PART 3: COOL ROOF Q & A

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PART 3: COOL ROOF Q & A


February 28, 2017

We get calls into our offices daily telling us about a product that is advertising magical ingredients such as ceramics or glass beads and that stake claim to having special powers…let’s address that.

Unless those coatings meet the Solar Reflectance test in the first place they will not compare to those that do. Such ingredients are largely regarded as fillers and are available to all coating makers. They always replace other more expensive ingredients which account for important roof coating factors such as elongation and tensile strength. If used in any great concentration they actually reduce the cooling so you never will hear claims boasting greater amounts amongst competitors. Their use also can reduce the cooling ability later due to the rough surface caused at the microscopic level, resulting in dirt collection, microbes, and lower reflectivity over time. This helps also explain why virtually all who sell on the “magical” cooling effects of special ingredients will somewhere have reference to the fact that the highly boasted results can only be obtained using their white. It also explains why all standards are based upon Solar Reflectance and not ingredients.

Of course there are many other considerations for purchasing roof coatings, all of which have to do with the coating’s physical properties over time and ability to meet your projected needs. These are responsible for assessing how well they will hold up. For this reason it is critical that when coatings are compared that the comparison always include physical features after aging. This can indicate not only how much a product can be expected to do, but how long it will continue performing compared to another option.

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POLYPRENE STOPS LEAKS!

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POLYPRENE STOPS LEAKS!


February 28, 2017

Topps Polyprene stops leaks! from mmoser@toppsproducts.com on Vimeo.

This video, produced by our Middle East distributors, is certainly not how we recommend using Polyprene® for normal work. Yet it is a deal closer for emergency repairs. Use this video to show your customers how the extra ability Topps® repair products can stop leaks fast and permanently with extra features. Feel free to use to help close system sales this year. Clients appreciate performance.

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LEAKY ROOFS MEAN GOOD SPRING REPAIR BUSINESS!

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LEAKY ROOFS MEAN GOOD SPRING REPAIR BUSINESS!


February 28, 2017

Got a call from one of our Topps contractors in Pennsylvania yesterday saying he is getting calls like crazy – things are starting to melt and roofs are leaking like crazy! Needed Topps Seal and Polyprene to repair and coat the leaks. Thinks it’s going to be a busy spring with all of the snow this year.

How has the weather affected your business outlook this spring season? Contact us today and get supplies in hand for those emergency roof leak repair calls!

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RESTORE OR REPLACE A METAL ROOF?

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RESTORE OR REPLACE A METAL ROOF?


February 28, 2017

Coating (or restoring) a roof CANNOT save a badly deteriorated roof.

With that said IF the current substrate is in sound condition, restoring your roof can save time, energy, money, business interruption and WILL extend the life of your roof.

Leaks, corrosion and cooling the roof top surface are all problems that can be corrected with roof restoration. Restoration allows building owners and facility managers to maintain their roofs by providing an easy to apply, sustainable protective layer without hassling with the cost, business disruptions and landfill costs of tearing off and replacing the existing roof.

Regardless of the original finish, long-term exposure to the elements will deteriorate the protective finish. Rust will begin to form and over time will compromise the structural integrity of the roof, and negatively affect the aesthetics of the building. All metal roofs expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. This allows the seams to open up and lets moisture enter the building envelope. Proper repair compounds and re-coating products will restore a metal roof to like-new condition, using the original substrate as its base. (Metal Construction News Magazine)

Restoring a roof is a less costly option than re-roofing, if the roof is a good candidate. Coating helps extend the life of a roof and building owners and facility managers can see the dollar signs in the savings afforded by a restoration. Elastomeric coatings protect the roof system from the elements – UV particularly. Surface rust needs to be properly neutralized, leaks repaired and stopped and all seams and fasteners sealed prior to coating.

A word of caution, no coating is a “miracle in a bucket.” A metal roof should be replaced if it has not been maintained properly and has deteriorated beyond what a coating restoration can sufficiently remedy. A coating system would NOT be beneficial when the roof has deteriorated to the point that it is no longer structurally sound, metal panels have started to rust through, or the majority of existing roofing panels need to be replaced. Continuous attempts to repair the roof with improper or inferior products may also result in premature deterioration requiring replacement over restoration.

Restoring a metal roof helps keep the building weather-tight, lowering energy consumption and costs. White roof coatings are highly reflective and can reflect up to 87% of the sun’s damaging rays. This exterior temperature reduction also reduces the constant thermal movement of the roof that eventually leads to leaks.

The EPA states: Cool roofs provide a number of benefits beyond urban heat island mitigation, including:

  • Reduced energy use: A cool roof transfers less heat to the building below, so the building stays cooler and uses less energy for air conditioning.
  • Reduced air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: By lowering energy use, cool roofs decrease the production of associated air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Improved human health and comfort: Cool roofs can reduce air temperatures inside buildings with and without air conditioning, helping to prevent heat-related illnesses and deaths.

Cool roofs deflect some desired heat gain during the winter. In general, though, cool roofs result in net energy savings, especially in areas where electricity prices are high.

Another money saving tip – the IRS classified roof restoration as maintenance and, in most cases (check with your tax advisor for confirmation), it can be expensed in the accounting period in which it occurs. A new roof is a capital investment and must be amortized.

Do your due diligence! Make sure the coating contractor is credible and reputable. Make sure the coating system being used is the actual manufacturer of the product. Check the physical properties (elongation, tensile strength, and “aged” results) to compare what you are actually buying. There are many coating companies that promise low prices, warranties etc, but with no brick and mortar, they can be gone in a jiffy – leaving you and your customer with no recourse down the line. If you are considering more than one contractor and/or coating system, don’t automatically select the lowest bid. A quality application with a quality product is always worth consideration.

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TRUSTED BUILDING PRODUCTS DISTRIBUTOR SPEAKS UP WITH THEIR CHOICE FOR THEIR OWN ROOF!

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TRUSTED BUILDING PRODUCTS DISTRIBUTOR SPEAKS UP WITH THEIR CHOICE FOR THEIR OWN ROOF!


February 28, 2017

A major regional roofing and building component distributor selecting your product quite possibly is the strongest compliment one can receive.

This just occurred in the last 30 days when Topps Seal® was chosen by Midway Wholesale™ for installation at their 20,000 sq ft Joplin Missouri location – one of the 10 stores across the Midwest. Naturally we’re proud as can be that they get added to the list of users now spanning across over 30 countries. Midway carries a full range of building products at their stores with labels from the most trusted suppliers. We are equally as honored that the full line of Topps® roof coatings and cements are also available at all their stores.

Find out more about the benefits of elastomeric roof coating

Read our full FAQ section for more information.

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