Commercial Roofing: Using the Right Roofer

commercial buildingsCommercial buildings are often configured to maximize space and efficiency, and they are equipped with roofs that allow this maximization. This often means that low slope or virtually flat roofs are utilized. It is critical that a commercial roofer has specialized training and experience with the challenges of low slope roofing, otherwise leaks and ponding are an imminent reality. Here we walk through the importance of using the right commercial roofer.

One of the biggest challenges of low slope or virtually flat roofing is drainage. A flat roof offers water little chance to run off naturally, so properly installed drains and gutters are a must. If water has no outlet to drain from the roof, it will settle to the lowest point of the roof and form a pond. Ponding water degrades roofing material and drastically increases the likelihood of a roof leak.

The materials used for commercial roofs also require specialized attention. Materials that are highly weather and water resistant are preferred, due to the nature of low sloping roofs. Modern commercial roofing now favors advanced materials such as TPO and EPDM, which are roofing membranes that are virtually seamless to seal out the elements. Along with these advancements, more traditional materials have also developed to better serve commercial roofs.

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When Gusty Winds Damage Your Roof

windy fieldThe sky clouds over and the rain begins to fall – when a storm starts to roll in, what first goes through your mind? There are many powerful components of a storm but gusty winds can be one of the most destructive. Wind is a common presence in virtually all types of storms and it costs Americans millions of dollars in repairs each year. To help you better prepare for future storm damage and recover from existing damage, we walk through a brief outline of wind damage here.

Wind does not blow over a surface evenly, as it impacts some areas before others. These areas that are first impacted, such as the edges of a roof, usually experience stronger wind pressure. The center of a roof is largely shielded and experiences lower wind pressure. This is why damage is commonly concentrated around the perimeter of a roof.

Wind causes damage by exerting enough pressure to lift roof materials and allow wind underneath, by which the roofing material is peeled away. The recommended method of combating wind damage is by having your roof inspected on a regular basis and after strong storms. For roof repairs that are within your budget and easy on your schedule, call us today at 405-543-2920.

EPDM & Your Commercial Roof

epdm roofHaving to undergo roof replacement can be a burden on your wallet and your schedule. Minor repairs can add up as well. If your commercial roof needs a fast, affordable replacement or repair, EPDM may be the ideal solution. EPDM offers your roof exceptional protection at budget-friendly prices, meaning you don’t have to sacrifice quality for price.

EPDM is a rubber roofing membrane that is ideal for flat or low slope commercial roofs. It is highly durable and resistant to leaks, even when water ponds on its surface. EPDM is also resistant to hail damage and uplift from strong winds. This affords excellent protection for commercial buildings in regions that experience strong storms.

EPDM is also appropriate for all climates. Thanks to its flexibility, EPDM resists weathering that typically degrades other materials. As warm temperatures cause building materials to expand, EPDM can gently stretch, and can alternatively contract without shattering during cold temperatures. Additionally, EPDM is resistant to UV degradation that is notorious for damaging many roof materials, helping your roof will last longer.

EPDM on Your Building

One of the largest factors contributing to the success of your roof is the quality of the installation. For expert quality at a budget-friendly price, call our team today at 405-543-2920! 

Pinpointing a Roof Leak

toolsA few drips of water leaking from your roof is often just the tip of the iceberg. By the time water has made it through your ceiling, it has compromised your roofing material, its backing and underlayment, the plywood, and your attic or roof insulation. Water damage can spread drastically if left untreated and so can the cost of repairing it. Here we offer a few tips on locating the source of a roof leak to help you start the repair process as soon as possible.

Searching for the Source

Searching for a leak is easier in a home with an attic as you can access the area directly under the roof. Examine the leak from the inside, then start on the roof directly above the water in the attic. Work your way uphill, paying special attention to the areas around vents, chimneys, and other features. Look for mold, discoloration, or rotting roof materials.

Locating a leak is simply the first step of repairs – reaching out to a professional roofer is key to prevent further damage. Remember, roof leaks of any size mean that your roof has been compromised, and that water damage can spread exponentially. For expert roof repairs, call our team today at 405-543-2920we do repairs right the first time.

Staying Safe on Your Roof

cleaning guttersHomeowners know that part of maintaining their roof is to proactively inspect their roof twice annually.This means that the average homeowner has two opportunities to fall from their roof and experience serious injury every year. The roofers at Top View Roofing want to prevent unnecessary injuries by providing this guide to staying safe on your roof. These helpful tips can help you stay safe while you are inspecting your roof after a major storm or as a part of routine maintenance.

Ladder Safety

The first step towards getting on a roof is to climb a ladder to access your roof. This makes knowing how to properly use a ladder all the more important. A few things to remember when climbing your ladder include:

  • Position the ladder on flat, stable ground.
  • Avoid working during storms or strong winds.
  • Move slowly and deliberately – being careful to avoid sudden movements.
  • Keep your center of gravity inside the ladder side rails.

Prevent Falls

According to Professional Roofing magazine, roughly six roofers die every month in the United States from falling off of a roof. Because the stakes are so high from a fall from a roof, it is crucial to take precautions to remain safe while on your roof. The brief list below is a series of recommendations made by roofing industry leaders at GAF.

  • Never get on wet roof.
  • Wear soft-soled boots for better traction and increased grip.
  • Consider using a safety harnerss, net or guardrail.
  • Wear a hard hat to protect your head in case of a fall.

Famed roofing expert still going strong

Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Wayne Gretzky, Greg Norman — these are just a few customers of roofer Joe Zappone. In an article in The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Wash., Zappone, 70, talked about how his copper-shingle business has served him well over the years. In fact, some clients are so secretive that they won’t reveal their identities, even if it means they can’t register their roof warranties.

His copper shingles sell for about $900 for every 100 square feet — and that doesn’t include installation costs. That compares with approximately $100 per 100 square feet for typical asphalt shingles.

Zappone, who grew up in Spokane, earned a degree in business administration from Gonzaga University. One of his first jobs out of college was at Kaiser Aluminum, which manufactured an aluminum roofing product at the time. “But people were installing it wrong, and it leaked,” he says. “I figured I could make a better aluminum shingle — one that looked more like tile or slate — so I started my own company.”

He says he knew nothing about roofing at the time, but he was soon selling aluminum shingles “in Hawaii and all over. But not around here. People figured, ‘He’s a local. He can’t make anything.'”

In the late 1970s, he added copper shingles to his company’s line. Today, 75 percent of his business is in copper shingles. When this type of shingle is first installed, it’s shiny, but years or decades later, it turns to an earthy green. Zappone says the latter color is what his customers want — and in fact, “Those who are in a hurry apply a chemical wash.”

After being in business for 46 years, does he have an exit strategy? 

“I’m working on it,” he says.