The Thickness Paradigm: How the Roofing Membrane Industry Got It Backwards

Posted by Steve Kuhel on Sep 14, 2020 12:30:01 PM

Any sufficiently advanced technology is equivalent to magic.

– Sir Arthur C. Clarke

The first computers were so large that warehouses were needed to store them. Car phones (yes there were car phones) were larger than the landline in someone’s home. Winter jackets were once so awkwardly large that skiers would rather freeze than wreck on the slopes. And as late as the early 2000s, “advanced” hard drives in PCs were larger than iPhones today.

But today in 2020, a nominal 36-mil KEE Membrane introduced in 1979 is higher performing and lasts longer than even the newest and thicker 60-mil, 80-mil or even 90-mil PVC’s or TPO’s in the harshest rooftop environments.

In most cases, technology evolves over time. In most industries, that evolution of products is driven by being economical around the space the product takes up … not value-engineering the product itself. The adage is: Because it is better, we made it thinner. It’s the natural evolution of technology. But not in commercial roofing, and there is a reason the best product (and subsequently the thinnest) was developed in 1977 and introduced in 1979 as FiberTite.

And this is the paradigm battle of today.

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The Architect’s Guide to Resiliency

Posted by Steve Kuhel on Jun 5, 2020 1:46:17 PM

Building owners rely on architects to bring their vision of the commercial space to life, design buildings to code and oversee project construction to ensure their vision is being realized. In this role as trusted advisor, an architect must understand the purpose of the structure as well as the importance of that purpose.

From an ownership perspective, the highest priority is a roofing system that is resilient in terms of being durable (regardless of circumstance) and long lasting —while also maintaining the delicate of balance of a budget appropriate life-cycle-cost for the system. In this article, we’ll explore the following topics:
What is resilient roofing?

  • What is resilient roofing?
  • How to talk to building owners
  • Protecting their investments
  • Design and color questions
  • The crucial role of trusted advisor
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Resilient Roofs: What They Are and Why They Are Important

Posted by Steve Kuhel on May 19, 2020 11:37:17 AM

Resiliency. It’s a term you’re likely to hear more and more these days as it pertains to businesses and building solutions. But now it’s time to ask the key questions:

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How a Resilient Roof Protects Against Food Contamination

Posted by Mario Ibanez on May 11, 2020 3:30:28 PM

The food processing industry is like no other. As such, it brings challenges not found elsewhere, especially when it comes to the facility’s roofing system. When contamination is not an option, food processing facilities need to protect their investments—now and for years to come.

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Why Very Severe Hail Is Important for Building Owners

Posted by Chris Meyer on Jan 31, 2020 1:58:30 PM

Your roof is your first line of defense against severe weather, especially Very Severe Hail. In 2017, a single hailstorm battered the city of Denver with tennis- and baseball-sized hailstones, resulting in $2.3 billion in losses, Colorado’s costliest natural disaster on record.  Choosing the right roof system could be the difference between shutting your business down or weathering the storm.

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Project Profile: Food Processing Facility in Ontario, Canada

Posted by John Francis on Jan 15, 2020 9:00:00 AM

A food manufacturing facility in Ontario, Canada, had a 6-year-old thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roof that was in drastic need of replacement. The roof of the facility was pushed to its limits with rooftop equipment, long snowy winters, and, most importantly, foot traffic from maintenance crews.

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Project Profile: Crown Coliseum

Posted by Terry Anderson on Jan 9, 2020 3:48:47 PM

Since its construction in 1997, the 10,880-seat Crown Coliseum has been the heart of entertainment in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Twenty-two years after its construction, its owners, the Cumberland County Civic Center Commission, needed to replace its original PVC membrane roof, which was showing signs of age and fading.

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What Is a Roof Cover Board and Why Is It Important?

Posted by Chris Meyer on Aug 21, 2019 10:20:48 AM

Installing a new roof system is an investment in the protection of your building, business, and people. It’s your goal to create a commercial roof system with the durability to stand up to mechanical, natural, and human-made wear and tear.

In this article, we will review what a roof cover board is, common types of roof cover boards, and the performance attributes they can bring to your roof system.

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Top 4 Considerations When Replacing Your Roof [Infographic]

Posted by FiberTite Roofing Representative on Aug 1, 2019 12:03:11 PM

Replacing a roof can feel like a daunting task, and with dozens of options between different materials, contractors and systems, the choices can feel overwhelming. Breaking down your priorities and understanding the pros and cons of various systems can make the choice much easier. 

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Commercial Roof Insulation: Why Is It Important?

Posted by Chris Meyer on Jul 24, 2019 8:47:39 AM

Membrane roofing systems are just that — systems. The membrane is critically important, but so are other components like fasteners, vapor barriers, and especially the insulation.

Designers and installers should not overlook proper commercial roof insulation because the right choice will save on energy costs and how it’s installed could affect the life of a roof.

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