Articles by Day: July 3, 2013
HP 365 : “The World’s Best Cement”
The first question many people may ask is “Why would you make another type of roof cement”? Don’t Black Plastic, Wet/Dry and Flashing Cement provide enough choices?
The simple answer is that today’s roofing materials are far different than those used in the past. Modified roofing membranes are more flexible and more prevalent. This has changed and raised the performance requirements for a roof cement. Roof Cements are the “glue” which holds a roofing system together. They are used to seal flashings and laps, patch splits, repair leaks and join many dissimilar materials together such as metal flashing to modified membrane. Our HP 365 SBS Rubberized Flashing Cement is formulated to accomplish all of these tasks and can do so even in adverse weather conditions.
HP 365 is stronger and more durable than conventional roof cements. The use of SBS Polymers in the formulation adds flexibility to meet the demands of modified roofing sheets. Our unique, “buttery” formulation makes troweling easy and will convince professional contractors that they have found “The World’s Best Roof Cement”.
Many competitive products contain up to 50% of low cost fillers such as ground limestone. This reduces the cost slightly but drives up the weight/gallon and makes troweling difficult. The use of low cost fillers means that there is less asphalt and polymer in the product which leads to premature cracking, graying and failure of the product. HP 365 contains no low cost fillers. This means easy troweling and longer life. It also weighs less. A 5 gallon pail of HP 365 may weigh up to 10 lbs less than other roof cements.
In short, HP 365 is the best choice for any of your customers who believe that quality and performance matter. While it is priced slightly more than regular roof cement, it will save you time and labor in the long run. Why do a difficult job twice when it can be done effectively and efficiently once?
This product is available in 5 gallon, 3 gallon, and 1 gallon cans as well as in 10 oz. plastic caulking cartridges. Sample are available upon request.
CURB APPEAL? …..Time to seal the drive!
The leaves are starting to bud and the last remnants of winter have melted away. It’s the time that many people set their sights on the outside projects designed to beautify and repair their homes. One outside project that is sure to spruce up any home and protect its value is sealing the asphalt driveway that leads up from the curb. It’s a job that most “do-it-yourselfers” can accomplish in one weekend and one which immediately provides a “well maintained” appearance to the home.
The types of Driveway Sealers available to consumers have changed over recent years. For the most part, gone from the market place are the solvent-based sealers due to clean air legislation. Also, the market has shifted away from coal tar- based sealers because of their acrid odor, cost, health concerns, and hazardous environmental profile. In their place are asphalt-emulsion based sealers. We have been fortunate to be a bit ahead of the curve and have been producing asphalt-emulsion based sealers as environmentally friendly alternatives to coal tar for over 15 years.
We manufacture 3 main types of asphalt emulsion sealers:
- Asphalt Emulsion Sealer (Product #81270)(Yellow Pail)
- Asphalt Emulsion Fill ‘N Seal (Product #81280)(Red Pail)
- Polymer Modified Fill ‘N Seal (Product #81290)(Blue Pail)
They provide an effective “ladder” of products to sell as “good”, “better” and “best”. In addition, retail margins can typically be increased on the upper end products.
- Product #81270 is rubberized and provides good protection while drying to rich matte black surface.
- Product #81280 has the same attributes as #81270 with the addition a finely graded aggregate to fill and seal small cracks up to 1/8” as well as providing increased traction.
- Product #81290 builds on the Fill ‘N Seal product by adding polymer to the mix. This increases the wear resistance of the sealer and extends its life 2 to 3 times that of 81270 or 81280. We also recommend this product for commercial pavement or other high traffic areas.
Lastly, pavement repair products such as Crackfiller and Chuckhole Patch provide additional revenue sources for most retailers. They are items which can easily be added-on to most “project materials list” and provide an easy-to-use solution to common pavement problems. Our chuckhole patch is slightly different than most retail products. It stays soft and malleable in the bag and may actually be used in damp conditions Our Liquid Crack Filler is rubberized for increased flexibility and can be used for cracks up to ½” wide.
*Driveway Sealing Tip: On days above 65° F, lighten dampen the driveway prior to sealing. This will cool the driveway to allow additional time for spreading and makes it easier for the sealer to flow into small nooks and crannies.
Thinking about jumping on the green bandwagon? It may be easier than you think! More & more, people are looking for an economical way to become a little more environmentally friendly. One easy solution to reduce energy costs is by using Aluminum pigmented roof coatings. For years, asphalt-based roof coatings have been used to protect roof surfaces because of their waterproofing effectiveness and relatively cheap cost. They are touted as “Maintenance Coatings” because of their ability to revitalize and protect roof surfaces thus extending the life cycle. One drawback with most asphalt-based coatings has stemmed from one thing: color.
Asphalt-based coatings are black and they will absorb nearly all the energy of visible and ultraviolet rays that hit them. The result is that roof temperatures on black asphalt roofs can rise to nearly 180-200*F in the summer. This raises interior temperatures and drives up energy costs associated with cooling and makes inside work environments less palatable. The high temperatures also bake out many of the natural protective properties of asphalt more quickly. The addition of aluminum pigment prevents this from occurring and can reduce interior roof temperatures by as much as 27%.
When aluminum is combined with the asphalt, what is produced is an easy-to-use, pliable coating clad by the reflective properties of aluminum metal. The top aluminum surface beautifies the roof, protects the underlying asphalt so it lasts longer, looks better and saves energy! We would expect a typical roof coated to with aluminum roof coating to require re-coating in 7-12 years versus 3-5 years with a black coating. Not only do aluminum roof coatings save on energy costs, but they save your back as well. Bottom line, the next time you need a roof coating, think Aluminum!