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New Year, Same Roof? How Maintenance can Extend the Lifespan of your Commercial Roof

You might think since your commercial roof isn’t new, there isn’t much point implementing a maintenance plan. However, getting started with regular maintenance now can offer benefits like minimizing future repair expenses, preserving your building’s energy efficiency to keep heating and cooling costs in check, and preventing leaks that damage the building’s structure, interior and contents like equipment, furnishings or inventory. Putting a roof maintenance plan into action in 2020 can also extend the useful life of your roof and delay the need for a costly replacement by:

Slowing or Halting Developing Issues

Effective roof maintenance plans are built on a foundation of frequent, comprehensive inspections that can reveal deterioration and flaws that need fixing, as well as emerging problems that are likely to require future repairs – like membrane wear from foot traffic. By catching such issues early on and taking steps to mitigate the harm – like putting out walk pads and monitoring rooftop traffic – you can stop the damage and prolong the membrane’s lifespan.

Boosting Your Roof’s Resistance to the Elements

With thorough inspections and the input of a knowledgeable roofer, you’ll stay aware of needed repairs and have them completed in a timely manner. Your roofer can also advise you about beneficial measures that can strengthen the roof membrane and help it resist wear and aging, like having it cleaned periodically, or applying a reflective or waterproof coating. By making sound repairs and taking appropriate steps to preserve the membrane, your roof will be better able to withstand the daily onslaught of the elements, like the sun’s powerful rays, wind, rain, sleet, and snow.

Keeping Key Roof System Components Intact

Your roof is composed of many different components that all work together to protect your building, and keeping them intact is crucial to allow the roof system to last as long as possible. When you implement a maintenance plan that covers inspections, repairs, preservation and periodic care, you can rest easy knowing that components like the edge flashing stays in place to keep the membrane from shredding or billowing, the drainage system functions properly to prevent ponding, and membrane tears and punctures are repaired promptly and properly to keep rainwater out so it doesn’t degrade the insulation and decking.

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Metal Roofing: So Many Benefits

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Metal roofing has long been used for its durability, fire-resistant qualities, and long life spans. In addition to this, metal roofing now has more versatility than ever before, making it the material that inspires architects and roofing designers. Contractors cannot wait to work on projects with metal roofing. Metal roofing is now the go-to resource for new construction as well as renovation projects thanks to the multitude of benefits it has to offer.

Endless aesthetic appeal

Metal roofing is available in a variety of colors, textures, and finishes to appeal to every designer and roofer. Panels can be curved or shaped to fit conical roofing or standard sheet-shapes. Metal roofing is waterproof and the continuous interlocking systems allowing for expansion and contraction help the roof appear straight. Designers like to use metal because it can be made to fit over decking or open framing.

The most commonly used metals are copper, steel, aluminum, and zinc. Because metal is lighter than other materials you can be more creative with style without compromising durability. Metal roofing is better able to withstand winds, extreme weather, and fire. Steel needs to be galvanized to maintain strength and aluminum is usually anodized before use. Copper is used when aesthetics are most important and zinc is the choice for optimal corrosion resistance.

Installation

Metal roofing installation is very important and requires an experienced and qualified roofer. The longevity of a metal roof depends heavily on how well it is installed. When properly installed, metal roofing can last up to three times longer than other roofing materials. You need to plan carefully for trim, fasteners, fans, skylights, and other accessories because it is essential to have professional installation of these to prevent leaking.

Make sure all components you use are compatible with the roof panel and any exposed metal panels should match the panels or trim. Molded closure strips need to be neoprene, solid-cell synthetic rubber, or polyvinyl chloride pre-molded to match the covering for waterproofing purposes. It is most important to make sure the metal panels do not come in contact with dissimilar materials like lead, graphite, or lumber, as this can cause early degradation and shorten the life of your metal roof.

Savings are BIG

Metal roofing is a friend of the environment as it is 100% recyclable. This makes it a popular choice for roofing in today’s eco-friendly world. When compared to shingle roofing which ends up in the waste, metal roofing systems are more appealing in terms of keeping the country green. At the end of a metal roofing system’s life, the materials can be recycled or coated and used again.

When there is no need to remove the previous material, you save time and money when it comes to new system installation. Retrofitting in this way also reduces the amount of labor required for a project. This is especially useful for older buildings that are no longer up to code. With the installation of a metal roofing system over the outdated one, the building is up to code in no time.

Keeping cool

Metal roofing panels outlast typical solar panels and are much more affordable than replacing the roofing with solar-power grids. Metal roofing can be designed to enhance energy efficiency. For example, aluminum panels in undulating patterns can regulate temperature and provide overhangs to shade windows below. This reduces glare, maximizes natural daylight exposure to the inside, and saves on energy costs.

Cool coatings are added to metal roofing to improve reflectivity so that most of the solar energy absorbed is returned to the air This keeps the building cooler. These coatings are typically darker in color to maximize heat reflection and promote optimal cooling or the inside. Many metal roofing systems now come with enhanced ultraviolet protection and finish to protect from damp coastal weather. These coatings ensure that metal roofing can adequately expand and contract as the weather changes, so as not to become worn too quickly.

Conclusion

Metal roofing offers flexibility, versatility, and durability. There are benefits to building owners, roofers, and designers. Metal looks good and lasts the distance. It saves money, promotes energy efficiency, and continues to inspire and innovate architects and designers with the vast selection of colors and styles metal can provide.

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Hanging Holiday Lights without Damaging your Roof

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It’s Christmas season. What does this mean to you? To most of us, this is the season to celebrate and probably get a new Christmas tree as well as Christmas lights. The only issue associated with this period is that some of us damage our property which majorly results due to hanging Christmas lights on the roof using the wrong procedures. So, is there a specific procedure to hang the Christmas lights while protecting yourself from damaging the roof? We will find that out in a bit. Therefore, keep reading as you look forward to learning some tips for hanging Christmas lights without roof damage to avoid calling a maintenance specialist early in the New Year.

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Have you ever been caught up in a situation where you wanted to use the Christmas lights you used in the previous season only to find out that the part of the strand wasn’t working? You probably noted the defect when you were on the rooftop and decided to solve the issue on the top. However, what does this mean for you? It means that you played a role in damaging the roof as a result of exposing the roof to much stress by forcing it to hold your weight. To avoid causing damage to the roof, we recommend that you get the lights out while you are still in the house or workshop and inspect them before getting up the ladder so that you can install the lights fast to avoid spending much time on the rooftop. Some of the things you might want to do before getting to the roof include:

• Untangling the string lights.
• Confirming to ensure that the entire strand is working.
• Acquiring enough strands based on the area you want to fix the lights, and
• Ensuring that you are dealing with outdoor-rated strings.

Once you do that, you can be sure to have solved the defects before getting to the rooftop so that you can avoid putting too much pressure on the roof or roof support.

Use the proper attachments when fixing the lights to the shingles.

Did you know that the highest percentage of the people who damage their roofs while installing Christmas lights do so because of using the wrong clips when fixing the strings? Well, you should come to the terms that if you do not want to damage the roof, you must be ready to source for the proper attachments. In this case, avoid putting holes in the shingles. As a result, do away with nails, staples, or screws. The reason we recommend this is that such holes become water intrusion points which may result in rotting of the deck. Hence, make use of plastic clips which allow you to clip them on the shingles, gutters, or the eaves of your home. Besides protecting the roof from damage, these clips elevate the lights off the shingle which reduces chances of warping or causing damage to the shingle surface.

Walk carefully on the roof

Besides using the proper string lights’ attachments, you will want to walk on the roof carefully. In this case, minimize the number of times you step over the roof. I would recommend that you install the lights when standing on the ladder to avoid causing strain on the rooftop by forcing it to hold your weight. Aside from that, avoid sliding on the shingles or walking over tile roofs, and ensure that the ladder is standing in a safe place as you move around the house. Also, be sure to wear soft shoes and also put in place some pads on the sections of the roof you are walking on to avoid exerting much force on the roof.

Final Thoughts

Asides from keeping the roof safe as you install the Christmas lights, you will also want to ensure that you are safe during the installation. After all, do not forget that lots of accidents occur during roof repairs or installing lights on the roof. Therefore, if you plan to install your lights without professional help, ensure that you do that after notifying a family member. Also, avoid wearing loose clothes that could catch the clips causing you to fall. That way, you can be sure to hang the Christmas lights without damaging the roof or causing harm to yourself.


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In Case a Wildfire Comes Near Your Building…

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Wildfires spread quickly. The sun’s heat or any small spark can start a fire that quickly burns through neighborhoods. With the recent dry weather, much of the brush that surrounds housing is dried out and is easily set alight. Large areas of trees and brush are fuel for a fire and sadly, there are commercial buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that may fall along the path of a fire’s destruction.

5 million acres burn each year in the United States and the damage caused costs millions. Not to mention the devastation to families and business owners. Depending on the wind, the average fire can spread up to 14 miles per hour and can change direction quickly. Breezes and winds can throw embers long distances threatening any area within miles of ablaze. And this could be your house. There are three main factors that will impact how a fire moves and whether your property will be in danger or not.

Fuel

This includes brush, trees, and grass and the amount of available fuel in an area is called the fuel load for a fire. Smaller fuel loads cause slow-burning fires that have low intensity, but when there is a lot of fuel, a fire will burn hot and quick and spread faster. To reduce the amount of fuel around your property you should create a 30-foot safety zone around your house by:

  • Use less flammable vegetation
  • Remove plant debris (broken limbs and fallen leaves)
  • Remove climbing vines attached to your walls
  • Regularly cut grass and prune trees

Weather

The temperature has a direct impact on wildfires because heat is one of the key factors in the fire triangle. Brush or fuel receives heat from the sun which dries and as the temperature heats up, these fuels ignite. Wildfires typically start in the afternoon when temperatures are highest. The wind is an additional factor that influences fires but it is unpredictable. Winds give fire oxygen to burn which can accelerate fires faster across the land. Wind also throw embers which can cause spot fires to develop in additional locations. You cannot control the weather but you can be aware of it. Low humidity indicates drier ground and more fuel available for fires.

Topography

How the land is laid out can affect whether fire burns or is halted. Fires move quicker uphill so the slope is important. The smoke rises uphill which heats the land ahead of fire making it easier to ignite. If you live on a hill, then it is important to create safety zones as well as secondary zones to ensure there is minimal fuel around your building. By interrupting the fuel source, a fire cannot burn.

Final Thoughts

Along with taking these steps to protect your property from a wildfire, you should also have an evacuation plan in place. Make sure you know everything that you will need to take with you should you have to leave. You also need to have several escape routes as there is no way to predict where a fire will go. Being prepared and knowing what can influence a fire is the best way to protect your property.

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Checking your Flat Roof for Low Spots

Low spots in flat roofing are common and can cause damage and expensive repairs if not taken care of. But how do you know if you have any low spots? There are signs to look for to identify a low spot, so you can contact a roofer to help get it taken care of before it causes too much damage.

Pooled water: Flat roofing is not completely flat and has a small incline. This allows water to drain off to the gutters away from the roof. Water that has pooled or accumulated is one of the first signs that you have a low spot, as it prevents water from its natural flow down the gradient. These pools will weaken the roof and eventually cause leaks and even structural damage to the roofing system.

Clogged drains: When drains or gutters are clogged, they collect water. The strain of the backed-up water weight can cause a low spot. You need to check your drains regularly and clean them out if you notice clogs. You should then check to see if water runs off, if not, then you may have a low spot.

Collected dust: Low spots provide protection from the wind for leaves and debris so piles on the roof could indicate a low spot. Collected dirt and debris can also become heavy like water causing damage to roofing materials. You need to clear these out and get the low spots repaired right away.

Concentric sediment circles: Unless you are on the roof directly after it rains, then you may not see any puddles. They do leave tracks though. Puddles will leave concentric circles after the water has evaporated that indicate there was once a pool there. These circular deposits let you know that you have low spots.

Moldy smells: Pooled water can collect bacteria which can increase chances of mold growth and odd smells. Black mold growing on your ceiling or strange musty smells can indicate that water is collected on the roof in a low spot.

Changes in the ceiling: If your ceiling is sagging, stained, or dragging, then you have a low spot in the roof. Low spots collect water which becomes heavy and causes leaks into the building. The signs will be apparent on your ceiling before you even identify the spots on the roof.

If you know what to look for and you check regularly, low spots are easy to identify. Once identified contact us right away to help get them fixed. We use a number of different methods to fix low spots so we guarantee to find a way to get your roofing repaired right away.

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Can an HOA Board Run its Own Construction Projects?

Many HOA boards run their own projects and it can sometimes feel like you are not getting all the information and updates. As frustrating as this can be, HOA boards are entitled to run their own projects. Typically management is the face of the owners, which means the decisions they make are for the community. As a board, they are entrusted with making decisions that will benefit and member and owners feel secure in this.

Conflict of Interests

HOA boards can oversee the construction and maintenance of any project but with owners being used to the management doing this, there can be some conflict. A lack of communication between the boards and management only makes the situation worse. Any conflicts of interest become difficult to clear up. Conflicts of interest can occur when a board member’s decisions are influenced by personal interests rather than those of the association or HOA community. Decisions made this way are a direct breach of the board’s fiduciary duties and the director of the board loses protections of the Business Judgement Rule. An example of this would be if a board awards a roofing contract to a family member of the director. A contract like this can be void. Sometimes board members vote on matters that result in a benefit to them but it is not a conflict of interest because it also benefits the membership. An example would be voting for added security patrols for which the director and the community will both benefit.

Potential Liability

The conflicts between boards and the association do not create personal liability in the following cases:

  • The director makes full disclosure of the conflict
  • The director gets no influence on the vote by leaving the room during the discussion of the topic
  • All transactions are just and fair and reasonable as to the association at the time it is authorized and approved.

Failure to Relay Information

In some cases, the board has not relayed information to management and they are left in the dark on projects. This can be problematic because if owners call to get information about the changes affecting them, management will not know the answers. This leads to both management and owners being in the dark and fearful of what could be happening. HOA boards can run their own projects but it is essential to avoid conflicts of interest and avoid the risk of liability. The board can run projects but they need to ensure that management is kept in the loop and is aware of the project details, timelines, and dates. Management also enjoys having memos from the board director whenever any updates and changes occur along the way. Communication is the best way to ensure everyone is in agreement and that all projects are run above board.

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How Animals in Your Roof can Cause Serious Problems

You may love animals but that doesn’t mean you want them in your roofing space or system. They can leave behind unsanitary messes that can cause health problems and they can cause damage to the system as they scurry around. They can also get injured by electrical wires or nails, and should they die in your roof, you will have unpleasant smells and the risk of potential diseases.

How Animals in your Roof can Cause Serious Problems

Since the animals that get into your roofs (birds, rodents, raccoons) are uninvited, chances are they caused damage to the exterior roofing just to get in. They can chew and gnaw their way through weak points in the roof, creating holes for their buddies to get through. Before you know it, a collection of animals have easy access to your roofing space. They need to get cleared out before any further damage is done. Chew marks are the clearest indication that you have unwanted guests in the roof as well as scratches or small nesting spots. You may also notice damaged or chewed wiring or pipes. You can also count on finding droppings everywhere and in most cases, you will see these before you ever see the culprit leaving them behind. Fur and feathers can also get snagged or left around. It is important to deal with animal intrusions quickly as the damage can be costly and dangerous. The presence of wild animals is also a serious health hazard. Gutters are common entryways for small rodents and popular nesting spots for birds, so cleaning these regularly is a great way to prevent animals from overstaying their welcome.

Final Thoughts

After any animal infestation has been cleared, you must re-check the roofing system for any access points or weak spots to prevent future occurrences. Work with a professional contractor to inspect your roof fully so that every inch is covered. Animals can cause disease as well as damage to the electrical systems and roofing systems, so get them cleared out today and take the steps to make sure they don’t come back.

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Cool Roofing Can Save You Money. Here Is How.

Cool roofing options are a popular choice for all buildings as a beneficial alternative to more traditional darker-colored surfaces. They absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight because cool roofing typically consists of a highly reflective type of paint or sheet covering.

The Benefits of Having a Cool Roof

  • Reduces your energy bills by reducing the need for air conditioning
  • Reduces roof surface temperature which extends the roof life
  • Improves indoor spaces by making them more comfortable
  • Reduces air temperature by reducing the urban heat island effect in cities
  • Lowers peak electricity demand and power plant emissions used to power cool energy, which benefits the environment

Depending on the surface you have to work with, you can usually make a new or existing roof cool. Cool roof coating is a reflective paint which absorbs heat and reflects light rays away. It protects against both chemical and UV damage and is available for most roof types.  When you decide to install a cool roof, you need to consider if the costs will justify the energy savings. For a new building, this can be considered during the planning stages of construction. For older buildings, you can likely replace the existing system or retrofit it with a reflective material. Green roofing is also an option that works well with flat roofing. Green roofing helps you manage stormwater better and it makes an aesthetically pleasing roof. They provide great insulation which reduces your energy costs and the carbon footprint of your building. These are more expensive than standard cool roofing options, but worth looking into or the overall benefits they provide.

Final Thoughts

Whether you have low-sloped or high-sloped roofing and regardless of the materials, there are ways to make your roofing system cool. You can just add to the roof surface you already have or replace it completely. Reach out to us today to discuss your cool roof options and we will find the right option for you to keep you cool and saving money.

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Solar Dos and Don’ts

Solar Dos and Donts

Investing in solar energy for your home is probably one of the better ideas you’ve had lately. Especially if you live in a Southern California where net-metering is available, you can dramatically reduce your energy bills while also reducing your carbon footprint. There are tips and tricks to get under your belt before jumping head first into a new world of technology. Let us navigate some of the trickier aspects of going Solar with your home with these list of dos and don’ts.

DO! For sure DO!

Preliminary preparation is the key to success in any field, but even more so in solar. In anticipation of going solar, take a few assessments:

Can you roof support solar? It’s not totally a question of weight (although, that is a factor) the more important aspect of answering this question is whether or not your roof gets enough sunlight to be able to generate electricity from solar panels. If your roof is covered by a giant tree then it’s either “Bye tree” or find an alternative solution. You could cut the tree back so you can have both solar and a natural oxygen producer in your yard. But that’s going to add to the regular overhead costs instead of to reduce.

If your roof receives steady sunlight between the peak hours of 10 am and 2 pm, then you’re good to go.

Get an energy audit. It’s almost like having your house appraised before selling or when applying for a home loan. One of the things you need to know prior to ordering and installing a solar system is how much energy your house uses to function on a regular basis. The last thing you want is to throw down some money on panels and then you still have to supplement with regular electricity to keep things up and running.

Do all you can to reduce energy output prior to installing solar. This means upgrading all your appliances to energy efficient models, swapping out light bulbs for LEDs, and so forth. Have as much of this in place well before your energy audit so you have the most accurate reading.

Don’t! Stay away!

Equally as important to success is avoiding the traps. Here’s what we’ve got and why…

Don’t neglect your research which includes price quotes as well as general information about solar and possible rebate programs available to you. Lack of knowledge will harm you in the long run.

Don’t cut corners either with pricing or installation. It’s possible to install solar panels yourself, but not recommended. Cheap products are usually cheap for a reason and the same goes with labor. In this case, you really do get what you paid for. 

Don’t assess your energy needs in a low season. If you’re that neighbor who so thoroughly loves to deck the halls every December with every light under the sun, that’s when you need to schedule your energy audit. It doesn’t do you or your house any good to have an audit under the lightest possible circumstances. Think about holiday dinners, the average temperatures throughout the year, and how you use energy differently depending on the season. It’s better to overshoot than underestimate in this situation.

Solar will reap many benefits for you and the environment. It’s a popular and, now, trusted source of renewable energy. Even though it’s new to you, you can still take the right steps to make all the trouble very worth your while.

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Types of Drains for Flat Roofing

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In reality, flat roofing is not entirely flat. There is always a slight slope towards the drain. Gravity allows the drainage system to work, so the water needs to have a natural flow away from the roof. Despite this, common drainage problems can occur associated with flat roofing.

Types of Drains for Flat Roofing

  • Foundation problems
  • Infiltration of water into living spaces
  • Water damage to walls and casings

These problems may be common, but there are still numerous advantages to having flat roofing and each type of drain system has its own pros and cons.

Inner drains

These sit away from the edge towards the center of the roof. A pipe system below the drain that shuttles the water away. Often these can form pools of water on the surface if there are any clogs to the system and the heavy water can eventually find a way into the building. These are also more expensive and repairs can be costly but they are great for colder climates as the pipes do not freeze.

Scuppers

These are small boxed drains that exit through the parapet wall. The slight slope of the roof allows water and debris to move along the roof and out the scupper. These too can become clogged and if water pools near the roof edge and if they are not connected to a downspout, then water can damage your foundation as it falls. These drains are not very expensive and are easier to maintain and prevent clogging.

Gutters

These metal structures sit along the edge of the roof, collecting water as it flows down the slope. This help protects your foundation and helps to control the flow of water away from the roof. They are inexpensive and are the best way to protect your foundation, basement, and soils from erosion.

Final Thoughts

Flat roofing is a great choice for any building, just be sure you have the appropriate drainage system in place too. There are pros and cons for each choice so be sure to discuss all options with an experienced roofer. Call us today and we will help you decide which drainage system is best for your needs and your commercial flat roof.

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