Monday, January 27, 2020

The Dangers of DIY Roofing

Unless you are a professional roofer, chances are you do not have an intuitive knowledge of navigating a roof. Maneuvering skillfully along the surface of a roof is something that is learned over years of experience and training. Despite how difficult it is for most to overcome the fear of being on a roof (let alone properly performing whatever task you went up there handle in the first place!) some people would rather risk their lives than pay for a professional roofing company.

Roof repair can be very dangerous if it is not performed by a licensed professional. Here are some of the dangers of DIY roofing to keep in mind:

1. Safety Risks

It should go without saying that performing a complex procedure on an elevated location is putting yourself in harm’s way. However, injuries caused by falling off a roof are among the most common types of construction injuries. Despite many of our projects being completed on commercial flat roofs, we still take extreme caution – especially when surfaces are slippery, winds are high, or edges are flush.

2. Improper Repairs

While nothing compares to your physical safety, it’s important to be aware that if you try to repair your own roof, you risk worsening the issue. Roofing professionals earn their title through hours of trainings and certifications in order to repair issues properly. Your property is one of your largest, if not your largest, investments and should be safeguarded by solving issues that arise in the most effective way possible.

3. Voiding Warranties

When you initially purchased your roof, you may have invested in a manufacturer warranty. Depending on the terms of your warranty, completing DIY work on your roof may void your warranty benefit that protects you against paying out of pocket for any mishaps. In order to avoid losing warranty benefits, do not allow anyone but a qualified worker to perform work between installation and last restoration.

Rely on Matrix Roofing Systems for your next commercial roofing project. Our team of experienced, thorough, and educated roofing professionals has seen it all. We are safety oriented and OSHA compliant. Contact us today for more information.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The Top 3 Roof Maintenance Misconceptions


Your commercial location requires a wide range of maintenance considerations to remain efficient, safe, and appealing to your customers and employees. With all the maintenance schedules to consider, it can be easy to forget the importance of commercial roof maintenance. The roof is typically out of sight and out of mind, until it leaks. Here are three common misconceptions that cause business owners to spend more money than necessary replacing their commercial roofs.

“Maintenance Isn’t Important”
Commercial roofing materials are designed to withstand nearly any weather condition without failure. Modern advances in roofing technology have diminished the amount of maintenance necessary, which allows you to enjoy a durable, weather-proof barrier for a longer period of time. Of course, this doesn’t mean that proper maintenance isn’t a critical factor in your building investment. Minor seam openings, areas damaged by abuse, or small leaks need to be fixed promptly to avoid exponential damage and costs.

“Warranties Cover All Commercial Roof Damage”
While your shingles, flat roof, or metal may have come with a generous warranty, there are a number of reasons your warranty could be voided. Some warranties are only designed for material defects, which doesn’t protect you from any roof damage.
Your warranty won’t cover weather-related damage, improper installation, or maintenance issues (typically outlined in the warranty). For these areas, you’ll need to either work with your insurance provider or pay out of pocket.

“All Commercial Roofs Last 20 or More Years Without Maintenance”
A commercial roof with asphalt shingles can last 20-30years, steel and other roofing materials may have an even longer lifespan. However, improper maintenance can dramatically reduce this timeline. With 80% or more of commercial roofs failing due to neglect, it’s essential to keep your roof maintained and routinely inspected. It is no different than your car. If you expect it to be a cost-effective investment, you have to take care of it.

Contact Matrix Roofing to receive an estimate on maintenance work or schedule a roof inspection. Whether you’ve just installed a new roof and are looking to extend its lifespan or you’re considering ways to improve your current roof, Matrix Roofing offers quality roofing services for all your needs. Call 267-642-5027 or email us today!

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.