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Creating Climate-Resilient Roofing Designs for Commercial Buildings

Posted by Art Valentz on July 15, 2020

The climate is indisputably changing. We notice it in things like hotter summers, more intense storms, and longer hurricane seasons. What we notice, your roof notices too. Depending on the location of your building, you’ll find that extreme weather will impact the design of your roof – and what’s more, extreme weather is likely to keep on getting more extreme. This means that in order to maximize the lifespan of your roof, you don’t just need to build: you need to overbuild, anticipating the ways in which climate will change in order to meet a moving target. How do you create resilient roofing in the wake of a changing climate?

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Topics: Roof Architecture, How to

Resilient and Reliable: Creating Sustainable, High-Performing Roofs

Posted by Art Valentz on April 22, 2020

Creating sustainable roofing has always been a great way to prove your merits as an eco-conscious organization, but there’s far more to it than that. With traditional asphalt roofs lasting a mere 20 years or so, eco-friendly roofs are about more than just doing your part for the environment—they’ll save you money in the long run as well. From green roofs to solar panels, here’s how sustainability makes a great investment for your next commercial roof.

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Topics: Roof Architecture

How to Optimize Your Company’s Rooftop Design

Posted by Art Valentz on July 11, 2019

What’s the difference between a good rooftop design and a bad rooftop design?

Functionally speaking, a “bad” rooftop design will express itself through the results. You’ll find that a bad rooftop design requires extensive maintenance more often. A bad rooftop design will have poor fit and finish—there will be gaps between flashings and penetrations, and the edges may be composed entirely of roofing tar. You’ll begin to find leaks within months of the roof’s completion.

A bad roofing design will have poor conformity to building regulations. It may not be able to resist uplift forces. It will leak energy due to poor insulation, and you will be forced to spend more money to heat and cool the building. Between constant repairs and increased energy costs, you’ll spend more money maintaining the roof than you did on its initial construction.

Here’s the thing—there are all outcomes of poorly-optimized rooftop design. How do you catch these design flaws before they’re embodied in plywood and membrane—and before they start costing you money?

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Topics: Roof Architecture

How to Create a High-Performance, Long-Lasting Commercial Roof

Posted by Art Valentz on April 11, 2019

A high-performance roof isn’t something that happens on its own. We’ve written about this before – if you simply ask an architect to “create a roof,” you’re likely to receive a blueprint that does not correctly communicate its design intent to your builders. You need to select the right designer, hire a roofing consultant, and make sure that they collaborate productively with the contractors.  In other words, even creating a roof that lasts for as long as intended requires careful and proactive management.

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Topics: Roof Architecture

How to Improve Design Intent in Roofing Architecture

Posted by Art Valentz on January 10, 2019

It is commonly assumed that an architect knows what they’re doing. After all, the architect has gone to school, joined a practice, and designed several buildings. Why should your building be any different?

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Topics: Roof Architecture

Why Wind Design Is Important for Your Commercial Building

Posted by Art Valentz on December 13, 2018

How Important is Wind Design for Your Commercial Building

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Topics: Roof Architecture

Why Hiring Roof Consultants is Essential to Eliminating Information Gaps

Posted by Art Valentz on November 29, 2018

When you need to install a new roof on your building or commit to major repairs, your first job—step one—is to hire a roofing consultant. Read that again. Not a roofing contractor—a roofing consultant. Many building owners hire a roofing consultant only when there is a problem with their roof, only to find that the problems exist due to things that should have been addressed before the build.

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Topics: Roof Architecture

A Simple Guide to Preventing Rooftop Leaks

Posted by Art Valentz on October 18, 2018

In the early 2000s, the EPA released a study that showed 85% of commercial buildings had sustained water damage at some point, 45% of which had existing leaks.

While there hasn’t been a similarly deep study of commercial water damage, you can bet that the situation hasn’t changed much. Minor roof leaking is often seen as low priority—an annoyance that can be dealt with at a later time.

However, you can’t just wait until leaks become apparent on the interior. Anything from improperly-secured RTUs to roof penetration, extreme weather, excessive foot traffic, materials/membrane/sealant failure, improper inspection and beyond can cause leak-inducing damage.

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Topics: Press Release, Roof Architecture, How to

Protect What Protects You: Invest in Regular Roof Maintenance

Posted by Art Valentz on October 2, 2018

There’s no denying the value of a strong commercial roof. It’s your main defense against the elements and keeps your internal investments safe from damage.

But for all the thought of how a roof protects what’s under it, many building owners lose sight of protecting the roof itself. Just because roofing materials are built to last decades doesn’t mean you can leave them neglected.

The effects of damage to neglected commercial roofs can grow exponentially. One small crack will grow over time until what would have been a simple repair becomes a full-blown roof replacement.

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Topics: Press Release, Roof Architecture, How to

Warranty Wisdom 101

Posted by Art Valentz on August 22, 2018

The decision to invest in a new roof isn’t one you can make lightly. If it’s an emergency, you won’t have a choice—but that doesn’t mean you can dive in headfirst without doing your homework.

When you spend all that money, you can expect your roof will last the full 30-50 years the materials are meant for. That doesn’t mean there won’t be any issues along the way.

Luckily, you have your warranties to protect the investment. Right? The situation is a bit more complicated than that.

There’s a wide variety of warranties in the roofing industry and it’s important not to overlook your true coverage. Whenever you’re investing in a new roof, you need to be well-versed in all kinds of warranties and know how they vary in terms of coverage and obligation.

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Topics: Press Release, Roof Architecture, How to

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