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How To Choose The Best Roofing Material?

How To Choose The Best Type Of Roof For Your Needs

 

 

The materials that are used on your roofing will affect the energy efficiency of your building. There are many different types of roofing materials to choose from, here are some useful tips to choose the one best for you.

 Things to Consider

When deciding on a new roof system here are that we need to consider:

  • Will special framing be needed due to the weight of the material?
  • Will special maintenance be needed?
  • Does the roofing material meet the fire codes?
  • What is the cost of the roof, the lifespan, and is there a warranty?
  • Will the materials be able to stand up to the weather?
  • Has the materials been used for at least 10 years?

This will help you determine which roofing materials that best fit you. A new roof will protect your building from different weather conditions like the rain, sun and heat.

Types of Roofing Material

The outer most layer of the roof will be covered with the weatherproofing material. It must be able to withstand the Los Angeles heat. Materials will vary between residential and commercial use.

Wood or Asphalt Shingles

Shingles is the general term used for a roofing material with overlapping edges.

Asphalt Singles

This is the most common roofing material. It is made from bitumen which has an organic or fiberglass base. It is usually covered with a gritty material. It is often cheaper than other materials and faster to install.

  • Pros– easy to install, inexpensive, readily available, comes in different colors
  • Cons– Last up to 25 years with proper maintenance. Does not provide as good of insulation as other roofing materials.

Wood Shingles

This type of shingle is made from cedar or pine. Looks nice as it naturally ages.

  • Pros– all natural. The roof can last up to 30 years.
  • Cons– These singles may be prohibited based on fire code regulations. In area prone to wet the shingles may grow mild, rot, or split.

Clay and Concrete Tiles

These tiles are durable and look really nice.

  • Pros– Roof can last up to 50 years and is energy efficient.
  • Cons– Roofing materials are expensive and additional framing is often needed.

Metal Roofing

This roofing will hold up to extreme weather conditions. It is lightweight and recyclable. This material is great for contemporary or cottage homes.

  • Pros– this material is durable and can last up to 75 years. It works well if you want to harvest rainwater.
  • Cons– This roof is very expensive.

Slate

This material comes in many different colors and is visually appealing.

  • Pros– this material is fire resistant and can last up to 100 years. Slate can also be recycled.
  • Cons– Slate is very expensive to install and additional framing is needed. The quality of slate can also vary based on where it is imported from.

Synthetic Roofing

There are many options available if you are looking for synthetic roofing. This roofing can be designed to look like wood or slate. It is durable and easy to take care of. Rubber shingles which are made from recycled tires are becoming very popular. If you are looking to have a synthetic roof installed look at other areas with this roof to make sure they have stood the test of time.

  • Pros– Roofing is not expensive and comes with a 50 year warranty.
  • Cons– Many versions of this roof are too new to undergo longevity testing.

Do Some Research

When researching the material for your new roof be sure to about any warranties and find out as much information as possible about the material. The National Roofing Contractors Association will often send out product samples and will provide information such as brochures from the manufacturer. If you have any questions about the roofing materials or you would like a free quote for your new roof be sure to call ADCO Roofing today. We can help you get through the process of having a new roof installed.

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Waterproof Your Roof

Waterproof Your Roof

There are many things that go into the installation of a new roof. Quality products are an important part. If a storm hits your area you will know how important it is for your roof to be waterproof. The underlayment is a very important part of any roof. The roof is the first line of defense against the weather elements and needs to be able to protect the home. This includes protecting the home from water damage.

 What is the underlayment?

The underlayment is additional protection that is installed between the shingles and the roof deck. This will protect the roof from moisture and will keep the water off the deck. When the shingles are being installed the underlayment will also protect the roof from the rain. The water will run off instead of collecting on the roof.

When purchasing underlayment it is important to get something that is high quality. There are many types that come with a 30-year warranty. That is longer than the warranty on most shingles. We only work with trusted and proven brands.

  •  Easy Installation: we use extra wide 10 square rolls which allow for more than four times the coverage compared to other rolls of underlayment. This will help save you money and will save time on the installation of the new roof.
  •  Durable: The synthetic material that is used on the underlayment will reduce tears even if it is walked on. It will stay in place with high winds as well. It is sturdier than the felt underlayment. This means additional protection for your home.
  •  Slip Resistant: roofing work can be dangerous. This underlayment has high traction control and is slip resistant even when it is walked on. This will make for a safe working environment. A worker can walk on the roof and will not have to worry about slips due to the roofing material.
  •  Excellent Water Protection: compared to felt underlayment this synthetic underlayment offers protection from moisture. It is non-absorbent and has a water-shedding barrier. This will help keep the water off of your roof. This will reduce the chance of leaks and will give your home additional security and protection.

 Installation

We are a full-service roofing company and understand the importance of making your roof waterproof. Our professional teams use only high-quality products and are highly trained with years of experience. We install beautiful roofs and customer satisfaction is very important to use.

If you are in need of roof repair, replacement, or want to upgrade your roof be sure to give us a call today. We will come to your location and inspect your roof free of charge. Our estimators are professional and friendly. They will give you a free quote for the service that you need and will take pictures of the problem areas on the roof. They will also take the time to answer any questions that you may have. Thank you for considering using our services for your roofing project.

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How To Reduce Your Energy Bill With No Sacrifice

Lower Your Energy Bills

When you are a commercial property owner, it is understandable that you want to find one or more ways to lower your energy bills. After all, your heating and electricity payments take a big bite out of your monthly budget. But when you are searching for methods to reduce those bills significantly, do not fall prey to myths or out and out untruths about how to adapt to use less energy.

If you do not look at the many suggestions out there in an intelligent way and use your critical thinking skills, you may not only fail to reduce your heating and light bills, but you may also damage expensive appliances or run afoul of local rules and regulations. Let’s take a look at a few suggestions you may have considered following to rein in your monthly finances to see if you will reap the intended benefits.

Use Your Fireplace To Lower Your Heating Costs

When there was no central heating available it is certain that people used fireplaces to warm their dwellings. What you may not realize is that heating with a fireplace is generally not a very energy efficient way to accomplish that goal. In order for the fire to burn without loading the air around you with noxious gases and particulates, your flue and chimney system uses a flap called a damper to keep outdoor air flowing into the fireplace.

If the damper is closed, the smoke will not have an outlet — perhaps a situation you have experienced when starting a fire without checking that it is open. The cold air entering causes your HVAC system to work even harder and uses more fuel when you tend a fire in your fireplace. You may feel warm and toasty, but other areas are cold and your heat pump, furnace, or boiler kicks in more frequently to compensate. The result? A higher heat bill.

The Perfect Place For Your Freezer

Many people will try to convince you your freezer will operate better, and more cheaply, in a unheated garage. In addition to this making no sense at the height of summer when the freezer runs endlessly to block the heat, storing it in an unfinished and heated area has other problems.

The significant swings in temperature year-round mean your freezer is always working hard to stabilize the temperature for the items inside. You risk burning out the motor or damaging the coil when the temperatures are too extreme. It is best to keep your freezer in a cool area with fairly constant temperatures like your basement. It will last longer and the mechanical system will not cycle on and off which costs you more money.

Run Ceiling Fans 24/7

A ceiling fan is a great help to people gathered in the room within which it is operating. Its cooling effect is based on evaporating moisture from your skin, making you feel much more comfortable. When no one is in the room, however that effect disappears. If you run a fan constantly in an unoccupied room the temperature will not be affected and will do nothing to help cool areas. So, turn the fan off until you enter the room. This will reduce energy use and focus the energy you do use to a time and situation where the fan will actually do its job of making you and others feel cooler.

Setting Thermostats Higher For Faster Heating

If you raise the temperature setting on your thermostat higher than a comfortable level you will not heat your building faster. All you will accomplish is requiring the furnace or other heat sources to run constantly, using more energy. Set it to a comfort level you prefer, and consider a timer so the heating level you need rather than trying to compensate.

To Plug Or Unplug

When your electronics are in their “off” mode they can still be using a trickle of power. This phenomenon is known as standby power, and when allowed to continue over days, weeks, and months raises your overall energy costs. Unplug rather than shut off electronics to ensure that you are not increasing your costs.

To Remain On Or Turn Off

A similar conundrum occurs when you reason that keeping your computer or other electronics on is more energy efficient than rebooting it every time you want to use it. The “re-entry” into operational mode is much less of an energy drag than in the past, so you will actually save electricity, and money if you turn your computer off between uses.

HVAC Systems Work Best When Vents Are Closed — Or Open?

Closing a vent in the hop the room affected will not be heated or cooled seems to make sense. Depending on how your HVAC system works, constantly managing vents will actually use more energy as the configuration works harder when the flow of air is blocked even in just one space.

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How to Get Your Building Ready For California Winter

How to Get Your Building Ready For California Winter

Winter in California means rain. While fall may not be over yet, it’s the perfect time to do some maintenance to ensure that everything is running properly before the rainy season. The weather can change pretty fast and you do not want to be caught unprepared. Here are some tips that will save you costly repairs and aggravation in the coming months.

Exterior Maintenance

Roof

Inspect your roof for missing, damaged, or loose shingles while cleaning. Check the area around air vents and the caulking around the chimney. A professional roofer can help with maintenance and recommend the necessary repairs.

Gutters

Gutters are important as they help drain water away from your house and roof. However, if they are clogged, they are more prone to cause issues. This could cause more blockage. Moreover, rainwater damages your building’s foundation or seep into your roof, leading to extensive damage. Have your gutters cleaned before winter hits.

Pipes

Cooler temperatures especially freezing could damage your pipes. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to spend thousands of dollars in repair. Let faucets drips to provide relief for your pipes. If you have pipes exposed, wrap them with insulation material like fiberglass sleeves or foam rubber for pipes. These are easy to install and will only take you a few minutes. Also, caulk any holes or cracks that may expose your pipes to cold air. If you’ve previously dealt with broken pipes, it’s best to call in a professional.

Interior Maintenance

Thermostat

If you’ve not invested in a programmable thermostat, this would be the best time to do so, for those who already own one, check the settings. Remember that setting the thermostat to low temperature when you’re away can have a dramatic effect on your savings.

Air Conditioner

You will likely not require your AC during winter but who knows in Southern California? If you are not planning to use it, have your AC covered. Remove window air conditioners or have them covered to prevent air leaks.

Furnace

You’re likely to need your furnace more during winter. It is essential to have your furnace inspected. Have the filter changed and checked for heating efficiency. At this point, it’s also critical to have your chimney examined by a professional, an expert can help sweep the chimney to help prevent carbon monoxide and chimney fires from building up and getting into your building.

Water Heater

A water heater comes in handy when you need to chase off the cold. While you may be tempted to keep it too hot, ensure that it’s set at below 125 degrees. Ensure that the heater is efficiently working by removing any accumulated sediment.

Windows and Doors

Doors and windows are prone to air leaks. Check for drafts around the edges of doors and windows by using a lighted candle. If you notice some flickering, there’s a high chance of there being a draft. Insulated or heavy drapery may be ideal for drafty windows.

Safety Devices

Carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors should be kept in top condition during winter. Test them to ensure that they are working properly. Winterizing your building is a small price to pay, particularly if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars in repairs. The above tips will give you an idea on ways to winter-proof your commercial building this season.

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Plan Your Gutter Maintenance Now

Plan Your Gutter Maintenance

 

Even when the change of seasons seems slight in many areas of California, paying attention to the calendar for routine repair and maintenance tasks is important. As winter comes your roof and gutters deserve a closer look. Ensuring that the rain during winter has a clear pathway is key to protecting your building from water damage.

Clean gutters and downspouts will guide water off your roof and along prescribed patterns that ensure keeping your building dry. Overflowing gutters and clogged downspouts are not just simple annoyances, they actually impair the ability of the protective coverings to do their work.

Roofs, siding, stucco, brick, and the cinderblock or concrete of a foundation are intended to keep unwanted substances, particularly water, out. Without proper maintenance at the points where water meets your building’s structure, a series of grave catastrophes can occur. Here are your risks when proper and regular gutter maintenance is neglected:

Roof Components Fail

If the water pushes back up under the shingles or shakes that comprise the protective covering, there are going to be significant problems. All parts of the roofing system have their role, and the job gutters and downspouts are assigned to move the water from the edge of the roof to its ultimate destination many feet from the foundation.

Water that has nowhere to flow because leaves and other debris and residue block its way has to go somewhere. As the water pools up in the choked gutters that place becomes under the roofing materials and into your building. Primarily decorative elements like soffits and fascia board to provide an anchor for the gutters and downspouts, but if they also become waterlogged they will disintegrate and the gutters will loosen and even fall off the roof’s edge.

Leaves, sticks, and animal droppings make it impossible for any water flowing in the gutters to exit the area via downspouts. The entire blueprint of gutters and drains requires that there be no obstacles to the flow of rainwater. It is just like the problem of a clogged up sink, with water going everywhere but the intended route.

Microbial And Algae Growth

Stagnant water becomes home to some pretty damaging substances when gutters and drains are blocked. Algae blooms and can cause significant damage to the gutter hardware itself and makes its way inside your house under the shingles and along the waterlogged flashing.

When water gets into the building there becomes a real and present danger of mold growth. Mold spores are always present in both the indoor and outdoor environments. Water activates the spores through absorption. All the mold needs to grow and multiply further is an organic surface.

Soffits, fascia, roof decking, and many siding materials provide this growing area and food source for mold. Once the water makes its way inside, wood framing, drywall, wallpaper, ceiling tiles, insulation, carpeting, and much more familiar surfaces fit the bill.

Mold damages building materials, it also produces airborne substances that can adversely affect the health of susceptible people, including those who suffer from asthma, allergies, and immunity challenges. It does not require light, so it can grow undetected in between walls, under floors, within insulation, and a wide range of other places.

Foundation And Landscaping Damage

Runoff from your roof must be diverted away from the foundation, which is an essential purpose of your gutter and drainage system. When sheets of water pound the ground instead of flowing several feet away, the moisture often enters crawl spaces and foundations, weakening the structure of your building. Damage to storage areas and HVAC or plumbing systems are also possible.

Any landscaping done near can be destroyed in one storm if the gutters and downspouts are clogged. Waterfalls smash plantings and erode mulch or other protective ground coverings. Lawns turn to mud, and pavement can be undermined.

Take the time to plan and follow through with gutter and downspout cleaning before winter arrives in California. You avoid many pressing issues that could damage your commercial building and imperil your health.

Think about hiring a reliable gutter cleaner, and ask about permanent solutions to leaf and other litter, like protective coverings. A little planning goes a long way to maintaining this critical configuration intended to shield your building from water damage.

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10 Most Common Rooftop Safety Hazards

10 Most Common Rooftop Safety Hazards

It is everyone’s responsibility to look after their own health and safety and that of others when they are working on a roofing project. Making sure that you are aware of any potential hazards is a good place to start as once you know that these hazards are then you can start to think of ways to avoid them. Here are the 10 most common rooftop safety hazards:

Stability Of The Roof

If the roof is unstable then there may be risk of collapse under a persons weight. The roof should always be checked before more than one person goes up there.

Placement Of The Ladder

Most roofing accidents occur because the placement of the ladder is incorrect. The feet should always be secure and the top of the ladder should be tied to the roof if practical.

Weather Conditions

Shingles on a roof can become slippery if it has been snowing or raining and this can make falls more likely. Snow can also add extra weight to the roof. If the roof is too wet then any work should be postponed until the weather conditions have improved.

Holes In The Roof

The roof should always be checked for skylights that have not been covered up or holes of any other kind. Falling through the hole in the roof could cause serious injury and is something that can be easily avoided by carrying out a few simple checks.

Losing Awareness Of The Edge

It is easier than you think to lose awareness of where you are in the roof and falling from the edge can lead to fatalities. Even the most experienced roofers can lose track of where they are on the roof and find themselves stepping too close to the edge on occasion and so it is important to take a moment every now and again to stop and think about exactly where you are.

Improper Training

The training that you undergo before you start working on roofing jobs will teach you all you need to know about staying safe when you are working on a roof. If the training has not been up to standard then it may be harder to keep yourself safe as there may be important safety elements that you have not been taught and are therefore unaware of.

Improper Use Of Equipment

You will need safety equipment before you go up on the roof to help protecting you but you will not get the benefits of this protection if the equipment is not used properly. Common mistakes that are made when using safety equipment include the lanyard being too long and the tie off point being too weak.

Poor Line Of Sight

There are many things that can block your sight when you are on a roof such as chimneys, ridge vents, and even other workers. Maintaining a good line of sight is important so that you know where you are in relation to the edge of the roof and so you can see any other potential hazards that may be on the roof.

Pitch Of The Roof

Greater care will need to be taken on roofs with a steeper pitch as you will be more likely to fall on a roof like this than you would on a flat roof. There is also more danger from falling shingles on a sloped roof so you will want to make sure that all shingle bundles are properly secured.

Split Level Roofing

Split level roofing brings more safety concerns because it is possible that the highest point of the house is further off the ground than on a single level home. There is also a greater chance of falling from the side of the roof as these areas are unlikely to have any kind of barrier that could prevent the fall.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) needed whenever you work on a roof and it is vital that this is used correctly. If an accident did occur and there was a problem with the protective equipment then the consequences of this accident are likely to be more severe. If you are unsure about how to use any piece of PPE then you should ask someone to help you. PPE is there to help you but you also need to take some responsibility for your own safety.

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Why Should You Stop Purchasing Roof Warranties?

Why should you stop purchasing roof warranties

When it comes to roof warranty, its length does not actually indicate its value or coverage. If you really want to have the best protection for your roof, you just need two things; the right contractor and to really taking care of your roof. Understand that a manufacturer’s warranty is always written by attorneys, with the goal of actually protecting the interest of the manufacturers and to actually reduce costs during the coverage period. You should not, however, view the warranties as useless. They are quite important and will come in handy. Make sure you have a representative survey your roof and verify whether the manufacturer of roofing materials can issue a warranty you want for the job before you actually sign a contract to replace, construct, or restore your roof.

A roof warranty is not your best protection

When it comes to comes to your roof, your actual best protection is hiring a roofing contractor with the following qualities; licensed, insured, bonded, reputable, and experienced. This will ensure you get the best roof from a contractor who is approved to install and issue a warranty for any roof work done. You should also protect your roof by investing in proper roof cleaning and maintenance at least every year. This will really minimize roof damages and leaks, really maximizing your roof’s useful life.

Manufacturer warranty duration is not directly related to its value

Because a manufacturer is providing more years of coverage does not mean that they are producing the right service. Do not consider the length of the warranty as an indication of actual value in deciding which solution or contractor to use. A good example is you could decide to go for a three-coat restoration system for protecting your roof instead of the four ply asphalt roof replacement due to the length of warranty when in real essence the latter is the best option but with a slightly lower duration of the warranty. It may have a shorter duration but has surprising double or more useful life compared to the three coat restoration coating system which has a longer warranty duration.

What exactly a manufacturer warranty covers

If the manufacturer and installing contractor are paid in full, then the materials used for roofing deteriorate before the duration of warranty, then the manufacturer is responsible to fix immediate roof leakages. The damage should not be due to neglect, alteration, poor maintenance and alterations, you should also have hired an approved contractor for proper roof maintenance yearly.

Remember a warranty and insurance policy is not the same thing

When it comes to roof warranties there are usually no guarantees. You are never assured that if problems do occur you are fully covered, or damages will be fixed at no expense for you. You can also not recover any damages to you building structures, time or loss of profits. The other critical thing you should consider if you decide to take legal action is the fact that manufacturers are governed by county law and restrictions. You will be forced to work through the local courts.

The warranty claim process

If you need to claim, you have to submit it in writing and within thirty days once the leaking occurs. The manufacturer is given ninety days to actually inspect your claim. Should the problem not be covered by the warranty or you cancel your claim, then any fees you paid for processing or inspection is not refundable.

Workmanship warranty

Is usually issued by your installing contractor and covers a duration of between two to five years. If you install, recover or replace your roof system and have any issues they will fix it for free. We actually provide workmanship warranty and will even assist you with a claim to have the material manufacturer fix the roof. In case the cause is not covered by the manufacturer warranty we will scope the work and price it for you correctly. Do not trust any workmanship warranty that lasts more than five years, it is always not real and probably just workmanship incompetence.

Importance of roof cleaning and maintenance

You should perform regular cleaning and maintenance to prevent leaks, ensure proper drainage, and extend your roof’s life. It is advisable to perform it yearly, it is not a guarantee you will not have any problems like leaks but covers you from natural roof leaks. Always consider hiring a credible and experienced roof maintenance contractor for excellent services.

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Why Are Commercial Roofs Typically Flat?

Why commercial roofs typically flat

When you take a look at most of the roofs all over Los Angeles, including other parts of the country, you will realize one thing: most commercial roofs are flat. So the question is, why are the majority of buildings, be it hospitals, schools, factories, schools and other buildings have flat roofs? And why is it that their roofing system is not peaked or sloped just like residential houses? If your answer to this question was the price, then you only have part of the answer, while the other part remains unanswered.

Commercial roofs that are flat are considered to be cost-effective

As a matter of fact, the most important factor when it comes to the designing and construction of commercial premises is what budget you’re dealing with. Actually, all commercial buildings tend to have large (if not huge) footprints. In other terms, flat commercial roofs are considered to be cheaper when it comes to installation, as they need less materials. On the contrary, roof designs that are sloped or peaked are a more complicated and will need more investment because of the additional framing to be done.

Commercial buildings also need a good drainage system jut like residential houses do. The purpose of an excellent drainage system is to ensure that rain water is evacuated easily. Having all these factors in mind, the roof cost will definitely be high, but in most occasions, the installation of a flat roof that has a good drainage system will not be as expensive as other type of roofs.

But looking closely, not all commercial buildings have flat roofs. Viewing them at an angle, they appear to be flat, but they really have about a 2% slope. The purpose of the slope is for the water or snow that falls on the roof to slide down and to not accumulate. Otherwise, the extra weight on the roof may result in a costly damage.

Steep sloped roofs are not ideal for a majority of commercial roofs

When it comes to the part of the designing and construction of commercial building roofs, the building size matters a great deal. If you were to design a valley roof for an enormous building, the design will be in such a way that the peak would be very tall or you will need to put quite a number of valleys and peaks on the roof design. This will definitely be unrealistic on such large buildings. Apart from this, most cities in the world have different building codes, and some may regulate height limits of commercial buildings.

Commercial facilities need to effectively maximize the square footage so investing in a sloped roof would not be the best choice. It’s also not recommended from an aesthetic perspective. Imagine how Home Depot would look like with a sloped roof. It does not sound good, does it?

Room for equipment is needed in commercial roofs

Nearly all large commercial buildings need essential equipment, such as an HVAC system. To install such a big equipment outside the building or at the base floor is not acceptable by the law. One major reason as to why the law does not allow them to be installed there is because of the potential safety hazards, and also for security purposes.

Though the machinery is supposed to be located somewhere on the ground floor of the building, or in the basement, installing HVACs at the ground floor would be occupying useful space that could be used to do other things. Also, these equipment make a lot of noise which may be disturbing. In conclusion, the ideal roof for commercial buildings is the flat roof, as they allow ample space for the installation of equipment; be it an HVAC, or other machinery.

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Perfect Time For Preventative Maintenance On Commercial Roofs

Preventative Maintenance On Commercial Roofs

The only way you can be sure that your roof is doing its job all year long is to schedule periodic inspections which will lead to proper maintenance and repair. A great time to pencil in the needed inspection and maintenance is during the fall months. The hottest months of the year are gone, and you may experience lots of rain coming your way in Los Angeles. The roof is ready to reveal any weaknesses, structural damage, or other issues that may impair its performance as we move into winter.

Timing Your Roof’s Inspections

The roofing industry suggests that commercial roofs be evaluated twice yearly, and fall fits into that schedule very well. Your commercial roof has taken a beating over the hot summer months. The sun’s UV rays, winds and debris from trees and structures on the roof have taken their toll.

Fall is the time to investigate whether routine maintenance will take care of the problem of if a more intensive set of repairs needs to be done. Taking the time to complete these steps rewards you with a well-functioning roof that will last for many more years.

Consult A Professional

Best practices and outcomes indicate that you need to have an inspection completed by a licensed roof contractor in Los Angeles. Although you could give your roof a once-over visually, roofing experts are trained to look for the signs that indicate a roof is damaged, aging, or failing because of improper work earlier in its lifespan. Be sure the roofing company you engage is familiar with commercial roofing issues, which can be very different from residential roof problems. ADCO Roofing in Los Angeles has extensive experience with commercial and industrial roofing systems.

What To Expect

  • Interior Evaluation

Do not be surprised if the contractor starts the inspection inside your building. The best indicator of a failing roof is often found within workspaces, storage areas, and other areas of your business. What the inspector looks for is any indication that water has found a way inside. He or she will scan carefully for staining of walls and ceilings, buckling of floors, mold growth anywhere, and any standing water or puddling.

  • Exterior Evaluation

Once the interior has been viewed the roofing contractor will spend time on the roof itself. The waterproof membranes will be inspected foot by foot, looking for any obvious penetrations or more subtle signs of water incursion, liked pooling or sagging spots. The inspector will check all seams, flashings, and fasteners, mechanical or adhesive, for missing parts, improper application, or wear and tear.

The edge of the roof can show its age faster than other areas, so the inspector will take time to view it all around the building, looking for any breaks, notches, wear, or other damage that could be letting water enter the building.

If penetrations or worn areas are found the inspector will determine whether they need repair or a more major tear-out and replacement procedure. The biggest concern in the fall is to get your commercial roof ready for the cold and rain that is just over the horizon. Your roof protects the building’s insulation, and any waterlogging of that material means the insulation cannot do its job. Your premises will be harder and more expensive to heat, and the comfort of your staff, clients, or customers will be affected adversely.

  • Repairs And Cleaning

Once the issues are identified, a reputable commercial roofing contractor will make the repairs and complete the maintenance necessary. You want this done before the rainy season so that all is set and ready to go to get you through the winter into spring. A quality roofing contractor will also be certain to clear all debris from the top of your roof, either from the repairs and maintenance, or just the normal deposits from trees and structures in the area.

You will not be disappointed in the results of a carefully planned commercial roof evaluation. The peace of mind you receive is worth the expense, and you definitely will avoid major costs down the road if you arrange for this to be done regularly.

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How To Prepare Your Roof For Solar Panels?

How To Prepare Your Roof For Solar Panels

A solar roof may seem to be the answer to so many of your concerns. Over time it will save on your energy bills. Investing in solar energy also identifies businesses as committed to green energy solutions, which may attract the kinds of customers you seek. Building owners who install in solar panels likewise want energy savings and a way to make a sustainable difference in the way the building is warmed, cooled, and provides power to the many appliances, lights, and other electrically operated items.

In order to install and use solar paneling technology, you must be certain your roof is up to the challenge. Here are the most important concerns you must resolve before equipping a commercial building with solar panels.

Ensure Your Current Roof Can Manage The Load

A solar panel system is a weighty affair, with each panel imposing at least 40 pounds of extra weight upon your roof. The panels also require mounting hardware. To provide the power you need to operate your business or keep your building lit, cooled, and heated, you will need dozens of solar panels to be put in place.

The added weight will be considerable, and you cannot risk the damage done to your building if the panels are too much for the structure. You also must be certain that the present roofing configuration can accept the type of installation parameters your choice of solar panels imposes. An evaluation of whether the installation may impede your roof’s other functions, namely to keep the interior of your property dry and comfortable, is also necessary.

A licensed roofing contractor familiar with the codes and conditions in your location must be engaged to inspect your roof. Any problems concerning the load or the ability of your roof to both support the panels and protect can be identified, and a plan developed to respond to the issues, are exactly what an experienced roofing firm can provide to you.

Follow The Post-Inspection Plan

After the roofing contractor has evaluated your roof, work with them to begin repairs and improvements necessary to make the solar installation work well. Do not even think of moving forward with the solar panel installation until all the issues presented are resolved. The investment you are considering when placing a photo voltaic array upon you roof is both expensive and long term. Once the panels are in place you should expect them to last at least 25 years. You want the roof beneath them to be in good repair and sturdy enough to last as long as the panels.

Resist any thoughts of putting off repairs or ignoring what seems to be superficial damage. All damage must be found, a fix determined, and the proper steps taken to complete the repairs. If upgrades were suggested they, too, must be in place before the solar panels are installed. Keep in mind that 25 years of use is a minimum for the lifespan of solar panels. Often they still operate well and may give many more years of use. You want the roof to be in the same category.

You do not want to deal with the cost of dismantling and reinstalling the panels. A sound roof will avoid this, and you should do all in your power to make that happen.

Here Comes The Sun

To work appropriately, your solar panels must not have any barriers because of roofing materials, building protuberances, or shade from nearby buildings or trees. Make sure to work with both the company that will install the panels as well as a reputable roofing contractor to scan all areas of the roof to see where structures or other barriers will shield your panels from the sunlight. If you work with a competent solar panel installation company it is highly likely they have seen these problems before and had strategies to work around anything that blocks the rays of the sun from the panels. Let them suggest which of these fixes may work for your roof.

If any reconfiguration of the roofing landscape will help, a good contractor may be able to adapt things to make them work better. Once the sunshine streams in unimpeded you can begin to enjoy the benefits of solar panel clean energy generation.

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