San Antonio Community – Take Advantage of CPS Energy Rebate; Plus Low-Rate, Long-Term Financing through PACE by Using Applied Liquid Reflective Coatings on Your Home or Building
Let’s take it one step at a time.
Heat and UV reflective additives have been around since 1960’s. As technology and chemical compounds have improved, so have the additives. Currently, one of the best additives are Ceramic Microspheres. Aerogel is also a very impressive additive for insular quality, but is still in the development stage for widespread application as an exterior coating additive. Look for more about Aerogel in the future.
Though some paint manufacturers have misrepresented the benefits of elastomers with ceramic additives, there are still many legitimate manufacturers who have crafted incredibly intelligent formulas, conducted numerous case studies, and proven the effectiveness of the product to successfully reflect heat and UV rays. Thus proving, it is possible to greatly reduce the heat that builds up in living and work spaces.
For exterior applications, a 100% Acrylic Elastomeric is easily a better base product than even the best quality acrylic latex paint. While a superior acrylic paint will only have 30-40% solids, today’s elastomeric coatings with ceramic microspheres are 60% solids. Which means less evaporation of the product and the more it will adhere to the applied surface. Additionally, elastomeric paints have a greater elongation rate (more stretchy), up to 200%, but still has the ability to return to its original size. It goes on thicker than regular latex, it dries thicker and provides a better exterior membrane than acrylic latex paint.
For verification of a product, simply go to www.energystar.gov./productfinder/product/certified-roof-products . Next, filter your results further by typing in “ceramic”. This will pull up 16 products, of which only 5 are liquid applied heat reflective coatings (the rest are ceramic tiles).
As noted earlier, Energy Star Certification doesn’t rate wall coatings. However, if an elastomeric product with similar microscopic ceramic spheres is formulated for application on wall surfaces, it’s realistic to expect similar superior results and reflective performance.
To be clear, the best way to reflect heat and UV rays from building roofs and walls is by using as light a color as possible. Obviously, when tinting the elastomer base, darker colors will not reflect heat as efficiently as light colors. For best results, 2 coats should be applied, with a dry thickness of 10 – 12 mils.
Perhaps you aren’t ready to have your entire building or home upgraded with a superior heat reflective coating, but you have a “Hot Wall” problem you really need to address in one particular area of your property.
We can help you address your priority issue and have the elastomeric coating tinted to match your current structure’s color.
Both residential and commercial customers are eligible to receive this rebate. More information can be found on at www.cpsenergy.com. Look for the rebates button, then look for the “cool roof rebate”.
Let us know your challenge, we welcome the opportunity to help!