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How to Properly Maintain your AcryShield Roof System

Posted by Nicole Gale on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Preventative Roof Maintenance


Roof maintenance is an essential step to prevent any unforeseen situations that could cause leaks and damage to your roof. It's necessary to develop a good habit of preventative roof maintenance every six months starting the year your AcryShield roof system was installed. In doing so, you are maximizing the life span of the roof and ensuring a greater return on investment with lower maintenance costs.


Use this checklist for proper preventative roof maintenance semiannually:

□   Clear all debris off the roof (dirt, rocks, branches, leaves, etc…)

□   Clean out drains and gutters to ensure proper drainage can occur, preventing ponded water

□   Remove any overhanging tree branches or anything else that could penetrate the roof surface

□   Install walk pads in high traffic areas - especially around roof hatches and equipment systems

□   Inspect and insure all equipment is properly flashed and watertight

□   Inspect all areas for leaks and deterioration – pay attention to stains and discoloration of the roof edges and surrounding walls as they are possible indications of a leak

□   Take note of any trouble areas that could cause leaks, damage or deterioration and call your National Coating representative 800-423-9557 for further guidance.

Spending a small amount of time maintaining your roof every six months will help prevent costly repairs. These steps will ensure your roof a longer lifespan with less maintenance costs. Unfortunately, it is very easy to ignore preventative roof maintenance until it is too late. Small problems are easier and less expensive to solve but when left unnoticed, these small issues can lead to some of the most costly repairs your building will experience. Avoid costly roof repairs by using the checklist above every 6 months and immediately after large storms, high winds, hail and after other damage causing conditions.

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National Coatings Celebrates 32 Year Anniversary!

Posted by Nicole Gale on Wed, Sep 04, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

National Coatings

In 1981 Rick Sexauer founded National Coatings to manufacture high-performance AcryShield® coatings focusing the company on providing dedicated service and superior products based on advanced acrylic technology. For 32 years, National Coatings has engineered product formulations to achieve a product line that goes well beyond "starting point" recipes. These products have more UV blocking pigments, are richer in performance polymers, providing strength, elasticity, adhesion and durability. They contain ultra low VOC's, have few water sensitive ingredients, and incorporate advanced microbial protection. AcryShield products meet rigorous standards set by ASTM, AIA, FM, ICC-ES, UL, ENERGY STAR, CRRC, Miami-Dade County, and LEED. NCC even helped champion the transition to ASTM D6083, the standard for a liquid applied acrylic coating used in roofing that provides the marketplace with objective performance criteria. 

Twice, National Coatings has been selected from over 175 major roofing manufacturers as the EPA's ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year. These prestigious awards not only recognize outstanding success at promoting energy-efficient roof products, but also single out National Coatings for its innovative use of decision-making software tools, its dedication to promoting quality & long-term performance, and its intensive efforts to educate contractors, specifiers and building owners surrounding Cool Roof Systems that offer superior weatherproofing at lower energy & life-cycle costs. NCC is the only roofing products manufacturer to receive this award to date. 

Rick along with the team at National Coatings is very proud of the success and longevity of the AcryShield coatings and roofing systems on the market today. Starting from entrepreneurial roots, National Coatings now serves Fortune 500 clients in Manufacturing, Warehousing and Distribution, Commercial Property Management, Major Retailing, Entertainment and Hospitality. These companies value quality, service, and price, but more importantly they value performance. The first and most important thing about any roof is that it must be watertight. NCC offers several different roofing systems that can meet almost any budget and can be applied to almost any roofing substrate. Additional side benefits like energy savings, a non-intrusive application process, life-cycle-cost savings, and a truly sustainable roof, make National Coatings fluid applied roof systems the right choice for almost any situation. 

We want to thank you as our customer and friend in the roofing industry for all your dedication and support! We would not be where we are today, if it wasn't for all of you!

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Why is it Important to have a Reflective Roof Membrane?

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Reflective Roof Membrane

Global Model Confirms: Cool Roofs Can Offset Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Mitigate Global Warming” was the News Release from the Berkeley Laboratories in July 19, 2010. There were more studies written up proving the same effect of cool roofs not only for the building owners and occupants but GLOBALLY.

What it was referring to is the “white” reflective roof membranes that are widely replacing the dark colored roofings of the past.  What could possibly be the importance and effect of “white and reflective” coatings on roofs nowadays?

A dark colored roof absorbs so much heat that flows not only into the space below it but also back into the atmosphere thereby causing an urban warming or heat island effect. On the other hand, a white roof reflects sun’s rays and thereby absorbs much less heat, requires less energy from air conditioning thereby getting its name “COOL” roof.  A cool roof is “a gift that keeps on giving for many, many years, for the life of the roof” as expressed by the researcher Hashem Akbari of The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory whose work was also supported by the California Energy Commission (CEC). 

National Coatings Corporation’s AcryShield Roof Maintenance (ARM), AcryPly Roof Restoration and AcryShield SPF Roofing Systems are excellent reflective roofing systems in that they have superior watertight capabilities and they are renewable indefinitely. Choosing any of those systems would allow you to avoid a costly and time consuming roof tear-off forever.

Lowered Air Conditioning and Cooling Costs

AcryShield coatings can save you as much as 20% or more in cooling costs. A reflective roof membrane has the capability to reflect the sun’s UV and infrared rays away from the building, allowing the roof temperature to increase only by 12oF which is much lower than the 78oF increase from the traditional black roof. With a lower temperature increase of the cooler roof is a reduced heat transferred to the insides of the building. This relates to a significant reduction in electrical energy demand for air conditioning. It also relates to the increased comfort of anyone in the building. "After the National Coatings' Cool Roof was installed, we definitely noticed a difference in building temperature. It's not a marginal difference, either. It is between 15-20 degrees cooler inside the warehouse and store.” This is the testimonial of Jerry Moore, Facilities Director at Harbor Freight Tools. Harbor Freight Tools had an AcryPly Roof Restoration System installed on their aging and severely leaking roof at their corporate headquarters. He was very impressed and pleased with the new system.

Reduced Roof Maintenance

A high performance reflective roof membrane has high quality UV blocking ingredients in order to protect your roof from the leading causes of roof degradation - sun damage from UV and Infrared rays. Not only does the high reflectivity lower air temperature inside the building but also by reflecting a majority of the damaging UV rays away from the surface of the roof, the roof is protected from cracking, splitting, weathering and ultimately from leaking. National Coatings has several highly reflective roof coatings that can be applied over almost any roofing substrate. Click here to learn more about the AcryShield product line, which was engineered to lower air conditioning energy costs, and reduce roof degradation while prolonging the life of the roof it is applied to.

Prolong the Lifespan of your Roof

AcrySheild reflective roof membranes not only lower the roof life cycle costs by making the roof last longer but also extend the tear-off date indefinitely. Our AcryPly Roof Restoration System is unlike a traditional roof in that it is a spray applied, monolithic, coating system that can be applied directly over your leaking and aging roof. This system costs up to 50-70% less money than replacing your roof. With it is an added value of being able to re-coat your roof every 10 or so years, giving you a new, watertight, reflective roof membrane with half the cost and time a tear-off would take.

Most people do not realize their roof is salvageable. 9 times out of 10, you can restore your existing roof. Call National Coatings for a roof inspection and find out how you can benefit from a reflective roof membrane – 800-423-9557 

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