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Commercial Roof Maintenance: Enhancing Performance Against the Elements

Posted by Art Valentz on May 26, 2021

With the heat of the summer on the horizon, it’s natural to start thinking about commercial roof maintenance and how to combat the destructive effect of full-strength sunlight. The truth is that every season has its own set of weather-related concerns that can wreak havoc on your roof and rooftop structures. The key to preventing damage is developing and perfecting a robust maintenance plan that will protect your roof, no matter the season. From pounding rain and harsh winds to hot sun and chilling ice, we discuss how the elements can affect your roof and what you can do to combat the effects of these events.

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

Why (and How) You Should Protect Your Roof Membrane

Posted by Art Valentz on November 18, 2020

Flat commercial roofs don’t have the ability to naturally drain rain, snow, and precipitation the way that sloped roofs do. Therefore, having a durable roof membrane is essential in protecting the building from leaks and other damage that can occur. Protecting this roof membrane should be a priority to ensure the continued longevity of your building’s comfort as well as its materials. How can facility managers protect the most important part of their roofs?

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

Where Roofing is Concerned, Sustainability Starts at The Top

Posted by Marion McKnight on September 16, 2020

Commercial buildings are getting larger. Of the 55 percent of buildings built between 1960 and 1999, the average size is 16,300 square feet. Meanwhile, the buildings built since 1999 have an average size of 19,000 square feet – an increase of almost 3,000 square feet. What does this have to do with sustainable roofing?

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

Roof Restoration Makes Buildings More Efficient

Posted by Art Valentz on August 26, 2020

Most roofs don’t last beyond their designed lifetime – but they absolutely can and should. Each year that you keep your rooftop operational is another year that you’ve amortized the cost of its original construction. In other words, there’s a financial incentive for you to stall your next roof replacement for as long as possible.

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

Why Preventive Maintenance & Inspections Are Crucial for Commercial Roofs

Posted by Art Valentz on June 3, 2020

Between extreme weather, installation errors, and ordinary wear and tear, roofs can go through a lot.

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

Ensuring the Best Performance for Commercial Roofs

Posted by Marion McKnight on April 1, 2020

How old is your roof right now? Given that a commercial roof may have anywhere from a 20-year lifespan to a 50-year lifespan, it’s likely that you didn’t inherit your commercial roof when it was new. What’s more, no matter how badly your roof was treated before you started working, the success of your job depends on making your newly inherited roof last as long as possible.

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

How to Prepare for Thermal Expansion

Posted by Marion McKnight on October 16, 2019

Winter is approaching across the Northern Hemisphere, which means it’s time to prepare for thermal expansion—and its more dangerous cousin, thermal shock. 

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance

It’s All About Performance: Efficiency in Commercial Roofing

Posted by Art Valentz on September 26, 2019

If treated correctly, your roof could last anywhere from twenty to fifty years. Simply lasting is not a measure of roofing success, however—instead, you’ll want to look at lifetime costs. Picking the right commercial roofing materials up front, treating them properly, and investing in the correct infrastructure and maintenance programs will make your roof more efficient and more likely to last its full lifetime without incurring significant costs.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

How to Maximize the Lifespan of Your Roof and Pipe Support Systems

Posted by Art Valentz on May 23, 2019

Commercial roofs have varying lifespans. TPO roofs have the shortest life, with a maximum of 20–30 years. Meanwhile, asphalt roofs can last up to 40 years, and metal roofs can last up to 45. These are simply the documented life spans as they exist on paper, however. Under real-world conditions, most commercial roofs never last as long as their projected life.

Replacing a roof is expensive in terms of materials, cost of labor, and lost productivity. There’s also a loss of investment to think about. If you invest in a commercial roof with a lifespan of 40 years and it only lasts for three decades, then your roof is suddenly amortized over a much shorter amount of time. In other words, if you can extend the lifespan of your commercial roof, then your initial investment becomes much more bearable over time.

Lastly, there’s not just the roof itself to consider. The pipe supports on your roof hold gas pipes, refrigerants, electrical and internet cables, HVAC, and more. If and when these supports break down, the equipment upon them could break, exposing your roof to a variety of hazards that range from chemical spills to fires—all of which would cause the roof to fail to meet its expected lifespan without the help of an experienced commercial roofing company.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roofing Maintenance

Safe Solutions to Solve Common Roof Problems

Posted by Art Valentz on May 9, 2019

Your roof is a large flat surface that’s exposed directly to sunlight and the elements. In other words, there’s a high possibility for damage when you’ve installed support systems with a high potential to penetrate your roof. The common roof problems presented below depict massive costs when it comes to facility management. Here’s how to keep them in check with noninvasive pipe support solutions and products engineered by PHP Systems/Design.

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Topics: Roofing Maintenance, Roof Safety

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