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What Do You Need To Know About Low-Slope Roof Membranes?

(Adco Roofing Inc.) What You Need To Know About Low-Slope Roof Membranes

There are different types of low-slope roof membranes and you should be aware of the difference between them. Understanding the materials and differences between membranes makes for more efficient maintenance and upkeep so you can get the best out of your roof.

What Do You Need To Know About Low-Slope Roof Membranes?

TPO roof membranes are usually all white and can be attached a number of ways. They can be ballasted, mechanically attached or fully adhered although the majority is mechanically attached. TPO has become more common in the industry over the last few years because of its thermoplastic properties. This membrane also has seams that are welded together to provide a mostly homogeneous membrane.
PVC membranes are similar in appearance to TPO membranes and are also usually a shade of white. They also are thermoplastic but are more pliant than TPO membranes as they conform with substrate changes more readily.
EPDM is a black synthetic rubber roof membrane and there are several methods of securing these. One method uses large stones or concrete pavers (ballast) to cover the EPDM membrane.

The ballast weight secures the above-deck roof insulation and roof membrane. If there is no ballast, then the system is mechanically attached or adhered. If you drag your foot across the membrane and it wrinkles, then the system likely is mechanically attached. An adhered system is different and will show the joints in the substrate. EPDM membranes typically are joined at the seams with two-sided adhesive tapes. If a roof system is not a single-ply roof membrane, then it is most likely a bituminous membrane. Bituminous membranes are usually built-up roof (BUR) membranes or polymer-modified bitumen membranes. They can be hot asphalt-applied or coal tar pitch membranes.

These systems are also multi-ply roof systems, constructed on the roof by a roofing crew. BUR membranes are most often surfaced with bitumen and gravel, mineral-surfaced cap sheets or a liquid-applied roof coating. Polymer-modified bitumen membranes have an unsurfaced base layer of polymer-modified bitumen membrane adhered to a substrate. The three most common application methods for polymer-modified bitumen membrane are hot (asphalt)-applied, cold (adhesives)-applied, or torch-applied. You can also choose to apply a protective aluminum coating, over the cap sheet.

Once you know the differences between the available low-slope roof membranes, you can make an informed decision about roofing maintenance and design. Just be sure to discuss everything with your roofing professional first.

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The Top 5 Things Contractors Wish Their Customers Knew About Roofing

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As a building owner, it is important to work with a roofing contractor to ensure the roofing system is well maintained. Hiring the right contractor can be a daunting task though as can purchasing a new roof system. The process of installation or maintenance requires everything from technical jargon to evaluating numerous contracts and proposals. In the same way, contractors find it challenging to work with clients that have little knowledge about roofing.

The Top 5 Things Contractors Wish Their Customers Knew About Roofing

To make the process easier for contractors and their potential clients, there a five important things that every building owner should know.

Tip #1

There is a difference between price and value and you need to understand that there will always be a contractor who will do a job for less. Cheaper pricing is not indicative of better quality. In fact, it is usually the opposite. Roofing systems are not like commodities where bargain hunting can pay off. You want to collect multiple bids and then base your decision on more than price. Carefully consider the knowledge and experience of the contractor and verify their references. When you only choose based on price, you run the risk of getting a bad product and inferior service.

Tip #2

Understand the importance of routine maintenance. When you are proactive about your roof care, your roof’s life can be extended and you make the most of your investment and resources. Roofing contractors report that they often end up replacing roofs that could have had longer lives with regularly scheduled maintenance. A little maintenance can go a long way and save you from needing a new roof or leak repairs, so find a contractor that will work with you on getting the required maintenance for your roofing system done.

Tip #3

Find a roofing contractor who is established and reputable within your local area. You want to ensure your contractor has proper licensing, carries the appropriate and valid insurance, and can perform all essential roofing installation and maintenance work. A contractor who only uses subcontractors may not have appropriate insurance or licensing and this could be a risk for you so make sure you always ask for the paperwork before hiring anybody.

Tip #4

Building owners also need to understand when their roof is beyond repair. There are many roofs that cannot be saved no matter what and putting any more money into it will be a waste. The situation can be frustrating when you make a lot of repairs and the problems still remain. Be sure to work with an experienced contractor to predict when your roof will need a replacement as this will help you budget accordingly and avoid money traps.

Tip #5

Never underestimate the value of contractors who have an active membership to the National Roofing Contractors Association. NRCA members know about industry code changes and technical issues and are fully informed regarding the best practices to ensure you are a satisfied customer. NRCA provides the resources that all contractors need to make good roofing and business decisions which mean better service for you.

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How To Avoid Roof Damage Or Injury On Your Roof?

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The roofing industry has the 6th most dangerous jobs in the country, being responsible for almost 30 deaths out of 100,000 workers each year. This is close to double the amount of deaths caused in the construction industry, which means that attention has been given lately to ensuring workplace safety for roofing projects. Reliable and professional contractors use only the safest practices which adhere to strict safety protocol. Both workers and the job at hand are important so safety is always a high priority. It is important for you to schedule regular maintenance and inspection of your roofing as a way to keep your roof in prime condition and to avoid unnecessary damage or injury. Leaks are the most common roofing problem so the need to identify and repair a leak right away is necessary. Leaks can be easily avoided by scheduling regular roof inspections.

Even if water does find a way through, you need to get the leak repaired immediately. This helps to avoid further damage to your building and a keeps your roof safe at all times. Water that enters the building through a leak can damage ceilings as well as structures. Ceiling tiles can become loose and fall, causing damage to equipment as well as injuries to people inside the building. In addition to this, water that seeps through cracks can drip onto surfaces, increasing the risk that people will slip and fall or damaging expensive materials and items.

Water that gets into the walls of a building also promotes mold growth, especially with wood and gypsum drywall. The smallest patch of mold can release very resilient spores that can spread easily through the building to other surfaces causing more extensive damage. Mold causes serious damage to building structures and has also been known to cause serious health problems in people too. When it comes to roofing, there are two important factors you need to be aware of. Firstly, the decking is an integral part of your roofing system and if it is faulty at all, it needs to be repaired immediately. Poor decking means that your roof will not last long and a roof with a short lifespan causes the building to lose value and you to lose money. Ensuring you have solid decking is the best way to ensure the longevity and quality of your roof. The second thing to remember is that waterproof materials are essential regardless of the climate you live in. You want to ensure that the roofing contractor you choose has a clear understanding and experience with waterproofing options and can advise of the most effective means of preventing pools and leaks. The main cause of leaks is poor roofing, but you can avoid this by hiring a roofer that knows how to successfully divert water away from the building.

Safety and quality are essential components of the roofing industry. It is important that you hire a qualified roofing contractor to ensure your roof stays in the best condition. A safe and reliable roof will not only protect your building, but it will protect the inhabitants and be a safer working place for contractors.

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3 Roofing Facts Every Homeowner Should Know

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If you recently bought a home, or have been a homeowner for some time now and are worried about the overall health and vitality of your roof, you have come to the right place! Today we are going to go over three roofing facts that every homeowner should know.

If you are a business owner or own a commercial property, stay tuned these facts and figures are sure to help anyone with a roof over their head whether it be at home or in office!

1. Consistency is Key

We recommend consistent roofing inspections so that you aren’t getting a new roof before it’s time. The best time to schedule a roofing inspection depends on the weather conditions of where you live. Because the East Coast experiences harsh winters, our trained and certified professionals recommend getting an inspection in once during the summer, before winter hits, and once after winter to assess any possible snow damage.

The goal here is to assess any problems before a crisis hits your home. Frequent roof inspections will help you avoid any infestations, leaks, or missing shingles that could lead to more significant issues down the road. Consistent inspections help keep your family or employees under a healthy and safe roof all year long.

2. Leaks Can be Difficult to Notice

Did you know that leaks in your roof could go unnoticed if not checked up on regularly? After a significant rain or snow storm, head up to your attic and be sure to look around for any puddles or wet spots coming in from your roof.

Water tends to trickle and seep into the shingles of your roof or through your drywall. These leaks may never hit your floor; however they will hit your wallet if not approached in a time-efficient manner. Examine your ceiling and walls from time to time, or call a roofing specialist and schedule a bi-yearly inspection to ensure that your roof is tightly sealed.

3. Roofing Does Not Have to be a Huge Expense

If you are currently experiencing roofing issue in your home or business, there is no need to fret or automatically go to the worst case scenario. If your roof was replaced or built within the last 20 years, then you are most likely experiencing a minor issue. Your local roofing contractor is ready and willing to work with your insurance company to come to an affordable compromise that won’t break the bank.  Have a roofing specialist come out and give you a free quote!

Feel Safe and Comfortable in Your Home

We hope these three facts help you understand why it is essential to have your roof inspected regularly. Leaks, missing shingles, and cracks in your roof are bound to go unnoticed among the many things going on in our daily lives. Talk to your home insurance company today and inquire further about having a bi-yearly roof inspection and maintenance.

Find comfort in knowing that your homes roof is thoroughly protected all year long. Regular maintenance now will surely prevent future costly damage caused by small leaks and cracks.


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