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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: 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!

 

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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 Roofing Receives Three Top Industry Honors for Roofing Installation Excellence

John Sullivan - 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


 

Make Work A Little Easier

John Sullivan - Friday, February 10, 2017

Create a Laptop Roofing Inspection Calendar with Auto Reminders

 


Your roof is under constant attack by stress, weather and structural movement. Normal wear and tear is a fact of nature for all roofs. Damage can occur quietly and become extensive and costly before it is detected. Without a regular inspection routine, it is very easy for a roof to be neglected as managers focus on other pressing building issues. Suddenly, what should have been a simple, routine maintenance issue becomes a major threat to the structure and your budget. 

 

You can avoid sneak attacks by creating a laptop calendar with reminder notifications for regular inspections.

 

Start with the Basics
We recommend that you plan scheduled inspections twice annually, and perform additional inspections after any severe weather. Other activities that will help keep your roof well maintained may be added to your calendar as needed. For example, you may want to schedule debris removal or drainage system cleanup. It is also important to note to whom, when and for what purpose access to the roof is granted.

 

Track the Details
Keeping detailed and organized records and documentation of all problems and repairs is key. An easy way to do this is by taking photos and notes with a smart phone and uploading them to your calendar or cloud storage. This will keep your reporting current and timely while requiring minimal time and effort. Share your calendar and notes with anyone who is involved with the maintenance, and encourage them to send the same type of documentation to you.. 

 

Below are some tips from our friends at Versico concerning common roof maintenance issues. You may wish to add some of these points to your calendar.

 

Drainage
Keep the drain areas of the roof surface clean to avoid clogging. Make sure that ponding water is drained from the roof within 48 hours following rain.

 

Petroleum Products
Keep all petroleum products (solvents, greases, oils, or any liquids containing petroleum products) off of the membrane to avoid degradation.

 

Animal Fats–EPDM Membranes
Kitchen wastes such as vegetable oils and animal fats should never be exhausted directly onto the surface of your roof. If incidental contact is likely, Versico can help with recommendations on membrane type and usage.

 

Chemicals
Any time chemicals contact your roofing membrane, you'll want to contact a professional. Some chemicals can cause degredation or swelling that must be addressed.

 

Foot Traffic
Your roof will need designated walkways to accommodate regular foot traffic or maintenance occurring at intervals of thirty days or less. 

 

Temporary Repairs
You can use sealant or a good-grade rubber caulk to make temporary repairs, or call a pro to take care of the problem.

 

Leaks
Locate the leak and determine if it originates with the roof membrane or if it's a wall, curb, skylight, metal ductwork or plumbing leak. Leaks caused by deterioration or failure of building components are not covered by the warranty. Soft or warped insulation may be a sign of a water leak.

 

Rooftop Maintenance
When it is necessary for workers to service rooftop equipment (e.g. HVAC units, antennas, etc.), they should be instructed to use walkways and exercise care with their tools and equipment to avoid puncturing the roofing membrane. It's also a good idea to make them aware of the dangers that chemicals and solvents pose to the roof surface.

 

 

You can find useful ideas and tools for keeping your roof in tip-top shape by visiting the Versico website.


 


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

Bade Roofing - Wednesday, December 14, 2016

December 21, the official first day of winter, is only a few weeks 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.

Take Time in Fall to Prepare Roof for Winter Weather

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, November 08, 2016

 

When it comes to roof maintenance, the old adage "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure," could not be more true...

 


 

particularly during the fall and winter months when sleet, snow and freezing temperatures make their comeback.

 

When colder temperatures arrive, membrane roof systems become harder and less flexible, and as a result, are more susceptible to damage by puncture and sharp objects.

 

Because roofing technicians and specialists are trained in proper roof maintenance and repair, many building/facility managers turn to experienced commercial roofing contractors, to inspect, service and prepare their roofs for the approaching severe weather.

 

There are some simple tasks building/facility managers can perform in the fall to prepare their roofs for the winter:

 

When your rooftop is covered with snow and ice, finding annoying roof leaks is close to impossible. That’s why it’s a good idea to take the time to check ceilings and interior walls for signs of leaks, such as stains, and seal all roof leaks possible before the weather gets bad. Late summer and early fall is the ideal time to check exterior walls for leaks, stains, cracks in bricks and any missing mortar. Sealing these will keep the cold air out and your valuable heat in.

 

Cold weather has a tremendous effect on loose mortar and composite building materials. Cold temperatures can cause already loose materials to contract, leaving gaps for damaging water and winds to enter your building. This is why checking any roof deck and fascia/coping for signs of deterioration before the first snow or ice storm hits is crucial. Look for any deteriorated caulking around loose metal work, thin sections of membrane, signs of excessive movement and splits at expansion joints. You will also want to check all penetrations on your roof such as pipe boots, pitch pockets and vent pipes, in addition to regrets areas for flashings, deteriorated caulking and voids in the caulking, chimney flashings and brick and mortar joints. To prevent contamination, any point of air or water infiltration should be checked and immediately restored to a properly sealed condition.

 

Another cause of roof failure during winter months is drainage problems. This is why checking and clearing all gutters, downspouts and scuppers is imperative. All drains should be cleaned out of leaves and debris so drainage water can move freely. Strainers and clamping rings should also be checked. Water weight in a dysfunctional gutter system can loosen the attachment of the guttering to the structure, causing further damage to your building.

 

A roof can leak if snow accumulates on the roof and over flashings. This is why you’ll want to check all attachments of base flashing and counter flashing. An experienced roofing contractor should be called in to survey the field of the roof membrane and redistribute all ballast across any bare spots. If there are any tears or holes in the membrane, these should be repaired immediately.

 

Every winter is different with more snowfall some years than others. This is why it’s a good idea to have several thick brush brooms ready in the event you need to remove ice or snow from around roof top units. Wind-driven snow can pile up against curbs and walls and if the snow is higher than the flashing it can create a real problem when it starts to melt. If there is a major snow event, then it is best to contact a roofing professional to remove snow and ice in these critical areas.

 

Diligent maintenance of a green roof is recommended to prevent long-term damage to the underlying roofing materials. Be sure to remove any tree seedlings that may have started to sprout this fall as these can create strong roots that can damage the roof's drainage system. Also be sure to remove as many leaves and debris around the drains and in corners to maintain adequate drainage and sunlight around vegetation. Remove any dead plants and prune overgrown bushes and flowerbeds to allow for maximum sunlight and water to reach the vegetation and prevent ponding water.

 

Finally, before the snow and ice hits make sure you inform all personnel that walking on a membrane roof or modified roof is dangerous during the winter because of fall hazards. Let personnel know that no one should walk on the rooftop after dark or before 10 a.m. as this is when icy conditions are more likely to occur.

By taking these simple preventative steps, you’ll keep personnel and occupants safer and warmer and your building's roof will be better prepared to take on whatever the winter has in store.

 

Pros of Installing a TPO Rib Profile Roof

Bade Roofing - Thursday, October 27, 2016

Introduced to the roofing market in the early 1990s as a more economical and efficient alternative to PVC roofing products,

 

TPO roofing systems are making more appearances on roofs these days. Now, with the new rib profile system, TPO is experiencing even more popularity as seen on the Maryland Heights Community Center in St. Louis, Missouri installed July 2016. Bade Roofing was honored to have worked on this project, installing the largest Versico TPO Rib Profile Roofing System to date. As business owners contemplate their roofing needs for future projects, it’s important to first understand what TPO roofing systems are and the pros of installing them.

 

 

 

 

TPO is a single ply roofing system consisting of a thermoplastic polyolefin membrane that’s comprised of three layers:

1. TPO polymer base.

2. polyester-reinforced fabric center (scrim).

3. thermoplastic polyolefin compounded top ply.

 

There are several benefits to installing TPO roofing systems. One of them is its reasonable cost in both residential and commercial construction. Like PVC roofing, TPO roofing systems supply hot-air weldable seams and energy efficiency, but at a lower cost.

 

Another benefit is TPO’s versatility. Business owners appreciate the fact that TPO is manufactured to look great on a variety of commercial building styles. They also appreciate that all colors of TPO roofing membranes are UV resistant. And you’re not limited to a white roof in order to enjoy energy saving and reflective properties. TPO roofing systems have white, light grey, and black reflective color options.

 

Durability is another benefit. TPO membranes are flexible, allowing for a building’s movement and settling. TPO’s thermoplastic membranes resist dirt accumulation, mold growth, tears, impacts, and punctures. Compared to other single ply roofing products, TPO membranes handle a building’s thermal expansion and contraction much more effectively.

 

A fourth benefit is installation. Because TPO membranes are manufactured with wider sheets and are light weight their roofing systems are easier to install and there are less seams. This also means less work and time associated with installation, translating into direct savings for the cost of installation.

 

Now that we understand the pros of TPO, let’s point out the benefits of the TPO Rib Profile roofing systems. First, Rib Profile systems have aesthetic appeal. The Maryland Heights Community Center’s roof achieves the look of a standing-seam metal roof with the TPO Rib Profile hot-air welded in a parallel pattern to the exposed surface of its TPO membrane. This design casts a distinctive shadow that can be seen from the ground or surrounding areas.

 

Additionally, TPO Rib Profile roofs stand up to the harsh St. Louis weather, channeling rain water, sleet, and snow better than other roofs. The TPO Rib Profile is extruded from the same weather-resistant TPO compound as the TPO roofing membrane, ensuring comparable weathering characteristics. A 1/8” fiberglass reinforcing cord runs the length of each section for dimensional strength and stabilization. During installation Rib Profile sections are joined together by non-corroding, fiberglass pins for continuity and compatibility throughout application.

 

To learn more about installing a TPO Rib Profile System on your commercial roof, contact us anytime or visit our Maryland Heights Center case study.


 


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