Cannabis Cultivation Facilities on the Rise in 2017

Posted by Dalton Ulm on Jan 23, 2017 3:00:00 PM

What does this mean for the roofing business?

Politics and social opinions aside, a business is a business. The cannabis cultivation industry is growing rapidly as the federal and state deregulation of medical marijuana increases every year. To date, 25 states including Washington D.C. have passed laws allowing the prescription-based use of medical marijuana. Accompanying the rise in legalization is the demand for construction and development of cultivation manufacturing facilities, distribution centers and testing labs. By 2020, the overall U.S. marijuana market is projected to exceed $22 billion, an evaluation that is expected to inflate tremendously in 2017. Due to the advancements in agricultural technology, cannabis can be grown indoors year round. Cultivation facilities are growing by the hundreds throughout the U.S. in order to service the demand of nearly 1.5 million prescribed medical marijuana patients.

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The 3 Biggest Concerns for Food Processing Facilities When it Comes to Roofing

Posted by Dalton Ulm on Jan 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Food processing and data center industries provide a huge demand for durable and reliable roofing systems.These industries face extensive threats when it comes to building maintenance, sanitation and safety—many of which can be prevented with the right roofing system and installment. In part one of this blog series, we discussed the 3 Reasons Why It’s Crucial to Have a Robust Roof on Data Centers.Today, we’re talking about food processing facilities and the importance of the right roof structure. With more than 35+ years of experience, FiberTite has proven that performance speaks for itself and has a reputation to back it up.

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3 Reasons Why it’s Crucial to Have a Robust Roof on Data Centers

Posted by Dalton Ulm on Jan 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Food processing and data center industries provide a huge demand for durable and reliable roofing systems. These industries face extensive threats when it comes to building maintenance, sanitation and safety—many of which can be prevented with the right roofing system and installment. In part two of this blog series, we discuss the Three Biggest Concerns for Food Processing Facilities When it Comes to Roofing. Today, we're talking about data centers and the importance of the right roof structure. With more than 35+ years of experience, FiberTite has proven that performance speaks for itself and has a reputation to back it up.

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5 Waterproofing Tips to Consider Before Starting Your Next Roofing Project

Posted by Scott Sellers on Jan 5, 2017 3:38:34 PM

Roof size, style, environmental requirements and even sustainability advantages—such as those delivered by green roofs—are all factors that should be taken into consideration prior to embarking on any roofing or waterproofing project. When you begin to plan for your next waterproofing project, you’ll likely think of a number of ways you can customize it and become overwhelmed by a seemingly endless list of details. Simply put, waterproofing systems must be designed and constructed properly to avert substantial risk and ensure the longevity of your project. Here are five waterproofing tips you should be thinking about prior to initiating your next roofing project.

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A Roofing Project’s Value Chain Is More Like a Value Tree

Posted by Jonathan Pierson on Dec 21, 2016 11:31:00 AM

After visiting a job site today I had an “aha” moment: Your contractor’s team of roofing professionals directly impacts all other parties that contribute to a roofing project. This means a roofing project’s value chain isn’t linear; its structure resembles something closer to that of a tree.

At the base of the structure, or the trunk, you have a group of highly qualified building professionals who provide support to the branches. In this scenario, the trunk consists of an architect, engineer or consultant—and in turn an on-site supervisor, foreman and crew—and the branches include main players like building owners, manufacturers and the quality products used, such as FiberTite systems and membranes.

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Staying Up to Date on Manufacturers’ Specifications

Posted by Josh Baus on Dec 7, 2016 8:52:46 AM

In today’s technologically advanced world, products that are being modified to meet consumers’ wants and needs are becoming widely available at an alarmingly fast rate. This increase in production and modification has affected manufacturing businesses and contractors alike. The rise in roofing products on the market requires manufacturers to set new additions or changes to the specifications of said products, followed by a change in implementation based on these set specifications on the contractor’s behalf. This growth in production has motivated contractors to stay updated on the influx of new manufacturers’ specifications and pre-approvals necessary to carry out an installation or project application.

At times, it can be difficult to stay informed on the specifications set by manufacturers with today’s fast-paced production environment. However, there are ways to ensure that pertinent information does not fall through the cracks.

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Turkey Vultures Takeover: Protecting Your Roofing System

Posted by Roy Ahrens on Nov 30, 2016 11:52:51 AM

At MRCA this year, a contractor asked, “why might vultures be on a roofing system pecking at it?” The popping and cracking sound from natural movement on any given roofing system could be a  signal for supper time to turkey vultures, or any type of bird for that matter. One Massachusetts school found 60 turkey vultures perched on its rooftop, which resulted in $10,000 worth of damages and many questions. We don’t know exactly what brought these vultures to this Massachusetts roof, but speculations can be made as to why they were pecking.

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The Green Roof Revolution

Posted by Rick Scruggs on Nov 23, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Why Green?

Going green has been a popular trend throughout the construction world in school systems, healthcare facilities and even the automobile industry. However, a more recent overarching movement that has made its way over from Europe is green or planted roofs. Besides the sustainability and environmental advantages of this roofing system, its design aids in water retention efforts, especially in older cities, by preventing runoff from infiltrating a sewer system at a dangerous rate and increasing overflow.

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KEE vs. EPDM: What You Need to Know

Posted by Matt Baragary on Nov 16, 2016 5:09:16 PM

With so many roofing solutions on the market promising the same results, it can be hard to make a well-informed decision regarding your specific roofing needs. Products like Ketone Ethylene Ester (KEE) and Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer (EPDM), although viable options, have very different durability standards, installation processes and life cycles. It’s important to keep the following distinctions in mind when considering a KEE or EPDM product for your next roofing project.

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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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