The Many “Why’s” in Roof Coatings

By January 30, 2018Products, Tradeshows

Written By: Rick Jones, Business Development Manager for Roof Coatings

When that leaky roof finally grabs your attention to the point that you realize that you can no longer afford to continually repair it, the first thing you have to decide is whether to replace it with another roof membrane or rejuvenate it with an elastomeric roof coating. So, the first question becomes, WHY would you use a roof coating? With advancements in polymer chemistry, the use of roof coatings has now become a very well-accepted and an economically-proven way to repair and refurbish a roof, extend its working life and impart “cool” properties for ongoing energy savings. In addition, polymeric roof coatings add no significant weight to the structure (meaning that the roof can be re-coated multiple times), can be applied with minimal disruption to building occupants and often comply with local city building code requirements.

So, now that you’ve chosen to go the coatings route, WHY should you choose an acrylic-based roof coating compared to other polymer choices? The first consideration is that acrylics are the most cost-effective choice and can be applied to a wide range of roofing substrates. Coupled with acrylics offering excellent UV resistance and outstanding mechanical properties (that is, tensile strength and percent elongation), it’s not hard to understand how acrylics become an easy choice for contractors and building owners.

Now that you’ve decided to use an acrylic roof coating, WHY then chose Acrylink G™ from Edge Adhesives? First, it’s a performance-proven product being manufactured and offering up to 20-year warranties since 1981. Second, at 63% volume solids, it is the highest solids acrylic formulation on the market which allows a contractor to apply more coating per pass. Third, Acrylink G carries a full range of product approvals, including Miami-Dade, UL, FM, Energy Star, CRRC and CA Title 24. Finally, and most importantly, Acrylink G was the first crosslinking acrylic roof coating on the market. But, what is that? Crosslinking is the technical term for the additional chemical reaction that occurs in Acrylink G after it has been applied on the roof. This reaction causes a strong chemical bond to form at multiple points along each acrylic polymer chain, tying them together into one, single gigantic molecule. In the end, this mechanism creates a film that has very high integrity resulting in the highest, long-term tensile strength and % elongation available. This not only makes Acrylink G stronger and more elastic than other roof coatings, it dramatically increases its resistance to sunlight, water, and harsh chemicals. It also more effectively expands and contracts with the every-day movements of a building as a result of the temperature cycles. Thus, Acrylink G does not require that a reinforcing fabric be embedded in the coating – which is a time, labor and a material cost savings.

When you combine a superior acrylic roof coating like Acrylink G with a full range of support products and the top-of-class service and support offered by Edge Adhesives, WHY not chose Acrylink G for your next roof coating project? Please stop by our brand Plioseal’s booth 635 at the upcoming International Roof Expo in New Orleans to learn more about Acrylink G and the other performance-proven products offered through Edge Adhesives’ exclusive brand, Plioseal.