Why use reflective paint?
Well, let us tell you what it is first. Reflective paints reduce solar heat gain on darker coloured roofs. Because of the dark colour, roofing can absorb heat causing you problems in the future. By reducing the roof temperatures on a property, in summer you’ll find that you don’t spend as much money on air-con. You’ll be saving energy which is always a benefit!
You should use a paint such as Blackfriar Professional Solar Reflective Paint on a dark roof. This paint can be used on stable felt, bitumen, metal, concrete, brick and more roof surfaces, so it’s extremely versatile. After you use this paint, you’ll be left with a white, water-based finish that will give your roof solar reflectivity. It’s the ideal product to use if you want to add solar reflectivity to a new roof.
This special paint will reflect the sunlight that falls on the roof and disperse the heat from the roof. It can also help you to resist surface fungal growth, that’s two in one! If you really love a two in one, this is a self-priming two coat system as well.
What about old roofs?
If you’re not setting out new roofing, you may just be looking to repair some old roofing. For this we suggest GacoPro Roof Coating. We love this paint because it’s a fantastic product for pitched and flat roofs that is 150% elastic, 100% silicone and guarantees protection and waterproofing for 20 years. You can apply this at any time of year, and you’ll even have a totally waterproof roof after just two hours! Even if you have a problem with permanently ponding water. But let’s get to the reflective part.
With GacoPro Roof Coating in Solar Reflective White, your surface will reflect over 85% of the sun’s rays! This help stop bring down thermal shock which can cause your property damage AND extend the life of the roof. Did we mention that while it’s doing this, it’ll save you energy too?
Don’t believe us? It meets the requirements for the Energy Star reflectance performance requirements for both low and high-sloped roofs and the requirements for the Cool Roof Rating Council. It also meets solar reflectance and thermal emittance requirements for: the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC); the ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Standard for Building Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings; and is listed by the Underwriters Laboratories.
Now you know why you should bother with heat reflective paint. Time to get started on that roof maintenance or new roof project. If you have any questions about what paints you should use on your roof, just get in touch with the team at Rawlins Paints!