What is Reflective Roof Paint?
Reflective roof paint is actually not paint. The proper terminology is “reflective roof coating”. While roof coatings resemble paint, they are much more durable and the thickness and strength is unmatched to what paint is capable of.
At first look, paint can be mistaken for a roof coating because it has the same viscosity and the application is similar – both can be brushed, sprayed, or rolled on.
Benefits a reflective roof coating delivers
- Resistance to Ponded Water
- Reflectivity Properties
- Flexible at Low Temperatures
- Ability to Expand and Contract with the Buildings Movement
- Resistance to Foot Traffic
Difference between a paint and a roof coating
Reflective roof coatings are designed to be installed on a horizontal surface, such as a low-sloped roof, tolerating many external stresses and having contact with water for extended periods of time. Reflective roof paint would not possess the ability to be a protectant to your roof or be used as a waterproofing mechanism to your building. Roof coatings protect the building from water penetration during wet weather, dew, fog, and ponded water situations. The coating is able to repel the water, absorbing none of it into the roof substrate below.
These coatings are tough enough to be walked on when roof maintenance and equipment on the roof top needs to be serviced. Roof coating systems have a required mil thickness that provides strength and durability, offering adequate protection to the roof’s surface. The thickness also allows for the membrane to expand and contract sufficiently, without cracking or splitting. This flexibility allows the roof to move with the building during different temperature fluctuations.
The next biggest difference between a paint and a roof coating is a roof coating has the ability and ingredients to reflect the sun’s heat away from the building, blocking UV rays from being absorbed into the structure. This allows the building and roof to remain at a cooler temperature, reducing air conditioning usage and cost and reducing roof degradation and deterioration, enabling it to last longer.
There are many different roof coatings available, some are tougher and more durable and others are better at reflecting the harmful heat from the sun.
ARC’s® roof coatings are formulated to provide maximum water resistance
a highly reflective roof surface, and maximum UV protection. With the development of the Styrene Ethylbutlyene Styrene (SEBS) reflective roof coatings, a product emerged that not only withstands ponding water, but also provides high reflectivity and prevents damage by solar ultraviolet radiation.
ARC Roof Coatings®
- APP membranes
- SBS membranes
- Built-up roof membranes
- EPDM or HYPALON roofs
- Metal roofs
- Concrete, concrete block, brick or stucco surfaces for waterproofing.
ARC Reflective Roof Coatings®
- Elongation properties of 600%
- Tensile strength of 1000% psi
- Water absorption rate of 0.004%
“When my team made the switch to the ARC® lineup of products we noticed productivity go way up. Thier roof coating process is just so efficient. It made all the difference.”James CarlsonDallas, Texas
“The quality of the ARC® roof coatings was way above the industry standard. We have used several different roof coating solutions and the ARC® stuff is just plain better than the others. Surprisingly cost effective too. I would highly recommend.”Steven GibbonsChicago, IL.