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Protect Your Roof and Avoid an Untimely Roof Leak Repair Project

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 @ 03:03 PM

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As we are approaching the winter season, rain is likely to occur. While this is beneficial to our environment, some building owners and facility managers cringe at the thought that they may need to do a few roof leak repair projects in order to protect the assets inside their building(s). Don’t let this be a worry-some issue; National Coatings is committed to helping you reach a fast and professional solution to solving your roofing issues.

For over 32 years, National Coatings has formulated award winning, industry-leading products that specialize specifically in waterproofing and leak prevention. We understand the pressures and fears that are associated with roof leaks and water damage. From the very beginning, National Coatings has been committed to providing dedicated customer service and superior products to our customers. This is why we proudly provide roofing systems that excel far above the expectations with the following benefits: 

  • Non-Disruptive to the Work Environment during Application - allowing your business to conduct itself as usual during installation
  • Environmentally-Friendly - ultra low VOC’s
  • Reduced Roof Maintenance - high in UV blocking ingredients to protect your roof from early degradation
  • Seamless Membrane - tailored to fit your buildings needs exactly
  • Quick Installation - saving time and money with our quick-set technology
  • Cost Effective - 50-70% less money than traditional roof replacement
  • Renewable - environmentally friendly systems that extend the lifespan of your roof indefinitely
  • WATERTIGHT – proven success for over 32 years, our systems provide layers of waterproofing and superior adhesion to the existing roof membrane
  • Nationwide Reliable Approved Applicators - National Coatings partners with a group of approved applicators to serve you throughout the country

National Coatings offers roof maintenance systems and roof restoration systems for existing roof membranes that are in need of a roof leak repair project due to a failing, leaking and/or aging roof substrate. These roof coating systems can be applied over Single-Ply (EPDM, TPO, PVC and Hypalon), Built Up (BUR, Mod Bit, Asphalt), Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF), Metal and Concrete low slope roofing substrates and can come with a 10, 15 or 20 year full system warranty option. (For more information on our warranties – click here.)

There is no better choice than to use National Coatings for your roof leak repair because our dedicated customer service team combined with our superior products is unbeatable. Whether it is dealing with our customers by phone, in person, or online, the same superior customer service skills apply and our goal remains the same – we want to keep our customers happy! We believe there is more to superior customer service than just being nice. It's all about effective communication skills, providing top quality services and products to meet our customers needs and wants, as well as, respecting our customers and being able to assist them with any questions and/or concerns they may have.  

We take the time and effort to get to know our customers and support them with their special products, delivery requirements and billing needs. If it's important to them - it is important to us! 

Hear from our customers firsthand -

"I appreciate the effort that National Coatings put in to this project. National Coatings was very responsive to our needs in getting us the materials that we needed, when we needed them. Without the team effort from all players, this project could not have been completed on time."
-Larry Hubbard, installer and owner of Texas Commercial Finishes for the Reliant Stadium job

"I get calls from other coating folks - but I seriously doubt that I would get the high quality product & service I get from you. It's a pleasure to work with you!"
- Northern California Roofing Contractor   

"Keep up the outstanding business."
- Spray Foam Insulation and Roofing Company   

"Not many areas you can improve on. Keep up the good work"
- Roofing Contractor

"Thanks for all your help. The coating business has been a nice part of what we do!"
- SLO Roofing Contractor  

"The collaboration for the project with National Coatings was very helpful along the way. The change to the quick set product was accomplished on the fly and was a seamless effort due to the intimate association during the life cycle of the project. It would not have been successful otherwise as the timing was at the end of the season"
- Anthony J. Berzinas, Facilities Project Manager at California Lottery Commission

"National Coatings Corporation was helpful from start to finish. We choose them because their products reduce waste going to landfills, they are environmentally friendly with lower installation costs. The coatings are energy efficient and can be maintained indefinitely. We are very happy with the performance of our new National Coatings roof!"
- Luiz Lopez, Major Hospital Project Manager   


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Roof Coating Membranes vs Single-Plies/Installing a Second Roof

Posted by Nicole Gale on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Benefits of Roof Coating Membranes vs 
Single-Plies/Installing a Second Roof to Your Existing Roof

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Building codes usually allow you to add a second roof to your building if the first roof is failing. Anything after the second roof, you typically need to choose between a roof tear-off/new installation or a roof coating membrane system. A roof coating membrane system is the superior choice for several reasons over a tear-off/new roof but what if your building currently has only one roof, what is the better option, apply a new single-ply membrane to the existing roof or apply a roof coating membrane system to the existing roof? The answer once again is apply a roof coating membrane system. Let us explain.

Roof coating membranes are typically spray applied. This allows them to create a monolithic and seamless membrane which is custom tailored to fit your roofs exact needs. If your roof needs additional slope to eliminate drainage issues, roof coating membrane systems (particularly the AcryShield SPF Roofing Systemallow you to build in that slope to redirect the water towards a drain. If your roof experiences a lot of ponded water issues, AcryShield coatings are ideal because they are formulated for resistance to ponded water and protection against biological attach, such as algae and mold. If your roof has skylights, pipes, or equipment on the roof (as most do), roof coatings are sprayed directly on the areas where those items meet the roof, creating a seamless, watertight seal in those areas. 

Single-Plies are not spray applied; therefore, they cannot be custom installed and tailored to meet the particular issues each individual roof has. Single-plies are prefabricated sheets of material that are brought up on the roof and cut and trimmed to fit the size and shape of the roof. It cannot bend, mold and form fit like a liquid coating is able to. A single-ply can not wrap itself around items on a roof like the coating can - it needs to be cut, shaped and placed on the pipe or foot of equipment and then seam-welded, nailed or drilled. Then it needs to be filled/puttied with a sealer so leaks do not occur. The sealant does not have the same adhesion capabilities to the single-ply as a coating has to itself. This makes the single-ply more likely to tear away from the sealant and leak in the future. 

A coating is similar to a paint in that when it is sprayed, it fills small cracks and voids in the roof to create a solid, smooth surface. The coating then dries and hardens together to become a monolithic membrane. Our coatings contain high solids and premium ingredients making them high performing and flexible so they can move with the expansion and contraction of the roof. 

Single-Plies may be installed to the roof deck or substrate using mechanical fasteners, seam welding, adhesives and nailing. They are not 100% adhered to the existing roof membrane like a coating is because they are basically placed on top of the roof membrane or deck and fastened to it. They do not have the ability to be as watertight as a coating system does because they do not fill all the cracks and voids. Single-Plies have the ability to stretch a little but often times become brittle and crack over time due to plasticizer migration. This causes the single-ply to become less flexible leading to potential leaks when the roof experiences movement.  

The important differences of a liquid applied system (roof coating membrane) versus a prefabricated system (single-plies) lead us to believe there is no better choice when faced with restoring your roof other than a roof coating membrane system. The ability to custom install your roof to fit your buildings' exact needs are unparalleled. If you are looking for a watertight solution with excellent adhesion to your existing roof membrane, choose from one our AcryShield Roof Managment Systems (ARM)AcryShield SPF Roofing Systems, or AcryPly Roofing Systems

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Is my roof an ideal candidate for a roof restoration system?

Posted by Nicole Gale on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

The answer is: more than likely. Many building owners and maintenance managers are taught to believe that when their roof is of a certain age and has several issues, they need to replace the roof entirely. This is not always the case. Roof restoration systems, such as the AcryPly System, can solve many issues with your current roof while restoring it to a new, fully reinforced, seamless, watertight roof membrane that can be renewed every ten to fifteen years – allowing you to avoid a roof tear-off indefinitely.  

The most important things a roof inspector looks for when inspecting a roof to see if it qualifies as an ideal roof restoration project are the following:

    • How well is the current substrate weathering?
    • Identify any damage caused by third parties(HVAC,Termite,Etc)
    • How old is the substrate?
    • Is the roof too brittle or worn to coat?

National Coatings AcryPly Roof Restoration Systems can effectively restore a leaking, aged substrate that has some mechanical damage and brittleness. Asphalt and Single-Ply substrates are generally restorable up to 15 years of age, with Metal and Polyurethane Foam substrates even longer. The AcryPly Systemprovides a permanent solution and is custom tailored to fit your buildings specific needs. 

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Your roof may suffer from the four questions above, but that does not necessarily eliminate roof restoration as an option for you. It's always a great idea to contact a roof coating professional to discuss restoration options before being told a tear-off is your only choice. You can schedule a FREE roof inspection with one of National Coatings technical representatives to find out if your roof can be restored.

We always recommend you practice good maintenance and care for your roof at least twice a year/every six months for any low-slope roof. The fall and the spring are usually the best times for these inspections. That way you are able to make any corrections before and after storm seasons. The roof is an item on a building that is easily ignored until leaks occur and issues arise. Don’t wait for something bad to happen and be forced to respond - be proactive. Roof restoration is an inexpensive solution to fully restoring and reinforcing your existing roof. 


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