Each summer the resources are put under pressure coping with the huge surge in electricity demand.
The reason, of course, is the drain caused by cooling devices as the country seeks to maintain an environment that is comfortable to live and work in and which preserves heat sensitive items.
In the battle against green house emissions, heat reflective roof paint is emerging as a vital tool.
Heat reflective roof paints:
Commercial roofs are one of the great users of air conditioning driving cooling costs for many complexes through the roof during the summer months.
Naturally, thoughts turn to ways to block radiant heat and cut cooling costs. There are now a range of heat reflective roof paints on the market, but do they all achieve what they claim?
Ceramic-based paints are one of the more recent products on the market, containing a number of user-friendly elements that will make them popular for household use.
Ceramic paint contains elements that act to reflect significant amounts of heat and provide low heat transfer and good flexibility, therefore enabling the product to be advertised as a heat reflecting roof paint. However, tests conducted have proven dramatic variations in performance:
While Insultec has proven to last up to 15 years maintenance free and providing the same standard of heat reflection and insulation, research has confirmed that ceramic based materials lose up to 30% effectiveness after one year.
While Insultec heat reflective roof paint is sprayed on in one application to achieve its exceptional results, ceramics would need to be applied at one litre per one square metre to achieve the same results.
While ceramic paints have their place, for maximum insulation and reduction in cooling costs, Insultec, which contains no ceramic spheres, still maintains as good insulating metal roof paint and has also proven to be ideal asbestos roof paint.
Solar Cool, a company specialised commercial and industrial roof insulation, renovation and removal, has used Insultec heat reflective roof paint extensively across major capital projects including the cool school program carried out on state school buildings across Queensland.