4 Vital Steps of a Comprehensive Roof Maintenance Program

Posted by Dave Shultz on Oct 26, 2016 10:35:16 AM

For anyone that wants to extend the life of their commercial roofing system, the first step is to establish an inspection plan. By performing regular roof inspections, you can detect problems early, allowing you to minimize repairs and prevent premature failure.

However, before you establish your inspection plan, there are two key factors you need to keep in mind, your environment & climate and the status of your roof.

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How to Prepare Your Commercial Roof for Winter Weather

Posted by Nick Kesslering on Oct 19, 2016 8:12:40 AM

Winter is coming which means you will want to do a few basic maintenance tasks in order to keep your commercial roof safe and leak-free during the cold weather months. The cycle of going through very hot summers and cold winters is especially hard on a commercial roofing system. As a result, it is recommended that roofing systems are inspected twice a year, generally in the fall and again in the spring.

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Overcoming the Challenges of Roofing Sales

Posted by Terry Anderson on Oct 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

When it comes to roofing sales, there are many challenges one must overcome to be successful. Generally, people do not trust roofers and they unfortunately trust salespeople even less. This means that you as a roofing contractor already have two strikes against you when approaching a prospect. The third strike typically follows soon after as people tend to sell by showing customers exactly what they have and then hoping something will stick.

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Congress Continues to Develop Standards Regarding High Wind Events

Posted by Ralph Raulie on Sep 28, 2016 8:53:00 AM

High wind events are inevitable occurrences. However, it is common for people to underestimate the true impact of these events unless they have experienced one first hand. The reality is wind events cause a significant amount of damage to both property and life every year. As a result, politicians on both sides of the aisle continue to push for improved and defined construction standards tailored specifically to protecting the lives of the public when a wind event occurs.

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The Importance of Building and Roof Resiliency

Posted by Ralph Raulie on Sep 21, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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%.

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KEE Membranes' Inherent Strength Results in Superior Cold-Weather Performance

Posted by Roy Ahrens on Sep 15, 2016 11:14:35 AM

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.

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If You Can Screw It, Don’t Glue It

Posted by Jerry Beall on Sep 7, 2016 9:35:24 AM

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.

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Roofing Contractor’s 2016 Top 100 Roofing Contractors

Posted by FiberTite on Aug 31, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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:

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Due Diligence Part 2: The Necessity of a Good Foreman for Your Commercial Roof

Posted by Gary Pelton on Aug 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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?
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Preparing Your Roofing System for Hurricane Season

Posted by Gary Pelton on Aug 17, 2016 8:25:34 AM

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.

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