Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Preparing Your Commercial Roof for Winter

As Pennsylvania residents, we're no strangers to snow, high winds, and freezing temperatures. As a business owner in a climate with harsh winters, it's important to take precaution to potential damages to your facility caused by winter’s wrath. Whether your commercial roof is flat, sloped, or pitched, defending against snow and ice is crucial to preventing damage to your property.

Here are three ways to ensure your commercial roof is ready for all that winter has in store…

1. Schedule a Roof Inspection

Snow, rain, sleet, and ice are all form of moisture, and more moisture leads to more potential for leaks. Even the smallest leak can quickly become an expensive and disastrous problem. Matrix Roofing Systems can inspect your roof and take preventative measures to prevent against property damage. We'll check for any drainage areas, places where insulation can be improved, gutter performance, and more.

2. Check Nearby Areas

While we are happy to inspect your roof, masonry, gutters, and more, it’s also important to examine adjacent areas. Trees and neighboring buildings pose the threat of snow being blown or dumped on top of your building. Our team can identify potential hazards and advise accordingly.

3. Prepare an Action Plan

If you do end up finding yourself amidst a winter roof emergency, do you know how it will be handled? Eliminate the risk of delaying normal business operations even further by developing a plan of action ahead of time. Make sure your team has the contact information of your insurance company saved, and knows any relevant contractors and when it’s appropriate to call them.

If you have any questions about preparing your commercial property and roof for this upcoming winter, don't hesitate to rely on our team of seasoned professionals for answers. Contact us today to request an inspection.

Friday, October 18, 2019

How to Ensure Your Facility is Watertight

Did you know that the leak in your building might not be coming from the roof? Most leaks are thought to originate at the roof, but that is not always the case. While roof deficiencies can result in leaks, it’s possible that the water is entering the building through one of the components of the building’s masonry. Your building’s masonry can include coping stones and joints, walls, and/or cornices (also known as molding). Since there are so many potential areas for leaks, it’s important to have a professional inspect your facility to keep everything watertight.

Knowing What to Look For

A professional will be able to locate improperly insulated areas that could potentially lead to water damage. They also know how drainage systems should look to properly perform their job. Concrete cracks are also areas that need to be watched (and often repaired). It takes a special eye to identify these trouble areas. The most vulnerable spots vary depending on the building, but an expert will know when, where, and how to repair.

Waterproofing

One way of keeping your building watertight is by sealing your concrete. We offer caulking to repair dangerous cracks in your facility’s concrete. Another way is by coating your roof. Flat roofs require coating to prevent leaks and doing so will save you money down the line.

Maintenance

Once you’ve taken the necessary measures of waterproofing your facility, it's crucial to schedule regular checkups to ensure that everything is doing its job. Coatings, caulking, and other sealants need to be reapplied to prevent future water damage, so having a professional inspect it from time to time is important.

Our team of professional inspectors can diagnose and recommend solutions for these types of problems and ensure that your facility has a plan of action for staying watertight. Contact our team today to request an inspection.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Restore Your Facility with Masonry Repairs

When property managers notice leaks in their buildings, a roof leak is often considered to be the culprit. More often than not, however, water is entering through a different part of the building. The components of a building’s masonry often give way to moisture entering your property, making masonry repairs a must to prevent further damage. Coping stones and joints, walls and cornices are all different aspects of your building that could be making the structural integrity of your facility more vulnerable.

So, what can be done to repair the masonry of your facility? At Matric Roofing Systems, Inc., we offer a variety of masonry repair services that are targeted towards making your building as safe from structural damage as possible. These services include the following:

Caulking

A professional caulking will be able to address any areas of your building’s concrete that have noticeable cracks. Caulking not only keeps water from entering any of these cracks, but it also prevents any further cracking or eroding.

Brick and Stone Pointing

Even though brick and stone are some of the strongest and most reliable materials to build with, they still are vulnerable to damage from time, weather, and the overall structure of the building. Brick and stone pointing extends the life of the mortar that holds your building’s materials together. The pointing process removes deteriorated aspects of your brick and stone and replaces it with something stronger.

Masonry Waterproofing

An incredibly effective way to prevent water from entering your building, masonry waterproofing gives your brick and masonry a longer life. Often times, wind can blow rain right into your building, especially when cracks are present. Waterproofing helps to seal the exterior of your facility against water, all without altering the appearance.

Coping Stone Repair and Restoration

“Coping stone” refers the covering of a wall, often made of stone, brick or terracotta. Over time, this material can noticeably crack and cause the curb appeal of your facility to suffer. With masonry, it is always much easier to repair and maintain than it is to replace.

Lintel Replacement

Lintels, which are a horizontal support of steel, stone or concrete often found above a window or door, degrade over time when not maintained. This can cause cracks and damage to the integrity of a facility. The replacement of a lintel can be tricky, as an experienced technician can easily damage surrounding brick or stonework. Make sure to place your trust in a service provider that knows what they’re doing and can get the job done right the first time.

Contact Matrix Roofing for all of your masonry repair needs and restore your facility today!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Does Your Roof Withstand High Winds?

Excessive snow or rain is often seen as enemy number one to commercial roofs, but don’t forget about the hazards that high winds bring. Strong gusts can severely damage the structure of a roof and demand expensive repairs if not prepared. While some roofing materials claim to be able to withstand wind speeds of up to 90mph, most can exhibit signs of damage at 50 mph. Considering that the minimum wind speed of a severe thunderstorm is 58 mph, it’s important to make sure that your roof is able to handle the elements.

Wind damage can be easy to spot when you understand the common culprits. Wind can often loosen your HVAC components and cause them to roll around across your roof, resulting in noticeable and severe damage. A strong gale can also rip off sections of your metal roofing system, especially when hail or other debris is involved. You can also look out for damage to your gutters, downspouts, and flashing to get a feel for how your roof may have been affected by high winds.

There are a few strategies you can take to prevent substantial damage next time high winds come around. If there are any trees nearby with branches that could damage your roof, have a tree service trim those back. Also, have your gutters cleaned regularly. Gutters that don’t drain properly can contribute to pooling water on your roof, which can be severely damaging. In the event of a storm, you’ll want your gutters to direct all rainfall away from your building, not on top of it!

To get the best understanding of your roof’s resilience to high winds, the best strategy is regular maintenance and check-ups. After a storm or any other period of high winds, have a look at your facility’s roof. If you notice the HVAC machine on its side, leaky and crooked gutters, missing sections of the roof cover, damage to the roof’s flashing, and/or more, your roof may not be in such great shape.

A professional roof inspection will be the best way to assess the conditions of your commercial roof. A roofing expert can highlight any areas that may be susceptible to damage and possibly help you to prevent expensive repairs after a storm. At Matrix Roofing Systems, we service commercial clients across the Mid-Atlantic area and are happy to be a resource for wind-proofing your roof. Call us today to schedule an inspection!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What to Goes in to the Pricing of Your New Roofing System


What to Goes in to the Pricing of Your New Roofing System

When having a new commercial roof installed, there are many things to take into consideration that make up the cost/price of your new roof. Here are a few things that go into the pricing of your new roofing system.

Choosing a Roofing System

Whether your building has a flat or sloped roof, there are several basic types of roofing materials to choose from. These materials vary in both effectiveness and durability. The material you choose can be the main difference between a roof that lasts 10 years and a roof that lasts 30 years. Some of the common roofing types to consider include:

·         Asphalt or fiberglass shingles
·         Built-up roofing (asphalt or coal tar)
·         Modified bitumen roofing system
·         Single-ply membrane roofing (TPO< PVC & EPDM)
·         Spray polyurethane foam roofing

Pricing the Project

There are many factors that affect the overall cost of a roof replacement. These factors include the size of the roof, the materials you choose, the amount and concentration of roof top penetrations, perimeter details, ease of access and set-up, equipment required and the presence of any other damage (wet insulation, bad deck) that needs to be addressed, building codes, permits and warranty fees. When choosing a contractor for the job, pricing should not be the only factor you consider. Just because a contractor offers their services at the lowest price does not mean they’ll provide high-quality work.

Length of Project

How long it takes to install your commercial roof varies greatly depending on the size of the roof and the complexity of the project. Roofs that have experienced water damage and need to be torn off will take longer than a roof that can be roofed over. The size and skill of the crew also dictate the duration of a job. Smaller roofs and residential roofs often take only a day or two while large commercial roofs can take more than a month(s) to install. 

A well-installed roof will help save you money on your monthly utility bills, prevent costly repairs, and make for a healthier working environment. Contact Matrix Roofing by calling 267-642-5027 or emailing jeffh@matrixroofing.info to determine the best roofing system for your building.



Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Cost of a Commercial Roof Replacement


The Cost of a Commercial Roof Replacement

Without speaking with you or looking at your roof, a professional roofer couldn’t tell you the exact amount it would cost to replace your commercial roof. There are a lot of factors that come into play, but the following will give you a general idea of what influences replacement costs.

The Kind of Roof You’re Considering

There are a lot of different materials used in roofing today. If the roof is flat, it will require different materials than if the roof is steep sloped. Aesthetic appeal may make a difference in the kind of roofing materials you’re considering, which will directly affect the cost. Materials typically make up a significant portion of the price you pay.

The Condition of Your Current Roof

The extent of the work that is required will directly affect the cost. If there is only one roof system in place, then this roof can be roofed over, providing any wet or damaged substrate materials are removed first. The greater the extent of wet or damaged materials that must be removed, the more the roof will cost. If there are already two roofs in place, the existing materials should be removed prior to re-roofing.

There may be isolated areas of the roof that are more deteriorated than others, due to poor drainage, excessive roof top traffic and equipment, poor maintenance, etc. If the rest of the roof is in fair condition, it may be possible to replace or repair just those sections.

Accessibility to the Roof

Accessibility, logistics, safety requirements and size directly affect the cost of your project. Buildings with limited perimeter access for set-up areas, cranes and dumpsters may cost more than roofs that are easily accessible. A variety of things come into play that determine safety requirements i.e. building height, parapet wall height or lack thereof, trash removal requirements and any necessary deck replacement, to name a few.

Also, low slope and steep slope roofs have different requirements that must be considered when calculating the costs of your project.

The internal use and operations of the building can also determine working hours, when certain scopes of work can be performed, internal protection requirements and any necessary shutdown of internal processes to name a few. All of these can determine the production rate of the crew and may affect your pricing more than all of the other items previously mentioned.

Every situation and building is unique, to some degree.



Contact the Professionals for a Quote

While roofing materials, current condition and accessibility play a big part in the cost of your commercial roof replacement, there are other factors at play as well. For a more specific idea of your replacement will cost, contact the professionals at Matrix Roofing by calling 267-642-5027 or sending an email to jeffh@matrixroofing.info.



Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Common Commercial Roofing Problems that Can Be Avoided

Commercial buildings experience a range of roofing issues that cause business owners to seek a roofing contractor. Leaks, clogged gutters, and damaged membrane are some of the most typical problems that all types of buildings endure. However, there are some problems that are unique to commercial roofs.

Tree branches, leaves, and other debris can collect on top of drain covers and slow down water drainage. A clogged drain in a commercial building can be, at best, an unpleasant mess. In some cases, clogged drains are the cause of significant damage to the building. Serious clogs or clogs that are deep in the plumbing or drainage system will most likely require professional attention.

If drains become clogged with debris, standing water on the roof will follow. This standing water can attract insects, lead to mold and algae growth, and create interior leaks. It can also accelerate the deterioration of the roof, thus reducing its longevity. To ensure the roof isn’t "ponding," contact a professional.

Pitch pockets protect the pipes that run through roofs. Occasionally, a pitch pan becomes dislodged and then water trickles down the pipelines and causes leaks. This can happen for a few reasons, usually related to structural movement. The sealant can also dry out and shrink. It’s also possible that the penetration that is wrapped by the pitch pocket moves or vibrates, thus compromising the pitch pocket seal. Regardless of the reason, all pitch pocket problems mean leaks.

To help prevent problems in the future and ultimately avoid headaches for your business, clear debris from your roof any time you can see it building up on your roof or gutters. If you notice any of your downspouts not draining properly, be sure to check your gutter system and call us today to learn how we can protect your company's largest asset! Our Preventative Maintenance Program ensures that our experienced inspectors perform an in-depth survey of your roof and document and photograph its conditions to create customized repair and/or maintenance recommendations for you.