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Keep Your Building Dry Year Round

A Great Way to Keep Working in the Winter and Spring

The winter and spring months bring along their own unique challenges for roofers and their clients. The biggest challenge is the weather. Cold temperatures, snow, rain and storms are among some of the most difficult and dangerous conditions to work in. When weather conditions play such a large role in when to apply roof coatings, you have to learn how to continue effectively working during those times of year.


Navigating Colder Conditions

When applying roof coatings, most manufacturers recommend that the temperature should be around 40 degrees at the time of application and maybe even as high as 50 degrees. During the winter months, having a 40 or 50-degree weather day isn’t always going to be realistic, especially if you live in places known for harsh winter weather conditions.


How to Plan for Application During Extreme Weather Conditions

When it is time to perform a roofing application, the first thing you should do is check the forecast. It is important to make sure there is no projected rain at least 24 to 48 hours after your planned roofing application is set to take place. This will ensure that you have the proper amount of time for curing.

Another important tip is to check what the temperature will be at the time of application. A mistake often made is checking the high for the day, not the actual temperature when the application will be done.

Be mindful of the roof’s surface temperature. If that temperature happens to be higher than the ambient temperature (the air temperature of the environment where equipment is stored) during the application, unforeseen problems can happen.

One important note to remember is this recommendation from manufacturers: store your coating products in a warm, dry area at room temperature.


Things to Consider During the Time of Application

When getting ready for the roofing application, aside from the weather, you should also consider ponding water and curing times. You must allow curing time for both the base product that will be applied over the primer and between coats.

Aside from rain or snow, windy weather conditions are also something roofers need to consider. Windy weather can pose itself as a threat during application, pushing spray-coating particles onto turf resting below the roof.


Western Colloid’s Quick Set Product

Being mindful of the weather during the application process is key. Once you have that properly planned, your coating should perform perfectly under different weather conditions including rain, snow, heat and even hail.

You also want to make sure that you have the correct product for your roof. Western Colloid’s ElastaHyde QS has saved countless projects since it’s 2018 release. The product was formulated to quickly dry, protecting roofers from damaging weather. ElastaHyde QS sets up within 15 to 20 minutes, resisting moisture such as fog and dew. After setting up, the solution will not wash off or dilute, becoming sturdy.

If you are looking for a quick set solution, consider Western Colloid’s ElastaHyde Quick Set. Contact us today for more details or if you have questions about our roof products.