Commercial Roofing Tips

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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Commercial Roof Restoration… Choose Wisely

Low-sloping or flat roofs are by nature at greater risk of developing leaks than are pitched roofs that promote faster water runoff. Fortunately, business owners now have more options for repairing and restoring low-sloping and flat roofs. These options boost energy efficiency and are also effective and affordable.

Commercial flat roofs are most commonly covered in rubber membrane, metal sheets, or asphalt. These roofing materials have lifespans ranging from as short as 10 years to as long as 30. However, when any of these roofing systems leak, business owners can now opt to repair and restore them with newer applied membrane or spray-on materials. In addition to having longer lifespans, these newer roofing solutions also reflect sunlight thereby increasing the building’s overall energy efficiency. Some of these roofing solutions can also be used on new construction.

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Metal Roof Issues To Look Out For

Metal roofing has long been a popular choice for commercial roofs due to its durability and energy efficiency. It’s also an environmentally-friendly choice since it’s not made from petroleum by-products and can easily be recycled.

But, despite their obvious advantages, metal roofs do develop issues as they age. Rain, snow, salt air, and a variety of other environmental factors combine to damage your metal roof over time.

Rust and corrosion are the biggest problems, especially on metal roofs made from galvanized steel. Rust usually starts at the seams, eventually leading to leaks that cause costly water damage or even mold infestation.

Even aluminum roofs, which aren’t prone to rust, can suffer from weakened seams or damaged fasteners that also lead to costly leaks.

If your metal roof is showing signs of age or is already leaking, you might think the only solution is to replace your metal roof, which can be a costly proposition. But this isn’t the only option.

At Unlimited Commercial Roofing, we specialize in restoring commercial metal roofing using Conklin Roofing Systems’ complete restoration system.

Today, we’re pulling back the curtain to give you an inside look at how our metal roof restoration process can actually turn your aging roof’s weak points into strengths, extending the life of your metal roof for decades to come.

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