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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.

 

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.


 

 

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.

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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.


 

Prevent Ponding Before the Next Spring Shower

Bade Roofing - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Spring in the Midwest can be soggy which is why it’s important to take advantage of those token sunny days in April and May when it comes to maintaining your roof.

 

 

 

Here’s a tip to prevent ponding on your roof so it can better protect against leaks before the next wave of thunderstorms hits.

 

The best thing you can do to prevent ponding on your roof is remove debris from around drains. Often significant ponding issues can arise from drains that don't function properly. A large volume of water can be very heavy and crush the insulation underneath forming a low spot on the roof. Once this happens, water will always pond there. This water can also find its way into the building if a seam or hole opens up. What may have been a small leak, if the drains functioned properly, can quickly become much more significant and damaging.

 

April showers are inevitable, but they don’t have to cause any leaks.

 

Spring Roofing Maintenance

Bade Roofing - Tuesday, March 15, 2016
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Over the course of winter blustery winds and cold snow ravage the exterior of buildings and accelerate the aging process. That’s why maintenance in the spring is so important when it comes to protecting your roof and getting the most out of your investment. It’s also why so many St. Louis businesses turn to Bade Roofing for maintaining their roofs.

 

Every spring Bade Roofing specialists inspect roofs, documenting defects, points of deterioration and compromised roof accessories and assemblies that are in need of repair. We conduct debris removal, clear drains for proper water flow, caulk terminations and pipe seals as needed, document roof surface defects, water-entry points and damage. After each inspection we provide a detailed written assessment of your roof with photographs along with suggestions for cost-effective repairs and replacement solutions.

 

Carpets and interiors in your home collect winter’s dust and grime and your roof is no different. Roofs and roof accessories get dirty from environmental exposure. In order to retain their energy-efficient benefits, photovoltaic solar panels, reflective roof systems and coatings, skylights and light tubes will all require cleaning. With a spring roofing maintenance schedule in place you’ll be able to restore your commercial roofing system to its optimal performance. Bade Roofing’s spring maintenance programs restore, protect and maintain the energy-efficiency and R-values of your roof while keeping your roofing system code-compliant.

 

Here are a few of the items our inspectors are looking for when they inspect your roof:

 

 • Water standing on the roof surface (Within 48 hours of the most recent weather event there shouldn’t be any standing water on the roof surface.)

  •  • Roof surface discoloration
  •  • Storage of material on the roof surface (Recommend removing)
  •  • Loose, buckled or damaged flashing
  •  • Vegetation on or in contact with the roof surface
  •  • Rust on metal pipe venting or other metal roof penetrations
  •  • Gaps and or cracks in the caulking around roof penetrations, vents, HVAC units, antennas, skylights, etc.
  •  • Any debris on roof surface, drains, and gutter systems (Debris holds water/moisture which can lead to roof surface deterioration and should be removed)
  •  • Missing domes on roof drains
  •  • Shingle or low-slope with granulated surfaces for excessive amounts of loose granules on roof surface as well as granules in drain or gutter systems
  •  • Cracks, blisters, punctures, and "alligatoring” on roof surfaces
  •  • Cracks in masonry parapets or caps.
  • • Damaged, defective, or missing joints in masonry along roof edges

 

Any of these conditions will be noted in the inspector’s report and submitted to building management so these issues can be addressed.

 

Spring roofing maintenance is something you can do today that your future self will thank you for.

 

Preparing Your Building’s Roof for Winter

Bade Roofing - Thursday, October 15, 2015

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They say “One ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

 

That’s certainly the case where your building’s roof is concerned, especially when it comes to being prepared for this winter. 

 

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 how not to damage the roof surface, many building managers and owners turn to Bade Roofing each season to service and prepare their buildings’ roofs for winter. Here are some things to keep in mind.

 

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 (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 the heat pumped from your furnace in.

 

Cold weather has a tremendous effect on loose mortar and composite building materials because these materials contract if the material is already loose. In fact, these materials can separate and leave gaps that will collect water or provide wind access points into 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 metalwork, for thin sections of membrane, or signs of excessive movement and splits at expansion joints.

 

You’ll also want to check all penetrations on your roof, i.e., pipe boots, pitch pockets, and vent pipes, the regrets areas for flashings, deteriorated caulking and voids in the caulking, chimney flashings as well as brick and mortar joints. To prevent contamination, any point of air or water infiltration should be checked and 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 so drainage water can move freely. Strainers and clamping rings should all be checked. Water weight in a dysfunctional gutter system loosens the attachment of the guttering to the structure.

 

Your roof can also leak if snow accumulates on the roof up and over flashings. This is why you’ll want to check all attachments of base flashing and counter flashing. Many building managers and owners turn to Bade Roofing to have the field of the roof membrane checked and to 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 in St. Louis 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.    

 

Finally, before the snow hits make sure you inform all personnel that walking on a membrane roof or modified roof is dangerous during winter because ice forms on the roof surface creating fall hazards. Let personnel know that no one should walk on the rooftop after dark or before 10:00 a.m. as this is when icy conditions are more likely to occur.

 

By taking these steps you’ll keep personnel safer and warmer and your roof will be better prepared for snow and ice this winter.


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progressive commercial roofing specialists, since 1954

St. Louis commercial roofing specialists, since 1954