This series of posts is designed to assist both new and trained professionals in the roof coatings industry. We take the information we have learned from contractors and chemists and either create a video or write a blog in order to assist contractors specifically with job site and application issues. You will find topics concerning best practices on job site storage to how to properly perform an adhesion test. For a more comprehensive learning experience, consider attending one of our bi-annual FAST (Fluid Applied System Techniques) Academy training sessions at our corporate headquarters in Mobile AL. Click here to learn more about FAST Academy.

  • Tech Talk: How to Assemble, Operate, and Clean a Tank Spreader from Rooftop Equipment - When it comes to roof coatings, tank spreaders are easily one of the most important tools for roofing contractors. Because of it's simple design, tank spreaders require very little training, and can help contractors work more efficiently and increase productivity. In the two Tech Talk videos below, we go over the assembly of Rooftop Equipment’s 40” Super ...
  • Annual Maintenance on a Commercial Roof Coating System is Critical - As roofing professionals, if we promote and educate our customers about regular maintenance, it would be beneficial to everyone involved. The average building owner only purchases a commercial roof a few times in his/her career. They seldom understand that you cannot simply install a new roof or coating system without having to maintain the warranted system. Many commercial ...
  • Best Practices for Receiving a Shipment - When receiving a shipment, it is critical to ensure orders are received properly. We rely heavily on the LTL trucking industry to carry material from an American WeatherStar warehouse to your provided shipping address. All shipments require a Bill of Lading. The BOL is a legal document listing the contents of the order by number ...
  • Installing a Silicone Recoat - Over the past 10 years, silicone roof coating systems have taken over the coatings industry. Over time, many roofs utilizing a silicone system are now in need of repair and a silicone recoat. Because of this, we see a great opportunity for our AWS approved contractors to repair and recoat these older silicone systems. In ...
  • Tech Tips – Vertical Seams on Standing Seam Metal Roofs Do Leak! - Over many years of working with contractors that restore leaking metal roofs, we have learned that vertical seams on a metal roof can be the root cause of roof leaks. Since most traditional style panels are designed with a crimped seam of 3” or more above the panel, it seems counterintuitive that these seams can ...
  • Tech Tips – Tools for Properly Measuring Wet and Dry Film Thickness - Are your guys on the roof properly measuring coatings as they apply the system?  Do they have the proper tools to accurately measure wet coatings during application and dry film thickness once the coating has cured? [columns] [/columns] Once the job is complete, there are two types of measuring tools to determine dry film thickness ...
  • Overcoming Cold Weather Challenges For Roof Coatings - Working with roof coatings in winter months can be slightly challenging. Since the chemistry of each roof coating will react a little differently in cold weather, we will address the cold weather concerns for the materials that compose our core systems. Acrylics Acrylic coatings make up our Met-A-Gard and Met-A-Gard+ roof coating systems. Acrylic 211, High-Tensile ...
  • Can Terminator Fully Adhere To Silicone? - Yes it can. Even when applied under water. At our most recent FAST Academy, we demonstrated a new product, Terminator 624XT. We were challenged by contractors to prove the waterproofing capabilities of the product, especially its ability to adhere to silicone. Here is the result...   Learn more about Terminator 622 and the thicker version, 624XT ...
  • Tech Talk: Adhesion Comparison of Urethane vs. Silicone - In this edition of Tech Talk, we show the adhesion strengths our urethane vs. silicone. While its UV stability and resistance to ponding water are unsurpassed, silicone isn’t known for its strength or durability against physical damage. That’s why we toughened up our Ure-A-Sil roof coating system by adding a base coat of urethane to introduce ...
  • Be Cautious: Urethane Based Roof Coatings Can Create Odors in the Building if You Aren’t Careful -   Contractors who have used our Urethane 520, base coat for the Ure-A-Sil roof coating system all agree that the advantages of a urethane base coat far outweigh the xylene based odor it creates while working with it.   We have tested this material thoroughly and know that it is safe to work with but that ...
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