Ram Cold Tar® Plus

RESTORATION & ROOF RECOVERY SYSTEM

DESCRIPTION

RAM Cold Tar® Plus can extend the service life of an existing bituminous roof for many years and reducing both the life cycle cost of the original roof and the energy usage of the building as a whole.

Using the existing bituminous roof mat as a substrate, RAM Cold Tar® Plus fuses a new, high-strength, fluid-applied rubbery membrane to the mass of the old roof mat, creating a new, double thick, elastomeric waterproof membrane. RAM Cold Tar® Plus is a coal tar pitch fortified, thermoplastic SEBS polymerized surfacing compound that is specially formulated to adhere to asphalt, modified bitumen, and coal tar roofing systems. RAM Cold Tar® Plus has the ability to resist standing water. An economical alternative to re-roofing, RAM Cold Tar® Plus can save 40-60% of full roof replacement costs.

  • TECHNOLOGY

    Thermoplastic SEBS Polymer-Modified

  • MATERIAL

    Rubberized Adhesive Coating

  • APPLICATION

    Cold Fluid Applied

  • INSTALLATION

    Single Component

Ram Cold Tar® Plus (1st Coat)

Ram Cold Tar® Plus | Rubberized Adhesive Coating(1st Coat)

Ram Cold Tar® Plus (2nd Coat)

Ram Cold Tar® Plus | Rubberized Adhesive Coating(2nd Coat)

Ram 40

Ram 40 | Polyester/Fiberglass Reinforcement

Ram Ultra-White®

Ram Ultra-White® | Energy-Star® Acrylic Roof Coating

ROOF RESTORATION SURVEY

Before starting any roof restoration project, it is important to determine that the underlying structure is adequate to support the additional weight of the restoration system and if the existing roof assembly contains a detectable amount of moisture. If there is any question about the structural integrity of the roof deck, a professional engineer should be consulted. If moisture is detected, all wet areas should be removed and replaced with matching materials.

If moisture has penetrated a significant amount of roof area, the Barrett Company should be contacted for specific recommendations.

SURFACE PREPARATION

Gravel Surface Preparation

Remove all dirt, debris and loose gravel from the roof surface using a power broom or vacuum. If brooming is the preferred method, a power blower should be used to remove any remaining dirt from the roofs surface.

Repair or replace all membrane and flashing defects (e.g. blisters, splits, punctures, etc.) that may affect the structural integrity of the membrane system. Inspect and repair, as necessary, all membrane penetrations, (e.g. pitch pockets, vent pipes, equipment curbs, roof drains, etc.).

In order to avoid having to work around new (uncured) membrane repairs, it is recommended that any major repair to the primary membrane be completed with hot applied bitumen in lieu of a cold process method. If the hot application method is not practical, all repairs should be given sufficient time to set before installing the Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound. Foot and equipment traffic should not be permitted over cold process repairs until they have taken a firm set. Set time will vary depending on temperature and weather conditions. Consult your Barrett representative for specific recommendations

All repairs should be made in accordance with generally accepted industry standards, such as those recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association in their Roof Maintenance and Repair Manual.

Once all repairs have been made and just prior to applying the Ram Cold Tar® Plus, apply a light coat of asphalt primer (asphalt roofs only) at a rate of approximately 1/2 gal. per 100 sq. ft. Allow primer to thoroughly dry before applying the Ram Cold Tar® Plus. Priming is not required over cold process repairs or coal tar roof membranes.

 

Smooth/Granulated Surface Preparation

Remove all dirt, debris and loose granules from the roof by brooming or vacuuming the surface. If brooming is the preferred method, a power blower should be used to remove any remaining dirt from the roof surface.

Repair or replace all membrane and flashing defects (e.g. blisters, splits, punctures, etc.) that may affect the structural integrity of the membrane system. Inspect and repair, as necessary, all membrane penetrations, (e.g. pitch pockets, vent pipes, equipment curbs, roof drains, etc.).

In order to avoid having to work around new (uncured) membrane repairs, it is recommended that any major repair to the primary membrane be completed with hot applied bitumen in lieu of a cold process method. If the hot application method is not practical, all repairs should be given sufficient time to set before installing the Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound. Foot and equipment traffic should not be permitted over cold process repairs until they have taken a firm set. Set time will vary depending on temperature and weather conditions. Consult your Barrett representative for specific recommendations

All repairs should be made in accordance with generally accepted industry standards, such as those recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association in their Roof Maintenance and Repair Manual.

Priming is not required on smooth and granulated surfaces.

MATERIAL PREPARATION

Ram Cold Tar® Plus comes ready to apply after hand stirring. No heating or thinning is required. To avoid introducing air bubbles into the material, stir by hand. Do not use mechanical mixing equipment. Mixing time can be reduced by turning cans upside down at least 30 minutes prior to opening.

 

APPLICATION

Application Method

Squeegee

  • 1/4” notched for smooth/granulated roof surfaces
  • Straight blade for gravel surfaced roofs

 

Before applying the Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound, be certain the roof membrane and its penetrations are structurally sound, watertight and dry.

Gravel Surfaced Roof Membranes

Using a smooth blade squeegee, apply to the prepared surface, a solid and continuous coat of Ram Cold Tar® Plus at the following rate.

Gravel Roof Surfaces

6 gals/100 sq. ft. - 10 gals/100 sq. ft. (avg*)


*Irregular substrates may require more material. The variation in the rate of coverage will depend on the texture of the existing membrane surface. The objective is to apply sufficient material in a fashion that will provide a continuous minimum film thickness.


To achieve proper thickness and assure continuous coverage, it is recommended that the material be spread with the squeegee in 2 directions, 90 degrees to each other.

As the Ram Cold Tar® Plus is being applied and before the material begins to develop a surface skin, apply new roofing aggregate at a rate sufficient to completely cover the Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound.

If gravel surfacing is not desired, consult with your Barrett Company representative for other surfacing options.

Smooth/Granulated Roof Membranes

Using a 1/4” notched blade squeegee, apply to the prepared surface a solid and continuous coat of Ram Cold Tar® Plus at the following rate:

Smooth Roof Surfaces Requiring a Reflective Coating*

3 gal/100 sq. ft.(max)

Smooth Roof Surface Requiring a Granulated Surface*

3 gal/100 sq. ft. (max)

Granulated Surface Receiving a New Granulated Top Surface*

3 gal - 5 gal/100 sq.ft.(avg.)

Granulated Roof surface Receiving a Reflective Top Coat*

3 gal - 4 gal/100 sq.ft.(avg.)


**Irregular Substrates may require more material. The variations in the rate of coverage will depend on the texture of the existing membrane surface. The objective is to apply sufficient material in a fashion that will provide a continuous minimum film thickness.


When the existing roof surface exhibits severe surface cracking or is unusually rough, it is recommended that Ram Cold Tar® Plus be installed in 2 thinner coats, together equaling the total recommended amount listed above. The first coat is intended to fill the irregularities and the second coat will provide a smoother surface. If a granulated surface is desired, embed the new granules in the second coat. Allow the first coat to set-up before applying the second coat.

SURFACING OPTIONS

When used to resurface an existing smooth or granulated roof, for optimum performance, Ram Cold Tar® Plus must be top coated using one of the following processes:

 

Granulated Surfacing

As the Ram Cold Tar® Plus is being applied and before the material begins to develop a surface skin, apply a generous coat of roofing granules at a rate sufficient to completely cover the Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound (approx. 50 to 60 lbs./100 sq. ft.). Avoid all foot traffic on the newly coated surface until the compound has firmly set. Once the compound has set, excess granules can be removed and reused. All excess granules should be removed to avoid clogging the drain system.

 

Energy Star® Cool Roof Reflective Surfacing

If the Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound is to receive a reflective top coating, it should cure for at least 90 days before the reflective coating system is applied.

Aluminum coating and white acrylic, Energy Star® rated, reflective coatings are available from the Barrett Company. Contact your local Barrett Company representative for a cool roof coating system recommendation.

APPLICATION PRECAUTIONS

• For exterior use only

• Do not apply if rain is expected within 12 hours

• Do not thin

• This product must be thoroughly stirred before use

• Do not smoke or expose to open flames during application

• To reduce the potential for odors entering the building, cover fresh air intakes, close windows, doors and other openings which would allow odors to enter during application.This is particularly important for buildings that have an internal negative pressure.

• Not for use with potable water collection systems.


**READ THIS PRODUCTS MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET BEFORE USING

**FOR PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR USE ONLY


 

CLEAN UP

Immediately rinse or flush equipment and tools with mineral spirits or a citrus based cleaner after use. Exercise all combustible liquid precautions. Use waterless hand cleaner on skin.

STORAGE & PACKAGING

Ram Cold Tar® Plus compound can be stored at room temperature where it will have a one year shelf life. This product will settle during storage and will need to be stirred prior to using same.

Available in 5 gallon pails

SAFETY INFORMATION

Ram Cold Tar® Plus offers no unusual health and safety risk for a product of this nature. As with any roofing process, proper ventilation, clothing and eye protection is important. For specific information, contact the Barrett Company for an up-to-date Material Safety Data Sheet on this product. The user should not assume that all safety measures are indicated or that other measures may not be required.


NOTE: All statements, information and data given herein are believed to be accurate and reliable, but are presented without guaranty, warranty or responsibility of any kind, expressed or implied, except as may be indicated herein. Statements or suggestions concerning possible uses of our products are made without representation or warranty that any such use is free of patent infringement and are not recommendations to infringe any patient.


 

DETAILS

PROPERTIESMEASUREMENTTEST METHOD
Water0.5% or lessASTM D-95
Non-Volatile Content62 - 64%ASTM D-6511
Mineral and/or other Stabilizers3.79%ASTM D-4
WorkabilityPassASTM D-6511
Pliability (at 32°F)PassASTM D-6511
Viscosity10,000 - 15,000 cpsASTM D-2196
Density7.9 lbs/galASTM D-1475
Tensile Strength190 psi (min)ASTM D-412
Elongation (at 77°F)>2000%ASTM D-412
Elongation (at -40°F)472%ASTM D-412
Low Temperature Flexibility (at 76°F)PassASTM D-5147