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Waterproofing Systems – The Need Has Never Been Higher

waterproofing-decking2The need for reliable waterproofing products and skilled installation contractors has never been higher. The past decade has seen a sharp upswing in demand for rooftop deck restorations as outdoor living space is a cherished commodity. There is no question that a beautiful roof deck adds value to your property. In a dry climate like Southern California, you might be surprised how many property owners and management companies need help with water damage to their decks, especially rooftop decks. There are many ways water might get under your rooftop deck. Re-covering the     surface won’t make the problem go away and you may risk your building’s structure. Get water damage repairs done right and your deck will be durable, long-lasting and will require much less maintenance.

How to Extend the Life of Your Roof (and Your Budget)

roof-coating-systensNo funds for replacement? Consider restoration.

Roof restoration is the process of using highly-engineered coating products to “restore” an existing roof deck to a like-new condition. It is used on PVC, TPO, EPDM, MOD-BIT, built-up, and even some SPF roofing systems. When you need a new roof, you typically have two, related options. Option 1: Simply cover up the existing roof with a new roof. Option 2: Tear off the existing roof(s) and then install a new roof. As you might well imagine, Option 2, the tear-off option, is significantly more expensive than Option 1, which does not require a tear-off. What determines whether or not a tear-off is required? Generally speaking, if there are already two or more existing roofing systems installed, local codes typically require (double-check this with your local people) that before a new roofing system is installed, all of the previous roofing systems must be removed down to the roof deck. This is a messy, noisy, and very expensive process. It also adds a tremendous amount of roofing debris to the local landfill. But this is where a roof restoration system comes in. A roof that typically would require a tear-off, but is in otherwise ‘restorable’ condition, might benefit from restoration. This would mean no tear-off! No tear-off would mean virtually no mess, a lot less noise, and could save you thousands of dollars (depending on the size of the roof.)

Fluid-applied cool roof coating systems are seamless and can solve roof leaks on almost any type of roofing material.The reflective surface of a roof coating system can extend the life of your roof keeping the surface cool and providing protection from the sun’s damaging infrared and UV rays. Cool roof coatings can add 10 to 25 years to the life of your roof and reduce the amount of disposed roofing materials that end up in landfills. Field studies have shown that cool roof coatings can lower your rooftop temperatures and significantly reduce your air conditioning bills. To learn more about the benefits of coating systems, click here.

Say Hi to Another New Face

Please welcome our new Customer Service Manager, Ariana Contreras!

Starting her career as a dental assistant, Ariana has progressed into a customer service role over the years. She joined ADCO in 2016, and after only 2 months, was promoted to Customer Service Manager. Her tenacity and drive for outstanding customer service is mimicked in her daily conversations which establish her as a team player. Her ability to develop good relationships with customers and coworkers alike, ensures that our customer’s expectations are always met with the highest levels of satisfaction.
With her expertise, Ariana will play a key role in helping to build relationships with our growing portfolio, and in the enhancement of sales and administrative processes.
Ariana can be contacted at 714-543-7663 or arianac@adcoroofing.com

Roof Restoration or Replacement? 5 Things to Consider

Is your roof looking worn? Has it been leaking? Is it nearing the end of its expected lifespan? Not sure if you can restore your roof or should completely replace it? Below are five reasons why restoration may be your best choice.

1. Restoration Costs Less

A complete roof replacement can be expensive in labor and materials, particularly if the existing roof must be removed first. Restoration, on the other hand, requires less labor and materials, and thus costs less.

2. Restoration Extends Your Roof’s Life

Commercial roofs typically last about 20 years — restoration can add 10 to 15 years of life. You can defer complete replacement and make future plans for the expenditure in your capital budget.

3. Restoration is More Sustainable

Millions of tons of roofing waste end up in landfills annually. Because it allows you to reuse your existing roof, restoration is a much more environmentally friendly option. Plus, it can make your building more energy efficient and may help it qualify for ENERGY STAR or LEED credits.

4. Restoration Provides Tax Benefits

Roof restoration is classified as a maintenance expenditure, while replacement is considered a capital expense. In most cases, you will pay less tax on maintenance by taking the current deduction versus capitalizing the expense and recovering the cost through depreciation. According to federal rules, commercial roofs are depreciated on a 39-year schedule. Since roofs have an average life of 20 years, it’s wise to extend the useful life of your roof as long as possible.

5. Restoration Helps Prevent Catastrophic Loss

Ignoring the fact that your roof is deteriorating doesn’t make the problem go away; it can only get worse. The more time passes, the greater the potential damage and the more it costs to restore it. At some point, the only option will be total replacement. Continued neglect can put your business, employees and tenants at risk.

Start with a Visual Inspection

The best starting point in determining whether your roof can be restored is a simple visual inspection. Some things to look for are pools of standing water, tears or bubbles in the roof cover, wet insulation, cracking seams and gaps in flashing. These issues can accelerate the deterioration of the roof cover and lead to leaks, mold growth and failure during a windstorm. Problems can also be detected from inside the building — water stains, mold growth and unusual odors are indicators of possible roofing issues.

Get a Professional Opinion – Take Our Advice

If any of the above problems are present, it’s a good idea to bring in a professional who can conduct a thorough inspection. This inspection should include use of equipment to locate moisture beneath the surface, a core analysis of underlying materials and an examination of the roof’s slope. It should be followed with a report on your roof’s condition and recommended solutions, including a cost/benefit analysis of restoration versus replacement. If damage is minimal, or confined to a small area, restoration is likely the best option. Replacement is usually required if damage is extensive or the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan.

Let ADCO Roofing and Waterproofing Calculate the Difference for You

ADCO Roofing and Waterproofing has more than 25 years of roof restoration expertise. Schedule a FREE inspection today. We can calculate the difference between roof replacement and restoration for you. Plus, learn more about our preventative maintenance services.

New Face at ADCO

dan-huertasWith an increasing customer base and project needs, we are happy to welcome project manager Dan Huertas to the ADCO team. Dan has been in the roofing industry for over 11 years. He has worked with most residential home builders in Southern California, home owner associations, and property management companies. Dan will be responsible to manage ADCO’s new, existing, and potential customer base to provide roofing solutions and will work based from our Santa Ana location.Dan prides himself in being attentive to clients and exceeding their expectations. His drive and experience within the industry will be instrumental to driving our business forward. His passion in providing customers with the best roofing-related solutions will make him an invaluable asset to our company. Dan can be reached at 951-213-1598 or danh@adcoroofing.com

Extend Roof Life. Save Money. Save Energy.

Thinking about roof replacement? Consider roof restoration instead.

Roof restoration means less labor and material which can significantly reduce your expenses and extend the life-cycle of your roof. Roof coating systems can reduce the temperature of your building, which can result in big savings to your energy bills. Watch this fun video of a 2-weeks project in 90-seconds. (music alert)
To learn more about roof coating systems and their advantages, click here.

National Preparedness Month

earthquakeSeptember is National Preparedness Month.
Are you prepared for an earthquake? The 2011 East Coast earthquake illustrated the fact that it is impossible to predict when or where an earthquake will occur, so it is important that you and your family are prepared ahead of time.

Design an emergency communication plan. For instructions, click here.

5 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

Whether you have a new roof or a roof well-maintained, heavy rain is still a cause for concern. The areas of your roof that are prone to pooling water can lead to a leak during heavy rain. Additionally, your gutters may not be able to handle the downpour. Learn about the 5 most common causes of roof leaks when it rains.

1. Leaking Skylight

It is not uncommon for skylights to leak during heavy rains. This does not necessarily mean the skylight is damaged, but that the condensation from the rain and runoff has a higher chance of leaking through. In most cases, placing a bucket under the leak will do as a temporary fix. After the rain stops, find a roofing inspector immediately to assess the damages from the leak. Elite Roofing owner has a background in home inspections and helps homeowners to find out if filing a claim is necessary, and helps to walk you through the claim process. Check with your local roofing contractor to talk about the insurance claim process.

2. Flat Roofs

Some flat roofs lack the drainage required to keep up with heavy rainfall. If your roof lacks proper drainage, this is an excellent place to begin improvements. Here are some easy ways homeowners can take things into their hands: Add gutters and downspouts so that roof water runoff drains away from the foundation Clean out debris from gutters and downspouts; repair or replace leaking/damaged sections Home and business owners with flat roofing must also ensure their roof is properly sealed, and that all eaves and flashings are in good standing. This means that seasonal roof inspections cannot be allowed to fall by the wayside. Keep in mind that flat roofs don’t always leak in the same manner as roofs with more shape. Instead, you may find drip marks down a large area of your walls or a wet spot on the ceiling. Water can also accumulate around the perimeter foundation of the home or building. This sitting water can seep through cracks, siding or foundation walls making lower levels, like the basement or crawl space, wet or damp.

3. Chimney Leaks

Chimneys are designed to do an adequate job of keeping the elements out, but your chimney could be the cause of your leaking roof. Homes with chimneys are commonly facing problems with roof leaks. The outer structure of your chimney often retains water, which can make the roof leak in a hard rain. You must also make sure the shingles and flashing surrounding the chimney are in proper working order.

4. The flashing is a piece of sheet metal that covers the overlapping areas of the chimney and roof. Two layers of flashing is applied to the chimney and roof, and a sealed with a high-quality urethane caulk. Naturally this caulk becomes loose over time and creates a pocket for rainwater to seep in. Often times reapplying the caulking could work as chimney leak repair, but flashing may need additional maintenance and a trained eye.

5. Plumbing Leaks

If you have any vent caps for ventilation exhaust fans on your roof, they may be the source of your leak. Before you climb on the roof to look for leaks, make sure your bath fan duct is insulated. A fan duct that is not properly insulated will moisten the air. This leads to condensation in the duct. Look out for moisture building in the bathroom walls, or within the attic.

How To Fix A Leaking Roof From The Inside

If you see that your roof is leaking, then you want to address the problem as soon as possible. During a storm, or colder winter months, jumping onto the roof to inspect the problem is not practical. What temporary fixes can you make to repair a leaking roof from the inside? Start by sealing the leak. Find the leaking area in the attic or crawl space and mark the spot for later. Patching material will not adhere properly if the area is wet. Use buckets to temporarily collect any dripping water. If the area is dry, use caulk or putty to seal the area.

Did You Know? A Leaky Roof Can Cause A Fire

Water can come into contact with electrical wires through the roof. If the rain water is not diverted off the roof, it will seep into the house through the walls and ceilings. Although most wiring is protected by insulation or junction boxes, neither of these provides a good defense. Insulation clumps if it gets wet, and water can seep around the hinges of a junction box. If water makes contact with a live electrical wire it can spark and ignite materials around it. Electrical fires are especially dangerous because they can be difficult to put out. If an electrical fire breaks out in your home, your instinct will most likely be to use water to put out the fire. However, this is likely to result in you getting shocked and the fire getting even worse.In addition to the fire risk, a leaking roof coupled with exposed electrical wiring raises the chance of electrical shock. Even a small leak can send water into fuse boxes where it may go undetected until you, the unsuspecting homeowner touch a wet fuse and get a shocked. If your roof is leaking, call us to repair it. We will also check for any water damage that has already occurred or for trapped moisture that might still be in your home.

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