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Waterproof Roof Membranes and How They Work

Waterproof membranes are an effective and money-saving way to improve your roof’s performance. They are definitely more affordable than getting a brand new roof. If your roof could use some extra waterproofing and energy efficiency, you should consider having it coated.

Weatherproofing is Highly Protective

When we use the term “weatherproof“, we mean just that. Roof coatings will make your roof immune to leaks and greater resiliency to high wind and storms. This is because the waterproof membrane is completely sealed at the seams, allowing harmful elements to just roll off.

a photo of roofers installing a roof coatingRoof Coatings Save You Money

While there is a bit of an initial investment involved, you will start to enjoy your savings rather quickly. That’s because you save money by getting a coating instead of a whole new roof, and the coatings are very long-lasting, minimizing repair costs. Plus, if you get them painted white, your building will stay cooler using less energy.

They’re Easier Than Ever to Get Installed

All you have to do is give us a call and let us know you’d like to have a roof coating applied. We will discuss your best options. You can rest assured that, when you choose us as your roof coating installers, you will be getting the industry’s best products and practices.

If you need roof coating services in New Orleans or the surrounding areas, give us a call today!

The Last Things You’d Expect to Fall Through Your Roof

Roof coatings are great for protecting your roof, but nothing could have protected the following folks from the things that dropped through their roofs! We take our business very seriously, but there’s no harm in an occasional light-hearted look at strange occurrences — like the three bizarre events below!

A Rock as Old as Earth

Larry Beck of Connecticut just wanted to watch his TV that fateful night, but instead, he ended up with a rare treasure indeed: A 4.5 billion year old meteorite the size of his fist! After hearing a loud crack, Beck thought that a rafter had broken in his attic. The next morning, when he went up to inspect, he yelled at his wife that he could see daylight through their roof. Then he discovered the rock, which Yale scientists studied, and concluded to be an ancient meteorite. That might almost be worth a hole in the roof!

a picture of a wrecked car on a tow truckA Flying SUV

An unnamed man from Houston crashed his SUV into not one, but two roofs during the same incident! As unlikely as that sounds, it really happened. The man, who was texting while driving drunk and speeding, veered onto an embankment, which sent his vehicle sailing through the air. The SUV collided with one roof, flipped, and flew into a second roof, where it got stuck. Miraculously, nobody got hurt. Even the driver was taken away unscathed.

A Messy Block of Ice

Marian Liknes of Canada found out the hard way about “blue ice”: a frozen mixture of disinfectant and the contents of an airplane’s lavatory waste chute. As she hurried to answer the phone, Liknes was struck by shards of the dirty ice, which fell through her roof and damaged her home’s interior. Investigators don’t think the dumping was deliberate; most likely, the waste chute wasn’t working properly, causing the worst kind of leak right over Liknes’s home.

Chances are, you’ll never have to worry about these crazy objects coming through your roof, but if they ever do, we’re here for you! (We’re here for you anyway.) Give us a call today to learn more about our roofing services.

Preserving Industrial Tanks with Liquid Coating

industrial tankIndustrial tanks serve all types of vital purposes, which makes caring for these tanks all the more important. Did you know that the same liquid coatings used for roofs are widely used to preserve industrial tanks? By halting corrosion and fortifying weak spots in the metal, the lifespan of an industrial tank is dramatically increased. Here we walk through the basics of industrial tank coatings to help you explore how your tanks will benefit from liquid coatings.

As an industrial tank starts to age, it will often experience corrosion. This corrosion may be widespread over the majority of the tank or simply localized in one or a few areas, but any weakening of the tank makes it susceptible to leaks or other damage. This places the products inside at risk.

Coating the industrial tank with a liquid coating encapsulates the tank to protect it from any further degradation. This halts corrosion and aging in its tracks. Coatings not only protect from damage, but they also protect from the harsh effects of the elements and extend the lifespan of an industrial tank.

New Orleans Industrial Tank Coatings

Call our team at (504) 874-4002 to explore liquid coatings for your industrial tanks today! We are Louisiana’s green roofing and coating experts.

Advantages of Commercial Skylights

skylightArtificial lighting in commercial buildings can project an uncomfortable aura and dampen the workplace environment. We have all heard of skylights in a home, but why only limit them to residential use? Commercial skylights are a practical, trusted route to channel in natural light, reduce utility usage, and thereby cut down your utility bill. Here we walk through the benefits of commercial skylights and where to turn for assistance with your existing skylights.

Skylights 101

Heating, cooling, illuminating, and supplying electricity to a commercial building is not an inexpensive endeavor. Commercial property owners explore every avenue to save on utilities, and skylights are a trusted route to savings. Channeling natural lighting reduces the demand for electric lights. Running electric lights less cuts down on utility costs. Not to mention, natural lighting bathes your building in a refreshing glow to boost mood and productivity.

The success of your skylight depends on the specifics of the light that is installed. The water tightness, wind resistance, shading, sound reduction, ventilation, and UV coatings of a skylight should all be considered before installation. If your skylight leaks or is degrading, our GreenStar Roof technicians are trained and qualified to repair your skylight and update its specifics that will best fit your commercial building.

For expert skylight repair, call us today at 504-874-4002! 

Benefits Of Flat Roofs

Flat roofs are the go to choice for the vast majority of businesses. They offer a certain array of benefits perfect for commercial purposes. Here, at Green Star Coatings, we offer professional flat roof installation services. If you’d like to know a little bit more about how a flat roof can benefit you, we discuss their advantages here.

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How they can help you

  • The costs of shingles, shakes, or tiles add up really fast. Fortunately, you can avoid that completely by using flat roof materials to save on costs.
  • Standing on a sloped roof is not only difficult, but extremely dangerous. Flat roofs make maintenance and cleaning much easier.
  • Space is important for businesses, and flat roofs can help you there too. They can sometimes be used for storage, a mounted HVAC system, and more.

Want to take advantage of professional flat roof installation? Give the experts at Green Star Coatings a call! To find out more, you can reach us at 1-504-874-4002.

How Do Coatings Keep Roofs Cool?

sun in skyIf you have begun to explore the benefits of roof coatings, you will surely have learned that they drastically reduce the temperature of a roof. How exactly is this possible? Here we discuss the basics of how roof coatings can keep a roof cooler, and what these cooler temperatures mean.

Several factors contribute to how roof coatings keep a roof cool. The traditional light color of a roof coating is a huge factor in the cool relief they can offer. Lighter colors absorb less heat, helping keep the roof and the nearby underlying structures cool. Additionally, light colored roof coatings reflect sunlight and heat, further keeping the roof cool.

Emissivity is the ability of a surface to radiate away heat. Roof coatings are engineered to emit away approximately 70% to 90% of the heat they absorb, while traditional roofs emit approximately 5% to 25% of the heat they absorb. Roof coatings are specifically designed with cool temperatures in mind.

What Does a Cooler Roof Mean For You?

A cooler roof extends the life of your roof system by years. Radiation and heat accelerate the decay of your roof, so a roof coating that reflects heat and UV radiation will drastically increase the life of your roof. If you are ready to cool your roof and protect your home for years to come, call our professionals today at 1-504-874-4002! We are the roof coating authority of Louisiana. 

Energy Efficiency: Only a Luxury?

window with sunlightWhen you think of energy efficiency, you may first imagine shiny, new appliances that cost thousands of dollars and run on vegetable oil. However, energy efficiency is simply managing your consumption of energy and is achievable through many ways – and improving energy efficiency does not have to break the bank. The average person in Louisiana spent approximately $4200 on energy in 2012, and our goal is to help you lower that expenditure. Here we have compiled a few of our favorite energy efficiency tips to help you start managing your energy consumption today.

Where to Start

Energy-proofing your home often starts with the systems that are already in place, rather than having to start completely over with expensive new systems. Take these few starter points, for example:

  • Weather stripping around exterior doors and windows is an inexpensive, trusted method of maintaining your home environment while keeping outdoor elements out. Weather stripping is fantastically affordable – often $10 or so for a medium sized roll.
  • Caulking is another delightfully affordable way to maintain your indoor environment. Caulking is a special putty that can be precisely applied to seal gaps in window frames, door frames, and similar openings in a home or building. Caulking is often found for $5 or less.
  • Skylights allow for beautiful natural lighting while allowing you to use your electric lights less. Skylights can also be used as vents that draw out warm air to keep the room cool.

These quick tips, and many more, can help improve energy efficiency in your home or building, ultimately saving you money. Improving the efficiency of your roof is no exception, and New Orleans’ top roofers are here to help you save money and protect your property for years to come. Call our professional roofers at (504) 874-4002 to discuss energy efficiency for your roof today! 

What is an ‘urban heat island,’ exactly?

white roofingOn this site, you’ll regularly see mentions of the “urban heat island effect” and our efforts to reduce it. But you may be wondering exactly what that term means.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, these islands are created as the result of changes in the landscape in cities. With the addition of buildings and roads — and the subtraction of open landscapes and vegetation — the ground becomes less permeable and more dry. This causes the area to become warmer than their rural counterparts. Therefore, an “island” of heat is created.

How significant is the difference? On a warm summer day, the sun can heat exposed surfaces such as pavement to temperatures as much as 90 degrees hotter than how it feels in the air. These islands, on certain days, can be about 5 degrees warmer than the more rural areas. The effect is not fully diminished at nighttime, but it’s obviously more pronounced during the day.

Not only does this cause more discomfort (and possible health problems) for residents, but it also leads to other issues as well. Chief among them would be an increase in energy consumption. The urban heat island also causes elevated levels of air pollutants and greenhouse gases.

The EPA recommends several ways to combat the urban heat island effect. Among them: “Installing cool — mainly reflective — roofs.”

At GreenStar Roof Coatings, we have a goal of coating 10 million square feet of rooftops with cool roofs, thereby lessening the urban heat island effect in New Orleans. Contact us to get started on yours!