is it time to replace your commercial property's roof?

Is It Time to Replace Your Commercial Property’s Roof?

We’ve all heard the adage “nothing lasts forever,” unfortunately, your commercial property’s roof is no exception. The reality is even well-maintained commercial roofing systems will eventually have to be replaced. That being said, when the time comes, there are some tell-tale signs your commercial roofing contractor can identify to minimize the costs of a failing roof.

Here are four signs to help you know “is it time to replace your commercial property’s roof?

Leaking

The first and arguably most urgent sign that it is time to replace your commercial property’s roof is widespread leaking. When inspecting your property’s upper level, you may see watermarks or even warping on both the ceiling and upper walls. This is a sign that the membrane of your roof has begun to fail, and water is leaking into the building. Insulation failing due to the moisture it absorbed, warping of the ceiling and walls, and worst-case scenario, a total collapse of the roof due to its failing integrity are possible problems leaking can cause.

Membrane Damage

Your roof is one of your first lines of defense against the elements, especially against harsh weather conditions such as high winds and severe winter weather. When these occur, it can take a toll on your commercial property’s surface integrity, including uplifting, cracking, or tearing a significant amount of your roof’s membrane. If damage exceeds 30% of the roof’s surface, a total roof replacement should be considered, as extensive surface area damages can cause significant damage to the upper levels of your property if left unchecked.

Roof Rot

While we don’t often experience high volumes of rain in the front range, the fluctuation of snow to warm weather can lead to significant pooling or standing water on your property’s roof. Even when diligently addressed, continued exposure to this can lead to roof rot in the membrane. Roof rot can be identified by sagging spots, bubbling, discoloration, and water stains in the membrane of your roof. If caught early enough, this can be repaired; however, this rot could spread throughout your roof if allowed to decay, significantly compromising its integrity. This can be extremely hazardous if allowed to become widespread and would require an urgent roof replacement.

Insulation Failure

Noticing that your building isn’t maintaining a consistent temperature or that your energy bills are significantly increasing could be a sign that the insulation of your commercial property’s roof has begun to fail. When moisture begins to leak into your property, the first thing likely exposed to it is the insulation sitting below the roof. Water-logged insulation loses its effectiveness and will no longer maintain the internal temperature of your property. If left unchecked, moisture in the insulation can cause structural damage to the surfaces around it.

While roof replacement is inevitable in the long run, there are steps you can take to make sure that you don’t have to replace it earlier than necessary. One of these key steps is to schedule routine inspections and maintenance on your commercial property’s roof. Our team is trained to catch these problems using state-of-the-art technology and allows us to repair them for you before they significantly increase in scale.

Contact us today and let the experts at A-Line Contractors help you understand “Is it time to replace your commercial property’s roof?

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Green Roof

Which Green Roof is Right for You?

It is no secret that the world is going green. With a focus on sustainability practices at an all-time high, businesses worldwide are looking for ways to make their commercial properties more environmentally friendly. Luckily, as the movement has grown, so has the number of options at our disposal.

Green roofing options not only help lessen your commercial property’s environmental impact, they also bring massive long-term benefits to you!  Designed with efficiency in mind, many kinds of green roofs can significantly cut your energy costs, helping you save a ton of money in the long run.

Here are a few different kinds of green roofs and the benefits they bring:

Solar Panels

When someone brings up green sustainability practices, solar panels are probably the first thought that comes to mind. It has become increasingly common to see rows of solar panels on the roofs of commercial and residential properties, and this trend shows no signs of slowing down with good reason. In a sunny state like Colorado, the amount of electricity generated by these panels can offset your energy costs by over 80% and pay for itself in as little as ten years! This efficiency reduces your property’s energy demand, decreasing its CO2 output and making it much more environmentally friendly.

Cool Roof Coating

Another common but lesser-known solution is cool roof coating systems. Cool roof coatings are thick paint-like coatings with white or unique reflective pigments that reflect sunlight. The benefits of applying cool roof coating to your roof are multi-faceted. The first and most prominent benefit is its reflective properties significantly reduce the energy required to cool your property, thus reducing consumption and costs. The second is due to its thickness and uniformity of its application; it serves as a sealant that can prevent leaks in your roof for 20+ years if it is appropriately maintained. These sealing properties, plus its resistance to UV and other environmental damages, can prolong the life of your roof exponentially, saving you money in repairs, or worse, total replacements.

Metal Roof Paneling

Not commonly associated with green practices, metal actually can be one of the most efficient paneling materials you can have installed on your property’s roof. Growing increasingly popular in the US, metal roofing systems are known for being sturdy and durable, withstanding even the harshest weather conditions. Metal roofing, being inherently reflective, offers the same energy consumption cutting benefits that cool roof coatings can provide. Additionally, due to the material’s sturdiness, metal roofing systems can last for 40-70 years with proper maintenance! When the time finally comes for your metal roof to be replaced, the material is 100% recyclable, making it one of the best green solutions.

Living Roofs

A growing trend of the last five years, living roofs are becoming increasingly popular in metropolitan areas. Commercial property owners have taken to turning their property’s roof into a garden area, giving it a gorgeous look with plenty of benefits. With plants and soil absorbing and reflecting heat that would otherwise affect the building, the insular benefits help you reduce energy costs while also converting CO2 into oxygen. Additionally, the plants and soil absorb rainfall, significantly reducing the chance of pooling and leaks on your roof. Finally, the pleasing aesthetic of a living roof has proven to increase the value of a given commercial property as high as 10%!

Going green with your commercial property’s roof has never been easier. Ripe with benefits for you and the environment, considering a green roofing system should be on your to-do list. Whether it’s the energy-generating solar panels or the visually striking and insularly living roofs, you have many options to choose from.

Let us help you decide what option is best for making your commercial property’s roof “go green”. Contact us today.

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Routine Maintenance

Routine Maintenance on Your Commercial Roof

The revolutionary Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The future depends on what you do today.” While Gandhi likely did not have commercial roofing in mind when he said this, the principle of these words still applies. Commercial property owners often wait until there is noticeable damage to contact a Commercial Roofing Contractor. In most cases, if a Commercial Roofing Contractor is called to perform routine maintenance, the issue can be caught in its infant stages and the fix is significantly less expensive.

Routine roof maintenance gives a Commercial Roofing Contractor the chance to inspect the entirety of your roofing system, taking note of the condition of the materials and any potential changes that may have occurred since the last inspection. With years of experience and expertise, roofing contractors can typically diagnose any issues big or small, and create a game plan for how to address them.

For example, say there is a small gap in the flashing on your roof, you may be aware of it, but think nothing of it due to its minuscule size. It begins to rain over the next couple of days, leading to water seeping into the gap. While this does not have any obvious effects such as leaking, it does soak your insulation which can lead to devastating consequences if left unchecked. Some of these consequences include warping, structural damage, corrosion of fasteners and studs, and loss of effectiveness of the insulation. These can be very costly to repair and could have been prevented by a simple fix during routine maintenance.

Several factors determine how often you should schedule routine maintenance with your Commercial Roofing Contractor. These include geographic location, age of your roof, previous damage and repairs, and current weather patterns. For instance, a building in Colorado that deals with hailstorms and high rates of snowfall will need its roof inspected more often than a building in Texas that is not exposed to these weather patterns. At a minimum, you should have your roof inspected twice a year and after every major storm throughout the year.

At A-Line Contractors, our team specializes in creating a maintenance program to fit your needs. We will work with you to come up with a comprehensive plan ensuring your needs are met within your budget, while consistently providing a list of urgent and preventative repairs when needed.

Do not let a minor defect become a major repair, contact us today.

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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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