As winter winds down and we move into the warmer months, it’s natural to think about preemptively protecting or making necessary repairs to your metal roof with a rubber coating. The problem with the spring months, though, is unpredictable weather. The saying “April showers bring May flowers” is popular for a reason. Spring brings rain, and rain can cause corrosion on your metal roof. Still, it can be tricky to schedule a roof coating application in the months when a rain shower can pop up out of nowhere. That’s why Inland Coatings products are so trusted—they develop early water resistance, so the potential for wash-off in a quickly changing climate is essentially eliminated.
Inland Coatings and Early Water Resistance
One of the more notable projects for Inland Coatings was at Labrador NATO Base in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland. While the project was somewhat small in scope (approximately 14,000 square feet of metal roofing), the urgency was severe. Fast-changing weather conditions made it imperative that the product(s) used to repair the roof—a through panel screw fastened system of standing seam configuration—cured quickly. Enter: RC-2200, RPM Mesh, and RC-2000.
Seams, fasteners, and any penetrations were coated with Inland Coatings’ RC-2200 Rubber Seam Compound and RPM mesh. While the factory-painted finish was in generally good condition, there was great concern with a through-the-roof air handler that had been causing ongoing issues. A “cricket,” made of foam insulation, OSB, and vinyl tarps had been used as a temporary fix. We removed all of that and installed a permanent solution, which was covered by our product, to secure the seals. Lastly, two coats of RC-2000 completed the job just in time, before the skies opened up and it poured.
Hail and Your Metal Roof
Something else to remember when it comes to volatile spring (and summer) weather is hail. Not only can hail cosmetically harm a metal roof, it can also damage seams and damage the roof’s water-shedding capabilities. However, RC-2000 can help protect against hail damage, potentially saving you time and money dealing with insurance claims. Because it cures quickly, RC-2000 can be applied when the weather is less-than-predictable.
How Water Resistance is Achieved
Our products are resistant to water, corrosion and extreme weather conditions thanks to their outstanding adhesion to properly prepared surfaces. This is possible because our products are solvent-based. Thermally stable, with an 87% solar reflectance, RC-2000 resists peeling and cracking that ultraviolet exposure and extreme weather can cause. Because it can be applied within a temperature range of 40°–110° F (4°–44° C), the window of time installation can take place is incredibly flexible.
Don’t Let Bad Weather Stop You from Coating Your Metal Roof
Inland Coatings products coat several different types of roofs. Metal roofs and single-ply (TPO, EPDM, Hypalon) roofs can benefit from our rubber roof coatings. Modifieds/BUR and SPUF roofing systems can also be coated with Inland Coatings products. Regardless of which of these roofing systems you have, our synthetic rubber coatings come with even more benefits than early water resistance. Because it’s ENERGY STAR® rated and features a Class A fire rating (the best), RC-2000 will save energy costs while making your structure safer. This spring, don’t let unstable weather stop you from repairing and protecting your metal roof.