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Our Weather Barrier Helps With Concrete Insulation of Your Structure

At ThermaCote, Inc., we have over three decades of experience developing advanced concrete insulation & protection systems and protective weather barrier coatings. We continually create tailored solutions to help our customers reduce energy gain or loss, protect personnel, and address safety concerns. From chemical attacks to standard erosion, concrete structures experience frequent abuse—without proper protection, they can crack, weatherize, and disintegrate. Our ThermaCote® coating protects concrete substrates from abrasion and corrosion, all while reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect.

What is the Urban Heat Island Effect?

The Urban Heat Island Effect refers to the increased temperatures experienced in many cities when compared to the cooler temperatures of nearby rural areas. This temperature discrepancy is due to the higher amounts of greenery in rural areas, as plant life releases water vapor and prevents excess heat from soaking into the ground. However, urban areas have fewer plants and larger amounts of dark substrates that absorb sunlight and create heat. Additionally, urban areas have higher amounts of waste heat, which includes the heat that radiates from humans, factories, and equipment.

The Urban Heat Island Effect is of particular concern because it can cause long term deterioration of concrete. There are three factors which primarily cause concrete damage:

  • Heat
  • Chemical attack
  • Abrasion/erosion

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Although concrete can generally withstand high temperatures, it is prone to damage from Urban Heat Island Effect. This damage is due in large part to thermal cycling—concrete in areas that experience sudden drops and spikes in temperature can lose its strength more rapidly over time. Additionally, if the concrete contains water that has not previously been allowed to evaporate, high temperatures can cause sudden evaporation, which causes the concrete to spall.

Chemical Attack

Dry chemicals have little impact on concrete, but there are three chemical solutions which can cause damage even to high quality concrete:

  • Acids. Concrete may hold up to some weaker acids, but it will generally deteriorate if it encounters any solution that has a pH of three or lower. This type of damage is caused by a chemical reaction between the acid and the cement’s calcium hydroxide.
  • Salts and alkalis. Ammonium salts also produce significant amounts of damage in concrete, as they react to the alkaline environment and release hydrogen ions and ammonia gas. Other types of chlorides, such as iron, aluminum, and magnesium, may all cause damage.
  • Sulfates. Many types of sulfates, such as calcium, potassium, or sodium, can produce chemical reactions when they come into contact with cement’s hydrated compounds. In high amounts, these sulfates disrupt the cement paste by increasing internal pressure, reducing the strength of the concrete.

Abrasion/Erosion

Concrete structures which frequently experience abrasion will deteriorate over time as the outer concrete paste wears down. This type of erosion is most common in hydraulic structures, including tunnels and spillways. It can also frequently occur on surfaces such as sidewalks and roadways.

Concrete Insulation Using ThermaCote®

Utilizing a high-quality weather barrier coating such as ThermaCote® can prevent building envelope failures and is particularly advantageous on concrete structures. This environmentally friendly coating improves a structure’s efficiency by reducing heat transfer and preventing weathering and moisture damage.

ThermaCote® significantly increases the substrate’s durability and lifespan. Applying a protective coating reduces the risk of damage, cracking, and discoloration, thus increasing the odds that the concrete will last several decades without the need for replacement. Concrete insulation also protects concrete from UV rays and stains.

ThermaCote® is appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. Made from ceramic technology, this advanced thermal barrier coating is a highly effective way to reduce the transfer of energy, thus saving money and reducing a structure’s environmental impact. It is MAS Certified Green™ and sustainably produced. Our product has a CE mark for concrete protection, which certifies our product for use with concrete projects of all magnitudes. ThermaCote®, when dried, resembles latex paint and can easily be applied to new projects or used to help retrofitting during construction upgrades.

When considering concrete insulation and protection, ThermaCote thermal barrier coating can be easily applied with ceramic spray equipment. Common applications include:

  • Concrete slabs for structures
  • Roadway columns and overpasses
  • Concrete wall coverage
  • Roadway bridge structures
  • Sidewalks, driveways, and garage surfaces

How Can ThermaCote Help You?

At ThermaCote, Inc., we are dedicated to helping our customers increase their energy efficiency, save money, and prolong the lifespan of their concrete structures—all with no hassle or stress. To learn more about our concrete protection solutions, contact us today.

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ThermaCote® Helps Boost the Performance of PV Solar Panels

At ThermaCote, Inc., we specialize in manufacturing technologically advanced weather barrier and protective coatings designed to increase the energy efficiency and safety of any substrate or structure, including PV solar panels. In addition to being durable and reliable, our products are designed with the environment in mind. Our commitment to meeting green standards is reflected by our maintenance of several sustainability ratings and accreditations, including from the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC), Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS), Materials Analytics Services (MAS), US Green Building Council (USGBC), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and International Code Council-Evaluation Service (ICC-ES).

One of our core product offerings is ThermaCote®—a high-performance thermal barrier coating with an eco-friendly, water-based acrylic formulation. Below we outline how this product benefits photovoltaic (PV) solar panel applications.

How to Get More Thermal Efficiency from Your PV Solar Panels

Photovoltaic solar panels are used to capture energy from the sun and convert it into a usable form—i.e., electricity. They consist of a collection of small photovoltaic cells made from semiconducting material (e.g., silicon), which, despite their size, can reach high efficiency rates when combined together. Both direct and indirect sunlight can cause a PV panel to generate direct current (DC) electricity. However, the stronger the sunlight, the more electricity produced.

The efficiency of a solar panel is a measure of its ability to convert energy input (i.e., sunlight) into usable output (i.e., electricity). It depends on the rate at which solar cells produce electricity, which, in turn, is influenced by the solar cells’ construction material, electrical configuration, integrated components, and several other key factors. For example, PV panels with high-performance semiconducting materials, more organized wiring and busing configurations, and less reflective properties will have greater efficiency than ones with lesser quality construction materials, disorganized wiring and busing configurations, and highly reflective properties. In general, PV panels exhibit an efficiency rate of between 15–20 percent, but higher efficiency models (up to and exceeding 22%) are also available.
One method of improving the efficiency of PV solar panels is by using ThermaCote®. Our ceramic thermal barrier coating can help boost the efficiency of PV solar panels by protecting them from erosion, corrosion, or staining, regardless of how harsh environmental conditions may be.

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Why Choose ThermaCote®?

ThermaCote® is a high-performance thermal barrier coating suitable for use on indoor and outdoor structures. By coating the roofs of their facilities, industry professionals can improve the efficiency of their roof-mounted solar panel systems. The coating exhibits a high solar reflectance rate (83%) and thermal emittance rate (88%), both of which help to decrease the surface and ambient temperatures on the rooftop. Since high temperatures can cause changes to the semiconducting material in solar cells—which can decrease voltage outputs and damage the energy-generating components—using ThermaCote® to reduce rooftop temperatures can lead to higher panel efficiency rates.

Some of the other advantages of using ThermaCote® on roofs and outdoor structures for thermal protection include:

  • Greater energy savings. The coating reduces or eliminates airflow, condensation, and thermal bridging, transfer, conduction, convection, and radiation, resulting in lower heat loss or gain rates (depending on the external temperatures) and a smaller temperature differential between the outside and inside of a facility. These qualities affect the amount of heating and cooling required to maintain proper facility temperatures and, consequently, energy costs.
  • Better structural protection. The coating protects systems and structures from abrasive compounds, corrosion, and weatherization. It also exhibits little to no risk of shrinkage, expansion, and contraction in hot and cold environments.
  • Greener solutions. The coating meets the “low emitting products” criteria as per the indoor air quality guidelines from CHPS. It features an environmentally friendly formulation made from water-based acrylic with ultra-low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

To learn more about ThermaCote® and how it can improve the performance of your PV solar panel system or the thermal efficiency of your facility, contact us today.

The 5 Benefits of Garage & Roof Insulation with a Thermal Barrier Coating

A building of any sort is an investment and should be properly protected. This includes protecting the exterior from the elements and protecting the people and property inside from the heat or cold. A thermal barrier coating provides garage and roof insulation along with a variety of other benefits.

ThermaCote® is a proprietary thermal barrier coating—made by our company of the same name—that provides superior corrosion, abrasion, and weather resistance. It creates its own layer of insulation and also protects and reinforces the building’s existing insulation, which can degrade over time. By keeping more warm or cool air in the building, you save energy and prolong the life of your heating and cooling units. Best of all, ThermaCote® is a sustainable product.

ThermaCote® has several eco-friendly accreditations, including ratings from the Cool Roof Rating Council, EnergyStar and is MAS Certified Green. ThermaCote® is made with a water-based acrylic formula with ultra-low volatile organic compounds (VOCs). You can use ThermaCote® with the assurance that it is not harmful to the environment. Our company is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Chamber of the South, which focus on bringing Green materials and technology into focus in the construction industry.

ThermaCote® is high-performance and versatile, as it can be applied internally or externally. It serves a variety of commercial and residential structures, including houses, warehouses, sheds, and detached garages.

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What are the Benefits of Sealing a Detached Garage?

Detached garages and workspaces are becoming increasingly popular. Some owners appreciate the opportunity to create a second living or working space within the detached garage as it offers greater privacy, while others convert attached garages into additional bedrooms, offices, guest houses, or playrooms and build a separate detached garage for the vehicles and storage.

In the long-term, adding a second level to a detached garage is often easier than trying to build on top of an attached garage. Detached garages can be hidden away or set back from the street, allowing for a more attractive entrance to the home. Today’s homes are built with a garage-forward facade, while many homeowners are seeking garages with more aesthetic appeal, which makes a detached garage ideal.

A detached garage is an asset to your home and it should be treated with the same level of care and protection as the rest of your property. The property inside and the building itself should be protected and ThermaCote® is an easy and affordable way to provide garage and roof insulation. It comes in a variety of colors and features the following five benefits:

  1. Energy savings: Keep warm or cool air inside the building and reduce the strain on your heating and cooling systems.
  2. Longevity and protection: Reduce the signs of wear and tear from the weather, debris, and more.
  3. Heat reduction: ThermaCote® is highly reflective, which supports heat resistance in your substrate.
  4. UV protection: ThermaCote® offers a barrier against damaging UV rays.
  5. Easy installation: Simply spray to apply. With the right equipment, including a professional-grade sprayer, most users can apply ThermaCote® themselves (and we have a thorough application guide to help). If you don’t have the proper equipment, we can help you select what you will need, or you may want to hire someone to do it for you. Either way, the process is simple and can be completed in a short period of time.

Whether you’re building a new detached garage or simply want to seal the old one, ThermaCote® is a simple, cost-effective, eco-friendly method of garage and roof insulation for your detached garage and other buildings. It adheres to almost any clean, dry surface, so it’s an ideal solution no matter what material your garage is made of.

Thermal Barrier Solutions from ThermaCote®

For more than 30 years, we have been creating technologically advanced weather barriers to improve your building’s energy efficiency and protect it from the elements. We’re proud to develop environmentally friendly products that meet your needs for protective coatings. To learn more about ThermaCote®, please contact us. We’re happy to answers any questions you have about the product, its application, or the importance of a thermal barrier coating.

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ThermaCote® for Concrete Applications

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ThermaCote is…

  • Air Permeable with Water Breathability
  • Allows asphalts to stay Cool to the Touch
  • No Off-gassing, Ultra-Low Volatile Organic Compounds’s
  • Easy Application with Minimal Upkeep Required

Potential Concrete Applications:

  • Concrete Slabs for Structures
  • Roadway Columns and Overpasses
  • Concrete Wall Coverage
  • Roadway Bridge Structures
  • Sidewalks, Driveways, and Garage Surfaces

 

Concrete structures are subjected to just about every kind of abuse – impact, abrasion, chemical attack, and thermal shock. Due to its porous nature, concrete tends to create dust from wear and abuse over time which leads to expedited abrasion, chemical attack, and weatherization. As a substrate Concrete holds in heat transferred from surrounding elements causing the structure to measure hotter to the touch than its surrounding environment. For these reasons, concrete needs protection. ThermaCote® seals the envelope of any concrete structure which adds protection from weatherization, oxidation, cracks, and ware. In addition to improving the life of the substrate, ThermaCote® mitigates thermal bridging which will stop the concrete structure from absorbing heat. The drastic reduction in the amount of heat held by a ThermaCote® coated Concrete structure will lead to reduced energy costs and a positive impact on reducing the Urban Heat Island Effect. Reducing heat transfer, corrosion, abrasion, all while improving weatherization and the sustainability of substrates are what our ThermaCote® coating specializes in!

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ThermaCote® for Asphalt Protection

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The act of coating a surface or substrate with ThermaCote® helps that surface to resist absorption of heat caused by changes in temperature or exposure to direct sunlight. As you know, asphalt black tops can become upwards of 120 degrees F on even a moderately sunny day. ThermaCote® can be the solution for reducing the surface temperature while combating the common issue of the of the Urban Heat Island Effect in residential areas.  ThermaCote® adds traction for streets and parking structures without the addition of aggregate materials. This gives our coating the special ability to maintain a smooth finish when applied, while reducing skid and slips simultaneously. When tested in wet conditions, ThermaCote® improves the safety of regular asphalt and concrete surfaces and is proven safe for vehicular and pedestrian traffic in accordance with the slip and skid resistance standard of California (ASTM C1028 and California Test 342). ThermaCote® is not slippery when wet!

At 5.3 g/l, ThermaCote® has an exceptionally low Volatile Organic Compound makeup and is certified for indoor air quality within classrooms and offices ThermaCote® is composed of over 80% solids which means that, not only will the thickness remain more accurate wet to dry, there is also very little material that can be evaporated. Manufacturing green products in order to reduce our global footprint is a priority at ThermaCote, Inc.

To download the complete write up on the City of Los Angeles LACI Cool Pavement testing demo please click the link below:

ThermaCote Asphalt and Concrete Protection

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ThermaCote® and Duct Insulation

What is the most effective way to insulate, while also eliminating corrosion in the ducts of air conditioning, refrigeration, and ventilation systems?

ThermaCote® reduces the temperatures in your HVAC-R ducts, while simultaneously preventing condensation & moisture build up.

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How does ThermaCote® reduce condensation and moisture?

The risk of humidity increases as the temperature difference between the interior and exterior of the duct grows.

Duct insulation falls off as result of condensation and corrosion under insulation. Rust is produced by condensation and moisture inside insulating materials. Condensation occurs when the amount of moisture in the air is higher than the volume of air can absorb. This is usually caused by the cooling of warm, humid air, so excess moisture condenses on the wall of the duct. Condensation starts when you have more than 10°C difference between inside and outside of the duct.

If you want to protect your existing HVAC-R duct-work or considering a new system, you should seriously consider applying ThermaCote® on your ducts. ThermaCote® reduces surface temperature by 38%, therefore eliminates condensation of your HVAC-R ducts.

 

By reduction of the surface temperature by 38%, the difference between inside and outside of the duct is close, ThermaCote eliminates the condensation, reduces humidity and prevents the rust on the HVAC-ducts.  Too it reduces maintenance costs and eliminates radiant heat from hot ducts. In addition, ThermaCote maintains the temperature inside by controlling heat losses. Furthermore, the elimination of fiberglass reduces the size of space needed for installation. ThermaCote is approved by the European Cool Roof Council. It increases the insulation and solar reflection; hence it protects and extends the lifetime of your roof and their equipment.

More advantages of ThermaCote®:

  • Thermal insulation of roofs and facades.
  • saving up to 40% energy
  • Increases efficiency of HVAC-R systems.
  • Increases efficiency of PV solar panels.
  • Quick application
  • Durable and Quality

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Product Spotlight: ThermaCote®, Our Eco-Friendly Weather Barrier Coating

ThermaCote® has been relied on as a premier weather barrier coating for more than 30 years. This technologically advanced finishing material provides high-quality protection against corrosion and adverse conditions for residential, commercial, industrial, and infrastructural facilities that would otherwise face the full force of UV and weather-based wear and tear.

With ThermaCote®, we seek to provide an effective material that will enhance your building’s energy efficiency and reduce your carbon footprint. Furthermore, we formulate ThermaCote® using environmentally efficient procedures, and this nontoxic finish will allow your facility to better coexist with its surrounding environment.

What Is a Weather Barrier Coating?

Weather barrier coatings (or WBCs) have low thermal conductivity, which means that they act as a barrier between external temperature fluctuations and your building’s internal environment. WBCs remain exceptionally resilient when the temperature rises or drops, which allows for performance across a wide temperature range.

WBCs owe this ability to their composition, which is uniquely able to resist thermal shock and fatigue while also being easy to apply to almost any clean and dry surface.

ThermaCote®’s high performance makes it a superior finishing choice for surfaces that are exposed to a wide range of weather conditions. Some of the advantages you can expect to see after installing ThermaCote include:

  • Energy conservation: ThermaCote®’s high solar reflectance and high emittance mean that changes in external conditions will not dramatically affect your building’s internal climate, and that will lessen the escape of internal energy.
  • Resistance to corrosion and heat: ThermaCote® applications can seal the structure, plus minimize the Solar/Radiant Heat Gain. As the Primary Thermal Envelope (PTE), ThermaCote® can guard insulation against moisture, thermal transfer, thermal bridging, and conduction.
  • Lightweight product: ThermaCote® weighs only 5 lbs. per gallon (0.6 kg/L), meaning that it will not add significant weight to structures and substrates to which it’s applied.
  • Environmentally friendly facilities: ThermaCote® is Certified Green by the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines regarding volatile organic compounds (VOC) and off gassing, which means that it will not adversely affect the indoor air quality of classrooms and offices. ThermaCote® is a Cool Roof Rating Council and ENERGY STAR–qualified product.

ThermaCote® helps seal the envelope of any structure. It’s a UL-classified product with a 0-flame spread, a certifiable and sustainable product, and The Professional’s Choice for a weather barrier that can prevent the transfer of heat and cold. 

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Where to Apply ThermaCote®

ThermaCote’s® single component application allows it to work with many different substrates. It can be easily applied as a primer or topcoat for:

  • New and existing sheetrock
  • Wood
  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Concrete
  • Steel
  • Brick
  • Block
  • Metal
  • Masonry
  • Asphalt

Once applied, ThermaCote® helps seal the building envelope of any structure. (Note, a structure’s envelope can be defined as the design and construction of the exterior including the roof and foundation).

A building envelope with few avenues for internal air to escape and external air to enter will improve the energy efficiency of the building. With ThermaCote®, even the smallest leaks and crevices will be sealed, and the likelihood of new ones forming over time is greatly diminished.

ThermaCote®: The Professional’s Choice for a Sustainable & Energy-Efficient Coating

ThermaCote® is a versatile weather barrier coating that works with a number of surfaces and substrates. Those who use ThermaCote® can expect a high quality, spray applied coating to help protect your structure and turbo-charge insulation systems, whether commercial or residential! If you would like to learn more about ThermaCote®’s uses and applications, please contact us today!