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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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Bade Roofing - Saturday, October 01, 2016

Check out this article by Construction Digest about Bade Roofing's Firestone Award!

 

 


Roofing System Selection Tips

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

When choosing a roofing system, it seems the options are endless. But it’s important to remember not all roofing systems are the same; there are a number of variables you’ll want to consider in order to make a well-informed decision. Consider the following factors.

 

Geographical Location – Consider building codes, weather trends, and the direction your building faces. There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all roofing system because geographic variations in wind velocity, potential snow load and annual rainfall all vary from location to location and year to year. Roof orientation and nearby trees that will shade the roof are important factors.

 

  • Physical Makeup – Consider your building’s size, age, shape, design as well as the facility’s new or existing structure.
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  • Building Materials/Construction – Consider the buildings materials types - wood, steel, brick, and the current types of HVAC and fire protection equipment.
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  • Roof Details – Consider the size, shape, slope, deck, edge, protrusions and rooftop access. Some roofs have very little traffic, while others require walkways that provide access to rooftop units. If your new roof will have high foot traffic needs, it will need additional structural pathway support.
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  • The Buildings Use – Consider the building’s occupancy, insulation needs and maintenance schedule. For example, a retail business has different roofing needs than those of a storage facility. Both require leak-free roofs, but the retail business will need a roof that provides a comfortable environment for customers and staff. The right roof for a warehouse wouldn’t be sufficient for a shopping center, a hospital or a school building.
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  • Green Needs – Does the roof require LEED® certification credits or does it need to meet ENERGY STAR® goals? We all want to save money on utility costs, and if that’s an important factor for you, a cool roof or a reflective roof might be beneficial. Beefed-up insulation and photovoltaic (PV) systems can also help you achieve your energy goals.
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  • Renewability – Take into account the ease at which materials can be replaced at the end of the warranty period. All roofs need regular periodic maintenance, but not all roof systems can be successfully maintained by an in-house crew.
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  • Recyclability – Consider how the materials can be recycled or down-cycled when the roof needs to be replaced. If you plan to own and operate the building for up to 10-15 years, roof replacement is more attractive, and if you plan to own the building for 20 years or longer, it pays to invest in a roof system that has a long service life and a long-term warranty.
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  • Budget – Be sure your budget is realistic and current (updated in the last 6 months).
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  • Roofing Partner – Pick a qualified roofing company that is locally-based, knowledgeable and certified.

 

When you use these roofing system selection tips you are more likely to get the most ideal roofing system for your facility that will protect your business and employees for years to come.

 


​ Steps for Selecting a Commercial Roofer

Bade Roofing - Thursday, July 14, 2016

Selecting a commercial roofer isn’t only about evaluating the proposals from each roofing contractor you’ve contacted.

There’s a great deal more to consider. Following these steps when selecting a commercial roofer can help.

 

 

STEP #1 Location – Find a local roofing company that has a good reputation and local references. Local commercial roofers will be more concerned about maintaining a good reputation in your area. Look for good references and roofing companies with a long, well-established history of business.

 

STEP #2 Weather Expert – Look for a local roofing company that truly understands your climate and building needs. Commercial roofers with proven on-time weather response experts are ideal, especially when your area experiences unpredictable and often extreme weather patterns like the ones here in St. Louis.

 

STEP #3 Responsive – Search for a local roofing company that has a great reputation for response and proactive support for your needs. A good commercial roofer has a team that works with the latest technology, bringing a fully integrated response team ready to protect their customers' buildings.

 

STEP #4 Certified – Be sure to find a local roofing company that is certified and respected in the area they service. Look to roofing system manufacturers and the contractors they have certified and awarded in categories that recognize superior workmanship, consistency, and continued dedication to perfection.

 

STEP #5 Union – It is important that your local roofing company has a good reputation with your local craftsmen. When there is mutual respect, local craftsmen perform the highest quality work and quantity of work, maximize their skills and abilities, exercise safe and productive work practices, eliminate those practices that reduce their contractors’ profit margins, and treat their signatory contractors as their partners in business.

 

STEP #6 Local Economy – Consider what local roofing companies employ the residence of your community at large. You want a commercial roofer that not only knows your needs, but also knows your neighborhood; a commercial roofer who doesn’t need to Google your business address to know who and where you are.

 

STEP #7 Professional – Find a responsive local roofing company with knowledge and expert advice you can count on when you need it. Roof management is a complex and time-consuming challenge. That’s why finding a dedicated commercial roofing team ready with expert solutions and quality craftsmanship is essential.

 

STEP #8 Quality – Look for the local roofing company with the best range of roofing expertise. Proper installation is critical with the best roofing warranties awarded for the best roofing installation. To ensure your roof is installed properly for the best warranty coverage you’ll want to select a manufacturer-recognized commercial roofer that continually installs their products with the utmost quality.

When you’ve followed these eight steps, you’re more likely to partner with the commercial roofer that’s right for you.


 

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How to Avoid Roof Damage

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, June 07, 2016

A roof is a big investment, one you want to protect so it lasts for as many years as possible. That’s why it’s essential to watch for the most common roof problems. Catching roof damage early and repairing it can save you thousands of dollars and in some cases, the cost of replacing the entire roof. Here are important steps to take to avoid roof damage.

 

Work with a professional. Proper installation is critical with the best roofing warranties awarded for the best roofing installation. When a roof system’s materials are not properly installed, the likelihood of problems dramatically increases and the roof system’s life expectancy is reduced.

 

Routine inspections and maintenance. None of us have any control over the weather but we can control our reaction to it. Moisture from wind, rain, hail, snow, ice, and debris can get under the layers of roof and cause leaks, mold and rot. Having your roof routinely inspected and maintained can identify problems and stop leaks from getting any worse.

 

Evict the critters. You’d be amazed at the surprising amount of damage small animals, birds, and insects can cause. You’re better off evicting them before they get a foot in the door, let alone a foothold.

 

Properly installed flashing. Flashing seals the areas around vent pipes, sky lights, chimneys and HVAC units. In addition to open seams and laps that can ultimately cause tiles to blow off, improperly installed flashing also reduces the puncture resistance in your roof.

 

Proper drainage. A sure sign of a problem is water that stands or ponds on a roof. Debris from fallen tree branches and leaves as well as improper drainage around HVAC units and gutters are all common causes for ponding water. Routine inspections and maintenance should identify and resolve any drainage problems with your roof.

 

Inspect sealant and flashings regularly. With the recent hail experienced here in St. Louis in recent weeks, many roofing systems have sustained damage in the form of punctures and penetrations in roofing materials. Inspecting the sealant and flashing around penetrations added after the roofing was completed should be conducted.

 

Cut back trees. If a tree is close enough to your building to pose a threat to your business, you’ll want to have it trimmed or removed. Tree branches can fall on a roof and cause serious damage. Overhanging tree limbs can rub on roofing materials and wear away the protective top layer.

 

Install walkways. Walking on your roof can cause damage. This is why many professional roofers install walkways with double the roofing materials to allow access to HVAC and other areas.

 

Proper Ventilation. An integral part of making a roof last is proper roof and attic ventilation. If ventilation is left unchecked, heat and moisture can build up resulting in damage to rafters, sheathing, insulation and rising energy costs. Additionally, you could also encounter mold and mildew problems.

 

When you follow these important steps you’re doing what it takes to avoid roof damage and getting the most out of the investment you’ve made in your roof.


 

How to Get the Best Roofing Warranty

Bade Roofing - Wednesday, May 11, 2016

There are many factors to consider when it comes to identifying warranty priorities for a given roofing system project, so many that the task often leaves facility professionals feeling overwhelmed.

 


 

Asking yourself the following questions will help you to identify the warranty priorities on your next roofing system project.

 

What kind of roofing system coverage do we truly need?

There are a wide range of offered warranties—some that only cover materials and others covering both labor and materials. Just as their name implies, material-only warranties back the materials supplied by the manufacturer, protecting facility managers and owners against manufacturing defects that may cause leaks. However, material-only warranties don’t cover the roofing system’s installation, nor do they include any on-site inspections. In fact, when it comes to remedy provisions, these types of warranties generally send out a patch kit or replacement material.

 

With labor and materials warranties, the roofing system has coverage for both the products and their installation. These warranties require total system installation by licensed or approved contractors as well as inspection by the manufacturer’s technical representative. Remedies vary but in general the warranty includes repairs for defective workmanship and replacing leak-causing materials. For the most cost-effective, comprehensive warranty solutions, consider those that cover both labor and materials.

 

Should we get a no dollar limit, original cost, or prorated warranty?

When you have a “no dollar limit” warranty, manufacturers will spend whatever it costs to repair a roofing system leak. An “original cost” warranty has manufacturers obligated to repair leaks costing up to the total of the “original cost” of the roofing purchase. Same as with your car’s tires, prorated warranties diminish in value over their lifespan. For the best warranty coverage, go for “no dollar limit” and “non-prorated” warranties.

 

If our roof leaks, would we use the warranty or file an insurance claim?

While a manufacturer’s warranty covers leak repairs, it won’t cover consequential damages. If your roof leaks and damages property interiors, this is when your facility might file an insurance claim to cover these items. However, roofing warranties have exclusions. In general, they are limited to leaks caused by storms incurring certain wind speeds. Damages incurred during a Category 5 hurricane, for example, are not going to be covered by a roofing warranty. While a warranty might include damages caused by 55 mph winds, roofing manufacturers aren’t obligated to fix a leak resulting from a Category 1 hurricane with 74 to 95 mph winds. In the event of a hurricane, or reasons excluded from a roofing warranty, facility professionals may be filing an insurance claim.

 

Who backs the warranty, the manufacturer or the contractor?

Facility professionals will want a manufacturer’s warranty. Proper installation is critical with the best roofing warranties awarded for the best roofing installation. So how do you ensure your roof is installed properly for the best warranty coverage? Manufacturers recognize contractors who continually install their products with the utmost quality. From Versico’s Gold Medal Award (for providing high-quality installations on a consistent basis) to Firestone’s Inner Circle of Quality Award (one of the most prestigious honors in the commercial roofing industry), and Carlisle’s Hall of Fame (for completing at least 250 "Perfect 10" roofing installations, a category that recognizes superior workmanship, consistency and continued dedication to perfection), Bade Roofing has earned these awards year after year.

 

    

 

Which warranty will make our roofing system last the longest?

Warranties aren’t the reason why a roofing system lasts a long time. A roofing system’s longevity depends on its quality, design, materials, installation and roofing maintenance. When developing your warranty plan, be sure routine maintenance complements it. Monitor who has access to your roof to prevent damage, allowing only certain staff to walk the roof after a storm to remove debris and unclog drains.

 

When you approach a roofing project and its warranty with realistic expectations, work with trusted manufacturers and contractors, and implement a preventative maintenance plan, you are taking the best steps to protect the investment you’ve made in your roof.

 


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