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India Startup Tackles Cool Roof Materials

A startup company in India has designed a roofing alternative with the goal of keeping homes cooler: modular roofing panels that are made from paper and wood waste.


MA Introduces Legislation for Solar Roofs

A recently proposed bill in Massachusetts would make the state the latest in to require solar roofs on new residential and commercial buildings. The Solar Neighborhoods Act was reportedly fi...


New Product Announcement: Polyurethane Roofing Sealant

Roofing systems company Mule-Hide Products Co. recently launched a new polyurethane roofing sealant that the company says seals complex details quickly and permanently.


Elevation Awards Spotlight: CA Hospital

With the extended deadline just announced for the third annual Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (Oct. 18) with featured selections of this year’s nominees, giving r...


Teknos Acquires Drywood Norge AS

Industrial coatings firm Teknos announced that it has completed the acquisition of Drywood Norge AS to support its own growth strategy by entering a new business area in the architectural co...


NRCA Announces Roofing Day Details

The National Roofing Contractors Association will be coming together for their annual Roofing Day, scheduled for April 3-4. The industry invites its members to register for the event, hosted...


Roof Rehab Project Challenged by Hurricanes

Historic roof rehabilitation projects are not always easy. The historic Charleston Library Society completed a major roof rehabilitation project last year during what became a hyperactive U....


New Single-Ply Roof Systems Unveiled

Materials company Tremco Roofing and Building Maintenance announced on Monday that it has added two new products to its TremPly line.


Waterproofing Florida's Frost Museum of Science

The $305 million Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science at Miami’s Museum Park features an open-air atrium and, among other wonders, a 550,000-gallon aquarium that stretches three floo...


Case Files: Silicone Roof Coatings

In the world of restoring roofs, there are many variables—so many, in fact, that when things don’t work out as planned, it can be quite a challenge to diagnose the problem and properly decid...


International Roofing Expo Runs Through Thursday

The International Roofing Expo, which runs through Thursday (Feb. 8) and is hosted at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, features a variety of educational options and spe...


Adding Value to Your Roof Coating Program

If you’re a building owner, facility manager or service provider with an active roof coatings program, you have already determined that roof coatings add value to your commercial roofing sys...


High-Performance Waterborne Coatings for Roofing

In the late 1970s, the game-changing technology of waterborne 100-percent acrylic elastomeric polymers were introduced to the roofing market by the Rohm and Haas Company. To understand the e...


D+D Issues Call for Participants for 2018 Conference

Durability + Design is seeking presenters and panelists in its two-day Material Select + Connect Conference: Coatings and Treatments for Concrete Floors, Low-Slope Roofs and Architectural Me...


Company Develops Cooling Paint That Uses Sunlight

SolCold, a firm based in Israel, has developed a coating to keep roofs cool with the help of the sun and the technology behind laser cooling.


New Coating Cools When Exposed to Sunlight

An Israel-based firm SolCold says that it has developed a coating that keeps roofs cool with the help of an unexpected source: the sun.


Association Formed for Underlayment Standardization

Four roofing companies have come together to create the Asphalt Underlayment Council, which supports the standardization of the quality of underlayment products.


New Roof Product for Air Flow, Aesthetic

Keene Building Products has unveiled a new roofing product aimed at serving function and aesthetic.


Protective Coatings Made for Cool Roofs

Two new cool roof solutions from Kemper System America Inc. are designed to extend the life of metal roofs, built-up roofing, modified bitumen and aged single-ply roof systems.


New Roof System Unveiled for Challenging Repairs

Mule-Hide Products Co. has released a new roof coating system that the company says combines strength, elasticity and low moisture permeability.


IRCC Call for Paper Abstracts for Conference

The Roof Coating Manufacturers Association is now accepting abstracts for its fourth biennial International Roof Coatings Conference.


Roofing Fumes Cause FAA Evacuation

The Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control center in Leesburg, Virginia, was evacuated Monday night after fumes caused by roofing work traveled into the building’s air-condition...


New Roof Coatings Program Set To Cover Areas

Coating manufacturer Rust-Oleum has unveiled a new roof coating program aimed at giving contractors easy access to everything they need, including coatings, patch and repair products and aer...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Ford Field

Durability + Design is continuing to provide a glimpse into the competition of our inaugural Elevation Awards, an event developed to honor architects, interior designers, painting contractor...


Coating System Adds Clear Silicone Sealant

New, clear sealant has been added to the stable of products at Mule-Hide Products Co.


Tesla Taking Orders for Rooftop Solar Tiles

Seven months after electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors announced its plan to enter the home solar market, the Palo Alto, California-based firm opened online pre-ordering for its rooftop s...


Elevation Awards Spotlight: Airport Roof Project

With only weeks left to submit an entry for Durability + Design’s inaugural Elevation Awards, we will be counting down to the deadline (May 26) by featuring a select nomination each day, giv...


Breakthrough Coating Heals, Repels

Engineers at the University of Michigan are touting the durability characteristics of their recently developed self-healing, water-repellent, spray-on coating technology designed for a pleth...


RCMA Taps New Association Leader

An experienced association executive has been selected to lead the trade organization that represents makers of asphaltic and reflective roof coatings and suppliers to the roof coatings indu...


Firestone Launches Polyiso Formula

Firestone Building Products Company LLC has introduced a new formulation of polyiso insulation.


Primer Built for Silicone Roof Coatings

The National Coatings Corporation has launched a new primer to expand its line of silicone roof products.


Engineers Develop New Cooling Material

A team of engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have invented a scalable metamaterial, which can cool objects that are under direct sunlight with zero energy and water consumption.


Cool Roof Coatings Market Heats Up

Globally, the cool roof coating market is expected to reach $5.41 billion by 2025, up from $2.8 billion in 2015, a new study suggests.


Roof Coating Group Reports ‘Active Year’

Standard development, congressional activity and sharing “cool stories” capped off a successful year for the national trade association representing manufacturers of asphaltic and solar refl...


New Walkway Granules Introduced

Mule-Hide Products Co. (Beloit, Wisconsin) has unveiled its new EPDM Walkway Granules, billed to provide a non-slip surface over silicone-coated roofs.


Firestone to Buy Gaco Western

In a move aimed to increase its foothold in the building envelope industry, Firestone Building Products Company LLC says it reached an agreement to acquire Gaco Western, a manufacturer of si...


Sika to Buy Roof and Wall Systems Maker

Sika has announced the planned acquisition of Rmax Operating LLC, a U.S.-based company that manufactures polyiso insulation products for the building envelope.


RCMA Announces Roof Coatings Category Rule

Roof coating manufacturers and other experts have developed a resource aimed at calculating and reporting the environmental attributes of roof coating materials.


Paint Converts Solar Heat to Electricity

A new paint technology is being touted for its ability to harness and repurpose the heat collected by large exposed surfaces like ships, buildings and cars.


Paint Produces Power from Hot Surfaces

Buildings, cars, and ships and other vessels are just a few of the possible applications for a new paint technology.


Dulux Paint to Pay Fine for ‘Cool’ Claims

A federal court in Australia has ordered international coatings manufacturer DuluxGroup Pty Ltd to pay a $400,000 AUD ($306,992 USD) fine for making false or misleading claims about two of i...


Hotel Gets Giant Ouija Board on Roof

An old hotel in southwestern Pennsylvania already had a reputation for being haunted, but now its owners have taken it to another level: They claim to have painted the world’s largest Ouija ...


Garland Rolls Out Roof Membrane

The Garland Company Inc. has launched a new roofing thermoplastic membrane reportedly built to "lead the industry in UV and aging performance."


Pitch Pan Line Expands

R.M. Lucas Co. has added a new offering to its line of roofing pitch pan products.


Study: Ruby is the New White for Roofs

A new study suggests that dark colored roofs can stay just as cool as those painted white, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


SPF to Seal, Repair Commercial Roofs

ICP Adhesives & Sealants Inc. (Norton, OH) has announced it will unveil a new low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam for commercial roofs at the Polyurethane Technical Conferenc...


RPM Reports Record Quarter, Fiscal 2016

Carboline parent company RPM International Inc. reported sales were up 4 percent and net income grew 20 percent for its fourth quarter, while sales grew 5 percent and net income increased 48...


Consumer Rockets RPM to Record Q4

Rust-Oleum, DAP and Varathane parent company RPM International Inc. reported sales were up 4 percent and net income grew 20 percent for its fourth quarter, while sales grew 5 percent and net...


Cool Roofs Project in Philly

To kick off its third biennial International Roof Coatings Conference this week in Philadelphia, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) will participate in a large volunteer cool...


Henry Debuts Roof Coatings to Restore

Henry Company has introduced a line of liquid-applied roofing systems designed to help extend the life cycle of existing roof membranes, without the expense of removing and installing a new ...


Colorants Made for Roof Coatings

New colorants designed for onsite tinting of silicone roof coatings aim to provide owners and contractors with more options.


New Cool Roof Coating Shows Promise

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee say they’ve developed a reflective coating that could change the game in the world of cool roof coatings.


Roof Coatings Made to Cool, Protect

Rhino Linings Corp. (San Diego) has introduced a cool roof system made to improve building energy efficiency and extend the service life of new and existing roofs.


Study: Cool Roofs Beat Heat in all Climes

New research suggests reflective roof coatings and other technologies work to combat the “urban heat island effect” even in cities covered in snow for several months out of the year.


Roof Offers Peel-Away Protection

A new TPO roofing system aims to cut down on the cost and bother of cleaning the roof surface after installation by providing a protective film that can simply be peeled away at the finish o...


RCI Names Document Winners, New Board

The professional association for roofing, waterproofing and building envelope consultants has named winners of its annual document competition as well as members of its 2016-17 board of dire...


‘Cool Roof’ Made to Boost Energy Efficiency

The new Kemperol Reflect 2K FR cool roof system is said to dramatically reduce the impact of infrared rays, while improving building energy efficiency.


Roof Coatings Database Made Public

Non-members as well as members of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association are now able to use the group's enhanced database on nation-wide reflective roof incentives.


Energy Star to Update Roof Coatings Rules

Roof coatings manufacturers are preparing for changes to testing methodology in order to rate products under the Energy Star rating program requirements.


Ole Miss Scores with $96.5M Stadium

With college basketball conference play in full gear, the University of Mississippi has another “win” to celebrate. Ole Miss recently opened the doors of its new $96.5 million multi-purpose ...


Sessions, Experts Lined Up for RCMA 2016

Cool roof technology updates, sustainability challenges, and application issues are among the topics on the agenda for the annual roof coatings conference in Philadelphia.


Study: Heat Improves Cool Roof Effect

A recent study suggests that white roofs can decrease the amount of urban heat island effect during a heat wave, according to research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.


Roof Coatings Group Reports Success

With 2015 having come to a close, the association that represents roof coatings manufacturers has announced that it achieved five strategic goals and a successful merger with another associa...


Flame Retardant Causes Warehouse Fire

A flame retardant stored in a California foam insulation, coatings and roofing company’s warehouse led to a hazardous materials scare for firefighters after it caught fire and then exploded.


Roof Coatings for LEED v4 Explored

To help stakeholders understand the cost contributions of roof coatings and the environmental benefits of using LEED v4 specifications, the Roof Coatings Manufacturing Association has create...


City, Roofer Spar Over Water Leaks

When it comes to the condition of roofs installed on two community centers in Charleston, WV, an Ohio-based contractor has said the city’s allegations in its lawsuits are literally for the b...


Extrusion Coatings Made to Sparkle

Valspar Corp. has introduced a new line of architectural coatings billed to offer deep color hues and intense sparkle.


Sealer Made for Asphalt Roof Staining

Gaco Western has developed a single-component, water-based sealer that the company says protects silicone roofs from asphalt bleed-through.


Silicone Coatings Made for Aging Roofs

Mule-Hide Products Co. Inc. has introduced a new silicone-based roof coating system designed to restore and repair aging roofing systems.


Acquisitions Swallow Spray Foam Firms

Accella Performance Materials, a St. Louis manufacturer of polyurethanes and recycled rubber products, has announced acquisitions of three spray foam and coatings companies.


GAF Acquires Roof Coatings Company

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF, has acquired roof coatings supplier Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.


Silicone Roof Coating Made to Restore

National Coatings Corp. has introduced a low-VOC silicone roof coating designed to restore and repair existing roofs.


GAF to Buy Quest Construction Products

North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, GAF, has agreed to acquire roof coatings supplier Quest Construction Products LLC, a division of Quest Specialty Chemicals.


Weather Study to Aid Building Design

What may be the longest-range weather forecast ever predicted will be used to help building designers better create structures that are able to withstand Mother Nature’s fluctuating changes.


Elastomer Roofing Sealant Debuts

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker R.M. Lucas Co. has rolled out a new thermoplastic elastomer-based roofing sealant.


Reflective Roof Coating to Save Energy

GAF has introduced a water-based acrylic roof coating billed as a durable, protective weathering layer for low-slope roofs.


Study: White Roofs Keep the Temp Down

Researchers at Queensland University of Technology have discovered that a certain reflective, white coating can decrease a building’s inside temperature when it’s applied to the roof.


6 Roof Coating Contractors Jailed

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE--Six UK roof coating contractors will spend 18 months to six and a half years in jail for scamming elderly victims across England in a case called “unprecedented and sickenin...


Material Cools Roof Below Ambient Temp

SYDNEY--Australian scientists have reportedly developed a material capable of keeping a roof cooler than the air that surrounds it, even in intense summer conditions.


Roof System Adds Low-Solids Option

BROOKFIELD, WI—Volatile Free Inc. has introduced a new 70 percent solids silicone coating formulated to protect roofs from water damage and UV deterioration.


Roof Coatings are Looking Up

DALLAS—Jump-started by surging regulations, products, construction and disposable income, the global roof coatings market is primed for growth in the years ahead, a new forecast reports.


Report Raises Roof on Coating Prospects

DALLAS—Rebounding along with the construction industry, the global roof coatings market is looking up in the years ahead.


Silicone Roof Coating Debuts

Roof coatings and waterproofing maker R.M. Lucas Co. has rolled out a silicone coating designed for flat roofs that retain water.


Cement Touts Wet-Weather Adhesion

A new cement repair compound for underwater and all-weather use is the latest offering from roof coating supplier RM Lucas Co.


Flashing Cement Tackles Weather, Water

Roof coating supplier RM Lucas Co. has expanded its line of repair and maintenance products with the introduction of Lucas #6500 Universal Flashing Cement.


Coatings Groups to Share One Roof

Aiming to strengthen the voice of the roof coatings industry, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) and the Reflective Roof Coatings Institute (RRCI) have merged.


Roof Restoration Boasts New Option

Garland has introduced a restoration system for mineral asphalt and metal roofs that is designed for easy installation and versatility.


Waterproofing Keeps Application Cool

A new cold-applied waterproof roof coating offers the same performance as hot-applied systems without harmful emissions, says manufacturer Garland Canada.


RCMA Brings Experts Together

Cool roofs, hot technologies and other building science updates filled the agenda at this year's roof coatings conference in Baltimore.


New Waterproof Roof Coating Launched

Garland Canada has introduced a cold-applied waterproof coating that aims to improve long-term performance of coal tar and asphalt roofing systems.


Roof Coatings Boast Energy Savings

Polyglass USA Inc. has introduced a white roof option with a line of advanced silicone coatings products.


Roof Tile Coating Slashes Smog

Twenty-one tons of nitrogen oxides per day could be eliminated if tiles on one million roofs were coated with a titanium dioxide mixture now in development, say the engineering students behi...


‘Crinkle’ Offers New Finish Wrinkle

The Valspar Corp. has expanded its new WeatherXL coatings line with a textured “crinkly” finish designed to provide visual depth to a wide variety of building components.


Membrane Aims to Resuscitate Roofs

Facility owners considering roof replacement may buy more time with a new coating system from the Garland Company, the manufacturer says.


Garland Bows Roof Restoring Coating

The Garland Company has introduced a highly reflective, low-odor, rubber coating designed to waterproof and restore metal roof and wall panels.


In the Lab: Keeping White Roofs White

A white roof coating that can repel both water and dirt, even in the smoggiest cities, is the latest focus of a U.S.-China building science research partnership underway at several federal f...


Making Roofs Both Cool and Colorful

Dark, attractive metal roof and façades that are just as "cool" as their traditional white counterparts are the goal of a new research partnership by PPG Industries and the Department of Ene...


DOE Funds ‘Cool’ Pigment Research

The world’s largest coating manufacturer has been awarded $224,000 to help develop new pigment technology for cool metal roof and façade coatings.


Roller Gauges Thickness While Coating

A new roller accessory from Wooster Brush allows applicators of high-performance floor and roof coatings to ensure the product’s proper mil thickness during application.


RCMA Awards Leader, Elects Officers

Brian Anthony, a leader in the roof coatings industry, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award.


New Leaders for RCMA, BCF, ASA

Industry veterans have been tapped to lead the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, the British Coatings Federation, and the American Subcontractors Association.


Study: White Roof Beats Green, Black

When it comes to roofing types, white wins. White roofs are more cost-effective over a 50-year period than green (vegetated) or black roofs, according to a new study.


Roof Membrane Reflects, Protects

AVM Industries Inc. has introduced Sky Roof Coating 880, a two-part, water-based 100 percent polyurethane membrane designed for horizontal and vertical waterproofing.


New Roof Membrane Reflects, Protects

Waterproofing products supplier AVM Industries has rolled out a two-part liquid-applied roof membrane for horizontal and vertical waterproofing.


More Roofing Training Headed to College

Roofing-specific education will become a larger part of the curriculum in construction management programs at several U.S. universities, under a new educational partnership between the indus...


Roofs Get Antibacterial Protection

A new anti-microbial roof coating can protect both the substrate and the occupants below it, the manufacturer says.


Coil Coating Amps Up Weather Resistance

The Valspar Corp. has introduced the next generation of its WeatherX coil coating system for commercial, residential and industrial applications.


Valspar Launches Improved Coil Coating

Valspar has announced a new weather-resistant coil coating system for metals used in a variety of applications.


Rooftop Coating Targets Bacteria

Garland Roofing has launched Clear-Shield Rx, a water-based, roof coating system designed to provide antimicrobial protection for healthcare facilities, schools and other occupant-sensitive ...


Roof Coating Makers Pitch Congress

Tax concerns and ozone targets topped the list of concerns that America's roof coatings manufacturers have laid at the door of Congress.


Energy Firm Unveils Cool Roof Coating

A Pennsylvania-based consultant on energy efficiency in facilities has entered the roof coatings business.


Firestone Unveils Roof Protection Line

Elastomeric technology, formulated with 100 percent acrylic polymer, is the cornerstone of a new suite of roof coatings from Firestone Building Products Company.


Building Journal Launches Conference

Building performance and aesthetics will take center stage at D+D 2014, the first annual conference and exhibit hosted by Durability + Design Magazine.


Pittsburgh to Brighten Roofs, Cool Off

City officials in Pittsburgh, PA, hope to reduce building cooling costs by as much as 15 percent by installing white, solar-reflective coatings to the roofs of 10 city-owned buildings under ...


D+D to Present Conference, Exhibition

Durability + Design, a magazine focused on building performance and aesthetics, has announced the forthcoming launch of “D+D 2014,” The Durability + Design Conference and Exhibition, t...


New Coatings to Restore Metal Roofs

Firestone Building Products Company has introduced a new suite of coating products reported to help extend the life of commercial and industrial metal roofs.


ITW Polymers Sealants Revamps Units

ITW Polymers Sealants North America Inc. has reorganized and streamlined its business units to allow for larger-scale operations, the company says.


Architect Warned Against New Mall Roof

Owners of the doomed Algo Centre Mall considered building a roof over the leaking rooftop parking deck, but an architect advised them that the plan would not work, according to testimony Tue...


Water Woes Swamp Doomed Mall Probe

A flood of evidence and testimony about decades of leaks­—and the unwillingness and/or inability to fix them, despite lawsuits and city orders to do so—continues to dominate the hearing into...


Roof Coaters Get Prison in $3.7M Scam

Two members of a UK roof coatings company will each serve a year in prison for a scheme that defrauded hundreds of elderly homeowners of $3.7 million over two years.


Roof Coating Makers Honor 2

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association has recognized two of its members with distinguished leadership honors.


U.S. Probe Hands RPM a $42M Loss in Q3

Despite growing sales, Carboline parent RPM International reported a loss for the third quarter, due to adjustments related to a federal investigation and the closing of one of its businesse...


Roofing Inquiry Brings RPM Q3 Loss

A federal investigation into RPM International's roofing contracts brought Rust-Oleum's parent company a $42.4 million loss in the third quarter, RPM reported Thursday.


Powering Up Buildings with Paint

UK researchers are developing coatings for steel and glass that can turn new and existing buildings into power stations.


CA Admin Building Seeks Bids for Roof

San Joaquin County, CA, is seeking bids to replace a roof on the Canlis Administration Building in Stockton with a spray-applied polyurethane foam system.


Architect Answers in Collapse Probe

The hunt for responsibility in the deadly roof collapse at an Ontario mall continued this week with testimony from the architect who designed the structure more than three decades ago.


Bids Invited to Coat NY School Roofs

An Upstate New York school board is seeking bids to recoat two building roofs after infrared moisture analysis revealed that the current roof coatings were failing.


Hacker Eyed in Space Needle Contest

The winning paint design for the roof of the Seattle Space Needle is "Trees," but fans of the competing "Deep Blue Sea" entry say the contest was fishy.


New Roof Membrane Smooths, Reflects

A global roof coating and membrane producer has added a self-adhering, white, reflective product to its lineup of “Kool Roof Solution” products.


Roof Coaters Offer Interactive VOC Maps

Trying to navigate which of the many VOC regulations govern your coatings project area? Now, there's a tool that can help.


White Roof Withstands Hail Test

LAS VEGAS—Roofing and waterproofing maker Hyload has announced that its white-roof membranes can withstand a pounding from four-inch diameter hail.


Coating Claims Draw $350K Fine

False, dramatic energy-saving claims about paints and coatings have cost one Florida home-insulation marketer $350,000 in civil penalties.


New Urethane Primer Aids Metal Roofs

White-Knight/White-Stallion Metal Primer, just introduced by The Garland Co., is a single-component, moisture-curing primer for use on metal systems that require rust inhibitors or chemical ...


Garland Unveils Primer for Metal Roofs

The Garland Company Inc. has added White-Knight Metal Primer, an all-purpose aromatic urethane coating, to its product offerings.


 
 
   

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