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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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Flat Roof Drain System Pros and Cons

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Flat roofing systems offer a number of benefits, specifically giving you more space for storage or even rooftop gardens. Flat roofing is ideal for warmer climates and not areas where there is a lot of rainfall; it is perfect in the Los Angeles area. As with all roofing systems, flat roofing has its good and bad qualities, and there are often problems with the drainage that you should be aware of.

Flat Roof Drain System Pros and Cons

Types of Drains for Flat Roofing

The interesting thing about flat roofing is that it is not entirely flat. There is always a slight slope towards the drain. Gravity is what allows the drainage system to work, so the water needs to have a natural flow away from the roof. Despite this, there are common drainage problems associated with 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. There is 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 drains are also more expensive and repairs can be costly. On the positive side, they are great for colder climates as the pipes do not freeze. There is also the benefit of having a clean roofline as the system is away from the edges.
  • 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. Like inner drains, these too can become clogged and if water pools near the roof edge, it can spill over. If they are not connected to a downspout, then water can damage your foundation as it falls, eroding the surface. These drains are not very expensive and when you get a wider variety, they are easier to maintain and prevent from clogging.
  • Gutters: These metal structures sit along the edge of the roof, collecting water as it flows down the slope. These not only help protect your foundation but they help 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. These do however require frequent maintenance to prevent clogs and it is wise to have leaf guards for easier cleaning.

Conclusion

Flat roofing is a great choice for any building, just be sure you have the appropriate drainage system in place too. The top three choices have pros and cons, so discuss your options with the professionals and we’ll help you decide which drainage system is best for your needs and your flat roof.

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How Roofing Contractors Promote Sustainability

How roofing companies promote sustainability

Sustainability and eco-friendly trends continue to sweep the nation and are impacting all industries. There is an urgent need to adopt practices towards a greener approach to the environment and many businesses are making the changes. With roofing being such a significant contributing factor to the sustainability of any building, the roofing industry too is becoming greener and environmentally friendly.

Sustainable roofing options today include vegetative roofing, resilient roofing systems, eco-friendly options, and using longer life-cycle products. Designing systems with product life-cycles in mind is essential today, to ensure that the building stays in accordance with recent mandates and meets sustainability goals. There are also mandated requirements in place in some areas, and the roofing industry is jumping on board.

When it comes to sustainable roofing options, vegetative roofing is typically a top choice for sustainability. This also adds an aesthetically pleasing look to any building. Vegetative roofing systems act as temperature regulators when it is hot and as on-site water management when it rains. In addition to this, the oxygen-producing plants counteract carbon dioxide emissions and reduce the carbon footprint.

Buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector of the American economy, according to the U.S Department of Energy. The good news is that sustainable roofing can help correct this by decreasing overall energy usage by way of several environmentally-friendly options.

Insulation: Insulation can help to save energy costs better than most exterior options. 20 percent of energy from a building is lost through the roof, but enhanced insulation products that have increased R-values can reduce heat loss, saving money and energy.
Roof coating: By reducing the impact of the environment on the roof surface, coating the roof extends its overall lifespan. Lighter color coatings also contribute to energy savings especially in areas with a lot of sunshine and heat.
Solar panels: By harnessing the natural sunlight available, solar panels provide energy for a building as well as combat greenhouse emissions. Often there are state and federal incentives offered for the installation and use of solar panels too.
Skylights: High-performance skylights give you a greater connection to the natural outdoor lighting. The interior spaces get the light they need while saving on energy costs and reducing carbon footprint.

Sustainability in roofing systems is not the only area needing change. Roofing industries also need to establish a sustainable workforce. Reducing the labor needed for installation and maintenance is important too. Self-adhered membranes are a perfect way to achieve this. These membranes make installation easier and more efficient. Roofing projects can be completed in less time and there will be less waste and fewer hazardous materials to dispose of.

The economy may be mostly responsible for driving the move towards adopting greener practices, but there also mandates in place too. This means industries, including the roofing industry, need to get on board. Supporting these new eco-friendly approaches to roofing is the future for all roofing contractors. Make the change and help the environment as well as contribute to energy efficiency and savings. You will also see faster installation which means more productivity and more stability for the future. The future is green and roofing contractors need to go green too.

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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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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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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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Checking your Roof for Drainage Issues

(Adco) Checking your Roof for Drainage Issues

 

Drainage issues are common in roofing, but they can be detected early and you can avoid serious problems. Repairing the issue quickly avoids water from leaking and avoids water damage to the structural integrity of the building. Working with a professional commercial roofing contractor will ensure your roof gets the regular care it needs so you can avoid the potential damage from drainage issues.

Checking your Roof for Drainage Issues

Roofing contractors will start with exterior inspections to evaluate the condition of the surface of the roofing. Any standing water that is left can leak into the building after weakening the surface materials. It can cause severe sagging in the roof and any additional pressure or water in the future will damage it more. You can end up with holes and leaks that reach the interior of the building. The top signs to look for to avoid this include:

  • Cracks in the skylights
  • Damaged flashing
  • Bubbles in the roofing membrane or roofing surface

You also need to look at the gutters to make sure they are not blocked and are draining water away from the roof properly. If they are clogged or damaged in any way, water can pool on the surface. Too much-pooled water causes excessive strain on the roof and the weight can be more than it can bear. You risk extreme damage to the roof and your facility. Contractors will also inspect the inside of the building as this can give clues as to potential damage that may not be visible from the surface. The signs of water damage and drainage issues to look for inside include:

  • Water stains on ceilings
  • Mold or mildew on surfaces
  • Leaking near skylights
  • Rust on the underside of the roofing structure
  • Discoloration to walls or surfaces near the roof
  • Deformation of wall surfaces

Conclusion

Working with a reputable and trustworthy contractor like us guarantees your roofing system will be in the best shape possible. We perform regular inspections and if any damage is identified, we repair it early so that you can avoid costly drainage damage.

 

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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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How Roofing Helps To Increase Your Gross Leasing Rates?

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Owning property means you are always looking for a way to recoup your investment and get the most on any financial return. There are a number of ways to do this and some are much easier than others. New roofing is a great way to increase the value of a building and increase your investment value too. Even if the building is older, a new roof will go a long way.

Gross leasing

Having a gross lease is where the property owner pays for the upkeep of the building as well as annual payments like insurance and property taxes. The tenants of the property will usually only pay monthly bills and rental fees for space. As the property owner, however, maintenance costs are your responsibility and this will include roofing. These are different from net leases where the tenants are responsible for some of the additional costs like maintenance. The biggest issue with gross leases is that as the owner you will constantly have to address problems and this will be reflected in rent rates. Gross lease rates will almost always go up after additional expenses arise. It is essential for property owners to stay ahead of this and predict ways to not fall behind. New roofing can help you achieve this is several ways.
Investing capital into your property is risky but when it comes to roofing, the benefits far outweigh the risks.

  • You will get improved efficiency: If the gross lease has you responsible for utilities and energy bills, new roofing will significantly lower these each month.
  • Better technology: roofing technology has come a long way and with a reflective coating, stronger bonding agents, improved insulation, and more reliable and efficient materials, roofing lasts longer and saves money.
  • Reduced maintenance: The better materials used today as well as installing a newer system will lessen the maintenance required each year. With regular upkeep, you can get a much longer life out of a new roof and better protection from weather damage.
  • Happier tenants: new roofing adds a new look to a building which makes it more appealing to renters. With better protection from the elements too, tenants will feel safer in a building with newer roofing. Happy tenants already in place will appeal to new tenants, which means increased leasing opportunities for you.

Conclusion

Any financial investment into a building can come with risks and we understand it can be daunting. With a new roofing system, you get more benefits than risks and in the long term, you recoup the initial investment and then some. Reach out to us today to discuss your roofing options and we will get you the very best for your budget and building needs.

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