If you are a commercial roofing contractor looking at expanding into the fluid applied systems market this is a great place to start.  This series of posts is designed to teach the basics of the roof coatings industry.  Here we list the key industry terms that you will need to begin learning this segment of the commercial roofing/ maintenance industry.  If you are searching for more knowledge than a website can offer you might consider attending one of our FAST Academy sessions. FAST stands for Fluid Applied System Techniques.  

  • What Type of Roof Coatings Are Best? - With so many different types of roof coatings available in today's market, how do you determine which one is best? To be perfectly honest, there is no clear-cut answer to that question. There are a number of factors that go into determining which roof coating is the best solution such as roof type and age, weather ...
  • What Are the Benefits of Roof Coatings? - Sustainability is not necessarily a new concept within the roofing industry. But roofing systems—and roof coatings—are receiving increased attention and recognition, based on more stringent environmental regulations and building codes, increased concern for the environment, and bottom-line considerations. This focus on sustainability is good for the industry, and it provides opportunities for maintenance and engineering ...
  • Take Steps to Ensure Roof Safety - At American WeatherStar, we have learned more from our contractors on proper installation and waterproofing techniques than any other source. Roof safety is no different. The following information on safety comes directly from RCI, one of our Platinum Contractors based out of Indiana. Whether you are a roofing professional that accesses roofs daily or you ...
  • What is a Cool Roof? - Cool Roofs Are the Fastest Growing Sector of the Roofing Industry… Cool roofs are on the rise due to an increased recognition that cool roofs can help your building or home be more comfortable and energy-efficient. The variety of cool roofing products is also growing. Cool products are now available in all types of materials—from ...
  • Getting Started in the Roof Coatings Industry? - Hands-on Learning In any business, particularly the construction industry, entering new territory is never easy. It’s an outright risk, albeit a necessary one, should a company hope to prevail in a competitive market. Diversification can be a key strategy to differentiate one contracting company from its competition. For roofing contractors, diversifying might involve, for example, broadening a ...
  • 5 Myths About Roof Coatings - Many maintenance and engineering managers have been misled about fluid-applied roof coating systems, and have developed a series of myths and misconceptions as a result. These misconceptions often are far-fetched, and some are even the result of misleading salespeople. Complicating the situation are the varying views and experiences of managers and building owners in institutional ...
  • Best Practices for Storing & Working with Moisture-Cured Roof Coatings - Understanding Moisture-Cured Roof Coatings While there are many benefits to moisture-cured roof coatings, it is critical to have a basic understanding of best practices for storing and working with these chemicals. Some of the characteristics that make these materials so effective can also cause them to ruin if not not properly managed. 5 Best Practices Always keep materials covered on ...
  • Industry Vocabulary Words: Solids by Volume - Solids by Volume The percent of solid material remaining after the coating has completely dried. Measured by applying coating on a surface; measuring while wet then measuring again 24-48 hours later. This is one of the most commonly misunderstood terms on a product data sheet. Solids by volume is critical to understanding dry film thickness. Often times ...
  • Industry Terms: Dry Film Thickness and Mil - Dry film thickness and mil are covered together since they are almost always used simultaneously. Dry Film Thickness The thickness of a coating material or system once cured. DFT is measured in mils. Mil One thousandth of an inch — .001 inch. All American WeatherStar roof coating application guidelines are written to accomplish a specific ...
  • Industry Terms: Elongation and Tensile Strength - The elongation and tensile strength of roof coatings are closely related in an inverse direction. As one increases, the other decreases. For instance, if you review data sheets of similar products, and find a coating with an incredibly high tensile strength compared to a competitors product, then most likely the elongation is lower. This example ...
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