Need a Roof Inspection? DC Roofing in the News Explaining the Process

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As seen on DigitalJournal.com and USA Today’s AZ Central news site, DC Roofing discusses what you can expect during a roof inspection.

DC Roofing of Arizona, a roofing contractor based in Tucson, Arizona, has announced that they have recently published a blog post that explains what is looked at during a roof inspection. The article explains that having a licensed roofing contractor inspect the roof of a residential property will make sure there won’t be any unpleasant surprises regarding the roof. While it is definitely a good idea to have the roof inspected after the roof has been exposed to severe weather, roofs that are more than five years old may also need to be inspected.

It is typical to have the roof inspected before winter but in Tucson and other parts of southern Arizona, it is important to have the roof inspected before the monsoon season, where there could be heavy rain, strong winds, hail, and more. Just like with the winter season in northern climates where doing a roof repair is very difficult, if not impossible, the heavy rains and strong winds during the monsoon season also make it a challenge to have the roof repaired. Thus, it’s wise and recommended that homeowners have their roofs inspected before the monsoon season.
Tucson's Affordable Roof Repair Company, DC Roofing, at work fixing a tile roof

The question that homeowners often ask is what will the roof inspector look for during a roofing inspection. These include deteriorating shingles, indications of water damage, roof protrusions, and damaged flashing.

Roof shingles that are deteriorating or have curled are no longer effective. If the roof valleys and gutters are filled with shingle granules, that means that the shingles need to be replaced. The granules are designed to weigh down on the shingles and keep them in place. They also protect the asphalt material from being degraded by the ultraviolet radiation from the sun.

For flat roofs, it is important for the roof inspector to look for signs of water damage, such as areas where there is ponding or standing water because the water can speed up the deterioration of the roof. Other signs to look for are uneven roof planes, including the overall condition of the fascia, soffit, and gutter system. Clogged gutters or damaged flashing can also result in water damage in the same way as displaced shingles or tile where water can go underneath.

Roof protrusions, such as skylights, vents and other protrusions coming through the roof also need to be inspected. They should have a solid and effective seal. This seal must be inspected because it may deteriorate over time, possibly resulting in water leaks.

The roof inspector will also look for damaged flashings. Flashings that are separating, damaged, cracked, or incorrectly installed may result in roof deterioration due to the presence of water.

It is a good idea for homeowners who have a roof that is more than five years old get it inspected by a professional roofing contractor. This is important because in the event that signs of deterioration were found, the roofing contractor may be able to recommend the best way to provide the necessary repairs before they get more serious and costly.

Homeowners who plan to sell their house soon will also want to have a professional roof inspection conducted, in addition to a general home inspection. It is a good idea to have any potential problems fixed before a prospective buyer will try to make an issue about it and use it to bargain for a lower selling price.

If the inspection reveals that there is a need to have a new roof, having the roof replaced with a new one as early as possible is advisable. While a new roof requires a significant expense, acting on it quickly is recommended because the problem could worsen over time, resulting in an even higher cost for the roof replacement. Also, a report by the National Association of Realtors has revealed that homeowners were able to recover 109 percent of the money they spent on a new roof when they sold their home.

Those who are interested in the roofing services offered by DC Roofing of Arizona may want to visit their website, or contact them on the phone or through email. They are open from 6:00 am to 7:00 pm, from Monday to Saturday.

Asphalt Shingle Roof Inspection

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inspecting an asphalt shingle roof in Tucson

When To Replace Asphalt Shingle Roof

Today we’re going to look at the process of looking at a newly installed asphalt shingle roof inspection for proper manufacturers installation instructions. We’ll look at what a roof inspector might look for and find, as well as some typical mistakes that are often made when asphalt roofs are installed.

The edge of the roof where the water runs off is called a drip edge. A drip edge typically there’s two or three problems with a new installation. One would be the starter course. The starter course is the course of shingles laid down first as a roof installation is put together. On top of that goes the first course, so well you typically see on the drip edge is the first course. The starter courses is actually just below it.

So what’s supposed to happen with this kind of roofing system, if the starter course is put down correctly, is that the first course actually adheres to it. The typical case of a starter course not installed correctly is obvious when there’s no adhesion of one to the other. The drip edge courses end up not being bound together like the rest of the courses will be.

The other issue is the felt underneath the shingles has no drip edge flashing. The flashing is a metal strip that basically just protects the piece of drip edge molding from water damage over time.

Some of the penetrations on a rooftop or other points of contingency when it comes to new installation, one thing that needs to be looked at is where the flashing is located. What I mean by flashing is basically that you first have “the boot”, which is the piece that the items penetrate through, then you have a piece of flashing that are usually nailed down, or stapled. In this case they’ve sealed over a nail head which is perfect. Over time those tend to leak.

well sealed nail holding metal flashing to rooftop

Same thing on furnace vents and water heater vents. We have what’s called a storm collar, which basically protects the boot, or the piece below where the vent pipe penetrates through the roof. The storm collar should always be low over the joint and sealed. With a furnace vent, it’s same thing; making sure all the nail heads are sealed, and the storm collar is down tight as well.

Now chimneys are probably the one penetration in a roof that are known to leak the most. Something that often is found missing is the cricket. Crickets are required for building code on any chimney that is 30 inches wide or greater. In many cases you’ll see that you have a lot of surface area that is above the chimney, up to the ridge, where all the water is going to collect and divert down on top of this area. So a cricket is basically a piece of sheet metal, in most cases, or sometimes a constructed roof, and it diverts the water around the chimney to prevent it from blocking up. It also prevents debris from blocking up behind the chimney, which can cause damage. Another name for a cricket is also a saddle. No matter what you call it, the flashing on these should be nailed down and the nail heads should be sealed up.

The area of the roof where the water does not roll off is called a rake edge. Flashings are recommended, and drip edge flashings, like we discussed earlier, are required.

One of the most susceptible areas for water damage on a chimney is going to be the bottom corners. It’s very likely to find some water damage, and you want to be sure that if there is damage, it hasn’t just been shingled over and not repaired. In a lot of cases the guys that put these roofs on are in a hurry. They’ve got more jobs to do and the faster they can get this roof on, the lower the labor cost. The problem is, if you install the shingles in a way that exposes any type of nail head, this becomes a leak point. It usually doesn’t happen right away, but it can happen very quickly, depending on how the roof wears. Generally you will have water penetration at an exposed nail head maybe 10 to 12 years down the road.

What you should be looking for is to make sure there are no nail heads exposed around any shingles. Each section of shingles is called a tab. Another very important thing to look at is the way that the tabs are the shingles are fastened. You do that by just lifting up some of the new ones. As as the roof begins to get hot from the sun, the adhesive strip along the edge is going to glue down one tab and make it pretty hard to get up without damaging it. So looking at a roof on a cool day, or looking at a roof right after the installation is the best time.

The edge where the two shingles come together are supposed to be three-quarters over from the edge generally speaking. Something to look out for where these meet is how deep the nails has been driven into the roof. The problem if they get driven in too deep is that if a high wind were to get underneath it, very little of that nail head is left to be compressing down on the shingle, and the shingle can actually incur some damage. So by driving the nail head too deep, there’s the possibility of the shingle lifting off and away from the nail more easily, causing damage.

So as you go up looking at how the shingles have been nailed down, you’re going to want to look for consistent patterns as well as distances from the butt edge. Also, look for nails that might have been driven at an angle. It’s the same issue as before if the wind gets underneath the tab and lifts it, especially if the angle is pointing over toward the point of the shingle, then we do tend to have more wind loss. So checking these some areas at random is the best way to determine whether or not the roofer did a good job.

Something else to be aware of is that it’s not unusual to have a couple of different guys on site from the company doing a roofing job. So you might have one guy using nails and the other guy using staples. It’s the same issue with the staples – if you have the staple at a bad angle, it can be a problem because as the shingle comes up under the wind, if the staple is at an angle, it can actually tear across the shingle and it could come off real easy. To be right, inspect to make sure the staple should be parallel with this edge of the shingle going across. So we should see those running straight horizontally only. But again, these guys are often in a hurry and the idea is to get out of here as fast as they can without asking any questions, so they can get on to the next one. And often they’re not standing in a perfect location that allows them to hit these things straight, because of their wrist angle.

With a plumbing vent, you might see a hybrid rubber / metal flashing for the boot. In hot, sunny areas like Arizona, these aren’t the best way to go because they take on an enormous amount of UV radiation from the sun. Anything made of rubber like this is going to really get beat up by the sun. It’ll probably last the 20 years the shingles are supposed to last, but it wouldn’t be unusual to see them fail prematurely. Also the plumbing vent is supposed to be painted with the latex paint to prevent UV damage as well.

new rubber boot for roof penetrationsun damaged rubber roof penetration boot

Don’t wait to learn that you have a roof leak by finding water on your floor – request that a professional roof inspector, who knows roofs backward and forward and understands how insurance coverage works, come and access your roof and help prevent future damage before it’s too late. Roof inspections today can save you a mountain of grief and work tomorrow.

Call around and you may even be able to find a local roofing business with inspectors who are willing to provide a free quote to check the health of your roof and look for needed repairs. Once things are in order, it’s a good idea to regularly have your house checked for potential issues through routine inspecting. In every community you’ll find professionals more than happy to go up and check the condition of your roof, report back and fix any problems before they turn into a major roof repair project and a potential safety hazard to your home and family.

Commercial Roof Repair Quotes

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How Much Do Commercial Roofs Cost to Repair? Looking at the price quote process

We all know a commercial roofing project can be a daunting task. Today, we’re going to cover how technical reps customize a quote for you. So let’s walk through the steps of creating a custom roof quote.

After speaking to a prospective customer and establishing that they need a commercial roof repair quote, we’ll send our technician out to their location. we come out and do a field inspection on their roof in which we will pull cores out of the roof to determine the existing make up of the building’s roof.

We’ll ask some questions to find out what kind of roofing solution they have in mind. Things like what they’re looking for, what their real big problems are that they’re facing. Then we will take that information along with our measurements, and field drawings, and photos to be able to take it back to the office and pull a proposal package together.

When we get back to our office we’ll take that information and begin to compile it. And the first thing we want to do is develop the cost. Once we’ve come up with that number, we put together a scope of work for the building which will detail and outline, from start to finish, what we’re going to do on your building which will include all the different things that we are going to propose that need to be removed, replaced, changed, or gone over.

We break down all that data and try to determine what the best solution is going to be. Every roof is unique, so they’re not all the same. Each one has a different logistics challenge. Each one has a different insulation, or drainage, or multiple units on a roof, so each one is custom designed to that facility and to that owner’s needs and wants, so we take all that into consideration.

The package that is put together includes the survey report, a drawing of the roof, that may differentiate the different areas and different things that we found on the roof during the survey, to a comprehensive scope of work and proposal.

After that process is done, it gets sent to the customer or we deliver it to you and kind of explain and go over exactly what it is we’re proposing to do. The information can be presented in person or over the phone. Typically it’s sent through email process and then discussed in a phone meeting.

So once that roofing proposal is delivered, hopefully within a week or two we hear back and the decision is made to go forward with the work we recommended. At that point, we may go into a negotiation phase because it’s possible that the building owner wants to do some areas and not others. so we may have to go back and revise some pricing and whatnot.

In the end, we want to give you the best service and the best price for what you want and need. To get to that point, we need to work together with the customer as a team to make sure we have the same end goal.

Price Variables on Roof Repairs

As you can see from the video below, no matter where you are, getting an estimate on a commercial roof repair involves a lot of variables, so it’s not an easy thing to answer straight away over the phone.  But with a bit of information, we’ll do our best to give you an idea of what you’re looking at.

Transcript

hello there my name is Steven from London flat roofing when I’m answering the phone number off the last how much did the new flat roof cost well the answer to this is really down to a number of factors it’s not an easy one to answer straight away however with certain information I can come up with an approximation of how much a flat roof would cost some of this information that I really need is what is the area of the roof how much difficulty is there involved with the roof what’s access like to it what’s the substrate line.i what is it actually which is on the roof at the moment is it new build is it an old roof is it Asheville all sorts of different questions like that really helped me make my mind up on what I can do for you and how we can reroute that roof for you now do you want to strip the roof or not and that’s an interesting run because today if we strip a roof we actually have to insulate the roof there’s a building regulation part l-1b of the building regulations says but if you strip a roof you must insulate afterwards so if you don’t want to trigger there then we really should be using an overlay system so all this information I can gain from you on the phone once I’ve got that information I can then work out using a meter ridge ray how much the roof is going to cost you so if you take this roof behind me as an example I really need to know the links and the width of the main area so I can calculate this it’s square meter ridge then I need to know the details around the side the flashing details now in this particular roof the roof actually goes up and over the parapet walls so therefore I need to know what area that is and would calculate that slightly different than the main area because the main area we’ve done at one cost that will be done at a slightly greater cost because there’s more effort in doing that and you naturally see the men behind you going around and doing that first that takes a lot more time than it does just laying out the main roof once I’ve got that kind of information I can then work out square meters right and I can give you a proximate price of the roof over the phone my name is Steven from London flat roofing if I can help you my details are on screen now

Roof Repair Or Roof Restoration Systems

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Roof coatings and liquid applied roofing materials are probably the fastest growing segment in the commercial, industrial and flat roofing market today. There’s a reason for that, but what we want to do today is take a look at some of the primary liquid applied roof technologies that are out there, and the differences in some of the physical properties of those.

The four we’re going to look at today are acrylic, silicone, asphalt emulsion, and synthetic rubber. Specifically we’re going to take a look at the puncture resistance differences between those, which is going to be a combination of the elongation and the tensile strength. Let’s have a look at some of these tests that we do and the difference between these products, and why they’re gaining different traction in the market.

roof restoration systems being rolled on

Let’s start with the exciting, fun test first. We coated small watermelons with four commonly used roof restoration products. We let them cure for two weeks, and then drop them from 25 feet.

A bare watermelon, on impact, is obliterated.

Asphalt Emulsion

The first product we tested is a commonly used asphalt emulsion for both roofing and waterproofing. It was applied to the melon at 60 mils or 1.5 millimetres. Unreinforced asphalt emulsion has no elongation or tensile strength, resulting in very poor impact resistance. The watermelon didn’t fare much better than the first one.

Acrylic

Next up is an acrylic roof coating widely used in the industry. Applied to the 3rd melon at over 40 mils, or 1 millimetre. The forces created inside the melon on impact quickly split open the acrylic coating.

Silicone Roof Coating

Third is a very popular silicone roof coating. It was applied to the melon at 50 mils. While silicone has higher tensile strength or tightness than acrylic, the impact test shows how easily silicone tears once a split or tear begins. With both silicone and acrylic you can see that even 100 to 300 percent elongation does not allow for much movement when fully adhered.

Synthetic Rubber

Finally we have synthetic rubber manufactured by Triton, called Tritoflex, applied to the melon at 80 mils, or two millimetres. Not only does the rubber withstand the forces upon impact, it nearly retains its original shape after the melon has broken inside.

Considering the Tritoflex rubber was not damaged, we dropped it a second time this time next to a broken uncoated watermelon for comparison. The properties of over a thousand percent elongation and 600 psi tensile strength, were evident in this demonstration.

Let’s take note of the value of these tests, because you may be thinking these are a little extreme… What kind of roof experiences these kinds of forces? And that’s an appropriate thought. But if you think about, it roofs do experience a lot of extreme forces. They experience hail, foot traffic, dropped tools and equipment, high wind speeds and underlying structural movements.

Though those underlying structural movements may not be big in distance, they can be very big in force. And therefore that’s why it’s important when you’re choosing a roof membrane in your design, that it performs more like a skin and not like a paint.

On to the second test, which is a simple yet effective puncture resistance test to demonstrate the forces required to puncture through a coating or a membrane.

First up asphalt emulsion.

The material has no elongation or strength, resulting in a quick break.

Next acrylic.

This first one is about 40 mils, or one millimetre in thickness, and cured for two weeks. There’s minimal stretch in the force required to cause a puncture was minimal.

This next acrylic is thicker, about 60 mils or 1.5 millimetres in thickness, and cured for two weeks. With the increased thickness, there is minimal increased puncture resistance.

Now we have silicone.

This one is approximately 60 mils in thickness, 1.5 millimetres, and cured for two weeks. You can see the strength is higher than acrylic requiring more force to stretch it over the pipe, but once the silicone breaks it results in a very quick tear through the entire sheet. While the tensile strength is higher than acrylic, the actual tear resistance is poor.

Synthetic rubber membrane called Tritoflex

Last is a synthetic rubber membrane called Tritoflex. This sample is approximately 80 mils, or 2 millimetres in thickness, and cured for 2 weeks. The test shows both the high elongation properties of synthetic rubber combined with the high tensile strength. This requires a much higher force to puncture the membrane.

All right now that we’ve done the test let’s summarize these four product technologies that we showed you, and where they’re most used and some of the differences that are important to know between them.

First we’ll look at cold process asphalt emulsion.

It’s called cold process because it’s applied at room temperature, or ambient temperature, unlike older asphalt technologies and roofing that are heated up in hot kettles and applied at very high temperatures. This is typically a water-based product that’s used often for damp proofing. And in roofing it must be reinforced because you can see here the elongation at break properties and the tensile strength properties, are quite low. And so reinforcement is used in that in order to make it more like a membrane. And so asphalt emulsion is used often as a base layer for a lot of acrylic roof restoration systems. And I have a small sample of some commonly used asphalt emulsion roof coating here, and you can see that the strength, there’s not a whole lot of strength here as our videos demonstrated, but if you reinforce it with a polyester fabric then it it has no elongation or flexibility but now all of a sudden it’s it’s a very tight, stronger membrane.

Now asphalt emulsion is not UV stable, so it needs to be top coated. And there’s a certain window in which it needs to be covered otherwise the UV will damage it. And asphalt emulsion does not do well with freezing temperature. It has terrible freeze-thaw flexibility and a low temperature bend of flexibility in those tests. So it’s commonly used in warmer year-round climates like southern California in the southwestern united states, as part of an acrylic restoration system used to extend the life of a roof. Obviously the cost of an asphalt emulsion product and system is very low, even though it’s applied often at 40 to 100 mils total thickness, including the polyester reinforcement.

So then we moved to acrylic. And acrylic is a very commonly used roof restoration product, has been for decades as a topcoat on spray foam, as a top coat over asphalt emulsion. It’s also used directly on existing roofs to extend the life of that roof. Because acrylic has good reflectivity, so it provides great UV protection to preserve the integrity of the underlying roof components such as the waterproofing membrane, and the insulation. And so acrylics are great for that purpose as sort of a sunscreen to protect the existing roof from UV damage, and to preserve the integrity longer, and protect it from that heat gain and the heat aging.

Acrylic is typically applied at 20 to 30 mils, or sometimes it may be higher. You have to be careful with acrylic going to thick because it is a very permeable product, it will absorb water doesn’t do well under ponding water. It will wrinkle up and it will allow for vapor transmission. It is a breathable product, therefore it’s not used as a waterproofing membrane. It’s used as a uv protection coating. And it’s also a very sustainable, because acrylic can be easily repaired and easily renewed with time. And so by using an acrylic roof coating you can create a sustainable system and continue to preserve the life of that roof, indefinitely, when used properly.

Obviously the properties of acrylic are like a high grade paint. There’s not a lot of stretch, though some roofing acrylics have some good tensile strength, but they can be torn quite easily and there’s not a whole lot of elongation at break there. So you have to think when something is fully adhered to a surface you’re going from absolutely no distance to a far distance when you have that expansion and contraction. Here’s a very thick acrylic which would absorb a lot of water and again not a whole lot of flexibility there. Again, it gets stronger the thicker that you put it on but again the tear resistance on that is is quite poor. But it is inexpensive, so it’s a great way to extend the life of roof when you don’t need a new roof membrane or a new waterproofing layer on the existing roof.

So next we move the silicone

Silicone is also a breathable product, it has a 5 perms rating, but it does hold up well to ponding water. That’s why it’s become popular as an alternative to acrylic, because it does better under ponding. But I put the asterisk there because it’s still a permeable product. If water sits on silicone long enough, it will absorb through, and and can get beneath the silicone film, and so that’s something important to know.

Silicone is also bright white, like acrylic, so it’s good for reflectivity for UV protection, for energy efficiency, but I put an asterisk on there too because silicone is notorious for having a bad dirt pick up compared to acrylic. While acrylic has a good dirt pick up resistance, it stays a white for many years, silicone can tend to yellow and discolor because it has a high dirt pickup. It’s stronger than acrylic, as you can see here, and has a little bit more kind of a stretchiness or rubberiness because silicone is a part of the rubber family, but like I showed in the video that once a tear does start, it peels apart almost like cheese. Almost no pressure at all will cause the silicone to tear. And that’s because of the type of chemical matrix that silicone has. And so that’s something to be leery of in areas where you may have hail, and if you have a split into the silicone, that split can easily tear and continue through the entire roof surface. So that’s something you have to be a concerned with regarding silicone. It’s also very difficult to repair. Silicone has a very low surface energy compared to acrylic, so acrylics will stick to other acrylics quite easily – emergency repair patches, asphalt mastic, rubber mastic, urethanes will stick to acrylic. None of those materials will adhere to silicone because of the low surface energy. Only silicone will adhere to silicone. So it makes it very difficult to repair, very difficult to re-coat, because the right silicone has to be matched up in order to do a re-coat.

Also, with that low surface energy makes it a very slippery product. So if there’s any dew on the surface, any rain on the surface, it can be a big safety hazard. And it’s also not a true waterproofing membrane. Typically it’s only applied 20 to 36 mils dry, but it is an economical choice. The reason why this has become more more popular than acrylic, because of a little bit of that increased tensile strength, but mostly because it holds up better under ponding. But you do have to sacrifice some of that reflectivity with time when you go with the silicone.

And then the fourth liquid applied product that we tested was a synthetic rubber material produced by Triton called Tritoflex. It’s typically applied at 60 to 80 mils dry, it has over a thousand percent elongation at break, with over 700 psi tensile strength. And it’s 0.1 perms, so it’s considered an impermeable or non breathable product. So it is considered a waterproofing membrane.

With the elongation and tensile properties that makes it very durable, and makes it resistant to hail, foot traffic, a lot of different things that a roof does experience including underlying structural movement, if you think of, for example, an existing metal or steel building. It withstands ponding water indefinitely, not just for a certain period of time, like silicone. It is also renewable, both on its own, exposed to UV, because synthetic rubber produced here is a UV resistant product, but when you use the acrylic topcoat you can continue to sustain the life of that roof indefinitely, which is a great savings in value for a building owner long term.

The non breathability can be a pro in a con. It’s good because you know that it’s completely watertight, it’s not going to allow any moisture transmission or air or gas transmission to the underlying roof or structure. But it can be a con in some situations. If they’re if you’re just trying to extend the life of the roof short term, and acrylic may be better because if you have some residual moisture in the roof system and acrylic will allow that breathability. A synthetic rubber membrane will not; it’ll trap any moisture in in an existing surface and will allow that to breathe out.

And it is synthetic rubber is black in color, so that’s a downside. So these are already white, this is black. But again, this is used as a waterproofing membrane for durability, flexibility, to create a long-term 15, 20, 25 year roof system. When combined with an acrylic top coat, you can achieve that reflectivity, the sustainability and then with that sacrificial layer you can continue to renew the life of that roof indefinitely.

And here I have some examples of the synthetic rubber on its own, so you can see here the elongation and recovery, but combined with the tensile strength makes it very difficult to pull apart, but fully adhere to a roof it makes a lot of difference when you have the combination of good flexibility with the tensile strength.

And then of course combining it with a reflective topcoat, you’re able to achieve the goals that you have here, while having a strong durable seamless membrane underneath. As you can see here this is acrylic on top of the rubber, that the acrylic splits apart with any of that stretch. So this would be similar to an acrylic directly on a surface that has some expansion and contraction and movement.

So essentially as you look forward to considering a roof restoration system for your building, you have to take a look at the technologies that are available. The technical data behind those and what’s most appropriate for your roof system. Do you need something that’s going to protect your roof long term? Are you looking for simply uv protection and a short-term extension of life? Or are you looking for a long-term new waterproofing membrane to protect your structure?

What is a Commercial Roof Coating?

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Frequently Asked Questions In Commercial Roofing

While FAQs about commercial roofing sounds pretty straightforward, there’s lots to discuss. Let’s talk about commercial roof coatings and liquid applied roof membranes.

Why would we talk about liquid applied roof membranes if we’re discussing roof coatings today? Because each used similar, if not the same base material. So we want to avoid any confusion and we want to use each for its best application.

Before we get too much further it sounds like we should define these.

rolling silicone roof coating on commercial roof in Tucson

A common question, and its answer, can be found here: Is Silicone Roof Coating Good?

Roof Coatings

The definition for coatings is a fluid applied adhered coating used for roof maintenance or repair, or as part of an assembly. Now typically roof coatings are installed on top of an existing roof membrane.

Liquid Applied Roof Membrane

Liquid applied roof membrane is a roof membrane constructed in place, using a liquid resin and a fabric reinforcement. It’s applied directly over insulation, cover board, or an existing roof membrane in a re-cover scenario.

The above roof coating definition comes directly from the International Building Code, where the definition for a liquid applied roof membrane comes from the Roof Coating Manufacturers Association. So these are really solid definitions.

Now that we’ve defined things, let’s get a little bit more technical with this discussion.

A roof coating has a number of uses. Although it’s not a weather proofing membrane, it certainly is used to extend the life of an existing roof by providing protection from the elements. And a coating can minimize or avoid the need to tear off an existing roof and avoid operational disruptions. It can also extend the life of the roof. We have a lot of asphalt roofs in place right now, and using a coating is an effective application.

Coatings can also change the color of a roof. The general idea is that we want to coat a dark roof to make it lighter and more reflective. Most roof coatings are white and highly reflective. Simply put, this helps reflect the energy from the sun, reduce the amount of heat absorbed into the building, and potentially reduce air conditioning costs. And we should point out that actual energy savings are going to vary based on climate zone, geography, and utility rates and things like that. But a roof coating with a nice effective thermal layer in a roof is really going to go a long ways to help save energy use in a building.

Another important point is that coatings are not intended to repair roof leaks. Before we install a roof coating, it’s good roofing practice to check for trapped moisture and repair leaks and any existing damage.

So let’s switch gears now… Let’s talk about liquid applied roof membranes and when they would be used.

The primary function of a liquid applied roof membrane is to protect the building from the elements, not just extended service life. So they’re very different from coatings. So from a long-term point of view, we could use roof coatings actually to help maintain our liquid applied roof membranes, therefore we avoid a roof tear off.

Liquid applied materials are also transported in buckets, which fit easily into elevators. So when we’re re-roofing an operational building, or a skyscraper, a liquid applied roof membrane can be a logical option.

So we can install these over many substrates and over many types of roofs. Two good examples are existing metal panel roofs and existing modified bitumen. In both cases it’ll help extend the life of those roofs. However the ability of a liquid applied roof membrane to protect against the elements depends directly on the substrate to which it’s adhered. If we have too much movement at a crack, a transition, an insulation board joint for example, this can damage the membrane.

Now that we have worked through some of the technical differences between these two products, why don’t we talk a little bit more about some of the installation differences.

A liquid applied roof membrane starts with the application of a base or foundation layer. We broom in the fabric reinforcement and encapsulate that with another layer of base coat. Then we add two or more layers of top coat, which gives us our seamless membrane.

And a roof coating is installed by brushing rolling or spraying a layer of base coat and a layer of top coat. So pretty significant differences there. Regardless of which membrane or which system type you use, you still want to do proper preparation of the substrate, which really means it needs to be clean and dry, you have to check whether or not you need to use a primer or not, we need to repair any damage repair any leaks before we put either system down.

Liquid applied roof membrane, depending on its substrate, may require additional preparation at penetrations, transitions, board joints, any place that we could anticipate movement. Additional reinforcements might also be necessary in the base level.

So a good way to think about this, roof coating is used on existing membranes. A liquid applied roof membrane is used for new roofs, re-roofing or re-cover an existing roof. Both can be the roof surface, both are restorative, but a coating is more of a maintenance item where a liquid applied roof membrane is just that – a new membrane.

Is Silicone Roof Coating Good?

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What Is Silicone Roof Coating And Should I Use It For A Commercial Roof System?

Because there are a lot of question about the use of silicone as a roof membrane, today we’ll be looking at roof restoration applications and explore the logistics and cost factors involved in a silicon restoration membrane.

What is the average cost of a silicone restoration membrane?

A silicon restoration membrane is a fluid applied, silicon membrane that is installed over an existing roof substrate. For a typical SRM installation on a 20,000 square-foot facility, we’re going to be right in the neighborhood of $2 to the top end and possibly $3.50 per square foot.

While this is only and estimate and there are many variables that can go into the cost for any particular roof, this gives you a general idea of the cost compared to other commercial roofing solutions. That cost estimate covers both labor and materials.

Assessing the Roof – Infrared Survey

One method of assessing a roof is the use of infrared surveys to verify that we know where all the saturated anomalies of insulation are, and that we can remove those before we do the SRM installation. We do not want to trap moisture in any roof assembly. It’s critical that we start with a dry, sound and clean substrate. Infrared is the most cost effective and most effective measure and way to determine where those saturated areas are.

thrmographic image of a rooftop near downtown Tucson

There are product options for you to consider and you can learn more here, Commercial Roof Coating Products And Systems

Roof Repairs

Repairs to the existing roofs that are candidates for the SRM application, those roofs been out there for 15, 20, 25, 30 years or more. These repairs are the front line defense to your building. They’re experiencing the harshest elements of your building envelope on a daily basis. Roof systems have finite life cycles. They start to wear out, things start to break down. So we want to make minor repairs to the areas that have degraded the most, if they’re not too far gone that they can’t be restored, but they still need some work to be bolstered back up. Some areas might have some tenting going on in the membranes that we want to address. Penetrations might just need to be reinforced a little bit before we do the SRM installation.

Roof Cleaning

So after we’ve done the inspection and we’ve done some mechanical repairs, we need to clean the roof system. We’re trying to adhere a fluid applied product to a 15, 20, 25 year-old membrane that’s been laying there collecting dirt. So we have to power wash it.

There’s two primary methods of power washing. You got a power washer source of water and a power washing wand. We do it on an industrial scale where we’re doing a little bit higher pressures than the typical homeowner is going to be doing that at, and we do it at a large scale. We’ll have four or five out there at one time. We use a reclamation power washing system. It’s spinning with a high pressure washer, but there’s also a vacuuming mechanism at that point that’s bringing it into, and pumping it to a truck. The truck filters out the contaminants that are pulled up off the roof and is discharging clean water. That has a little bit of a higher cost, with all the equipment involved in that, but you’re also sucking the water off at the same time, so your roof is dry much sooner and you can go to work potentially the same day as you’re washing that roof, verses it might take a day or two when using the traditional power washing methods to get the roof back to a dry surface.

Seam Reinforcement

With the SRM, there are seam repairs that need to be performed. Reinforcing the membrane helps to prevent further leaks.

There are two primary methods to do that. You can embed a polyester mesh into a wetout coat that’s reinforcing that seam and covered with another coat once cured. It is the lower cost of the two methods.

The second method is utilizing an adhesive backed, polyester reinforced tape or membrane to reinforce that. The tape is installed over the seams and covered with an layer of coating. So you still have to be clean and dry. That process costs more then utilizing just the polyester mesh.

Silicone Application

Finally, the last step in an SRM. Now it’s time to finally put down the magic juice. We’re getting the silicon coating on the roof system. Most applications are getting a 10 year warranty, some will get a 15 year warranty and even fewer will get a 20 year restoration membrane application. Manufacturers are very comfortable with the 10 and 15 years and now we’re kind of getting on that outside edge of is it really going to last 20 years, so the actual silicone and how it is applied affects the warranty as well. Some manufacturers are allowing a 10 year application to be installed in one coat. Some are even allowing a 15 year application to be installed in one coat.

Typically there’s not much labor, it takes a little bit more time to put a little bit more coating down, but it really doesn’t impact the overall cost of the project to go from 10 to 15, other than the additional material in one coat. Some roof conditions dictate that best practices says 2 coats need to be installed. You need to give this first coat down at a certain millage and then a second coat down at an additional millage, and the duration is affected by the thicknesses of both those coating applications. So again, you’re adding more material to get from 10 to 15 years and potentially 20, but now you’ve got a second step of labor, which is a big cost driver. So a little bit of more material isn’t terrible, but when you get into the second coat you do really drive an impact to the cost of the overall project.

Commercial Roof Coating Products and Systems

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Why Commercial Roof Coating Makes Good Business Sense

There are a lot of options when it comes to commercial roof coatings. In this article we’ll look at some reasons you might want to consider them.

Other options include TPO Roof Coating Installation which is covered at that linked article.

The commercial roofing industry for the most part has a very slim window of options. You’re either going to tear it off, more often than not if a roof is in complete failure after probably years of repair. You’re going to either try to re-cover it, as another option or now if it’s a candidate, you have coating as an option. Not just as a protectant, but as an actual roof system.

DC Roofing spraying on commercial roof coating in Tucson

Today we’re talking about a roof restoration system specifically involved in silicone coatings; high solid silicone coatings that when used to restore a roof can provide a 10 year warranty on the system.

The real candidates that we’re seeing for re-coating are on roofs that were installed twenty, twenty-five, thirty years ago when there was a revolution in the roofing industry where you saw a lot more single ply roofs, and a lot of closed cell styles of insulation. These are the roofs now that are at the end of their service lives, and are now becoming candidates to be coated.

In this particular roof system the existing conditions were a single ply or a white sheet over the top of a closed cell insulation, with extremely good positive drainage, well drained, saddles. What we would consider after core samples, an ideal candidate for re-coating.

The roofing consultants like myself are the last guys in line. If there’s a problem or a failure, we’re going to be the guys that are actually going to be put out in front of it we’re going to make sure that it’s correct.

Roof Evaluation

To determine the condition of a roof, we do core samples and when necessary a thermal scan. We’re very concerned about any type of moisture in the system or condensation in the system, so what those core samples are going to tell us is whether there is moisture in it, is a saturation level to the point that we don’t feel that it’s going to be coat-able? Because that saturation or moisture will ultimately find its way through that membrane and affect the coating. So it being dry is paramount to the success of a coating application.

In this particular case there were multiple drains and we took ten core samples on this particular project. All in the drain areas, which would be the lowest areas and more susceptible to being wet, found them all to be dry. Based on that evaluation, the positive drainage, the condition of the membrane, and our ability and know-how for cleaning it, we felt that we would be successful coating it.

Cleaning Process

So once we’ve determined that this is a good candidate for restoration, this is what we do to really clean this roof; we use a series of high-pressure washes along with some biodegradable detergents. We also use some service cleaners, in some cases we’ll use industrial floor scrubbers along with a detergent to soften the dirt and then pressure wash the roof clean.

This is all about adhesion. Our whole system is about adhesion. Within the whole coating industry, it is all about ultimate adhesion. If it’s clean, the technology and the coatings and the primers will work. If it’s not, there’s too many, what we call in our industry, “bond breakers”. Any oils, anything that could be left behind after a cleaning that could cause the product to de-bond or not adhere correctly.

Primer Process

The next step would be the installation of the primers. We happen to be very big fans of primers. Once we’ve super cleaned the roof, we’ll come back and we apply a two-part water-based epoxy primer to the entire surface. We’ll apply that, depending on the raw substrate, between 300 to 450 square feet per gallon. What we’re trying to do is create a surface profile to enhance adhesion to our finish coat material – that finished silicone material.

There’s two ways to put a primer on. We use a two-part primer, which we feel is a very effective and a very aggressive type of primer. This particular primer can be put on either by rolling it, or it can be sprayed. Both spraying and rolling our effective methods. We don’t coat until we’re positive about the condition of the primer.

Final Roof Coating

The next step would be the detail coating, which would be a detail at all penetrations (three coats), and fabric when needed or required by the manufacturer in order to make their warranty requirements. After the primer and the detail coats have been done we do a complete inspection of the existing system as it sits at that point, prior to doing the application of the coatings. The actual final coat, in this particular installation, is a silicone based product that, once it’s applied at a specific rate, will cure out into a monolithic sheet and provide long lasting service.

Manufacturers have requirements as far as the amount of material that’s applied in any specific roof system. We watch and we match that particular recommendation very closely, because it will determine the performances of the actual product. If that millage isn’t correct that manufacturer isn’t going to want to provide that warranty. So we’re very, very conscious, and very, very careful when we put it down.

The Value Of Re-coating

A roof candidate that’s coat-able, in relation to tearing it off, the savings is easily within the 50% range or more. Not only are we talking about the actual cost savings, but environmentally we don’t have to fill landfills with with old roof systems. If we can salvage these roofs and restore them into a into a functioning condition and keep them in that condition, everyone benefits. The beauty of using coatings when you are a candidate is that not only can you coat it, you can continue to coat it. Almost all the coating manufacturers will provide a minimum of a 10 year warranty with the understanding that, if the roof is maintained and cleaned, that it becomes a renewable warranty. That’s something that’s unique. It’s something that, over the long haul, it’s going to be a major, major cost savings

TPO Roof Coating Installation

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Steps Involved with Installing TPO Roofing

If you’re not sure what kind of roof coating you need, you might want to first get familiar with your various options in this article – Different Roof Coating Options for Your Commercial Roof

So the first thing we do with the gravel roof is we get rid of the gravel. A lot of roofing contractors may want to just tear the roofs off, but it’s really better not to do that because of landfill waste and things like that. Also, you want to maintain your existing insulation. But if you were to go over this existing gravel, the real problem is weight. So by getting rid of the gravel you’re getting rid of two hundred pounds per square. A TPO system is very light – more like 40 pounds per square, so it’s worth the effort to get rid of the rock and keep the roof.  commercial roof coating

After clearing the gravel, we’ll put down insulation and then after that we’re going to put down the single ply system TPO over gravel. The next thing we do after the roof is swept is we put down is half-inch insulation. This is basically a buffer so that nothing from underneath can get through, if there is pebble there or anything, it won’t poke through. So this goes on the whole roof.

commercial application of TPO roofing membrane

Then we go to adding the TPO at 60 mm. It cannot be ripped – it’s very formidable. This stuff should last 50 yearsOnce they start getting the TPO on the roof surface, they start heat welding, which is the next phase. Let’s discuss how this gets adhered and fastened to the deck. When things are set up, you’ll see screws and wide plates that are about 8 inches apart, all along every single seam on the roof. Then the next row comes on will overlap the first and will be heat welded together. When it’s done welded seams will be just as strong as any part of the material sheet. The way it’s kept down is at one side of the six or eight foot sheet it gets screwed down with the plates attached to the deck. That way it can’t come up – the wind can’t blow it up. So once the sheets are heat welded together, the whole thing is stuck to the deck. Every every pipe flashing and every penetration gets dealt with individually by an individual installer. He heat welds individual strips to make a watertight boot around that particular vent or protrusion. Square shaped boots are usually manufactured right on the roof as needed. For a pipe or other circular protrusion, you’ll get a prefabricated conical boot. Those get heat welded down at the base, right to the top deck layer, and is really your only point of concern. The top portion, where the vent pipe exits, gets a fifty year caulk on it and then it gets a band like you would see a hose clamp in a car, and that gets tightened down making a seal that is good for the duration of the roof.

Installing TPO Membrane | Roofing it Right

Transcript

I’m Dave and I’m Wally it’s hot it is well you guys been seeing our videos of our a little practical get-go I know we’re finally to the stage where they start stall numbering now you may notice we’re wearing booties you guys an audience mace may chuckle at that you gotta remember we’ve been tearing off a nasty pitch roof I mean it’s been hot it’s dirty you didn’t pack my other shoes I didn’t know it’s your fault now poker so as booties necessary no but it’s gonna keep that membrane cleaner when we’re kicking it out you don’t have to wear booties but I’ll tell you may sound stupid these things are cheap but it’s gonna save you a little time you have to clean so much so we’re gonna lay this roof up probably the lace roof okay well I think we’re going to start hearing the drain with a 5-footer because we’re tapering this white we’re actually taping tapering always we’re going to start Center this on the drain or pretty much run from wall to the to the edge out there and then we’re going to go to the left and to the right where they’re going to take over the crew that’s doing the tear off right they’ll take off or take over and go that way now the reason we did this of course is because the decks going this way mechanically attached we have to hit the top of the flue right that’s why we’re wearing our sheets this way I mean you could run him this way because that is longer but because of the deck we’re going perpendicular to test so we’re looking at this roof how many half sheets do we really have to have up here well if you wanted to do a half sheet you would do out there back out and back while I don’t mess around a lot of messing around so I think we’re gonna do fingers maybe do what has she run fingers right and we’ll talk about that a little more as we get installing this perfect yep you crossed okay we’re gonna take this five foot rule where several this drain rather than trying we’re gonna take it to the water block that’s our specification under any clamp ring round and run the membrane cut the hole try and get this tube squeezed in there anybody’s ever mussels water black know how messy it is we’re gonna do a prior to installing the membrane actually this is our flex seal that was our water block flex seal or water block this is our spec one full pool one full two / gray now the tricks gonna be somebody doesn’t walk in it which sure you guys haven’t been on a roof we know that’s virtually impossible but this is gonna be covered up we’ll put something around here so nobody actually gets into it no come to me go to you down a window flashing cover that walk  now I’m going to kind of cut this hold me ghosts we’re not gonna put the plant bring on right now I will come back in a little bit just little buddy walks in this area it’s cut a hole right here the center of this grain so I’ll bet I will tidy it up okay so the settings I put on the robot is 10 feet a minute for about 900 degrees this machine will run I believe while 11:48 is a maximum temperature and I believe this b2 will run around 30 feet a minute you will never let me say this again you will never well cheap you a lot fast it’s you gotta remember I’ve got this big cord I’m trying to drag with me I got trying to keep this thing straight I’ve got deflections in the deck because you can see right here that we’re gonna have to come back and patch in but how I arrived at these temperatures was there’s a formula was taught years ago you take the ambient temperature whatever it is that’s about 80 degrees so I divided that by 10 gives me 8 I added 2 feet a minute 2 that gives me 10 feet a minute gets me in the ballpark okay you don’t have to stay there but you got to have a baseline and I did test wells earlier what I did I set this up at 10 feet a minute I started at 600 degrees I did well I bumped it up 100 degrees I did another weld and I but I didn’t touch my speed what I did I ran those those temperatures to I max this machine out from 600 degrees till m48 then I went dad back and did my test bulls and I stepped up the scene up in the middle which gave me about 10 feet a minute right around 8 by 900 degrees so that’s where we get that’s where we we test well that’s how we arrived at the settings on this machine what we’re going to do now is at the end of these sheets were going to put faders now a lot of you have done picture framing picture framing is on the outside the true outside perimeter of a building which is when you step off the roof as you’re stepping it down that is a true outside perimeter a lot of the younger guys don’t have experience with laying up half sheets all the way around the perimeter it works we’ve been doing it for years but now there’s another way we call it faders so when we’re going to put feeders in we’re going to go between the two seams half of the sheet so we’re doing 10-foot sheets now it would be five foot would be make your mark at five foot Gino okay now Gino’s guy is his market five foot because we have a five foot perimeter he is going to install plates and faster twelve inches on center straight-line five foot 85-foot miss by an inch now he’s putting go foot fight scene plates in here five fasteners now he’s going to use this fasteners fasten it down and then we’re going to scrip that in with our eight-inch flashing strip which is a reinforced product what this does now I have fastener to every five feet out here at the edge of the roof where the wind is where he hits first you can also do fingers with rhinobot so we put the Rhino bond plates in first lay the sheet over top and come back and zap it in so right now I’m cleaning the membrane very important to clean it just because I cut it you know what I mean all right it’s not too dirty it’s a brand new roll that just came out so I would just use water for this there’s no need for the TPL cleaner or just plain old water it’s it works  so guys as you saw I just welded this by hand kind of took me a while I highly recommend when you guys are doing this to use the robot use the robot to weld your your fingers as well it saves you some time now the only reason I’m doing it by hand our generators being used somewhere else so I need I want why not finish this up so I’m using the hand Walter but always try to use the welder to help you guys out with the job  so now what we’re going to be doing here we’re going to end up doing the wall flashing and it’s we had to like a steel beam on the side of the on the bend so we’re gonna move the flashing seven inches on the flat so one of the tricks that I was taught by market by Dave Wiley and Mark was we’re when your guys are there you mark your seven inches when you come here you measure 14 inches so you mark your 14 inches because once again pretty quick we have a 7 inch on the flat so we’re going to do is go back and put that put the edge of the seam right here where those up 14 inches went just crease it out and then with the roller we’re gonna roll in so by rolling this in once we’re done this is that’s gonna help the tpo do an l-shape so we’re not fighting it because if you don’t crease it instead of having that that nice little L shape it’s gonna come out and it’s gonna bow out by where it right at that transition so we really really want to square this up is as you can see it’s gonna stay nice and flat and this crease helps us out so this is a cool trick I recommend everybody using it and you’re not trying to fight to try to get the TPO tight to that to the transition I’m going all the way duck  well we got through another one rarely barely we’re wrapping this one up here in Maine we’ve done tear off we’ve AIT’s a pitch you need some pitch learn some pitch what six inches to tear off something like that we got all the tpo on our end tapered systems on everything’s buttoned up ready to go for the roofer contractor to kick off tomorrow it’s up to him to finish this job it’s about 5:30 or 6 o’clock here in Maine and I think we’re just about ready to go what do you think I have myself anything gonna add it’s been a long day I’m ready to go back to work and get some rest I heard that let’s go

Commercial Roof Inspections Explained

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Question: How often should I have my roof professionally inspected? And what are technicians generally looking for?

Inspections should be performed on a commercial building twice a year, according to the industry. Typically after the winter and after the summer, because those are your two harshest climates. So in the winter the roof starts to cool or it starts to contract, so it starts to shrivel up and pull. And then in the summer, when it gets warm, it starts to loosen up.

For an example, consider a beautiful and sunny day with a temperature around 50 degrees. The roofs are heating up depending on what color roof you have and it might be 50 degrees now, but in the morning it was in the 30s. So your roof could possibly be 70 or 80 degrees now, then at night as the sun goes down it’s going to snap back to a 30 to 40 degrees, so you start getting a lot of give and take. That’s when you start getting a lot of your splits and cracks. So what a technician should do when they go up on to it and do a roof inspection is walk the roof and look at all the flashing points.

The flashing points are anything that penetrates through the roof. The penetrations are typically the weakest point of the roof – anything that breaks the field of the roof or the plane of the roof is considered a penetration. So obviously when you put a roof out you have to lay it out flat and then the penetration has to have extra material on it, and it moves at different rates than the field of the roof. So therefore the wintertime when the roof starts to contract that can start pulling those penetration points. And then in the summertime when it starts to loosen up, then the penetration points obviously start to relax too, and weaken. So it’s always wise to do extra layers at your weakest point, which is considered the penetrations.

Example of a Commercial Roof Inspection Walk-Through

Transcript

okay this is unit number two above the offices it is designated Unit two on the side here here’s the overflow looks like it’s cracked you can see the joint open here is the label for unit number two easier to read it’s not in the direct sunlight unit number one on the front of the building over the offices it is tag unit one as you can see here the tag is extremely faded this is the tag on the large unit at the rear sudden fade it it’s kind of hard to read this is the largest of the three units it’s on the roof this is at the rear of the building above the warehouse space okay we are on Franklin Street in Riverside this is just by the ladder coming up onto the roof itself we’re into a quick walk around and then we’re going to look at some of the features of the roof you can see on the cap the cape is lifting and at times you’ll see nails coming up where they’ve actually nailed the cap on you can see the pink Hill and then also the nails coming on the top of the roof tile is not very well done this is some broken tiles and some cracking in this section again more nails are lifting more cracking on a tile here you can see it’s the two caps are lifting and the seal is gone again seal is gone on that joint this is the front section that I’m walking right above that’s the face of the building you can see the seal here is coming off screws not very well sealed here you can see some exposed nails and lifting no seal around it again lifting nails another nail there is some debris from the trees up here against a parapet wall some of those roofing nails at our seals the rear of the of the building and back at the ladder

Roof Maintenance And Your Commercial Roof Warranty

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Levels of Warranty on Commercial Roofs

There are various levels of roof warranty that you might consider, depending on how long you want your commercial roof to last.

Some roofing contractors will actually just offer a contractor’s warranty. They’ll offer the contractors material only warranty or a contractor system warranty. Material only is very much like it says, the material is going to perform based on its design and the contractor will warrant that. That’s probably the lowest warranty available out there.

A contractors full system warranty basically covers things like, if you’ve got a leak that’s not due to a third party or something outside of the workmanship and the materials that were installed, the warranty is going to be covered at no cost.

regularly scheduled roof maintenance being done

When you want to take it the next level up, you talk about getting a manufacturer’s product warranty. Now those are again they’re they’re very low cost, because the manufacturer is basically giving a warranty that what we sent to that contractor is going to perform as designed and advertised, for the length of time it was designed to perform. They do provide a little peace of mind, but they don’t have as much teeth as say a manufacturer’s full system warranty where the manufacturer then says, in writing, that if due to workmanship and/or material, if the roof leaks throughout the duration of the warranty, whatever that is; 10, 15, 20 years – that they will cover the cost for the repair of that leak for you.

Maintenance Plans Extend the Life of Your Roof Warranty

Why You Need A Roof Maintenance Program – Insurance Against Your Insurance Company

Transcript

we’re here at our home office just want to tell you really quickly about our new program that we just came out with a couple of weeks ago it’s our residential roof maintenance program. okay now some bigger companies offer maintenance programs to their bigger commercial clients but I want you guys to be able to take advantage of what a maintenance program can do for your home alright so there’s gonna be four levels of service bronze silver gold platinum the bronze level basically we’re going to come out twice a year in October and April or depend on what month you actually sign up for that might change a little bit in the first year well then after that going forward will be April in October you can pay for it when you sign up you can pay for the whole year and 1-shot save a little bit of money that way or you can pay for it monthly I’m either way you’re getting way more value than the actual cost to you okay the first level is just going to be where we come out we take pictures of the entire exterior of the home windows siding gutters roof paint condition everything then we’ll take it home and we’ll mark it up with circles and arrows to highlight the different things that we want to point out in those pictures create a report for you on some software that we’ve got email that to you and then you’ve got documentation as to the condition of your home and insurance companies tell you that the best way to document what’s in your home should there ever be a fire or theft or anything is to take a video of all of your contents this is exactly the same thing but for the outside of your home so it’s a huge value they’re gonna be a little more into that later especially for you if you’ve got an executive home really large really expensive something like that so stay tuned towards the end Alex why that’s so important but our next level is going to include some minor repairs with that and then if you have either gold or platinum levels we’re going to go ahead and clean your gutters and it’s also going to include some priority scheduling should you have any kind of leak or hail damage or something like that it’ll include some level of repairs for free we’ll do some emergency mitigation at no cost to you so there’s a lot of different benefits to these email me an atom at Front Range storm contractors comm and I can send you all the details about it or you can text me at seven two zero seven two four one five one five to request some information now the reason that this is so important even if all you get is the bronze level is because right here I’ve got on our white board what it costs replace some types of roofs so if you’ve got asphalt shingles Oh unfortunately I didn’t write this looking in the mirror so this is gonna look little backwards to you guys so this says asphalt shingles and they range from five hundred to six hundred dollars for a hundred square feet of replacement costs okay most houses are gonna be twenty or two thousand square feet so 4,500 square feet now remember this is per hundred square feet here so we call that squares okay so twenty to forty five squares is gonna be most roofs with asphalt shingles but that’s coming out to ten thousand to twenty-seven thousand dollars just for the roof alright then you’ve got another kind of material called wood roof which is like a faux wood it looks like wood but it’s really not it’s gonna be about seven hundred dollars per hundred square feet to replace those most those houses are slightly larger 245 squares so you’re coming out at 21,000 to 32,000 for a cost to replace just the roof there now would shake roofs themselves are gonna be 700 to 800 dollars per square to replace them most of those are gonna be 3,200 squares it’s a pretty big house but they they do exist out there so that’s gonna be about 21,000 to $80,000 just replace the roof only should it ever need to be replaced if you’ve got a metal roof and that can be what looks like kind of corrugated metal it’s called standing seam or it can be there are metal tiles and some of those metal tiles even have the same type of granular covering that asphalt shingles have okay so there’s different types of metal roofs so that’s gonna arrange generally from eight hundred to a thousand dollars per hundred square feet to replace those and the size of those roots are gonna be 30 to 100 squares so you’re talking 24,000 to $100,000 just replace the roof you’ve got concrete tile roof those are starting at $1,000 a square some of them can be i’ve got there’s a glare but $2,000 or more depend on their brand Ludowici squares extremely expensive so those are also gonna be about 30 to 100 squares per roof so you’re looking at 30,000 to $200,000 just replace the roof if it’s damaged with hail now do you really think your insurance company wants to pony up all that money so the more expensive your roof is the harder they’re gonna fight to not have to replace that roof okay so would shake metal roofs and concrete tile roofs if you’ve got that on your house your insurance company is going to for sure hire an engineer to come out and try to tell you that there might be damage on your roof but it’s not from something that your policy cover it’s not from Hale it’s not from wind it’s gonna be foot traffic installation air especially on concrete ah they’re gonna try to pass it off as what they call expansion and contraction damage you know heating and cooling cycles it’s just not true there are all kinds of videos on YouTube that you can google about testing how hail damages concrete tile and basically there’s a little corner let me see if I can a little corner down at the right lower corner of the tile that is the most susceptible to damage and when hail hits right on that corner and breaks that corner off your insurance company is going to try to say that that just happened because there wasn’t enough room for it to expand and contract well if you can manually just shake or jiggle that concrete tile there’s plenty of room for it to expand and contract but there are videos out there showing one-inch hail damaging concrete tile and they’re gonna try to tell you that it takes softball sized hail to cause any kind of damage so if you have documentation of the condition of your roof that there were no problems before the hailstorm then you get a hail storm and you’ve got 30 or 40 of those concrete tiles with a little piece that’s missing chipped cracked off something like that then they come and say nope sorry that you know expansion contraction and say really so it all happened between you know the end of April when my contractor took pictures of it and the middle of May when the storm came through so two weeks there somehow all these tiles just no I’m not buying it and then they come around and they go oh you have pictures I guess maybe we’ll have to pay for it then so you can see how this would be extremely beneficial for anybody with an expensive roof just to insure that their insurance company is going to do what they promised when you pay your premium every month it’s extremely cost-effective for you and give us a call or text us at seven two zero seven two four one five one five send us an email Adam at Front Range storm contractors comm will send you all the information with no obligation and looking forward to hearing more from you guys later about how much you really love this program and how much it really saved you when you got hit by hail