New Technology to Make Your Roof Last Longer

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ExteriorRoofing

Roofing products are constantly evolving as traditional materials, such as asphalt, are improved upon by cutting-edge science that creates fantastic new hybrids.

LeakMaster Roofing installs all major systems and is constantly on the lookout for the latest technology that addresses the problems of the past.

Most new benefits fall into one of two categories: they either last longer than previous products, or they make your home cooler. A cool roof is a happy roof because it doesn’t degrade as quickly because of “thermal shock” or UV damage.

Energy Star-rated asphalt shingles

Most of the roofs in your neighborhood are probably asphalt shingles, or “comp shingles,” and there are many good reasons for their success. These shingles are moderately priced and perform very reliably when properly installed. Additionally, they are more forgiving to walk on than many of the other roof types. In short, they are a safe bet.

However, traditional comp shingles can get very hot during the summers, when surface temperatures often exceed 170 degrees in the islands. This can leave your interior home temperature about 5 to 12 degrees hotter than normal.

The latest Landmark Solaris shingles from CertainTeed are Energy Star-rated and qualify for a federal tax credit of $500. LeakMaster Roofing is finding a definite move toward cool roofs in general, and the Landmark Solaris is a popular new addition. The product has a mildew resistance warranty that’s good up to 15 years, and a warranty for damages caused by winds of up to 130 mph.

Acrylic vs. Silicone

Leakmaster Roofing has been a leader in innovative roof coatings since 1990. The company has pushed for installing “full fabric-reinforced systems” at 4 to 5 gallons per 100 square feet, instead of the more common unreinforced 2-3 gallon systems that inevitably fail. The company also pioneered Hawaiian SunGuard Ceramic Titanium roof coatings that keep you cool in the summer.

Lately, there has been a big surge in silicone coatings because of their ability to withstand ponding water indefinitely. Past problems, such as the noxious smell from solvents that pollute the ozone, have been solved. LeakMaster’s new Hawaiian SunGuard Silicone is 95 percent solids and qualifies as a low VOC roof. That also means you get more coverage from our bucket versus the old solvent-based coatings. Because silicone is considered “non-sacrificial” — meaning it won’t chalk over time — its life span is very long. When applied properly by an approved installer, labor and warranties of up to 20 years are available.

Call LeakMaster Roofing today to discuss the latest in roofing technology.

Address: 575-G Cooke St.
Contact: 591-1900
Website: www.leakmaster.com

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