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The Importance of Commercial Flat Roof Maintenance

The Importance of Commercial Flat Roof Maintenance

In our last post, we talked about the most common commercial flat roof systems including rolled roofing, rubber roofing or epdm roofing, pvc and tpo roofs, mod bit roofing, and tar and gravel roof systems. While most of these systems have a 40+ year lifespan, no system will last without proper maintenance. Below are a few reasons why it is important to have consistent upkeep and maintenance on your commercial flat roof system.

Maintenance is Required for Warranty

When it comes to these large, heavy duty roofing systems, the manufacturers will require regular maintenance in order to maintain the warranty on the products. While these products are strong and durable, it is vital that they are maintained in order to operate at peak performance level. Ignoring regular maintenance can void the warranty and be very costly if major repairs are needed.

Identify Issues Before They Start

When a roof is regularly inspected, it is easy to spot issues or potential failure points. Often times a trained roof technician is able to see where problems could arise even before the issue has fully developed. By catching these details ahead of time, proper preventative repairs can be made in order to prevent failure. Not only will this extend the lifespan of the roof, but it could easily save thousands of dollars in costly repairs had the issue not been identified earlier.

Roof Status Documentation for Insurance

We often don’t think about insurance needs until a big storm causes damage. When it comes to commercial buildings and insurance, clear documentation can be the difference between approved and denied insurance claims. Regular photos and maintenance update documents can provide your insurance company with proof of pre-storm condition and accurate understanding of what needs to be repaired or replaced.

As you can see, preventative maintenance can have a drastic impact on your roof. Not only will it extend the lifespan of the product, it could easily save thousands of dollars in repair or replacement costs. If you are interested in Blue Frog Roofing’s Maintenance Program, contact our office. Our commercial roof technicians can provide you with more information and help provide a maintenance plan that fits your needs.

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Commercial Flat Roof Systems

Commercial Flat Roof Systems

When it comes to commercial roofing, more and more commercial buildings are utilizing flat roof systems. Flat roof systems (as opposed to low-slope or steep-slope) come in several varieties, each variety having different qualities. Depending on they type of building, size of roof, budget, and even owner goals, one system may prove to be a better option over the others. The information below can be used as a starting point when discussing which flat roof system will best suit your needs.

“Built Up” or “Tar and Gravel Roofing”

Built up roofing (BUR) is one of the oldest commercial roofing types. Despite it’s age, it still proves to be a durable solution on some modern applications. BUR is constructed using a continuous and semi-flexible membrane made of fabric or felt layers. These layers of fabric or felt are called “piles.” Piles are alternated with asphalt-based materials such as tar/bitumen and aggregate, which is where we get the name “tar and gravel” roofing. This results in an extremely durable and relatively easy to repair roofing system. The major downsides of this system are it is not as energy-efficient as the more modern materials and does not offer any level of reflectivity.

PVC and TPO Roofing

PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) roofing systems are types of single-ply membrane roofing. These materials come in rolls which are unfurled and adhered with heat to the roof deck. The seams are then welded to make them waterproof. These roof systems offer the benefit of reflectivity and are light in color. They also offer a high level of chemical resistance, which makes them ideal for food production operations where oils or fats may be exhausting onto your rooftop. While the system sounds relatively simple, the downside is that the installation process is quite labor-intensive and requires the expertise of an experienced roofer to ensure proper installation.

EPDM Roofing

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) roofing is a single-ply membrane, rubber-like material that is excellent in both fatigue and impact resistance. It is a very durable material, holds up well to weather, and is less likely to be damaged by things like hail or debris. To install, large sheets of this “rubber roofing” material are measured out over the roof and adhered with a roll-on adhesive. With proper installation and upkeep, an EPDM roof can last for 40+ years. While not typically a reflective material, steps can be taken to increase its efficiency.

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Modified Bitumen Roofing, also called Mod Bit Roofing, is another system that may be referred to as “rubber roofing.” Similar to BUR, this system is build up in layers, however instead of alternating asphalt-based layers, a petroleum-based substance is used. This gives the resulting roof the properties and appearance of rubber. One significant benefit of Mod Bit Roofing is its ability to handle foot traffic due to its thickness. Most Mod Bit Roofing is made up of self-adhering “cold process” sheet material, meaning it does not require any heat during installation. Like EPDM, this roofing system is not reflective and therefore, not the most energy efficient flat roofing solution. However, when properly installed, this system is incredibly durable and can last many years.

Each of the above roofing systems offers unique solutions to commercial buildings around the country. Whether your goal is to create a long-lasting, durable roof, or to install something energy-efficient, there is a flat roof system to meet your needs. Our flat roof installation crews and project managers have been trained to properly install each of these systems and will ensure that your roof will last for decades. To stretch the life of your roof even farther, we recommend our commercial maintenance program. Our technicians will perform annual inspections and repairs to help keep your roof in peak conditions, giving you peace of mind and confidence in the longevity of your roof.

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Asphalt Shingle Styles for Residential Roofing

Asphalt Shingle Styles for Residential Roofing

Across the country, the most popular type of shingle for residential roofing is the asphalt shingle. Over the years, technology has dramatically increased the quality, durability, and style choices of asphalt shingles. While quality and durability are the most important factors, the style of asphalt shingle you choose for your home can have a dramatic impact on your home’s curb appeal and visual aesthetic.

There are three main styles of asphalt shingles: Three-tab shingles, Dimensional shingles (also called Architectural or Laminate), and Luxury or Premium shingles. Below, we’ve outlined each of the three styles to help you make an informed decision on your next roofing project.

Three-tab shingles.

Three tab shingles are the most basic of the shingle roofing options. They are made using a durable fiberglass base mat coated with various kinds of mineral granules, which gives each piece slightly varying color tones. The main benefits of this shingle type are its clean horizontal appearance and its affordability. Additionally, these shingles can be fairly durable in the right conditions and with proper care, lasting up to 20 years depending on the brand used. However, there are not many aesthetic options other than color and there is a potential for having shingle blow-off in areas prone to high winds.

Dimensional asphalt shingles.

Dimensional shingles, also referred to as Architectural or Laminate shingles are extremely durable, especially when compared to Three-Tab shingles. The numerous shapes and colors give your roof a multi-dimensional appearance that can last up to 30 years or longer. While a more expensive up-front option, this shingle type provides a solution that is not only longer lasting, but also more visually appealing with regards to visual aesthetic and curb appeal. Dimensional shingles are made of two or more layers and deliver higher durability than their cheaper three-tab cousins, which allows for their longer lifespan and, typically, a much better product warranty.

Luxury Shingles.

Luxury (or Premium) shingles are the most expensive asphalt shingle style on the market but are a fraction of the cost of the natural slate or cedar shake shingles they are designed to replicate. Because these shingles are asphalt, they are much easier to install than their natural counterparts, further adding to the cost savings. This shingle type is ideal for homes designed to a specific aesthetic or period-style homes that require more interest on their roofs than simple protection from the elements. These shingles create interest from shadows and varying depth due to the natural slate or shake design and shape. Additionally, these shingles are a much heavier option than the other two asphalt options and can weigh up to twice as much as 3-tab shingles. This added weight adds to their durability, and is reflected in the material warranty they carry, which is the highest available for asphalt shingles.

Each of these asphalt shingle styles offers a variety of pros and cons. Whether you are looking for a cost-effective roof for your home, or something to add dimension to your curb appeal and set your home apart, Blue Frog Roofing can install your roof with our signature quality craftsmanship.

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Insurance and Your Roof

Here at Blue Frog Roofing Ltd. we understand that the process of filing and collecting on an insurance claim can be both difficult and time consuming. While this article won’t give you exact answers to your insurance related questions (those are usually best answered by a representative from your insurance company), we CAN help you to understand what the process looks like when you work with our company.

  • We Do the Work For You. One of the many services Blue Frog Roofing Ltd. offers is our insurance supplementation service. With your approval, we will work with your insurance company on your behalf . To start, we will provide you with a document to fill out regarding your insurance policy and its coverage in relation to your roof. * This gives you the opportunity to call your insurance company and obtain the necessary details for a clear understanding of coverage. This can be done before or after an insurance claim is filed.
  • Meeting Your Adjuster. In some cases, our roof technicians may have the opportunity to meet with your insurance adjuster on site. This is usually the case when you call us to inspect your roof prior to filing an insurance claim. When the adjuster calls to schedule an inspection, simply let your roof technician know when that appointment will be. During that appointment, we take the time to ensure that your adjuster understands local city codes and addresses all the necessary requirements to get your roof replaced.
  • Claim Review and Approval. Once your claim has been filed and approved, we will review the claim to ensure that all items required by local and international residential construction codes are addressed by your insurance company. Due to the wide variance from state to state and even city to city regarding roofing codes and requirements, it is not uncommon for your insurance company to miss a few of the details that are required by code for your roof replacement. If any items are found to be missing, we will, with your permission, work with your insurance company on your behalf to address these items.
  • Releasing Insurance Funds. Initially, your insurance company will release the Actual Cash Value (ACV) amount to you for your claim, which is the value of your damaged items in their current state. As your insurance company approves any additional supplements, they may release additional funds for these supplemented items. If your policy has Replacement Cost Value (RCV) Coverage, insurance will release Recoverable Depreciation (remaining cash approved for completed repairs) upon completion of the project. *
  • Project Completion and Invoicing. Upon project completion and finalization of supplement work with your insurance company, Blue Frog Roofing Ltd. will provide you with an invoice for work completed on your property. Any previous payments will be reflected on the invoice. Our invoices provide detailed explanations of the work completed and of your insurance estimate, leaving you with a clear understanding of what you are paying for.

While the insurance process can seem bit intimidating, we are here to help every step of the way. From filing claims to the releasing of insurance funds, we make every effort to help you understand the process along the way and ensure that you feel taken care of.

*Insurance policies and coverage amounts may differ. Blue Frog Roofing Ltd. cannot guarantee and is not responsible for your policy or its coverage of the contracted work or any items required by law. Please contact your insurance company for more details and a complete understanding of coverage for your policy. This post does not represent a guarantee of insurance coverage for contracted work. The information above is provided as a general overview of the process and may not be specific to your project.

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Preparing For a New Roof

How to Prepare Your Property For Your Roofing Project

We all know how important it is to be prepared: for a test, for bad weather, or for your wedding day! The same can be said about a roof installation or roof replacement. Our company prepares for your job by understanding the scope of your project, taking measurements and ordering materials, and scheduling crews to complete the work. However, it is just as vital that you, the property owner, prepare as well.

It is important to remember that your roof replacement or installation is a major construction process that will affect not only the roof of your home, but the entire property. The project involves heavy items and multi-person crews and there will be lots of movement, debris, and loud noises. Below are 3 helpful preparation points to make sure you are prepared for your project.

  1. Exterior Property Preparation. On the day prior to installation, you will want to make sure your property is prepared for this major construction process.
    • Allow for Access. It is necessary to leave the closest access points to your home open to our crews. Do not park your car in the driveway or garage after 5:00 PM on the day prior to install in order to avoid being unintentionally blocked in. Crews will be bringing trailers to haul project debris which will be parked in your driveway or at the nearest access point to your property (in some cases where no driveway is available, the closest access point may be the street or alleyway). These trailers will be delivered either on the evening prior, or as early as 6:30 AM installation day.
    • Remove Outdoor Decor and Furniture. We encourage customers to remove any valuable outdoor items around the exterior of your home. This includes outdoor décor, small statues, hanging plants, string lights, potted plants, outdoor furniture, or other items. While this may seem a bit of a hassle, it is the best way to avoid accidental damage and allow our construction crews clear access to your roof in order to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.
  2. Interior Property Preparation. Even though construction is happening outside, it is just as important to take necessary precautions inside your property.
    • Wall Mounted Valuables. If you have any significant or valuable items on shelves or hanging on the walls in your home, you may want to take them down for the day to avoid the possibility that the movement on your roof may cause them to shift.
    • Below Skylights. If you are having skylights replaced, we recommend moving or covering any furniture or items that may be directly below the skylights. While this is a rare occurrence, it is possible that debris may fall through the openings during the replacement process.
  3. Preparing Household Members. Major construction can have a significant affect on the members of your household, such as children, pets, or elderly family members.
    • No Outdoor Play/Activity. We do not recommend allowing pets or children outside during construction or prior to cleanup. There will be debris, nails, tools, and other potentially dangerous items throughout the property. Taking walks or heading to a nearby park are great ways to get children or pets out for some fresh air.
    • Loud Noises Can Be Disruptive. Due to the tools, materials, and crews producing loud noises, we always encourage our customers to please consider how this process will affect members of your household and prepare accordingly. In some instances, it may be good to head to the home of a family member or friend if you feel the noise and activity outside may be overwhelming.

Understanding the points above and taking steps to ensure that your exterior property, your interior property, and your household are prepared for your project will help your project tremendously. Not only will you know what to expect, but you will help our crews to work efficiently and enable them to focus on bringing our signature quality craftsmanship to your project.