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School Safety Report: Rooftop Support Systems

Posted by Art Valentz on August 2, 2017

When designing a school building, all safety and security measures must be taken into account in order to protect the lives and property of its occupants. In addition to limiting access to the campus through doors or gates, integrating security checkpoints into the flow of traffic and installing bollards where necessary, there are more recondite means of ensuring the integrity of the building and the safety of its users.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Management, Roof Safety, Roof Architecture

Summer's Here! Let's Talk About Heat Illness Prevention

Posted by Jason Fulton on July 24, 2017

The summer season has arrived, and with it come additional health hazards in your work environments. Each year, thousands of workers exposed to extreme heat and/or humid conditions die or become ill from heat stress and other heat related illnesses. For this reason, it is important to be mindful of the signs and symptoms of heat stress and protect your (and your colleagues') health this summer. This is especially important while working in extreme environments such as rooftops, where there is little to no shade available for workers.

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Topics: Roof Safety, Construction

5 Critical Maintenance Tips for Your Rooftop Pipe and Equipment Supports

Posted by Jason Fulton on June 28, 2017

Regular roof maintenance is vital for keeping your roof watertight and preventing expensive future problems. One of the most important things on your roof maintenance checklist should be your pipe and equipment supports. Identifying and troubleshooting problems early will help ensure a long-lasting roof system. To lengthen the lifespan of your roofing system, regularly check your rooftop for the following signs of failure.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

How Well Do You Know Your Commercial Roof Warranty?

Posted by Marion McKnight on June 21, 2017

Since there are so many things to consider while choosing a roof system, it's not uncommon for facility managers and building owners like you to feel overwhelmed. One of your most important considerations in this process is deciding on a rooftop warranty. Choosing the right warranty can be challenging, but it can also mean the difference between a minor hassle and a break-the-bank scenario.

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Topics: Roofing Management

Integrated Project Delivery Strategies Build Better Buildings

Posted by Jason Fulton on May 25, 2017

No longer are construction projects top-driven by a single person directing the activities of all. Instead, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) strategies integrate the interests and risks of the owner, architect and contractor into a collaborative team effort to more fully harness the talents and productivity of each separate project element.

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Topics: Installation Tips, Construction

What is design-build construction?

Posted by Marion McKnight on May 10, 2017

Design-build construction is a one-stop-shop for your construction projects. Housing both the design and construction aspects of your project under one roof, the right design-build contractor can save you time, money and aggravation.

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Topics: Construction

4 Reasons to Stop Using Wood for Rooftop Pipe & Equipment Supports

Posted by Art Valentz on April 19, 2017

If you do business out of a building that is relatively old, it likely has wooden supports to hold up pipes and equipment on the roof. This approach to commercial and industrial rooftops deserves some fresh thinking, since better solutions are now available.

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Topics: Rooftop Support Engineering, Roofing Maintenance, Roof Architecture

What to Expect from a Professional Roof Inspection

Posted by John Engle on April 4, 2017

How much attention are you giving to the roof that protects your company’s building? Even if you have a roof maintenance and inspection plan in place, a regular inspection from a professional is a wise investment. As the building’s manager, owner, or design engineer, it’s prudent to have a better understanding of what to expect from a professional roof inspection, before you make an appointment for service.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

The Anatomy of a Commercial Rooftop

Posted by Steve Biery on March 21, 2017

When you serve as a building owner or as a facility manager, you need to know a little bit about many different things. One of the most critical things you should learn about is your roof. But, what makes a commercial rooftop unique and what do you need to know about this vital part of your building’s structure? Let us share a bit of knowledge about the anatomy of a commercial rooftop.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roof Architecture

Let’s Talk About Resilient Design

Posted by Marion McKnight on March 2, 2017

 Whether you manage your own facility or work for others as a roofer or builder, you have seen the term “resilient design” somewhere. Resilience is the new black when it comes to sustainability. As the climate patterns shift, the need for resilient architecture becomes even more pronounced. Modern building design relies heavily on this concept and The Resilient Design Institute is at the forefront of its advocacy. What is resilience, though, and what is its role in roofing?

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Topics: Roof Architecture