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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


 

In the News...

Bade Roofing - Saturday, October 01, 2016

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

 

 


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Bade Roofing - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

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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.


 

In the News...

Bade Roofing - Monday, May 02, 2016

Check out what Construction Forum St. Louis says about selecting a green roof!

 


In The News...

Bade Roofing - Thursday, April 21, 2016

 

Check out this article by Roofing Contractor about our green rooftop garden work!

 


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progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954