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Pros of Installing a TPO Rib Profile Roof

Bade Roofing - Saturday, September 01, 2018

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.


 

Roofing System Selection Tips

Bade Roofing - Thursday, August 16, 2018

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.

 


Keep Your Building Cool in Summer with a Cool Roof

Bade Roofing - Thursday, July 12, 2018

 

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.


 

 

​ Steps for Selecting a Commercial Roofer

Bade Roofing - Thursday, July 12, 2018

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.

 

Call Bade Roofing Today! 314-892-1331

 

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: Somer

Bade Roofing - Wednesday, November 01, 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: 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.

 

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.

 


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progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954