Painting roofs and inner and outer walls of wooden houses during construction is ideal. This way, additional insulation can be layered on top of roVa Shield. Applying roVa Shield between the wooden panel and traditional insulation material such as rock wool or glass wool provides added thermal protection and insulation compared to conventional insulation systems. roVa Shield also provides protection against water and condensation due to the hydrophobic nature of aerogel, the main performance ingredient.
Applying roVa Shield on concrete walls in buildings greatly improves overall insulation performance and simultaneously provides a water and moisture barrier. In the case of installing additional insulation layers with conventional insulation material, roVa Shield prevents condensation and moisture from forming, entering, and damaging the conventional insulation material, and as a result, allows the conventional insulation material to perform at full potential.
Basement & Walls
Basement walls and walls exposed to the outdoors are often poorly insulated, thus prone to condensation and mold generation. Applying roVa Shield reduces the temperature difference between the wall surface and ambient room temperature, thereby effectively eliminating the root cause of condensation and mold. Common anti-fungal paints claim to be insulation paints, but they are often elastic coatings that merely absorb water to “hide” the moisture temporarily. After some time, the elastic coating can no longer hold the moisture, causing mold to reappear and grow rapidly. Unlike these paints, roVa Shield can effectively eliminate the problem.
Steel Structure & Ceiling
roVa Shield is excellent at not only thermal insulation but also sound and vibration dampening. Applying roVa Shield to building ceilings insulates the floor from heat and cold coming from the ceiling, dampens sounds bouncing off the ceiling, and dampens vibrations coming down the ceiling from the floor above. This is especially useful in public areas in buildings such as cafes and restaurants.
Container offices and homes are convenient spaces but the walls are too thin to provide adequate insulation. As a result, heating and cooling costs run high. Applying roVa Shield inside and/or outside will provide thermal insulation without sacrificing space. For outer walls, roVa Shield will provide the thermal insulation needed, and applying roVa Shield Aerogel Top Coating on top will provide protection against harsh weather. roVa Shield Aerogel Top Coating can be color-matched with ordinary color dye.
A 40 ft. container office was painted with roVa Shield for the side walls as well as the roof, with a thickness of 1mm~1.5mm (0.04″~0.06″). On a very hot Summer day where afternoon temperatures reached 43oC(109oF), the temperatures of the roof surface and the office interior were measured, both before and after the paint job. Applying roVa Shield lowered the roof surface temperature by more than 19oC(31oF) and the office interior temperature by more than 9oC(16oF). This resulted in reductions in energy savings and costs. As seen by the large drop in roof surface temperature, roVa Shield is an ideal choice for “cool roof” projects.
In the video, the equipment used is an airless sprayer from Graco, model name Mark-X, with both RAC and LTX series tip. It has a maximum working pressure of 3300 psi (227 bar, 22.7 MPa). In case of tip size, for roVa Shield, we recommend using number 4~6 for the LTX series. (For example, LTX621 has a tip size of 6)
Movable houses are becoming popular for their versatility. However, to keep the weight to a minimum and to optimize space, the walls are not adequately insulated. Similar to the case with container offices and homes, applying roVa Shield will provide much-needed thermal insulation without sacrificing space.
Roof Tops "Cool Roof"
Hot summer days can quickly heat up rooftops and ceilings. roVa Shield SR Solar Reflective Coating will reflect thermal rays from the sun to keep rooftops cool. In addition, the aerogel in roVa Shield SR provides additional thermal barrier to keep the hot outdoor temperature from penetrating inside, keeping the interior nice and cool.
This 2-in-1 functionality of roVa Shield SR serves as an excellent solution for Cool Roof projects. Moreover, the aerogel insulates the interior from cold weather during winter, working throughout the year to keep buildings insulated.
In the video, the concrete rooftop was painted with roVa Shield SR, and surface temperatures between coated and uncoated surfaces were compared a week later on an afternoon with temperatures reaching 37°C (99°F). The uncoated concrete surface measured 65°C (149°F) whereas surface with roVa Shield SR measured 35°C (95°F). A huge drop in temperature over 30°C was observed just by applying roVa Shield SR!