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4 Not-So-Obvious Signs Your Roof Is At The End Of Its Life

Not-So-Obvious-Signs-Your-Roof-Is-At-The-End-Of-It’s-LifeRays of light penetrating through the roof, curling or missing shingles, discolored walls or ceilings and falling pieces to the ground are just but a few of signs signaling that you should replace your roof. However, does this mean that these are the only signs that you should look out for so that you can know that the roof needs a replacement? Absolutely not. There are the not-so-obvious signs that your roof is at the end of its life, and today, we will help you learn about these signs. Read on so that you can avoid replacing your roof after its collapse or the damage of your valuables.

4 Not-So-Obvious Signs Your Roof Is At The End Of Its Life

Sign #1 – A rise in the energy costs

Have you noted a drastic increase in the energy bills when compared to the previous years? If not, have you invested in some energy-saving methods such as adding blinds and UV-reflecting materials so that you can lower the bills but haven’t noted a change? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, the chances are that this is as a result of a damaged roof which means that it might be at the end of its life. Before effecting any changes to the roof, consider all the changes you made such as adding other energy consuming appliances. Besides that, have your HVAC system inspected so that you can ensure that it is not the cause. If all the energy-consuming units are working correctly and once you have disregarded the changes as the cause of the energy bills hike, consider replacing your roof since this might be the cause of the energy bills rise. However, work with a professional roofer who can inspect the roof to ensure that you solve the right problem.

Sign #2 – Water puddles and dirty rings

Besides high energy bills, you might have noticed that the water isn’t draining correctly after the rain. However, how do you even have a clue that the water is not draining? An effective way to tell this is by inspecting the roof once it dries out. Note that you should not rush to the rooftop immediately after the rain since this might result in a slide and unplanned accidents. So, plan to inspect the roof after it dries out. In some cases, you might be lucky enough to locate puddles of water, but in case this is not left behind, be on the lookout for grime left behind, algae, green rings, or moss since these only form if the water didn’t manage to drain right.

Sign #3 – Bubbles and blisters

Unlike tears and cracks which automatically signal that the roof is at the end of its life, blisters and bubbles do not indicate that until after they break causing cracks on the roof. For those wondering what bubbles and blisters are, you can equate bubbles to rashes and blisters to pimples. Bubbles form after liquid moisture gets trapped into the roof membrane. Over time, the bubbles increase in size resulting in blisters because of the rise in temperatures that result in the expansion of the moisture in the roof membrane. As the temperatures lower, the moisture or air contracts which creates a void in the membrane. As a result, air or moisture is drawn in the void, which means that the blisters keep growing resulting in pulling of the membrane and thereby deteriorating the roof structure.

Over time, these processes damage the roof since the blisters crack in the long term requiring you to replace the roof. To avoid consequences when it is too late, you should keep an eye on the roof as soon as you discover the formation of bubbles and repair where necessary. However, if the signs are too much, planning to replace the roof is an ideal option as this can protect you from high costs when replacing the roof.

Sign #4 – Depletion of the roof’s life span

Simply put, a roof nears the end of its useful life as the expected life expectancy narrows down. For instance, if you purchased a roof with an estimated lifespan of 20 years, you should have an idea that the roof is near the end of its life as soon as it serves you for 19 years. With this in mind, therefore, it is always right for you to hire a professional roofer who will perform regular inspections on the roof once you note that the roof’s life expectancy is narrowing down. After all, you might get a positive report that the roof can serve you longer which is common if you live in an area with friendly weather. So, jot down the time you bought the roof and the time you expect it to wear out so that you can always be ready before the life expectancy is depleted.

Conclusion

Let’s face it; a roof is not built to last forever. As a result, it is good that you remain prepared by internalizing the not so obvious signs that your roof is at the end of its life so that you can avoid costly or emergency roof replacements which may occur when you are not financially ready.

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Preparing Your Commercial Roof for the Summer Heat

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It is only a matter of time before the summer is here. And with the summer comes heat that can be damaging for your commercial roof. Flat surfaces like commercial roofing are often hit hard by summer heat waves and if you are not prepared, you may end up with serious damage and expenses. Continual UV exposure weakens your roofing and reduces its ability to maintain its barrier. Heat is also the number one reason that seams come apart and cracks form along commercial roofing surfaces. This will be a big problem when the weather cools, and if any rain is in the forecast, these cracks can lead to expensive damage from leaking.

Preparing Your Commercial Roof for the Summer Heat

The first thing you need to do to prepare for the warm summers is to fully inspect your roofing system. Identifying if there are already any problems will mean less expensive repairs down the road. Fixing problems early will save money and protect your investment. Both the interior and the exterior of the roof need to be inspected to evaluate its ability to withstand summer sun exposure.

The signs to look for that indicate your roof may need repairs include:

  • Cracks, blisters, or punctures in the roof membrane
  • Discolored or water-stained walls and ceilings
  • Cracks in walls and parapets
  • Raised or deteriorated areas on the walls below the roof deck
  • Nails or screws coming through the membrane
  • Loose, damaged or buckled flashing
  • Damaged or missing caulking along masonry panel joints
  • Gaps in caulking around any units on the roof (chimney or HVAC)
  • Bald or bare spots where UV reflective granules are missing

Regular inspection will allow you to identify any of these problems before the summer heat arrives. This way you can get any damage repaired and ensure your roofing will be strong to withstand any heat. This will save you money down the road and prevent expensive damages. Inspection and regular maintenance is also the best way to extend the life of your commercial roofing, to ensure you get the most from your investment.

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5 Signs It’s Time To Get A New Roof

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If you’ve seen advertisements for roofing services in the mail, you may be wondering if it’s time for your roof to get redone. If your roof isn’t obviously leaking, it can be hard to tell whether you need to redo it, or whether you can save some money by simply getting repairs done as necessary. Here are a few things to consider before you call up a roofer.

How old is the roof?

A roof should last between 20 and 25 years. If a new roof was installed on top of an old roof, it’ll probably have a shorter lifespan than on a fresh foundation. If your roof is relatively new, you can probably just get repairs done as needed, but if it is between 20 and 25, you should probably just get a new roof.

What is the condition of the shingles?

You can tell a lot about a roof from how the shingles themselves look. Of course, you probably know if the shingles are falling off in chunks or missing entirely in places, your roof is past it’s prime, but there are a few other things to look at too.

If the shingles are curling or fraying, call a GAF certified roofing contractors as soon as possible because it’s a clear sign that the roof needs to be fully replaced. I say GAF because they have the highest quality shingles in the USA.

Shingle granules in the gutters

When you clean out the gutters, did you notice tiny pieces of your shingles in there? If you’re finding large amounts of these in the gutter, even if your roof isn’t leaking yet, you need to replace your roof soon. When lots of these are coming off the roof, it’s a classic sign that your roof is coming to the end of its useful lifespan.

The roof feels spongy when you walk on it

If you get up on the roof and it feels squishy when you walk around, it’s a sign that moisture is getting down to the decking underneath the shingles. This is a significant sign that your roof needs repairs and probably a total replacement.

You can see daylight when you go in the attic

If you can see light shining through the roof boards, this is a sure sign that your roofing needs replaced. Call a roofer immediately if this sign occurs. If light can get through, so can water, and water damage can cause significant problems to the integrity of your home.

 

If you’re not sure whether your roof needs replaced or not, you can always call a roofer and ask them to do an inspection. A roofing inspection can save you money if the roof doesn’t need to be replaced. If it does need to be replaced, knowing before there is significant structural damage can help you avoid having to do repairs beyond just the roof itself.

 

It never hurts to call and ask for more information. Most roofers are happy to listen to your concerns and help address whether or not you can use one of their roofing services to protect your home from damage.

 

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The Biggest Mistake Building Owners Can Make

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Do you own a commercial building? If you do, it was more likely an investment and likely one of your largest assets. Yet, surprisingly, many property owners neglect to be cautious when hiring a roofing contractor to protect these assets.

The Biggest Mistake Building Owners Can Make

Don’t wait

Many owners will wait until there is a significant issue or damage before reaching out to a contractor. Once a problem like water intrusion has occurred you will have to take care of painting and remodeling as well as roof replacement which is a major mismanagement of the building’s upkeep. Sadly, many property owners feel like there is no problem paying $7 to $8 per square foot for carpet installation but a roof system that costs $3 to $4 per square foot often is considered unreasonable.

More than money

When your focus is only on price, there always will be something cheaper around the corner. Plenty of roofing contractors cut corners and use cheap materials in order to extend low prices to you. When selecting a roofing contractor, you need to hire a quality roofing contractor over one who is cheapest or can start the job right away. There is usually a reason that certain contractors are available immediately, so you should always beware and do some research first.

Do research

When it comes to buying a new car or another pricey commodity you don’t just go with the cheapest and you don’t go to a no-name dealer or store. You cannot be impulsive with your investments and roofing contractors fall in the same category. We think the roof that protects your building is a big deal and protecting your investment requires working with a contractor that knows what they are doing. How long they have been in the industry, whether they are insured and licensed, and if they offer warranties are all important. Knowing what you are purchasing and from whom is essential to your overall success.

Be proactive

When you are proactive, your roof system investment is far more effective. Invest in maintenance and regular upkeep to prolong the life of your roof. Make sure gutters are clear from debris and drainage is running efficiently. See to any leaks or cracks right away before they turn into more expensive damage. A full roof system replacement should be done once or maybe even twice in a lifetime. If you plan ahead and give your roof a little attention as needed, you will make the most of your investment and get the most from your roof.

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Commercial Roofing Attachments

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Roofing is typically attached to commercial buildings in one of two ways; full adhesion or mechanically. There may be other methods that you have heard of but these are the most popular ways to fasten a roof. Regardless of the method you use, there will be a layer of insulation beneath the roof and a metal deck below that, which is fixed to the structure below. It is important to understand the differences and to know what your building needs. Failure to match your roofing with the needs can cause you to pay for value that you don’t actually need.

Mechanically attached roofing

Taking up almost 80 percent of the market, mechanically attached roofing is the most popular option for commercial buildings. These systems can be installed quickly and are less expensive. They also have the advantage of being easy to inspect, which means they can quickly be validated by verifying the fastener pattern and their correct installation.

Most buildings have a metal deck, a layer of insulation and then a roof. Installation of a mechanically attached roof involves rolling the membrane down and applying screws directly through the insulation boards into the metal deck. The screws will be driven in at the edge of the membrane and are then covered with the edge of the next sheet to be rolled out. The membranes are heat-welded together to create a watertight seal, and you end up with a flat, waterproof surface with no gaps.

Fully adhered roofing

These roofing systems are glued directly to the insulation layer below it. This means that the insulation boards act to insulate and secure the roof to the metal deck, which requires more screws. This is a more expensive method and more time-consuming. Because large quantities of glue need to be applied at the same time and at the right temperature, this method is more challenging than people realize. Once the glue has dried to form the right tackiness, a roller is used to press the membrane to the insulation.

This roofing option is often chosen because it is thought to be more resistant to leaks. Builders believe that if water was to get through a hole, it would travel under the membrane past the glue. The problem with this is that you will not even realize there is a hole until water has pooled and the glue has become degraded. This causes bigger problems than knowing about a leak right away as the accumulated water can spread and damage a larger area of the roof.

Final thoughts

Fully adhered attachments also provide higher Factory Mutual wind-uplift ratings. These are ratings assigned to commercial properties by a large insurance firm. As beneficial as it is to have these higher ratings, there is really not much need for them in areas outside of coastal or high-wind areas. At this time mechanically attached roofs dominate the market but there is still a demand for fully adhered roofing too. Contact us to determine which roof attachment type will work best for your budget and building.

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What Are The Benefits of Reflective Roof Coating?

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Your building is likely to be the largest investment you make in your life. You need to make sure you protect your investment which includes regular maintenance and keeping the roof in optimal condition. Poor roofing can lead to serious building damage inside and out, which lowers the value, costs you money and ruins your investment. A well-kept building is also the best way to catch someone’s eye should you need to sell in the future.

Benefits of Reflective Roof Coating

The weather in the Los Angeles area can vary throughout the year, but for the most part, we see sunny days. The sun can be your biggest enemy and can take years off the life of your roof. The best way to protect a roof in warm and sunny climates is by installing reflective roof coatings. Even if you have not yet seen any wear and tear, reflective coating is a great way to preserve the life of your roof and saves on future repairs. These coatings create a seamless white membrane which prevents leaks, keeps your roof cooler, and protects from the elements.

The coating can repair any minor damage that your roof currently has and provide future protection. By reflecting the light away your roof will last longer. Keeping the heat away as well as the light also keeps your building cooler, and this means lower utility bills. There are a number of reasons to look into getting reflective roof coatings.

  • A great alternative: Coatings are a good alternative to full replacement which can be expensive. A few leaks or cracks do not mean you necessarily need to replace your roof. A simple coating can take care of this. Have a professional come and inspect your roof to determine if a coating can help you. It will save you money to have minor repairs done and a coating added versus installing a whole new roof.
  • Extended life: By adding a roof coating, the lifespan of your roof will increase by 5-7 years. Your roof will stay leak free and be protected from the harsh sun and other elements for longer, which gives you time to save up for when replacement will eventually be necessary.
  • Saves money: Roof coating costs half the amount of re-roofing. Because the installation of a roof coating is not as invasive or time consuming as roof replacement, you will not lose any business time. By not having to tear the roof off, there is not as much disruption, and less labor required.
  • Lower utility bills: Most roofing materials are dark in color, and in the sun this absorbs heat, making your building hotter. You spend more on air conditioning than you would like. A reflective roof coating will keep the light and heat away, keeping your building naturally cooler and your bills much lower.
  • Tax credit: Coating of your roof can earn you a federal tax credit, where a full re-roofing may not. You could qualify for a 10% credit on the cost of your roof, not including labor costs.

The Reflective Coating Process

Roof coating takes less time than re-roofing. The time required depends on the building size but it typically can take less than a day. Larger buildings may require a few days for completion. Your roof is cleared of all debris first and then the coating is applied. It has to be left to dry for 24 hours but during the time the building can be used, so there is no loss of business time or if a residential home, you can still come and go as you please.

Conclusion

Reflective coatings are the environmentally friendly and economical choice for today. It is a relatively small investment that will deliver big returns. You save on energy bills and reduce the overall maintenance costs that your roof will need. By extending the life of your roof, you get more overall in terms of the investment you made on the whole building. Contact us today for an inspection and we can get started on coating your roof today.

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How Your Roofing Choice is Affected by Climate?

How Your Roofing Choice is affected by Climate

We live in a large country and the weather changes in each state from day to day and from coast to coast. Rhode Island could be saturated with humidity while Alaska is in subarctic conditions and Florida is like a tropical rain forest. Regardless of climate, your house or business need roofing that can endure all seasons. It is important to keep the climate in mind when choosing a roofing system and even more important to understand how the weather can impact your roof.

How Your Roofing Choice is Affected by Climate?

Rain, snow, winds and the sun all impact your roofing. Sunshine and extreme heat can cause materials to dry out and crack and humidity can allow unwanted moisture to seep under roofing materials. Winter months are troublesome because snow and ice can build up and ice dams allow water to pool, once any snow begins to melt. Once you have pooled water, leaks can occur into the interior of the building causing rot and mold. Before picking your roof, there are a few things about the weather you should remember.

  • High Winds: Even if you don’t live in a city that is notorious for winds like Chicago, you can still expect high winds from time to time, especially as seasons change. Strong gusts can blow under the roofing materials causing bubbles and wrinkles. This allows moisture to creep in and collect. Once warm weather arrives, you end up with mildew and rot. Winds typically cause damage first around the edges, so be diligent about checking these areas after strong gusts. If you catch the damage early enough it can be repaired easy enough. You can also choose to use fully adhered membranes, which are securely tacked down across every square inch.
  • Wet Weather: The wet or cold seasons bring rain, hail, sleet and snow and even the sunniest states like California are not exempt from some downpours. Sloped roofing allows water to trickle away but flat roofing allows pooling, so need to be more effective at drawing water away. Traditional roofing used tar and gravel, but this came with serious risks, fatal injuries and noxious fumes. As a replacement, roofing companies now choose single-ply membranes for flat roofing and these are not only more flexible but durable too.

When it comes to selecting roofing, knowing the weather in your area matters. Even though the sun can cause damage by drying out materials, the biggest concerns are precipitation and winds. For a seasonal roof that goes the distance, you may want to consider PVC which is durable and lasts up to 30 years. Call us today to discuss your roofing options and we will help you find the best solution for the weather your building has to endure daily.

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Commercial Roofing: Flat or Sloped?

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Houses typically come with pitched or sloped roofing and commercial buildings are built with flat roofs. Is there something that determines that one style of roof is better for a particular building? As it happens there are a few things to consider when choosing the roof style for any project. Flat roofing offers more usable space which is why it is preferred for industrial projects. If you had a flat roof on your home, just think how much more attic space you would have. Space really does matter and business owners aim to use as much space as they can. This means they can increase storage without the need for offsite storage units which can be expensive.

Commercial Roofing: Flat or Sloped?

In addition to space, many businesses have large air conditioning units to cool the entire building. They may also have other bulky equipment that needs a place and because building codes are very specific, there are limits as to where this machinery can go within the building. All this big, loud equipment can easily be stored on a flat roof, so there is nothing unsightly on the work floor and there is no noise pollution.

As important as space is, money is even more of a priority and flat roofing is usually more expensive than sloped roofing. There are more steps and component involved in the installation and they also require insulation to be included. Depending on the project, the amount of insulation will vary; 1” is needed between an old roof and a new one, but for new construction as much as 5” is required to meet energy code requirements. Insulation may save you money in the long term, but up front, it makes flat roofing more expensive.

Sloped roofs typically last longer than flat roofs because of the sheer assortment of materials that can be used. Wood shingles, concrete, tiles and composition or dimensional shingles all last longer than the materials typically used for flat roofing systems. The weather also takes a greater toll on a flat roof because without the slope to direct water and ice away from the roof, it can build up and cause damage.

Despite the few advantages of sloped roofing, the reality is that commercial buildings are large and would require several slopes, so flat roofing is more efficient. Working on a flat roof is also much safer. Flat roofs also provide perfect spacing and layout for solar panels because they can lay out flat and easily catch the sun rays. Angled solar panels on a sloped roof miss out on the sun at certain times of the day. Flat roofing has one final advantage in that they allow for gardens and recreational space. To keep your current workforce happy and attract new interest, an environmentally-friendly building is the way to go.

Sloped roofing does have its advantages, and when it comes to residential housing, the sloped appearance fits well into a neighborhood setting. When it comes to commercial buildings, however, the need for space, efficiency, accessibility, and maintenance all favor a flat roof. When you can add on the green garden, there really is no other option.

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Why Use Membranes Over Tar and Gravel on Your Commercial Roof?

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When it comes to commercial roofing, tar and gravel system shave been the industry norm for quite some time. They gained popularity after crude oil found a place in the economy and have worked out pretty well for commercial roofing. They are cheap and pretty effective and until recently dominated the industry when it comes to flat roofing systems. Recently, scientific discoveries have found new systems for flat roofing that may prove to be even better than these single ply roofing systems.

Why Use Membranes Over Tar and Gravel

  • Membranes are much lighter. Compared to an EPDM (rubber) roof that has insulation and fasteners with it, plastic membranes are more lightweight. Rubber systems can weigh close to 2 pounds when all is said and done, but modified bitumen or plastic membranes are more efficient thanks to being lighter.
  • Tar and gravel systems involve a hot kettle to melt large chunks of solid tar so there are an inherent danger and high insurance liability. The fumes produced are also very noxious and fatal roofing accidents have occurred in the past with exploding kettles and scorching spills. Because of the risks and dangers, many commercial roofing companies prefer to use membranes instead of tar and gravel and smaller companies are following suit because they cannot cover the insurance policies required to cover the risks.
  • All membrane roof products are available in a white color option. This means the suns light and heat is reflected away, keeping the building interior cooler. When you re-roof with a single ply system it is very easy to first lay down a thick layer of foam board insulation, which helps this system maintain great energy efficiency.
  • When tar begins to age, it shrinks and cracks and because it is essential to the waterproofing aspect of the roof, leaks can occur more frequently. This would be an easy fix except that the gravel often covers the cracks and they are ignored. Additionally, water can run a long way from where it starts so when you notice it, you may have no way of identifying where it started.
  • A built-up roof (tar and gravel) can typically last between 20 and 30 years, depending on how much was spent on it. Membrane roofing systems can last a solid 20 years or longer if not damaged.

The types of membrane roofing systems we install include PVC and TPO. Either of these are great replacements for tar and gravel and will ultimately benefit your commercial building in no time. Contact us today for a consultation and we will help you find the right single ply membrane roof for you.

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Roof Inspections as Part of the Selling Process

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The condition of your roof matters whether you are selling your commercial building or not. When it comes to selling, however, the roof holds substantial value and any weakness can cost you money. A quick inspection by a professional contractor is the perfect solution. Damage can occur to roofing systems all year round, so regular inspections should be part of your normal maintenance anyway. Even if the roof looks good to you, a professional eye can detect structural weakness or potential problems that could mean lower selling prices for you.

It is important to get your roofing inspected before putting your building up for sale. There are a few key things to remember when looking to get a professional inspection.

What to expect

A professional contractor will check the interior first to identify any structural problems. They will provide you with an accurate and detailed assessment of what is needed to ensure long-term safety and durability. They also evaluate your ventilation, insulation, and moisture as it relates to your roofing. The exterior will then be inspected and checked for shingle damage, leaks and any weather damage. Inspectors also check the flashing to identify any deeper problems in the structure of the valleys, rakes, and eaves. The chimney will also be checked, should you have one to make sure there are no potential issues.

The whole package

An inspection involves an assessment of the structural integrity as well as gutters and they will also look for any rotting areas. Substantial damage can lower the value to the building if it is not deemed fit for long-term sustainability. Nobody wants to buy a commercial building with poor roofing. You want to provide your inspector with as much information as possible. Always choose a bonded and licensed professional for the job because the sale depends on the quality of their assessment.

If a damage is identified, you want to take care of this before listing your building. Hire an inspector to catch repairs before it is too late. Give the roof the attention it deserves and contact us for an inspection today. Our evaluation will help to add value to your building.

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