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JAN 2018

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COATINGSPRO JANUARY 2018 83 T he Sealguard VFI 990 coating is meant to form an elasto- meric, water proof, white membrane that protects buildings from water damage and ultraviolet (U V ) deterioration. It is single component w ith low VOCs. Because it is 95 percent solids, it requires less material to achieve the desired film thickness. Volatile Free also says the coating offers superior water proofing protection and excellent weatherability because it has high tensile strength, elongation, hardness, and tear-resistant physical properties. It is also self-f lashing to greatly reduce or eliminate parapet, stack, vent, and pitch pocket leaks. Swatkowski said there is not a choice when choosing what type of foam and coating to apply. "We've been with VFI for a number of years, and we like their products — they spray very nicely," he said. Dewing It Right T he job was meant to take five days, but Swatkowski and his crew encountered a problem. T he entire job, which was sched- uled to take about two and a half months, had been delayed about a month because the technical education building was not finished yet. T hat meant that now the Greener World Solutions team was going to be delayed, w ith its work pushed into August. "We had to wait for the building to be ready. ey were building it, so we had to wait for it to be ready for the roof," Swatkowski said. August is when moisture is at its peak in Wisconsin, so the crew had weather to deal with as they worked. Every morning when they arrived on the jobsite, the substrate was coated with a fresh layer of morning dew. ey needed to dry that off before they could begin work, which they did using steel blowers. Luckily, the temperature was not a problem for the job or the crew. Swatkowski said it was just the dew and moisture. But all of that drying meant more time on the jobsite, which delayed the Greener World Solutions crew slightly. Swatkowski said there was no hard deadline on the jobsite, but they had their own internal deadline because the crew was traveling and staying away from home for the job. ey just barely made it: ey worked for six days instead of the planned five days. Satisfaction Guaranteed Overall, the substrate they covered was 105,139 square feet (9767.7 m²) — a big surface to cover in such a short amount of time. Once the work was done, Swatkowski was very pleased with how it turned out. "e job went very smoothly, and we had no complaints," he said. "It was a job with few challenges, which you always want to have." And he was not the only one. e school district was a satis- fied client, which likely means more work for Greener World Solutions in the future. Swatkowski 's company also offers a 15-year materials and labor warranty on the work, so if something goes wrong, he w ill come back and fi x it — not that he expects to. Greener World Solutions has never had any complaints from the school in the past. "We've gotten quite a bit of work from them, and we continue to work with them on spray foam roofing," Swatkowski said. His company is already planning to work on some older buildings next year, converting ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofs to spray foam roofs. Hopefully, next time they can avoid the moisture. CP T h e crew f inis h e d w ith t wo co at s of silico n e at ~30 m il s (762.0 microns) using a Hennes-Johnson HJ7 220, and roof granules were embedded into the topcoat. With that, school was back in session. Spray Foam for School VENDOR TEAM 3M Safety equipment manufacturer 3M Center St. Paul, MN 55144 (888) 364-3577 www.3m.com Graco Inc. Equipment manufacturer 88 11th Ave. NE Minneapolis, MN 55413 (612) 623-6000 www.graco.com Hennes-Johnson Equipment manufacturer 711 E Main St. Belle Plaine, MN 56011 (800) 249-1349 www.hennes-johnson.com Spancrete Material manufacturer P.O. Box 828 Waukesha, WI 53187 (414) 290-9000 www.spancrete.com Volatile Free, Inc. Coating and SPF manufacturer 19500 Janacek Ct. Brookfield, WI 53045 (800) 307-9218 www.volatilefree.com

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