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NOV 2018

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COATINGSPRO NOVEMBER 2018 49 Blue Skies Ahead To start the job itself, the crew rst power washed the roof. en they put down seam sealer on any open seam. "Any tight seams didn't need any prep work," Tooley said. For open seams, they used polyester fabric and then put down Ever-ane Roof Flash urethane seam sealer in white. Next, they applied a basecoat of Ever-ane Water-Lok in terra cotta red. is colored basecoat is an aromatic high-sol- ids urethane that was put down at an average of 1.5 gallons per square foot (61.1 L per m²) using Rooftop Equipment's Tank Spreader. Tooley and his crew used 28-inch (71.1 cm) spreaders, and then for backrolling the coatings, they used the Rooftop Equipment's 16-inch (40.6 cm) Titan heav y-duty rollers. Urethane is very apt to stick to the backroll, but these rollers made the job go more smoothly, according to Tooley. "We use Rooftop Equipment's products on about 90 percent of our projects," he said. "We can apply the coatings faster and with fewer headaches than with spraying the coatings." And with a spreader, there are "zero overspray concerns," he continued. Next, they put down a topcoat: ey used Ever-ane Bright W hite, which is an aliphatic white urethane. e topcoat was also applied at an average of 1.5 gallons per square foot (61.1 L per m²) using the same Super Spreaders and rollers. For safety precautions, the Elite Roong Systems crew used standard Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety protocols, which required safety cones set around the perimeter of the roof, Tooley said. e cones were all set 6 feet (1.8 m) from the edges and were about 25 feet (7.6 m) apart. e crew also used standard yellow safety šags for the warning line. W hen applying the coating, they used safety glasses and gloves. e safety equipment was supplied by Big Rock Supply. "e VOC [volatile organic compound] content of the products used was low, and face masks were not required for the project," Tooley explained. In fact, the green aspects of the coatings is part of why they were specically selected. ey are white, which promotes energy e¢ciency, and they also have a renewable warranty, so they will never be torn o£ and disposed of, so they are very sustainable, Tooley said. He said the client wanted an energy-e¢cient building, and it did not t their budget to tear the roof o£ and replace it. W hen doing work in Florida, weather can always be a concern, but on this job, Tooley got lucky. "Weather was perfect during the project with only one rain day," he said. "e high humidity in Florida made early starts impossible. Even using blowers on the roof, it was typically no earlier than 11 a.m. before the roof was dry enough to apply the coatings." Despite the conditions and challenging roof environment, the crew was able to get the job done and with superior quality. "W hen the manufacturer came to do an inspection, they were so impressed with it," Tooley said. So much so that the Elite Roof Systems crew's work has become recognizable. "ey took my pictures of it and featured them on a new brochure." CP "When the manufacturer came to do an inspection, they were so impressed with it," Tooley said. The proof was in the pictures! "They took my pictures of it and featured them on a new brochure." Green School Roof

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