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Make Sure Your Commercial Roof is Ready for the Heat


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


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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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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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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Checking your Roof for Drainage Issues

(Adco) Checking your Roof for Drainage Issues


Drainage issues are common in roofing, but they can be detected early and you can avoid serious problems. Repairing the issue quickly avoids water from leaking and avoids water damage to the structural integrity of the building. Working with a professional commercial roofing contractor will ensure your roof gets the regular care it needs so you can avoid the potential damage from drainage issues.

Checking your Roof for Drainage Issues

Roofing contractors will start with exterior inspections to evaluate the condition of the surface of the roofing. Any standing water that is left can leak into the building after weakening the surface materials. It can cause severe sagging in the roof and any additional pressure or water in the future will damage it more. You can end up with holes and leaks that reach the interior of the building. The top signs to look for to avoid this include:

  • Cracks in the skylights
  • Damaged flashing
  • Bubbles in the roofing membrane or roofing surface

You also need to look at the gutters to make sure they are not blocked and are draining water away from the roof properly. If they are clogged or damaged in any way, water can pool on the surface. Too much-pooled water causes excessive strain on the roof and the weight can be more than it can bear. You risk extreme damage to the roof and your facility. Contractors will also inspect the inside of the building as this can give clues as to potential damage that may not be visible from the surface. The signs of water damage and drainage issues to look for inside include:

  • Water stains on ceilings
  • Mold or mildew on surfaces
  • Leaking near skylights
  • Rust on the underside of the roofing structure
  • Discoloration to walls or surfaces near the roof
  • Deformation of wall surfaces


Working with a reputable and trustworthy contractor like us guarantees your roofing system will be in the best shape possible. We perform regular inspections and if any damage is identified, we repair it early so that you can avoid costly drainage damage.


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Tips to Find and Fix a Leak

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Roofing leaks are the most common roofing problem as a result of wear and tear or weather changes. Sadly, many people do not realize they have leaks until it is too late. If you notice any water damage inside the building, chances are you have a leak. Tracking the source of a leak can be challenging, so you should call a roofing contractor to help. Once you know where the leak is, repair is not as challenging.

Tips to Find and Fix a Leak

If you think you have a leak, the first place to check is any penetrations, such as vents, ducts, or dormers. These are common places for leaks to start. Check the building for water stains, mold, and black marks. If you notice these, you likely have a leak and need to contact a roofer to inspect the property and repair any damage. Some leaks can be tricky to find. A professional roofer can find these by soaking the roof with water and watching for leaks on the inside. In some cases, the drips or water appear far away from the actual leak. This is common in roofs where plastic vapor barriers are installed within the insulation. A roofer will be able to move this aside and find the smallest leaks that could be hiding from your eyes.

  • Check the vents: Plumbing vent boots can be made from plastic, metal, or both. Plastic can crack and metal seams can open, so the vent boot is a good place to start looking for any leaks. Any broken seams or cracked plastic pieces should be replaced immediately before serious leaks happen. When you are replacing the broken or cracked vent, you should replace all nails with screws as these interfere less with the roofing material.
  • Dormers: Water can leak from above the roofing, especially if the weather is severe. Cracks in windows, dormers, and siding are all possible and will allow water to reach the inside. Before calling a roofer, check the edges with a knife to identify any leaks. The caulk will need to be replaced by a roofer if any cracks are found.
  • Flashing: Most buildings have flashing installed where the walls intersect the roof. Flashing helps to move water away from the roof and with time they can rust, weaken and allow leaking. If you see any damaged or rusted flashing, it needs to be repaired immediately.

Call us today to inspect your roofing and we will help you to find any leaks. We have the experience and skills to get every leak fixed to keep your roof in optimal condition for longer.

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Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections


It is becoming more important for property owners and buyers to ensure their roofing is in top condition. It is pretty easy to detect a damaged roof but identifying a roof with only subtle aging is much harder. Given that replacement roofing can be very expensive, it makes sense to identify problems before they get out of hand. When it comes to buying a building, you can use the resurfacing of the roof as a negotiating item when it comes to pricing.

The most common types of roofing systems are tar or gravel and they are used in numerous commercial buildings. Gravel is a concern because it requires regular maintenance as the gravel needs to be re-distributed often to maintain even coverage. Any uncovered or exposed surfaces can be easily damaged by the sun and other elements. Additionally, ponding, which results from framing issues at the time of construction, can be a huge problem. Blocked roof drains can also allow ponding of water so be sure to keep your drains free of debris and objects.

Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections

Any building inspection should involve of a detailed roof evaluation and this is usually done by an inspector walking the roof to observe the surface closely. There are, however, a few circumstances where it is not safe for an inspector to walk on the roof for inspection:

  • Steep surface not safe for footing
  • The surface is too high to access with regular ladder
  • Roofing is showing signs of deterioration
  • Presence of ice, snow, moss or moisture that make the roof slippery
  • Roof with tiles that might break with foot pressure

The sellers of the building can also order the inspector to stay off the roof. The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) wants to ensure that property owners and potential buyers are aware of the importance of good roofing. To stay on top of the matter is in everybody’s best interest.

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Commercial Roof Maintenance Checklist

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Proper maintenance of your building’s roof is essential for the safety of the occupants and to ensure longevity. Extensive damage that is not taken care of can result in structural damage to both the interior and exterior of your building. The best way to avoid these costly damages is to perform annual inspections. You can look over your roof initially to identify any trouble areas, but ideally, you need to hire a professional to thoroughly inspect for serious and underlying problems.

Most people do not realize that much of a roof’s damage comes from the inside so checking the condition of the attic is essential. Make sure all insulation is in optimal condition and repair or replace any areas that need upgrading. Humidity can become trapped in a poorly insulated attic, and this leads to structural damage to the roof and building interior. Adding additional insulation is also a great way to prevent humid air from collecting and lowers your energy bills.

When it comes time to look at the exterior roofing, there are a few key things to look for. Should you notice any problems such as those listed below, contact a professional roofer to come and perform a full inspection. These are troublesome signs that you need to bring to a roofer’s attention right away:

  • Broken or curled shingles, especially around the edges of the roof where they are more prone to lift and wear
  • Buildup of debris along the surface and at the edges or gutters, which can interfere with proper water drainage. Pooled water causes leakage into the interior of the building
  • Look for moss growth which could indicate the presence of rot below the surface
  • Cracking or missing sealant along the vents, skylights and flashing
  • Blistering of materials, which indicates insulation problems as well as material defects
  • Loose, broken or missing shingles will leave exposed spaces and should be repaired or replaced right away

If the repairs are small such as repairing missing or broken shingles, then you can likely handle this yourself. For any more extensive damages or wear, you need to bring in a professional to conduct an additional inspection. Often a complete roofing replacement is needed and this is best left to us. Call us today if you notice any roofing problems and we will perform an inspection and offer the best solution for you.

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Checklist For Professional Roof Inspection

(Adco) Checklist for professional roof inspection

Every homeowner should regularly inspect their roof. You need to be prepared for there to be damage sometimes that your untrained eye cannot see. If you have concerns about your roof but do not notice any obvious signs of damage, schedule a roof inspection. A professional is the best way to make sure your roof is secure.

If you notice that your roof is leaking or you see water damage it is important to find out the cause and extent of the damage right away. In particular, after heavy storms, you want to check for leaks and damage. Even though you are capable of identifying some damage, there might be more subtle causes that you miss such as shingle deterioration, rot, and improper flashing. Additionally, if you are not used to climbing tall ladders, then this is not a job you want to take on. Falls from ladders account for 43% of deaths according to the CDC. You need to consider hiring a professional.

An accredited roofing company will have the knowledge and experience to thoroughly inspect your roof and assess any damage. They will also provide a quick and simple report of what you need to do next, which saves you time and money. There are a number of key factors that will be part of any roofing inspection.

  • Obvious signs of damage: Roof inspections look for visible deformations in structure as well as any dirt or debris that may have built up. They look for standing water and damaged gutter systems as these are all in need of immediate attention.
  • Exterior components: The chimney, vents, decking and drip edges need to be looked at to make sure there are no missing components or rot. Leaks form easily around chimneys and skylights and if left untreated, they can cause severe damage to the underlying materials. This will end up being a much costlier repair.
  • Visit the attic: Without regular maintenance and inspection, the interior of a roofing system can be seriously damaged. Even when you see signs of water damage, the actual cause can be located in an entirely different area. The longer the roof goes without inspection, the more damage you are likely to have, so all interior and exterior parts need to be thoroughly checked.

Getting a Reputable Roofer

It is extremely important that you hire a reputable and experienced roofer. There are ways to avoid roofing companies that may be running scams so you want to take this seriously. Always ask to see the business license up front and do some research on the company. You can check with the Better Business Bureau as well as look up testimonials. Any trustworthy company will be able to show you their license and insurance paperwork without question.

We are fully licensed, bonded and have years of experience and happy customers. You can have any references or testimonials you need and we are listed in many local and national databases as a solid recommendation for your roofing needs.

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Skylight or Sun Tunnel Pros And Cons

(Adco) Skylight or Sun Tunnel Pros And Cons


Everybody would like a room that is filled with natural light. Installing a sun tunnel or a skylight is a good way of adding the natural light without too much renovation. Before deciding which option to go for, you should first understand the differences between the two.



Formerly the available skylights were the dark bubbles and leaky inserts. In the 1960’s the skylights available were the dripping skylights with an evolution to acrylic bubbles skylights in the 1980’s. Manufacturers have come up with new designs which provide buyers with a huge variety of no-leak, energy-efficient skylights and by just touching a button, you can ventilate a room.

The current skylights can also be used in corporation with solar blinds as a way to improve energy efficiency. These blinds can either be operated electrically or manually and are available in numerous varieties of light blocking or light diffusing materials.


Skylights are directly attached to your building’s roof and allow ventilation and sunlight to reach all the areas where you need light. Skylights tend to provide some warmth which in turn helps to cut of cost spent on lighting, cooling and heating the building. Additionally, this will add space to your building by freeing up space which would be occupied by temperature controlling devices. The market as well offers some skylights which open, thus releasing humidity and hot air and allowing fresh air to get into your building.

Concerns when it comes to installation  – Cost of installation

During installation, the cost differs according to the glass type and skylight size you go for. Additionally, as you install skylights, some other common requirements include framing alterations, paint, and new drywall all need to be considered. Although this may sound costly for the owner of the building, skylights are a great investment for your building as they can last for up to 2 years. Within those 2 years you will not need artificial lighting, so you can save in the long run.

Sun tunnel

Sun tunnels can be defined as tubes made from metal sheets, whose inside is polished.  It works like a mirror which alongside its length, channels light all while keeping the intensity of light preserved.


The sun tunnel on the roof is capped using a plastic globe which is weather resistant, and the tube ends in the ceiling’s diffuser of your building directly below. This diffuser resembles a recessed or portable light. It is the globe which gathers light which is then spread out by the diffuser into your rooms.

These tunnels are like tubular skylights which capture light during the day and then distributes the light to the building areas which other traditional skylights cannot typically reach. Such places include bathrooms, laundry rooms, dark hallways, and closets. In addition, these sun tunnels occupy very small roof space and also minimize summer heat gain as well as preventing loss of heat during winter season.


Also called tubular skylight or sun tube, this is among the most recent natural lighting trend. These tunnels strictly serve the purpose of allowing natural light into the building.  They cannot be opened to allow for ventilation. Sun tunnel installation is very easy and they are often used in specific building projects known commonly as green projects.

Concerns when it comes to installation

Compared to skylights, this is a more economical option of naturally bringing light into your building. Typically installation costs are lower than installing a skylight. However, if your sun tunnel is to extend to several floor levels from the roof, you can expect the installation cost to increase. Compared to electric lighting, sun tubes produce less heat, so the savings on energy achieved through reduction in electrical lighting dependency exceeds incurred installation costs.

Considerations while choosing the best option for natural lighting

Natural light comes with several health benefits which are associated with getting regular fresh air and sunlight exposure. SAD condition is linked directly to insufficient light. Therefore, before making the choice of which one to go for, consider the following things:

  • The heating potential of passive solar.
  • Accessibility of the convenience controls as it should be very easy.
  • Over heat control and also control of produced interior light.
  • The glass’ glazing level for energy efficiency and visual comfort.
  • Cost to be incurred during installation.
  • Energy efficiency whether it will conserve energy hence reduce on energy costs.
  • The overall style and quality of the channel.

In conclusion, remember that whether your choice is sun tunnel or skylight, you will want to hire a professional for installation. A professional will have the necessary experience and will know how to repair any current problems as well as install the new skylight or sun tunnel. Both of the two can bring natural and warm light into your building and will benefit you and your wallet in the long run.

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How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds?

(Adco) How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds


Whether your region experiences moderate gust or sustained winds, any high winds can cause havoc to your building’s roof. While most roofing systems are built to withstand common wind events, sustaining little or no damage, it’s the less obvious cracked, missing or damaged roof shingles, flashing or tile that actually causes the biggest problems during the next rainstorm.

Additionally, repeated exposure to high winds can create stress points on a roof, and over time, this can compromise the whole roof structure. Aside from age and missing pieces, another less obvious reason why commercial roofs can get overwhelmed during rainstorms is due to poor workmanship from a previous roofing contractor.

Nonetheless, regular maintenance and replacement of your roof is vital to prevent subsequent water damage as well as the high fuel costs that will inevitably result from a roof system which is not working as it should.

Damaging effects of the wind

High winds do not hit your roof evenly across the surface. The corners, edges of the roof and the ridge lines are more prone to wind pressure and damage, compared to the center of the roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association, NRCA ( asserts that most wind damage to a roof begins on the edge. The wind can get under a corner or small piece of the shingle, curl it or rip it off completely, leaving your roof exposed.

Another danger of high winds to your roof is “lifting.” Your shingles or tiles might look intact from the ground, but high winds coming up over your roof can create a suction effect and lift the shingles upwards, loosening the nails holding them into place. Once your roof is exposed, water can start leaking into the building, which can destroy your property. However, you can avoid roof destruction from high winds by ensuring that your roofs, specifically the materials on the edges, are robust and secured in place.

Flying Debris and Tree Damage

At times debris blown around by the wind ( tree branches, shard of glass, lawn decorations, garbage, deck furniture, etc.) can be more damaging to your roof than the wind itself. Falling trees and branches, in particular, can puncture, gouge, and scratch your shingles.  So, be sure to cut or trim any trees overhanging your roof before any storm, or high winds get the chance to hit it.

Checking for wind Damage

1) Perform outdoor inspection

In case there was any roof destruction after a windstorm, you should be able to spot “curling” shingles, cracked, torn or missing shingles on your roof or around your building. If the damage is localized and covers less than 30% of the total roof structure, you can arrange for roof repair. However, if the destruction is more than that, you might need a complete overhaul of your roof.

Aside from the roofing, keep in mind that the chimney, gutters, ventilation pipes and fencing can also become compromised so be sure to inspect them for damage as well. If you suspect your roof is damaged, here’s a list of what to look out for;

  • Flashing: look to see if the chimney flashing is torn, split or buckled along roof penetration
  • Soffit and fascia: look for decay and stains
  • Composition shingles: look for curling, loss of granulation, or missing shingles
  • Wood shake: Look for mold or decay and splitting or curling
  • Roofing cement: presence of excess cement and crumbling indicates roof damage
  • Gutters: Look for excessive shingle granule in the gutter, leaky seams and missing section
  • Chimney: loose, leaning or missing flashing may indicate roof damage

2) Perform indoor inspection

Some of the indoor signs to look for include moisture marks, yellow/grey stains, and peeling paint. You can also check the attic for leaks and damp rafters. Finally, if you experience a sudden surge in your energy costs, this could also be a sign that your roof ventilation is compromised.

3) Call an expert

Getting on your roof is not recommended, particularly after a windstorm.  You should call professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to properly and safely conduct a professional and thorough inspection.

Steps to take in case your roof is damaged:

In case your roof is damaged by the wind, it’s crucial that you seek professional help as fast as possible. First, you avoid further destruction to your property; remember the longer you wait, the more damage will occur. Roof replacement/repair is much cheaper when you do not have to add the cost of repairing the leak or water damage. And if you have insurance coverage for your property, you can contact your insurance provider to assess the situation and determine whether you should file a claim.

Choosing a Roofing Contractor

Always tread with extreme care when choosing a commercial roofing contractor. Like any other industry, the roofing world is also full of sham roofers who do not keep up their word and are out there to fleece gullible property owners. It’s always recommended that you go with locally based roofers who have a history of being in business in one location. Additionally, they should provide you with their business licenses, certification and should help you with your insurance claim, should you need one.

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