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The benefit of roof coatings with low isocyanates

Roof coatings play a vital role in protecting and enhancing the longevity of roof systems, providing a protective barrier against weather conditions and UV rays. But some roof coatings contain high levels of harmful isocyanates. So, what’s the benefit of roof coatings with low isocyanates?

Myles Emmett Web
16 Aug 2023
3 minutes

In recent years, there has been a general reduction of harmful chemicals in roof coatings for the purpose of health and safety, and environmental concerns. Companies are increasingly focused on improving their green agenda. When you choose a coating for a roofing system, using products with lower isocyanates will be safer for your contractors and the planet.

Giromax® is fully committed to health and safety, as well as reducing our environmental impact. As well as having low isocyanates in our roof coatings, our products have always had lower VOCs and solvent-less formulas when compared to our competitors.

High isocyanate levels are dangerous

Isocyanates are a class of chemicals commonly used in the production of various polyurethane-based products, including roof coatings. These chemicals are known for their exceptional adhesive and durable properties, making them suitable for coating formulas.

However, high levels of isocyanates can be potent and pose significant health risks to anyone exposed to them. As semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs), high isocyanate roof coatings release toxic aerosol mist droplets, which can stay in the air long after application.

Contractors who frequently spray roof coatings containing high levels of isocyanates are at greater risk of exposure and associated health issues. This can lead to respiratory problems, skin irritation, and flu-like shivers. Prolonged exposure to high isocyanate concentrations may also result in severe asthma and serious respiratory diseases. Isocyanates are classed as carcinogens, which can increase the risk of cancer.

Reasons to use low isocyanate coatings

There are many benefits of using roof coatings containing fewer isocyanates, as follows:

  • Improved health and safety

One of the key advantages of low isocyanate roof coatings is the reduced health and safety risk. Contractors and workers have less exposure to harmful fumes and particulates, minimising the risk of respiratory issues and serious health conditions.

  • Environmental friendliness

Low isocyanate roof coatings are more environmentally friendly compared to high isocyanate alternatives. With reduced emissions of semi-volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), they contribute to better air quality and a healthier environment.

  • Long-lasting performance

Roof coatings containing low isocyanates still offer excellent durability and longevity. They form a protective layer that effectively seals the roof, preventing water penetration, corrosion, wear and tear, as well as superior resistance to UV rays.

  • Easier user application

Our low isocyanate roof coatings are formulated to be user-friendly, allowing for easier application. They have excellent adhesion properties, making them suitable for various roofing materials, including metal profiled roof systems and asbestos cement.

Hybrid polyurethane roof coating paint

At Giromax®, we have formulated a range of innovative polyurethane hybrid roof coatings with low isocyanates and fewer VOC emissions. Our single-coat systems benefit contractors in terms of ease of use, resulting in faster and more efficient application. A high standard of application is achieved only when the correct preparation of the substrate has been carried out beforehand. Our roof coatings have a guaranteed lifespan of 15, 20 or 25 years.

When comparing our low isocyanate roof coatings to competitor products, always consider the levels of isocyanates present. Contractors exposed to high levels of isocyanates are putting their health at great risk. By opting for low isocyanate alternatives, contractors can significantly reduce potential health hazards associated with exposure. A roof coating should never compromise workers’ health.

Health and safety should always be a top priority when it comes to the types of roof coatings used for repairs and maintenance. Low isocyanate roof coatings provide a safer alternative and a healthier work environment, while still delivering long-lasting protection and durability for roofing systems. By using our roof coatings, you will be helping to keep your contractors safe, and you will reduce your environmental impact too.

When it comes to roof coatings, Giromax® is the original leader in this market. Our technical team continually test and develop our product range to improve health and safety, user application and durability.

If you need technical guidance on a Giromax® product, please speak to our team or call 01455 558969.

Myles Emmett Web

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