Roofing Insights: The Future of Spray Adhesives | Leigh Mckenzie
With the global construction back on its feet, things are finally looking up for the roofing industry. The COVID-19 crisis hit us hard and presented us with what felt like an endless supply of challenges: from struggles with raw materials and shipping supplies, to cancelled projects and widespread uncertainty for the future of our trade. Roofers were left without work and without hope… but the tide has turned and the construction industry is predicted to grow by 5.2% in 2021 – that’s 2.5% higher than the 2019 level.
The world of roofing is changing beyond recognition, and the challenges faced by contractors and waterproofing membrane manufacturers continue to intensify. Whilst roofing professionals rightly demand a cleaner, safer approach to adhesive engineering & application, they also need a reliable voice on products that work. These challenges have only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the industry continuing to struggle with raw material shortages and unprecedented lead time of up to 8 weeks.
As the roofing industry strives to innovate in the face of these challenges, QDEK has led the way with a revolutionary approach to spray adhesive technology, posing an ever-relevant question: how will spray adhesives transform the future of roofing?
The future is cleaner
Spray adhesive technology is advancing at a rapid rate with cleaner formulas leading the way. By developing safer alternatives, we’re eliminating the risks that harmful solvents pose by removing unfavourable compounds like dichloromethane. What’s more, QDEK’s trailblazing product development has resulted in non-chlorinated formulas and the reduction of carcinogenic elements & VOCs – the most common sticking point for spray sceptics.
The future is safer
100% safer than hot works: that’s a fact. Spray adhesives completely eradicate the serious risks of fire and burns associated with hot works, Not only that, spray is the ergonomic choice built to support the health and wellbeing of roofers by alleviating stresses on the body. We’re designing systems that prevent RSI and backaches by utilising spray technology that means roofers no longer have to bend or kneel on the job, as they would with a roller and bucket.
The future is faster
Efficiency is a top priority in roofing. That’s why we developed a spray system that’s 57% faster than the roller and bucket. How? QDEK adhesives are engineered to apply a uniform level of adhesive with rapid flash-off credentials; just 1-5 minutes depending on the formula. Compare that with the usual 25 minute wait for a roll-on and there’s no contest. We’ve even innovated single-sided adhesives that spray directly onto the roof deck with no need to even spray the membrane.
The future is QDEK
It’s clear to see that spray is the way forward for smart roofing. As an industry, we’ve had to overcome huge challenges over the past 18 months and now is the time to instigate change. Spray adhesives offer a solution to the main problems roofers face in their day to day work: time, health and safety. Want to find out more? Get in touch today to book your FREE demo session to see our spray in action.
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