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Weatherproofing Your Roof For Longer Life

weatherproofing your roof for longer life

Well constructed roofs are built to last. When the job is done properly, the work should stand up to the effects of time. That said, even the best work suffers wear and tear, weathering from the elements. All roofs will face the need for repairs eventually, but there are things you can do in the interim to protect your investment, and get the most out of your roof.

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3 Winter Weather Roof Hazards

Chattanooga commercial roof Winter Weather Roof HazardsWinter takes a toll on the roof, especially in harsh climates. Extreme temperatures and weather conditions can create problems that may lead to costly commercial roofing repairs, if not properly maintained. Here are 3 winter weather roof hazards to avoid:

Ice & Snow Buildup

While we may not get much snow down in the south, it has happened. Because most commercial roofing is not pitched, it can allow for the accumulation of rainwater, snow or snowmelt. The winter weather hazard for your commercial roof occurs in climates with below freezing temperatures. When temperatures drop, rainwater or snowmelt freezes and/or refreezes in a freeze thaw cycle, creating an ice dam. The result? The roof may hold a significant amount of weight from water ponding, if not properly drained. Ponding water can severely shorten the longevity of your commercial roof, as it can cause leaks and long-term structural damage.

Wind Damage

Because flat roofs aren’t completely flat (allowing for water run off), there is still a chance for wind damage, just as with any pitched roof. While commercial roofs are tolerable to windy conditions, excess winds can damage the roof, allowing moisture to get underneath roofing materials.

Is your Chattanooga commercial roof ready for winter? Here are three tips to get ready!

  • Identify leaks sooner than later – Snow and ice buildup can make finding and repairing leaks harder.
  • Schedule a roof inspection in Chattanooga – Following your detailed roof inspection, we will report any issues for repair.
  • Repair and prepare – Tennessee Roofing will repair penetrations, curbs, skylights, ducts, and flashings, as needed.

Our Tennessee Roofing professional will check for areas for loose seals, signs of standing water, water damage, or things like rusted flashing and metal fasteners. While defects in flashing and sealant failure at penetrations are the leading causes of leaks, splits in the membrane, separations at seams, ridges, blisters and deterioration are also red flags that must be addressed before it’s too late. Neglecting to repair a damaged commercial roof this winter may lead to building damage, which can be dangerous and costly. Call Tennessee Roofing & Construction to repair and winterize your Chattanooga commercial roof today!

What Is a Green Roof?

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We know roofs! From roof shingles, metal roofing, roof repair, commercial, and residential… you name it! But there is one roofing trend that hasgained recent attention and popularity in the US: green roofs. These roofing systems are not only green, but living too!

What Exactly is a Green Roof?

Along with environmentally friendly materials, an eco-roof involves growing plants on rooftops, such as a roof garden, in effort to restore the natural footprint that was previously removed during construction. While generally limited to flat rooftops, a green roof can be used on both commercial and residential rooftops. Commercial structures are often park-like for public recreation. One of the most famous American green rooftops is Chicago’s City Hall, which has launched an eco-movement of the urbanized concrete jungle.

Benefits of a Green Roof:

  • Increase the lifespan of your roof
  • Reduce energy costs with natural insulation
  • Avoid the need for complex drainage systems due to absorbed storm water
  • Mitigate water runoff and sewer overflows
  • Produce oxygen and provide shade
  • Recreational area for people and animals
  • Improves air quality and helps to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect, a condition in which metropolitan areas emit, absorb, and trap heat due to excess energy consumption.
  • Promote environmentalism while solving the problems of conventional roofs
  • Reduce energy consumption that contributes to global warming

 

Depending on region, climate, and irrigation, a variety of shrubs, grass, and vegetation can be planted to add life to an unwelcoming rooftop. These green roof systems not only make this space more efficient, but also beautiful and useful. But just like any roof, the layers of a green roof must properly accommodate for drainage to protect the structure using advanced waterproofing materials. One such material, Thermoplastic Polyolefin TPO, has membranes that are resistant to high winds and hail damage, which improve long-term durability and weatherability.

Your Roofing Chattanooga Contractors

Our Residential and Commercial Roofing Chattanooga contractors offer advanced roofing solutions to problems that clients may have. TRC provides a quick response and cost effective pricing for repair and maintenance activities for our commercial, hospitality and industrial customers.

Tennessee Roofing & Construction provides roofing services in and around the Tennessee communities of Chattanooga, Hixson, Cleveland, Dayton, Dunlap, Knoxville, South Pittsburg and Kimball. We also service Dalton and Trenton Georgia, and Bridgeport Alabama. Call us at (423) 842-8826 or contact us online for a free roofing and drainage consultation today!

Myths & Facts of Fall Protection

Commercial saftey railing ChattanoogaDid you know that falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities? Using compliant solutions, such as guardrails and barricades, Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga can help you comply with OSHA and ANSI Fall Protection requirements for a safer workplace. Our safety systems are intended to prevent injury from unprotected sides or edges along ramps, walkways, platforms, fixed stairs, or roof edges.

Don’t fall for these four common myths and misconceptions below about commercial fall protection, call Tennessee Roofing & Construction today!

Myth: The Six-Foot Rule provides adequate fall protection safety.

FACT: The 6-foot rule is the idea that no fall protection is required, if work is performed at least 6 feet from a leading edge. This is a myth, according to both OSHA standards.

“OSHA has determined that there is no safe distance from an unprotected side or leading edge that would render fall protection unnecessary.”

Myth: We don’t get on the roof very often.
“I don’t need any fall protection; it’s only going to take me a minute to install.”

FACT: No matter 60 seconds or 60 minutes, OSHA compliant fall protection must be provided when employees are performing construction work on a walking/working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is six feet or more above a lower level.

Myth: We do not perform maintenance on the roof.

FACT: Not only is this a myth, it is also poor rooftop etiquette. Roofs often require regular maintenance and repair, as they may contain gas lines, HVAC, electrical, piping, and ventilation, not to mention the annual upkeep on roofing and drainage. Each of these activities are potential sources of fall hazard.

Myth: Fall Protection Is Too Expensive.

FACT: After tallying up the legal expenses, any medical expenses associated with a fall, and of course OSHA fines, the cost of installing your commercial fall protection system is far less expensive. See for yourself with OSHA’s Safety Pays Estimator.

Buyers Beware of the Roof

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If you are in the process of buying a house, there can be a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Buyers, specifically first time home buyers, beware! While the process is lengthy, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof; as it could be costly down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; i.e. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, etc. Note: Buyers beware, the most costly deal breaker often lies on the roof.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are cut from the same shingle. Whether dealing with an incorrect installation or low-quality materials, you may need to replace the roof much sooner than you originally anticipated.

Before closing day, complete the following:

  1. Ask the seller how old the roof is and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement.
  2. Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly.
  3. If the home owner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

Just because a roof is older, doesn’t mean that the seller will lower the price. However, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree to it. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have a decision: pay to have the roof replaced or walk away from the house.

It pays to get a roofer to do a proper inspection, either before you make the offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing & Contracting a call today to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today!