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
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.
Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Your Commercial Building’s EPDM 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
Continue reading “What to Know About TPO Roofing”
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
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.
Continue reading “What Metal Roof Installation Do You Have?”
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.
Continue reading “The Pros and Cons of SPF Roofing for Restoration”
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.
Continue reading “7 Common Questions About Commercial Metal Roofs”
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.
Continue reading “Questions About Using An Elastomeric Roof”
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.
Continue reading “Types of Flat Roof Systems”
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
Continue reading “Make Roof Inspection a Habit Twice a Year”
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
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.
Continue reading “Commercial Roof Restoration… Choose Wisely”
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
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.
Continue reading “Metal Roof Issues To Look Out For”