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What is a Reflective Roof Coating?

Posted by Nicole Gale on Tue, Nov 10, 2015 @ 11:00 AM

Reflective Roof CoatingA reflective roof coating is a coating that has the ability to reflect the sun’s rays away from the building. These coatings absorb a minimal amount of the sun’s heat, allowing the building to remain a cooler temperature and the roof membrane to perform longer.

Reflective roof coatings protect the roof membrane from premature degradation caused by the sun. They are able to extend the life of the roof and lower roof maintenance costs as they safeguard the roof membrane from early embrittlement, cracking and leaking. The more heat and UV rays a roof membrane absorbs, the quicker it dries out and begins failing. AcryShield high performance reflective roof coatings absorb only a small percentage of the heat, the membrane is able to remain flexible, moving with the expansion and contraction of the building without leaking, tearing, cracking, or ripping. 

Reduced energy costs are also associated with reflective roof coatings. Since the roof reflects the heat away from the building, the inside ambient air temperature rises at a much slower rate than if the roof had absorbed that heat, this allows the inside of the building to remain cooler throughout the day. Building owners and tenants are able to save money on energy cooling costs without compromising a comfortable indoor air temperature. 

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