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6 Strategies to Make Commercial Roofs More Sustainable

Posted by Art Valentz on July 12, 2023

Sustainability is on everyone's mind these days, whether it's because of personal long-term commitments to the cause or expanding environmental worries. In either scenario, it can be challenging to determine what constitutes sustainability, particularly when it comes to building materials. So where do you even begin when it comes to commercial roofing systems?

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Topics: Roofing Management

Roofing for High Wind Areas: Special Considerations

Posted by Art Valentz on June 7, 2023

Commercial roofs are particularly susceptible to wind damage. Compared to residential structures, the low slope and differing material types makes these structures vulnerable when winds kick into high gear.   

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

Why Does Roofing Fail? 5 Causes of Commercial Roof Failure

Posted by Art Valentz on May 3, 2023

Roof failure is a problem that occurs for many reasons, but in an ideal scenario, your commercial roof will last at least as long as its intended lifespan. You can help your commercial rooftop last as long as it was intended to last by taking good care of it. Measures such as regular inspections or adding a rooftop support system can add years of life to your roof. Knowing the potential causes of roof failure and what you can do to prolong its lifespan can help ensure that your roof will endure for the longest length of time possible. 

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Topics: Roof Safety

Is Your Building LEED Certified?

Posted by Art Valentz on April 5, 2023

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED certification is one of the most respected and frequently used building rating systems in the world. To become LEED certified, a building must meet standards for efficiency and healthy construction. 

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Topics: Roof Architecture

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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