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How The Weather Will Affect Roofing in 2019

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Weather is challenging to predict in general but with recent climate changes, predicting the weather this year is proving to be the most challenging yet. Because roofing is a necessary part of weather protection, this unpredictability will impact the roofing industry. As natural disasters continue to happen as a result of the changing climate, certain trade professions like roofing will be impacted.

How The Weather Will Affect Roofing in 2019

Construction and roofing are influenced by weather in several ways. Roofing systems must be able to withstand any weather and typically the weather in a certain area is relatively stable. With the changing climate and unpredictable nature of weather today, roofing could be in for more challenges than ever before. With areas experiencing different weather from normal materials and roofing systems need to be changed.

Roofing is the best defense against the elements so it needs to be up to the challenge of any possible weather. With any and all weather now being possible at any given time, roofing systems need to be changed to meet this need. Typically roofers have the advantage of knowing the local area and the weather, so can accurately provide the best materials and systems. But there is no way to know what roofing should be installed when you have no idea what weather will be on the horizon.

If weather is unpredictable it can be a challenge to determine what roofing systems will be needed. Erratic weather patterns make it difficult to know what an area will face and many roofing systems will be unprepared. Customers will want materials that are durable and able to withstand any weather just in case, which is why we are proud to offer the best and newest technologies in roofing to ensure your roof stands up to any unpredictable weather conditions.

 

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The History of Roofing

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As long as mankind has needed shelter, roofing has been around. Sleeping outside in the elements is not something anybody wants, so coverage has long been a necessity. Caves initially provided shelter for the first humans but because of the dark and damp environment they created, alternatives were sought. Plus, you sometimes ended up sharing the cave with the local wildlife. Mammoth skins were discovered as a source of roofing as far back as 40,000 BC, and this officially marked the beginning of roofing history.

The History of Roofing

Natural materials like sod or animal hide served as ideal options for roofing materials. Natural materials have been used for roofing for much longer than the tiles (which are used today) have been used. China was the first place to develop and use glass tile roofing close to 5,000 years ago and today much of the country’s architecture still employs that same style of roofing and materials. While more modern materials have taken over in terms of popularity, glass tiles are still used for special buildings such as palaces and temples. While China was developing glass tiles, the Greeks were using flat ceramic tiles for roofing. Similar tiles or shingles were created by the Romans and were then brought to England in 100 BC and were used for centuries. These ceramic tiles were most commonly used in roofing for wealthier areas across Europe.

Since the creation of straw huts, thatched roofing has been a key part of architectural and roofing design. Ancient nomadic tribes used bundles of wood for roofing when it became difficult to find animal hides. The concept of straw thatching became popular and because if its effectiveness, it was used through the coming ages on many structures. Thatched roofing has always been and continues to be a low-cost option. Over the last 200 years, more modern materials have been developed and are used for roofing projects. As we move forward, the move is towards eco-friendly materials as the environment and energy conservation are of increasing importance. Roofing today is for so much more than just protection and designs incorporate ways to save money at the same time as ensuring the building is aesthetically pleasing.

Considering that the roofing profession started with stretched animal hides over poles and stones, major advances have been made in the roofing industry. As we move towards the future, more innovative and technologically-advanced methods and materials will be discovered, taking roofing to the next level.

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Why Should You Put Your A/C Unit on the Roof?

Why You Should Put Your AC Unit on the Roof

Keeping cool is essential no matter where you live. We know summer isn’t around the corner just yet, but before we know it, it’s time to turn down the thermostat. Warmer summer months can be uncomfortable inside any building, so a good A/C unit is a necessity. The most commonly reported problem with A/C units are that they are bulky and often noisy. Your options for A/C unit storage are on the ground or on the roof and both locations come with benefits and drawbacks. Ground A/C units are not easy to remove once installed so be sure about this location before installation. Many commercial and industrial lots have ground options so this will likely not cause complaints. However, if your building is the only one with ground units, you may get some resistance from your neighbors that do not have a similar setup.

To avoid any conflicts, many A/C units can be installed on the roof which keeps them out of the way. This also exposes them to more severe weather changes and potential damages that could be more frequent. The winds are higher on rooftops which can knock pieces loose and blow dirt into the unit causing problems. However, a ground unit can also get clogged with debris so you face the same obstacle.

The weather in your local area will largely determine the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. With proper installation and maintenance, you can get the most years out of it no matter what the weather does. Putting the unit under or close to a tree can add some protection from the sun which will help prolong its life too. The benefits to ground units are that they are typically getting the shade from the building. One of the major problems with rooftop A/C units is remembering it is up there. Set reminders to regularly scheduled maintenance for your rooftop unit so it does not get neglected. Getting to the unit can be more challenging than ground units so you need to make sure you have the right equipment to reach and work on the roof safely. Ideally, you want to hire and work with a professional for all maintenance and repairs.

Despite the challenges of a rooftop unit, the biggest benefit is that you will have plenty of space and the unit will be out of the way. Having the unit on the roof also keeps the outdoor environment quieter and serves as better protection for the unit because sadly, A/C unit theft is more common than people realize. Rooftop installation for A/C units is more economical despite the small challenges. Work with a professional to ensure the unit is secure, regularly maintained, and it will keep you cool whenever you need.

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Commercial Roofing: TPO vs. Modified Bitumen

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TPO and modified bitumen are the most common types of commercial roofing systems. Modified bitumen roofing has been around since the 1970’s and TPO was developed later in the 1990’s. They are both great systems for hot and dry weather and as with all options, they both have advantages and disadvantages.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Modified bitumen has been the go-to for commercial roofing for some time because they are practical and lower in cost. This option served as an upgrade to traditional asphalt roofing and offered enhanced longevity and flexibility. Many contractors, however, have stopped offering these systems because of the disadvantages that have recently been discovered.
Modified bitumen roofing was improved by adding substances like APP (atactic polypropylene), as a way to ensure the new systems could resist UV light, oxidation, cracking, and blistering. Unfortunately, several manufacturers have been found to skimp on the amount of APP which means the modified bitumen roofing produced is not able to stand up to the current challenges roofing faces. The granulated surface of modified bitumen was also added to provide additional UV resistance, but only this surface only makes it more difficult to identify cracks and leaks. These roofs also come with a serious fire hazard should any open flames be present during installation.

TPO Flat Roofing

Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) roofing is widely considered to be the next best thing in large-scale roofing. It can be installed in one of three ways; ballasted, fully adhered, or mechanically fastened. It is a popular commercial roofing option because of the numerous benefits it provides for building owners.  The single-ply membrane is tough and tear resistant and stands up against chemical and grease spills, which are common with commercial roofing. They are also UV-resistant and fully recyclable which is popular benefit in today’s greener world. There are also no plasticizers in the insulation which only adds to its environmentally-friendly appeal.

You can apply TPO over existing metal or bitumen roofing so long as your current system is secure. This saves you time and money because you will not have to tear off and dispose of old roofing. TPO can be reheated which means you can weld seams when needed. They have a smoother surface than the granulated surface of bitumen roofing, which makes them easier to clean. TPO membranes are typically much thicker than other roofing options, which better protects your roof from falling debris and tears. Installation needs to be done properly as most problems identified with TPO have been related to poor installation, specifically seams not being welded properly. When you work with an experienced roofer, you can be assured that your TPO roofing will be installed correctly and will last longer than expected.

Conclusion

Whatever roofing system you decide to go with, we have the knowledge and resources to get your next roof installed with precision and quality. TPO may be the preferred option but we can discuss all options with you and we are here to answer any of your concerns regarding your next roofing project.

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13 Reasons Why Rooftops Are The Best

1.Those views. Standing on a rooftop means you can see for actual miles.

2. Height gains. Especially important for short people who don’t know what it’s like to see over the heads of others…

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3. Loads of cool space-saving stuff happens on rooftops in big, built up cities because there’s nowhere left on ground level. We’re talking vegetable gardens, beekeeping, and most importantly, bars.

4. You can probably see your house or workplace and it’ll make you feel like you’re in some super mega realistic Google Map.

5. Sunsets and sunrises will never look better than from the top of a roof.

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6. If you have to climb a load of stairs to get up there, there’ll be some kind of view-based reward and you can tell yourself that you don’t have to go to the gym for another week.

7. The greatest movie scenes were filmed on the top of roofs; just look at Mary Poppins’ chimney sweep dance, King Kong’s accidental hostage situation and The Hangover’s pre-s@#$-hitting-the-fan Jager shots.

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8. Extra special rooftops have extra special things on them, like tennis courts and movie theaters.

9. They’re the perfect spot for first dates because if you run out of chat, you can just spout on about the views until they tell you to shut up/kiss you to make you stop/run away.

10. It’s like being given a telescope over the city. You’ll spot buildings you want to visit, green spaces you want to roll around in and other rooftops you want to love life from.

11. The higher you are, the more cool points you’ll earn. “We had to climb one flight of stairs” wows no-one, but five is impressive.

12. The Beatles played their last ever gig on the rooftop of Apple headquarters in London in 1969.

13. Some rooftops have yoga classes on them which is the most zen thing ever.

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Clarifying Some Misconceptions About Weather And Roofing

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By Dmitri Triphon

While many articles deal with misconceptions that persist regarding roofing contractors, the industry or materials, one of the biggest misconceptions relates to the weather.  I will try to shed light on some of the most common misconceptions I have heard.

1. “My roof is not going to survive the next winter; the rainy season will destroy it.”

In reality, during the rainy season, you see the results of the destruction that occurs during the summer.  Most roofing systems consist of asphalt – saturated material and ultraviolet rays of the sun destroy the waterproofing components of asphalt, leaving your roofing system without its waterproofing capabilities. This is true even for tile roofs because their main waterproofing component is an asphalt – saturated underlayment.  We live in a region where the temperature variations between day and night are exacerbated during the summer months. These variations lead to expansion and contraction of roof systems.  Once your roof has lost its flexibility, or if it was not designed to have great flexibility, to begin with, splits and cracks will start to occur.

By the time winter arrives, you will start to experience the results of this summer destruction.  Emergency leak repairs, interior damage, and long-term structural damage are all well-known to us and are associated with that dreadful feeling we get when we hear the raindrops falling on our roofs.  Most of these problems can be eliminated if you do an annual roof inspection in April or May and correct the damage during the summer or fall.

A good roofing contractor should be able to point out the existing and potential problems within your roofing system, so corrective measures can be taken.

2. “The rainy season is probably the busiest time of year for roofing contractors.”

This is another misconception.  The really busy roofing season starts in June and goes into November.  That is when the well-thought-out and well-organized roofing projects take place.  During the rainy season, we are busy taking care of homeowners associations that for some reason or another got left with leaking roofs.  A good roofing contractor is always busy.  A well-organized roofing contractor is always busy but has time to take care of his customers.

Removal of existing roofs – particularly on larger and more complicated projects – becomes a crapshoot.  The somewhat reliable weather forecast covers only three to five days.  All repairs of moisture-saturated roofs become temporary and need a second visit once the roofing system is completely dry.  Overlay over existing roofs has a danger of trapping moisture from damp morning fog, and as a result, has a shorter life expectancy.

In short, the winter is not the best time to attend to your roofing problems.  Plan to have roof repairs performed during the summer months.  Or the early fall.

I hope this article answers some questions about the relationships between your roofing system, the weather and the seasons of the year.  But more importantly it should provide some helpful ideas about organizing your roofing projects, so you are not spending a fortune for questionable winter repairs and finding yourself at a financial disadvantage in the summer when most projects should take place.

 

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What Should Your Roofing Estimate Tell You?

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Roofing estimates should follow a universal format containing the same pieces of information but this is rarely the case. Estimates vary according to materials used, customer demands, and the roofing contractor. You should expect estimates to come in different forms that sometimes lack certain details, and this can prevent you from making an informed decision.

What Should Your Roofing Estimate Tell You?

To choose a reliable commercial roofing contractor for your project to make sure that your bid should have the following items:

Costs

Estimates should spell out more than the projected overall cost of the job. It should provide a breakdown of all expenses, such as the materials, labor, and permits. Many contractors leave some costs out to keep the estimate low so as to win your business and then surprise you with the unmentioned items in the written agreement. If the bid’s cost breakdown is inconsistent with the contracts, your prospective roofer has either made a mistake or is trying to take advantage of you.

Products

Whether for a commercial or industrial roof repair or replacement project, the estimate should specifically say which materials are going to be used as well as what types of warranties will be included.

Start and Completion Dates

Bids are as useful for scheduling just as much as they are for budgeting. Good estimates provide realistic commercial or industrial roof replacement and repair project timelines, assuming no unpleasant surprises stall the job.

Responsibilities

Your estimate should already give you an idea about the services for which you’re going to pay so you should have no question as to who is going to be responsible for what. Many contractors will automatically add the fees for cleanup and debris disposal into the equation, but some don’t. Manage your expectations because many roofers will charge extra for additional requests and you need to be sure these are addressed up front and not later.

Payment Terms

A reliable estimate explains how much the project will cost you as well as how you can pay the bill. The contract usually provides a lengthier explanation, but the estimate will offer a brief description of how the proposed payment term works. Entrust your roofing project to us and see that we will happily answer any questions about the estimate and your upcoming project. Contact us today to discuss your roofing needs, and get a free estimate.

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

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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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