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How Safe Are You From The Effects Of The Sun?

The Heat In The Summer Causes A Money Pit

If you live in any part of the world that has a bunch of sunlight, especially during the summer, then this is for you!

Many homes have air conditioning in this day and age. But does it really do the job of cooling your home?

I have a really good friend, Theresa, that lives in Nevada who decided to do an experiment to reduce the heat in their home.  Her family lives in a split level home. The top level is like an oven starting in spring and continues through to late fall.

They started by taking the temperature of the top level and comparing it to the lower level.  The top level read 151 degrees and the lower level read 140 degrees on a day that was crystal blue sky, dry air and about 80 degrees.

Her husband went to the local hardware box store and purchased two gallons of Elastahyde made by Western Colloid.

ElastaHyde is manufactured from premium resins, pigments and components producing an acrylic coating of the highest quality. ElastaHyde is a durable coating that will resist rigorous weather conditions while protecting roof surfaces and contributing to substantial energy savings.

He used one gallon to cover the upper level roof, applied it liberally and let it dry.  Then they took new temperature readings. The lower level roof read 155 degrees on another crystal blue sky day with the ambient temperature sitting around 81 degrees. The upper roof now read 94 degrees. WOW! a difference of 51 degrees!

Imagine the savings on their electric bill with that type of temperature difference. Now their summer will be hitting the triple digits here pretty soon. So, I can assure you that Theresa is pushing him to do the lower part of the roof pretty fast. LOL.

This paint is good for approx. 3 to 5 years. It reflects 84 percent of the sun’s rays. It meets the requirements of a “Cool Roof” and is listed by the Cool Roof Rating Council as required by California Title 24 and USGBC LEED Requirements. So, can you say eco-friendly?

A cost savings that could be as much as 50 percent is in the works for them.

I will let you know what their bill turns out to be. Are you going to give it a try. I would if I could.

ElastaHyde … as the green future unfolds.

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  1. Theresa Cahill Says:

    Hi Linda! Thanks for “spreading” the word about this roof coating (pun definitely intended).

    It’s truly incredible, over a 50 degree difference between roofs! Also, you can imagine, in a townhouse built in 1974 (in Nevada) codes weren’t what they are today (when any particular builder actually makes an effort to follow said codes).

    This is also our first time living with a flat roof. That means no attic access and without our trusty room gauge (we read the walls and ceiling), we would have never known exactly what sort of difference this roof heat reflecting (and btw cold protection) is really doing.

    But wow! A 50+ degree difference!

    You mention one gallon, I think it was closer to two, but I’m not sure. He bought two five-gallon drums of ElastaHyde, and still has plenty left in the first drum. It’s got a staying power of up to 15 years actually depending on how thick you put it on.

    Also, the manufacturer does recommend you wash the roof at least once a year. That doesn’t mean scrubbing, just rinsing it off with a hose and sweeping up the dust, that sort of thing, to prevent dirt layers from stopping the paint to work.

    It’s strength is incredible. Something like 600+ psi.

    Anyway, you can see we’re excited and yes, temperatures can only continue to go up. So you bet… he’s the handyman (although I make a heck of a good sweeper LOL). Time’s a wasting – don’t want to be doing the rest in 100+ temperatures!

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … thanks for filling in the areas I missed. I am glad you guys took the plunge. I can’t wait for your first bill. Let me know.. 😀

  3. Tom "transport morski" Says:

    Wow, simple, clever and effective. Somketimes great inventions doesnt neet years of researching 🙂

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Tom … They have been doing this for a little bit but hopefully it will be successful. 😀

  5. Hillary Says:

    So is this something you would put over your roof tiles? I am a bit confused, I could see using this on a tin roof, but a tiled one, not so sure.

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Hillary … Yes, you can paint the roof tiles too. It will take longer but it will also do the trick. 😀

  7. JPix Photography Says:

    That’s a huge difference – it’s good to know that there are alternative cooling methods available that can help you reduce your reliance on things like air conditioning

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Jpix …. It sure is and the reduction in your electric bill will certainly make you a believer. 😀

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