There’s a lot of emphasis put on the physical properties of a single-ply membrane. This is true even though they seldom directly reflect the overall performance or design service life of the sheet. And all too often these properties are used as a weapon for competitive evaluation or marketing propaganda. But where do these physical properties and their subsequent standardization come from?
As the cooler weather of fall sets in, it’s a good time to remember that adhesives don’t respond well to cold temperatures. This may slow certain jobs or inhibit adhesive work early in the day, but the consequences of ignoring a manufacturer’s recommendations for application temperatures are severe.
Are you interested in learning more about the most current maintenance recommendations for the six major types of low-sloped roofing systems?
First and foremost, remember that you are the first line of defense when it comes to maintaining your roofing assets. With that being said, I would recommend someone on staff who knows what to look for when inspecting your roof and who also has the knowledge to make a temporary repair before the contractor or manufacturer gets there. But even before that, check with your warranty for the do’s and don’ts and be sure you have a clear understanding of your responsibilities.
The storm has passed and it’s now time to assess the damage.
The Initial Inspection
First, check your building’s envelope. If it’s damaged, you’ll likely need a temporary fix to protect your assets. This is especially true if there has been damage to the roofing system. But be careful when inspecting roof damage—damaged roofs can be very unstable.
While a hurricane may be an impressive sight from outer space, it can be a devastating event for those in its path on the ground.
When these storms are defined as being a Category 3 or higher on the Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale (SSHWS), they are considered a major hurricane or tropical cyclone. When we hear major storm system names like Sandy, Wilma or Andrew—and now Harvey and Irma— we’re reminded of the destruction these types of storm systems can inflict upon everything in their paths.
I began in roofing sales after working in FiberTite’s Marketing Department for 3 years. I’ve learned a lot along the way, and I believe I have some insights that might help anyone—whether they’re established in the industry or just getting started.
A number of innovative new products for installing commercial roofs were introduced at the Western States Roofing Expo in Las Vegas in June. While we didn’t see everything at the convention, a few things stood out as promising products that could help ease installation and reduce costs.
Here are some favorite new products and ideas we found and why they matter:
Roofing Contractor has published its ninth annual list of the top 100 contractors in the U.S. roofing industry.
In 2017, the top 100 roofing contractors demonstrated significant growth in year-over-year revenue for the industry. According to the publication, roofing contractors indicated the growth came from multiple factors, including an improved construction market, weather-related jobs and improved sales and marketing.
Repairing or replacing roofing is a major capital expense for any building owner. You want to ensure that you’re getting the best roof for your environment, budget and other specific needs. With a vast array of roofing materials, contractors and designers in the industry, the choices can be overwhelming. That’s where a professional roof inspector can really help.
Professional roof inspectors can include roof consultants, knowledgeable roofing contractors, or manufacturers’ technical representatives. They specialize in roofing so they have deep experience that can help you avoid making bad decisions or blowing your budget. Here are some ways a professional can make a difference: