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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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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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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