Low VOC products have near-zero levels of Volatile Organic Compounds. You will find VOC products in the coatings and adhesives used during the installation or repair of flat roofs. A VOC keeps the compound pliable for longer, which is useful when installing a flat roof on a large building.
Advances in research and technology have brought many low VOC products to the marketplace. Research shows they work as well as the traditional high VOC products. The gasses emitted from VOC products can cause illness. Smells or odors may enter the building when completing repairs or installation—a major inconvenience.
At Chaffee Roofing, we offer low VOC alternatives for working on your flat roof. The use of low VOC products complies with government regulations and is better for the environment.
Some of the low VOC products used in flat roofing are:
- A silicone coating for waterproofing the flat roof
- Low VOC primers and adhesives that do the work
- Elastomeric coatings for all-round protection
Let’s take a closer look at each point.
A silicone coating for waterproofing the flat roof
Water damage can be a big problem with flat roofs. You can take precautions, though, and waterproofing is the first line of defense.
A silicone roof coating is applied by using a brush, spray, or roller. It goes on smoothly and is low in VOC, making silicone coating a good ‘green’ alternative. There are many high-quality products available that will stretch out the life of your roof and will not blister.
Silicone roof coatings come in a choice of colors to match your existing roof.
Low VOC primers and adhesives that do the work
Using the best primers and adhesives keeps the flat roof secure in any weather.
Low VOC primers and adhesives have high coverage rates and fast application times. They can be applied in a single layer. The drawback, though, is that they need a higher temperature to set than traditional VOC adhesives. This can be a drawback in low-temperature climates. Drying times may be longer too. During production jobs, we can solve this problem by using “Hot boxes” which help keep the primers and adhesives warm.
Low VOC primers and adhesives make a perfect alternative, though with a bit of planning needed in some areas.
Elastomeric coatings for all-round protection
Applying a coating that protects the roof from rain and the sun’s effects and adds a layer of protection that can only be a good idea. An elastomeric coating will do all these things, and it is a low VOC product.
The extra layer of coating will also protect against the effects of mold, mildew, and fungi. If your commercial roof has areas that do not get much sun, this may be a big help. Alternatively, the coating can reflect the sun’s rays and stop deterioration from UV exposure.
Elastomeric coatings are easy to apply and leave the roof with an excellent matte finish.
At Chaffee Roofing, we know about low VOC products.
Our experts are always available to give advice.
They will help you through a project.
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