Protect Your Building with an Aluminum Roof Coating

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A built-up, or BUR, roof is made from alternating layers of felt paper and asphalt tar which are stacked and layered onto the roof deck. While asphalt is completely water resistant, it is not sun-resistant. Over time, the sun can bake out the volatiles in the roof tar, which will render it brittle and prone to cracking. In order to better protect your roof, you should look into protecting your roof with a roof coating. One of the best ways to protect your roof and improve its function is to cover your roof with an aluminum roof coating.  Protecting the Asphalt Tar An aluminum coating will create a barrier that will help to hold volatiles in your asphalt tar, but it will do much more than that. Asphalt will create a reflective surface. In fact, aluminum can reflect over 90% of the sun’s rays. By reflecting the sun’s rays before they have a chance to heat up the asphalt tar, the aluminum will prevent the volatiles from separating from the asphalt. This will extend the life of your roof and forestall the formation of cracks. You might think of coating your roof with aluminum as an extra cost, but it can help you to save money in the long run by increasing the life of your roof.  Protecting Your Building As asphalt heats up, it will radiate the heat it absorbs into the building below. As the sun heats up your building, your AC unit has to work harder and harder just to keep your building comfortable. This increases your costs in two ways: 1) You will pay more to keep your building cool. Aluminum is considered a cool roof coating, and as such will help to keep your building 25% cooler than it would be otherwise. 2) When your AC unit works harder than it should, it wears out sooner, and you have to worry about the cost of prematurely repairing or replacing your AC unit.  Paradoxically, to keep your costs as low as possible, you sometimes have to be willing to pay more when you install your roof. If you are overly concerned about the installation costs of your roof, you might decide to forgo a roof coating, but you will end up paying for this choice over and over. If you go with a roof coating such as aluminum, your roof will last longer, your building will stay cooler, and you will run your AC unit...

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Three Tips For Cleaning A Fiberglass Door Without Damaging The Paint

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fiberglass is a good material for a door on the outside of your home because it’s relatively cheap and easy to maintain. But especially if you have a lot of wind gusts throwing around loose dirt near your home, you’ll need to periodically clean up stains on your door. To ensure that you don’t damage the paint on your fiberglass door while you’re cleaning it, remember these three tips. Don’t Use A Cleaning Chemical That’s Designed For Wooden Doors Since wood is more porous than a typical kitchen countertop, there are many cleaning chemicals out there designed to clean wood without causing any damage. If you have a wooden door, plain soap and water will have a hard time taking care of hardened stains that have partially fused with the wood. But since fiberglass isn’t as porous and most types of paint don’t attach very strongly to fiberglass doors, wooden door cleaning chemicals are too strong to be safe. For relatively loose stains on fiberglass doors, water and a little bit of dishwasher soap is more than adequate. Remove Any Weatherstripping To Cut Down On Distractions Weatherstripping layers on the edges of your door are important to keep heat from your HVAC system inside and rain outside. However, if you don’t remove weatherstripping layers from your fiberglass door before you start cleaning, you’ll completely miss a lot of areas where stains can form. Additionally, if you find a stain that’s partially exposed and partially under a piece of weatherstripping, you may be tempted to scrub so hard on the part of the stain immediately next to the rubber strip that you damage the paint underneath. Don’t Flatten Your Sponge As You Scrub With It A sponge is better than a towel for cleaning a large fiberglass door because it can hold a lot more of your soapy water mixture. You won’t have to dip a sponge back into soapy water as much and you’re less likely to neglect putting enough water on one part of your door. But since sponges are so soft, it’s easy to forget that you can still damage the paint on your door if you press too hard with it. While you’re using your sponge to scrub your door, be careful not to flatten it against the fiberglass. When it’s properly cleaned, your fiberglass door should be one of the most attractive parts of your home. As long as you know how easy it is to damage the coat of paint on your door, you’ll almost certainly do a good job. Contact Port Orchard Glass for more information on fiberglass doors and how to maintain...

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