Commercial Roofing Solutions

What is a Fluid-Applied Roofing System?


One of the most critical components of any structure is the roof. It functions as a shield from harsh external elements. Fluid-applied roof systems are constructed from multiple components working together to preserve the integrity of your building by providing protection from wind, rain, snow, ice, and heat. Once installed and properly maintained, Quest’s roofing systems provide a solution that will last the life of your building with no more tear-offs. These are customized solutions that are built on-site and can be installed over various existing substrates.



VERSATILITYQuest Construction Products offers multiple fluid-applied roof system solutions each designed for specific applications and conditions. These solutions each feature a fluid-applied component that creates a seamless, chemically resistant barrier to external elements. They can be installed over most existing roof types, eliminating the need for tear-offs or installation of recovery boards. No hot kettles, no expensive installation equipment, and no special seaming devices are required. Once installed, periodic maintenance coatings (along with a regular schedule of cleaning) will preserve the roof with no additional steps needed.FULLY-ADHERED-SYSTEMThe technology behind Quest Construction Products’ fluid-applied roof systems is unique. The chemical bond creates a fully adhered membrane that will not separate, break down, or peel. Each component is carefully engineered to be 100% compatible with other components of the system. In addition, future maintenance coatings utilize the same chemistry, so all layers of the system will reliably protect your building for life.



COMPONENTSA fluid-applied roofing system is comprised of multiple components that come together to form a fully adhered, seamless, and self-flashing membrane. Each integral part is carefully engineered to perform under adverse conditions and be fully compatible with the other components of the system. Components may include liquid-applied coatings, spray-applied foams, mesh membranes, or any combination thereof. A true system provides structural stability while preserving and protecting the integrity of the building.THIRD-PARTY-ENDORSEMENTSQuest ISO 9001-certified roof systems are held to the same standards and requirements as conventional roof materials such as TPO and Modified Bitumen. Compared to traditional roof coatings, roof systems are held to a much higher standard. Testing organizations, including Underwriters Laboratories, Factory Mutual, and Miami-Dade County, test roof systems for their ability to protect a building and its occupants from external elements like fire, wind uplift, hail, water intrusion, and foot traffic.



Roof systems are critical to the integrity of any structure. Once properly installed, a fluid-applied roof membrane can withstand extreme elements and stresses encountered with typical building movement. The chemical composition withstands the extreme heat of the sun’s UV rays, extending the life of the roof.Resistance to WeatheringPERFORMANCE

Resistance to weathering and retention of physical properties is a key performance attribute of any roof system. Data was obtained on a premium acrylic roofing applied system consisting of fabric-reinforced foundation coats overcoated with two topcoats for a total system thickness of 40 mils dry. Data shows that even after 8,000 hours of Xenon-arc accelerated weathering (per ATSM D 2370), this system is able to retain

PROVEN-HISTORYFor over a century, Quest Construction Products’ brands have protected and preserved hundreds of millions of square feet of industrial, commercial, and architectural surfaces worldwide. For over 40 years, we have been supplying superior roofing system solutions to the construction industry. Quest confidently stands behind its roofing systems by means of comprehensive, leak-free warranties.

One Roof For Life


Quest Construction Products’ fluid-applied roof systems deliver a protective recovery membrane that extends the service life of both the roof and the building’s HVAC equipment. By preserving the existing substrate, Quest’s fluid-applied solutions can convert an unsustainable roof to a sustainable roof that lasts the life of the building. Unlike traditional roof materials, Quest’s systems are engineered to retain permanent flexibility, ensuring a seamless, watertight membrane that protects leak points with no need for additional accessories.

Roof System Life Expectancy

Cost Per Square Foot Over the Life of A Building





In any roofing project, there are several cost factors to consider: materials, installation, maintenance, longevity, and energy usage are just a few. Fluid-applied roof systems keep costs to a minimum with simple installation and by requiring no expensive installation equipment. Over the life of the building, no tear-offs are required, resulting in substantial cost savings compared to traditional roof systems and eliminating the environmental impact of millions of tons of waste sent to landfills each year. Preserving the integrity of a fluid-applied membrane is as easy as periodic maintenance. Along with recommended annual cleaning, once every ten years (on average) a maintenance layer of the fluid-applied roof system is applied.There are many factors to consider when selecting a roofing system. Whether your primary concern is maintenance requirements, occupant satisfaction and safety, or aesthetics, fluid-applied roofing is the solution that addresses all of your needs.COMPETITIVE-COMPARISON



LOWER-COST-OF-OWNERSHIPThe cost of installation and maintenance are just two pieces to consider in a roof cost analysis and comparison. The type of roof installed impacts the building’s energy consumption, repair costs, and the service life of HVAC equipment. All Quest roof systems are available in colors that have been designated as “cool roofs” by the Cool Roof Rating Council. This designation ensures maximum energy efficiency and reduces cost of ownership related to power consumption, HVAC maintenance, and insulation requirements. The building also may qualify for state and federal tax rebates as well as LEED points for sustainability and reflectivity.In order to be designated as a “cool roof”, the color of the roof must reflect a certain amount of sunlight and must sustain lower temperatures than other roof colors. However, if the color fades or discolors over time, the reflective properties may decrease, reducing the energy reduction capabilities of the roof and increasing associated costs. Quest roof systems are engineered to hold their color over time, maintaining reflectivity and “cool roof” status. Along with regular cleaning and periodic maintenance coatings, Quest fluid-applied roof systems not only last the life of the building, they continue to positively, predictably impact the cost of ownership long-term.


GOLD-SCHOOL-IN-TEXASGloria Marshall Elementary is a unique school for Spring Independent School District (ISD) in Spring, TX. It is the first LEED Gold certified school project to be constructed in Texas. The school has photovoltaic cells on top to generate electricity, uses geothermal heating and cooling, and is designed to harvest natural daylight to illuminate the classrooms. It also has an on-site wind turbine, uses collected rainwater to flush toilets, furniture built from trees originally located on the building site, and has a highly-reflective, sustainable Quest roofing system to top it all off.

leed-goodThe Quest fluid-applied system complied with the LEED Gold certification qualifications, including zero-waste construction. The environmentally friendly, water-based elastomeric acrylic comes in reusable, recyclable containers. The rolls of fabric reinforcement are packaged around cardboard tubes, also 100% recyclable. Since the components of the Quest system are water-based, the finished product poses no threat to the school’s rainwater collection efforts. The rainwater captured on top of the roof is filtered off and used by the school as greywater to flush toilets.

Energy Savings Analysis

Tangible Energy Savings

Environmental Consideration

In addition to the cost savings associated with no expensive, disruptive tearoffs over the life of the building, Quest fluid-applied roof systems offer tangible energy cost reductions. Let’s take a look at a real-life example of a reroof that resulted in significant cost reductions. Chart A presents the details of the facility.This analysis factors in the costs to heat and cool the facility. For reference, the cooling system efficiency in this model is 8 S.E.E.R., and the natural gas heating system efficiency is 70%.

When comparing the two roof systems in Chart B, the estimated energy costs are presented over 12 months. Fuel cost, interior temperature, climate, roof surface type and color, and the amount of insulation utilized are included in the energy cost formulas.

Chart A. Cost Savings Example


Chart B. Annual Energy Cost Comparison Chart-B.-Annual-Energy-Cost-Comparison-1 Chart-B.-Annual-Energy-Cost-Comparison-2

Roofing tearoffs result in millions of tons of waste being placed in landfills each year. By choosing to install a Quest fluid-applied roof system over an existing traditional system, the need for a tearoff is eliminated and significantly less waste is created.Further, the 29.49% energy usage reduction detailed in Chart B results in lowered environmental emissions. In addition to the cost savings associated with the increased efficiency, the reduction in fuel results in less emission of harmful gases.

Energy savings associated with the fluid-applied roof systems resulted in an estimated 29.26% reduction in carbon footprint.

Chart C. Environmental Emission ComparisonChart-C.-Environmental-Emission-ComparisonChart C compares the emissions created when supplying energy for heating and cooling the facility.


Chart D. Environmental Impact of Energy SavingsChart-D.-Environmental-Impact-of-Energy-Savings

The impact of such savings is very clear. The reduction results in the equivalent of 562 trees being planted! It is as if a plane flew 214,851 miles less or 28 less cars were on the road.

Quest technical sales representatives, located throughout the country, are able to provide assisstance and guidance with estimated energy savings when you choose fluid-applied roofing. With such a meaningful impact on both the environment and the operating costs of the building, the choice is clear.

Fluid-Applied Roof System Technologies

As the leader in fluid-applied roofing systems, Quest offers several technologies for various geographies, applications, and substrates. Each system includes all of the benefits of fluid-applied roof systems, including sustainability for the life of the building, ease of installation, and durability to withstand harsh elements.


ACRYLIC-ELASTOMER-OVER-SPRAY-POLYURETHANE-FOAMComplete roof systems may be formed using high solids, advanced acrylic elastomer coatings over sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam insulation. Diathon® protects the foam from degradation caused by exposure to normal conditions. It is a non-oxidizing protective coating formulated with reinforcing laminar pigments and non-migrating fire retardants, with no added extenders or modifiers. It contains an unsurpassed biocide package that provides maximum resistance to algae and mildew growth.


FABRIC-REINFORCED-ACRYLIC-ELASTOMERQuest offers fabric-reinforced acrylic elastomer systems such as PremiumCoat®. These Class 1, FM 4470 approved roofing systems function both as stand-alone roof systems and as recover systems over a variety of substrates. They are made using the highest quality raw materials and form a flexible, UV resistant compound. The system is fully reinforced with a tough nonwoven polyester fabric, designed for roofing and flashing applications of all types. They are internally plasticized and meet ASTM D-6083 for items such as flexibility, mechanical properties, adhesion, etc.


ELASTOMERIC-SILICONE-SYSTEMElastomeric silicone systems are created from ultra-high volume solids, pure elastomeric silicone compounds that provide superior weatherproofing, ultraviolet resistance, biological resistance and fire retardancy over polyurethane foam insulation and other appropriate substrates. Unisil HS is a single component elastomer that exhibits a rapid cure when exposed to ambient conditions. Long-term elastomeric properties are retained under all types of weather conditions, from sub-zero temperatures to high heat in excess of 250°F (121°C).

Project Profile

Federal Courthouse Albuquerque, New Mexico


Due to budgetary restrictions, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) could not afford to remove the existing roof and replace it with an entirely new one. The existing roof had been consistently leaking, disrupting the work of the judges and other occupants of the building.


The pitch pans and roof drains on the existing modified bitumen roof were repaired properly, and then a fabric-reinforced elastomeric acrylic roof system was installed. The fluid-applied nature of the solution allowed the roof, details, and base flashings to all form one seamless membrane and create a leak-free barrier.


Because the project came in so far under the original reduced budget, the GSA was able to use Quest roofing systems to reroof several additional roof sections as a change order and still remain within budget. Even with the secure nature of the building and the permissions required just to gain entry, a small crew was able to complete the roofing project within the expected timeline.


After proper replacement and repair of the details using Quest roofing products, the PremiumCoat® elastomeric acrylic roof system was installed over the existing modified bitumen surface.


Tomball ISD

Tomball, Texas

Tomball, Texas CHALLENGE When the Tomball Independent School District (ISD) needed to reroof their High School and Junior High School, cost savings and the ability to withstand harsh weather elements were critical. For new construction applications, they required a solution that would allow them to start interior construction as soon as possible.


When the Tomball Independent School District (ISD) needed to reroof their High School and Junior High School, cost savings and the ability to withstand harsh weather elements were critical. For new construction applications, they required a solution that would allow them to start interior construction as soon as possible


On top of the existing EPS and lightweight concrete substrates, appropriate primers were applied, followed by a fabric-reinforced elastomeric acrylic roof system. For new construction, the same product was installed, and with just the primer installed, crews were able to continue work on the interior construction. This cut the overall construction timeline by 50%!


Shortly after the Junior and Senior High School were reroofed, Hurricane Ike put the systems to the test. With its sustained 90 MPH winds (and gusts up to 144 MPH), the seamless membrane stood firm. Unlike many structures in the greater Houston area, the Tomball ISD did not experience any leaks or damage to those roofs. When the time came to build a new school, they chose Quest fluid-applied roof systems with full confidence.


For both reroof and new construction applications, the Tomball ISD has standardized on using PremiumCoat® fluid-applied roof systems over their lightweight concrete substrate.

Field Support

As part of our commitment to top quality products and environmental sustainability, Quest supports the ongoing training and continuing education needs of the market. We have all the resources needed to help customers select and specify best-in-class applications for design plans and construction projects.


Quest provides Learning Unit hours through the American Institute of Architects CES Program by offering “Lunch and Learns”, as well as product demonstration sessions. Learning Units (LUs) can be earned either in-office, hosted by a Quest Technical Sales Representative, or online.


SEMINARS-&-PRODUCT-DEMONSTRATIONS-1 Quest Construction Products’ informative seminars and product demonstrations, held throughout the year, are offered in local, regional and national formats to educate and train on the proper application and installation of our roofing systems, coatings solutions and pavement coatings. Seminars provide attendees with a keen understanding of how to successfully promote and install the Quest family of products.


SEMINARS-&-PRODUCT-DEMONSTRATIONS-2Sample topics and information covered include: proper application techniques, precision job material estimation and takeoffs, how to increase your productivity and decrease job material waste, and learning how to increase profitability using Quest solutions.

Quest also sponsors customized product demonstration events that feature individual products from our roofing systems, coating solutions or pavement coatings family of products. Demonstrations are focused on proper product application and installation, aesthetic design, job site productivity, material estimation and take-offs.


AIA-CONTINUING-EDUCATIONQuest provides Learning Unit hours through the American Institute of Architects CES Program by offering “Lunch and Learns”, as well as product demonstration sessions. Learning Units (LUs) can be earned either in-office, hosted by a Quest Technical Sales Representative, or online.


NETWORK-OF-PROFESSIONALSQuest takes great pride in providing unmatched technical support. Our Technical Team is committed to helping customers find the right solution for their next project. Strategically located in the markets they serve, Quest’s Technical Sales Reps are available to assist customers with specifying, selecting and installing the product that best meets the need of their construction project.

Factory Support


R&D-TECH-SUPPORTOur Research & Development team is recognized as an industry expert in elastomeric polymer chemistry and protective coating technologies. Our laboratory maintains a full suite of testing equipment for determining the mechanical, chemical resistance and weathering properties of coatings and coatings systems. Testing equipment includes a computer-controlled tensile tester, abrader, weatherometers, spectrophotometers, state of the art environmental chambers with the ability to measure coatings cure over a wide range of temperatures and relative humidities, permeance testers, and viscometers for measuring coating “flow” for both brush/roll and spray applications. In addition, the laboratory is equipped with optical microscopy tools for examining coating film formation and defects. Attention to detail in our quality control lab assures our customers of receiving quality they can rely on with every batch.


As part of our commitment to service, Quest is proud to service our customers globally via two manufacturing facilities. Our headquarters is located in our eastern facility in Charleston, South Carolina, and our western facility is located in Phoenix, Arizona.


Quest Construction Products has earned ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. The ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards are recognized throughout the world. ISO 14001:2004 certification is an internationally recognized standard indicating a company has mitigated its environmental risks.