3 Mistakes to Avoid When Considering a New Commercial Roof Design

We’re all bound to make mistakes – whether making a simple arts and crafts project or repairing something complex like a car engine. However, some mistakes can be costly, especially considering the scope of work, cost, and direct implications on people and material. For instance, many people are prone to making mistakes when installing or repairing commercial roofs. You may fail to work with industrial roofing experts or choose low-quality materials. Worse still, a lack of consultancy and expertise may lead to poor roofing designs, costing you money and time. But, when working with experts, you can access best-of-breed products for your commercial roof design and installation at a fraction of the cost. Here are common mistakes to avoid when considering a new commercial roof design. Dealing with water The first and foremost consideration is dealing with water. As a general rule, most manufacturers want 80% of water off the roof within 48 hours of a rain event. To make this happen, there are a few solutions: Consider installing tapered insulation. This will help create a slight pitch toward roof drains / gutters / scupper boxes. Increase the size of your drain sumps. Cut water reliefs into your existing roof system Install additional drains, if it is possible to install new plumbing inside your building. Add new scuppers and/or gutters to the edge of your […]

3 Preventive Care Steps to Take in Protecting Your Flat Roof

Flat roofs are very common on commercial and industrial roof systems due to their ability to maximize space inside a building. Despite their versatility and functionality, flat roofs are potential victims of bad weather, especially during the winter. A minor defect may not be problematic in good weather, but it could be catastrophic in bad weather. In many cases, flat roofs are out of sight, out of mind. As long as it doesn’t leak, many building owners and facilities managers won’t spend time or money on their flat roof. This allows minor problems, like clogged drains, loose rooftop panels and small surface scratches, to turn into major problems. As the old saying goes, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. In the case of industrial flat roofing, this is especially true, as a small amount of money spent on maintenance can prevent a far larger repair cost, restoration cost, or even replacement cost. We advise that you observe the following preventive steps in protecting your flat roof: 1. Complete a general roof inspection. The first step of any maintenance program is completing a general walk around of the roof. Check for roof damage, such as slits, slices and openings. Look for loose rooftop doors / hatches and other areas that may create damage down the road. If something looks problematic, take care […]

How to Prepare for a Factory or Production Facility Roofing Project

A factory roofing project is a heavy investment that requires careful planning and thorough preparations. An industrial roofing company understands that installing, repairing, or maintaining a factory’s roofing is time-consuming, expensive, and potentially detrimental to production systems. Below we look at how to prepare yourself for a factory roofing project: 1. Prepare for noise Industrial roofing companies strive to keep the noise as low as possible during roof installation and maintenance work. However, roofing contractors cannot avoid the noise during production days, especially if the project involves a roof tear off. It’s advisable to send out memos to different departments and request employees to prepare themselves for upcoming roofing projects. Oftentimes, if people are aware of the disruption and the rough duration of the project, its makes the disruptions easier to get thorough. Especially if they know there won’t be roof leaks at the end of the project! 2. Reputable contractor A reputable industrial roofing company strives to deliver quality and trouble-free roofing work. They will collaborate from inception to completion and guide you through all the steps of a commercial roofing project. Professional contractors have the potential to deliver beyond expectations. Leveraging professional contractors gives you access to warranties, adding an extra layer of protection to your commercial roofing. 3. Interior Protection Interior protection is very important, especially if the structural decking is exposed. […]

How PVC Has Changed Over Time

You’re bound to bump into polyvinyl chloride PVC, whether you’re seated at home, working in the office, driving down the road, or relaxing on the field. Encountering something made-up of polyvinyl chloride is not unusual because plastic products are a “normal” part of our lives. As seasoned providers of polyvinyl chloride roofing materials, we know the history and trajectory of PVC compounds. In this article, we highlight fundamental changes in PVC history: 1. Large Scale Production – 1920s Friedrich Heinrich patented PVC in the early 1900s, although research, experiments, and discoveries around PVC and PVC compounds began centuries before Heinrich. By the mid-1920s, American inventor Waldo Semon improvised PVC compounds for commercial utility products. He molded heels, water tanks, and golf balls purely from PVC compounds. 2. PVC Incorporated into Textile – 1930s PVC found its way into many materials once manufacturers and inventors uncovered its potent cocktail. PVC entry into textile was first experimented with using products such as raincoats and shower curtains. These initial experiments equipped people for domestic maintenance, climatic patterns, and weather changes. 3. Vinyl Records – Mid-20th Century Vinyl records ushered in a period of musical creativity. In the mid-20th century, vinyl products proved flexible, desirable, and durable for many applications. This allowed music producers to play music using vinyl-made discs. Even today, there’s a collection of vinyl records to preserve this […]

Modified Bitumen (Mod-Bit) Roofing, Explained

Modified Bitumen (MB) roofing is an asphalt-based roofing system closely related to the Built-Up Roofing (BUR) design. This roofing material is suitable for buildings with low-scope or flat roofing. MB roofing originated in Europe in the mid-1960s and was adopted widely as a commercial roofing material across the US. Engineered MB roofing material is popular because it performs optimally in harsh conditions, including cold weather. Mod-bit roofing consolidates into typically three to five layers of roofing components, making it one of the most trusted and durable flat roofing systems. The elements making up the modified bitumen roofing system include: Insulation. This feature provides thermal resistance or the “R” value for temperature stability. It also provides a solid surface for the new roof system to be installed over.  Modified Base Sheets. Base sheets are critical foundations for flat roofs; cap sheets offer redundancy when other layers develop a support problem. This is the first ply installed. Modified Bitumen Mid Ply Sheets. These are factory-fabricated sheet membranes composed of co-polymers reinforced with fiberglass or polyester. These are typically installed on plys 2-4 Modified Cap Sheet. The top sheet that is typically installed with granules. This sheet provides weathering resistance or UV protection. This is the top ply installed, and what most people see what they look at a modified roof. What makes mod-bit roofing a suitable roofing […]

What You Need to Know About Flat Roof Designs

Flat roofs are among the most common and versatile types of roofs globally. While they are not the most glamorous and enchanting option, they have unique advantages. It’s important to note that flat roofs require special attention, care, and handling. Flat roofs differ from their contemporary counterparts in more than outward appearance. Costs, materials, and versatility benefits are distinct capabilities of flat roofs. So, if you’re a commercial building owner or a private real estate developer, you will most likely have to deal with flat roofs firsthand.Here’s what you need to know about flat roof designs: 1. Cost The cost of a flat roof system can vary dramatically. If you need to complete a full tear off, you also need to install code-compliant insulation, which can add dramatically to the cost. There are also big cost differences between the products available (TPO, EPDM, PVC) and how they are installed (Fastened, adhered, etc). Make sure you do your homework and know what you are getting before approving a proposal. 2. Maintenance On a flat roof system, maintenance is very important. Clogged roof drains and minor defects can create big problems down the road. It is very important to walk your roof at least once a year, clearing vegetation and checking for defects. An annual maintenance program can go a long way in making sure your roof […]

How Heat Welding Works On TPO/PVC Membrane

Single-ply roofing materials have become one of the most popular roofing for many reasons: flexibility, durability, lightweight, ease of installation, ease of maintenance, and energy efficiency. The single-ply roof membranes are classified as thermoplastic materials. One of the most important benefits of thermoplastic materials is the ability to heat weld seams together into permanent seams. So, let’s dive right in on how heat welding works on TPO/PVC membranes. In heat welding on TPO/PVC membrane, heat sealing joins thermoplastic films that typically range from 36 mills to 80 mills, depending on the membrane and manufacturer. On TPO/PVC roof systems, heat welding is completed using hot-air welding. This is typically done using a handheld tool or an automatic computerized machine.  The automatic computerized machine, which is commonly known as a “robot” or “dog”, is used on field seams and areas that are more wide open. This machine is larger, so it can’t fit in tight spaces, such as under rooftop units or around congested spaces.  The handheld welder is used on areas that are too small to fit the larger automatic welder, for example, on rooftop units, vent pipes, and congested spaces. They can also be used on “Start / Stop” locations, which is where the automatic welder begins and finishes its welding process. Key Factors of Heat Welding on TPO/PVC Membrane While solvent welding is a […]

How Does Heat Welding Work

Heat welding is a fabrication process whereby two or more parts fuse using heat, pressure, or both, forming a joint as the parts cool. Heat welding is mainly used on metals and thermoplastics but can be used on wood. The completed welded joint is referred to as a weldment. Some materials in heat welding require the use of specific techniques and processes. Many materials are considered unweldable, a term that’s descriptive and useful in engineering. The parts that are joined together during heat welding are known as parent materials. The material added to form the joint is called consumable or filler. These materials may see them referred to as parent plate, filler, pipe, or consumable electrode (for arc welding). The main steps of heat welding include: Safety. The first step to consider while using any welder is safety. Not only is the electricity required for heat welding extremely hot, but it also generates dangerous UV rays that can damage your eyes if looked at directly. Gathering the necessary tools. Before you start welding, you’ll need to make sure you have all the tools required for the project at hand. The most common welding tools include safety glasses, welding masks, leather jackets, gloves, ear protection, pliers, wire brush, and chipping hammers. Cleaning your metal. Although FCAW is a process that gets away with welding dirty metal, […]

Benefits of EPDM “Rubber” Roofing

EPDM, also called Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer, is a popular roofing material commonly used in commercial roofing. This single-ply membrane, or simply “rubber roofing,” has been used in low-slope roofing applications for decades, thus protecting residential and commercial structures. Why is EPDM roofing popular, and why should you consider it? Experts in commercial and residential roofing share the benefits of EPDM rubber roofing: 1. Affordability Typical EPDM roofing material is cheaper compared to other commercial and residential roofing materials such as Metal, PVC, Modified and Built Up Roofing. As a single-ply material, it is easy to install, thus lowering installation costs. In addition, the material can sometimes be recycled for new EPDM roofing. 2. Maintenance EPDM requires little maintenance compared to other roofing materials. After it is installed, a once a year walk through to check the roof and keep the drains, scuppers and gutter clean is all you really need. As with any roof system, scheduling a maintenance regimen can prolong its lifespan. 3. Eco-friendly Non-reinforced EPDM membranes can sometimes be recycled. Ballasted EPDM roof systems are the most ideal, since there are no adhesives on them to interfere with the recycling process. Recycled EPDM can be used in a variety of other rubber products, like playground rubber mulch, yoga matts, and a variety of other products. This makes it one of the most […]