Beneath the Surface: The Importance of Your Roofing Insulation

Human beings have been insulating the roofs of their dwellings for thousands of years: This charming house is Iceland is insulated with a traditional thatched roof of straw and reeds, a country where turf roofs date back to the 9th century. Insulation for roofing has evolved over its history, though its fundamental purposes remains the same: To keep the heat inside a structure, and, when the summer sun shines, the coolness. For industrial structures, roofing insulation is big deal: • Owners of commercial buildings in America, as a group, save more than 9.6 billion dollars a year, in energy costs, by insulating their buildings, including their roofs. This is 3 times the amount – 3 billion – that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and his wife have donated to “cure all disease.” • And it is not only money that is saved, insulation in commercial buildings saves energy –by 12 quadrillion BTUs – yes, that is a huge number, and is equal to about 15% of all of the energy used in our country every year. For those of us living in the northeast of our country that sprawls across 6 climate zones, meaning our commercial roofs must stand up to snow, sleet, hail and sun, we should know that: • Choosing the right insulation for our commercial roofs is best done in consultation with local […]

5 Signs That Your Roof May Have Sustained Water Damage

Your roof is an extraordinarily important part of your home or business: When you stand in front of your living room, or conference room, hands on your hips, marveling at the torrential rain that is falling to the earth, your roof is protecting your building. Just as it should be. Or is it? Some of us monitor the health of our roofs regularly, making sure that all is well above our heads, and some of us, well, we just ignore our roofs, assuming that everything is going alright. Your roof may be suffering as you live your days oblivious to its condition. And should your roof ever become so unhealthy as to allow water to flow through it, causing your ceilings to crumble here and there, your friendly neighbor insurance company may not cover the costs of repairing the damage. As a homeowner or business owner, it is your responsibility to maintain your roof, including checking it for water damage. Here are 5 signs that your roof may not be feeling very well: ONEDo you know where your shingles are? If a shingle, and a few of its friends, have flown away with a great gust of wind, you should have them replaced as soon as you possibly can. Without a shingle, a small part of your roof is exposed to the elements, which could […]

Roof Snow Removal: Don’t Risk It

Sparkling snow on a country field, perfectly unmarked, is a beautiful thing, and should you cross-country ski in a park like Chatfield Hollow in Connecticut, you will be left in awe of how winter transforms forests into magical places. But what about the snow that sits on your roof, making you uneasy as you squint in the sunlight, staring up at it – should you remove it? What do the experts say? Buildings are structurally designed to handle a certain amount of ice and snow.The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has published a Snow Load Safety Guide, which you can read here. As FEMA points out, most buildings are perfectly safe when there is snow on their roofs; they are structurally designed to put up with a certain amount of snow and ice. The amount of snow that each building is designed to hold varies from state to state, town to town. Massachusetts building code currently requires the following for each town: Read Here. Section 1608.2 states that ground snow loads are used to determine snow loads for roofs. As a result, look for “Pg” in the Table 1604.11. Please keep in mind that these are based on today’s 8th edition building code. The requirements were likely different when your building was built. You would not be safe up there Climbing up on a roof […]