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Mark Your Calendar – March 8th – 4-7pm

John Sullivan - Friday, February 23, 2018

The Moto Museum

3441 Olive St. , St. Louis, MO

themotomuseum.com

Open bar and food

will be served after the presentations


Thursday , March 8th

4pm - 7pm

 


 


Maintenance: Getting Your Commercial Roof Ready for Colder Weather and Snow

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, December 19, 2017

December 21, the official first day of winter, is only a few days away. That means colder weather, snow, ice and slush are on the way. Winter weather can cause significant roofing problems, particularly for business owners and building managers, so it is important to make sure your roof is ready for winter now to save the time, money and headaches down the road.

 

Get to Know Your Roof

To reduce the risk of leaks or a whole roof sections collapsing, it is important to inspect the roof including the decking, insulation, underlayment, surface membrane, flashing, as well as all roof vents and drainage pipes/gutters. Split seams, cracks, holes, buckles, and blisters are the most common problems, but out-of-place fasteners, defective flashing, clogged drainage systems, and rooftop debris can also compromise your roof during the cold season.

 

During the inspection, jot down anything troublesome that you find. This will make it easier to act on problems that arise. If possible, you should also take a picture of anything that could become a problem because this can give a professional a visual of the issue without you needing to get back on the roof.

 

Assemble Your Roofing Team

The time to develop a relationship with roofing contractors is before you have an emergency. It is important to identify a team that knows how to safely remove excess snow from the roof. It is equally important to identify skilled roofers who know how to quickly find and eliminate leaks. Have your roofing team’s contact information handy if you need to reach them quickly.

 

Big Snows Equal Big Problems
Snow on the roof is a hazard, but excessive snow can lead to roof collapse. A fresh, dry snow can add 20 pounds per cubic foot to your roof, but wet snow or partially thawed-and-refrozen snow, can add as much 60 pounds per cubic foot of pressure. Therefore, it is critical to have heavy snows promptly removed from your roof, particularly in warmer climates where roofs generally aren't designed to bear the weight of heavy snow loads.

 

The Time to Act is Now

It may not possible to completely eliminate the risk of wintertime roof damage, but by taking steps now, you can minimize the risks dramatically. First, conduct a proper commercial roof inspection to identify issues that may leave your roofing system susceptible to major damage during the winter months. Then, identify the contractors who will comprise your roofing team, and keep their contact information close at hand. Lastly, repair troublesome areas now and quickly remove falling snows to help your roof endure the winter so you can protect your investment.

Meet the Team: Bill Eimie

Bade Roofing - Friday, August 04, 2017

Tell us about your background?

I have been a journeyman since 1983...in the industry 30 years! I'm an estimator and project manager.

 

Pictured: Bill Eimie

 

What has been your most memorable project?

The roof at 700 Market Street (the former General American Life Insurance Company building). We installed a green roof to create an amazing green garden courtyard overlooking the Cardinals Stadium, The Old Courthouse, and The Arch. 

 

What's the best part about working at Bade Roofing?

The fellow employees and management. I also like the challenges in the work we do.

 

What's your favorite thing about St. Louis?

The history.

 

Click here to see more about Bill's most memorable project.

 

Keep Your Building Cool in Summer with a Cool Roof

Bade Roofing - Thursday, August 03, 2017

 

Bade Roofing Offers Tips on How a Common Roofing Process Can Keep Your Building Up to 50 Degrees Cooler

As we experience the dog days of summer, building owners and managers are likely considering ways to keep their cooling costs down. This can be a particularly critical issue for anyone planning to construct a new building or planning to replace or restore an existing roof. That’s where a cool roof comes in.

A cool roof is a process by which many common roofing surfaces are made “cool” by applying coatings, which are either white or contain special reflective pigments that reflect sunlight. Cool roofs protect the roof surface from ultra-violet (UV) rays and chemical damage that can cause premature aging and drying. Additionally, cool roofs absorb less heat and keep the entire building cooler and at a more consistent temperature, thereby reducing energy usage and the corresponding expense.

According to St. Louis-based Bade Roofing Company, a standard or dark roof can reach temperatures of up to 150 degrees, but a cool roof, under the same conditions, could be more than 50 degrees cooler.

 


The photo illustrates the temperature difference between a cool roof (left) at 111degrees compared to a standard black roof at 194 degrees. Photo credit: Bade Roofing Company

“Cool roofs help keep extra heat out of a building during the summer without losing heat during the winter. This means lower energy costs as you don’t need as much air conditioning. They’re also better for the environment,” said Dave Bade, CEO of Bade Roofing Company.

Below, Bade Roofing shares some examples of common roofing types and how they can be made cool:

Built-up Roofs: Built-up roofs are the old standard tar-and-gravel combination that is typically black or dark gray. To make this roof cool, you can replace the surface layer with a UV-resistant white mineral fiberglass surface or coating.

Roof Coatings: Roof coatingsare constructed by mixing two liquid chemicals together that react and expand to form one solid piece that adheres to the roof. A reflective, protective coating can be applied to this type of roof that offers cool-roof performance.

Metal Roofs: Metal roofs can be made cool simply by painting the surface with a reflective paint or coating.

Modified Bitumen: Modified bitumen contains one or more layers of a plastic or rubber material with reinforcing materials and topped with a surfacing material. This roof type can be made cool by adding a cool-roof coating to achieve a high solar reflectance.

Shingles, Slate, or Tile: These roofing products are used for steeper-sloped commercial buildings. For cool asphalt shingles, you’ll need to use specially coated granules that provide better solar reflectance. Slate and tile products are available with solar-reflective surfaces in a variety of colors.

Single-ply: Single-ply roofing is a pre-fabricated sheet that is rolled onto the roof in a single layer and attached with mechanical fasteners, adhered with chemical adhesives, or held in place with gravel, stones or pavers. To make this roof type cool, single-ply roofing products can be ordered with ultra-violet-resistant and highly reflective surfaces.

 

For more information about cool roof coating systems, contact Dave Bade of Bade Roofing at 314-892-1331 or visit baderoofing.com.


 

 

Meet the Team: Somer

Bade Roofing - Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Tell us about your background?

I'm celebrating my 2 year anniversary at Bade this month! I've been in construction accounting in various specialties for nearly 20 years.

 

Pictured: Somer

 

What's the best part about working at Bade Roofing?

I truly feel like part of the team and a part of the work family.

 

What's your favorite thing about St. Louis?

My favorite thing about St. Louis is the variety of affordable family attractions: The STL Zoo, City Museum, and Grant's Farm to name a few!

 

Click here to meet more of the Bade team.


 

Meet the Team: Steve Ballard

Bade Roofing - Thursday, June 08, 2017

Tell us about your background?

I've been working in the roofing industry for 27 years. I've been an apprentice, kettleman, crane operator, foreman and superintendent. My expertise is in all types of built up roofing, EPDM, TPO, PVC and shingles. From roof repairs, to new construction to complete tear offs including the deck, I've done it all!

 

Pictured: Steve Ballard

 

What has been your most memorable project?

Probably a power plant...we've done many! They are memorable because of the challenges they create: heights, coordination, working with your co-workers to achieve a roof you, your company and the property owner could be proud of.

 

What's the best part about working at Bade Roofing?

Its a great environment. Makes you feel like you're part of their family. They give you a chance to advance.

 

What's your favorite thing about St. Louis?

The people. The hustle and bustle of a big city. The Cardinals. And with all of that you can still get away from it all in minutes!

 

Click here to learn meet more of the Bade team.

 

Meet the Team: Drew Bade

Bade Roofing - Thursday, May 25, 2017

Tell us about your background?

I attended Missouri State and graduated with a degree in Construction Management. I completed the Union Local #2 Apprentice Program. I spent 3 years and multiple summers working on roofs and for the past 6 years I've been a project manager specializing in estimating.

 


Pictured: Drew Bade

 

What has been your most memorable project?

The most memorable project for me was the recent BJC connector link. It was a very challenging high profile job that took a lot of coordination. It was a 12 foot side skywalk bridge 30 feet in the air so safety was a crucial component. Despite the difficulty and stress the project was completed very successfully and i’m proud to have been a part of it.

 

What's the best part about working at Bade Roofing?

Best part about working at Bade Roofing is the close relationship we all have with each other. I work with two brothers, my father, stepmother, and uncle yet all the other employees feel like family as well.

 

What's your favorite thing about St. Louis?

My favorite thing about St. Louis is of course the Cardinals...pride and a tradition of excellence, just like here at Bade Roofing.

 

Click here to learn more about Drew's most memorable project.

 

Bade-Eye View: St. Louis City

Bade Roofing - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

 

Check out our latest Bade-Eye View!

 

St. Louis Neighborhood: The City
Building Name: The General American Building
Address: 700 Market Street
Highlights: See the green roof garden courtyard, Ballpark Village, the Arch and the Old Courthouse!

 


Bade Roofing Receives Three Top Industry Honors for Roofing Installation Excellence

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Commercial roofing specialist Bade Roofing is proud to announce that it was honored with three prestigious industry awards in 2016 - the Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award, the Versico Excalibur Reward and the Versico Gold Medal Quality Award.

 

 

The Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award is one of the most prestigious honors in the commercial roofing industry awarded through Firestone Building Products. Contractors receiving the award are recognized at Firestone's annual Master Contractor Event. Additionally, award winners are eligible to participate in Firestone's Community Service Program and Inner Circle Insurance Program.

In order to qualify for the award, master contractors must:

 

  • Install a minimum of four, eight (8) warranted roofs in a year and four warranted roofs per year for each of the four prior years
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  • Maintain at least two million square feet of roof under warranty
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  • Achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.25 or less
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  • Achieve Master Contractor Status
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Bade Roofing was also honored in 2016 with two awards from Versico Roofing Systems (manufacturers of single-ply roofing systems) - an Excalibur Reward and a Gold Medal Quality Award. With the Excalibur rewards program, points are awarded to Versico-authorized contractors for each square foot of both warranted and non-warranted roofing materials that they purchase and install according to Versico's high quality standards.

 

 

Versico's Gold Medal Quality Award identifies the Versico contractors who have set themselves apart by providing high-quality installations on a consistent basis. The award recipients demonstrate to the public, their clients and their colleagues that they take pride in their profession and are dedicated to raising the bar for performance within the industry, according to Versico program documents.

The minimum requirements for a Versico Gold Medal Quality Contractor include:

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  • A minimum of three years as a Versico-authorized roofing contractor
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  • Must meet certain volume requirements in terms of square feet installed and number of projects
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  • Have three consecutive years of warranted installations
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  • Have less warranty claims, repeat inspections and dollars spent on warranty repairs than a majority of Versico-authorized roofing contractors

 

"We are proud to honor the most elite group of roofing professionals that contribute to our commitment in providing services that promote outstanding craftsmanship and long-term quality. Our Gold Medal Quality Contractors achieve outstanding inspection ratings on a job-by-job basis and are evidence of the high standards that we set for all of our contractors and system installations," says Versico Roofing Systems.


Bade is a multiple year recipient of the Firestone Inner Circle of Quality Award and a multiple year recipient of the Versico Excalibur Reward.

 

Roof Coating Systems Offer Multiple Benefits, Help Avoid Costly and Disruptive Roof Replacement

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Roofs are exposed to a variety of environmental stressors on a daily basis, such as ultraviolet rays, pollution, and weather. When roofing materials begin to break down and allow water to penetrate, costly damages and unhappy tenants can result if the problem is not addressed immediately.

 

 

 

 

Fortunately for the building owner, said David Bade, owner of St. Louis-base Bade Roofing Company, modern manufacturing technology has produced roof coating systems that are used to restore an existing roof, rather than replacing it. Coating systems have multiple benefits including lower installation cost, sustainability, durability and flexibility.

 

Roof coating systems are seamless membranes that are applied across the roof surface, flashings and penetrations to fully seal and waterproof the roof. When applied per the manufacturer's tested specifications, the coating becomes a monolithic membrane so there are no seams or flashing splices that are susceptible to failure, said Bade.

 

Roof coatings are designed for a variety of substrates including: asphalt, concrete, modified bitumen, EPDM, Hypalon, TPO, PVC, metal and spray polyurethane foam, said Bade. Today’s elastomeric roof coatings are designed to be flexible, which allow the coating to expand and contract during temperature fluctuations.

"Roof coatings are not new to the industry," said Bade, "but demand for more economical roofing solutions and improved manufacturing technology have made coatings a truly viable option."

 

Modern manufacturing processes and installation techniques have given coating manufactures the ability to offer warranties that were never thought possible in years past, said Bade. Today, roof coating systems can come with a minimum two-year warranty, all the way up to a 20-year warranty. Other forces that have led to the coatings trend are more stringent environmental regulations and building codes and the desire for sustainability.

"Roof restoration using a coating system can save the owner 50-70% when compared to replacing the entire roof," said Bade. "With a roof restoration, owners avoid the cost of tearing off the existing roof, purchasing new materials and paying labor fees to replace the existing roof. Not to mention the environmental impact that roofing materials have when disposed in a landfill.”

 

Another benefit of roof coatings is that they can be applied quickly, with no disruption to a building's occupants and without having to shut down the business, said Bade. Applying a roof coating creates minimal noise and low odor as well.

 

Roof coatings generally take 8-24 hours to thoroughly dry, depending on the weather conditions. Fast-setting coatings are also available that resist early wash-off associated with light rain and heavy dew. In order to maintain their beneficial properties, some coating systems should be re-coated every 10 years, Bade said.

Ultraviolet rays and the sun's heat are the leading causes of roof damage. Exposure can result in cracks, tears, splits and loss of flexibility. Highly reflective/white roof coatings are available that reflect the sun's heat away from the building, protect the roof from premature aging and drying, and keep the air temperature inside the building at a cooler temperature so less air conditioning and utilities are used, said Bade.

 

For more information about roof coating systems, contact David Bade of Bade Roofing at 314-892-1331


 


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P: 314 892-1331

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St. Louis, MO 63125

progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954