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ABOUT AMES RESEARCH LABORATORIES


WATERPROOF COATINGS MADE IN SALEM OREGON



More Than Just a Sealant and Coating Company

The Ames story is rooted deep in community and within the history of Oregon. We are not just a company focused on providing class leading Elastomeric Rubberized Coatings and Sealants, we believe in giving back to the community and paying our success forward. Ames Research Laboratories is a locally, female owned, and veteran founded company. Our reach may be far, but our hearts are local.


Crew Repairing EPDM roof

Ames Quality & Guarantee


Ames Research Laboratories, Inc. has been creating top of the line waterproofing elastomeric coatings and sealants, for over 4 decades. Our primary focus is on innovation and being environmentally friendly, creating coatings and sealants that not only past test after test, but real-world application. Ames products are accompanied by our knowledgeable staff and accessible support team, always providing easy to reach help for any project of any size.

Ames Research Laboratories, Inc., sealants and coatings are used by professionals and novices alike. From large facilities, to your bathroom installation, we cover you from roof to basement and everything in between. Our products are easy to apply and are just as easy to clean up. Whether you’re a DIY weekend remodeler or run a large contracting roofing company, we have the products and resources to save you time and money.

Our waterproofing elastomeric sealants and coatings are water based, rubber and acrylic based compounds that are proudly made in America (Salem, Oregon) using only the finest materials possible. We stand by our products and can guarantee they will stick, and resist peeling or flaking. We back them with some of the best warranties in the industry.

Beyond our waterproofing materials, Ames Research Laboratories believes in giving back to the community. We support many local and national charities that help underserved families. Being founded by a Veteran we continue to serve in any way we can. We are also proud to be a company that offers time off for our employees to volunteer without having to use vacation days.


Crew Repairing EPDM roof

Ames Quality & Guarantee


Ames Research Laboratories has been creating top of the line waterproofing elastomeric coatings and sealants, for over 5 decades. Our primary focus is on innovation and being environmentally friendly, creating coatings and sealants that not only past test after test, but real-world application. Ames products are accompanied by our knowledgeable staff and accessible support team, always providing easy to reach help for any project of any size.

Ames Research Laboratories, sealants and coatings are used by professionals and novices alike. From large facilities, to your bathroom installation, we cover you from roof to basement and everything in between. Our products are easy to apply and are just as easy to clean up. Whether you’re a DIY weekend remodeler or run a large contracting roofing company, we have the products and resources to save you time and money.

Our waterproofing elastomeric sealants and coatings are water based, rubber and acrylic based compounds that are proudly made in America (Salem, Oregon) using only the finest materials possible. We stand by our products and can guarantee they will stick, and resist peeling or flaking. We back them with some of the best warranties in the industry.

Beyond our waterproofing materials, Ames Research Laboratories believes in giving back to the community. We support many local and national charities that help underserved families. Being founded by a Veteran we continue to serve in any way we can. We are also proud to be a company that offers time off for our employees to volunteer without having to use vacation days.


Crew Repairing EPDM roof

Ames Quality & Guarantee


Ames Research Laboratories has been creating top of the line waterproofing elastomeric coatings and sealants, for over 5 decades. Our primary focus is on innovation and being environmentally friendly, creating coatings and sealants that not only past test after test, but real-world application. Ames products are only surpassed by our knowledgeable staff and accessible support team, always providing easy to reach help for any project of any size.

Ames Research Laboratories, sealants and coatings are used by professionals and novices alike. From large Facilities to your bathroom installation, we cover you from roof to basement and everything in between. Our products are easy to apply and are just as easy to clean up. Whether you’re a DIY weekend remodeler or run a large contracting roofing company, we have the products and resources to save you time and money.

Our waterproofing elastomeric sealants and coatings are water based, rubber and acrylic based compounds that are proudly made in America (Salem, Oregon) using only the finest materials possible. We stand by our products, that we guarantee they will stick, and resist peeling or flaking that we back them with some of the best warranties in the industry.

Beyond our waterproofing materials, Ames Research Laboratories believes in giving back to the community. We support many local and national charities that help underserved families. Being founded by a Veteran we continue to serve in any way we can. We are also proud to be a company that offers time off for our employees to volunteer without having to use vacation days.


Ames Founder


      The Ames Family has been a part of American history since 1774, and we continue to be a trusted name for those we serve. From Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Captain John Ames a Blacksmith began producing the colonies first metal shovels and so began the history of the Ames Family name. Throughout the decades, 230 plus years, the Ames family has supplied the tools and materials to build this wonderful nation.

Before his passing, Dr. William Ames Curtright DBA, developed the first water-based roof coatings called Snow Roof System. This led to the founding of the Oregon Research & Development company in 1981. However, it wouldn’t be possible without his wife Dama Curtright. After selling Oregon Research & Development in 1997, he started Ames Research Laboratories, INC in 2002. Dr. Curtright's life was a foundational example of service to God, Country and Family. He believed in the goodness of faith, his service to the nation as a veteran, and the dedication to provide the best for his family.

Today, Ames Research Laboratories legacy is no different. Although Dr. William Ames Curtright DBA has passed, his beliefs of faith, service and dedication live on. Now run by our President and CEO, Dama Curtright, we still live by the founding beliefs in providing the highest quality waterproofing and elastomeric products in the world.

A personal message from our founder:
“Make it the best you can.”  

This is the Ames family motto spoken over 200 years ago by my great, great, great Grandfather Oliver Ames Sr., founder of the Ames Tools Company. When I was a young boy, my grandfather instilled in me an appreciation of my family heritage and a love for America.  
As I grew up, I studied my family history and found a deep connection with the story told by my family. I visited my ancestor’s home in Easton, Massachusetts where I experienced fond memories. The Ames family story is woven into the history of our nations’ founders and foundations.

Throughout my life in the coatings industry, as I have invented new products and brought them to market, I have done my best to uphold that family motto and honor my family heritage. I have great admiration for the history of our great country and treasure the rich foundations that it is built upon. My belief in God, the core principles of the US Constitution, and the importance of teaching the Bible in our schools are at the core of who I am.  
With this strong conviction, I use much of the profits of my company in efforts that are directed towards promoting and preserving freedom. I am a proud Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War.
Thank you for visiting and considering the Ames family of products for your waterproofing projects.

Warmest and Best,
Dr. William Ames Curtright,
DBA President/CEO and Founder of Ames Research Laboratories, Inc.
In Memoriam


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Ames Founder


      The Ames Family has been a part of American history since 1774, and we continue to be a trusted name for those we serve. From Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Captain John Ames a Blacksmith began producing the colonies first metal shovels and so began the history of the Ames Family name. Throughout the decades, 230 plus years, the Ames family has supplied the tools and materials to build this wonderful nation.

Before his passing, Dr. William Ames Curtright DBA, developed the first water-based roof coatings called Snow Roof System. This led to the founding of the Oregon Research & Development company in 1981. However, it wouldn’t be possible without his wife Dama Curtright. After selling Oregon Research & Development in 1997, he started Ames Research Laboratories, INC in 2002. Dr. Curtright's life was a foundational example of service to God, Country and Family. He believed in the goodness of faith, his service to the nation as a veteran, and the dedication to provide the best for his family.

Today, Ames Research Laboratories legacy is no different. Although Dr. William Ames Curtright DBA has passed, his beliefs of faith, service and dedication live on. Now run by our President and CEO, Dama Curtright, we still live by the founding beliefs in providing the highest quality waterproofing and elastomeric products in the world.

A personal message from our founder:
“Make it the best you can.”  

This is the Ames family motto spoken over 200 years ago by my great, great, great Grandfather Oliver Ames Sr., founder of the Ames Tools Company. When I was a young boy, my grandfather instilled in me an appreciation of my family heritage and a love for America.  
As I grew up, I studied my family history and found a deep connection with the story told by my family. I visited my ancestor’s home in Easton, Massachusetts where I experienced fond memories. The Ames family story is woven into the history of our nations’ founders and foundations.

Throughout my life in the coatings industry, as I have invented new products and brought them to market, I have done my best to uphold that family motto and honor my family heritage. I have great admiration for the history of our great country and treasure the rich foundations that it is built upon. My belief in God, the core principles of the US Constitution, and the importance of teaching the Bible in our schools are at the core of who I am.  
With this strong conviction, I use much of the profits of my company in efforts that are directed towards promoting and preserving freedom. I am a proud Navy veteran and served during the Vietnam War.
Thank you for visiting and considering the Ames family of products for your waterproofing projects.

Warmest and Best,
Dr. William Ames Curtright,
DBA President/CEO and Founder of Ames Research Laboratories, Inc.
In Memoriam


"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." -Mother Teresa

Community Outreach

Every quarter and many other times throughout the year, we provide donations to many local and national organizations to help those facing uncertain times. Our staff is committed to giving what we can through food and supply drives, throughout the Salem area. Company-wide, we give to organizations on the national level like DAV. Dr. Ames service to this country never ended, we continue that tradition today with the best way Ames Research Laboratories knows how.

DAV Disabled Veterans
Liberty House

If you are an organization or know of an organization that you would like us to help or if you have questions about who we donate to please feel free to reach out to us.


Volunteer Time Off Program

Ames wants our staff to have the freedom to volunteer. Our CEO Dama Curtright, believes it would be best for us to implement a Volunteer Time Off policy. We are one of a few companies that gives all employees, no matter their position, the time off to go and provide a service within their community of choice and give their personal time to help.

The purpose of Ames’ volunteer program is to: 

  • Support volunteer activities that enhance and serve the communities in which we live & work 
  • Support communities that are impacted by disasters 
  • Address issues that impact quality of life 
  • Give employees the opportunity to support causes for which they have a strong compassion 

The intention of this program is to create community engagement opportunities for Ames’ employees that are meaningful, purposeful and helps those in need. At the same time, Ames’ recognizes that participating in these activities will also enrich and inspire the lives of our employees. ‘Community’ is not defined as just local community, but may encompass a global perspective. 

Ames Crew Giving and donating
Volunteer Time Off Program

Ames wants our staff to have the freedom to volunteer. Our CEO Dama Curtright, believes it would be best for us to implement a Volunteer Time Off policy. We are one of a few companies that gives all employees, no matter their position, the time off to go and provide a service within their community of choice and give their personal time to help.

The purpose of Ames’ volunteer program is to: 

  • Support volunteer activities that enhance and serve the communities in which we live & work 
  • Support communities that are impacted by disasters 
  • Address issues that impact quality of life 
  • Give employees the opportunity to support causes for which they have a strong compassion 

The intention of this program is to create community engagement opportunities for Ames’ employees that are meaningful, purposeful and helps those in need. At the same time, Ames’ recognizes that participating in these activities will also enrich and inspire the lives of our employees. ‘Community’ is not defined as just local community, but may encompass a global perspective. 


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