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6 Benefits of a Roof Coating System for Your Commercial Building

Posted by Nicole Gale on Tue, Jul 26, 2016 @ 08:58 AM


  1. Fully Restored, Seamless, Weatherproofing System - Roof Coating Systems are monolithic membranes that are spray applied across your roof, around pipes, hatches, and other equipment found on the roof top to fully seal and waterproof your roof. When sprayed, the coating melts together if you will, so there are no seams, or patches around those hard to seal and reach areas.

  2. Cost Effective – Roof coatings are applied directly on top of your existing roof, speeding up installation time and reducing costs, as the systems are not as labor intensive as the installation of a new roof. A roof restoration system does not require the existing roof to be torn off, eliminating the contribution of landfill waste and costing you less, as you do not need to pay landfill fees.

  3. Sustainable - These systems are renewable and can be re-coated every 10+ years to lengthen the roof-life, renew the reflectivity, and ensure excellent waterproofing capabilities. 

  4. Environmentally Friendly – Restoring your existing roof and reusing the current materials drastically reduces landfill waste and improves the environment. Many of our coating contain ultra low or zero VOC’s and can qualify for the US Green Building Council’s LEED program for Sustainable Sites, Energy and Atmosphere, and Materials and Resources.

  5. No Major Disruptions to The Work Environment During Installation – A huge cost advantage to both the AcryPly and ARM systems are they do not require a business to close during installation. The systems create minimal noise and have low odor (often zero VOC’s), allowing you to conduct business as usual with less disruption to the occupants inside the building. Installing a new roof can take upward of a few weeks, costing business owners a great amount of revenue loss while their business is closed during the installation process. Restoring your low-slope, commercial roof is far cheaper, quicker, and is much less disruptive to your buildings’ occupants than completing a traditional roof tear-off and new roof install.

  6. Reflectivity - Highly reflective top coats provide excellent UV protection to your rooftop. This additional protection adds years to your roof and reduces roof maintenance costs. Highly reflective roof coatings also deliver a cooler and more comfortable environment inside the building with less air conditioning usage, ultimately lowering your energy utility costs. 

For more information and benefits on roof coating systems, download our FREE Roof Coating Product Brochure.

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Tags: Roof Restoration, Roof Maintenance, Commercial Roofing, Preventative Roof Maintenance

Reduce Roof Maintenance with an Acrylic Roof Coating System

Posted by Nicole Gale on Tue, May 24, 2016 @ 08:17 AM


AcryShield roof coating systems are comprised of elastomeric, acrylic roof coatings that are rich in UV blocking ingredients. These systems restore the current condition of your roof to new, without the cost of a roof removal.

Need Help? Contact a Roofing  Professional  Zero ObligationAcryShield roof restoration systems extend the performance life of your asphalt, single-ply, SPF, metal, or concrete roof while providing additional protection to the roof by reducing future roof maintenance. The high levels of UV blocking pigments protect the roof from the leading cause of roof degradation – the sun. The UV rays from the sun cause the roof to prematurely dry out, leading to embrittlement, thinning out of the membrane, cracks, splits and other failures that cause leaks. Acrylic coating system that have high reflectivity capabilities are able to redirect these damaging rays away from the roof top, prohibiting normal absorption from occurring and allowing the membrane to remain flexible, providing strength, elasticity and durability.

AcryShield acrylic roof coatings are also designed to protect your roof against foot traffic and other harsh conditions that breakdown the protection your roof requires. Your roof needs to be accessed at times to unclog drains, work on rooftop equipment and more, it is important to choose a coating that can withstand damaged caused by normal foot traffic. Our AcryShield A550 coating provides additional strength and durability to the rooftop in order to offer excellent protection against foot traffic and physical abuse. A coating such as the A550 would be ideal to use directly around roof hatches and equipment that will be accessed regularly to ensure proper protection and durability.

For information on roof coating reflectivity capabilities, visit the Cool Roof Rating Councils (CRRC) website to determine the reflectivity capabilities the acrylic roof coating has based on initial and aged solar reflectance and thermal emittance values. The greater the number is for each of the values, the better! (Check out NCC’s roof coatings and systems that are listed with the CRRC.)

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Tags: Roof Maintenance, acrylic roof coating

Roof Maintenance Case Study Showing Life Cycle Cost & Savings

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, Apr 07, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Life Cycle Cost & Savings using a Roof Maintenance System 

F&A Federal Credit Union Case History


Size: 17,000 square feet
Location: Monterey Park, California

The building was originally covered with an EPDM product in 1992. In an effort to provide additional water protection, and decrease energy usage, the owners decided to coat the black EPDM surface white in 2000. Our AcryShield ARM system using base and top coats allowed the system to work Download our FREE Roof Coating Systems Benefits Brochureperfectly to decrease the electricity cost associated with a heavy air conditioning load. In 2010, despite having considerable life left in the coating system, the owners decided to re-coat again, to ensure the performance and energy saving further into the future.

The Project

  • Cleaned the roof using a pressure washer to optimize coating application.
  • The roof was coated with two coats of AcryShield A500 roof coating - forming a fully adhered, self flashing membrane over the existing, previously coated roof.
  • Walk pads were installed around hatches and rooftop ventilator units by fully adhering them with National Coatings' AcryFlex® sealant to protect the roof from potential damage caused by workers of other trades.

I was impressed with the ease of application of the National Coatings ARM EPDM Roof Maintenance System."
- John Eminhizer, owner of Inland Pacific Roofing


Life Cycle Cost & Savings

  • Original EPDM roof was installed in 1992 at an approximate cost of $51,000.
  • Original coating with AcryShield in 2000 at an approximate cost of $34,000.
  • Re-coated with AcryShield in 2010 at an approximate cost of $49,000.
  • RESULTS: The annual cost for the roof was only $0.44 per square foot per year. If the original roof was recovered with the original membrane, the cost would have been $85,000. If the two roofs were removed in 2010, as required by new building codes and replaced, the cost would be $102,000. Thus the cost would be $0.78 per square foot per year. This is a savings of $0.33 per square foot per year or 56% over the 18 year life.

"I love how cool the white keeps things on the inside of the building as well as how clean and white it looks from the top. F&A Credit Union values Inland Pacific Roofing's impeccable workmanship and service."
- Gina Salvucci, key contact at F&A Federal Credit Union



  • National Coatings AcryShield Roof Management System is a cost effective method for long term roof asset management.
  • The use of roof maintenance coatings can indefinitely defer re-roofing and the even higher cost of tear-off and replacement.
  • In this case, the ARM roof life cycle cost was 56% lower than the traditional re-roofing option.
  • This roof is a classic example of Sustainability: A roofing system that is designed, constructed, maintained, rehabilitated and demolished with an emphasis throughout its life cycle on using natural resources efficiently and preserving the global environment.


Tags: Roof Restoration, Roof Maintenance, cost effective roofing