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Take Time in Fall to Prepare Roof for Winter Weather

Bade Roofing - Monday, October 01, 2018

 

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 - 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.


 

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

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


 

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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.


 

Budgeting for Your Roof

Bade Roofing - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

 

None of us want to get old. We do things to delay the inevitable, laying off sweets and working out more to insure we don’t have any serious problems. Better to take care of the small stuff now then to discover serious issues later that can shorten our lifespan.

 

Maintaining a roof is no different. Wear and tear from everyday exposure to the sun and rain, along with air conditioning repair people, ages the roof membrane until its service life ends. Every extra year you can get out of your roof is that much more money you can spend on other things. So how do you get your roof to last as long as possible and save money over the long term? With regular check-ups in the form of regular inspections, maintenance and prompt repairs.

 

Studies show that when roofs aren’t maintained they only last around half of their expected service life. “That’s why I have a warranty,” you say. Unfortunately, a warranty doesn’t always help, especially when nearly all manufacturers of roofing materials specifically state in their warranty that the warranty is void if the roof is not properly maintained.

 

To maintain the warranty and keep their roof alive as long as possible, experienced facility managers turn to Bade Roofing for inspections, maintenance and roofing repairs. Bade Roofing performs roofing inspections year round because of severe weather changes. Last month’s record rainfall and flooding has many St. Louis facility managers concerned about how well their roofs will stand up to the severe weather to come this winter and the extreme heat typically experienced during St. Louis summers.

 

Think this is nonsense and scare tactics? Let’s do some math. If the cost to install a 50,000 square foot roof with a 20-year design life costs $10 per square foot to install, the total installation cost is $500,000 and the cost per year of the roof is $25,000 per year. But, if the roof is not maintained, and it only lasts half of its design life, then the yearly cost of the roof jumps to $50,000 per year and in 10 years you’ll need another $500,000 to replace it.

 

On average, it costs 2 percent of the roof installation per year to maintain a roof. Using the same example in the previous paragraph, that amounts to $10,000 per year. Over 20 years, that’s $200,000. So even though you will have spent $200,000 over your roof’s service life, you save $300,000 by doing the maintenance necessary and avoid having to replace your roof prematurely.

 

Bade Roofing takes a proactive approach to assisting you in establishing a 20 Year Budget Forecast when it comes to roofing and maintenance needs. We provide customers with added value of roof asset management along with cost effective inspections, maintenance and repair programs that provide roof surveys, budgeting and planning tools. Our program helps you more effectively manage your roof, maximize its value, and spend less time addressing roof problems so you can save money over the long term.

 

With tax season upon us, it’s also important to remember that maintenance isn’t the only way to get the most out of your roof. Money you spend on roofing maintenance can be deducted from your taxes.

 

Call Bade Roofing today to set up your maintenance program.

 


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progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954