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How To Make Sure Your Roof Is Safe For Roof Repair?

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The roofing industry is responsible for almost 30 deaths out of 100,000 workers each year, making roofing repairs the 6th most dangerous job in the country. This is almost double the amount of deaths caused in the construction industry, so more attention has been given lately to ensuring workplace safety for roofing contractors. Reliable and professional contractors ensure that their roofing practices follow strict safety protocol. Workers are valuable and their safety is a top priority. It is important for you to schedule regular maintenance and inspection of your roofing to do your part in keeping roofers safe. The more you can do to help maintain your roof regularly, the less risk involved for roofing contractors.

Staying Safe During Roof Repair

With leaks being the top complaint in the industry, your need to identify and repair a leak right away is necessary. Leaks can be easily avoided by having a contractor regularly inspect your roofing, and if water does find a way through, you need to get the leak repaired immediately. This helps to avoid further damage to your building and a riskier roof for contractors to be on. Water that is allowed to get into the building can damage ceilings as well as structures. Materials such as ceiling tiles can become loosened, so they fall and damage equipment as well as cause injuries to workers within the building. In addition to this, water that seeps through can drip onto surfaces, increasing the risk that people will slip and fall.

The presence of water in the walls also promotes mold growth, especially on wood and gypsum drywall. The smallest patch of mold can release resilient spores that can easily spread to other surfaces within the building, causing extended damage. Mold is not only harmful to building structures but it can be dangerous to human health as well. There are two important factors you need to be aware of before repairing your roof. Firstly, the decking is an integral part of your roofing system, so if it is faulty in any way, you need to have it repaired or replaced. Without sturdy decking the roof will not last long. A roof with a short lifespan costs value to the building and costs you more money in the end. Ensuring you have solid decking is the best way to ensure the longevity and quality of your roof.

The second thing to remember is that waterproof materials are essential. You want to ensure that the roofing contractor you choose has a comprehensible waterproofing plan that includes effective means of preventing pools and leaks. The main cause of leaks is poor roofing, but this is avoidable if your roofer designs effective means of diverting water flow away from your property. Safety and quality are very important in the roofing industry. It is important that you hire a qualified roofing contractor to ensure your roof stays in optimal condition. A safe and reliable roof will protect your building and provides a safer working environment for contractors.

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Tips for Property Managers: How to Decorate Your Building for the Holidays

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There are so many reasons to celebrate in December, as Hanukkah begins the night of December 2nd, followed by Christmas on the 25th, Kwanzaa on the 26th, and of course, the New Year on the 31st. So how to share the holiday spirit with your tenants?

You may not be big on decorations, but if you don’t decorate your building or host a party, you may be viewed as a modern-day Scrooge. On the flip side, if you add too many holiday symbols (Christmas trees, wreaths, lots of tinsel, yards of lights, menorahs, and Kwanzaa’s traditional Kinara candle holders), you might be accused of going overboard.

How can you strike a happy balance? According to Ginny Decker, vice president of property management for Monument Capital Real Estate Services, Miami and Katherine Furniss, marketing manager at CFH Group, another property management group in Miami, founding the middle ground has helped them keep tenants happier and encouraged them to renew.

Question: What is your company’s approach to decorating so building owners or property managers show they care—without making the building look like Santa’s workshop?

Decker: We let the on-site staff at each building decide based on tenant demographics. You want to have some decorations but not so much tinsel—for example—that it makes it hard for prospective tenants to see the building and sign a lease. We encourage an “understated ” look.

Q: How does that translate into decorations?

Decker: Generally, we say you can’t go wrong with simple, classic, white holiday lights that make residents feel good when they return home from work or when prospective tenants drive up to the building. Lights always add cheer.

Furniss: We take the same approach of keeping decorations simple and using maybe one color of lighting so they look generic, and maybe light the entrance and corporate leasing office. We might also put a wreath at the front door. We refer to all the celebrations as “the holidays” rather than to specific events.

Q: Anything else you do beside lights?

Decker: Because we try not to celebrate one denomination, we like other generic symbols such as snowflakes, snowmen, silver colors, as opposed to red and green, a tree, menorah, or Kwanzaa symbols. We want to be inclusive, especially since we often don’t know which holidays our residents celebrate.

Q: Have you had tenants complain about too much or too little?

Decker: Not so far.

Q: Do you also host holiday parties this time of year on- or off-site?

Decker: We do, and they’re on-site. The specifics vary from community to community-based on the resident profile. For buildings with young children, we might bring in a Santa Claus for photographs with the kids. For other sites, we might have gift wrapping parties where we supply the gift paper. We’ve also organize pot-luck suppers where we provide a ham or turkey, and residents bring side dishes and desserts. At some buildings with mostly lower-income residents, we may give away turkeys. We try to find out what residents want most by doing a lot of surveys throughout the year.

Furniss: We’ll host a party in the common area of a clubhouse or maybe on a pool deck of a building. We might have a movie night and ask residents for suggestions, and if their movie is picked they’ll get a prize. We’ll set up “Santa’s workshop” at each building with all the supplies needed to wrap gifts–paper and bows, and make it available the entire month of December. Many of our managers have been with us for years so they tend to know what works and doesn’t.

Q: How about saying thanks with contributions to a favorite charity in your tenants’ honor?

Decker: We try to do something like that during the season, or ask tenants to donate canned foods and toys so we all give back to our community beyond the building. We also let tenants know where their community may be hosting dinners they can attend.

Q: When do you suggest taking down decorations?

Decker: Usually, by the middle of January.

Furniss: We’ll take them down right after Christmas.

Q: Do you decorate for any other holidays to build camaraderie and good building morale?

Decker: We try to do things consistently year-round and in each quarter such as Halloween decorations come fall and a pool/barbecue around July 4th or some time during the summer. Again, we ask for tenant feedback to find what they want.

Furniss: We decorate for Halloween, and sometimes the staff dresses up, often with a theme such as witches

Q: Do you set a budget for these types of expenditures, and if so would you share?

Decker: I can’t give you a dollar amount since it varies so much by community and the number of units and occupants, which influences the amount.’

Furniss: Our buildings tend to spend between $500 and $1,000 for such events.

Q: Any parting advice?

Decker: Yes, keep decorating and hosting these kinds of celebrations and polling residents regarding what they want so they’ll take advantage. If we get 30 to 50 residents at an event, we consider that a good turnout and a success. We find that by taking time to do these things residents tend to renew their leases and remain longer with us

Furniss: We often try to have an event that offers children an activity when we can.

Now we’d love to hear from you! What do you do at your buildings to keep spirits up through the holiday season and even into the long month of January?

How To Get Your Commercial Roof Ready for The Rain?

(Alta) Get Your Commercial Roof Ready for The RainWinter and damp weather can damage your commercial roofing and the damage can be even worse if there are already existing cracks present. Repairs should be done immediately after any damage occurs to avoid costly replacement after rain or snow. Failing to get the roof fixed before cold or wet weather arrives will only cost more money and possibly irreparable damage.

Get Your Commercial Roof Ready for The Rain

The flat design of commercial roofing puts it at greater risk for damage. Any cracks or damage can be worsened in cold weather if not repaired right away. Roof repairs are not cheap, but they will definitely be more affordable when done before the extremes set in. Protect the value of your building and your investment by ensuring your commercial roof is in optimal condition before the winter arrives.

Prepare Your Roof for the Cold

Repairs before rain and snow damage are cheaper than full roof replacement. The continual cycle of water freezing and thawing throughout the winter causes the most damage to your commercial roof. Existing cracks or damage to the roof allow melted snow or rain into the roof and as the weather gets cold, this water can freeze. Water that has collected on the surface of the roof will also freeze, creating a lake of ice which is too heavy for the roof to support. Roof lakes can cause serious structural damage and the water that seeped into the internal parts of the roof causes further cracking as it freezes and expands. The water that seeps in also causes mold and other interior damage. Ceiling and interior repairs are costly and more challenging than repairing the flat exterior of a flat roof, so you want to ensure all repairs are complete before the weather turns cold.

To ensure that your flat commercial roof is in solid condition and can last through the winter months, contact a specialized flat roof contractor to inspect and assess the state of your roof. We use infrared imaging to identify weaknesses or damage to the roof. We then can restore your roof to original condition and ensure it is prepped to make it through any bad weather. Regardless of the material used or system in place, we have what it takes to care for your commercial roof and get it through every season.

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Hiring A Roofer For Your Flat Roof

Hiring A Roofer For Your Flat Roof

To keep your flat roof looking its best and able to withstand all conditions, you need to work with a professional roofer. They can inspect your roof regularly to ensure that your roof stays safe and strong enough to get through all weather and any harsh environmental conditions. Every roof suffers from natural wear and tear, but with regular maintenance and repairs, it will be guaranteed to last longer. There are some common problems you can expect with flat roofing and hiring a roofer will be the best way to prevent these or get them repaired as soon as they appear.

Hiring A Roofer For Your Flat Roof

  • Ponding: This is common with flat roofing and it occurs when water from rainfall or snow pools on the roof. If ponding is not corrected right away, the materials will become weaker and give way to leaks and structural problems. Internal damage can result once ponding has formed and any internal structural damage can be expensive. You should contact a roofer as soon as you notice the ponding to get the situation corrected.
  • Cracks: If you notice cracking or splitting along the membrane, you need to get a roofer out to look at it right away. An experienced roofer can identify any cracks or splits and repair them before they spread and cause further damage.
  • Blisters: These occur when air gets trapped between the felt layer and substrate. This is common with flat roofing and you will typically notice elevated pockets in your roof surface. Call a roofer as soon as you see these air pockets, so they can remedy the situation and prevent more expensive damage.
  • Ridges: When a bituminous buildup occurs within the joints of the roof insulation, the result is ridging. When moisture condenses under the felt layers you will notice ridging along the membranes. These long, narrow crevices are common in flat roofing where membranes are not securely attached.

Being aware of these common flat roofing problems will help you identify them in time so that a roofer can be called out to inspect the roof. With regular inspections and maintenance, they can be prevented or repaired if needed. Call us to schedule an inspection even if you have not noticed any of these problems. This is the most efficient way to prevent these problems from occurring or identifying them before they cause too much damage. Hire a professional roofing contractor to take care of your roof so your investment is protected and your flat roof will stand the test of time.

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What Should You Know Before Replacing Your Roof?

What You Should Know Before Replacing Your RoofReplacing your roof is an investment so you need to think before jumping in. You have a number of options, so need to research all possibilities to get the best service according to your budget. Every roof is susceptible to everyday wear and tear and changing seasonal weather can also take its toll. Before you replace your roof, there are some key tips to remember:

What Should You Know Before Replacing Your Roof?

  • Re-roofing: Many decide to re-roof over existing roofing rather than replacing it completely as this is often cheaper. However, this can actually cause you more problems as heat can build up between the old and new materials, creating moisture build up and serious damage.
  • Measurements: Overspending on materials is a big problem with roofing. You need to make sure you only buy what you need so you need measurements so you can accurately buy within your budget. Once you know accurate measurements you can decide on the material you want and buy only what you need.
  • Ventilation: You need to have proper ventilation if you want your roof to last. Installing good ventilation can save you from having to do expensive replacements. Ventilation regulates temperatures keeping the roof cool in the summer and preventing moisture in the winter. Look into ventilation options available so you can help your roof last longer.
  • Materials: There are wood and sealant under rubber membranes and a top material that makes up your roof. Only replacing the top layers may not solve the problem. If the underlying materials are weakened, the new top materials will be a waste as damage can still happen from below.
  • Reputation: You need to make sure you work with an experienced and professional roofer. Do some research before hiring because there are many to choose from. A good roofer will inspect the property and provide an estimate first, so avoid anyone that charges for these right away. Checking reviews from previously satisfied customers is also a good way to find a good roofer.

Do some thinking before investing in an expensive roof replacement. Contact a licensed roofer to inspect your property and they can advise if you need repairs or replacement. We provide free estimates and suggestions to fit every problem and every budget. Call us today to make an appointment.

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What You Need To Know About The California Solar Mandate?

What You Need To Know About The California Solar MandateBuilding codes are not the most exciting read, but codes and mandates are important for building owners to know. Understanding mandates make it easier for you to protect your buildings and protect your investment. The 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are designed to move California towards solar power without inconveniencing too many people. The main points you need to know about the new solar mandate are discussed below.

What You Need To Know About The California Solar Mandate

  • Recouping money spent on solar installation has been time-consuming for building owners. While the process is not cheaper, it is less challenging. The CEC (California Energy Commission) estimates that the new construction of an up-to-code building will increase by $9,500. However, you will save $19,000 on energy and maintenance costs. In addition, if multiple buildings are constructed within the same neighborhood, the labor and transportation costs can be combined which will lower the per-unit installation cost for builders.
  • Not all buildings are covered by the new solar mandate. Only multi-family homes fewer than three stories in height are included and industrial, commercial and high-rise residential buildings are not. New climate-zone specifics are being enforced which state that all common areas in multi-family buildings are not included in the sizing calculations. This will influence the energy usage that gets compensated.
  • Multi-family developments and builders now need to consider solar installation on any new projects. There was never much incentive to do this before, but now owners can include solar power. This means installation and maintenance will need to be factored into rental prices and planning costs where they weren’t before. Owners should expect some resistance when it comes to renters not wanting to cover the increased costs with solar power, so they need to be creative when accounting for the costs to keep everyone happy.
  • The ‘duck curve’ is a technique that charts energy usage throughout the day compared to energy generation. The potential for generation during the day always exceeds the demand and in the evening more energy is needed but not as much is produced. The new mandate includes compliance credit that will hopefully reduce the impact of this curve. Installing batteries during the day allows power to be stored during times of high generation, and this can be used later in the day when demand is higher than supply.
  • Without regular maintenance, solar systems will lose functionality. This makes customer education important and the new code includes that it is now mandatory. An update to the building owner must now be provided as to how the system is operating. Additionally, the builders of these new solar-powered buildings must include warranty and maintenance costs in their plans.
  • Flexibility regarding solar power is important because not all buildings are the same. Using community solar and not individual rooftop units or by having a single solar garden can reduce labor costs. Sadly, the tenants do not benefit from the net metering of this solar arrangement. Currently, there are also rules in place stating that if a roof cannot sustain solar panels for any reason, builders will have the option of tradeoffs and storage credit in place of installation.
  •  Local authorities have the ability to make codes more stringent, so when it comes to solar power installation, you need to check with local groups first. If they are able to demonstrate that their proposed changes to the code will reduce energy consumption, the CEC will allow their changes to go into effect. This may be very flexible, but it means that you need to verify all designs with local authorities to ensure your plan and designs are up to code.

The new mandate is important to be familiar with. There are more details available in the full 2018 California Solar Mandate code ad a full understanding of the new solar changes coming into place will be essential for your success.

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The Importance of Roofing Insulation

(A-One) The Importance of Roofing Insulation

Insulation is an important part of any building and has been incorporated in construction for centuries. Regardless of the different styles and buildings it was used for, the purpose of insulation has remained the same. Insulation has evolved over the years to keep up with changing times; it always keeps the heat in during colder months, and the heat out when it’s warm outside.

The Importance of Roofing Insulation

Larger commercial buildings spend a great deal on energy costs which makes their investment insinuation a necessity. Combined savings of larger buildings in the country totals over 9.6 billion U.S dollars. These companies save money and the amount of energy used to run these buildings is significantly decreased, which reduces the carbon footprint left behind. Insulation keeps money in your wallet and protects the environment.

When you are going to get insulation installed, you need to first find a reliable and experienced contractor. They can help you determine what type of insulation you need as well as evaluate the current status of your building. You must remember the impact of the local climate when it comes to choosing insulation, so it needs to be selected in light of the amount of sun, rain and snow exposure the building will get. Reflective roofing is a popular option for all building types and works great for areas both drenched in sunlight and those that are not. Many people do not realize that these systems are beneficial in all climates and provide effective protection and insulation for your building.

Regardless of the weather, reflective insulation contributes to a comfortable working environment. With machines inside generating a lot of heat, the insulation helps to make sure it never gets too warm for the people inside. You should always do some research before choosing an insulation system. The top five materials you will likely choose from include HD coverboard, tapered insulation, EPS, fiberboard, and polyisocyanurate. Each material has benefits depending on what you need. For example, HD coverboard is great for heavy hail while the tapered variety promotes downhill water flow, thus preventing pooling. Depending on your needs and the local climate, there will be an insulation system that works best for you.

Conclusion

Insulation saves you money and allows you to run your building more efficiently. You also reduce the carbon footprint on the environment which is an important part of successful business today. Roofing is an expensive venture but it is a mistake to treat insulation as an option. Many places already have building codes in place that require insulation, so make sure you know what you need ahead of time to keep your building up to code. Reach out to us today and we will find the best insulation system for your building and get your savings today.

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Roofing Systems and the Environment

(A-One) Roofing Systems and the Environment

Global warming and excess waste are real threats to the environment along with the daily pile up of waste in our landfills. Recycling, conservation, and environmental protection are more popular than ever, and the roofing industry is on board with this. With over 3,000 landfills, there is already too much waste in this country, and with households dumping enough trash to fill 63,000 garbage trucks, things need to change.

Roofing Systems and the Environment

Most people do not think of roofing materials when it comes to trash, but roofing materials end up in the landfills too. New housing and developments projects begin every day, meaning that more waste is created, and more roofing materials end up in the landfills. Repairing your roof rather than building a new one saves on the amount of waste created.

You can work with roofing contractors that choose to work with recycled materials and green options. Working with a roofer that can effectively dispose of roof waste can help you do your part in protecting the environment. You can also do your part by taking good care of your roof so that it lasts longer. The less replacement that is needed, the less waste will be created.

Recycling in Roofing

The roofing industry takes recycling and the environment seriously, and you will find that many contractors will offer recycled materials for your projects.

  • TPO roofing is 100% recyclable and the membrane can be reused in the manufacturing process, so it ends up in a new roofing membrane and not a landfill.
  • Metal roofing can be made from all types of recycled metals including soda cans.
  • Shingles are now reused which helps to reduce the millions of tons that are thrown out each year.
  • Rubber roofing systems are recyclable and you use them again for new roofing projects as well as for other projects such as garage flooring.
  • Solar panels are popular now because they save energy and save you money. They also help to reduce the carbon footprint left in the environment.
  • Green roofing with live vegetation is growing in popularity because it protects the environment and adds to the aesthetic appeal of a building.

We understand the importance of recycling and saving the environment and we do our part as well as help you do your part too. With so much waste in the world, we work to reduce what ends up in the landfills and make sure your building looks its best. Reach out to us today to discover what recycling or green options you have and together we will take better care of the environment.

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All About Commercial Roofing Attachments

(A-One) Commercial Roofing Attachments

Roofing systems are attached to commercial building using either full adhesion or mechanical attachment. There are other methods available, but these two prove to be the most common. As a commercial building owner, you should be aware of the differences as well as what each method entails. You don’t want to pay for roof attachment that doesn’t add value to the building or that doesn’t compliment your building needs and style.

Fully adhered roofing

Full adhesion of a roof involves gluing the roof directly to the insulation layer below it. The insulation boards act both as insulators and to secure the roof to the metal deck below it. This roofing attachment option is usually more expensive, time-consuming and comes with challenges. The large quantities of glue needed for adhesion must be applied at the same time and at the right temperature. You have to wait for the glue to dry and to reach the correct tackiness. You then use a weighted roller to press the membrane to the insulation layer.

The fully adhered roof is often preferred because it is believed to be more resistant to leaks. In reality, this is not always true. Many think that if water gets through a hole it will flow along the membrane and past the glue. Many builders use fully adhered roofing because of the belief that it is more resistant to leaks, but this is not necessarily true. If you are not aware of any leaks, the water will be allowed to accumulate, however, and this will degrade the glue over time. Water can spread further through the roofing system causing more widespread and expensive damage.

Mechanically attached roofing

In the commercial market, mechanically attached roofing is used about 80% of the time. It is so popular because it is both inexpensive and easy to install. Mechanically attached roofing is also easy to inspect by the builder. The workmanship can be quickly validated by verifying the fastener patterns along the membrane. To install a mechanically attached roof, you roll down the membrane and apply screws along the edge of the membrane, making sure they go all the way through the insulation boards to the metal deck. All screws will be covered by the edge of the next membrane sheet to be rolled out. You then use a hot-air gun to weld together the membrane and roofing. The result is a flat, waterproof surface with no gaps.

Final thoughts

Fully adhered roofs get higher ratings by Factory Mutual, which is a large insurance firm that designates wind-uplift ratings to all commercial roofing. However, high rating is not really beneficial unless your building is located in a coastal or high-wind area. Choosing a mechanically attached roof may be more feasible in cases where there are no winds. To decide which roofing attachment will work best for your commercial building, contact us today and we will find the roofing system to best suit your needs.
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Re-Roofing Projects: A New Tax Cut For You?

(A-One) Re-Roofing Projects A New Tax Cut For You
Building maintenance and upkeep is not cheap. Roofing is no exception to this. Regular maintenance as well as re-roofing your property can add up, so you need to have a budget already set aside. Buying and owning a building is a large financial investment, likely the largest you will ever make, so you want to ensure you always get the most return possible.

Re-Roofing Projects: A New Tax Cut For You

With expensive repairs and maintenance, this does not always seem possible to do. But there is good news. Thanks to some changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, non-residential building owners now qualify for a new re-roofing tax break. The Act expanded the definition of ‘qualifying property’ so under Section 179 roofing projects can now get you a tax cut. Prior to this, any investments made into re-roofing a non-residential property had to be capitalized and depreciated over a period of 39 years. With the change of definition for qualifying property, taxpayers can now fully expense roofing improvement costs right away. Read through the information below to see if your company is eligible for this preferential tax treatment.

What is Section 179?

The tax code originally only allowed building owners to recover the costs of machinery or property over multiple years. Section 179 now allows you to recover the costs much faster and you do not have to wait years to get the return on your investment. Expensing limits have been increased to a maximum of $1 million, with a phase-out threshold of $2.5 million. The new changes are more favorable for non-residential building owners, so you would be advised to look into this right away.

Roofing is a Qualifying Property

The definition of qualifying property now includes re-roofing materials as long as the property is non-residential. This new definition also includes fire protection, alarm systems, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, which makes for big benefits to non-residential building owners. In order to fully qualify for the tax cut, the improvements need to be made after the property was first put into use. Taxpayers can now include roofing improvements and since the expenses associated with re-roofing projects can be high, these taxpayers will be pleased to reap returns on their investment much sooner than previously allowed.

Check with your tax professional to determine if your company or building applies for these tax cuts. If any of your building improvements qualify, you can begin enjoying these changes and favorable tax treatment today.
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