Safety and Health Concerns with Roofing and Waterproofing

Updated: Apr 3, 2019


In the late 1990's several of the top insurance carriers discontinued providing policies to roofing/waterproofing contractors that installed system applications with open flames or torches. Around the same time, more building owners were choosing not to have hot applied built-up roofs installed due to fumes associated with these applications. Building materials containing asbestos were discontinued for use in commercial applications because of health concerns.


Safety is at the forefront of the construction industry. Only materials and application methods that pose no health or safety risks to the applicators or building occupants are approved for use. The most significant improvements in material technology in the roofing and waterproofing industry have been membranes, coatings and adhesives. The focus of development of the adhesives has been for attachment of materials that were traditionally applied with hot asphalts and bitumens.

Since the late 1990's, there have been continual advancements in construction material technology. These changes have been prompted by the same industry-wide concerns that have defined the 21st Century to this point; labor shortages, environmental concerns, health and safety concerns, economics and the ever-increasing requirement by building owners that materials and methods are sustainable.

The original liquid rubber product formulation was developed in the early 2000’s. The cold spray liquid rubber application is exponentially safer to apply than hot applied materials. The IWS roofing system is a membrane that can often be installed directly over a wide variety of existing roof membranes, eliminating costly tear off and the environmental impact of disposal. IWS products emit no toxins or fumes. They are VOC compliant and are applied at a low-pressure rate of 200-300 PSI.

The IWS liquid rubber product is one of the safest solutions for roofing and waterproofing on the market to date.

Please contact us directly if you are interested in learning more about our products.


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