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Are Cool Roofs in Northern Climates Worth the Investment?

Posted by Jason Fulton on February 22, 2017

If you’re a business or homeowner in a state like Arizona, you probably understand the power of the cool roof, but what about along the east coast where the winters are fierce? Historically, cool roofs – roofs that reflect the heat of the sun to naturally cool a structure down – are appreciated more in regions where thermal energy is a concern. There is a science behind cool roof technology that makes it a practical choice for even the northern states, though. Consider some ways your business might benefit from a cool roof no matter what the weather patterns.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Roofing Management

A PACE Program Primer for Building Owners

Posted by Art Valentz on February 16, 2017

One of the biggest challenges for any business or property owner is obtaining the financing needed to improve their structure and in turn grow the business. While a thriving business may have cash flow or you might have the ability to borrow money through traditional financing, this isn’t always the case—especially for companies still in the growth stage. What if there was a way to borrow the cash you needed with the assurance that paying it back wouldn’t be a problem? Depending on the improvements you’re hoping to make, PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) could be an ideal solution.

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Topics: Roofing Management

Thinking about contesting an OSHA fine? Read this first!

Posted by Art Valentz on February 9, 2017

If you have never received an OSHA fine, you may not realize what a nerve-wracking problem it can be to face. If money is no object, you may decide to simply pay the fine and move on with your business. However, how many business owners can honestly say that money is no object? In many cases, it may make since to contest the fine and see about resolving the citation. We’ve gathered a bit of information about this process so you can decide if it is the right step for you to take.

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Topics: Roof Safety

3 Tips For Keeping Your Commercial Rooftop Clean

Posted by Jason Fulton on December 21, 2016

Research shows that facility administrators, owners and maintenance professionals who inspect and repair their commercial rooftop on a regular schedule spend only 14 cents per square foot, versus 25 cents per square foot for those that don’t. That’s 44% savings just from performing basic proactive maintenance on your rooftop! What’s more, a proactively cared for roof lasts around eight years longer than one fixed on an as-needed basis.

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

9 Reasons to Consider a Green Roof

Posted by Jason Fulton on December 13, 2016

In urban areas, space is at a premium. Especially large lots that could house gardens or green spaces, since such spots are likely to attract buyers who will build on them. So what’s a garden-lover in the city to do?

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roof Architecture

Survey Says...Yes! You Should Hire A Roof Consultant

Posted by Art Valentz on December 1, 2016

 The roof is one of the most important structures of a building, keeping the elements out and ensuring that all systems are carefully protected so they can function as they’re supposed to. When it comes to roofs, you don’t want to mess around.

That’s where a roofing consultant comes in. Registered Roof Consultants are extremely useful when it comes to ensuring the correct installation of your commercial rooftop and closing the gap between architect and contractor. If you’re an architect, building owner, facilities manager, design engineer or maintenance professional, you may be wondering why hiring a roofing consultant is a good idea … or even whether you should become one yourself.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Roofing Management

The ‘Big Three’ Flat Roof Drainage Systems

Posted by Marion McKnight on November 16, 2016

Unlike gabled, hip, gambrial or dormer roofs – as well as their similarly pitched counterparts – flat roofs do not automatically slough off water due to the force of gravity. Instead, without a proper drainage system in place, they will collect water. If you don’t take care of optimizing the flow of water and snow melt off of a flat commercial rooftop, you’re going to find yourself in some trouble.

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Topics: Roof Architecture

Warning! 5 Signs Your Building Needs A New Roof

Posted by Art Valentz on November 10, 2016

A new commercial rooftop is an investment, one that doesn’t always come at the most opportune time for business owners and facility managers. It’s understandable that you might want to put it off – the question is, can you? Waiting too long is a big risk, one that may end up costing you even more in repairs and you will still need a new roof. How do you know when you are at the point that a new roof is a necessity instead of a luxury? There are some clear indicators that say it’s time.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

Winter Is Coming! 7 Tips to Prepare Your Commercial Rooftop

Posted by Marion McKnight on November 2, 2016

The leaves are turning, you’re still picking up stray candy wrappers from trick-or-treaters, and travel plans for Thanksgiving are underway. This can only mean one thing: Fall is in full swing, and winter is right around the corner. For facility managers and building owners in northern regions, this means it’s time to start prepping your buildings for the cold and snow. One of the most important aspects of this preparation is ensuring your rooftop is ready to handle the imminent winter weather. Without further ado, here are seven tips to keep in mind during preparation.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

4 Best Practices For Rooftop Cable Trays

Posted by Jason Fulton on October 26, 2016

A lot of thought must go into choosing and installing cable trays in order to ensure the safety and effectiveness of the cables that run through them. Those systems ensure the effectiveness of the cables they protect, reduce wear and tear to rooftop installations, and help ensure safety for people, as well as, property.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Rooftop Support Engineering