How climate change is affecting the roofing industry
Climate change is having a significant impact on the roofing industry in the UK, as extreme weather conditions become more frequent and severe. Roofing systems are increasing exposed to more adverse weather conditions, making it harder for contractors to carry out their work. We look at how climate change is affecting the roofing industry in terms of coatings.
Climate change is already here. Even in the UK, we are seeing unprecedented and volatile weather conditions. As a result, our roofing systems are becoming increasingly vulnerable to damage from extreme heat, heavy rainfall and high winds.
Although many roof coatings have been developed to withstand such conditions, including the Giromax range, it’s the application that matters. For our own product range, the ideal temperature to apply our coatings is between 5 and 35 degrees. We do not recommend applying our products above or below this temperature range, as this could lead to issues and possible remedial work.
In extreme heatwaves, metal profiled roofing is likely to be much hotter than the recorded day temperature. If it becomes too hot, the roof coating might not stick to the substrate or thicken properly. It’s worth noting that coatings cure faster in warm temperatures, which means contractors may need to rethink their working day. In the heatwave of summer 2022, contractors were forced to start work early to avoid the extreme daytime temperatures.
Although we haven’t yet had extreme snow this year in the form of the “Beast from the East”, record-breaking, freezing temperatures were recently recorded in the USA and Canada. The North American continent experienced a “bomb cyclone”. In sub-zero temperatures, roof coatings won’t stick to the roof substrate. If ice gets trapped between the poorly applied coating and the substrate, problems can arise later down the line.
The same problem applies to heavy rainfall. Extreme, stormy weather is on the increase, which could delay contractors when it comes to finishing a roof-coating project. Rain showers will affect the roof coating, preventing it from sticking to the substrate.
Roof coating products for damp conditions
Giromax has specific products that can be applied in damp conditions, although we do not advise applying during a rain shower. Giromax® Edgecoat and Giromax® Roofcoat can both be applied in damp conditions. Designed to provide durable and long-lasting protection, these coatings are highly effective solutions for metal profile roofing systems.
Our roof coatings are made from high-quality materials, including elastomeric polymers, providing a flexible and durable barrier against water and moisture. The coatings are also resistant to UV rays and weathering and have been designed to endure harsh weather conditions. As a business, we have ongoing product testing and development to ensure continual improvements can be made to the user application of our products.
Climate change is a global issue, and the roofing industry has a big role to play in reducing its impact. By using more sustainable materials and manufacturing processes, we can all play our part in helping to reduce the carbon footprint of the roofing industry. As a roof coatings company, we also want to contribute to a more sustainable future for our planet.
At Giromax, we have always factored in environmental concerns when it comes to the development of our product range. Our solvent-less roof coatings have low VOCs, making them safer for the environment and for the contractors who use our products. If you are interested in finding out about our coating products, we will be releasing videos on our website in the months ahead.
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