Karnak Discusses Roof Coatings Industry with Rep. Leonard Lance

Karnak Corp., a member company of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), hosted U.S. Representative Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7) at its headquarters recently in Clark, N.J. During his visit, he met with Karnak President Sarah Jelin and Chris Salazar, chief operating officer, to discuss the roof coatings industry and the issues impacting coating manufacturers, such as clarifying the IRS 25C tax credit and concerns over the EPA’s potential proposal to lower the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for Ground-Level Ozone.

In 2013, Congressman Lance first met with Jelin, Salazar, and RCMA Executive Director John Ferraro during the RCMA Government Affairs Lobby Day in Washington. RCMA, the national trade association representing the manufacturers of cold-applied coatings and cements used for roofing and waterproofing, facilitated meetings with 70 different congressional offices during their Lobby Day on July 24, 2013. Since then, the Association’s manufacturing members have continued their dialogues with the members of Congress from their states and districts. The visit to the Karnak Corporation manufacturing facility to learn more about the issues of interest to the roof coatings industry can be seen as a product of these efforts.

“We are very pleased with the visit by the Honorable Congressman Leonard Lance to Karnak Headquarters in Clark, N.J. Congressman Lance listened carefully to the regulatory challenges that affect and threaten our industry,” said Salazar.

During their meeting, Jelin and Salazar emphasized to the Congressman some of the issues that are most highly impacting their industry, including modification of language used in the Homeowner Energy Efficiency Tax Credit (IRC Sec. 25C) to include roof coatings, the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (IRC Sec. 179D), and the EPA’s potential proposal to lower the Ozone NAAQS from the current 0.075 parts per million (ppm) to 0.06-0.07ppm.

At its 2013 Lobby Day, RCMA spoke in opposition to the proposed reduction to the EPA NAAQS for Ozone, as this highly-costly regulation would be damaging to companies, jobs, and the economy. Of particular concern to the RMCA is that a reduction to the standard would likely result in the implementation of hundreds of state and local regulations aimed at further limiting the volume of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) contained in products. Over-reduction of VOCs in roof coatings can result in a number of issues for the effectiveness of the products, and the regulatory burden of keeping apace of hundreds of different rules is extremely high for small businesses.

“The EPA-proposed reduction of ground level ozone will impact VOC limits throughout the U.S. and generate a multitude of different requirements by county and state, making compliance extremely burdensome,” noted Salazar, who has worked to ensure the VOC compliance of his company’s products for decades. “Congressman Lance recognized that our businesses are important to the economy, and promised to do his best after reviewing the RCMA informational materials we provided.”

Roof coatings protect roofs against water, chemicals, and physical damage, and can prolong the life of new roof systems and extend the lives of existing roof systems, which can result in less tear-off waste and a reduced environmental impact from fewer full roof replacements. Solar reflective roof coatings, which reflect visible light as well as infrared and ultraviolet radiation, lead to lower roof temperatures and have been shown to reduce building energy costs and improve air quality.

Line of Silicone Roof Coatings Offers Water- and Solvent-based Options

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories.

In response to the increasing demand for durable white reflective roofs, Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories. Polyglass silicone roof coatings are inorganic, moisture-cured coatings that provide a seamless, flexible and durable protective barrier against weather elements.

Benefits of using Polybrite silicone coatings on roof restoration projects, as well as new construction, include:

  • Excellent resistance to weathering including UV radiation, extreme temperatures, rain, ice and snow
  • Improves ponding water protection
  • Can reduce energy costs by decreasing roof surface temperature
  • Fungal and algal resistant—even in high temperatures
  • NSF Protocol P151 approved for rainwater catchment (white only)
  • 50 year limited warranty

Polyglass offers two silicone roof coating options as part of its Kool Roof Solutions – Polybrite 90, a premium grade, high solids, single component silicone roof coating; and Polybrite 95, a solvent-based, ready-to-use silicone roof coating. Both Polybrite 90 and Polybrite 95 meet or exceed the requirements of ASTM D6694 and ASTM C1305; are UL Class A rated and will soon be ENERGY STAR approved; rated with the Cool Roof Rating Council; Factory Mutual approved, Miami Dade County compliant and Florida Building Code approved.

Polybrite 90 and Polybrite 95 are available in White and Kool Grey colors and can be purchased in 5 gallon pails and 50 gallon drums.

Learn more about Polybrite 90 and 95.

BASF Program Brings a Holistic Approach to Acrylics Used in Roof Coatings

BASF recently introduced the new BASF Brilliance program. The program is part of BASF Dispersions & Pigments’ Construction and Fiber Bonding group’s new and innovative roof coating program that brings to the roofing market a holistic approach to acrylics used in roof coatings. Brilliance also brings BASF’s broad portfolio of formulation additives to roof coating manufacturers to meet market demands.

During 2014, Brilliance will launch eight new and innovative products including Acronal 4333 X Quick-Trigger, which allows the roof coating manufacturers enhanced early rain resistance following application, the ability to apply two coats in a single day and extension of their roofing season through a wider range of temperatures where the coating can be applied.

“We are very excited about launching the Brilliance campaign where we will showcase ‘the brightest roofs under the sun’ given our goal to bring innovation and sustainable solutions to the flexible roof coating market,” says Michael Guibault, industry manager, Construction & Fiber Bonding, for BASF in North America. “Our roofing products are engineered based on industry input, focused on customer needs and provide value added solutions. These products allow our customers a competitive edge, and therefore, help our customers be more successful.”

The Dispersions & Pigments Division in North America offers a comprehensive portfolio of resins, binders, latex, pigments and effect pigments, colorants and systems to meet specific application needs for the coatings, construction, and printing and packaging markets. The products also help manufacturers in the adhesives, nonwovens and fiber bonding industries meet functional and performance demands. The addition of key product areas such as formulation additives, rheology modifiers, light stabilizers, photoinitiators, and antioxidants significantly enhances the existing BASF product portfolio for these markets.

Roof Coatings Professionals Tour ORNL

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA), a national trade association representing manufacturers of cold applied protective roof coatings and cements and suppliers of products to the industry, held its Fall 2013 Meeting in Oak Ridge, Tenn., Oct. 8-10. The meeting commenced with a tour of Oak Ridge National Laboratory followed by two days of committee updates and discussions on technical subject matters, codes and standards, VOC regulations, industry research studies and RCMA’s lobbying efforts.

RCMA members were given the opportunity to tour the facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), a multi-program science and technology research laboratory managed for the U.S Department of Energy by UT-Battelle. Attendees learned about flexible research platforms, building envelope roofing research, and buildings supercomputing, and had the chance to tour the recently completed MAXLAB facility and view the X-10 graphite reactor. Tour participants learned about the ongoing initiatives of the Buildings Technology Research & Integration Center (BTRIC) User Facility, which is devoted to the development of technologies that improve the energy efficiency and environmental compatibility of residential and commercial buildings.

“The research being conducted on building envelopes at ORNL will help improve many types of building materials technologies, including roof coatings,” says John Ferraro, RCMA executive director. “The members were thrilled to have the opportunity to hear insight on the future of the industry and how their businesses might be affected going forward.”

The remaining two days of the RCMA Fall Meeting were filled with presentations on the activities of the association and networking opportunities for meeting attendees. More than 30 roof coating manufacturer and supplier companies were represented at the meeting, which featured updates on the activities of the Member Services Committee, Technical Affairs Committee, and Government Affairs Committee.

Topics of interest included discussions on the South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Rule 1168, which regulates volatile organic compound (VOC) content in adhesives and sealants, updates on RCMA research initiatives on solar reflectivity, a strategy session on RCMA government affairs initiatives, and planning discussions for the upcoming 2014 RCMA International Roof Coatings Conference (IRCC).