5 Common Signs Your Commercial Roof Needs a Repair

Most commercial roofing structures will last from fifteen to thirty years based on the quality and type of roofing installation. The most common types of commercial roofs include flat roofing, thermoplastic polyolefin, ethylene propylene diene monomer EPDM, polyvinyl chloride PVC, and modified bitumen Mod-Bit. So, depending on the roof that you want, you’re likely to come across one of these. Unfortunately, regardless of the roofing type, most commercial owners struggle to predict the right time to repair their roofs. So, whether you turn your gaze towards heaven or climb up your roof and check below, here are five common signs that your roof needs a repair; Holes, open seams or general openings in the roof are a sign that the roof needs to be repaired. Even if the roof isn’t actively leaking, it will likely leak soon. And, any opening where water can get into the roof system will cause your insulation and underlying roof components to get wet, causing larger problems down the road. If the insulation is buckled / curling, that is a sign that moisture is getting into the roof and/or your fasteners are not holding down the insulation properly. Since the entire roof system is one assembly, damaged insulation will eventually mean a damaged roof system. If you notice your edge metal on the outside is loose or missing, that is […]

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 […]

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, […]

Inspirational Frank Lloyd Wright – East Coast

Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings to work with the surrounding landscape, to be part of the local environment and to cause minimal impact. To say he inspires people today, nearly 60 years since his death, is beyond doubt and is no small measure due to his designs being well ahead of their time. Wright’s love of flat roofs is obvious in his work and is almost a signature touch in his building design. He worked mainly in the Mid-West and California, but his architecture also made its way to the East Coast, with many of his designs becoming finished buildings. Fortunately, there are still examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural delights to view today. Among the inspirational Frank Lloyd Wright buildings on the East Coast are: Crimson Beech-Staten Island Zimmerman House-Manchester, New Hampshire Rayward Shepherd House- New Canaan, Connecticut Theodore Baird Residence- Amherst, Massachusetts Let’s get a little inspiration by looking at each building in a bit more detail. Crimson Beech -Staten Island The only Frank Lloyd Wright residential dwelling in New York. Though not open to the public, passersby can still see his unique design and marvel at how the roof seems to work perfectly with the building it protects. The house is a pre-fabricated one, which was unusual on the East Coast at the time and was completed shortly before Wright’s death in […]

The Difference Between PVC And TPO Commercial Roofing

The Difference Between PVC And TPO Commercial Roofing We regularly get clients, both old and new, asking ‘what exactly is the difference between PVC and TPO commercial roofing?’ At Chaffee Roofing we like a good question and we like to give good answers too. All part of the service. On the surface TPO and PVC don’t look much different. They tend to be white and both are heat welded into place. There are some significant differences however, which may make an overall difference to you when deciding between the two. Let’s take a closer look at these two flat roofing membranes to see which will best suit your project. Where Do They Stand On Durability? The durability of any product should be an important factor in your decision making PVC is good on puncture resistance, depending on the thickness of the membrane. Clients find TPO to be excellent and TPO does not need to be as thick to be as puncture resistant as PVC. TPO does not shrink over time, but PVC can and this will cause many problems on a roofing job. Both products are resistant to chemical spillages but PVC would be a lot more durable than its rival. If you have a chemical outlet near or on your roof, or any food grease byproducts, PVC may be the better option. Any Differences […]

Commercial Structures Creating Vibrancy in Connecticut

Hartford is happening. And Chaffee Roofing is poised to see the differences as Hartford reinvents itself. Installing and repairing commercial roofs for over 100 years, Chaffee has won industrial accolades for its performance, including a nod from CertainTeed Saint-Gobain as a Gold Standard Contractor, and the Centurion Award for installing its 100th perfect 10 roof. As a roofing contractor specializing in flat commercial roofs in the northeastern United States, Chaffee Roofing salutes Hartford as it picks itself and dusts itself off. Historic buildings of charm and character that have sat empty on what were once bustling streets are morphing into new spaces: An investor spent 36-million dollars changing the office supply building on Capitol Street into Capitol Lofts, and urban dwellers who want to live where they can walk to restaurants, shops, and cafes, are lining up for lofts. And you may know that two fellows known as the Goodwin brothers built a snazzy upscale apartment building in 1881 that later became a landmark hotel in Hartford, and in 2017 a restoration resulted in the Goodwin Boutique hotel that exudes an urban chic. The city of Mark Twain is standing up on two feet while snapping its suspenders, and developers, architects, business people, politicians, millennials looks for a mid-sized city that mixes a laidback vibe with urban offerings and, yes, roofers, are talking notice. In […]

Obstacles of Industries: How Our Installation Factors In Your Business

Chaffee Roofing knows New England: We are a third-generation, family-owned roofing company that has installed over 30 million square feet of roofing for prolific companies and start-ups. Why should this information matter to you, as you set out to find the right roofing contractor for your business? Let us share 3 compelling reasons that you should consider an established roofer that has left a long line of satisfied customers in its wake. Chaffee Roofing removes the drama from roof installation Principia, the prolific consulting firm, published a report titled Commercial Roofing 2016, pointing out that as the demand for commercial roofing has increased in recent years, so has consumer demand for better service – before, during, and after installation. But as consumers look for roofing companies who will work with them as true partners in improving their commercial real estate, they are finding that roofers are not uniformly up to this task. The Better Business Bureau received more complaints about roofers and utility contractors, in 2016, than any other type of businesses. Ouch. Chaffee Roofing does not deal in surprises and drama. We know that you have better things to do than micro-manage your roofing contractor. You will hardly know that we are there Well, this is a (slight) exaggeration. Let us just say that as we install your roof, we make every decision through […]

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 […]

Chaffee Roofing Receives Prestigious Carlisle 2015 Excellence in Single-Ply (ESP) award

This year, Chaffee Roofing was awarded the Carlisle Excellence in Single-Ply (ESP) award. This places Chaffee Roofing is the top 1% of the National Roofing Contractors Association of all Carlisle installers. ESP status is given our annually to a small percentage of Carlisle’s most dedicated and professionally minded applicators. Selection into this elite group is based on a company’s volume and quality of Carlisle single-ply commercial roofing systems. Chaffee Roofing is proud to have won this award 12 times since 2001. Chaffee Roofing has installed and warranted 8,790,757 square feet of Carlisle’s single-ply roofing systems over the years and has completed 420 Perfect 10 installations as judged by Carlisle’s final inspection process. A Perfect 10 rating is awarded to a Carlisle roof that is installed to Carlisle’s high standards. Once an installation is complete, a Carlisle field service representative will inspect the roof to determine if it complies with Carlisle’s specifications and details. Upon approval, the roof is deemed a Perfect 10 and is eligible for a warranty. This achievement demonstrates Chaffee Roofing’s dedication to quality for not only our reputation in the commercial roofing industry, but the quality of product delivered to our customers. Carlisle SynTec Systems has been the leader in the commercial single-ply roofing industry for more than 50 years. It continues to lead the roofing industry today by providing its customers […]