When a roofing system is not holding up and is either causing problems or is likely to begin leaking, then it’s time for a proactive approach. At Pro Trade Commercial Roofing, we offer the right solutions within the customer’s budget to efficiently handle any roofing needs you may have.
Maybe you’re unsure about the condition of your roof or you’re unsure what kind of new roof system will work best for you. One of our skilled experts will come take a look and give you a full evaluation.
Your Specialist will:
First, walk the outside perimeter of the building to see how the water drains from the rooftop. Then they will examine the gutters, overflows, and downspouts to determine the quality of the drainage system that is in place. What condition is it in and is it sufficient for your commercial roof?
Next, go inside the building. What are the conditions inside the building? Are there known leaks? Where are they? This inspection will help you identify the urgency of any existing problem. (A leak in a utility closet is less urgent than one over a $5 million piece of equipment). Get a thorough understanding of what the building is used for and what the inside climate is like. For example, are there high-humidity or other unique activities inside that may require more protection to prevent vapor movement? We will verify the type of roof decking in the building and visually inspect for any defects such as rust, holes, deterioration, mold, and electrical wiring connected to the deck.
Finally, get on top of the roof for a full inspection. This will be a thorough examination of every square foot of your roof. It is like when you get an exam from a doctor. There are many tests and poking and prodding that he does to properly diagnose the problem. Here are just a few of the things we investigate on the roof: membrane type and condition, flashing type and condition, metal edge type and condition, wall coping condition, how many drains and type and condition of drains, roof slope and any standing water (ponding water), any leak penetrations or failing seams, any unsafe HVAC components.
One of the most important inspections in assessing the needs of a commercial roofing project is taking a core cut, aka core sample. A core cut shows the current state of the roofing system and any insulation underneath, the assembly of the existing roof, its overall condition, and potential problems such as trapped moisture and the number of roof layers. A core cut will provide the necessary information to help determine if the roofing project requires a full tear off or partial tear off and repair, or if resurfacing is the best option.
Schedule to have annual preventative care for your commercial roof. Your roof will be inspected then washed, patched (if needed), and gutters cleaned. This will refresh the weatherproofing and keep ahead of any problems that might arise.
What Preventative Maintenance Care looks for on the Roof.
- Is there prolonged standing water or ponding on the roof that can lead to premature aging and deterioration of the roof membrane?
- Are there any blisters to indicate trapped moisture within the roof membrane, which can lead to leaks and reduce the life span of the roof system?
- We will check drains for blockages and inspect flashings and membrane seams for signs of wear and tear.
- Are there tears in the roof membrane and worn or cracking seams that can allow water into the roof system?
- If the building has a lightning protection system, we will check to see if it is loose or detached. A loose structure can lead to a tear or puncture in the roof covering, especially during strong winds.
- If there are skylights, HVAC structures, vents, etc. we will check that they are well sealed and secured.
Having your commercial roof inspected and maintained regularly can almost double its lifespan and save you money. Proactively maintained roofs last up to 20 years compared to an average lifespan of less than 10 years for reactive maintenance. Avoid the big emergency expenditures and instead budget wisely by getting regular inspections and preventative repairs.
Have you had storm damage, hail damage, a fallen tree, or other situation that has compromised your roof? Suddenly realized that there was a leak? Had to get new HVAC installed and need the new parts secured and sealed? We can help. Dealing with insurance or settlement claims? We can handle that as well. Affordable roofing is possible even in emergencies. Just ask our skilled experts what repair option is best for you.
A new roof system applied to the existing structure (often called a resurfacing).
Liquid Applied Roof Coatings
Silicone. Silicone roof coatings are perhaps the most popular chemistry type in the roof restoration industry—and for good reason! Silicone roof coatings are sprayed on to create a highly flexible, monolithic (seamleass), and impermeable membrane capable of withstanding sun, wind, rain, oxidation, and extreme temperatures. They are also able to endure the natural expansion and contraction (thermal movement) that occurs in large roof structures. They make a great solution to restore and protect a wide variety of commercial roofing substrates including metal, modified bitumen, single-ply, EPDM, TPO, built-up roofs, concrete roof decks, and spray polyurethane foam.
Acrylic. An acrylic roof coat is a liquid formulation with elastomeric properties that is applied via one or more coats and mainly made from durable acrylic polymer. The material is sprayed or rolled on resulting in a monolithic, fully adhered, elastomeric membrane that’s formed on the roof about 5 times thicker than house paint. A powerful combination of cost and performance acrylic is a favorite affordable roofing solution.
Single Ply PVC
Usually called rubber roofing, single-ply PVC (polyvinyl chloride) membranes are installed by applying a single layer of material laid over the insulation layer or roof deck. The membrane is held down either with fasteners, adhesive, or by spreading stone over it. Seams are welded together via heat and/or adhesive.
Also called Urethanes or Polyurethane, Foam can be sprayed or rolled to adhere to a wide variety of roof substrates. Urethanes offer best-in-class tensile strength, making them ideal for protection against extreme weather, moisture intrusion, and foot traffic. Spray Foam Roofing is flexible and versatile and has the best insulating value of any roof coating.
A roofing system made using metal sheets, tiles, or panels. Metal roofing is known as one of the most durable, longest lasting, and energy-efficient roofing materials on the market. Within certain structural limitations (doesn’t work for flat roofs) metal has incredible benefits and longevity.