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JAN 2013

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roof coatingS crew keePS itS cool By stePHanie Marie CHizik I t's hard for a crew to keep its cool when applying coatings to a bare metal roof in the middle of the desert in September! But that's what the Arizona-based crew of Heat Guard Today signed up for when they tackled a massive roofing project for a plastic components manufacturer. The 30-year-old, 180,000-square-foot (16,722.55 m2) uncoated galvanized metal roof had issues with ponding, rusting, and leaking, especially around its 250 fiberglass skylight panels and 150 swamp coolers. But Heat Guard Today came onto the job with one clear mission: give their client the best roof possible. Although the client knew they needed a solution for the failing roof, they didn't necessarily know what that solution should be. Cue the experts. The client chose the Arizonan contractors to preserve roughly half of the roof and accepted Heat Guard Today's proposal to apply an elastomeric coating that would not only deal with ponding, rusting, and leaking, but would help reduce 46 CoatingsPro g January 2013 PHotos Courtesy of Heat GuarD toDay energy costs due to its low conductivity and high ref lectivity characteristics. Cool is How we roll Heat Guard Today owner, Rich Brindisi, made two early decisions that turned out to be crucial to the success of this project. First, he decided to use Specguard's SG-54 Roof Reconditioning System because of its 10-year warranty, full adhesion, and ponding resistance. His Heat Guard Today crew had used Specguard Coating Systems products in the past, always with positive results, and he was certain that by using the SG-54 system, his men would achieve all the owner's objectives. Brindisi's second decision was that instead of spraying the coatings they would use their triedand-true method of rolling. "It's arguable whether spray would have taken less time," Brindisi admits. "But the final result is undoubtedly without comparison."

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