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Attention: Building Owners – Schedule your roof inspection today!

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Unfortunately they may bring roof leaks as well.

Winter is tough on your roof. The damage the harsh weather can cause and the roof leaks that result can cause serious harm to your building. Your roof should be inspected at least 2 times per year (or more) and it is wise to schedule inspections in the Spring and the Fall. You should also inspect your roof after the occurrence of significant weather events that may have damaged your roof.

Visual inspections of your roof should include:

  • Inspection of roof membrane, flashings, roof drains, gutters, and other components of the roofing system for any damage that may have occurred.
  • Identification of conditions that may affect the long-term performance of the roof.
  • Development of list of corrective actions needed.

Most damage can be easily repaired with Acrymax coatings. Applying Acrymax coatings in combination with fabric reinforcement can seal cracks, repair flashings, and fix other roof problems.

  • Acrymax elastomeric coatings including AF-130BC and AF-130 are available in 1 gallon or 5 gallon pails.
  • AF-315 is a unique heavy bodied fibrated material that is especially useful for roof repairs. AF-315 is also available in 1 and 5 gallon pails.
  • Poly-1 reinforcement fabric is available in 4”, 6”, 12”, 18”, and 40” widths and varying lengths.
  • Another great product for roof repair is Eternabond. We offer this self stick tape with reinforcement in 4”, 6”, or 12” widths.

Roof inspections are a critical first step in keeping your roof in shape. So check out your roof today! If you would like us to recommend an Acrymax approved applicator to inspect your roof give us a call at 800-553-0523.

Spring is on the Way: Prepare for Coating

Monday, March 4th, 2013

We’re getting closer; only 17 days now until spring! In our last blog we talked about Roof System Selection. This week we want to focus on preparation. Preparation is one of the most important and critical steps for successful and long lasting roof coating applications.

You must make sure the preparation of the roof is done correctly to get the best results for a long lasting roof. First step in the preparation is removing all the dirt, debris, oils, and contaminants from the roof. This can be done by the following methods:

  • High Pressure washing
  • Vacuuming/Air-blowing
  • Mechanical cleaning

Beyond your standard contaminants (dirt, debris, etc.), your project may have contaminants that require more rigorous methods to remove.  Corrosion needs to be well prepared and may require wire brushing or other aggressive methods. Biological growth may require chemical cleaning additives. Certain surfaces like EPDM are generally wash-primed with products like Acrymax PR-101 in order to accept coatings.

Preparation is a crucial step in any coating system process and should be evaluated. This can be done with a tape test which involves applying masking tape to the surface, and then peeling off the tape. If there are contaminates on the tape that will interfere with adhesion of the coating, further cleaning or use of a primer are necessary. A primer is NOT a substitute for good preparation.

Acrymax Technical Bulletin ATB-103 describes preparation methods and how to evaluate the effectiveness of the preparation method used.

Check out our next blog on Coating System Installation.


 
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