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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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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