In the education sector, providing students the opportunity to learn and grow is of utmost importance. Educators, superintendents, school boards and facility maintenance managers are obligated to ensure every student has access to a quality education. But in order to administer that quality education, your district must first have safe and structurally sound facilities.
The 32nd annual RCI International Convention and Trade Show will take place March 16–21, 2017 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. RCI, Inc. is an international nonprofit association of professionals who specialize in roofing, waterproofing and exterior wall specification and design. RCI members from all across North America attend this event, and the international presence grows each year.
Since 1979, I’ve been witnessing the amazing evolution of the commercial roof warranty. However, what once was a gesture of reliability between roofing contractor and building owner, has become a crutch that clouds what’s really important – the quality of your roofing system itself.
In the unfortunate – and rare – instance your roofing membrane becomes compromised, it’s crucial you have a game plan in place. And your game plan begins and ends with your roofing membrane’s warranty.
It’s important to read and understand the details contained within your roofing membrane warranty because all warranties are different. Additionally, most will require you to proactively maintain your roof by inspecting it twice a year (both in spring and fall), as well as after any major weather event.
Environmental experts say 2017 will be a year of exciting change and development in the sustainable roofing industry. More than ever, roofing manufacturers and building owners are looking to decrease their carbon footprint, reduce waste and harmful emissions and ultimately, save money in the long-run. In the roofing industry, these cost-saving, energy-efficient roofing systems are referred to as “cool” or “warm.” Traditional sustainable roofs market themselves based on pigmentation: “white” to reflect the sun, “black” to absorb heat and “blue” to capture and store water. Today, much of this has changed as manufacturers are altering coating formulas and the chemical makeup of the membranes to be more eco-friendly. Other than the membrane itself, sustainability processes can originate in the manufacturing and fabrication stages and trickle down all the way to final product installation. This is, however, independent of a manufacturer’s business model and operational processes.
When estimating the costs for a new roofing system, whether new construction or re-roof, there’s a saying that whomever makes the biggest mistake wins. Hence, the “bottom line” needs to factor in a number in intangibles. With different materials and techniques involved, hidden short- and long-term costs related to installation, maintenance, durability and warranties add up quickly.
The 2017 International Roofing Expo (IRE) will be held March 1–3, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. IRE is a great place to learn about new technology and interact with touch new products. The variety of exhibitors on display and extensive educational programs offered create outstanding opportunities to network and discover the latest trends and technological advances in the industry.
Looking forward, the commercial roofing industry is expecting a steady upswing in sales, product production and the skilled labor workforce. Roofing Contractor and FiberTite partnered together to outline where increases can be expected, ranging from the commercial roofing products themselves to the skilled labor workforce responsible for successful installations. Learn more about the specific details behind the current roofing sales outlook and the important data behind the positive predictions for the future in the following interactive infographic.
Periodically I get asked if FiberTite is a Class A membrane. When this happens I have to carefully provide a simple answer to address the question and explain the answer thoroughly. It can be a bit confusing for most people, especially since there is a belief that Underwriters Laboratories is the only one who can classify a roof. This post takes a closer look at the differences between the roofing classes and will help dispel the confusion between them.