Friday, April 20, 2018

The Importance of Roof Coatings

Adding a roof coating is an important aspect to consider when repairing and maintaining your roof. Over the years, your roof will develop some wear and tear, and a roof coating is an attractive and cost-effective option when this happens - instead of doing an entire roof replacement. They are a great way to keep your roof in shape and to prevent wear and tear from occurring in the first place.

A coating will protect the roof of your building from adverse weather and physical damage that can be caused by water, smoke, or dust. This will reduce maintenance costs and avoid completely re-roofing your building. Roof coatings also have benefits to energy use and the environment. Depending on the type, certain coatings are capable of reflecting light and UV radiation, which will lower interior temperatures. This can help reduce energy costs for your building!  However, different coating products can offer a combination of features to meet your roofing needs. 

Some of these features include:
  • Elastomeric properties: This is the ability to expand and contract with temperature changes. For example, under extreme temperature changes an inflexible coating could crack leading to roofing issues.
  • Chemical resistance: Choosing a coating material with chemical resistance can be beneficial because you’ll have peace of mind that your roof will be resistant to any chemicals. This type of coating is rust resistant and can be fire resistant.
  • Waterproofing: The type of moisture in your climate and the slope of your roof come into consideration when choosing the right coating. Certain coatings can protect your building from moisture and can resist penetration from standing water if you live in a moister climate.

Various types of roof coatings are available to choose from, but there are multiple factors to consider before choosing one such as location, slope, heat, and UV rays. Many coatings are intended for use on specific roof types, and their application can depend on climate. Call Matrix Roofing to help you decide which roof coating would work best for your building!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Why Your Roof Could Use a Post Winter Check-Up

Now that winter is slowly coming to an end and the snow is melting, make it a priority of spring-cleaning business to check on how your roof fared through the colder months. Damages that might have been caused by snow, ice, wind, and cold temperatures can lead to major problems and costly repairs for you in the future! You want to inspect for obvious signs of damage like punctures in the roof membrane from falling tree limbs, and if you spot any major wear and tear, you might want to bring in a professional roofer. Here at Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc., we will make sure to maximize your roofs life expectancy and ensure the physical integrity of it.

There are a few important things to remember when it comes to post winter inspection of your commercial roof.
  • During the winter season, the weight of snow and ice can damage your roof and even cause damage to the interior of your business.  Damage to your roof can include punctured or torn roof membrane. If you’ve noticed water spots on your ceiling, it could potentially be from a roof leak. These are issues that should be addressed immediately to determine if you need a roof repair or a complete replacement.
  • Now is a perfect time to clear debris, leaves, and tree branches from your gutters and roof, so they can properly do their jobs during the rainy spring season. Loose objects, especially heavy ones, can tear through or seriously damage your roof’s membrane, so it’s important to get all debris removed Clogged gutters and scuppers can cause various problems like ice dams which cause damage to not only the gutters but also the life expectancy of your roof. Make sure to clean out your gutters and scuppers manually to avoid clogging the downspout, and then use your hose to flush out remaining residue.
Remember, safety is the number one priority, so call Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc. to set up an inspection of you roof. We’ll provide a thorough inspection and give you piece of mind that nothing was overlooked!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Importance of Roofing Insulation

Commercial roofing insulation acts as a protective blanket that’s wedged in between your roof’s surface and the roof deck. It’s used to reduce the transfer of heat.  Proper roofing insulation can protect your roof from mold, mildew, and high energy costs. A poorly insulated roof causes higher energy bills because your HVAC system needs to be constantly running to maintain your indoor comfort.

Air naturally travels from warm areas towards cooler areas, and insulation restricts this natural movement. Therefore, during the winter, insulation will prevent the cold air from coming into your facility through the ceilings. It works the same way during the summer – keeping the cool air inside and preventing it from moving towards warmer areas.

Here are some additional benefits of roof insulation:
  • Reduce your carbon footprint: Insulation is an essential factor in minimizing your property’s carbon footprint because it saves energy. By insulating your roof, your building is naturally regulating its temperature, rather than having to resort to unnecessary artificial heating and cooling.
  • Reduce Noise: Insulation can provide an extra physical barrier against irritating external sounds that may be bothering you. Roof insulation can significantly reduce the amount of noise pollution in your building, making everyone’s day more enjoyable.
  • Avoid dampness and mold: Modern insulation can reduce the amount of condensation that forms in your roof by regulating the temperature internally. This reduces the opportunity for mold to form.

Insulating your roof can help create a comfortable environment for all people who spend their days inside your building.  If you need help deciding on the right insulation for your roof, consult with Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc. because expertise matters when it comes to insulating commercial roofing, as does experience.

Monday, January 8, 2018

How Often Should Commercial Roofing be Inspected?

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your commercial roof, and when it comes to your business and roofing you can’t take any changes as it pertains to your residents, employees or building equipment. This is why it’s so important to ensure that your commercial roof is in good working order and condition at all times.

We often receive questions about how often you should have your commercial roof inspected. The most important thing to consider if safety, and you can never truly be too safe. This blog will highlight when to have your commercial roof examined by a roofing professional and how often you should expect to have it inspected.

The rule of thumb in the roofing industry is to have your commercial grade roof inspected twice a year. We highly recommend an inspection during the spring and fall, before the extreme weather seasons. It’s generally easier to schedule roofing inspections during these times, and also in between seasons where your roof sees the most wear and tear. Of course, if it has been over six months since your last inspection, we highly recommend scheduling an inspection now rather than waiting for the end of the winter season.

If you have direct access to your roof, it might be tempting to complete a roofing inspection on your home. While it’s good to keep an eye out for obvious structural damage, nearby tree branches or pole wiring that could come in contact with your roof, a full roofing inspection is an in-depth and detailed process that requires a roofing professional. They can adequately and professional evaluate your roof, determine if any repairs or replacement need to be made, all while keeping you out of harms way.

If you have any questions or if it’s time for your biannual roofing inspection, click here to visit our website.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How to Determine if Your Roof Should be Repaired, Patched, or Replaced

The roof on your commercial building has seen better days, but it’s only been a few years since you last replaced it; could it already be time to replace it again? 

It can be challenging to determine how much work your roof requires and whether it is best to make simple repairs or replace the entire thing. While a professional inspection of your roof is the only way to determine the best course of action, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to prepare you for the best way to mend your roof. 

The term “patched” is commonly used to refer to covering holes or other damage on your roof and can be very effective in certain situations. Placing patches on punctures or tears in the membrane will work fine when you have only a handful of areas that have been damaged. If your roof is beginning to develop leaks and holes, especially if this is affecting the interior of your building, it may make sense to patch them until your roof can be properly attended to; however this is not an adequate long term solution. When there are more than just a few areas that need to be repaired, you’ll need to do a cost analysis to determine if repairing or replacing is what’s best as a long term solution. 

The third option for fixing your roof is what is referred to as a retrofit. A retrofit is a when a new roof is placed over your existing roof, making it stronger, more efficient, and takes care of any existing damage. 

For more information on roof repair and replacement, click here to visit our website.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Importance of Maintaining Your Roof

Roofing plays a critical role in the structural integrity of your commercial building. Whether your building houses residents, employees, or expensive materials and equipment, it’s important to ensure that your building is kept safe, which all begins with proper roof maintenance. There are many reasons why it is vital that a professional performs regular maintenance of your commercial roof, but here are just a few of the top reasons from our team of experts.

Checking for damage: Having regular maintenance performed on your commercial roof allows an expert to examine your roof for any damage that may have incurred. This is especially pertinent following storms and inclement weather, when you are most likely to see damage. If addressed early on, this kind of damage can usually be eradicated before it turns into a full replacement or retrofit or additional damage to your building.

Making necessary repairs: As mentioned above, when damage is identified early on there is a good chance that repairs can be made before a replacement is necessary. Regularly scheduled maintenance ensures that repairs can be made in a timely and costly manner, which will help to keep your building and its inhabitants safe, as well as saving you money over time.

Creating a safe environment: You may decide to be a bit more lax when it comes to caring for the roof of your home, but it is vital that you take very good care of the roof on your commercial building. Aside from the need to meet specific safety and zoning requirements for your area, maintaining your commercial roof will help to keep your building in tip top shape, keeping those who live or work in it happy.

Knowing when it’s time to replace: Inevitably, at some point in time your roof will need to be replaced no matter how often maintenance is performed. However, keeping on top of maintenance and having a professional inspect and repair your roof on a consistent basis will ensure that you are made aware of when it is time to replace or retrofit your roof when the time comes. Taking care of replacing or retrofitting your roof will reduce the risk of roofing emergencies and costly service repairs in the long run.

If you have any questions about maintenance for your roof, click here to visit our website!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Importance of Hiring a Roofing Contractor Who Specializes in Commercial Roofing

A new roof for your home or business is a huge undertaking, so selecting a roofing contractor should be done thoroughly and carefully. While all roofing contractors undergo important certifications and training, it is important to note that there are a few distinct differences between residential and commercial roof experts. When it comes to roofing for your commercial building, you’ll want to ensure that you hire a commercial roofing contractor to get the job completed efficiently and effectively. Keeping reading this blog post for more information on the importance of hiring a roofing contractor who specializes in commercial roofing.

They use the right materials:  Commercial roofs are generally much larger than residential roofs, and therefore require a larger quantity of, and different kinds of, roofing material. Selecting materials for a commercial roof is determined by the roof’s slope, occupancy (what the building is used for), and the climate and weather conditions of the area. A commercial roofing contractor will take all of these factors into account when selecting material for your commercial roof.

They understand weight and building codes: Your commercial building likely has certain building codes that need to be met during construction, as well as ones that your roof will need to meet or exceed once it is completed. Additionally, your commercial building may have heavy HVAC and other equipment on the roof which your roofer will need to take into account during design and construction. A commercial roofing expert is familiar with building codes in your area, and understands the damage that equipment can do to your roof if not properly addressed and accounted for.

They have the proper licensing: Believe it or not, a residential roofer may not even be qualified to handle your commercial roofing needs! Commercial work requires specific training and licenses, to ensure that all of the information mentioned above is basic knowledge to a roofing professional that works on commercial buildings. These regulations help to prevent damage and unnecessary repairs to commercial buildings, in turn keeping employees, residents, and equipment safe.

Matrix Roofing is proud to provide commercial roofing services to the commercial buildings in our area. For more information or to get started on your next commercial roofing project, click here to visit our website.