Acrymax systems have been used for restoration and recovery of many different types of roofs. Following are just a few of the many successful applications where Acrymax has provided solutions.
METAL ROOF COATING SYSTEMS
United States Coast Guard
Whitpain Farm is a gated community of 171 homes located on close to 120 acres that was originally a Farm dating back to the 1700’s in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In 2000 the homeowners association contracted to coat the stucco walls of the residences with an elastomeric coating system to be supplied by Acrymax. The project would be phased in street by street over a 4 year period. Color matched to meet the color scheme of the community, the homes now are protected by a weatherproof color coating designated “Whitpain Beige.”
Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal
Port Authority of New York & New Jersey
The Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal is one of the busiest ports in the world. It is the largest container port in the eastern United States and the third largest in the country. In addition to container operations there are many large warehouse buildings at the Port that were built in the 1950’s. The roofs of these buildings consist of aluminum corrugated panels. Through years of exposure to extreme heat and biting cold and the constant expansion and contraction caused by these temperature fluctuations the roofs had developed extensive leaks. To solve the problem the Port Authority wrote a specification for coating these roofs with an elastomeric acrylic coating system. Acrymax and one of our approved applicators won the first project in a competitive bidding process. The specification called for reinforcing all the panel seams and then spray applying a 30 mil elastomeric coating over the entire roof. This project was a resounding success and the Port put the next project out for bid. Unfortunately, competitive bidding lead to a problem. To reduce costs and win in the competitive bid process the manufacturer of a different coating system that was used on the second project did not require reinforcing the seams and used a “seam sealer” instead. Unfortunately, this method was not appropriate for these types of roofs and after completion they continued to experience leaks. Ultimately, the solution was to go back and reinforce the seams on this roof. At this point Acrymax approached the Port Authority with a proposal that would save money and still give them the leak-free performance they needed. The original specification written by the Port called for 30 mils of coating on the roof panels and 45 mils on the seam areas. Acrymax proposed substituting a high-strength elastomeric coating as a finish coat instead of the standard elastomeric coating that was in the original spec. This would allow for reducing the dry film thickness of the coating system on the panels to 20 mils from the originally specified 30 mils. Less material would be required and the costs of the applied system would be reduced. The Port Authority liked what they heard and based on their prior experience with Acrymax decided to rewrite the specification for the roofs. To insure compliance with the specification it was clearly stated that no substitutions for the Acrymax coatings would be allowed. Since that time over 1,000,000 square feet of roofs at Port Elizabeth were successfully completed with the Acrymax system.
SINGLE-PLY ROOF RESTORATION
This project included an office building and a warehouse totaling approximately 400,000 square feet. The roofs were covered with a mechanically attached CPE (Chlorinated Polyethylene) membrane that was in generally good condition, but they were out of warranty. Roof removal and replacement would be prohibitively expensive and extremely disruptive, so Acrymax proposed a system that could be used to extend the life of existing roof membranes. The ARS-1SP system is a fully reinforced fluid applied roof system that “recycles” the existing membrane into a new system. The ARS-1SP system was applied directly to the properly prepared CPE membrane where it adheres directly to the existing membrane to create a composite system. The resulting membrane combines the two systems into one and provides 2 layers of high strength reinforced waterproof protection.
Pittston High School
The metal roof at the USCG Station in Bayonne, New Jersey had been leaking for years. Additionally, the color of the metal panels that had been installed was not consistent with the red color scheme associated with the Coast Guard. Since the Coast Guard had successfully used Acrymax on other roofing projects they contacted Acrymax for a solution. Adding another dimension to the project was the fact that the existing roof was coated with a factory applied fluoropolymer finish and these types of finishes can be difficult to adhere to. Fortunately, Acrymax had the answer. Acrymax AF-5500 is a high performance coating that is based on new waterborne fluoropolymer resins that are state-of-the art. This coating exhibits superior weatherability and color retention and important for this project has good adhesion to metal roofs with fluoropolymer finishes. Acrymax worked closely with the design team from the Coast Guard to develop the specification that called for applying a primer coat of AF-5500 in a gray color, followed by reinforcement of the seams with AF-130 Elastomeric Acrylic coating, and finally a 2 coat application of AF-5500 in Coast Guard Red. The roof was completed in the summer of 2010.
ASPHALT ROOF RESTORATION
This roofing project was begun in the mid 1980’s. The smooth surfaced asphalt roof had begun to experience leaks and showed significant signs of deterioration, but the money for a complete roofing project was not available. Acrymax suggested a roof restoration project that could be phased in over a few years. The first year the front third of the roof was completed while at the same time repairs were made to the balance of the roof to stop the leaks that were occurring. Over the next 2 roofing seasons the balance of the project was completed. Since completion the roof has received periodic maintenance coatings and now after over 25 years of service this roof is still in excellent condition. It is expected that with regular maintenance and periodic recoats that the life of this roof can be extended indefinitely.
Acrymax schedules periodic tours of this roof to display the impressive performance of the reinforced elastomeric membrane system used. If interested in our next tour please contact Acrymax.