Infra-Red Roof Coating Tests

Wilcote Waterproofing Roofing and Painting is pleased to announce that infra-red roof coating tests that were recently conducted on our W118 Infra-red Cool Roof Coatings have been successful. This means that our innovative roof cooling coating has passed tests set forth under the US Solar Reflectance Parameters of ASTM 1980 requirements. You can download our test results.

Certified lab test methods used to determine solar reflectance are based on the US CRRC Equipment and Test Methods that are associated with ASTM C1549; ASTM 1371 and ASTM E 1980. Our flagship infra-red cool roof coating not only met the basic criteria of these standards, but passed with flying colours.

What this means to our customers is that we will continue to strive to providing the highest quality products possible, promoting environmentally-friendly products that are not only good for you and your budget but also for the planet.

About Wilcote Infra-Red Roof Coat

What exactly is the infra-red roof coat, and why is it such a big deal where green innovation is concerned?

Simply put, this roof coating uses special infra-red rays to cool buildings like never before. In military uses, infra-red is used as a way to make aircraft invisible on the radar – unable to be picked up by heat seating devices. In building, the same technology is used to provide cooling to roofs.

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One of our biggest challenges in today’s busy world is the growing risk of urban heat islands. When lots of buildings are built close together, the heat absorbed by these buildings increases the amount of heat within the area. Roof cooling helps to address this by using special pigments that reflect the harmful UV rays instead of absorbing them.

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Infra-red reflective pigments characteristically have an increased visible opacity that is only able to transmit infra-red radiation. Thin layers of roof coating are not much good in reflecting all of these radiations, meaning that some rays can still escape through the coating and into the building. The coating may seem opaque, but often it is not thick enough to reduce infra-red light.

Our highly effective product is thick enough to withstand optimal radiation, keeping your roof cool even throughout the hot African summer. This product is available in various colours – to learn more, contact your nearest Wilcote branch and find out how infra-red roof cooling can help you!

Wilcote Shortlisted for Eco-Logic Climate Change Award

The Eco-Logic Awards honour individuals, organisations and communities that are committed to making a difference, and Wilcote is honoured to have been shortlisted in the Climate Change category of this prestigious award.

In partnership with SABC3, and established by The Enviropaedia, the Eco-Logic Awards put the focus on sustainability, eco-friendly business practices and smart consumerism. It has been hailed as South Africa’s most ‘glamorously green’ event, with a glitzy gala dinner that is certainly proof of its glamour. Every year, members of the public have the chance to nominate their Eco-Champions, showing how each finalist contributes towards various categories. In total, there are 13 categories, ranging from Climate Change to Biodiversity, Eco-Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Recycling and Waste Management, Transport, Water Conservation, Business Green Economy Initiative, Municipalities, Eco-Community, Eco-Youth, Eco-Angel and Eco-Warrior.

Wilcote has been selected along with four other finalists in the Climate Change category, which is sponsored by the Department of Environmental Affairs.

The Eco-Awards Gala Evening will take place on Thursday 21 April 2016 at the stylish Table Bay Hotel, at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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Wilcote’s Commitment to Climate Change

As firm believers in a sustainable future, all of Wilcote’s products are manufactured according to European Standards, with stringent codes and ethics that help us maintain our commitment to the environment. When sourcing products, we use a strict system to ensure that all suppliers meet our values. Factors considered include the environment that raw materials are sourced from, the impact products have on the environment, the type of labour employed and its effect on local communities, as well as the use of solar and energy saving equipment to reduce energy consumption.

Some of the recent initiatives and products that we have achieved include the following:

  • Eco Friendly Paint Products – use and awareness of safe biocides in paint and paint products.
  • Infra-Red Roof Cooling – use and awareness of roof cooling materials and properties to reduce heat islands in urban areas.
  • Green Manufacturing Processes – use of raw materials and variable speed drives.
  • Re-use of Raw Material Containers – recycling and reuse of material containers.
  • Harvesting of Grey Water – grey water from factory used for nearby banana plantation.
  • Township Project – use and awareness of flame retardant exterior paint and sustainable roof cooling and heating solutions, as well as township franchise training opportunities.

We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our products have a minimal impact on the environment, while also striving to use and create technology that actively makes a difference to ecosystems, climate conditions and local communities. We also hope that our customers will join us in working towards making a better planet for everyone.