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7 Best Websites Dedicated to Providing Accurate Roofing Solutions

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, Sep 25, 2014 @ 12:00 PM

North-Garner-Google-Earth-Image1National Coatings prides themselves on their dedicated customer service and ability to truly help those who are in need of roofing solutions. Therefore, we wanted to provide a list of websites that are excellent tools for gathering roofing information and roofing solutions.

  1. Energy Star Roof Products for Consumers
    ENERGY STAR qualified roof products can help reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings, and can reduce peak cooling demand by 10-15 percent. (Check out NCC’s Energy Star rated products)

    Fun Fact - 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, specifier’s 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.
  1. CRRC - Cool Roofs Rating Council
    The Cool Roof Rating Council was created in 1998 to develop accurate and credible methods for evaluating and labeling the solar reflectance and thermal emittance (radiative properties) of roofing products and to disseminate the information to all interested parties. (Check out NCC’s CRRC rated products)
  1. RRCI – The Reflective Roof Coatings Institute
    RRCI is the premier forum for reflective roof coatings discussion and, as such, membership is open to all who have an interest in reflective roof coatings, including architects, applicators and manufacturers. However, our primary members are manufacturers of reflective roof coatings and raw material suppliers.
  1. NRCA – The National Roofing Contractors Association
    NRCA has been the professional voice of its members since 1886. With more than 3,600 members, NRCA is the leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technical assistance, advocacy, publications, programs and support that help your business grow.
  1. WSRCA – The Western States Roofing Contractors Association
    The Western States Roofing Contractors Association has been servicing the western United States roofing profession since 1974. Our 600+ members are educated, professional roofing contractors and vendors who are committed to providing the highest quality service to customers.
  1. RCI – Roof Consultants Institute
    RCI's Professional Membership includes over 1800 skilled individuals, whose specialties include designing, repairing and managing roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall assemblies. Many also specialize in forensic investigation, expert witness testimony and construction document preparation.
  1. RCMA – Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association
    The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association - is a strategic partnership of roof coating manufacturers and affiliates that provides a unified voice to advance, promote, and expand the international market for roof coatings through education, technical advancement, and advocacy of industry issues.

Are you looking for roofing solutions for your aged or leaking building? Consider roof coatings - Download our Free Guide to Buying Roof Coatings for more information. For a full list of all of National Coatings product ratings, look at our Credentials & Ratings webpage.

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Do Roof Coatings Really Protect Roof Membranes and Extend Roof Life?

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

roof coatingsAbsolutely! Roof coatings lengthen the life span of your current roof membrane by protecting your roof from moisture and the damaging effects of the sun.

There are three elements that cause the most damage and increase the aging rate of roofs – moisture, ultraviolet rays and infrared radiation. Moisture is obvious as it causes deterioration and rotting of the roof substrate. This leads to a weaker substrate, prone to leaks and other damage inside the building, as well as, in the surrounding areas of the roof.  Ultraviolet (UV) rays are harmful because they initiate a chemical reaction that begins the process of breaking down the roof substrate, weakening its ability to protect the assets below. The infrared radiation is the actual heat from the sun, which intensifies and increases the chemical reaction that is occurring from the UV rays. The combination of the UV rays and infrared radiation is detrimental to premature roof failure and aging.  Roof coatings protect the substrate from this occurring, in turn, lengthening the life of the roof exponentially.

Roof coatings work by reflecting the infrared radiation and UV rays away from the building and radiating the absorbed heat from the roof surface back into the atmosphere. This keeps the roof cooler in temperature, decreasing the aging and weathering process. Cool roofs, or otherwise referred to as white roof coatings or reflective roof coatings, lower the roof surface temperature by up to 90 degrees compared to a traditional black surfaced roof. This is important because according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) “It is estimated [that] the rate of the aging reaction doubles with each 15- to 20-degree F increase in temperature, so one may theoretically conclude that a dark roof ages at least 32 times faster than a light-colored cool roof.”

There are different roof coatings for different purposes and different substrates. National Coatings offers a wide range of roof coatings for asphalt, single-plies, SPF, metal and concrete substrates to meet your roofing needs. Our maintenance systems protect and lengthen your roofs’ life every 5-10 years so you can avoid a roof replacement indefinitely. Our roof restoration systems restore your already aging roof to a brand new roof that can then be maintained – also allowing you to avoid a costly roof replacement indefinitely.  We specialize in high quality, durable roof coatings to provide you with the ultimate sustainable roofing system. 

For more information download our Systems Brochure or one substrate brochures: Asphalt Roof SubstrateSingle-Ply Roof Substrate, Metal Roof Substrate, and SPF Roof Substrate.

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What is "Critical Peak Pricing?" How does it Relate to Roofing?

Posted by Nicole Gale on Thu, May 08, 2014 @ 08:00 AM
More specifically: How can electrical utility initiatives help me save money when I coat my roof white?

Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) is a pricing model used by electrical utilities where the cost per kilowatt-hour varies, depending on time of day.  Electricity peak demand times, usually in the afternoon in the summer, will be charged at a premium or higher rate than other times during a 24 hour period.  The term "net metering" is sometimes used to determine and record peak demand.   Electrical utility companies have begun installing "net meters" that calculate kilowatt usage during "peak demand" and "normal or low demand" periods.  This information is used to determine costs based on this two-tier pricing model. 

"So how does this relate to roofing?" If the user can reduce electrical usage, they will save money.  This can easily be accomplished by reducing air conditioning electricity usage.  A very easy and cost-efficient way to achieve this is to coat the building's roof with a white reflective roof coating

The roof life extension benefits of white reflective roof coatings have been well documented.  Now, the initiative described above offers even more of an incentive to coat your roofs white with National Coatings AcryShield roof coatings. Download our Roof Coating Systems brochure to find out more.
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