Gaco Coatings To Pair With GacoRoofFoam
The leading roof coatings used today are acrylic, silicone, and urethane. Each has advantages and disadvantages, so there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Fortunately, Gaco is here to help you choose the right solution for your project needs. The most appropriate coating for your roof depends on the climate, building use, aesthetics, roof traffic, and other factors.
After using the GacoRoofFoam to create an appropriate slope for water drainage, you will need to apply one of the following coatings. Request a free roof consultation, and we’ll help you narrow down your options. Depending on installation factors, a Gaco Licensed Applicator can provide up to a 20 year labor and material warranty.
Acrylic roof coatings have an excellent cost-to-performance ratio compared to traditional re-roofing. They are highly reflective and can significantly reduce your building’s cooling demands. These coatings are water-based and should be used in dry, high heat, and low humidity environments.
Acrylic coatings can be washed with plain soap and water to restore surface reflectivity if they get dirty. Additionally, these coatings also shed their top layer, which helps keep them shiny. Since they do shed their top layer over time, a proper maintenance schedule is suggested to ensure dry film thickness.
Given that only about 50% of roof surfaces installed onto industrial and low-slope commercial buildings in the US each year are reflective, acrylic elastomeric coatings are a smart option for turning a non-reflective roof into a reflective one. The use of reflective roofing is a widely recognized adaptive response to global warming, and urban heat island mitigation.
Silicone roof coatings resist permanent ponding water and UV rays. They provide reflectivity to improve the building’s energy efficiency and don’t lose dry film thickness. Most substrates don’t require a primer for silicone coating, especially if using GacoFlex S42 coating**.
Since silicones don’t contain water, they have a wide application window — you can apply them in temperatures from 32°F to 120°F. When applying in higher traffic areas, you have the option to apply GacoFlex WalkPad to create durable and visible walkways.
Urethane coatings offer maximum tensile strength and durability among roofing coatings. They are an excellent choice for high-traffic roofs. Plus, they have exceptional resistance to hail and extreme weather cycles.
Gaco’s urethane business dates back to the 1960s. We have a long history with this chemistry in decking and waterproofing, and with these strong performance attributes we’ve expanded the applications to include roofing, as well.
Urethane coatings are reflective and resist dirt pickup well, making them a good solution for improved energy efficiency with lower maintenance. Additionally, they are UV resistant, have high flexibility, adhere to most substrates, and won’t yellow over time.
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Gaco’s sprayed insulation foam can help you correct your flat roof’s low areas and get rid of ponding water. Pair Gaco foam with a suitable coating, and you can save significant resources and valuable time compared to the traditional tear-off/re-roofing job. Plus, offering a simple solution to building owners can help you win more jobs if you are a contractor.
Find your local Gaco area manager to learn more and get the best solution that meets your job requirements.
*We always recommend remediation on a roof without proper slope before coating it.
**Always perform an adhesion test to ensure compatibility.