coating systems are sustainable and can be re-coated multiple times offering your building another 5 to 10 years of protection. Less materials are used in liquid applied coatings meaning when the project is done, materials headed for the landfill are reduced.

Conclusion

Liquid applied coatings provide multiple benefits to building owners. If you would like to learn how VFI’s products can benefit you give our technical experts a call at 1-800-307-9218.

 

 

Determining Shore Hardness of Rubbers & Plastics

Shore Hardness is the resistance a material has to indentation. Determining a materials Shore Hardness requires the use of a durometer, which is a device that measures the depth of an indentation in the material by creating force through a presser foot.

In order for people to have a point of reference on how hard a material is different shore hardness scales have been created. There are 12 different Shore Hardness scales depending on the type of material that is being measured.

When dealing with rubbers and plastics two scales are used. The A Shore Hardness scale is used to measure flexible rubbers commonly used in molds. Hard rubbers, semi-rigid plastics and hard plastics are measured using the D Shore Hardness Scale.

Both of these scales have ranges from 0-100. The lower the Shore Hardness is on the scale the softer and more flexible the material will be. As you increase upwards on the scale materials become stiffer and less flexible.

When selecting a rubber or plastic to use for your mold making needs there are a couple of things that should be taken into consideration.

How delicate is the item that you’re molding. 

If you’re making a mold of an item that has sharp undercuts, thin parts or protrusions it is recommended to use a material that provides greater flexibility and stretches easily. This will insure that you’re able to extract your model from the mold without it breaking.

How much detail is needed for your project.

When using rubbers and plastics detail is directly related to the hardness of the material that you’re using. The harder a material is the greater casting detail it will provide. For example, if you were making a mold for a stone back splash you would want to use a harder material to pick up textural detail within the rocks.

Abrasion Resistance

Abrasion resistance refers to a materials ability to withstand any method of wearing down or rubbing away by means of friction. This point should be taken into consideration if you are planning to use a rubber or plastic mold for construction applications. Some of these application would include architectural precast concrete, cast veneer and flexible form liners. In construction applications you want your material to provide enough flexibility, while being durable and insuring a long useful life.

Have an upcoming project? Have questions or need assistance selecting the right material for your job? Give us a call at 800-307-9218. Our team of technical experts and sales representatives are happy to help!

 

 

 

Say Hi To Us In Louisville

We’re happy to be exhibiting for the first time at The Precast Show being held at the Kentucky International Convention Center located in Louisville.

The Precast Show is is the largest precast-specific trade show in North America and the one place where you can find the industry’s most important suppliers and foremost equipment experts under one roof.

This years show will run between February 28th through March 2nd and will provide a great opportunity to see new products, network with industry professionals and have a little fun too!

If you’re at the show stop by Booth #1251 to learn about our mold and casting materials, caulks and sealants, deck coatings and much more!

Five Benefits of Precast Concrete Products

 

A recent study predicts that the global precast concrete market is expected to reach $130.11 Billion by 2025.

Precast concrete is a construction product that uses a reusable mold during the manufacturing process to form concrete into its desired shape. This method has many benefits over traditional methods.

It Saves Money

Traditionally concrete has been cast using steel or wood molds that take a long time to build, increasing labor costs. Most of the time these molds are used once and then discarded. Precast molds are commonly made from rubber and can be used hundreds of times before being replaced.

Versatility 

With multiple types of rubber, shore hardness and pot life options precast concrete products can be used in multiple applications. These applications include but are not limited to architectural concrete, cast veneer, stone, flexible form liners, sound walls, retaining walls and many more!

Control

Precast concrete pieces that are poured off-site are able to be manufactured in controlled environments, limiting the effects of bad weather and producing a more consistent product.

Aesthetics

Precast concrete products are more than just functional, they can be decorative too. These products can be molded into different configurations and shapes that can enhance your building project. Some design elements that can be incorporated into precast concrete products are stone patterns, masonry patterns, arches, cornices and many more!

Efficiency 

Products made using precast methods arrive on the job site ready to be installed. This eliminates the need to order raw materials, eliminates the time to set up forms and lowers labor cost.

Volatile Free, Inc. ® has noticed an increased demand for precast concrete products from its customer base and has created the 3100 Series line of rubbers to service those needs.

If your company is involved in precast concrete make sure to stop by booth S12453 at the World of Concrete. Not attending World of Concrete? No problem you can still request more information and samples of our 3100 Series by calling 800-307-9218.

 

 

Holiday Schedule

Just a friendly reminder VFI will observe the following holiday schedule:

December 24th: Office Closed For Christmas Eve

December 25th: Office Closed For Christmas Day

December 31st: Office Closed For New Year’s Eve

January 1st: Office Closed For New Year’s Eve

 

New Product Alert: Urethane Rubbers 3100 Series

 

Volatile Free, Inc. ® is proud to announce the launch of the 3100 Series line of urethane rubbers.

The 3100 Series line of products are high-quality, two-part, easy-to-use liquid urethane mold rubbers that have excellent wear resistance.

“These products are easy to use, and can be poured, brushed or sprayed to prepared surfaces,” says VFI® President, Nancy Hochmuth.

The 3100 Series line of products offers users multiple advantages including:

  • High Tensile & Tear Strengths
  • Excellent Casting Detail
  • Easy-to-Use
  • Made from 100% Solids
  • Two Different Pot Life Options
  • Lasting Product Performance
  • Multiple Sizes Available

For more information on the 3100 Series product line visit our website at www.volatilefree.com, give us a call at 800-307-9218 or stop by our booth at the World of Concrete, Booth #S12453.

 

 

Be Our Guest

 

Volatile Free, Inc. ® is heading to Nashville, Tennessee for the International Roofing Expo held from February 11-13th at Music City Center. The International Roofing Expo is the premier trade event for the roofing construction and maintenance industry.

The Expo Hall has reached its maximum capacity and that means multiple opportunities to network, attend educational seminars, gain new product knowledge and have a little fun too.

Whether you’re an old friend or don’t know us yet we’d love to see you. Register now for a Free Expo or 10% Off Conference Super Pass. Make sure to stop by Booth #611, we’re looking forward to seeing you at the show!

Case Study: Farha Roofing uses SEALGUARD SILICONE system to restore an EPDM roof!

Roof History

Farha Roofing got the call to come out and inspect an 80,000 square foot shopping center type facility. The owner explained that the Single-ply, EPDM, roof was out of warranty and starting to leak. Farha Roofing found that in addition to leakage there was also some ponding water, making SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE an excellent choice.

Before: EPDM roof with ponding water

The Solution

Farha Roofing chose to use a Volatile Free, Inc. Roofing solution. This included:

1.  VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer

2.  VFI-Butyl Tape

3.  SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE

Primed roof with VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer

The Installation

First, Farha Roofing thoroughly cleaned the EPDM roof. Second, they applied the VFI-#11 Water Based Epoxy Primer for the best adhesion. Third, Farha used Butyl Tape to seal seams, termination and penetrations that needed extra reinforcement. Last, they spray applied SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE to complete the project.

Butyl tape installed on necessary seams to prevent leaks

The Result

This system stopped all leaks, restored integrity to the roof and saved the business a costly tear off.

After: SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE coats the entire roof!

Product Information

VFI-#11 Water Epoxy Primer is a general purpose, two component, water based, epoxy primer. It provides excellent adhesion and superior strength to most metal, mod bit/BUR, single-ply, concrete and wood.

The SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE is a cool roof coating and is UL, Energy Star, Miami Dade, FM and T24 certified. SEALGUARD VFI-990 SILICONE is also  a single component, high solid roof coating. it forms an elastomeric waterproof, white membrane and protects your roof from water damage and UV deterioration.