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Atmospheric Rivers Cause Unintended Consequences to Roofs & Buildings

Posted by Nicole Gale on Tue, Feb 21, 2023 @ 08:19 PM
Atmospheric Rivers NCCThe U.S. West Coast has been hit with several atmospheric rivers lately. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, these atmospheric rivers "are relatively long, narrow regions in the atmosphere – like rivers in the sky – that transport most of the water vapor outside of the tropics. These columns of vapor move with the weather, carrying an amount of water vapor roughly equivalent to the average flow of water at the mouth of the Mississippi River. When the atmospheric rivers make landfall, they often release this water vapor in the form of rain or snow." 
AcryShield Roof  Management Brochure Renewable Roofing with  Durability, Sustainability  & Superior ProtectionAtmospheric Rivers Caused Excessive Amount of Water Damage to Buildings
Too much sustained wind and rain in a short period of time can cause all sorts of water damage to buildings due to unresolved or unknown roofing and building envelope issues. The recent storms on the West Coast have done just that. Excessive amounts of water damage to buildings have been reported and contractors are experiencing large amounts of leak repair calls. They are being inundated with work and foresee this entire year being very busy resolving these issues. As the Earth continues to warm, climate scientists are predicting these storms to occur more frequently, bringing even more destruction.
How Can You Protect Yourself?
We can't stop Mother Nature but we can implement ways to protect our buildings and the assets inside of them. We recommend scheduling a roof inspection or doing one yourself. If you see damage, ponding water, clogged drains, blisters, dried out roofing material, tears, etc... You need to get these areas fixed as soon as possible. National Coatings' AcryShield Roof Management (ARM) System is an excellent waterproofing solution. This system can be applied directly over your aged and or failing roof without a costly or time consuming roof tear-off and replacement. These systems are also fluid applied over virtually any roofing substrate for a custom tailored, seamless, monolithic rooftop. To learn more, download our free AcryShield Roof Management (ARM) Brochure.

Tags: roof leak repair, roofing repairs, roof restoration system, weatherproofing, seamless roof membrane, re-roofing, commerical roofing, ARM, sustainable roofing solutions

3 Elements Commercial Roofing Systems Need to Possess and Roof Coating Can Provide

Posted by Nicole Gale on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

  1. Weatherproofing
    All commercial roofing systems need to provide your building with resistance and durability to the effects of harsh weather conditions – primarily rain. After several years of exposure to the sun’s heat, the roof slowly breaks-down and loses its weatherproofing capabilities. Its flexibility begins to fail, and the roof starts to crack and split, eventually leading to leaks in your roof. To maintain proper weatherproofing for virtually any low-slope commercial roofing substrate, it is recommended that a roof coating restoration or maintenance system be installed. These commercial roofing systems are spray applied directly over your existing roof providing fully renewed, weatherproofing and waterproofing to your existing roof without adding a new roof substrate or investing in a costly and timely roof tear-off.  These systems are liquid applied, creating a monolithic, seamless membrane across your rooftop - filling any cracks, holes and voids that could cause leaks.
  1. Reinforcement
    Reinforcement is necessary for strength and durability to any commercial roofing systems. Using the AcryPly Roof Restoration system, a full layer of 100% polyester stitch-bonded fabric is embedded into the roof coating system to cover the entire roof field. This provides outstanding physical strength, unique elongation, and long-term durability to the roof structure. If your building only requires minimal reinforcement, the AcryShield Roof Management System (ARM) provides these same benefits in localized, problem areas only. Both these systems are installed without any business closures and with very minimal disruption to your building as there are no harsh odors or fumes (many of our products even contain ZERO VOC’s), and no loud noises as there is no drilling, hammering or seam-welding involved.
  1. Surface Protection
    Excellent protection to the surface of your roof is necessary for weatherproofing and reinforcement. The surface of your roof takes the brunt of all the harsh weather conditions. The sun’s UV rays/heat is the leading cause of roof degradation. It is vital to have a highly reflective roof surface to reflect the UV rays away from the building, protecting the surface of the roof from premature degradation and failures (aka leaks).  The high reflectivity protects the surface of the roof allowing the roof to remain flexible and durable to withstand the different temperature fluctuations throughout the day and different seasons.  The AcryPly and ARM commercial roofing systems provide high reflectively to your roof. You can learn how reflective a roof coating truly is by viewing test results and ratings on the Cool Roof Rating Council’s (CRRC) website. The CRRC provides accurate and unbiased initial and 3-year ratings for solar reflectance, thermal emittance, and solar reflectance index. Take a look at the AcryShield reflectivity ratings used in the AcryPly and ARM system. Reflectivity not only protects your roof surface, it lengthens the roofs’ lifespan, and it increases energy efficiency by allowing the air temperature inside the building to remain cooler. The greater ability the coating has to reflect the sun’s heat away from the building, the less heat the building is able to absorbing. This allows your building to remain cooler for longer with less air conditioning usage.

    Another important factor to surface protection is foot-traffic protection. A durable roof coating such as the AcryShield A550 is ideal for areas that experience high traffic, such as roof hatches, HVAC equipment, drains and other equipment on top of the roof. Walkway pads are also recommended for even more protection against foot traffic and physical abuse. 

For more information on one of our commercial roofing systems, download our FREE Product Brochure. Our systems can restore your existing roof to new without the cost and time of a new roof substrate or tear-off project.  To learn more, contact a Professional Roofing Expert – no obligation, we are here to help!

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Tags: Commercial Roofing, extra protection, durable roof coating, durability, weatherproofing