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Why Your Building Needs a Cool Roof?

Why your building needs a cool roof

While the weather is generally temperate, it is not uncommon to have really hot days in Southern California. Very few people plan ahead or aware of any changes that can cause potential damage to their building. The changes in weather from day to day can have big effects on your roof, even when it is only a few degrees.

Why Your Building Needs a Cool Roof?

The majority of commercial buildings in the country have black or dark-colored roofing surfaces and this is not good. As a result of these dangerous surface temperatures, cool roofing was developed and is becoming more popular. Thanks to durability, reflectivity, and better energy efficiency, cool roofing is the best way to save money and extend the life of your roof. Cool roofing absorbs less heat than standard granulated roofing which allows for better regulation of building temperatures. This reduces maintenance and energy costs and ensures your roof will last longer. Cool roofing also helps the environment by reducing carbon emissions and the overall “urban heat island” effect common in most large cities. The top-rated cool roofing to use is a fluid-applied cool roofing system. It can easily be applied over modified bitumen, metal, and single-ply roofing already in place. This eliminates the need to re-roof which can be destructive and very costly. Once you experience the more comfortable building temperatures and energy savings on your bill, you will realize the change was more than worth it.

Final Thoughts

If you have a black roof and want to cut down on energy usage and carbon emissions as well as increase the value of your building, reach out to us today to discuss your cool roofing options.

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Green Solutions for Roofing Contractors

Sustainability in roofing continues to drive choices in the roofing industry. In many states, there is legislation in place that requires green roofing and sustainability to be an option. In many cases, it is even mandatory. What this means for roofing contractors is that they need to change their materials, practices, and resources. With buildings working hard to become more sustainable, the roofing system is an integral part of the equation, and contractors are jumping on board across the country.

Sustainable options include green roofing or vegetative roofs, using longer life cycle products, Global Warming Potential (GWP) assemblies, more resilient roofing systems, and a host of additional eco-friendly materials or systems. Product life cycle must be at the forefront of design for roofing these days as sustainability and energy-efficiency are no longer aspirations but strong desires for the community. Roofing plays an important role in the overall sustainability of a building. Vegetative roofing is often a go-to because it is a green option that also offers an aesthetic appeal. These systems offer temperature regulation on both hot and cold days and help storm water management when it is rainy. They also offset carbon production by giving off oxygen during photosynthesis thus reducing the carbon footprint of the building. Buildings are the largest energy consumers in the economy according to the US Department of Energy and this impacts the building owner as well as the environment. With more eco-friendly options you can save money as a building owner, reduce costs and make a positive impact on the environment.

  • Insulation: Insulation helps save energy and money and improved building efficiency. With more than 20% of energy lost through the roof, insulation can help reduce this and save you money. It also significantly reduces the carbon footprint and helps the environment as power plants do not need to power up as often which releases harmful emissions. Installing high-performance skylights can help you to achieve a connection with the natural environment. You get natural lighting for your indoor spaces without high energy bills.
  • Solar panels: Solar panel installation allows you to use natural resources again instead of ones that cost you. Using solar panels helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and when installed properly they can last for close to 20 years. It may be costly in the beginning but over time you will recoup the costs and gain additional benefits. In many cases, there are federal and state incentives available for solar panel installation to encourage more use.
  • Roof coating: Coating a roof surface extends its life by protecting it from the elements. When you use a lighter color, you can reflect sunlight away and contribute to energy savings for the building.

Beyond sustainable materials and systems, roofing contractors also need to develop sustainable workforces. Options such as self-adhered membranes can help with this as installation becomes more efficient and more projects can be completed quicker. There is also less hazardous waste which adds to your overall reputation in this new green world. The more eco-friendly your portfolio is, the better your roofing business will do. It is also becoming necessary for manufacturers to encourage eco-friendly buildings and sustainability. Manufacturers need to include initiatives for the development process to support this move towards greener roofing. Diverting waste from landfills and investing in habitat development are two great ways to achieve this and many manufacturers have started this already.  In recent years there has been substantial improvement when it comes to reduced energy usage and reduction in the use of volatile compounds during installation processes. The roofing industry from workers to manufacturers must start looking at the environment and their roofing processes as a whole.

Final Thoughts

Adopting sustainable options and solutions has not always been a goal, as it was once driven by economics. The trend is now driven by a need for long-term growth which relies on sustainability. The roofing industry needs to do its part to support this trend and movement by adopting these solutions. The solutions will not only benefit the environment but in many ways make installation easier which can boost productivity and business. It really is a win-win situation for all.

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Commercial Waterproofing Can Save Your Business

Commercial waterproofing can save your business

Waterproofing your commercial building is one of the best ways to protect your investment and your building. It helps to save money as water damage can be expensive especially if water leaks to the inside of the building. The tenants in your commercial property rely on you to keep the building safe and this means roofing needs to be secure and waterproof.

When it comes to waterproofing your building, to get the best security you need to look beyond the roofing. The integrity of all outdoor structures is important so be sure to invest in waterproofing decks, walkways, parking garages, and elevator pits.

  • Decks: Water leaks can damage and stairs which can potentially injure someone. Water can also leak into balconies causing injury and structural damage.
  • Walkways: These are often made of concrete which means they are not immune to cracks and leaks. Waterproofing walkways prevent damage to the foundation and injury.
  • Elevator pits: Water can seep into elevator pits because they are below grade. Flooding in these pits can cause electrical as well as mechanical damage and serious injury.

Waterproofing the roofing and building helps to protect your investment and the building tenants. With this proactive action, you can prevent damage that can lead to serious problems and even lawsuits. You need to hire a professional and experienced contractor to waterproof your building so that it is done correctly and safely. Waterproofing systems are available for both above grade and below grade structures. Contractors work with coatings for decks and floor systems and a number of sealants depending on the structural material in your building.

Final Thoughts

The best contractors also have access to the latest technology and materials to ensure that any waterproofing jobs are done right. Call us today as your local waterproofing and commercial roofing expert, and we will inspect your property and help design and develop the best waterproof system for your building. We want to keep you safe, your building in top shape, and protect your investment.

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Why You Should Hire a GAF Master Commercial Roofer

Why You Should Hire a GAF Master Roofer

Getting a new roof is a major investment so you need it to be done right. Not only is a roof a financial responsibility, but it is important for the safety and integrity of the building. Poor roofing can result in leaks, damage, and unnecessary costs for you. To get the best roofing you need to hire the best contractor, but there are so many choices that this can be challenging. The roofing industry can be confusing and picking a contractor can be quite a chore, but there is one credential you can look for to assure quality roofing installation.

Why You Should Hire a GAF Master Commercial Roofer

GAF Master Certification is the ultimate in quality when it comes to choosing a roofing contractor for your projects. GAF is the largest manufacturer of roofing materials in America. Their products are ranked number one by building owners as well as third-party associations. Their quality and their philosophy set them apart from the rest because they focus only on helping you make the safest and right choices for your investment.

Their Master Contractor certification program is helping to ensure that roofers receive the best training and experience to offer. By hiring a GAF Certified roofer, you can be assured of quality, integrity, and efficient service. You will get a qualified contractor with experience and exceptional service every time. The GAF certification process is not easy and has proven tough for many contractors. With only 3% of contractors in the US qualifying for this certification, you can be assured of getting the best.

When you hire a contractor with the GAF Master Certification you can be assured of a few things:

  • They are fully licensed according to local and state regulation to work in your area.
  • They have an excellent reputation that has been verified by a community, peers, and customers.
  • They carry appropriate worker safety insurance.
  • They are committed to ongoing professional education, so they can always offer you the best and most current technology and techniques.

Hiring a GAF certified contractor gives you peace of mind and a quality job done right the first time. You also get exclusive access to extended warranties because their work is trusted and guaranteed. They can offer you the latest in materials and technology as well as state of the art roofing that will stand the test of time over that of other contractors and companies. Looking for the GAF certification takes the stress out of looking for a contractor. Every worker you meet with the GAF approval has been screened and thoroughly tested so you can rest assured that you and your roof are in the best possible hands.

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Air Conditioners: Rooftop vs. Side Yard Units

Air Conditioners Rooftop vs Side Yard Units

Not all air conditioning units are the same. They may all remove hot air from inside your building and return cooler air to the inside but there are important differences when it comes to style and benefits. You typically have two main styles to choose from, either rooftop units or side yard units. Depending on the benefits and comfort you are looking for, one system may be better suited to your needs than another.

Air Conditioners: Rooftop vs. Side Yard Units

Rooftop Units

These are typically centralized cooling systems where side yard units are typically split systems. The rooftop unit will be secured to your roof and via a series of ducts, will keep the inside of the building cool. There are a number of benefits to getting a rooftop unit. Air naturally cycles through the building easier because hot air rises while cool air descends. This natural movement of air makes these styles more energy efficient. They do not need to work as hard to circulate the air because natural air movement is doing most of the work. Rooftop units are all-inclusive which means they have components placed both inside and outside the building. This makes repair and maintenance much easier because everything is in one single location. Rooftop units were originally thought to be bulky so newer designs and models have been developed and are much smaller and often invisible from the ground.

Side Yard Units

Despite the benefits that rooftop units offer; there are good reasons to get side yard units too. Ground units offer more diversity and customization as you can choose from a number of styles, powers, and sizes, so you can find exactly what fits. Many consumers find it a big advantage to be able to find a unit that matches their exact needs. Newer side yard units are quieter than previously louder ones and the smaller and quieter styles are not as bulky. Newer designs have been described as visually appealing which is giving them more attention than older, less attractive styles. These newer models are barely detectable even when located right next to window which is giving side A/C units a more positive reputation then they once held. You get more options with side yard units when it comes to repairs and replacements. Since you get both inside fans and an outside unit, you can easily replace one without having to replace the entire system so overall replacement costs end up being lower.

There are advantages to both rooftop and side yard air conditioning units and the choice you make will depend on your needs, budget, and the space you have available for placement. Both systems will keep you cool during warmer months, so call us today and we can help you find the best fit for your air conditioning needs.

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Assessing Weather Damage to Your Commercial Roofing

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Despite the weather being mostly sunny in Southern California, there can always be an occasional storm. Harsh winds, rain or even hail can damage a roof, especially one that is weakened or improperly maintained. To get the most out of your commercial roofing and to protect your investment, be sure to check for damage after any storm. This is especially important in areas where the weather is sunny most of the year. Those occasional weather changes can bring expensive roofing damage if you are not ready.

Assessing Weather Damage to Your Commercial Roofing

Identifying any damage after a storm of any kind is important and needs to be done sooner rather than later. Finding and repairing the problems immediately prevents any damage from getting worse and prevents more expensive damage and repairs down the road. Weather changes of any kind can weaken your commercial roofing, so regular inspection is necessary to ensure it stays in top shape. Winds can damage roofing by ripping materials, damaging systems, and displacing roofing components. In addition to this, the wind can pick up other objects and throw them against your roof, causing damage. Even if the winds do not seem harsh, it is a good idea to give your roof an inspection to be sure nothing was moved or damaged. Not doing this could result in damage that is left unrepaired. And this will be costly for you later on.

It is also a good idea to check with your insurance policy as to what weather damage is covered. In most cases, insurance companies will cover severe weather damage so long as the condition of the roof is well maintained. Many claims get denied because the damage is attributed to “wear and tear” rather than the weather itself. Be sure to keep up with regular roofing maintenance to protect your roof and any potential claims you may need. Implementing a routine maintenance and inspection schedule for your roof will provide longevity for your roof and save you money. Be sure to inspect all surfaces and clean gutters. Repair weakened or damaged flashing and any holes as soon as you see them before the damage gets worse and more expensive. Small repairs that are ignored will turn into bigger problems and leave you with a weakened roof.

Taking care of your commercial roof all year round is the best way to prevent weather damage. Be sure to inspect your roof after any weather changes and fix any damage you may find. When regular roofing maintenance is your priority, damage and the weather will be the least of your concerns.

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Sunlight Damage on Roof

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Similar to the effects of the Sun on your skin, it is important to note that commercial roofing systems are also very sensitive to the Sun. Particularly, in certain areas of the United States like the Western parts. The geographical locations are heavily impacted by the amount of Sun they get. For instance, if you reside in the Los Angeles area, the amount of Sun that you will get is about 44% of the time throughout the year. Unfortunately, even though some people may enjoy this warm weather, this amount can wreak havoc on roofing systems, especially because the Sun is composed of both UV radiation and infrared radiation.

Sunlight Damage on Roof

Negative Domino Effects of Sunlight on Your Roofing

There are a number of different negative domino effects that you will most likely see on your roof today. Some of the more commonly known include bumps, cracks as well as other kinds of damages. In fact, as the beams of the Sun break down the roofing material, it causes the chemicals in the seam sealants to split and open prematurely over time. In addition to the seams of the roofing opening up, the damages from the Sun can also adversely affect the fasteners on the roof because of the pulls, tears and the twist that negatively compromises the fasteners. Further damages may be caused by the integrity of the roof, even after the Sun has set in the afternoon. This is because dark coloring on your roofing system will inherently hold onto the heat and will not allow it to cool down. Thereby, causing the heat that remains to continue to compromise the integrity of your roof.

Hidden Damages Exposed When Ultraviolet Radiation Compromises the Roofing

Even more insidious, you will also discover that the ultraviolet radiation, another part of the sunlight, is not easily detected but imposes a lot of extra damage to the roofing’s overall structure. Therefore, it does not matter what kinds of materials used in your roofing system, the degradation continues in pretty much any type that is installed (i.e. single-ply-membrane, bitumen and others). Also, because this is hidden damage that is being done behind the scene in a more subtle fashion, no one will notice that these problems have been occurring until the rain clouds move in as the Sun goes away. Hence, when you inspect the roofing system on your building, the after effects usually show split seams, cracking, and blistering that will ultimately allow water flows to work their way down inside the building causing all kinds of interior damage.

Conclusion

Dealing with the damages that occur to your roofing system can be a huge issue for you when you are impacted by its effects. Due to the severe damages that the Sun can cause on the roofing materials and the seams in the design, the damages can completely destroy the tops of your building. To avoid these issues and damages, it is important to note that many property owners are turning to a newer innovative solution that is called cool roof systems.

 

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Lifecycle Costs of Commercial Roof System

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As a commercial building owner, the cost will be the first thing on your mind whenever a project needs to be completed. When this project involves a significant part of the building such as the roof, then it becomes very easy just to focus on the initial cost of purchasing the roof. However, there are other costs that you will have to take into account when thinking about the life cycle of the commercial roof as these can have a big impact on your finances. Some of these considerations are discussed here.

Lifecycle Costs of Commercial Roof System

Installation

When you are considering the cost of installation, there is more to take into account than just the price you have been given by the roofing company. There may be some disruption to your business while the roof is being installed and any costs associated with these will also have to be factored in. You may need to shut down for a few days while the installation is completed or move your employees to a different site.

Durability In The Long Term

The type of roof that you have chosen will have a huge impact on the maintenance costs that you may be faced with further down the line. Regular maintenance of the roof is essential and so it is a cost that you will need to think about. If maintenance is not carried out, then it is likely you will end up paying for more expensive repairs further down the line. The roof will also need cleaning on a regular basis and this is another cost that will have to be considered.

Potential Repairs

Again the cost of any potential repairs will largely depend on the type of roof that you have chosen. Certain types of roofs have specific repairs that are commonly needed and this is something that should be considered before the roof is even chosen. Repairs can also be needed if there is bad weather and it can help to plan for this. As well as the cost of repairs, you also need to consider whether it would be necessary to close your business while these repairs are being carried out.

Energy Savings

Any roof that you have installed today is going to be more efficient than anything that would have been installed twenty years ago. However, some roofs are more efficient than others and you will also need to think about the overall efficiency of your building as a whole. There may be tax incentives for installing an energy efficient roof in your state and so this is something else that you should look into.

Length Of Warranty

Ideally, you want to make sure that the warranty that you are offered covers the whole life span of the roof. As a minimum, you should be looking for at least twenty years. You also need to read the fine print of the warranty to make sure you are covered for the things that you would expect to be. If the warranty does not cover you for certain things, then these are costs that you will need to plan for.

 

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How To Select The Best Roofing Material For Hot Climate?

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When you are choosing the next roofing materials for your building, it is important that you become familiar with the types of materials that will suit it the best. Though there are many different options available in the industry, the type that is chosen must be the one that also suits more than one factor. One of the most important in making the right selection is considering factors like those that will be best in the hot heat. Simply put, if you live in a very hot and smoldering geographical location that tends to generate a lot of summer heat, you should concentrate on the roofs that have a reputation for being able to handle rising temperatures. So, for those of you who are doing your homework, here are the different types of roofing materials.

Selecting the Best Roofing Material for a Hot Climate

Metal Roofing

Let’s start with metal roofing and the pros and cons of making this choice. Metal roofing can be described as a type of premium roofing. When you consider the price and what it may cost out of pocket, you will most likely find that it tends to be a bit pricier than other types. This is normally the case when you are comparing these roofing materials to asphalt materials. While the higher price may be a factor in making an informed choice, it is normally difficult to take it off the list due to the fact that purchasing it for your building can be a great investment in the long run. For instance, if you are thinking about the best qualities of metal roofing, you will most likely like it best because it is classified as a cooling roofing material.

Slate Roof Tile

Slate Roof tile materials are also well known for several different attractive characteristics that are really needed for hot temperatures. For some, this type of slate roof tile material is simply ideal for anyone who makes their selection based on meeting eco-friendly needs. Formed and shaped for standing up to extremely hot temperatures and its natural beauty makes it a good option in many of the states that tend to be heated up more than others. Also, if you are looking to create an attractive view of your home from top to bottom, you should know that you can make a choice of more than one color. For example, if you are envisioning installing a grey roof, this won’t be a problem.

Clay Roof Tile

Another viable option for you and other property owners is the clay roof tile. Clay roof tile makes a very good choice for many owners because of its overall resistance to thermal heat. Since this roof is impervious to fire, it can be seen as an attractive option for eliminating the damage that is caused on roofing systems. This type of material is available in several different colors including very rich earthy tones.

Rubber Roofing

You may be surprised to find out that installing rubber roofing is an option for handling the hot heat. No, this material will not melt or be compromised in hot temperature but will instead protect your building from the heat.

 

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4 Not-So-Obvious Signs Your Roof Is At The End Of Its Life

Not-So-Obvious-Signs-Your-Roof-Is-At-The-End-Of-It’s-LifeRays of light penetrating through the roof, curling or missing shingles, discolored walls or ceilings and falling pieces to the ground are just but a few of signs signaling that you should replace your roof. However, does this mean that these are the only signs that you should look out for so that you can know that the roof needs a replacement? Absolutely not. There are the not-so-obvious signs that your roof is at the end of its life, and today, we will help you learn about these signs. Read on so that you can avoid replacing your roof after its collapse or the damage of your valuables.

4 Not-So-Obvious Signs Your Roof Is At The End Of Its Life

Sign #1 – A rise in the energy costs

Have you noted a drastic increase in the energy bills when compared to the previous years? If not, have you invested in some energy-saving methods such as adding blinds and UV-reflecting materials so that you can lower the bills but haven’t noted a change? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the chances are that this is as a result of a damaged roof which means that it might be at the end of its life. Before effecting any changes to the roof, consider all the changes you made such as adding other energy consuming appliances. Besides that, have your HVAC system inspected so that you can ensure that it is not the cause. If all the energy-consuming units are working correctly and once you have disregarded the changes as the cause of the energy bills hike, consider replacing your roof since this might be the cause of the energy bills rise. However, work with a professional roofer who can inspect the roof to ensure that you solve the right problem.

Sign #2 – Water puddles and dirty rings

Besides high energy bills, you might have noticed that the water isn’t draining correctly after the rain. However, how do you even have a clue that the water is not draining? An effective way to tell this is by inspecting the roof once it dries out. Note that you should not rush to the rooftop immediately after the rain since this might result in a slide and unplanned accidents. So, plan to inspect the roof after it dries out. In some cases, you might be lucky enough to locate puddles of water, but in case this is not left behind, be on the lookout for grime left behind, algae, green rings, or moss since these only form if the water didn’t manage to drain right.

Sign #3 – Bubbles and blisters

Unlike tears and cracks which automatically signal that the roof is at the end of its life, blisters and bubbles do not indicate that until after they break causing cracks on the roof. For those wondering what bubbles and blisters are, you can equate bubbles to rashes and blisters to pimples. Bubbles form after liquid moisture gets trapped into the roof membrane. Over time, the bubbles increase in size resulting in blisters because of the rise in temperatures that result in the expansion of the moisture in the roof membrane. As the temperatures lower, the moisture or air contracts which creates a void in the membrane. As a result, air or moisture is drawn in the void, which means that the blisters keep growing resulting in pulling of the membrane and thereby deteriorating the roof structure.

Over time, these processes damage the roof since the blisters crack in the long term requiring you to replace the roof. To avoid consequences when it is too late, you should keep an eye on the roof as soon as you discover the formation of bubbles and repair where necessary. However, if the signs are too much, planning to replace the roof is an ideal option as this can protect you from high costs when replacing the roof.

Sign #4 – Depletion of the roof’s life span

Simply put, a roof nears the end of its useful life as the expected life expectancy narrows down. For instance, if you purchased a roof with an estimated lifespan of 20 years, you should have an idea that the roof is near the end of its life as soon as it serves you for 19 years. With this in mind, therefore, it is always right for you to hire a professional roofer who will perform regular inspections on the roof once you note that the roof’s life expectancy is narrowing down. After all, you might get a positive report that the roof can serve you longer which is common if you live in an area with friendly weather. So, jot down the time you bought the roof and the time you expect it to wear out so that you can always be ready before the life expectancy is depleted.

Conclusion

Let’s face it; a roof is not built to last forever. As a result, it is good that you remain prepared by internalizing the not so obvious signs that your roof is at the end of its life so that you can avoid costly or emergency roof replacements which may occur when you are not financially ready.

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