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Checking your Flat Roof for Low Spots

Low spots in flat roofing are common and can cause damage and expensive repairs if not taken care of. But how do you know if you have any low spots? There are signs to look for to identify a low spot, so you can contact a roofer to help get it taken care of before it causes too much damage.

Pooled water: Flat roofing is not completely flat and has a small incline. This allows water to drain off to the gutters away from the roof. Water that has pooled or accumulated is one of the first signs that you have a low spot, as it prevents water from its natural flow down the gradient. These pools will weaken the roof and eventually cause leaks and even structural damage to the roofing system.

Clogged drains: When drains or gutters are clogged, they collect water. The strain of the backed-up water weight can cause a low spot. You need to check your drains regularly and clean them out if you notice clogs. You should then check to see if water runs off, if not, then you may have a low spot.

Collected dust: Low spots provide protection from the wind for leaves and debris so piles on the roof could indicate a low spot. Collected dirt and debris can also become heavy like water causing damage to roofing materials. You need to clear these out and get the low spots repaired right away.

Concentric sediment circles: Unless you are on the roof directly after it rains, then you may not see any puddles. They do leave tracks though. Puddles will leave concentric circles after the water has evaporated that indicate there was once a pool there. These circular deposits let you know that you have low spots.

Moldy smells: Pooled water can collect bacteria which can increase chances of mold growth and odd smells. Black mold growing on your ceiling or strange musty smells can indicate that water is collected on the roof in a low spot.

Changes in the ceiling: If your ceiling is sagging, stained, or dragging, then you have a low spot in the roof. Low spots collect water which becomes heavy and causes leaks into the building. The signs will be apparent on your ceiling before you even identify the spots on the roof.

If you know what to look for and you check regularly, low spots are easy to identify. Once identified contact us right away to help get them fixed. We use a number of different methods to fix low spots so we guarantee to find a way to get your roofing repaired right away.

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Can an HOA Board Run its Own Construction Projects?

Many HOA boards run their own projects and it can sometimes feel like you are not getting all the information and updates. As frustrating as this can be, HOA boards are entitled to run their own projects. Typically management is the face of the owners, which means the decisions they make are for the community. As a board, they are entrusted with making decisions that will benefit and member and owners feel secure in this.

Conflict of Interests

HOA boards can oversee the construction and maintenance of any project but with owners being used to the management doing this, there can be some conflict. A lack of communication between the boards and management only makes the situation worse. Any conflicts of interest become difficult to clear up. Conflicts of interest can occur when a board member’s decisions are influenced by personal interests rather than those of the association or HOA community. Decisions made this way are a direct breach of the board’s fiduciary duties and the director of the board loses protections of the Business Judgement Rule. An example of this would be if a board awards a roofing contract to a family member of the director. A contract like this can be void. Sometimes board members vote on matters that result in a benefit to them but it is not a conflict of interest because it also benefits the membership. An example would be voting for added security patrols for which the director and the community will both benefit.

Potential Liability

The conflicts between boards and the association do not create personal liability in the following cases:

  • The director makes full disclosure of the conflict
  • The director gets no influence on the vote by leaving the room during the discussion of the topic
  • All transactions are just and fair and reasonable as to the association at the time it is authorized and approved.

Failure to Relay Information

In some cases, the board has not relayed information to management and they are left in the dark on projects. This can be problematic because if owners call to get information about the changes affecting them, management will not know the answers. This leads to both management and owners being in the dark and fearful of what could be happening. HOA boards can run their own projects but it is essential to avoid conflicts of interest and avoid the risk of liability. The board can run projects but they need to ensure that management is kept in the loop and is aware of the project details, timelines, and dates. Management also enjoys having memos from the board director whenever any updates and changes occur along the way. Communication is the best way to ensure everyone is in agreement and that all projects are run above board.

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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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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


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.


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.


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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