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

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.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Importance of Post-Winter Roof Maintenance

While the increasing temperatures of spring are surely a cause for celebration, don't be so sure that the responsibilities of winter are behind you. The freezing temperatures, snow and ice are known to be brutal on whatever stands in their way, and your business's roof has been at it all season! Now that winter is over, it's a great time to assess any damage to your commercial roof and make repairs as needed.

Having your commercial roof inspected and maintained in the spring is essential to running your business efficiently. Your roof is one of the largest investments in your facility's future, so it wouldn't make sense to ignore it and hope for the best. Winter damage can result in expensive repairs or even entire roof replacement if nothing is done to address it. Regular maintenance helps to boost the lifespan of your roof, just like it would with a car.

While it makes sense to focus on the parts of your business that you can see, there are plenty of concerns to address on the roof that may not be apparent at first. A spring roof inspection could shed light on the following concerns:

  • Clogged drainage systems, which can result in pooling water. Keep in mind: a square foot of one inch of water comes out to five pounds of pressure, so larger pools of water can really put a strain on your roof.
  • Debris and vegetation, which can cause tears in the roof membrane. The roof membrane is the waterproof covering that prevents moisture from entering your building.
  • Damage to perimeter flashing. Any splits or cracks in the flashing require professional attention, or you risk substantial to both the roof and interior of your building.

While addressing these issues should be reason enough to include your commercial roof in your spring cleaning checklist, don't forget about appearances! The way you present your building to others speaks volumes about your business. Even though your roof is high up, people are likely still able to see it from somewhere. Don't let dirt, loose roofing materials and murky water lead others to think poorly of your company identity.

A roof may not last forever, but it can surely last a long time if you give it the care it needs! Similar to how cleaning out weeds and leaves from a garden can lead to blooms in the spring, maintaining your commercial roof after the winter will set it up for success (and minimal repairs) for the season.

We know how important regular care is to a commercial roof at Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc., which is why we offer the Preventative Maintenance Program. Call us today to learn how we can protect your company's largest asset!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

4 Clean Up and Maintenance Tips for Your Commercial Roof This Spring

Spring weather can be unpredictable. From heavy rains to hail storms followed by bouts of heavy winds and bright sunshine, commercial roofs take a beating. Over time, these weather extremes can lead to a variety of roofing issues as well as leaks. So, to keep your commercial roof in the best shape possible, here are four clean up and maintenance tips.

1. Trim Those Trees

Most plants don’t grow much in the wintertime. However, once spring has sprung, they will start to make up for months of stagnation. If there are trees close to your building, then this may present hazards if a strong wind should send a tree or its branches falling onto your roof. Consider trimming the branches, or removing the tree altogether. You can always replant one further away from the building.

2. Clean the Roof

When was the last time you cleaned your roof? You may believe that Mother Nature does a great job of this on her own, but this is far from the truth. Inspecting and cleaning the roof on regular intervals removes dirt and debris that can collect in numerous places on your roof, especially near drains and scuppers, preventing prolonged areas of standing water which can lead to dirt and silt deposits that support plant life, algae and possibly mold or fungus. Geese and/or seagulls flocking on rooftops are more than just a slight nuisance for many building owners. Gulls often bring their scavenged food up on rooftops to eat in peace, leaving behind bones and other scraps. Then there is the waste that both of these birds deposit on the roof. This biological stew can be unhealthy and cleaning it up is best done by professionals with respirators, and protective suits and gloves. 

3. Inspect the Roof

Once the roof is clean, inspection of the roof system itself becomes a whole lot easier. Roofing system manufacturers recommend that you have your commercial roof inspected at least twice per year, typically before and after the winter season. Here are a few things contractors are on the lookout for:

·         Open seams/laps
·         Punctures
·         Buckling of insulation
·         Splits in the roof surface
·         Exposed felts or scrims
·         Cracked caulking
·         Damaged perimeter metal
·         Deteriorated penetration flashings

4. Hire Professionals

Roofing is considered one of the most dangerous jobs in America and with good reason. For the safety of yourself and your workers, leave this work up to professionals who are trained, equipped, licensed, insured and highly experienced with this type of work.

Are you looking for professional assistance with maintenance work on your commercial roof? Matrix Roofing is proud to be the commercial roofing leaders of the Mid-Atlantic. Contact us today by calling 267-863-4481 or sending an email to for roof replacements, maintenance, repairs or disaster response.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

How Do You Know When to Coat a Commercial Roof?

There are a few things that point directly to a new roof. Curled shingles, excessive wear and tear around the roof, stains on the interior ceiling, attic leaks, curled roofing materials, and other similar damages are almost always a sign your roof is failing to protect your commercial property. Should you get an entirely new roof or should you get it coated? The following will help you figure that out.

Check Out the Existing Roof Condition

Sometimes a roof meets all the criteria for getting a new coating but it simply won’t work because the existing roof is in such poor condition. A coating won’t permanently adhere to certain types of roofing materials, especially if they are in poor condition or have been installed improperly. If the existing roof is in good enough order and you’re certain it won’t create problems underneath the coating, go ahead and check this box.

Check Out the Texture

Proper application of a roof coating requires a smooth surface. Too much texture and the coating won’t seal. Without a proper seal, you’ll end up dealing with leaks and other problems. Speaking with the professionals about the texture of your roof will give you a better idea of whether or not yours is smooth enough.

Check Out the Moisture Level

You want your roof to be completely dry before applying any type of coating. Though you might think this is referring to the top layer of the roof, it goes for every layer. Many commercial roofs that have a porous layer will have built up moisture from any leaks that may have occurred over the years. Putting a coating over something such as that will trap the moisture and damage the roof.

As you can see, there are some things you need to be sure about before coating a commercial roof. If the condition, texture and moisture level are just right, that’s when it’s time to schedule your roof coating. Contact Matrix Roofing today by calling 267-863-4481 or sending an email to to learn more.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

4 Signs a Commercial Flat Roof Needs to be Replaced

The busy day-to-day bustle of operating a business can make it easy to overlook the physical structure of the building. Although everything may seem fine, time and the elements slowly deteriorate a commercial low-slope roof. The roofing system is one of the buildings most valuable assets, as it protects everything else in the building. Unfortunately, with many building owners, the roofs are “out of sight and out of mind” until there is a serious problem. Making it a priority to inspect and service the roof at regular intervals will help prolong the life of the roof system. However, there comes a time, as with any physical asset, that continuing to make repairs and sinking money into a depleted roof isn’t a financially sound strategy. Below are four indicators that it may be time to consider roof replacement.


Most roofs are built to last, but they don’t last forever. Depending on the type of roofing system that was installed and how it was maintained and serviced over its lifetime, a flat roof could potentially last up to 25 years or more. Unfortunately, not all roofs were installed well enough and/or serviced consistently enough to last that long. If your property’s roof is more than 10 years old, it is time to have it inspected by a roofing professional that can provide you with a report on the overall condition of the roof system, its components (flashings, penetrations, perimeter metal, etc.), and the roofs projected remaining life expectancy.

Leaks/Water Stains 

The most apparent sign of impending problems is the appearance of leaks. While water spots on ceilings and walls could be from another issue, such as leaky plumbing or air conditioning, they should be immediately investigated and addressed. Over time, prolonged water penetration can create mold and mildew, sicken employees and attack the building components. In addition, allowing a roof to leak over a prolonged period of time can accelerate the roofs deterioration and lead to premature roof system failure, wet insulation and damaged roof deck. All of which will make the necessary repair or replacement more expensive.

Roof Membrane Damage 

Built-up roofs often show visual signs of deterioration years before they need replaced. Deterioration of the bitumen surface (alligatoring, cracking and crazing), splits and open laps, exposed felts and blistering of the built-up assembly are signs of advanced deterioration. Punctures and/or splits in the felts, failing perimeter and projection flashing's and soft areas of insulation are also indications that it is time to start planning for roof replacement.

Single ply roofs (EPDM, PVC, TPO), while all different, have many similarities. Open seams in the field of the roof and at penetration flashing's are typical first indicators that the roof is aging and is in need of attention. Shrinkage of the membrane, exposed reinforcement scrim and soft areas of insulation are signs of accelerating deterioration.

With all roofs, unintentional damage by other trades can also create problems i.e. cuts and punctures. 

While not all these signs indicate a roof is in need of replacement, they are indicative of a roof that is in some degree of distress and in need of attention. A trained roofing professional will be able to pick up on things the average person will not. To have your roof assessed, contact Matrix Roofing Systems, an industry leader in roof repair, replacement and waterproofing at 267-863-4481 or send an email today.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Melting Snow and Your Commercial Roof

Winter is here – heavy snows, cold temperatures, and other winter effects tend to keep us indoors and focused on maintaining a comfortable indoor climate. However, it’s important not to forget about your commercial roof, especially when it snows! Commercial buildings with flat roofs are at increased risk of snow damage because of their wide spans and their low slopes. Those specific conditions can allow snow to melt with ease.

Heavy snow can add a considerable amount of weight to your roof and can affect its structure. Even a minor snowfall can have a major impact. Since moisture levels can vary significantly, it’s almost impossible to judge snow weight by depth. If you hear loud popping noises, see bends in metal or wooden support, or notice sagging, this means there is too much snow on your roof and it should be removed immediately.

Additionally, melting snow can also leak through your roof, causing distortion and structural damage that can be costly to repair. That’s why it is vital to develop a comprehensive snow removal plan so that snow does not sit on your roof for too long. Most importantly, this work should only be completed by professionals to avoid damaging the roof and to prevent accidents.

In any case, it’s always best to be proactive. In addition to removing the snow on your roof, you’ll get the longest lifespan out of your roof by having it professionally inspected regularly, making repairs when they are needed, and scheduling routine maintenance.

No matter what circumstances Mother Nature throws at your commercial roof, it’s best to be prepared and proactive. Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc. can ensure your building is ready for any weather condition, so give us a call today!