Commercial Roofing Tips

10 Questions to Ask When Hiring Commercial Roofing Contractors

Commercial roofing contractors are not all the same, and knowing what questions to ask before hiring a contractor can help you avoid a bad experience. These ten essential questions will help you understand whether a commercial roofing contractor can handle your project. Learn how to know if they have the proper licensing, if they have the right process to match your needs, and more.

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What You Need to Know About Commercial Flat Roof Repair

Commercial flat roof repair is an expense many property owners, business owners, and building managers wish to avoid. However, with regular maintenance and expert roofing support, your commercial building’s roofing system can last for many years. This blog post discusses the steps involved in making minor flat roof repairs and can help you decide when it is time to call a professional roofing company.

Here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we always recommend scheduling a free on-site roof inspection with one of our experts if you notice any ongoing issues. Our experts can discuss the best roofing options—including restoration, repairs, and roof membrane coatings—that are cost-effective and efficient.

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What You Need to Know About Your Commercial Building’s EPDM Roofing

In our last blog post, we talked about TPO and PVC single-ply membrane roofing materials. However, your flat or low-slope commercial roof may have a single-ply membrane roofing system in place today that’s not made of either of those reflective and energy-efficient materials. EPDM roofing is a synthetic rubber material—almost always black in color—that is also a strong and durable single-ply membrane.

Unfortunately, some of these EPDM membrane roofs may now be quite old, as the first installations of this material began over 40 years ago.

If your commercial building’s existing roofing membrane is indeed made of EPDM (which stands for ethylene propylene diene monomer), you may now be experiencing leaks at seams or points where the material has been damaged over time. And, you certainly are not experiencing the energy-saving benefits that white-colored and reflective “cool roofing” materials can offer.

Luckily, one of the biggest benefits of EPDM membrane material is its ability to be quickly restored with elastomeric roof coatings and other proven roofing solutions for repair and restoration. Let’s take a closer look.

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What to Know About TPO Roofing

Is your commercial building’s roof older and beginning to leak? Have your heating and cooling bills steadily crept up in recent years and you suspect your aging flat or low-slope roof could be at least partially to blame?

As a building owner or operations manager, you realize it’s time to do something to address the problem, but you fear that something could mean an expensive and business-disrupting total tear-off and roof replacement.

Even if other commercial roofing contractors have suggested that you need to replace your roof, don’t sign up for such a massive project before you consider your restoration options. Newer roofing materials—like TPO single-ply membrane roofing—offer incredible benefits for restoring your old, tired roof. Single-ply roofing will give you strong, truly waterproof roofing with no tear-off and rebuilding process necessary!

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What Metal Roof Installation Do You Have?

While your commercial building’s flat or low-slope roof can be made from a wide variety of materials, metal roofing is a popular option on buildings like the large warehouses and manufacturing facilities common in our eastern Pennsylvania service area here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing.

But, what kind of metal roofing does your building have? Is it painted or coated? The unique properties of your commercial metal roof—including certain factors about its construction—affect how maintenance and repairs should be approached. And you probably have unanswered questions about metal roofing’s performance and longevity, especially if you’re new to commercial building ownership or management.

The good news is that most metal roof types are great candidates for metal roof restoration, so if you’re experiencing age-related problems like rust, damaged fasteners, and weak spots, you likely don’t need to take on a costly replacement project.

Today’s post gives you a little more information about each of some typical commercial metal roofing types, including what you need to be on the lookout for in terms of issues.

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The Pros and Cons of SPF Roofing for Restoration

We have talked a lot here on our blog about choosing the right materials for your commercial building’s roof. This is certainly important when you’re installing a new roof, but it’s perhaps even more critical to make the right material choice when you’re restoring an aging roof—especially one that’s already developed some problems like small leaks or damage.

Many building owners and managers mistakenly choose to fix problems on their roofs with products purchased on the retail market and installed by amateurs. This can be an attractive option because it initially appears to be low cost. Unfortunately, “cheaping out” on revitalizing your building’s roof can end up being very costly when the fixes don’t last more than a season or two, and you might end up with a mess that takes a lot of money and time to correct.

Luckily, there are several options to restore your roof right the first time. Spray foam polyurethane (SPF) systems—applied by experienced, qualified professional roofers—are one of the strongest choices you can make today. Let’s take a closer look at why you should consider SPF.

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7 Common Questions About Commercial Metal Roofs

There are a lot of good reasons to consider a metal roof for new or existing commercial buildings. They deliver a long service life. Metal roofs conserve energy and provide energy savings of up to 40%. They can be recycled. And, they can even improve your property value.

Here are seven questions we’re commonly asked about commercial metal roofs.

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Questions About Using An Elastomeric Roof

In the commercial roofing world—and especially in our restoration/revitalization specialty area—we use a lot of technical terminology that we realize our customers may not be familiar with. This understandably leads to plenty of questions, and it’s our goal to educate the building owners and managers we work with as we bring new life to old, tired roofs.

With that in mind, today’s post focuses on elastomeric roof coatings, which are what we exclusively install here at Unlimited Commercial Roofing in partnership with Conklin Roofing Systems.

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Types of Flat Roof Systems

Do you know what materials make up the roof on your commercial building? A wide range of roofing systems and material components exist, and the type of flat or low-slope roof your commercial building has matters. Factors such as energy efficiency, durability, and whether your particular roof is susceptible to specific issues like ponding water or damage from foot traffic are directly related to its materials and construction.

Today’s post offers a closer look at some of the most popular systems out there so you can better understand what repair and restoration options will be best as your commercial roof ages.

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Make Roof Inspection a Habit Twice a Year

It’s no secret that roof replacement is a costly matter that can seriously put a dent in your wallet. Pushing off an inspection is comparative to you avoiding the doctor—you know you could have some problems, but you just don’t want to have to deal with them right now. But just like avoiding the doctor, avoiding a roof inspection could potentially only make problems worse for your commercial roof. Luckily, there are a few things you can do before calling a roofing inspector and avoid possible costs down the road.

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