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How to Spot Signs of Roof Damage

Posted by Art Valentz on March 8, 2023

Roof damage is not always immediately obvious, but when it goes unnoticed, it can create structural problems and can even devalue your commercial property. Taking care of these problems early can prevent more costly fixes down the road. Identifying commercial roof issues is the first step to getting them repaired.

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Topics: Roofing Management

Beyond Leaks: Why Ponding Water Is Bad for Your Commercial Roof

Posted by Art Valentz on February 8, 2023

Ponding water is the enemy of a flat roof. Water that collects in puddles very occasionally is unlikely to create a problem, but water that collects regularly can create a variety of issues, including leaks, rodents and insect infestation, birds, vegetation, and discoloration. Ultimately, ponding water can do damage to your building and reduce your property's value. 

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

What Can Solar Power Do for My Commercial Building?

Posted by Art Valentz on November 16, 2022

An article from the Yale School of the Environment published in 2020 revealed that just 3.5 percent of commercial buildings in the United States have solar panels installed, while an additional one percent of commercial buildings have solar panels off-site. Some buildings are not suitable for solar power, either because they are too small or just don't need enough electricity to make solar panel investment financially efficient. However, the report revealed that about 70 percent of commercial buildings in the United States would be eligible for solar panels.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Roof Architecture

All About Roof Slopes on “Flat” Commercial Roofs

Posted by Art Valentz on October 19, 2022

Commercial roofs often look flat, but no commercial roof - or any roof, for that matter - is completely flat. Even on a roof that looks completely flat, there is a subtle slope (also called a pitch) that is important for the functionality and performance of that commercial roof.

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Topics: Roofing Management

Fall Maintenance Checklist for Commercial Roofs

Posted by Art Valentz on September 21, 2022

With the changing season, it’s time to think about fall readiness and eventual winter prep through commercial roof maintenance. Your commercial rooftop went through a lot this year! High heat in summer and cold nights in spring and winter could have caused damage to your commercial roof. 

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

Improving Air Quality in Your Commercial Building

Posted by Art Valentz on August 24, 2022

Good indoor air quality (IAQ) contributes to the safety and health of everyone who works in your commercial building, from the maintenance crew to the managers. Healthy IAQ can even improve quality of work life for the people who rely on your business for their incomes and livelihood. As a business manager or a building manager, you'll find that people who get sick from the air they breathe at work have more absences from the office, more paid time off, poor productivity and lower morale. It's bad for your employees and for business!

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Topics: How to

How Rooftop Support Systems Protect Roofs in a Hurricane

Posted by Art Valentz on July 27, 2022

The summer season is here, ushering in months of sunshine, vacationing…and hurricanes forming in the ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and this year, it’s especially important to make sure your buildings are ready. According to the Atlantic Defense Fund, hurricanes in recent years have been accompanied by higher storm surges, stronger winds, and more destruction. These storms are becoming stronger and intensifying faster, which is causing hurricanes to become more costly for property-owning businesses and homeowners.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roof Safety

Beyond Falls: Preventing Injuries With Rooftop Support Equipment

Posted by Art Valentz on June 29, 2022

Working on rooftops can be dangerous. According to, roofing workers had one of the highest rates of nonfatal falls, with 86.9 cases per 10,000 full-time workers in 2016. In 2020, the number of fatal accidents for roofers was 50 per 100,000 full-time workers. It’s not surprising that working on rooftops incurs risk, with heavy lifting, frequent climbing, and working in the scorching heat. OSHA considers roof safety to be paramount, and it’s something that commercial/industrial building managers must consider.

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Topics: Roof Safety

5 Benefits of Storing Equipment on Your Building’s Rooftop

Posted by Art Valentz on June 1, 2022

You may have noticed that other commercial buildings have HVAC systems, solar panels, and other equipment stored on their rooftops. You may also wonder if you should do the same for your building but aren’t certain about the reasons why commercial buildings keep equipment on their rooftops. Good news—the benefits of storing heavy equipment on a rooftop far outweigh any negatives. In fact, you can compensate for potential negatives by planning your rooftop layout and investing in a complete rooftop support system.

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Topics: Rooftop Equipment

Why Pipe Supports Are Critical to Operational Efficiency

Posted by Art Valentz on May 4, 2022

How often do you think about your building’s piping? Though it may not occupy your thoughts often, piping plays a critical role in keeping your building running efficiently. From plumbing and gas to hot and chilled water, commercial piping delivers crucial elements that contribute to your building’s overall comfort. However, piping performs best and lasts longer when you take the time to properly care for it. Moreover, taking steps to preserve your piping also protects the structure of your building’s roof, where piping and equipment is often found. Zero-penetration roof pipe supports elevate piping to better handle load distribution changes and issues such as thermal expansion.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering

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