Commercial Roofing - GAFGLAS Built Up Roofing

Commercial Roofing Materials Part 4: What Is Built Up Roofing?

Built up roof membranes (BUR) have been in use on United States’ houses for over a century. These membranes are usually made of several layers alternating between bitumen and reinforcing fabrics (TPO and EPDM are single layers). This combination results in a finished membrane. The three types of bitumen material used most commonly in built up roofing systems are asphalt, coal tar, or cold-applied adhesive.

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What to Know Before a Skylight Installation

What to Know Before a Skylight Installation

Nothing opens up a room like a window: a source of light, air, and connection to the outside world. Some rooms in your home may not be able to support windows (such as interior rooms), or seem cramped with windows set only at one side. Skylights brighten up these dark rooms, and even small units […]

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Letting Your Home Breathe with Roof Ventilation

Letting Your Home Breathe with Roof Ventilation

“Thermal Comfort” is a buzzword of modern home building and renovation, aimed at making the environment as perfect as possible when it comes to the temperature of the home. This is done in two major ways: isolating the home against the outside temperature with insulation and airtight double/triple paned windows and doors, and through regulating the internal temperature through heating and air conditioning, ideally with an HVAC. All this technology however can lead to complications that can damage your home and make life miserable for you and your family.

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GAF EverGuard TPO Roofing - Fleece-Back

Commercial Roofing Materials Part 3: What is TPO Roofing?

Although it seems strange due to its high popularity, Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) has been around less than 25 years. TPO is made of an ethylene/propylene rubber blend which enables the membrane to combine durability and flexibility. It is resistant to fire, ozone, and ultraviolet rays and the growth of mold and other destroyers. It is considered a “cool roof” because it resists heat from the sun.

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Roof Replacement: Tear Off or Roof Over?

Roof Replacement: Tear Off or Roof Over?

So you’ve decided to replace your roof. Maybe it’s because it is beyond repair. Maybe it’s because the roof is past its useful lifespan. Maybe you’re planning on moving and you know that replacing your roof will increase your house’s sale value. Regardless of how you got here, you still have another important question: should you shingle over the existing layer or tear off the existing roof and install the new one directly to the roof’s deck? In many ways this is a question of now verses later. Learn which camp you fall into, and the pros and cons of either choice.

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Commercial Roofing Material - Modified Bitumen Roofing

Commercial Roofing Materials Part 2: What is Modified Bitumen?

Modified bitumen roofing was first developed in Europe in the 1960s and was introduced to the United States in 1972. The unique design focusing on incorporating polymer chemistry into the benefits of a modern built up roof. One of the more popular commercial roofing systems in North America, modified bitumen is designed for buildings with low-slope or essentially, flat roof structures.

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Commercial Roofing Materials - EPDM

Commercial Roofing Materials Part 1: What is EPDM?

The EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer) roofing system is a synthetic rubber based material used very successfully on large commercial buildings. While not a new invention, EPDM is still relatively new to the roofing industry, yet has become one of the top choices for low slope roofing over the last 40 or so years. It is made of rubber similar to that used as seals in cars (around doors or the trunk) or the seals around the doors of walk-in freezers or fridges.

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Recoating a Commercial Roof

Recoating a Commercial Roof

There are times when a commercial roof will need to be recoated. While this may be a nuisance and an unwanted expense, in the long run it can save huge amounts of money. When a coating is applied properly, a coating tends to lower cooling costs, while extended the expected roof life. It should also reduce the amount of repairs needed. Your commercial roof is a huge investment, it makes sense to protect it.

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Weatherproofing Your Home for Autumn

Weatherproofing Your Home for Autumn

Unfortunately, the end to summer is just around the corner, and the leaves will be changing colors right before you know it. Autumn brings school, stress, and that cold weather everyone has been dreading. It also brings a slew of potential problems for your house, problems that will prove difficult and costly to manage if the proper protective precautions are not taken. So here are some tips to weatherproof your house for the upcoming fall.

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Protecting Against Wind Driven Rain

Protecting Against Wind Driven Rain

Have you seen occasional stains on your ceilings or upper floors after a rain storm? It could be that you have developed a leak. However, if it only happens after a really big storm, you might not actually have a leaking problem. Instead, it’s probable that the high winds created a rare situation which caused the water damage. Instead of the rain coming down straight, like normal, it is coming down at an exaggerated angle due to the high winds. Sometimes the rain is actually coming in almost sideways and getting at the undersides of the roof, which are normally protected by overhangs. This is known as wind driven rain.

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