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.
  • Building Materials/Construction – Consider the buildings materials types - wood, steel, brick, and the current types of HVAC and fire protection equipment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Budget – Be sure your budget is realistic and current (updated in the last 6 months).
  • 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.


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Several Factors to Review Before Considering a Green Roof

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Green roofs are an ideal way for building owners to lower their heating and cooling costs, provide additional insulation, help manage storm water and transform an ordinary roof into a nature retreat for tenants.



And while the demand for green roofs has steadily increased since 2004, particularly in densely populated metropolitan areas, there are several factors building owners should consider before investing in a green roof for their structure.


"Government entities and large corporations are the primary purchasers of green roofing systems, however, there is a growing trend for green roofs within the condominium, loft and apartment building high-rise market segments," said David Bade, owner of St. Louis-based Bade Roofing Company. "These owners are looking to convert their less appealing, old roofs and patios into lush living spaces."


A large percentage of the green roofs that Bade has seen in the St. Louis area have been concentrated primarily in metropolitan areas where a green roof is tied to refurbishing an existing structure. Such was the case in 2014 when Bade Roofing was contracted to install a green roofing system on a historic building in Downtown St. Louis that was being redeveloped. Bade crews helped install the rooftop garden courtyard on the building's 5th floor and re-roofed its 6th floor. The green roof boasts views of the Gateway Arch, Busch Stadium and the Old Courthouse and incorporates three-color concrete pavers, various trees and shrubs, a fescue lawn area, lighting, seating areas, watering system and a gas fire pit.


On a green roof retrofit, Bade says it's important to keep in mind that the existing structure was likely not designed with a green roof in mind. The components that make up a green roofing system can be very heavy. Stone ballasts, pavers, trays, trees and soil that become saturated after a rain all contribute to the load that the roof deck and building itself will have to endure. Bade recommends that the building be analyzed by a certified structural engineer during the planning of any green roof project.


Another important factor that building owners should consider is "what happens if there is a leak in my green roof?" Unlike a conventional roofing system where the roof is exposed, the waterproofing components of a green roof are often buried underneath the stone ballast, pavers, growing trays, trees and soil. Bade says an owner and their architect need to be cognizant of repair factors when designing a green build.


"It's best to use light-weight components; ones that don't penetrate the roof system, can be easily moved and don't interfere with roof drainage," said Bade.


When it comes to the roof top vegetation, Bade said building owners need to remember one very important tip, "the taller a plant grows up, the deeper the roots grow down." Bade recommends using growing trays, planter boxes or plants with shallow root systems, as vegetation should not be in direct contact with the roof membrane.


"I have seen plants growing in the dirt and debris that collects on roofs and I have actually seen the roots growing down right through the roofing itself," Bade said.


Finally, Bade recommends that building owners check with their local governments for green building incentives and funding to assist with construction costs.


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progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954