Fluid Applied Roofing Systems are a moisture-cured, liquid, single-step application, high performance elastomeric coatings. They are designed to provide excellent adhesion to multiple substrates and coverings.
One of the most critical components of any structure is the roof. It functions as a shield from harsh external elements. Liquid-applied roofing systems are constructed from multiple components working together to preserve the integrity of your building by providing protection from wind, rain, snow, ice, and heat. Once installed and properly maintained, liquid-applied roofing systems provide a dependable solution with no more tear-offs. These are customized membranes that are built on-site and can be installed over various existing substrates.
A liquid-applied roofing system is comprised of multiple components that come together to form a fully adhered, seamless, and self-flashing membrane. Each integral part is carefully engineered to perform under adverse conditions and be fully compatible with the other components of the system. Components may include liquid applied coatings and mesh membranes, or any combination thereof. A true system preserves and protects the integrity of the building.
There are multiple liquid-applied roofing system solutions, each designed for specific applications and conditions. These solutions each feature a liquid-applied component that creates a seamless, chemically resistant barrier to external elements. They can be installed over most existing roof types, eliminating the need for tear-offs or installation of re-cover boards. Once installed, periodic maintenance coatings (along with a regular schedule of cleaning) will preserve the roof with no additional steps needed.
Roof systems are critical to the integrity of any structure. Once properly installed, a liquid-applied roof membrane can withstand extreme elements and stresses encountered with typical building movement. The chemical composition withstands the extreme heat of the sun’s UV rays, helping to extend the life of the roof.
Fluid Applied Features
Low Odor & Low VOC
Preserves and Protects Multiple Substrates
Tougher Chemical Resistance
In any roofing project, there are several cost factors to consider: materials, installation, maintenance, longevity, and energy usage are just a few. Liquid applied roof systems keep costs to a minimum with simple installation and by requiring no expensive installation equipment. By using a liquid-applied system, no tear-offs are required — resulting in substantial cost savings compared to traditional roof systems. Preserving the integrity of a liquid-applied membrane is as easy as periodic maintenance. Along with recommended annual cleaning, once every ten years (on average) additional coats of the liquid-applied roof system are applied.
There are many factors to consider when selecting a roofing system. Whether your primary concern is maintenance requirements, occupant satisfaction and safety, or aesthetics, liquid-applied roofing is the solution that addresses all your needs.
No complicated or expensive maintenance procedures
Nothing to tear off, reducing environmental waste and associated costs
Ownership costs much less than comparable roof systems
On a sunny, summer day, a black roof can reach temperatures in excess of 170°F! On the same day, the highly reflective white surface of a liquid-applied roofing system can be as low as 110°F! As a result, much less solar radiation is transmitted through the roof and into the facility. With energy prices on the rise, why get saddled with an energy-wasting black roof when you can install an energy-efficient solution instead? The magnitude of cost savings from a white roof can be staggering. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides a convenient method for estimating the cost savings of a white roof. Depending on your location, an energy-saving coating could offset 30% or more of the original cost to install the product!
Lower overall cost of ownership including maintenance, energy consumption, and insulation
Conserve energy by reflecting heat from the building
Qualify for LEED® points and federal and state tax credits
Maintain long-lasting color and reflectivity
Acrylic Roof Coatings
Acrylic is a water-based, cost-effective solution for a variety of roofs. They are good for most climates and provide the best value.
Strengths: Acrylic coatings offer an excellent balance of cost and performance. They are highly reflective, UV resistant, and easy to work with.
Weaknesses: Acrylics will lose mil thickness with weathering, need to be applied at 50°F or above, and typically do not perform well in ponding-water situations.
Polyurethane Roof Coatings
Polyurethanes are more impact resistant and handle traffic the best of all coatings. There are two main types of polyurethane roof coatings: aromatic and aliphatic. Aromatic coatings are less expensive and not UV stable, so they are usually used as a base coating. Aliphatic coatings are more expensive, but are UV stable, hold color well, and stay cleaner than most other coatings.
Strengths: A urethane roof coating system with an aromatic base and an aliphatic top coat is durable, stays cleaner, and is more resistant to ponding water than an acrylic coating. They also do well as cool roofs because they can be white and stay clean.
Weaknesses: They are more expensive than acrylics and can have a stronger odor compared to most other coatings.
Silicon Roof Coatings
Silicones are moisture cured and humidity can even promote their cure. In some applications, the use of silicone can eliminate the need for a primer.