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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Why Get A Thermal Roofing Inspection For Your Commercial Building

Why Get A Thermal Roofing Inspection For Your Commercial Building

Why get a thermal roofing inspection for your commercial building? A quality commercial roof inspection is invaluable. Catching leaks and other damages in the early stages can save you a ton of money in repairs and prevent any massive surprise expenses. For this reason, our inspectors are trained to be as thorough as possible during these inspections. However, even the best inspectors can miss things that the naked eye can’t catch, which is why we utilize thermal imaging to make sure nothing goes unnoticed.

How Thermal Imaging Works

Thermal imaging is capturing an image of an object that allows you to see its heat radiating off of it via colors assigned to the level of heat. These colors are typically displayed using a yellow to red spectrum indicating heat and a green to purple spectrum indicating cooler temperatures. There are several ways that this is implemented when conducting a commercial roof inspection.

Identifying Leaks

When your roof leaks, the insulation begins to get saturated by the intruding moisture. Wet roofing insulation soaks up more heat throughout the day releases that heat slowly during the night. The longer this goes on, the more heat this section of your roof will maintain. Unfortunately, many leaks do not have any visual indicators until major damage has been done to the insulation and foundation of the roof. However, if a thermal imaging inspection is done, this spot on your roof will stand out due to the heat it is retaining.

The ability to do this is essential for protecting your commercial roof both in the short and long term. Making thermal imaging inspections part of your inspection cycle allows us to identify moisture infiltration spots and address them immediately. It also allows your project manager to map out potential problem areas on your property’s roof to keep a close eye on throughout your roof’s life cycle.

Conditions for a Thermal Roofing Inspection For Your Commercial Building

Due to the technology’s dependence on varying temperatures for proper identification of “hotspots”, certain climate conditions must be met to properly conduct a thermal imaging inspection. Our project managers advise only conducting these inspections when temperatures are 50 degrees F or higher. This is due to the fact that your property’s roof will likely absorb enough heat to create varying temperatures in areas where there are leaks. Additionally, we do not recommend performing a thermal imaging inspection after recent rain, as it will make it difficult to differentiate moisture from the rainfall and retained moisture from a leak.

Demonstrating Product Effectiveness

Another way A-Line Contractors implements our thermal imaging technology is to both demonstrate the effects and observe the condition of cool roof coatings. Cool roof coatings, such as Castagra’s Ecodur coating, are becoming increasingly popular as a green roof solution due to their sustainability, waterproof sealing, and UV reflective properties. These UV reflective properties significantly cut down on the amount of heat your roof absorbs, thusly lowering the energy costs associated with keeping it cool. To demonstrate this, we will often show property owners a before and after of the heat, their roof is radiating after applying the coating.

All property owners can benefit from a thermal imaging inspection being performed on their commercial property’s roof. It can help establish a baseline thermal signature that allows our project managers to create a customized long-term maintenance plan that can target potential problem areas that may be at risk for leaks in the future. Performing these inspections regularly also allows us to identify leaks in their early stages before the interior of your property becomes collateral damage.

Contact us today to schedule a thermal imaging inspection on your property.

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Commercial roof damge. What is importnat to know.

Commercial Roof Damage. What Is Important To Know!

A good commercial roof remains out of mind until an issue arises. It is common for these issues to occur during inclement weather when your roof is left to bear the brunt of the elements. The reality is that even a well-maintained roof has its thresholds of what it can take in the event of a storm.

Are you concerned about commercial roof damage?

Here are four types of damages you may see on your commercial property’s roof:

Ponding

Ponding is an accumulation of water that settles on the roof for more than 48 hours without draining or evaporating. This may seem harmless but can cause severe damage to your property’s roof. When left unchecked, this standing water can rapidly erode your roof’s membrane, which can cause leaks and sagging. Once your roof has begun to sag, ponding water will accumulate in greater quantities, which can lead to a total collapse of your roof once its weight threshold is exceeded.

Hail Damage

Hailstorms are no stranger to the Front Range area and can prove to be a severe threat to your roof’s integrity. Intense storms can dent or puncture your roof’s membrane, which can lead to ponding or leaking, depending on the severity of the puncture. Additionally, the bottom of your roofing membrane can shatter without any visible damage to the surface layer. This can lead to leaks going undetected, causing substantial damage to your roof’s integrity.

Ice Damage

During the winter months, your commercial property’s roof withstands what is known as a freeze-thaw cycle. While this may seem harmless, this cycle can lead to severe cracking and leaking in your roof’s membrane. If there is even the slightest opening in the roof’s surface, water from melted snow can seep into it and then re-freeze overnight. This causes the openings to expand and further crack, leading to more and more water seeping through your roof’s membrane, causing leaks and failures in the roof’s integrity.

Wind Damage

While commercial roofs are designed to withstand high winds, several factors can lead to your roof being compromised. Winds hitting extreme speeds can damage any roof, regardless of the material. The push and pull from high winds can lift, and eventually tear your roof’s flashing and membrane. In worst-case scenarios, pieces of your roof’s surface can tear off and damage other parts of the roof as the wind carries the debris.

Whenever a storm occurs, there is always a potential for your commercial property’s roof to be damaged. If these damages are caught quickly, the scale and the related repair costs can be mitigated. This is why A-Line Contractors highly recommends scheduling an inspection after any major storm.

Is it time to have an inspection for commercial roof damage? Contact us today!

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