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? Contact us today for more information or 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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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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