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Make Sure Your Commercial Roof is Ready for the Heat

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Summer is essentially here and with it comes heat that can be damaging for your commercial roof. Flat surfaces like commercial roofing are always hit hard by summer heat waves and if you are not prepared, you may end up with serious damage and expensive replacement projects.

Make Sure Your Commercial Roof Is Ready for the Heat

UV exposure over extended periods of time weakens your roofing and reduces its ability to serve as a barrier. Heat also causes seams to come apart and cracks to form along commercial roofing surfaces. Once the heat wave passes and the weather cools, any rain in the forecast will enjoy making its way through these cracks and you end up with serious damage. The first thing to prepare for the hot summers is to fully inspect your roofing system, internally and externally. 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. Be sure to work with a qualified and experienced roofing contractor to ensure all potential problems are identified. The signs that may indicate that your commercial 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

Conclusion

Regular inspections before the summer will allow you to identify any of these problems before the heat arrives. You will have time to get any damage repaired and make sure that your roofing will be able to withstand any heat. Inspection and regular maintenance is also the best way to extend the life of your commercial roofing, so you get the most from your investment. Call us today to schedule an inspection and we will get your commercial roof summer-ready before it is too late.

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Metal Roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles

Roofing techniques and materials have remained largely the same over the past decade. Obviously, the advent of solar power cells had caused a small rift, but this technology was integrated into the roofing industry relatively smoothly thanks in part to hardworking contractors who sought out the right talent to perform solar installations. Contractors are always on a quest to cut costs and increase the structural integrity of every project, but when it comes to roofing, it can be difficult to decide which material is best for your project, especially when weighing the pros and cons of metal roofs and asphalt shingles.

In this article, we will compare and contract metal roofs and asphalt shingles to help you determine which is best for your next project.

Cost and Lifespan

Asphalt is one of the least expensive roofing materials. The average lifespan of asphalt shingles is 15 to 20 years. Asphalt has remained an important roofing material despite changes in the construction industry. The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) and the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) suggest replacing asphalt shingles after 20 years.

Metal roofing is significantly more expensive than asphalt. However, the cost is justified when you consider the extended lifespan of metal roofs, which average over 50 years. Alternatives to asphalt and metal roofs include tile, slate, and shake.

Aesthetics

Asphalt shingles are typically considered an inexpensive option that focuses on functionality overs style; however, the market has abandoned traditional three-tab shingles in favor of laminated designer shingles, sometimes dubbed “architectural shingles.” Laminated designer shingles can resemble more expensive roofing materials like shake and slate. This is one of the most popular roofing materials. The residential roofing market continues to shift toward laminates. Laminated asphalt shingles have added dimensionality because of extra layers of fiberglass mat, which create a wood shake-like appearance. Laminated shingle styles are also typically offered with longer warranties and better wind ratings.

Metal roofs have also improved their aesthetic with stamped-panel metal shingles that look like shake, slate, and tile. A metal roof doesn’t have to be silver or gray. They can come in a variety of colors and styles.

Resiliency

Resiliency is defined as “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.” A resilient roof can handle being walloped by a severe storm and doesn’t crumble under the pressure of melting ice or a minor earthquake. What causes asphalt to be so resilient? SBS-modified or “rubberized” shingles improve impact resistance and ensure that shingles stay put when conditions get worse. New advances have resulted in asphalt shingles that can protect homes from nearly everything, even algae.

Metal roofs can withstand winds exceeding 140 miles per hour, which is the equivalent of an F2 tornado. However, the most impressive aspect of metal roofs is their ability to resist fires. With wildfires scorching various parts of the country each year, builders are turning to metal roofs to give new and existing homes a fighting chance against the torrid dry season. Metal roofing is typically designated with a Class A fire rating, which means it is “nearly impenetrable” to moisture while resisting impacts from hail and debris. With improved coatings that help resist corrosion, metal roofing is safer than ever before.

Energy Efficiency

One major advancement in asphalt shingles is improvements to the Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) which includes metrics for reflectance and thermal emittance. Adding asphalt granules with light-reflecting pigments can increase the solar reflective value of a roof ten times over. This type of roof, deemed “Cool Roofing” is designed specifically to reflect solar energy, not absorb it. This eases the burden on the home’s cooling systems and reduces wear and tear on the roof. Comparatively, the highly reflective surface of metal roofing typically provides a 30 percent cost saving on cooling when compared to other roofing types.

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Roof Screens for Rooftop Equipment

Quite often buildings have equipment on the roof. The roof is a great place to keep bulky equipment as it is out of the way and for the most part, out of sight. Depending on where you stand though, the equipment can look very unsightly. Big, bulky units can detract from the appeal and appearance of your building, especially if any investors happen to be in the area. As important as it is to find space for your equipment, it is equally important to remember that the appearance of your building matters to partners, business prospects, and customers. Your brand and reputation could be at stake. Ventilation, heating, and electrical equipment are necessary components of a building, but this doesn’t mean they have to be out n the open for all to see. Investing in roof screens allows you to protect your brand and mage, by effectively hiding the bulky and unsightly equipment that your building needs.

What Screens Can Help You Hide?

Having roof screens can hide equipment from sight, thus protecting the appeal of your building and brand. There is a lot of equipment that can be hidden with the installation of a quality roof screen.

  • HVAC units – These are typically bulky and lined up in rows, but are necessary for climate and temperature management for the building interior.
  • Roof Exhaust Ventilation Fans – These are needed to pull dirty air from the building and allow fresh air inside. Bigger buildings have more of these and the more you have the uglier the roof looks.
  • Cooling Towers – These extract unwanted heat from various places to reduce the temperature of the water. These are prone to rust which makes them very unsightly.
  • Ducts and Pipework – Always associated with HVAC units and other roofing equipment, you can often see ducts and pipes from ground level.
  • Service Walkways – Often used on flat roofing and are necessary for accessing roof equipment. While functional, these are not great to look at especially when located near the edges of the building.
  • Platforms – Many forms of equipment come with platforms to raise them from the roof surface. The framework and equipment are more visible because of this and when they also have guardrails, they are even more distracting.
  • Solar Panels – As green energy becomes more popular, many buildings invest in solar panels. While the panels are not ugly and offer a unique look, the supports, frames, and electrical connections are not pleasant to look at.
  • Communication systems – Antennas, cellular communication units, and satellite dishes are necessary for communication but do nothing for the building look. You may not be able to hide a tall antenna, but a screen will definitely cover the bulky equipment at the base.

The equipment discussed above is required for the efficient functioning of any commercial or industrial building, but it can take away from the appearance and potentially your brand. Investing in roof screens will help to protect your image as it keeps the bulky units from sight. They can also serve as additional protection from adverse weather. Screen designs and materials vary so you can choose what suits your building and brand best. You can even add your company logo to the screens too. Call us today to discuss your screen options and we will make sure your roof looks its best without costing your reputation.

We work with local reputable roof screen manufacturers and we’re able to build custom screens as well. Contact us and let us know how we can help!


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New Year, Same Roof? How Maintenance can Extend the Lifespan of your Commercial Roof

You might think since your commercial roof isn’t new, there isn’t much point implementing a maintenance plan. However, getting started with regular maintenance now can offer benefits like minimizing future repair expenses, preserving your building’s energy efficiency to keep heating and cooling costs in check, and preventing leaks that damage the building’s structure, interior and contents like equipment, furnishings or inventory. Putting a roof maintenance plan into action in 2020 can also extend the useful life of your roof and delay the need for a costly replacement by:

Slowing or Halting Developing Issues

Effective roof maintenance plans are built on a foundation of frequent, comprehensive inspections that can reveal deterioration and flaws that need fixing, as well as emerging problems that are likely to require future repairs – like membrane wear from foot traffic. By catching such issues early on and taking steps to mitigate the harm – like putting out walk pads and monitoring rooftop traffic – you can stop the damage and prolong the membrane’s lifespan.

Boosting Your Roof’s Resistance to the Elements

With thorough inspections and the input of a knowledgeable roofer, you’ll stay aware of needed repairs and have them completed in a timely manner. Your roofer can also advise you about beneficial measures that can strengthen the roof membrane and help it resist wear and aging, like having it cleaned periodically, or applying a reflective or waterproof coating. By making sound repairs and taking appropriate steps to preserve the membrane, your roof will be better able to withstand the daily onslaught of the elements, like the sun’s powerful rays, wind, rain, sleet, and snow.

Keeping Key Roof System Components Intact

Your roof is composed of many different components that all work together to protect your building, and keeping them intact is crucial to allow the roof system to last as long as possible. When you implement a maintenance plan that covers inspections, repairs, preservation and periodic care, you can rest easy knowing that components like the edge flashing stays in place to keep the membrane from shredding or billowing, the drainage system functions properly to prevent ponding, and membrane tears and punctures are repaired promptly and properly to keep rainwater out so it doesn’t degrade the insulation and decking.

Contact us today to learn more about how roof maintenance plans can extend the life of the roof on your commercial building.

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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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Flat Roof Drain System Pros and Cons

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Flat roofing systems offer a number of benefits, specifically giving you more space for storage or even rooftop gardens. Flat roofing is ideal for warmer climates and not areas where there is a lot of rainfall; it is perfect in the Los Angeles area. As with all roofing systems, flat roofing has its good and bad qualities, and there are often problems with the drainage that you should be aware of.

Flat Roof Drain System Pros and Cons

Types of Drains for Flat Roofing

The interesting thing about flat roofing is that it is not entirely flat. There is always a slight slope towards the drain. Gravity is what allows the drainage system to work, so the water needs to have a natural flow away from the roof. Despite this, there are common drainage problems associated with 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. There is 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 drains are also more expensive and repairs can be costly. On the positive side, they are great for colder climates as the pipes do not freeze. There is also the benefit of having a clean roofline as the system is away from the edges.
  • 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. Like inner drains, these too can become clogged and if water pools near the roof edge, it can spill over. If they are not connected to a downspout, then water can damage your foundation as it falls, eroding the surface. These drains are not very expensive and when you get a wider variety, they are easier to maintain and prevent from clogging.
  • Gutters: These metal structures sit along the edge of the roof, collecting water as it flows down the slope. These not only help protect your foundation but they help 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. These do however require frequent maintenance to prevent clogs and it is wise to have leaf guards for easier cleaning.

Conclusion

Flat roofing is a great choice for any building, just be sure you have the appropriate drainage system in place too. The top three choices have pros and cons, so discuss your options with the professionals and we’ll help you decide which drainage system is best for your needs and your 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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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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