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.
With the need for sustainable energy ever growing, some people turn to solar panels as a potential solution. The overall impact of these solar array systems needs to be taken into consideration; this includes more than just potential cost savings. If the proper steps are not taken, solar panels can negatively impact the performance of your roofing system as well as your wallet.
The purpose of any roof system is to keep water out of and divert it away from the building. Seems like a simple enough task but it is far from easy. But sometimes roofs leak, and they leak for numerous reasons and for the most part, the least of all are the materials. I have found the occasional arrow and bullet hole in the membrane but the following are the six most common causes of roof leaks.
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 discussed the three biggest roofing concerns for food processing facilities. Today, we're talking about data centers and the importance of the right roof structure.
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.