Both roofing systems and the structures they protect need to be resilient against numerous situations, including natural weather events like hurricanes. Hurricane Katrina brought disaster to the Gulf Coast, disaster that could have been minimized through the implementation of stronger building codes. Had stronger building codes been in place prior to the arrival of Hurricane Katrina, it is estimated that wind damage would have been reduced by 80%.
In a recent article, we discussed how KEE (Ketone Ester Ethylene) roofing membranes can increase a building’s performance. Not only do KEE membranes increase a building’s stability, but the energy efficiencies and overall lifetime costs are also improved. I encountered a case from this past winter that addresses how utilizing a KEE membrane in extreme weather situations impacts performance.
I admit that I am a bit biased when it comes to mechanically fastened versus adhered roofing systems. When I started with Seaman Corporation 32 years ago, mechanically fastened assemblies were favored in the industry. In contrast, over the past 15 years there has been an increase in specifying and installing adhered membrane roofing systems. This is not necessarily a negative, however, it is somewhat unexpected when you consider the history, understand the dynamics of the roof system’s actual performance, and compare it to the way performance is tested.
For the last eight years, Roofing Contractor has published a list identifying the top 100 contractors in the roofing industry across the nation. This year’s list is out and we’d like to send a special congratulations to the FiberTite contractors:
In Part 1 of our Due Diligence series, we discussed four overarching questions to ask before hiring a commercial roofer. The goal of this post is to dig into a deeper layer of questions such as:
- Who will be on my roof completing the physical assembly?
- How long has the crew been employees of the company?
- Does the contractor have a formal quality assurance-training program for installers?
- Does the roofing manufacturer support the contractor in quality assurance training?
- Last but not least, what about the lead personnel and foreman, is there a foreman-only training program specifically for them?
Hurricane season occurs between June 1st and November 30th every year. While not all hurricanes are as devastating as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy, hurricanes still leave a good amount of damage in their wake. This includes damage to roofing systems. These incredible wind events can tear roofing systems apart and take an incredible toll on both your building and your wallet. Luckily, there are several steps you can take before, during, and after a hurricane to help protect your roofing system.
As a facility manager or building owner, you want to take care of your employees and ensure they are working in a safe and comfortable environment. As a result, HVAC units are purchased and most commonly placed on the roof of your commercial building. However, the HVAC units, while beneficial, can cause roof problems if facility managers and building owners are not aware of potential dangers. By paying attention to the following risks you’ll be able to protect both your roofing system and employees from any hazards that may result from a faulty HVAC.
Wooster, OH (August 9, 2016) – On June 27, 2016 the ASTM International Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing recognized Jerry Beall, FiberTite Product and Technical Specialist at Seaman Corporation. He was the recipient of an award of recognition for his outstanding service and dedicated support to the Committee and Subcommittee D08.18.
More often than not, building owners or facility managers seek the assistance of a commercial roofer when installing a new roofing system. Not all commercial roofers are alike however. There can be serious financial implications if a low quality roofer is chosen for the job. So how do you ensure you are getting the best commercial roofer for your project? Start by asking the following questions.
Since the technology was reintroduced to the U.S. roofing market in the 2008 time frame, Induction Welded membrane attachment has continued to gain market share in the industry. Currently, the technology applies to an estimated 5% of the roofing market. Below, you will find an overview of the history of the technology, as well as some benefits of using an induction welded membrane attachment system.