APPLICATIONS

Coatings

An IR reflective roof decreases a building’s cooling load and saves energy. Arctic® Pigments allow for the manufacture of colored roofing materials that meet the U.S. EPA’s EnergyStar and other regulatory and code requirements. In addition to energy savings, IR-reflective roofs transfer less heat to the surrounding air – leading to cooler cities and less smog. By incorporating Arctic® IR reflecting pigments, metal cladding and roofs will undergo less thermal expansion and contraction, mitigating fastener failure and generally extending the lifetime of the product. Arctic® Pigments are perfectly suitable for all types of architectural finishes; including highly-alkaline masonry coatings (e.g. silicate paints).

Vinyl Windows and Siding

Rigid PVC is a temperature sensitive product that distorts as it gets hotter. Vinyl siding and window and door profiles will warp and twist out of shape if not correctly manufactured. Regular pigments used to achieve color often do not help; many make the warping tendency much worse. Arctic® Pigments enable colors other than white to be made and which will reduce, if not eliminate, the warping and twisting.

Cement, Concrete and Pavers

Used in cementitious applications, Shepherd pigments will never fade and counter heat build-up. No more burning feet on hot cement! IR reflectance will allow the color to stay true longer.

Roof Tiles

An IR reflective roof decreases a building’s cooling load and saves energy. Arctic® Pigments allow for the manufacture of colored roofing materials that meet the U.S. EPA’s EnergyStar and other regulatory and code requirements. In addition to energy savings, IR reflective roofs transfer less heat to the surrounding air – leading to cooler cities and less smog. Energy savings and environmental benefits accrue, whether in clay, concrete, fiber cement, or other roofing materials.

Automotive

Dark colored cars get hotter under the summer sun. Dark seats may be easier to maintain, but they can get uncomfortably warm. Hot instrument panels, consoles and dashboards become brittle with age, and exude plasticizer and other organic compounds.

Military

Chlorophyll is the pigment that makes plants green. To camouflage military equipment and personnel, synthetic green pigments are incorporated into materials, mimicking the surrounding foliage. However, conventional green pigments do NOT resemble chlorophyll in the infrared – they absorb IR light, whereas chlorophyll reflects it. As a result, an improperly formulated camouflage color appears black against a bright background when viewed through IR imaging equipment. Arctic® infrared reflecting pigments make possible the formulation of materials that look like foliage to the human eye – and also the infrared camera.

Arctic® Pigments are also used to reflect solar energy from the decks of ships. Solar-induced heat build-up is minimized, as is the energy burden to cool the vessel’s interior.

Decking/Fencing

Don’t burn your hands or feet! Wood-plastic composites are still fairly new as a building material. The most widespread use of it is in outdoor decking, but it is also used for railings, fences, landscaping timbers, park benches. Wood-plastic composite is more environmentally friendly and requires less maintenance than the alternatives of solid wood treated or solid wood of rot-resistant species. These materials can be molded with or without simulated wood grain details.