Keeping Your 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 property owners to take proactive steps to keep their upkeep costs down, their spaces rentable, and its value high in this current market.

Here are a few ways that A-Line Contractors can assist you in successfully navigating this perilous commercial market:

Active 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 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 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 maintenance program, our Lifetime Warranty Program is designed to give you peace of mind by covering your roof. Our warranty program covers the installation of your flat roofing system with special performance coating product as well as biannual inspections to ensure that its efficacy remains intact and meets your needs.

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 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 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 meeting your business goals!

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Which 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.

Here are different roof types your commercial roofing contractor may choose when installing your property’s roof:

  1. BUILT-UP ROOFING MEMBRANE (BUR)

One of the most common 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 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 roofing system options when it comes to your 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 roofing experts today to determine which roofing system would be best for you!

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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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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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