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The Advancements Behind AquaSol are tri-fold: Cleaner, Cooler, Greener
Cleaner“Buildings specified with AquaSol™ finish are cleaned time and time again with natural rain water.”
Hydrophobic, meaning water repellent, is not generally associated with exterior wall surfaces. But it should be. Parex’s AquaSol™ acrylic finish is specially formulated with exceptional hydrophobic properties. Buildings specified with the AquaSol™ finish are cleaned time and time again with natural rain water. As water hits the AquaSol™ surface, it simply beads off the exterior and takes any dirt, grime or soil in its path with it. Imagine the reduced maintenance costs AquaSol™ can provide. The hydrophobic qualities also make the surface more resistant to mold, algae and mildew. Overall, buildings will remain clean, dry and aesthetically pleasing for years to come.
Compared to standard acrylic finishes, the AquaSol™ finish creates a perfect spherical bead of water that repels off the surface, keeping it dryer and cleaner.
The effectiveness of AquaSol’s self cleaning properties are validated through extensive research, formulation, and testing. Using a spectrophotometer, samples of the AquaSol™ and standard acrylic finish are exposed to UV light. AquaSol™ demonstrates superior durability, color fastness and self cleaning properties by holding constant Delta E values.
Cooler“Formulated with an exclusive mix of raw materials, AquaSol™ reflects the sun’s heat and UV rays, lowering surface temperatures and saving energy.”
Envision an exterior finish coat that can actually keep the wall temperatures of your building cool. Now, that vision can become a reality with AquaSol™. Formulated with an exclusive mix of raw materials, AquaSol™ reflects the sun’s heat and UV rays, lowering surface temperatures and saving energy. This process is known as the photocatalyst action. As the sun’s rays hit the AquaSol™ surface, they are immediately reflected. This greatly reduces the amount of heat the building absorbs and retains. Another advantage of the heat reflectivity properties of AquaSol™ is the potential for reduced energy consumption. If your building’s exterior is cooler, then the demand on interior cooling systems is reduced. Generally, darker colors absorb heat and lighter colors reflect heat. But, with AquaSol™, even darker colors will reflect heat.
AquaSol reflects up to 15% more UV rays when compared to standard acrylic finishes.
Greener“Most interesting, is AquaSol’s pollution reducing properties created from photocatalysis.”
From cooler walls to reduced maintenance costs, AquaSol™ offers numerous environmentally green advantages. Most interesting, is AquaSol’s pollution reducing properties created from photocatalysis. Just as photosynthesis uses light from the sun to help plants grow, photocatalysis uses the sun’s UV rays to expedite a natural oxidation process. This oxidation process decomposes organic and inorganic substances, known as smog, in the atmosphere. The proprietary technology in AquaSol™ literally helps breakdown smog molecules using nature’s sunlight, creating a greener, cleaner environment.
The pollution reducing effects of AquaSol™ are best demonstrated above. As UV rays from sunlight hit the AquaSol™ surface, organic and inorganic pollutants are destroyed through an accelerated oxidation process called photocatalysis.
Rhodamine B Dye, which is formulated to imitate pollutants (known as smog), is applied to a standard acrylic finish and AquaSol™. After 48 hours of UV exposure, the Dye (pollutants) are decomposed demonstrating the pollution reducing effects.
From residential to commercial buildings, AquaSol™ will optimize both environmental and aesthetic values throughout the buildings life cycle. Environmentally, the photocatalytic technology behind AquaSol™ helps breakdown atmospheric pollutants in the air and on the surface. The photocatalytic properties of AquaSol™ also help keep the wall surface temperatures cool as it reflects heat from the sun. Aesthetically, the exterior remains cleaner as dirt merely runs off the AquaSol™ surface whenever water hits the facade. Ideal applications include new construction or refinish projects over Parex EIFS, stucco, masonry or concrete substrates.
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