Commercial Roof

Why You Shouldn’t Self Inspect a Commercial Roof

It’s no secret that inspections are an important part of active commercial roof maintenance. In attempts to save on costs, some commercial property owners take it upon themselves to inspect their own roofs or perform minor maintenance. While this solution is acceptable for catching any obvious damages or flaws, this cost-cutting measure can end up costing significantly more in the long run.

Here are 4 reasons why you shouldn’t perform self-inspections or minor maintenance on your commercial roofing systems:

You might miss small issues that can quickly become larger issues

Without the proper experience and know-how, it’s easy to overlook small problems or write them off as inconsequential when inspecting your commercial roof. However, problems such as small cracks or panel separation can lead to much larger issues down the road, especially during the winter months. A trained professional can spot issues that have the potential to escalate and recommend the proper course of action.

There are several potential safety hazards involved

There’s a good reason why the rooftops of commercial properties tend to be mostly inaccessible. Whether it’s debris, faulty surfaces, electrical equipment, or low or no parapet walls, a commercial roof can be a dangerous place for someone without proper safety training. Commercial roofers are trained to navigate these conditions, making it significantly safer to handle inspections.

You might void your warranty

All commercial roof warranties are different, but many of them do specify who is allowed on the roof and who can perform maintenance on it. It isn’t uncommon for warranties to specify that only a professional can perform roof maintenance. If you do not carefully follow these parameters, you may accidentally void your warranty, which can result in a huge spike in costs down the line should anything need repair.

It isn’t as cost-effective as you think

Despite seeming simple in nature, roof repairs are often more technical than they appear. Self-managed roof repairs often tend to be patches, or temporary fixes, that will have to be re-done in the near future. The continuous purchase of necessary materials to perform this maintenance can add up pretty quickly. Professional roofing companies tend to buy their material in bulk at a cheaper rate than singular materials, and these savings get passed on to you. Hiring a professional to handle even a minor repair ensures that the job will get done correctly the first time, and thusly will only be a one-time expense.

We all like to save money, however, sometimes saving money in the short-term ends up being expensive in the long run. While inspections and minor maintenance may seem simple, there are often several nuances that only a professional can catch. Catching these minor things before they become major repairs leads to significantly lower long-term costs.

Looking for a roofing professional to handle your routine inspections and maintenance? Contact A-Line Contractors today.

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Commercial Construction is Going Green

Commercial Construction is Going Green

Green sustainability practices have hit mainstream status across the world. The commercial construction industry is not exempt from this trend. As of November 2020, the size of the U.S. Green Building Market is $81 billion (per Statista).

Client and market demands have been a major driver of this movement for commercial construction boing green, and as the general population has adopted a sense of priority towards sustainability, both the public and private sectors are driven to enact policies to set us down the road towards this future. In Colorado, state and local governments have placed requirements on state-funded public building construction and renovations. In the private sector, companies such as REI, Columbia, and Kohl’s have announced a commitment to long-term sustainability, building future locations using green practices and working towards renovating existing locations to follow suit.

But what are some of these trends that make up green and sustainable commercial construction?

Green Building Materials

One major component to green building that is rapidly growing as the technology improves is using green building materials. Green building materials are defined as materials made from renewable resources that are manufactured using environmentally friendly processes, made from recycled content, and are recyclable at the end of their lifecycle. The material at the core of this movement is mass timber. This includes laminated veneer lumber, cross-laminated timber, and laminated strand lumber. The CO2 emissions produced by manufacturing these materials are a fraction of those created by producing concrete and steel. Additionally, these materials provide completely self-sustaining and renewable building material, if sourced responsibly.

Renewable Energy

Probably the most popular of any aspect of green construction is the renewable energy movement. Solar, wind, and geothermal energy are rapidly growing as primary energy sources for many residential and commercial buildings around the world. More and more commercial buildings are having their roofing systems lined with solar panels, to the point where it is becoming the norm in cities like Denver. Additionally, many companies including Tesla are bringing solar shingles to the market to provide the energy benefits of solar panels, while maintaining the appearance and function of standard roof shingles.

Building Certification Programs

While LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) has been around since 1998, there historically haven’t been many recognized certification programs with green practices in mind. However, over the last decade, the number of recognized programs has ballooned to over 30,000. With a stringent list of standards to receive certification, these programs have been a driver of green practices as consumer attention on said certifications has grown. Additionally, systems such as the IgCC (International Green Construction Code) have been adopted as mandatory in many major cities in the US.

As we round the corner on kicking off the new decade, these programs and practices will only continue to grow. The benefits of adopting them have become too great to ignore, and the curbed environmental impact of our cities will continue to benefit us all in the long run. Plus, the mass influx of funding for these practices have created many jobs and created new sectors of the construction industry altogether.

Want to see how you can start making your property more green? Contact A-Line Contractors today.

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Winter Weather and your commercial roof

Winter Weather and Your Commercial Roof

Colorado is no stranger to drastically changing winter weather. You need to prepare for the effects of winter weather and your commercial roof. The state sees anywhere from 60” to 120” of snow a year, and with nearly 250 days of sunshine, the process of snowing, thawing, and then freezing again becomes routine. As this routine repeats itself throughout the winter, the roof of your commercial property can take quite a beating.

Below are some potential hazards of Colorado winters and how it can affect your commercial roof:

Snow Buildup

Colorado averages the 7th most snowfall annually in the US, and due to most commercial roofs being flat, they typically hold most of the snow that falls on them. This can lead to the roof bearing a dangerous weight load past the maximum limit. The stress on your roof’s integrity can result in cracks, or worst-case scenario, collapse.

Ponding

Depending on temperature and sun exposure during the winter, there is a high chance of pools of water forming on your commercial roof, known as ponding. Ponding can lead to large amounts of water seeping into spaces where it otherwise would not, including open seams and cracks, causing potential leaking. In addition to this leaking, water getting into these seams and cracks can refreeze overnight, causing the openings to grow.

Winter Winds

Cold and high winds are very common during Colorado winters. Come January, the average wind velocity can reach 10 mph. These consistent high winds can result in damaged flashings, torn laps, and/or open seams depending on the roof type.

We cannot control mother nature, but we can control how we prepare for it. Determining a plan for the incoming weather can save a great deal of money in repairs throughout the winter. Taking steps such as keeping up with routine inspections and maintenance throughout the winter can catch potential issues before they start.

Need help prepping your commercial roof for the Colorado winter? Contact A-Line Contractors today.

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