Roofing can seem rather simple and straight forward. I mean it’s not like it's rocket science. Just show up, load your materials, and start doing the job, right? How difficult can it be? Not so fast. There are many variables that go into determining how to design and price a roof replacement. But how do you go about determining those variables. One of the most critical steps that help a roofing contractor or designer develop a roof design is the core cut.
While anyone stepping foot on a commercial roof should be generally aware of the hazards, there are a variety of scenarios that could happen, or could have already happened, while someone is up there. Ladder access points, roof hatch openings and skylights can all prove to be dangerous if a slip and fall occurs. So, what do you do to help eliminate or at least minimize these conditions? Here is a short list of some available options for each of the 3 main fall hazards while on a roof.
Many people pride themselves on finding the best product for the best deal possible. The problem comes when your knowledge of a product or trade is minimal and research is limited, such as roofing products. In this article we will cover some roofing components that are maybe not as highly stressed as the system itself but are basically as, if not more, important. As they say, the devil is in the details, and the details certainly are an important part of your roof as a whole.
Are you wondering just how much snow your roof can hold? Did you know that just 1 foot of snow can weigh anywhere from 3 lbs. to 21 lbs. per square foot? A building’s structure is only designed to hold a certain amount of load. So what actually happens when your roof gets too much weight on it and becomes over-stressed? How can you tell if you might be in an unsafe environment? Here is a quick list of a few indicators that you may need to move to a safer place.
Fully understanding a typical roof warranty can help you get the most out of your coverage. Most building owners or facility managers tend to focus on just the length of the warranty and never fully understand the ins and outs of what is and what is not covered leaving you open to some surprises later down the road. In this blog we answer the most frequently asked questions regarding typical roof warranties.
Roof replacements can be expensive. So why let your tenants choose who works on your roof? Even if this seems like a good way to reduce your responsibility it can just lead to a bigger headache down the road that will most definitely be your responsibility. Tenant contractors can end up costing YOU more than you might think. Here are 4 reasons to consider having a preferred roofer for your tenants to contact.
An ongoing roof leak can be a frustrating situation. I mean how hard can it really be for your roofer to find a roof leak? Sometimes it can be more difficult than you may think. Learn more about typical roof leak investigation, problems that make these roof leaks harder to find and tools roofers use to locate hard to find roof leaks.
When you are considering a new roof a ballasted roof system can seem like a good way to save money on the install but there are costly disadvantages to this sort of system. Repairs can present certain challenges and your roof has to be protected from what's holding it down in the first place. What can be even worse is when the ballast is removed from an area and not replaced. Check out our article and video on ballasted roof systems before you find yourself between a rock and a roof leak.
Two of the most important aspects of rubber roof repair and maintaining an EPDM roof system are the selection of the correct repair materials and the proper preparation of the area to be repaired. Using improper materials or methods to repair and maintain your EPDM roof system can lead to damages to the roof membrane as well as a reduced life expectancy and premature failure of the roof system. Learn how to make proper rubber roof repairs in our latest installment of D.I.Y.R.!
PVC roofing membrane isn’t actually all that new. It’s actually been around since the mid 1960s. So why haven’t I heard of PVC in roofing you ask? Great question! PVC, utilized heavily in roofing in Europe for years, is not as well known in the United States which comes down to a lack of product education to the consumer.There are a lot of great benefits that go along with installing PVC roof materials for your next roofing project. Learn more about the benefits of PVC roofing materials.