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The Solvent-Free Alternative to Replacing Your Weathered Roof.

Silicone Roof Coating with Gaco Western

I think it’s safe to say that it rains here in Washington, a lot. And in the roofing business, we take waterproofing seriously. That is why we rely on Gaco Western for some of our waterproofing needs! And with GacoFlex S20 we get solvent-free 100% silicone coating.

“Whether your roof is large or small, flat or sloped, GacoFlex S20 Series Solvent-Free 100% Silicone Roof Coatings provide a proven, guaranteed solution for renewing your weathered and leaking roof. They can be applied to virtually any existing roof to create a durable, glossy, seamless membrane that seals and protects against permanent ponding water, ultraviolet light and severe weather.”

GacoFlex by Gaco Western

The Benefits of GacoFlex S20

  •  This is a 100% silicone product, meaning a single component elastomeric coating. For renewing your weathered, leaky roof, this product is ideal!
  • 95% of what is in the can, stays on the roof because of it’s high solids.
  • This product is easy to work with and can be applied to a wide variety of roofs including a variety of substrates, creating a seamless membrane. It can also be rained on within 2 hours of application, making it’s workability a great benefit!
  • Being the only roof coating that is FM Approved, GacoFlex S20 does not change the FM rating for fire, wind and hail.
  • Carrying a 50 Year Limited Material Warranty, this product has decades of proven performance!
  • Because S20 can withstand permanent ponding water, it is a great solution for flat roofs.
  • Because this product can be applied on top of other roofing systems, it saves the time and money that it would take to perform a tear off.

Chase Construction uses Gaco Western Silicone

We love Gaco Western!

We are of course trained and certified to work with Gaco S20 and we recommend it as much as possible to qualifying projects. We even recorded one of them! Check out the video below to see our expert crew applying Gaco S20 to a commercial roof in Seattle! If you are interested in roof coating, or any other roofing material, give us a call! We will give you a free estimate and recommend the right product for your project! Call us at 253.445.8950, or fill out our quick estimate form today!

Check out our video on the GacoFlex S20 Roof System!

Roof Coating Strengths & Weaknesses

Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we specialize in all types of roofing, both residential and commercial. We are proud of our many commercial jobs as they give us the opportunity to challenge ourselves and produce something of both beauty and quality on a larger scale. Commercial projects offer a change of pace for our crew as the materials and processes used sometimes widely differ than those of residential projects. While traditional shingles or a metal roof is usually the standard for residential properties, a roof coating can be the right choice for a commercial property, especially in a period of

rising labor costs and environmental concerns. A coating acts as a barrier that shields the roof from the elements by increasing UV protection to fight against the sun’s harmful rays. In turn, this process assists in reducing the building’s energy costs as well as limiting expansion and contraction cycles that lead to premature failure of the underlying membrane in maintenance applications. Additionally a coating is water-resistant, but some materials are better than others when it comes to preventing ponding water. A coating can be a great cost effective option as compared to a full roof replacement, but it’s vital to do your research concerning the condition of the roof and its location, slope, and exposure to chemicals, heat, and UV rays. Following we have a comparison of strengths and weaknesses to help you determine which coating material is best for your next commercial roofing job!

Acrylic roof coatings:

Acrylic is a water-based, cost-effective solution for a variety of roofs. The material works well with most climates and provides the best value. Roof coating contractor commercial roofer tacoma Chase Construction North West Inc. Strengths: Acrylic coatings offer a superior balance of cost and performance. They are highly reflective, UV resistant, and easy for roofing crews to work with. Weaknesses: Acrylics tend to lose mil thickness with weathering, need to be applied at 50º F or above, and typically do not offer the best performance in terms of ponding-water situations.

Polyurethane roof coatings:

Polyurethanes are more impact resistant and handle traffic better than any other coating. There are two main types of polyurethane coatings: aromatic and aliphatic. Aromatic coatings are less costly and not UV stable, so they usually act as a base coating. Aliphatic coatings are more costly, but are UV stable, hold color well, and stay cleaner than most other coatings. Roof coating contractor commercial roofer tacoma Chase Construction North West Inc. Strengths: A urethane roof coating system with an aromatic base and an aliphatic top coat is durable, stays cleaner, and is more resistant to ponding water than an acrylic coating. This combination also does well as a cool roof because it tends to be white and stay clean. Weaknesses: They are more expensive than acrylics and can give off a stronger odor when compared to most other coatings.

Silicone roof coatings:

Silicones are moisture cured and humidity can even promote their cure. In some applications, the use of silicone can eliminate the need for a primer.

Chase Construction uses Gaco Western SiliconeStrengths: Silicones weather better than other coatings with almost no erosion or possibility of getting hard or brittle. Silicone also bodes well in ponding water situations. Weaknesses: Silicones hold dirt and rain acts as a cleaner which causes the material to lose reflectivity over time. It is also difficult to adhere to silicone, so when a roof needs re-coating, you must either remove the coating completely or re-coat with a compatible silicone. Resistance to tearing is a mechanical weakness and silicone coatings should be used with fabric as a common practice. There are many choices when it comes to coatings, but this category of roofing systems can be cost and energy efficient and offer a good solution instead of a full roof tear-off and replacement. If you remain unsure about which option is best for you, call one of our talented estimators today! We have been in business in the Puget Sound for over 13 years and we work hard to provide our customers with the most value and peace of mind, no matter the size of the project. Ask to see some of our beautiful past work! We look forward to hearing from you! Start the new year by best protecting your home! We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services, contact Chase Construction North West Inc. today! Fill out our quick estimate form or call us at 253-445-8950.   Check out our video on GacoFlex Roof System!

Check out our video on the GacoFlex Roof System!