Up on the Rooftop

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ExteriorRoofing

Finding the best roof-coating system is easy with All Weather Surfaces Hawaii

Selecting the proper roof coating system can get pretty confusing these days. At any time, there could be as many as a dozen manufacturers of roof coatings telling you why you should be using their system.

All Weather Surfaces Hawaii can help ensure that you receive the best advice for your particular application.

Choosing The Right Type

There are three main types of fluid-applied roof coatings that work well in Hawaii’s climate.

1. Acrylic Elastomeric Systems. These are by far the most popular and widely used type of roof coating. They’ve been around since the 1980s, and have proven to be an extremely effective means of water-proofing a roof structure.

They exhibit tremendous reflective properties that substantially cool the roof surface along with the interior of the structure. They can be used as a coating only, or used with a polyester fabric reinforcement for the best long-term results. Also, extended warranties are available through licensed applicators.

2. Polyurethane Elastomeric Systems. Again, polyurethane roofing systems have been around for many years, and are widely used for waterproofing roofs. They have similar cooling benefits, and are less susceptible to “ponding water” conditions than their acrylic counterparts. Pricing and application are in line with an acrylic system, and extended warranties are available through licensed applicators.

3. Silicone Elastomeric Systems. High-volume solids (95 percent or greater) silicone roofing systems are the newest in the fluid-applied roof coating arsenal. Although silicone technology has been around for ages, the “high volume solids” version is fairly new. These systems have taken the industry by storm. With their ease of application, minimal fabric reinforcement requirements and resistance to “ponded water,” silicone continues to be the choice of many licensed applicators and homeowners alike. But be realistic when choosing a warranty that may be “too good to be true.”

Not All Coatings Are Created Equal

When buying an acrylic product, look for qualifications such as ASTM D-6083 or FM 4470 Class I. These let you know the system has been tested and meets the highest of standards. Polyurethane systems will have similar ASTM qualification listings. Silicones have limited amount qualifications in comparison, but be certain that you are buying the high-volume solids version because the rest is just not the same.

As always, call the experts at All Weather Surfaces at 487-3043 to find out what system will work best for your application and budget, and good luck with your project!

ADDRESS: 99-890 IWAENA ST.
CONTACT: 487-3043

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