Reflective Roofing Products
We proudly use Inland Coatings products for several reasons:
- Superior Products
- Ease of Application
- Cost Effective Solutions
- Excellent Customer Service & Support
The benefits of using Reflective Roofing Products are rapidly coming to the forefront. Many cities, states and the roofing industry as a whole have embraced their use in an effort to minimize the effects of Urban Heat Islands, reduce smog and improve energy efficiency. Building and energy codes in many parts of the country have or are being revised to include both reflectance and insulation requirements. The dramatic reduction in surface temperatures that light-colored roof coatings provide, can substantially improve the energy efficiency of a building.
Further, Inland Coatings offers superior ease of application:
- Surface Preparation
- Coverage of Seams, Fasteners, Penetrations & Skylights
- Coating Application
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Dramatic Temperature Reductions
RC-2000 can reduce surface temperatures by as much as 100°F. Studies performed by the Florida Solar Energy Center show that temperature reductions of this magnitude, dramatically reduce the heat transfer into the building and can lower the energy required for cooling by up to 40%. Some estimates put the energy-savings potential of light-colored roofs at $10 billion dollars per year nationally.
All of the coating applications evaluated had been in service for a minimum of three years, were a bright white color and in excellent condition. The solar reflectance on the various buildings exceeded 72%. These weathered results are substantially higher than the Energy Star requirement for new applications and provide insight into the long-term performance of the product. It is worth noting that although Inland's weathered test results were very favorable, they were taken on metal roofing panels, which is an irregular surface. Although additional testing is required, we believe these solar reflectance measurements may still be artificially low, due to the substrate and may not fully reflect the long-term color stability of the product.
Further, an Inland Coating roof provides the following characteristics:
- Excellent Adhesion
- Early water resistance
- UV protection
- Thermally Stable
- Resists Cracking & Peeling
Inland is currently developing a variety of pastel colors which will meet the initial Energy Star requirement of 65% solar Reflectance. Although these products will be available in the near future, it will take a minimum of three years for them to be qualified under the program. Nevertheless, we feel they will provide excellent weathering and energy-saving benefits.
Although initial solar reflectance measurements provide a starting point when evaluating the energy saving properties of a coating, the weathered measurements that are taken after years of exposure provide significant evidence relating to its long-term performance. If the solar reflectance of a new application is rapidly diminished by discoloration and excessive deterioration, the temperature reductions and energy savings associated with the product will also decline sharply. Additionally, the products ability to resist excessive dirt accumulation is an important consideration, as this can be a primary cause of reduced solar reflectance.
Additional end user benefits are:
- Corrosion protection
- Excellent durability
- No tear off or disposal
- Minimal business interruption
- Tax and Energy benefits