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Estimating The Life-Cycle Costs Of Commercial Roofing Systems

life time cost of a roofing systemWhether you are a building manager or owner of a commercial building, it’s undeniable that getting the right value for money is something that is almost always on your mind, and you want to focus on all types of costs so you can make the right decisions. Most of the time, commercial projects are focused or evaluated based on their initial costs, but the truth is that there is more to consider. Every roofing system has different life-cycle factors to be considered, and such factors can have severe effects. You can choose a roofing system that requires less maintenance but is expensive to install or go for one that offers considerable energy-saving value, but costly to install, or even choose a system that is cheap to install but needs expensive maintenance. With so many options to consider, what are the areas of concern that you want to look at when estimating life-cycle costs?

Estimating Life-Cycle Costs Of Commercial Roof Systems


This is one of the most significant costs that you have to deal with when setting up a commercial roof. Even though some individuals consider it as one large sum, it’s not, and is made up of the following costs:

  • Cost of the roofing material to be installed
  • Cost of installation
  • Tear-off cost (might be required at times)
  • Operational disruption cost

All of the above expenses have to be considered when determining the life-cycle cost of roof installation.


When estimating the total life-cycle cost, repairs also have to be considered as they have different requirements such as tools needed, products used, laborers, and others. Repairing your roof, therefore has several connected costs that may include but are not limited to:

  • Clean-up costs
  • Interior damage costs
  • Costs of using temporary solutions before the repair is commenced
  • Mold and mildew elimination costs
  • Additional fees for emergency site visits and repair

(A-One) What To Look for In Your Roofing EstimateDurability

This is another major area that has to be considered when determining life-cycle costs. Even though most commercial roofs are designed to last long enough, you still have to carry out some maintenance services to ensure that the roof serves you for as long as it’s meant to. That means factoring in maintenance costs as part of the life-cycle costs. That is also in consideration that different types of roofing material will require different maintenance services, which may vary the life-cycle cost.

Energy savings

Since most modern roofing products offer energy saving capabilities, that might mean some “profits” from cost-savings coming into your pocket. In some cases, you might even qualify for incentives, rebates, or even tax breaks, depending on your location. Such benefits affect the life-cycle cost of a commercial roof system by lowering the cost a tad.


Evaluating the warranty that comes with your commercial roof system is vital to avoid any exclusions or caveats that can affect the life-cycle cost. Keep in mind that warranties are different and that not all will cover the roof’s lifespan.

Other potential costs

Even though the above-listed are the most common areas to consider when estimating the life-cycle costs of any commercial roofing systems, additional costs may come up as a result of:

  • Inflation
  • Replacements
  • Record keeping, and others

Final thoughts

Evaluating the life-cycle costs of your building’s commercial roofing system is imperative to making important decisions that may affect the future. Paying attention to such expenses can make your building exist smoothly as you anticipate all costs, or make your building become a hassle as time goes by.



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How Roofers Can Use Drones?

(A-One) How Roofers Can Use Drones


New technologies are completely transforming the way things are in various industries all over the globe. Companies that keep up with the latest technology are staying more competitive when servicing their customers. Looks like no field of study will go without being affected; the roofing industry is not an exception. Typically, the tools that a contractor uses to survey and inspect residential and commercial roofing may vary greatly. So, it is important that you are doing your research to see what each contractor has in their disposal.

How Roofers Can Use Drones?

For those of you who are in the commercial roofing industry or expecting to hire a commercial roofer to do your next job, you may want to think about the innovations of using a drone to do your roof inspections. Particularly, since you may find that drones are speeding up roofing projects, while also saving the consumer money in the long run.

Old Traditional Roofing Inspections Performed on the Ground

First of all, when thinking about hiring a contractor to do a roof repair job, you will often find that the initial stages of this kind of project usually begins within performing a roof inspection. With the traditional processes that are presently used today, you will see the roofer climbing on to the roof to identify what is really going on. While many contractors are usually prepared to do these jobs using various safety techniques and procedures, there are some drawbacks and disadvantages to the traditional method. Some of the more common that is usually identified are as follows:

  • The roof is weak so the roofer can suffer potential injuries.
  • Additional roofing damage can be done in these inspections when the roof is already compromised.

New Roofing Inspections Performed by Drones

Today, the methods for inspecting a roofing system has changed dramatically. From climbing on the top of the roof to identify repair problems in using a drone to complete these inspections, the newer methods are bypassing the problems and issues that exist in the traditional inspection methods. So, how are these roofing contractors using the new techniques?

Use Precision Imaging to Complete the Inspections

When drones are used in these inspection jobs, they can be done with precision. According to some of the most recent advanced technology, this simply means that the contractor can use its functions to go farther than the top layer. Typically, when this is the case, the drone can be programmed to go farther down below the roof’s surface. For instance, if the contractor has access to drone fitted software applications, the inspection can uncover water damage that hides in places that are difficult to see. Typically, when the contractor uses thermal imaging to do their inspections, the roofer can use the technology to take measurements of peaks, ridges and other difficult to reach places. Once this information has been collected, the roofer will have the data that they need to identify what needs to be done to the roof without having to climb a ladder to make these distinctions. By using these images, the consumer can even expect the roofer to not only save them time but also money.

Work Digitally Encapsulated – Great for the Company’s Portfolio

In addition to completing the inspection of the roof with a precision image, these digital can use for a number of different purposes. For the smart and innovative roofing contractor, these photos can become a part of their company’s online portfolio.

On-the-Go Provisions Made

Roofing companies and homeowners alike can benefit greatly from this on-the-go technology. Specifically, after storms and other natural disasters where it would be difficult or impossible to get to the roof to see what is going on. Today, commercial roofing contractors have the ability to send these drones out to capture a picture of what is damaged and what needs to be done.



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What You Are Doing Wrong For Your Commercial Roofing

(A-One) What You Are Doing Wrong For Your Commercial Roofing


The roofing of your commercial building is one of the most important aspects. Poor or damaged roofing can lead to expensive damages to both the roofing and the building. Regular inspections are important, especially after any weather changes. To get the most out of your roof, you need to take care of your roof and work with a professional contractor. This will ensure you protect your building and your investment. Working with your contractor is the best way to take care of your roofing system. Following their advice as well as understanding some mistakes that many owners make, will protect your roofing and your wallet.

What You Are Doing Wrong For Your Commercial Roofing

Do not miss inspections: scheduling annual or semi-annual inspections are important to identify any problems with your roofing. By planning ahead you can also budget for potential fixes each year and will not have to scramble at the last minute for finances. With these inspections, you can also inspect the inside of the building to ensure there is no hidden damage.

  • Don’t slack on maintenance: Small problems can become bigger problems very quickly and then you face expensive repair bills. With regular maintenance, you can fix smaller issues earlier and save on roof replacement. Key problems to look for are damaged flashings, trapped moisture, standing water, and defective seams.
  • Don’t ignore storms: After any severe weather, be it rain or wind, you need to inspect your roof for damage. Wind can remove or tear away roofing pieces or throw heavy objects against it. Debris and water can build up and clog drains or cause pooling and standing water. Looking for these problems immediately after the storm means you can address them sooner rather than later.
  • Don’t hire the wrong contractor: Poor quality contractors and substandard materials will lead to a defective roofing system. This means more frequent and expensive repairs for you. Be sure to research a contractor first and hire only the best when it comes to experience and reputation and make sure they are also fully licensed and insured too.


When it comes to your roofing, you can get a lot out of it and a great return on your investment so long as you maintain it regularly. Doing nothing is the worst thing you can do. Schedule regular inspections with a licensed contractor and keep your roofing around for longer. Call us today and we will deliver the very best in commercial roofing care.


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How Roofing Helps Your Leasing Rates?

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When you own property, it is a good idea to look for ways to recoup your investment and get the most on any financial return. There are a number of ways to do this and some are much easier than others. New roofing is a great way to increase the value of a building and increase your investment value too. A new roof will go a long way even in an older building.

How Roofing Helps Your Leasing Rates

What is gross leasing? Having a gross lease is where the property owner pays for the upkeep of the building as well as an annual payment. The tenants of the property will usually only pay monthly bills and rental fees. Maintenance costs are the owner’s responsibility and this will include roofing. These are different from net leases where the tenants are responsible for some of the additional costs like maintenance. The biggest issue with gross leases is that as the owner you will constantly have to address problems and you then have to reflect this in rental rates. Gross lease rates will almost always go up after additional expense. It is essential for property owners to stay ahead of this and predict ways to not fall behind and new roofing can help you with this. Investing capital into your property is risky but when it comes to roofing, the benefits far make the risk more than worth it.

  • You will get improved efficiency: If the gross lease has you responsible for utilities and energy bills, new roofing will significantly lower these each month for you.
  • Better technology: roofing technology has come a long way and with a reflective coating, stronger bonding agents, improved insulation, and more reliable materials. When roofing lasts longer, you save money.
  • Reduced maintenance: The better materials used today, as well as more efficient installation methods will lighten the maintenance required each year. You get a much longer life out of a new roof and better protection from weather damage.
  • Happier tenants: New roofing adds a new look to a building which makes it more appealing to tenants, both current and prospective ones. With better protection from the elements too, tenants will feel safer in a building with newer roofing.

Any financial investment into a building can come with risks and we understand it can be challenging. With a new roofing system, you get more benefits than risks and in the long term, you recoup the initial investment and so much more. Call us today to discuss your roofing options and we will help you find the best roofing for your property.



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Cool Roofing Systems for School Buildings

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School buildings and other commercial properties can be unoccupied for certain months throughout the year. If they happen to be empty over the summer, they are likely to be affected by the constant heat and UV exposure. Not only will the inside be unbearable once the building is in use again, but that amount of heat can cause damage to the roofing structure, causing extensive damage and costly repairs or replacement.

Cool Roofing Systems for School Buildings

Having the right commercial roofing system is the best way to prevent any of these problems. Cool roofing systems actively help to reduce costs for energy in any building and protect it from damaging sunlight exposure. These systems are typically made of lightweight materials that are a hybrid of single-ply and built-up systems. The best cool roof systems are applied in two layers.

  • A gray UV-blocking acrylic surface which protects against UV radiation damage
  • An ultra-white and super-reflective acrylic layer which offers heat and light reflection

Exposure to too much sun during summer months can significantly damage the surface of any roof and once degraded you will end up with higher repair and maintenance costs. With a quality cool roofing system, this can be avoided. Having a cool roof can drop peak roof temperatures to a significantly lower 120 degrees by reflecting the sunlight away. Energy use for the building will also be reduced by up to 30 percent and on average you can save close to 50 cents per square foot every year. 


Final Thoughts

We have what you need to get a cool roofing system in place for your school or commercial property so reach out to us today to discuss your options and we will make sure your building stays cool in the summer and that your energy saving is high.


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Assessing Weather Damage After A Storm

(A-One) Assessing Weather Damage After A Storm


We may not get the storms of the Midwest, but any severe weather changes can damage your commercial roofing. Strong winds can remove or loosen materials as well as throw items against the roof causing rips and cracks. Rain can cause pooling which can cause leaks into the building causing structural damage. Inspections and regular maintenance are the best ways to protect your roofing.

Assessing Weather Damage After A Storm

One storm may not cause any damage, but repeated storms or severe weather can eventually take a toll on your roofing. It is important to inspect your roof after any weather changes. Over time, weather can wear down the roofing leaving it vulnerable to damage. Winds can easily displace materials and weaken roofing membranes in the process. With time, materials get weaker and they may not survive the next big gusts. Winds and other weather damage can impact building safety as well as your insurance. Many insurance policies will not cover damage that is caused by an unsafe roof. This means you need to show that you regularly inspect and maintain your roof. Most insurance policies will cover “all risk” of loss damage including wind, fire, hail, and water damage unless it is excluded. Make sure you have a clear understanding of your insurance when it comes to weather damage. One of the biggest reasons damage claims are denied is because of wear and tear. Even if the winds or severe weather make the damage worse, wear and tear is the underlying cause and your claim will not be approved. Be sure to perform regular inspections and repairs on your commercial roofing so as to prevent damage from getting worse.

For the integrity and safety of your building, it is important to inspect your roofing after any weather changes, be it winds, rain, or even snow. This will help protect your roofing and your investment. Reach out to us if you have any questions or need to schedule an inspection and maintenance. We will help you get through any storm and make sure your commercial roofing stands up to any weather challenge.


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Preparing your Commercial Roof for the Summer

(A-One) Preparing your Commercial Roof for the Summer

Summer is right around the corner and some days it feels like it is already here. It is important to realize that the surface of your commercial roofing can reach extreme temperatures during the summer months and this can cause damage if you are not prepared. Constant UV exposure can damage roofing membranes and cause cracks. So you need to get your roof prepared for the summer heat. The first thing commercial building owners need to do is to develop a maintenance plan. This is the best way to prevent damage to your roof during extreme heat. Regular maintenance and inspections also allow you to identify any damage before it gets worse which can prevent more expensive problems and structural damage.

Preparing your Commercial Roof for the Summer

Work with a licensed commercial roofing contractor to get an inspection done before the summer arrives. They will inspect both the inside and outside to ensure your roof is up for the challenge of the summer heat. The following signs are important to look for as they may indicate prior damage that you will want to fix before the heat arrives.

  • Discolored or water-stained ceilings
  • Cracked walls or masonry
  • Deteriorated areas on the walls below the roof deck
  • Loose or buckled flashing
  • Nails or screws backing out through the roof membrane
  • Bald or bare spots on the surface from UV damage
  • Cracks, blisters, or punctures in the roof membrane
  • Gaps in any caulking around roof penetrations (vents or HVAC units)

By regularly inspecting and maintaining your commercial roof, you can identify problems before the summer heat arrives. Work with an experienced professional to make sure all damage is found and immediately fixed. Don’t let the summer heat destroy your roof and empty your wallet. A damaged roof can lead to injuries as well as a loss on your investment, so call us today and we will help you prepare for those summer rays.



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How To Design A Maintenance-Friendly Roof?


A building appearance “talks” a lot about the building and the effort that was made in designing it. As far as designing a good building is concerned, you can’t afford to ignore the roof considering that it’s, most of the times, what someone notices first when they take a look at a building. Other than designing a roof with its appearance in mind, you have to consider maintenance as well, as you don’t want to make the task almost impossible to accomplish. That’s why it’s important to consider the following tips if you want a maintenance-friendly roof:

How To Design A Maintenance-Friendly Roof?

  1. Consider maintenance from the get-go

You need to include the maintenance team in the design of the building from the start so that they get to decide what will work out best for them in the long run. Both the maintenance team and building manager will have to consider several factors such as maintenance intent, life expectation of the roof, potential damage if by any chance roof leakage occurs, and others. That way, it gets easier to determine the design that will work out fine for the building, hence avoid potential errors.

  1. Design a maintenance program

Designing a maintenance program early enough is an important part of building a maintenance-friendly home, as that enables the maintenance team to decide what they can achieve later. When designing your roof, always ensure that it’s in conjunction with the maintenance program, and if the two separate in any way, work on that separation now, not later.

  1. Consider drainage and water removal

Water is one of the most potentially damaging factors that can ruin your roof even before you get to know it. As such, you need to design the roof with good drainage in mind, as that allows for better maintenance of the roof.

  1. Rooftop access

A maintenance friendly roof must allow for ease of access to the top so that your maintenance team will find it easy to get to the top. It’s even advisable to include the necessary equipment to access the roof if need be. That may include things like permanent ladders, stairs, and a door, or quick ladder access. Of the three options, quick ladder access is the cheapest but the most inconvenient, and that is something that you must consider when choosing the best option for roof access. You don’t want to save cash but end up with an inconvenient method of roof access as that might cost you later.

  1. The best type of roof

When designing a maintenance-friendly roof, consider the type of roof since that will affect how easy it is to maintain the roof. You don’t want to consider a type that is hard to maintain as that might mean always postponing maintenance services as a result of different reasons.

Final thoughts

Choosing a maintenance-friendly roof is a thing that every building owner, manager, and maintenance team has to do, to make the building a worthy investment. Remember that a roof that is easier to maintain can save you a lot of cash in the long run, which you can then use for something else.



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Are Metal Roofs Worth the Investment?

(A-One) Are Metal Roofs Worth the Investment

Unlike other things that you can consider buying, your roof plays a vital role in your commercial building. However, depending on the quality of the roof, the price will keep on changing. Low-quality shelters will come at a low cost while high-quality covers feature high prices. You can consider selecting a cheaper option, but reliability will also be on the lower end. Paying a bit higher price can have a better repay. Buying a roof is comparable to purchasing machinery. You can consider taking low prices for equipment that break down daily eating on your pocket massively. Such a machine will save you cash at the initial stage of buying, but the results are regret. On the other hand, you can consider spending a lot at buying price and buy a device that will last for a long while before it starts to break down. It’ll eat into your pocket at the initial stage of purchasing but save for you on the repairs. The same case applies to roofs. The fact is that perfect shelters are expensive and retailers understand this issue. As a result, they will alter prices to give you what looks like a good deal but in a real sense is not.

Are Metal Roofs Worth the Investment?

Points to Note

When you go shopping for roofing materials, understand that the service is not a one-time cost. Roofing comes with repair and maintenance costs. The initial value will always impact on the subsequent maintenance cost. Metal roofs are long lasting and can withstand strong storms over an extended period. But do you consider if you don’t have the aim of staying for many years? Will it still be a perfect choice? Of course yes. Here is the thing; when you resell the roof, a large part of the roof cost can get recouped. Research shows that most of the property owners who used metal roofs reported a recovery of approximately 85% of the initial charge in resale.

The case is different from others who used asphalt shingle roofs. These roofs are quick to get damages. The type is the cheapest and therefore needs to get replaced at an average of three times as much as the metal roofs. What does this imply? It shows that metal roofs are expensive, but from their durability, they cost you less in maintenance cost. Metal roofs save you approximately 61% maintenance and installation cost as a result of their strength. It’s worth noting that, most of the warranties are manufacture type. They only cover manufacturer defects. Any repairs in times of storms are your additional cost. It is for this reason we recommend metal roofs. Note that, metal roofs are reflective and therefore are capable of maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures be it a cold or hot season. It means that you’ll be using less power to regulate room temperatures, thus saving you a lot on energy bills.

Do Your Research

After deciding to purchase a metal roofing system, you need to conduct extensive research. Look at different brands, and reviews to see which one has a good reputation. Also, check on metal sheets used for the making of the roofs. 

Consider metal roofs as a worthy investment, and you’ll not regret your choice in the future. Fifteen years today, you’ll compare the options and feel proud of your decision-making today.


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Should You Put The A/C Unit On The Roof?

No matter where you live, keeping your building cool is essential. Warmer weather can make your indoors uncomfortable which is why air conditioning is a necessity. The problem with A/C is that they come in bulky and unsightly units which means your options for A/C unit storage are either on the ground or on the roof. Both locations come with benefits and drawbacks.

Should You Should Put the A/C Unit on the Roof?

Once installed, ground A/C units are not easy to remove, so make sure it is not going to be in the way before picking that spot. Many buildings will have several possible ground options for A/C placement so this location will likely not cause complaints. If your building, however, is the only one in the area with ground units, you may get some resistance from your neighbors. You can avoid the troubles of ground units by installing your A/C unit on the roof. This keeps them out of the way, but also exposes them to the weather and potential damage. The winds are higher on the roof which can knock pieces loose and blow dirt into the unit causing problems. When it comes to debris, ground units can also get clogged with leaves, so you face the same obstacle.

The weather in your local area will play a role in the lifespan of your air conditioning unit. With proper installation and maintenance however, you can extend its life no matter what the weather does. If you can place the unit under a tree, it will get protection from the sun which means it will require less attention and maintenance. The main benefit to ground units is that they get the shade from the building which serves as natural protection. One of the major problems with rooftop A/C units is remembering that it is up there. Out of sight often means out of mind. You need to set reminders to regularly schedule maintenance and check on your rooftop unit often. Getting up to the unit also be a challenge so, you need to make sure you have the right equipment to reach and work on the roof safely. The better option is to work with a professional for all maintenance and repairs.

Despite the challenges of a rooftop unit, the biggest benefit is that you will have plenty of space and the unit will be out of your way. The space around your building will be kept clear which is more appealing aesthetically. An additional benefit is that rooftops units are better protected from theft, because many people do not realize how common A/C unit theft is. Rooftop installation for A/C units is more economical but it does come with challenges. To avoid problems and get the best installation, hire and work with a professional roofer to ensure the unit is secure, regularly maintained, and keeps you cool whenever you need it.

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