Do You How Hot Your Commercial Building's Roof Is Getting?

Do You How Hot Your Commercial Building’s Roof Is Getting?

The dog days of summer are here, and with it, high heat and unrelenting sunshine. Walking around every day, you can feel the difference in the heat of the pavement, especially blacktop roads. This same principle applies to your commercial property’s roof. Depending on which commercial roofing system your commercial roofing contractor installed, your commercial property’s roof could be hitting temperatures up to 200° F! Do you know how hot your commercial building’s roof is getting?

But which roofing types get hotter and what kind of effect can this have on your property? Let’s take a look:

Which Commercial Roofing Systems Get the Hottest?

Much like blacktop roads, blacktop commercial roofing types such as black EDPM Roofing Systems tend to reach the highest temperatures because they absorb most of the heat the on bears down on it. Without any reflective properties, little to none of the heat these commercial roofing systems absorb is released, causing the temperatures they reach to climb rapidly as the day goes on. The same cannot be said about their counterparts, however. White EPDM Roofing Systems are far more reflective and thusly average temperatures 30-50 degrees cooler.

We’ve all mistakenly touched a piece of metal that has been out in the sun for too long and have paid the price. That is because metal is one of the best heat conductors in the world and heat up accordingly. When this principle is applied to a Metal Roofing System that absorbs all the sunlight hitting your commercial property throughout the day, it results in a roof that can average temperatures up to 170° F.

One Commercial Roofing System that handles the heat particularly well are green roofing systems, more specifically living roofs. The glory of these roofing systems is that they are where nature meets industry, allowing the vegetation to enact photosynthesis on your roof. This allows the vegetation to absorb and then release the heat while also converting CO2 into oxygen. This keeps your property’s roof at manageable temperatures, while also making it a generally pleasant place to be.

How Does This Effect the Interior of Your Commercial Property?

If you’re not a commercial roofing contractor, then there is a good chance you don’t have to be on an extremely hot roof during the summer. That being said, depending on how much heat your commercial roofing system is absorbing, being inside doesn’t necessarily completely get you away from the summer sun’s wrath. Unfortunately, the more heat your commercial roofing system absorbs, the more heat it radiates inside. The age of your commercial roof and the quality of its insulation will ultimately determine the severity of this. A commercial roofing system heading towards the end of its lifecycle will see its interior temperature shift drastically throughout the day, sometimes increasing the interior temperature 10-15 degrees. This in turn requires your HVAC to work even harder to keep your property’s temperature regulated, which uses more energy and dramatically increases your bills accordingly.

It gets hot during summer and thusly things in direct sunlight get hotter, this, of course, is unavoidable. As far as commercial roofing systems are concerned, different commercial roofing types will react to this heat differently. Blacktop roofs and metal roofing systems absorb and retain a great deal of heat throughout the day causing their temperatures to spike, where whitetop roofs and living roofs are designed to reflect this heat causing significantly lower temperatures. While these more reflective roofing types work great during the summer, there is also the winter to keep in mind where this heat may come in handy. To determine what is best for your commercial property, it is best to contact your commercial roofing contractor who can make a recommendation based on a number of factors that affect your building.

Not sure which commercial roofing type is best to weather the seasons for your commercial property? Contact us today to speak to our highly trained commercial project managers!

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benefits of an EPDM roofing system

Benefits of an EPDM Roofing System

Considered one of the most popular materials for commercial roofing, Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer (EPDM) is known for its many benefits wrapped at a convenient cost. This single-ply membrane synthetic rubber roof is often applied on low-slope commercial roofs, is available in black or white, and is applied at varying thicknesses depending on the property owner’s needs. For over 40 years, EPDM roofing has been the go-to choice for many commercial roofing contractors in Colorado and beyond, but what makes this roofing type so preferable?

Here are some of the key benefits of this commercial roofing system:

Affordability

One of the most attractive features of an EPDM roofing system is its affordability. EPDM is inexpensive to manufacture and made with lightweight materials, so the cost to you as the end consumer is kept relatively low compared to other commercial roofing types. Additionally, EPDM roofing systems require very little upkeep, which keeps maintenance costs low throughout the lifecycle of your roof.

Durability

Another key selling point of an EPDM roofing system is its durability. Due to the material generally being laid in one piece, there are often very few seams throughout the roof’s surface. This significantly reduces the chance of tearing or leaking because of the lack of space for moisture to infiltrate your commercial property’s interior. Additionally, because EPDM roofing systems are made of rubber material, this roofing type offers high resistance to the elements, including high winds, hail, extreme temperatures, and heavy snowfall. With proper maintenance and proactively scheduled inspections, this commercial roofing type can last anywhere from 30-50 years!

Energy Efficient

EPDM roofing systems also provide energy efficiency year-round for your commercial property. White EPDM roofing systems serve as an excellent heat reflector, which helps keep the interior of your commercial property cool during the summer months without cranking the central air. Additionally, tightly sealed EPDM roofing systems also serve as insulators during the winter months, keeping the heat inside and everyone warm.

Easy Maintenance

Due to the flexible rubber material, EPDM roofing systems require very little maintenance during their lifecycles. To keep your commercial roof free of any significant issues, having your roof cleaned and cleared of any debris once a season ensures that the maintenance for it will remain simple. Cleaning combined with a routine maintenance regimen established with your commercial roofing contractor will give you peace of mind when it comes to your roof for most of the year!

Environmentally Friendly

The recyclable material of EPDM roofing systems is an environmentally friendly choice as almost all of their materials can be recycled into new roofing material at the end of its lifecycle. Additionally, amongst single-ply roofing systems, EPDM roofing systems have the lowest carbon footprint throughout its lifecycle. This, along with its energy-efficient qualities listed above, EPDM roofing systems are an excellent choice for green-minded commercial property owners.

To be the go-to choice for commercial roofs for over 40 years, a roofing system must provide a full suite of benefits to commercial property owners. EPDM roofing systems fit this bill, offering best-in-class durability and efficiency at an extremely competitive price.

Is an EPDM roofing system right for you? To learn the benefits of an EPDM roofing system, Contact us today for more information or to get started on installation!

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Benefits of a metal commercial roof

Benefits of a Metal Commercial Roof

Did you know that meta commercial roofing systems are quickly becoming one of the more common commercial roofing systems in the US? Throughout the country, commercial property owners are turning to metal roofs for their multitude of benefits.

Here are some of the main benefits of a metal commercial roof for your commercial property:

Lower Cost

Two things must be taken into consideration when reviewing the cost of a commercial roofing system, the upfront cost, and its lifecycle cost. Due to the cost of its materials, metal roofing systems have a higher upfront cost than some other roofing systems. However, the money it saves you throughout its lifecycle makes up for this two-fold.

With an expected service life of 60 years vs the average service life of 30 years, a metal roofing system prolongs the cost of completely replacing your roof for 30 years, which more than covers the price difference in the upfront cost. Additionally, due to its low susceptibility to tear-offs, the money saved in repairs can total up to roughly $500,000 by the end of its lifecycle.

Longevity

Perhaps the most important benefit of a commercial roofing system is its longevity.

As we mentioned previously, a metal roofing system has an average lifespan of 60 years, which is double what other roofing systems provide. Due to its thickness and high durability, metal roofing systems are built to withstand the elements, whether it be hail, high winds, lightning, or even fire. This has made this roofing type increasingly popular in areas with harsh hail seasons such as Colorado and Texas.

This durability prevents damage, both on a cosmetic and structural level which saves you on costly repairs and keeps your business up and running without interruption.

Energy Efficiency

Heating, cooling, and ventilation make up a significant portion of your commercial property’s energy costs.

Being inherently reflective, metal roofing offers temperature control by controlling how much heat your roof absorbs and lets into the building. This can turn into huge savings on your energy bill due to the light load on your HVAC system. Additionally, metal roofing is an extremely well-insulated roofing system, which prevents heat from escaping through it during the winter months, which again, in turn, turns into savings on your energy bill.

This reduced energy consumption can save thousands of dollars a year and makes your building environmentally friendly.

Environmental Benefits

Metal roofing is quickly rising in popularity for its green benefits as well. From its forging to its end, metal roofs are used in a sustainable way.

Often made from recycled materials, its components have a significantly smaller environmental impact when being crafted. Additionally, once it is finally time to retire your metal roofing system, its components are then recycled, completing a sustainable cycle, significantly reducing crude oil and other chemical consumption.

As mentioned in the last section, metal roofing systems are both reflective and well-insulated, which significantly lowers the energy consumption necessary to keep your property climate controlled. This not only saves you money in the long run but also lowers the environmental footprint your property leaves.

Metal roofing is growing increasingly popular and with good reason. Its durability, longevity, efficiency, and green properties make it an ideal choice for just about any property owner. Though it comes with a higher upfront cost, the money it saves over its lifecycle more than cover the extra money spent, possibly even paying for itself by the time it is replaced.

Think a metal roofing system is right for you? Contact us today to get started on installation!

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It's Time to Get Your Commercial Roof Inspected

It’s Time to Get Your Commercial Roof Inspected

Your commercial roof is on the top of your property, but there’s a good chance it’s not on the top of your mind. If it is on the top of your mind, that likely means that something is wrong with it, which takes your attention away from your business. That being said, completely ignoring your commercial property’s roof until there is an issue can lead to costly repairs. Rather than ignore your commercial roof entirely or spending too much time agonizing over its state, you can work with your commercial roofing contractor to schedule regular inspections to make sure your property remains in good repair.

What is a Commercial Roof Inspection?

A commercial roof inspection is when a trained inspector surveys your roof for any signs of damages or potential issues. This includes evaluating the overall status of your roof, any of its attached components, and its water drainage. Your inspector will look for any signs of issues, including cracks, ponding, detached flashings, as small-scale issues such as these can become large and expensive repairs if left unchecked. To ensure that all aspects of your roof are thoroughly inspected, A-Line inspectors follow a 65-point checklist as a guideline to making sure no stone remains unturned.

Reasons for a Commercial Roof Inspection

The reasons for a commercial roof inspection vary, but all of them have the end goal of protecting your investment for the long term. One reason could be that the inspection is part of a preventative maintenance plan developed with your commercial roofing contractor. Your commercial roofing contractor will work with you to establish a schedule for inspections and maintenance based on specific attributes of your commercial property, such as location, weather patterns, surrounding foliage, and other factors that can potentially put your roof at risk.

Additionally, having your commercial roof inspected after a major storm, even if it doesn’t line up with your regular inspection schedule, is always a good practice. Thunderstorms, hailstorms, and other forms of severe weather can put your roof’s integrity at risk. These weather events can cause damages such as cracks, punctures, dents, pulled-up flashings, and more that will leave your roof susceptible to leaking. If not caught in the early stages, the moisture from these leaks can compromise your roof’s integrity, leading to partial or full roof replacements.

Your commercial property and its roof are an essential investment, and like all investments, you want to make sure they remain protected and profitable. Establishing a maintenance and inspection schedule with your commercial roofing contractor, and adding additional inspections after significant weather events, is a great way to ensure your roof is in top condition and give you peace of mind.

To establish an inspection schedule for your property’s roof, contact A-Line Contractors today!

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Hailstorms and your commercial roof

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 commercial 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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