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 […]

Adding On or Renovating Your Commercial Property? Consider Upgrading Your Roof

The average roof will last 15 to 30 years in the United States. However, if you own a commercial building, you should not take anything for granted. It would be best to regularly inspect your roof and take proactive steps in renovating and upgrading your roof before problems develop. Here are three ideas on renovating or upgrading your roof to save money and improve the aesthetics of your commercial property. Related: EPDM Warranties Explained (And Why It’s So Popular) EPDM Over 50% of American buildings have mild to serious mold infiltration problems. Many people think leaky pipes cause expensive, façade damaging and health-endangering mold problems but sometimes, mold can infiltrate your building from the top. It would not take a lot of water infiltration via the roof for a mold problem to get out of control. Ethylene propylene diene monomer, more commonly known as EPDM, is a sheet material made of synthetic rubber. EPDM is used to line flat roofs and most commonly as the lining for artificial ponds because of its durability. EPDM lining is held in place with masonry pavers, ballast, glue, or fastening. It is a lightweight, relatively inexpensive material that offers enhanced insulation. As long as EPDM sheeting is installed expertly, leaks won’t be a commonplace occurrence. If your commercial property is located in a region with colder weather, then the […]

Four Signs Your Commercial Roof May Not Make it Through the Winter

Your commercial roof may not make it through the winter. It happens every winter when roofs collapse, spring leaks, or get damaged in a storm. Knowing the signs in advance will help you save the roof and save you money too. At Chaffee Roofing, we hear about roof problems every day. Our years of experience help us help our clients and prevent those problems from getting worse. We put some of the more common signs of these problems into a post, which should benefit all commercial roof owners. To help you know the signs that a commercial roof may not make it through the winter, take a look at the following points. Sagging across the roof Probably one of the more obvious signs is a sagging roof.  Get up on the roof and take a quick look around. If rainwater is gathering in pools, then you have a sagging roof problem. The deeper the pond, the bigger the problem. Sagging roofs can quickly develop into huge problems. Rain, snow, and hail can gather in pools and put a lot of extra weight on the roof structure. Your roof may collapse under the pressure, or you may get additional leaks around the building as the roof system stretches and expands beyond its design. The added weight of a heavy winter snowfall can be a disaster for […]

Four Benefits of Having Your Commercial Roof Inspected

The benefits of having your commercial roof inspected far outweigh the costs involved. Indeed most annual inspections cost very little, especially when you compare them to the cost of the problem. At Chaffee Roofing, we do plenty of annual commercial roof inspections. We recommend completing them on any roof because the benefits are so obvious. Sometimes clients are a bit skeptical, so we put a post together to help the skeptics see the way. As a reminder to inspect your commercial roof, let’s take a look at some of the following benefits. Detect leaks Leaks can happen anytime and anywhere. It does not matter how good the roofing material is; a bit of unexpected damage may let the rain or moisture leak through the roof. We sometimes see the results of a bad installation project. Maybe the wrong adhesive was used, or just poor working practices left gaps in the roof. A qualified, professional contractor is worth the money, so be careful with cheaper alternatives. An inspection will look for these problems. The commercial roof needs caring for and a bit of maintenance every year.  The smallest defects can cause the biggest problems. Find them before it is too late. How is the roof aging? A commercial roof will have a natural lifespan. If you care for it, the roof will reach its target and […]

Choosing The Longest Lasting Commercial Roofing For Harsh Winters

Winters are harsh on commercial roofing. All of that rain, sleet, snow, ice, and wind will do damage. Often business owners think their roof is strong until a night of wind and rain brings leaks and damp patches. The weight of heavy snowfall or a week of ice will cause its own problems. A harsh winter will expose weaknesses, often with devastating results. At Chaffee Roofing, we know the benefits of a long-lasting commercial roof. The type of roofing to come through the winter and withstand the toughest conditions is what you need. Let’s take a closer look at the best roofing for your building. TPO is one of the best roofing solutions for harsh winter problems. We supply EPDM, TPO, and PVC membrane roofing materials for commercial installs. All three products have their benefits, depending on the style of the roof. TPO is one of the best for harsh winters. It has many benefits, and for commercial roofs going through harsh winters, TPO covers all eventualities. Not shattering is one of the major benefits of any roof in a harsh winter. Instant, low temperatures can cause a roof to shatter, often overnight. This will not happen with TPO, and you can rest assured when the coldest nights come that your TPO roof will stay secure. Shrinking is another problem with cold and freezing conditions. […]

Types Of Commercial Roofing That Are Installed Over Your Old Roofing

Does your old commercial roof need replacing? Are you considering installing a new roof over the old one? Are you worried about choosing the right roof for your building?  We see projects where removing and disposing of the old roof is as big a job as installing the new one. The solution can lie in installing the new roofing over the existing one. There are types of commercial roofing systems that allow you to do this without any trouble. When done correctly, the finished roof is as strong and reliable as any new installation. Let’s take a closer look at the types of commercial roofing to install over your old roofing. TPO will install easily over the old roof TPO is one of those materials which fits easily over an old commercial roof.  The heat-welded seams do not leak, and the TPO does not shrink under the summer sun.  A significant advantage of TPO is puncture resistance. If you have a lot of foot traffic on your roof, then TPO is for your building. A team of qualified roofing technicians will install your new roof and leave you with a much-improved structure. Shingles can be difficult We often get calls from clients looking to replace a shingle roof. A major expense can be the removal and disposal of the old shingles. Yes, it is possible […]

Extending The Lifespan Of Your New Commercial Roof

How do you extend the lifespan of your new commercial roof? It is a very important question to ask when you make that big investment in improving your property. Get the answer right, and you will get the return you deserve, but get it wrong, and you are throwing money away. Based on its cost and importance, you should care for your commercial roof. A new roof is a new start in protecting your building and putting a lot of old problems behind you. Let’s take a look at how you can extend the lifespan of your commercial roof. Keep roof drains, gutters and scupper boxes clean A significant amount of people fail to keep leaves and debris out of water outlets. This causes drains, gutters, scupper boxes, and other water outlets to get clogged, causing a variety of problems. This can include damaging the underlying insulation, water running over counter-flashing details and into the building, or even water running off the side of the building, which wears down siding work, painting work, etc. Scheduling an annual cleaning from a roofing contractor can keep so many problems from developing. People always ask if they can do this themselves. With basic cleaning, the answer is typically yes if you are capable of doing so, but we can tell you from experience that 99% of people forget. […]