Hailstorms and Your Commercial Roof

Colorado has a notorious reputation for its nasty hail seasons. Located right in the heart of “hail alley,” the front range averages up to four catastrophic hailstorms every year. Over the last decade, hailstorms have caused over $5 billion in insured damage. Commercial properties account for a significant portion of this damage, often seeing damage to their roof’s integrity. This damage comes in many shapes and forms and can be hard to identify at times.

Here are some signs of damage you can look for after a hailstorm hits your roof:

Dents to Flashings

One of the most common damages a hailstorm can cause is dents or cracks in the flashings. Flashings are the layer of waterproof material found around vents, exhausts, and appliances installed to prevent water from seeping into the gaps created by the connection points. Due to standing vertically, the edges of these flashings can often take quite a beating by a severe hailstorm. When the edges of flashings dent or crack, it can create a gap between the flashing and the appliance. This broken seal allows unwanted moisture to seep into your roof’s base layers, which can lead to leaks, saturated insulation, and other significant damages.

Blistering

Another common damage caused by hailstorms is blistering on the roof’s membrane. Hail can get as big as a softball and make an impact at speeds as high as 100 mph. This dangerously hard impact can dent your roof’s membrane, causing a gap between the membrane plies. This gap can fill with moisture or air, causing it to spread throughout your roof, pulling up the membrane layer, compromising its integrity, and causing accelerated deterioration. This deterioration of your roof’s membrane can accelerate the path to roof failure, leading to a total replacement!

Puncturing

As mentioned previously, hail can reach relatively large sizes and fall incredibly fast. Depending on your roofing type, this impact can outright puncture its surface. In most cases, these damages are quite easy to catch, as they often take the form of a visible hole or slit in the membrane of your roof. These holes should be addressed immediately, as an open gap in your roof’s surface can lead to a large-scale leak quickly, which can lead to damages to the interior of your building.

Hailstorms can come suddenly without warning and cause a multitude of damages to your property. While all these damages can have serious consequences, the effects can be severely mitigated if caught in the early stages. That is why it is crucial to schedule an inspection of your roof as soon as possible after a major hailstorm.

Contact us today to discuss how A-Line Contractors can help you prepare for an incoming hailstorm.

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Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof

The Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof

The front range is no stranger to severe and rapid weather changes. While noted for its 270 days of sunshine, it isn’t uncommon to see weather from all four seasons in the same day, which comes with its consequences for commercial roofs. While commercial roofs are built to withstand the elements, the rapid overnight change from hot to cold or vice versa can cause damages related to thermal shock. Today we examine the Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof.

Thermal shock is the rapidly expanding and contracting of your commercial roof’s materials due to quick and drastic changes in temperatures. The bigger the swing in temperature, the more rapid expansion, and contraction will occur, resulting in various damages.

Here are some of the damages your commercial roof might endure when experiencing thermal shock:

Cracking

Depending on the mailability of the materials used in your commercial roof, thermal shock can often cause cracking in its membrane. Expansion caused by constant exposure to direct heat can accelerate a material’s decline due to the loss of integrity. If there is a rapid shift to colder temperatures, the sudden contraction of these materials may cause them to crack or deteriorate to the point where they will break upon expanding again. If left untreated, this problem can spread throughout your entire commercial roof and result in a total roof replacement.

Buckling

Often seen in older roofing systems, buckling is a common problem caused by thermal shock that can be harder to identify but can still cause serious issues. As a commercial roof ages, portions of it become stronger or denser than others. In an instance of thermal shock causing rapid contraction and expansion, the weaker parts of the roof, which are more susceptible to these conditions, can begin to swell up into and over the sturdier areas. The overlapping and grinding of these materials can cause the stronger portions to deteriorate even quicker, resulting in a loss of integrity throughout the entire commercial roof.

Leaking

When thermal shock causes the materials in your commercial roof to expand and contract, it affects more than just the surface layer. The sudden contraction and expansion can cause the sealing of your roof to be pushed out of position or even crack. Additionally, the fastenings of your commercial roof may also expand and contract, creating gaps at its base layer, leaving space for moisture to seep in underneath it. If heavy rain suddenly rolls in on a hot and sunny day, the roof can rapidly cool off, causing thermal shock and creating the conditions for significant damages to your commercial property.

Thermal shock is an issue commercial roofing systems in the front range often face, so it is important to consider measures to mitigate it. Application of reflective roof coatings can keep your commercial roof protected by reflecting UV light from the sun to prevent heat build-up and give it a tight malleable seal to prevent leaks. One of the most significant risks of thermal shock is that when left unchecked, its effects can compound and result in needing a total roof replacement.

Thermal shock-causing conditions in the forecast? Contact us today to schedule an inspection to make sure your commercial roof can handle them! We’ll help you understand “The Effects of Thermal Shock On Your Commercial Roof”.

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Keeping your commercial properties valuable

Keeping Your Commercial Properties Valuable. Learn the key steps!

Are you concerned about keeping your commercial properties valuable? COVID-19 has changed almost everything about how business is done throughout the world. One of the most prominent changes is the adaptation of remote work infrastructure. A by-product of this change has been the rapidly climbing vacancy rate of office space in the US. With this in mind, it has become extremely important for commercial property owners to take proactive steps to keep their upkeep costs down, their spaces rentable, and their commercial property value high in this current market.

Here are a few ways that A-Line Contractors can assist you in successfully navigating this perilous commercial property market:

Keeping Your Commercial Properties Valuable

Active Commercial Property Maintenance

One of the biggest expenses of owning a commercial property can be the upkeep of its roof. Constant exposure to the elements can take a significant toll on the integrity of your property’s roof, which in turn can result in costly repairs and inefficient climate control resulting in higher energy costs. Enrolling in our commercial property Maintenance Program can help subvert these costs by catching issues in their early stages. Through this program our highly experienced technicians run your roof through a 65-point checklist, inspecting it thoroughly to ensure nothing is missed and all potential issues are caught in their infant stages. This proactive approach to commercial roof maintenance results in significantly lower repair bills and saves you from surprise large-scale repairs that can break the bank.

Lifetime Warranty

Going hand-in-hand with our commercial property maintenance program, our Lifetime Warranty Program is designed to give you peace of mind by covering your commercial roof. Our warranty program covers the installation of your flat commercial roofing system with special performance coating products as well as biannual inspections to ensure that its efficacy remains intact and meets your needs.

Commercial Property Exterior Renovation

With both businesses and consumers becoming more selective with their money, having curb appeal is becoming more important than ever. In a study done in 2019, 95% of consumers said that a business’s exterior sways their choice of where they choose to spend their money! This revelation is important for both business and property owners, as it shows the clear correlation with the state of the property’s exterior and its value in every sense of the word. A-Line Contractors takes this to heart with both our approach to commercial property renovations and maintenance. Our team works diligently to protect the properties of our clients, identifying predictable problems and addressing them before they become catastrophic. Additionally, our renovations team understands what it takes for a commercial property to stand out and are highly specialized in building modernization and complete visual overhaul.

The rumors of brick-and-mortar’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. While the global pandemic has certainly changed the market for commercial properties, there are still active measures property owners can take to ensure their property remains both valuable and rentable if need be. A-Line Contractors wants to be your partners in making sure you navigate these trying times not only effectively, but successfully as well.

Contact us today to discuss how we can assist you in keeping your commercial properties valuable and meeting your business goals!

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Which Commercial Roofing System is Best?

Which Commercial Roofing System is Best For You?

While many commercial roofs look alike, no two are built the same, each constructed according to the owner’s needs and budget. These needs range from geographical factors such as climate and weather, long-term goals, and environmental consciousness. With these needs in mind, a commercial roofing contractor will pick a particular type of material when installing a roof.

Do you want to discover which commercial roofing system is best?

Here are different roof types your commercial roofing contractor may choose when installing your commercial property’s roof:

  1. BUILT-UP ROOFING MEMBRANE (BUR)

One of the most common commercial roofing types, Built-Up Roofing Membranes (BUR), are multiple built-up layers of tar and gravel. BUR roofs are considered one of the most flexible roofing types, as the number of layers can be adjusted according to durability needs and budget considerations. Regardless of the number of layers used, BUR roofs are often preferred as they provide a consistent sealed surface that effectively guards against water penetration.

  1. MODIFIED BITUMEN ROOFING (MB)

Similar to BUR roofing systems, Modified Bitumen Roofing Systems (MB) is an asphalt-based layered roofing system that offers excellent durability. The layers of a modified bitumen system consist of surfacing, a waterproof adhesive, fiberglass bitumen, modified polymer base sheets, and insulation for thermal resistance. The diversified layered approach of this system makes it highly durable, waterproof, and energy-efficient.

  1. Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM)

Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane system known for its cost-effectiveness and durability. EPDM roofing has a very long average lifespan for commercial roofing systems, generally lasting 25-30 years. This is due to its high resistance to all the conditions your property’s roof faces throughout the year, including high winds, hail, extreme temperatures, and heavy snowfall. Additionally, it is great at helping lower cooling costs for your property due to its high UV resistance.

  1. METAL ROOFING

Metal roofing is an extremely well-rounded commercial roofing system, offering strength, durability, and even “green roof” properties. Due to the material’s strength, metal roofing systems can withstand extremely harsh weather conditions with relative ease, especially high winds and hail. Metal roofing systems are also an environmentally friendly choice due to their reflective properties cutting energy costs for temperature regulation, and being completely recyclable at the end of their lifecycle. Fortunately, the end of their lifecycle doesn’t need to be top of mind because, with proper care and maintenance, a metal roofing system can last 40-70 years!

There are many great commercial roofing system options when it comes to your commercial property. With so many options available to you, it is essential to discuss your needs and budget with your commercial roofing contractor so they can adequately help you decide which system is best for you.

Contact one of our commercial roofing experts today to determine which commercial roofing system would be best for you!

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cleaning tips for your commercial roof

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Commercial Roof

Spring is officially here, which means it’s time for opening the windows and enjoying some warm weather. It also means it’s time for some Spring cleaning. Most people associate Spring cleaning with their homes and the interior of their properties, but it also applies to your commercial property’s roof as well. Performing maintenance on your property’s roof to welcome in the new season can increase its lifespan and potentially save you from surprise repairs throughout the year.

Commercial Roof Cleaning and Maintenance

Here are a few maintenance tasks you can work with your commercial roofing contractor to perform:

Schedule an Inspection

While inspections can and should be scheduled year-round, the beginning of Spring is one of the most crucial times to do so.  The freeze/thaw cycle of winter weather can do serious damage to your roof, causing leaks that lead to structural damages and insulation failure. With Spring generally signaling the end of this weather, it is best to schedule an inspection to evaluate the status of your commercial property’s roof going into the warmer months. Additionally, Spring’s climate conditions allow for thermal imaging inspections to be performed, which can catch early-stage leaks the naked eye cannot. Failure to schedule an inspection can lead to climate control issues in your building from faulty insulation or potential leaks and other damages from rain.

Cleaning Your Commercial Roof’s Surface

While it may seem pointless due to its constant exposure to the elements, having your roof’s surface cleaned can prove to be very beneficial, especially if you have a flat surface roof. Removing natural debris build-up from the winter as well as power-washing the surface can help prevent the building up of dirt and other grime. This build-up can lead to mold growth, which can cause rot in your roof’s key support structures.

Maintain Nearby Trees

If your commercial property is surrounded by trees or if you have trees on your property that hang over the roof, early Spring is the perfect time to trim and properly maintain them. While the Spring often brings enjoyable weather, it can also bring severe thunderstorms with hazardous conditions. Trimming any overhanging trees can prevent branches from breaking off onto your roof and causing major damages.

Clean Gutter Systems

Winters are known to accumulate large amounts of loose debris throughout a rooftop, leading to gutters becoming filled and clogged with leaves, sticks, moss, etc. When the spring rain comes, the gutters can quickly overflow and cause significant structural damage throughout the rooftop, meaning very costly repairs that could be avoided simply by cleaning out the gutters.

Spring cleaning maintenance on your commercial property’s roof may not seem necessary, but doing so can prevent headaches during what is otherwise one of the most enjoyable times of the year. Getting your roof inspected and cleaned, as well as removing any potential hazards on or around your roof, can help keep extend your commercial roof’s lifecycle and prevent costly repairs.

Contact us today to schedule some Spring cleaning maintenance on your property’s roof!

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