Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Friday, August 4, 2017
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.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
It’s hard to believe that we’re already well into spring, and it won’t be long before the hottest days of summer are upon us. Before we reach temperatures in the triple digits, it’s important to ensure that your commercial roof will be able to properly serve you and your building throughout the warmer seasons ahead. In this blog post, we’ll address some of the most important reasons for spring-cleaning for the roof of your commercial building.
Friday, February 3, 2017
There are a couple of different reasons why a leaking ceiling should concern property owners. The first, while definitely the least important issue, is one that can help people identify and prevent larger issues. Leaking ceilings are often accompanied by water stains. They most often look like coffee colored circles around the leak.
While a water stain on your ceiling does not always indicate an active leak, they should not be taken likely. Finding and fixing the leak as soon as you notice a water stain could help prevent more serious damage. While water stains may not bother all property owners, the more serious issues they can present should not be overlooked. One issue that leaks in the ceiling are often accompanied by is mold. Mold can potentially contaminate the air and be harmful to tenants and visitors.
However, the biggest threat that a leaking ceiling presents to a property owner is affecting the structural integrity of the ceiling. Over time, as water continues to leak and build up in the drywall of the ceiling, the extra weight added by the moisture can cause the ceiling to collapse. The possibility of something this dangerous should alarm owners to take action against leaking ceilings.
A very common cause of a leaking ceiling is a leaking roof. However a leaking ceiling doesn't always mean a leaking roof. The leak can be caused by a variety of different sources. It is important to look into all of the potential sources when looking for the cause of a leak. Here are a few things to keep in mind when determining if a leak is stemming from the roof.
1. Does the ceiling only leak while it is raining? If leaks from your ceiling correspond with rainy weather, it is likely that the leaking ceiling is caused by a leak in the roof. However, if the ceiling leaks no matter the weather, it is likely caused by another issue.
2. Take a close look at the water. If the water appears dirty or leaves a colored stain on your ceiling, it is likely coming from a leak in the roof. If the water seems clean, there is a good chance it is coming from the plumbing.
If you have determined that the leak in the ceiling isn't caused by a leaking roof, the next step is investigating the internal source of the water.
One of the most common causes of ceiling leaks is faulty plumbing. A professional should look at the area surrounding the leak for issues with the plumbing. A moisture meter can be used to determine if there is an active leak or if the water damage is from a past issue. Common problems with plumbing include old pipes or pipes that are no longer sealed correctly.
While not as common, there are other potential causes of the leak worth looking into. If the leak is in a bathroom, the source of water could be an exhaust fan. If the vent is not properly insulated, the moisture collected by the exhaust fan can condense and start to leak. Another potential cause of a leaking ceiling is a buildup of frost in attics or surrounding exterior walls.
No matter where the water is coming from, it is important to deal with the issue as early as possible. The most important step in fixing a leak is finding and correcting the source of the water. Repairing or replacing the ceiling will not help very much if the leak is not dealt with.
If you have any questions, please give us a call at (267) 327-4680. We’re a commercial roofing company in New Jersey, and we’re more than happy to help you explore your options and identify the best solution for your commercial buildings.
Thursday, October 27, 2016
As a business or commercial property owner, damage to your roof is at the top of the list of potential threats to your building. The roof is your property’s main defense, protecting it from rain, wind, heat, and many other natural hazards. While roofs are designed and installed to withstand the forces of nature, over time, sections of your roof can be weakened by repeated or abnormal exposure to moisture.
Infrared testing is a non-destructive method to detect moisture damage to your roof. As the sun shines on your roof throughout the day, the temperature of your roof increases. As the sun sets and your roof cools down, areas where moisture is trapped cool off at a slower rate. Infrared cameras are able to spot these temperature differences and pinpoint affected areas of your roof.
Infrared testing is beneficial to property owners in numerous ways. As the owner of a building, the last thing you want to risk is the safety of the occupants. Identifying potential areas of concern can go a long in way in protecting the structural integrity of your entire roof. Additionally, water damage adds to the weight of your roof, so identifying issues early on will help avoid structural issues with the rest of your building.
Identifying compromised areas of your roof also helps reduce your expenses. Instead of spending money repairing or replacing your entire roof, infrared testing allows you to locate and repair only the damaged sections. As for long term costs, water-damaged areas of a roof affect your roof’s insulation. Repairing a damaged section of your roof will increase the energy efficiency of your building, in return lowering electricity bills.
It is recommended that you have your roof inspected using infrared testing at least once a year. If your property is located in an area that experiences extreme weather, it is smart to have your roof inspected before and after the severe weather season. Additionally, whenever a building is purchased, sold or leased, you should have the roof inspected to make sure any damage is identified.
Monday, August 22, 2016
A state of the art roof, when properly installed by a group of professionals, should last you for decades. However, mistakes can be made and accidents do happen. While many things, such as the weather, are out of our control, there are some things you can do to ensure the safety and longevity of your roof. The more you can do to protect yourself from future expenses the better off you will be in the long run.
Before you get started on a roofing project, it is always a good idea to consult your roofing contractor about manufacturer warranties. A good manufacturer warranty will ensure that any products used in the installation of your new roof that do not hold up to the test of time will be replaced. Manufacturer warranties usually last somewhere between 15 to 50 years, though it will depend on the materials used and the specific manufacturer. When a manufacturer offers a warranty on their product, you can rest assured knowing that they back their products and believe in what they are selling.
Purchasing a warranty along with your new roof will ensure that you will not be held accountable for paying for any product defects. This type of warranty also usually ensures that you'll receive warranted repairs for the first few years after installation at no additional cost to you.
In addition to a manufacturer warranty, there are other types of coverage that you may want to consider when investing in your new roof. Many roofing contractors offer warranties on their workmanship, which ensures that you will be protected against any roofing installation defects.
Remember what when deciding on what warranty you will purchase or be provided when investing in a new roof, the coverage is only as reliable as the roofing contractor you've chosen to work with. Make sure that you understand the terms of your warranty and discuss anything you may be concerned or confused about with your contractor before getting started on your roofing project.
Matrix Roofing Systems is a respected leader in the roofing industry and have won numerous awards from several manufacturers as proof of their superior workmanship. Not only are we members of the NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association), we are certified by the top manufacturers to successfully complete your new roofing project to your satisfaction. Give us a call today to discuss your roof replacement, retrofit or repair for your commercial roofing in Bucks County, PA.
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
A properly installed and maintained roof can last for decades, but it won’t last forever! Perhaps you've noticed some damage to the roof of your commercial building, or maybe your roof has simply exceeded its lifespan; whatever the reason, you've decided that it's finally time to replace your existing roof with something newer and more durable. It's a major investment to undertake, but considering your roof is an essential part of the structure of your building and works to keep your building and those inside of it safe, it's well worth it!
There are several different roofing options to choose from, but did you know that you don't need to start from scratch? In many cases, a retrofit roof can be placed over your existing roof and eliminate the need and costs of an entire replacement. Interested in learning more about retrofit roofing solutions? Check out just a few of the reasons why a retrofit roof in an excellent option when installing a new roof on your commercial building:
- They’re less expensive. A retrofit roof can save you money, since you won't need to worry about the cost of tearing off your existing roof and having materials properly moved and disposed of.
- They’re convenient. Since the construction of your new roof will be far less extensive than it would be had you installed a brand new one, your building can remain open while a professional roofing contractor installs your retrofit!
- They’re no less effective than a replacement. Retrofit roofs are flexible, which not only makes them easy to install and fit over your existing roof, it also makes them durable and able to stand up to severe weather conditions and wind.
- They come with options. Retrofit roofs are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, including "cool roof" options that will increase energy efficiency and keep your roof and, in turn, your building cooler!
There are a few scenarios in which retrofitting your roof is not a viable option for your commercial building. If you're constructing a new building and need to add a roof, you will of course need to start with a roof build, not a retrofit. Additionally, if your roof is severely damaged, it's likely that it will be worth investing in an entirely new roof rather than retrofitting your existing one.
If you have any questions about retrofit roofs, replacements or repairs, please give us a call at (267) 327-4680 or visit our website. We’re a commercial roofing company doing business in New Jersey, and we’re more than happy to help you explore your reroofing options and identify the best solution for your commercial buildings.