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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

How Rooftop Support Systems Protect Roofs in a Hurricane

Posted by Art Valentz on July 27, 2022

The summer season is here, ushering in months of sunshine, vacationing…and hurricanes forming in the ocean. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30, and this year, it’s especially important to make sure your buildings are ready. According to the Atlantic Defense Fund, hurricanes in recent years have been accompanied by higher storm surges, stronger winds, and more destruction. These storms are becoming stronger and intensifying faster, which is causing hurricanes to become more costly for property-owning businesses and homeowners.

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Topics: Roofing Management, Roof Safety

The Top 4 Threats to Your Commercial Roof’s Longevity

Posted by Art Valentz on January 12, 2022

Commercial roofs play an essential role in protecting the integrity of your building. As roofing is one of your most important investments, it’s only natural to want it to last for as long as possible. Unfortunately, most commercial roofs don’t end up meeting their promised lifespan. Why? Wear and tear will, of course, take their toll over the years. And while you can’t stop aging, you can slow its pace. The way you control how external factors interact with your roof and leave it vulnerable to damage will play a large role in determining its longevity.

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Topics: Roofing Management

Repair or Replace? How to Decide on the Future of Your Commercial Roof

Posted by Art Valentz on October 20, 2021

When you discover issues with your commercial roof, you may wonder whether a total roof replacement is in your near future, or whether you can get by with a simple repair. We discuss common signs of trouble, what they could mean, and how to make the right decision for your roof.

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Topics: Roofing Management

How Expecting Unexpected Weather Protects Your Commercial Roof

Posted by Art Valentz on August 18, 2021

Commercial building owners plan for expected events. In Texas, we know that summers will be rife with scorching heat. Up north, buildings must be ready for heavy snow. What happens when things don’t go as expected, and damage occurs as a result? Having a sound plan to deal with contingencies is important for all commercial building owners.

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Topics: Roofing Management

Ensuring Your Commercial Roof Can Combat Extreme Weather

Posted by Art Valentz on May 5, 2021

No matter where you’re located, your commercial rooftop will generally be subjected to some form of extreme weather, whether this means storms, heavy winds, snow, tornadoes, and even earthquakes or hurricanes. Buildings that are constructed in areas known to experience extreme weather or seismic events need more than traditional roof support equipment. Here’s what you should be aware of based on the dangers you’re going to face.

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Topics: Roofing Management

How Value Engineering Is Used in Rooftop Applications

Posted by Art Valentz on December 30, 2020

When the concept of value engineering first appeared in the 1940s, the aim was to promote value through careful analyzation of products and components. This is accomplished by improving performance either with a cost increase or by reducing cost without sacrificing performance. Over time, it was determined that value can only be created if functionality and durability are a top priority.

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Topics: Roofing Management, How to

Common Challenges & Threats with Rooftop Equipment

Posted by Art Valentz on December 9, 2020

When it comes to commercial and industrial facilities, building owners often choose to install equipment on the roof. This frees up interior space to be used for more productive means. However, rooftop equipment does carry risks and safety issues, as well as access and mobility threats. These challenges and threats can be eliminated using rooftop equipment supports and access methods allowing for safety and proper management of all rooftop areas and equipment.

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Topics: Roofing Management, How to

The Application of Resiliency in Rooftop Support Products

Posted by Art Valentz on October 28, 2020

Investing in a rooftop support system can greatly improve the functionality and accessibility of your commercial rooftop. However, not all rooftop support systems are created equal. The ideal system will be able to support a resilient roof system, one that is built to be wind- and impact-resistant and protect against extreme weather events, environmental contamination, and man-made wear and tear. To ensure long-term success, all components of a rooftop must be built to endure, including rooftop support systems.

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Topics: Roofing Management

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