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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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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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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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