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The Differences Between Commercial and Residential Roofing

The Differences Between Commercial And Residential Roofing

Roofing is an essential part of any building and can add the perfect finishing touch or make the entire building look bad if it is in poor condition. As a necessary component, roofing is also the ultimate provision of shelter. Whether you own a house or a commercial building, you should be aware that a quality roof is required for easy maintenance and for saving money. Commercial roofing is very distinct from residential roofing for a number of reasons, including size.  It is important to understand the differences so that you can get the right roofing system in place.

Differences between commercial and residential roofing

  1. The intended purpose of roofing is very important and style relates to what it will be used for. Your choice starts with needing roofing geared toward residences or businesses. The business roofing will be expected to offer guaranteed durability because of the wear and tear factor of the industrial world. Commercial roofing is chosen for appearance as well as reliability.
  2. Commercial roofing will incorporate many factors like cost, eco-friendly attributes, and the environment. Residential roofing considers space and the surroundings such as gated communities or estates where quality roofing is prominent.
  3. Residential roofing will involve water collection and securing water for domestic use therefore may be used as means of having clean water. Commercial roofing may not necessarily venture into water collection but will have a way to get water away easily.
  4. Expertise and professionalism will be required for installation of commercial roofing as compared to residential projects. You will want professionals because of the specifics involved and the potential danger such roofing jobs can pose. Residential roofing, on the other hand, should be easier and will not involve as much work or risk.
  5. Most commercial roofing is installed using rivets and nuts. This helps in easy repair and maintenance as only simple methods are needed. Installation of residential roofing can be expensive and at a times may seem unnecessary because the wear and tear is usually minimal.
  6. The current trends and appearance are considered important in residential roofing; the type will always be specifically selected by the individual user. Commercial roofing, on the other hand, may involve controls or regulations from the state or respective authority to offer quality and standard types of roofing.

Commercial roofing is designed for business purposes. They occupy a lot of space and will require proper utilization and installation. Much commercial roofing is done with given guidelines of the respective authority to ensure high standards and quality. Residential roofing is mostly guided by individuals and does not require any additional input or guidance when it comes to design.

With any type of roofing, you need to choose what is durable and reliable for the intended use. Roofing is for shelter and protection first and foremost. You should have a roof that will allow you to benefit from the use of solar panels to save on energy and water collection. These are the best ways roofing can help to save and add value to a building. Regular maintenance should be performed to keep your roof’s maximum life expectancy.


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How Long A Commercial Roof Will Last? – Key Factors That Affect Roof Life Expectancy

Factors Affect Roof Life Expentancy


Even though the roof protecting your building is of high quality and capable of lasting for decades, you should understand that it will not last forever. You need to conduct frequent inspections of the roof, preferably by a licensed and experienced roofing contractor. Additionally, do not forget to carry out maintenance periodically. Once contractors have completed an inspection, you will get to know when to expect to have to replace the roof.

For your roof to last as long as possible, regular maintenance is critical. However, there are some specific factors which determine how often or how soon your roof will need replacement or repair.

The material of the roof

Different roofing materials have different durability and life expectancy. For instance, asphalt shingles can last for few decades. Materials associated with providing cover for longer periods include concrete or clay tiles, slate membrane, and shingle systems. When you consider replacing your roof, choose materials which are long lasting to ensure better life expectancy. Consider working with a roofing contractor to determine the best quality materials to use for the specific building and local area.


It’s not possible to control the weather but you can be prepared. Most of the roofing systems are designed in such a way to endure strong winds, heavy rains or hail, and snow.  However, these can still wear the roof down. Extreme weather conditions can cause serious damage to your roof.  Depending on your climate, the roof may be exposed to conditions so severe damage to the integrity of the structure is caused. All you need to do is consider the climate you live in before installing a roof so you can choose materials accordingly.  Perhaps consult local contractors to learn protective tips especially if the area you live in is prone to harsh weather.

Exposure to sun

UV rays are as damaging to your roof as they are to us. Materials like rubber, EPDM membranes or metal are resistant to the exposure to ultraviolet rays. Repeated radiation degrades most of the materials used for roofing, and with continued exposure to sun, the integrity of the roofing structure is weakened. This thermal shock on the materials causes expansion and contraction and degradation becomes accelerated leading to more frequent replacement and repair. You cannot control the sun, so it’s best that you work with roofing professionals to get advice and help with any protective additions that you may need.

The pitch of the roof

The angle or pitch of the roof also affects its longevity. For instance, low roofs tend to allow for water build up because water is not drawn away quickly. Once snow or rain settles on those roof surfaces it starts to wear away at the materials. Water pools cause materials to lose strength which may lead to leakages. To prevent this, you should install gutter systems.  Be sure to maintain them to keep them free from debris and better equipped to efficiently remove water from your roof.


Buildings should be properly ventilated. Regular circulation of air through the attic (if you have one) and house prevents the accumulation of moisture as well as reduces the temperature. With poor ventilation, roof materials get weakened and become less effective. It is a much better option to buy a quality air ventilation system rather than continually put money into new materials.

Proper installation

A properly installed roof will have the greatest longevity. If you use inexperienced or unlicensed roofing companies you will likely face premature replacement and repairs. You don’t want to have to spend on unexpected damage or leaks that resulted from poor installation. Using low quality materials is also not advised because it too, will cause early degradation. Be sure to get a professional who works with only high quality materials. If errors occur genuinely, then professional contractors will make them right.

Roofing replacements and repairs are never cheap so make sure you get the best when it comes to your roof. If you invest your time to care for the roof and remember the key factors mentioned above, you can expect a greater lifespan from your roof.
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Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections


Whether you own a property, are selling or buying one, it is important to remember the roof. Roof inspections are important to the overall value and condition of a building. It may be easy to see a clearly damaged roof, but it is not always so easy. Sometimes the damage is subtler from years of wear and cannot be detected by untrained eyes. The sooner damage is found and addressed, the less expensive your problems will be. Property buyers should be on the lookout for damage, as this can be used in the negotiation process to their advantage. Built-up roofs are most common these days and consist of either tar or gravel finishes.

Staying On Top Of Roof Inspections

Built-up gravel roofing needs regular maintenance because weather and time can cause gravel to move and leave areas of roofing exposed. Open areas can be easily damaged by the sun or water causing quick deterioration. Ponding can also occur on roofing that doesn’t have a pitch as well as blocked drains. Clearing drains of debris are essential when it comes to keeping your roof protected from build-up.

Every building inspection needs to include a roof inspection, conducted by an inspector. They will walk along the roof to look for damage or concerns. Often the sellers of a property will prevent the inspectors from walking on their roof, in which case you need to find an alternative solution. Any competent inspector can walk the roof for an evaluation except when:

  • The pitch is too steep
  • The roof is too high (cannot be reached by a regular ladder)
  • There is ice, snow or moss present that can be slippery
  • There are tiles that can break easily

There is already signs of deterioration and the foot traffic will only cause further damage. Outside of these exceptions, the CREIA (California Real Estate Inspection Association) recommends that every home buyer should ensure a roofing inspection is conducted as part of the home evaluation process.

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Why Use Flat Roof For Your Commercial Building?

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It’s no secret, pitched roofs and flat roofs are incredibly different. In terms of engineering, flat roofs take a lot more thought and work than pitched roofs. While pitched roofs direct the water away from the building, flat roofs actually hold the water. Also, while flat roofs can be used on residential structures, they are much more commonly used on commercial buildings. Now that you are aware of some of the main differences between these two designs, let’s take a moment to discuss the benefits of flat roofs.

Durability and Functionality

When it comes to strength and durability, you will be hard-pressed to find anything better than flat roofs. What makes them so distinct is their ability to hold weather elements. This can be especially helpful when it comes to things like downed tree limbs. This type of functionality and durability makes it ideal for those who have large commercial buildings because it shows that it can support mechanical devices such as air conditioning and outdoor heating units. It is also great for buildings that host backup generators.


Another great feature of flat roofs is their versatility. There is almost no limit to how they can be used. For instance, if you choose to use thermoplastic roofs (also referred to as TPO) you can reflect solar heat during the summer in order to reduce your cooling bills. You could also hold heat in during the winter and improve your building’s heating efficiency. If you decide to use rubber roof membranes you can ensure that your building is weather resistant and well-protected against the harshest elements. You may also consider using a Duro-Last roof, in which case you will reduce your overall expenses because they don’t require much in terms of maintenance. How you decide to use your roof and what type you need will largely depend on what you plan to do with your building as well as the weather conditions in your area.

Little to No Maintenance

Flat roofs require little to no upkeep. Maintenance is a relatively straight-forward process. In fact, in most cases, all it takes is re-spreading your gravel covering once a year so that it is remains even. There are other jobs you may have to perform such as occasionally, you may need to have the sealant around your vent and chimneys refilled. However, this is the case with most roofs. The benefit of having a flat roof when doing maintenance is that it provides easy access. You can perform these simple tasks without all of the dangers that usually come with having to walk around on a pitched roof.

As you can see, there are a lot of advantages to having a flat roof. However, you should be aware that there are a lot of options to choose from. So it is always a good idea to speak with someone who has experience and expertise in roofing. This will give you a chance to discuss which options are best for your specific project and needs.


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How To Set Up Proper Drainage for Your Flat Roof?

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If you own a commercial structure you must ensure that your roof is in good condition at all times. You cannot overlook this. The safety of others and your livelihood will depend on you properly maintaining your roofing area. There are many problems which impact flat roofs. One of the biggest has to do with drainage. As a commercial business owner, if you don’t want to deal with drainage problems there are a few things you need to know to help avoid such situations. 

Routinely Inspect your Gutters and Drainage System

Maintenance is necessary when it comes to buildings. If you own a property you already understand how essential it is for you to continuously inspect it. If not, you are going to have problems. When it comes to your roof, make sure the gutters are working properly. Your gutters are responsible for removing water away from your structure, so if your gutter system is not working properly, water will collect on top of your building. This, in turn, will disrupt the integrity of your roof. If this happens, a hole could form in the roof or you could start to experience water in the upper levels of your commercial structure. Your drainage system needs to be routinely inspected. Downspouts, scrupper drains, and pipes should be evaluated on a frequent basis. They should be inspected at least once every three months. However, if you’re experiencing a lot of inclement or bad weather, you might need to inspect them more often. If you don’t inspect your structure, you may end up paying a great deal to fix problems or you even end up having to close your business.

More Information about Internal Drains

Drains can easily get clogged. Also, modern rooftops are home to many different bird species and a few four-legged creatures. You might be aware that garbage and debris can clog up your drain pipes but in addition, these animals can put waste material and other unwanted substances in them as well. If your internal drain system is not working properly, your building will not get rid of water like it should.

You do not want a sagging flat roof that ponds in the middle. The joints on your flat roof can be compromised by heavy water. Keep this problem from happening and ensure that your building is functioning like it should. There are qualified inspectors who have the ability to evaluate your building’s drainage system to identify and repair any problem.

Don’t Neglect your Scruppers

Scruppers  are important to a building because they are an extra drainage layer for the outer part of a building. Scruppers have to be maintained as they are heavily relied upon to get rid of water, snow and other forms of moisture. If you don’t keep your scruppers properly maintained you will force the other parts of your drainage system to work too hard. Don’t neglect your scruppers because they are the support your roof needs to keep the water from drenching your edifice.

Remember that flat roofs can be easily maintained once you know what to do. Just make sure that you constantly check out your roof. It is the best way to avoid problems and to keep your building in operational condition. A qualified and reputable building inspector can help you to determine the integrity of your drainage system and offer their services if repairs are needed.


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The Advantages of a Flat Roof

The Advantages Of A Flat RoofWhile constructing a building, the owner and the contractor may opt for a flat roof or a peaked roof as they are more common in industrial or commercial buildings. However, it can be used in residential buildings as well. Some buildings are built with an entire flat roof, while others incorporate a flat roof in some of its sections depending on the building structure. The decision to use a flat roof in a building, whether commercial or residential, will depend on the structure of the building, viability, and aesthetics.

A flat roof has numerous advantages

Easy access and movement

A flat roof can be easily accessed by the use of ladder or steps and is far safer to walk on a flat roof compared to a peaked roof. The leveled nature of a flat roof minimises the chances of roofers slipping and falling from the rooftop. Special equipment or special skills are not required for movement on a flat roof. As a result maintenance of the roof structures, installation of gutters, HVAC units, solar panels, dishes and discs and other items on the roof becomes easy.

A flat roof requires regular inspection and maintenance just like any other roof. This should be carried out by skilled individuals, which is critical to the integrity of the roofing structure and protection against weather conditions such as high winds, excessive rain and snowfall and extreme temperatures.

Creation of extra space

Another advantage is that once a flat roof is completed, it creates extra space which can be used for the following purposes:

  • To hold HVAC components for storage or for any other purposes
  • To create a green roof or a living roof, to house plants and keep potted plants, flowers or even herbs
  • To hold rain barrels for the collection of roof runoffs. This can be used for eco-friendly purposes
  • For installation of solar panels.

In addition, a deck can be installed on the flat roof to create living space in a residential setting. This space may be used for sunbathing, making light gardens, to get fresh air or for spending time outdoors.

Installation of a flat roof is relatively inexpensive

A flat roof is relatively cheap as compared to a peaked roof; including construction, installation of materials needed to cover the roof and maintenance. Putting together a flat roof structure takes less time than a peaked one and this lowers the overall cost. The long-term cost of a flat roof is lower taking into account its average life. Although more work is required in terms of maintenance, the long-term benefit of a flat roof outweighs the cost. Evaluate your options and make the best roofing decision for your next building project, whether commercial or residential. Consider a flat roof and contact us for a professional consultation on the details of flat roofing and the best quote.


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All About Commercial Rubber Roofing

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Rubber roofing is the preferred choice among many modern professional roofers because it can prevent weather damage and keep the building looking at its best for longer. Building owners and property managers should choose a roofer that understands the advantages of rubber roofing material.  Talk to a roofer about which roofing material is the right choice for you.

What is Commercial Rubber Roofing?

Most consider rubber roofing to be a new alternative to traditional asphalt or tar material. This is a popular move and one that is making headway in the industry. Even gravel is being replaced by rubber roofing material. This is because EDPM is more durable than many other alternative options on the market. The rubber roof is mechanically fastened by screws to the surface which keeps the new roof in place while it is adjusted. Expect the material to stand up to the test when needed. Business owners can protect their commercial building with rubber roofing material for longer.

Get a time frame for installation of a rubber roof for commercial businesses. The rubber mat can simply be rolled out on location and cut to suit the mold. Each commercial roof is unique and has its own needs for weather protection. Rubber roof installation takes just a little amount of time which adds to its popularity. That can help the savvy business owner get the work done quickly over time. Work with a roofer that knows how to meet a deadline and negotiate a time frame for the installation as well as learn more about rubber roofing. This is the best way to bring business owners up to speed with the installation process.

The rubber roof differs from traditional models because it doesn’t force water off the top. It is typically applied on top of flat roofing designs for buildings, but it makes up for that design feature in a number of ways. It is well known for being a durable roofing material and business owners can trust that the rubber roof will stand up to any test. The roofing material is also sealed with a rubber based glue around the perimeter. The EDPM material is also apt for blotting out any leaks on the roof.

Ask about the total cost of our rubber roof installation. Our professional team will arrive and inspect the standing commercial building. Commercial rubber roofing is an investment in the building itself. Get an itemized quote and review the project before it gets started and make adjustments and requests before the work gets underway on site. The rubber roof will protect the building against any kind of damage. and is an investment in the long run.

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How to Spot Roof Damage After Strong Winds?

Wind Roof Damage
It does not necessarily have to rain or hail for damage to appear on your roof.  Very strong winds can create stress points on your roof that in the end will weaken and compromise your roofing system. While it is true that some roofs have taken the necessary steps to withstand even the strongest of winds, after some time, even the strongest of roofs will have to give in to these forces. That means that it is important to inspect your roof immediately after strong winds replacing the missing shingles and repairing the damages in the process.

How can Strong Winds Damage your Roof?

The fact that the wind does not have a uniform way of damaging your roof means that the areas such as the corners and the perimeters of your roof are the most susceptible to the forces. Even though the central part of your roofing system may not be affected much by the winds, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) claim that the edges of your roof are the most likely to be affected by the winds.

Also, the winds can damage areas of the roof that are weak or loose, by pushing the materials up, and if not fixed earlier, the winds will continue to pull the roof apart in this place the next time they blow through. As a result, the winds will create a pattern that resembles a peeling effect which starts small then develops into bigger damage as time goes by and the winds continue to blow.

It is important to note that once the winds create an opening in any part of your roofing system, the rain might start to get in through the exposed part and cause damages to the interior parts. You can, however, prevent this by making sure that the areas around the edges of your roofing system are strong enough to withstand high winds.

Flying Debris and Tree Damage

In some cases, the winds might not cause the damage to your roof by themselves. Instead, they may choose to carry debris such as shards of glass, tree branches and other debris which causes damage. However, you can cure this problem by conducting regular inspection services to your roof. Remove all the debris that may have collected on top of your roof making sure to check the downspouts and gutters as well. Also, look out for weakened branches in nearby trees that may be about to fall on your roof causing punctures.

How can you Check for Roof Wind Damage?

Conduct Regular Outdoor Inspections

While conducting the inspection, be careful to note any missing or damaged shingles. You can tell that shingle is damaged if it is curled, cracked or torn. Depending on the type of damage noticed on your roof, you should be able to determine whether your roof needs a simple repair or replacement of some parts of the roofing system. While in the inspection process, pay attention to other parts of your property such as the ventilation pipes, the chimney, and the gutters. If you notice that any part of your roof has suffered any damage, look out for the following basic list:

  • For flashing, look out for tears and buckling in areas around the roof penetrations.
  • For roofing cement, crumbling and excess cement are a problem
  • For a flat roof, look out for tears, wrinkles, and obvious patches
  • Decays and stains on soffits and fascia are also not a good sign
  • Decay or formations of molds on wooden shingles are not good.

Involve a professional

It is always wise to call a professional roofer to inspect your roof, especially whenever you are not sure. Moreover, getting to the roof by yourself is not advised because you may fall or suffer injuries, or even cause further damage to your house. A professional will always have the required tools and experience to perform the inspection services accurately and safely.

Steps to Take in case Wind Damages your Roof

The moment you notice that your roof is suffering from any damage, the immediate step to take is to fix it. The longer you wait, the bigger the problem will get and the more you are likely to spend on repair costs. Contact your insurance agent immediately when you notice any damage and call a professional roofer to fix the problem.

How to Choose a Roof Contractor

You should hire a roofing contractor that has a good reputation of being in business in one area, has the necessary legal documents, has insurance policy knowledge and can create a budget that works with your needs and saves you from unnecessary spending. Always look out for scammers.

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Emergency Roofing Service In The San Francisco Bay Area

Emergency Roofing Service

A roof is quite essential to any home. It protects against harsh weather conditions, protects property and other valuables in the house or the structure; not to mention the health reprieve it brings to the family. Maintaining a good roofing system is therefore essential. Repairs need to be done, and when the need arises maintenance needs to be performed keep the roof in good condition. You should always have an on-call emergency roofing service provider who will quickly attend to your needs and ensure your safety and that of your family.

The need for emergency roofing services

To protect the property

One of the major reasons for building houses is for protection. Other than the walls, roofs play a great part in this which is why a great roofing system is essential  In the event of any damage, an emergency repair is required to secure the properties and all valuable items in the building.

Prevent disasters

Floods are one of the common disasters that can be associated with a roofing system. You need to prevent the harm that comes with large amounts of water running into the building caused by a potential caving roof due to improper maintenance. Emergency roofing services are essential.

An ideal emergency service provider should be readily available when needed / fast response to call

Emergencies occur when you least expect; they could be in the morning while you are going to work, at dinner as you dine with your family or even while entertaining guests. They are unpredictable, but you could work around them to your advantage and minimize loss. Have an emergency roofing service provider on call, such that when the need arises you can quickly call them to come to your rescue. Before selecting a firm to do the work you must always conduct an assessment and be sure that they will be reliable and available.


Everyone has a role to play in their field of specialization, and many people develop a great reputation for the quality work they perform in their specialization.  so, before making the decision and deciding on the firm to serve as your on-call service provider, assess their reputation and the quality of their work. You wouldn’t want anyone making an already bad situation worse. Would you?

Customer satisfaction

Customer needs and satisfaction comes first and should always be prioritized. The good work you do earns repeat business and serves as marketing for your company. To be on top as the go-to emergency roofing service provider, a company must be mindful of what the clients want and need.

Emergencies are inevitable but having an expert on your side to help you through the roofing emergency makes it easier to handle. Be sure that you take time to evaluate the availability of the firm you intend to use for your emergencies, the quality of services they offer and the reputation of the firm. Then make an informed choice.


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