Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Is There a Good Season to Replace Your Commercial Roof?

If you are considering replacing your commercial roof, you may be waiting for the opportune season to have the work done. Each season presents its own challenges for commercial roofing projects so be sure to take each one into consideration when scheduling a replacement.

In general, fall is usually the best time to have your roof replaced, though many Facility Managers request the work to be completed during spring or summer. Spring in the mid-Atlantic region means damp and rainy weather. Replacements can be carried out during the spring however, you'll need to understand that Commercial roofing companies are at the mercy of the weather and, as a result, the project schedule may have to be adjusted. Not only are adhesives and solvents not conducive to damp/wet conditions, the safety of the crews are also of concern. 

Alternatively, summer is a commercial roofing company's busiest season weather permitting. Summer schedules tend to fill quickly and early. If you'd like to have your commercial roof replaced in the summer, make sure you've got a contract in place by early spring at the latest.

Similar to spring, winter can be a challenging time for a commercial roof replacement. There are temperature and moisture points that must be in effect for a specific amount of time in order for certain materials to work correctly.

Fall is historically the season that presents drier conditions and optimal temperatures for commercial roof replacements. There is a race against time as winter approaches but, with longer stretches of good weather, roofing companies are usually able to complete projects much faster than during the other seasons.

To learn more about how to make your commercial roof replacement project go smoothly, contact Matrix Roofing Systems! We are the Mid-Atlantic regions premier roof replacement service.

Friday, May 28, 2021

What is the Installation Process Like For a New Commercial Roof?

Getting a new roof for your commercial facility is something that property managers don't deal with every day. Like any process we are not wholly familiar with, we often feel a little more comfortable when we know what to expect. If you need a new roof and want to know what the process is like, we can walk you through it.

Prepping the Space

Before the roofing even starts, you will want to ensure that your property remains protected. This often means using tarps and plywood to shield all walls, siding, and surrounding plants. You will also need to instruct your team/tenants to park away from the building for the safety of their vehicles. The key is to move anything that could potentially be damaged by debris. As for what to move, your contractor will give you suggestions. If there are things that cannot be moved, the roofing team will take precautions to protect the area.

Removing the Old Roof

New roof installation begins with removing the old materials. This also means removing the old underlayment until only the wood decking underneath is exposed. This is where most debris comes from as they are physically removing materials. The removal and installation process can differ based on the material of your commercial roof. It may help to connect with the manufacturer of your roof’s material to get an idea of the most effective removal strategy. 

Inspecting The Decking

Under the roof and underlayment is wood decking. The decking will be inspected for rot or water damage. If any is found, the wood will be removed and replaced before your new roof goes on. This is a key step in the process, as another replacement may be required if the decking isn’t solid.
Installation

When it comes time to install a new roof, the team will install drip edges to prevent rain from penetrating your roofing materials. They will then lay down a layer of underlayment to provide another layer to stop water and ice penetration as well as to stop the roofing material from sticking to the decking. Finally, your selected roofing material will be installed. 

Cleanup

While your new roof is installed, before the team leaves, they will clean up after themselves. This means removing any errant roofing materials, wood, or underlayment that escaped the installation or removal process. They will also scour the area for nails and other debris so your property is perfectly clean.

If you believe it’s time for your commercial building to have an upgrade, call Matrix Roofing Systems! We can provide you with an estimate, discuss the installation process, and come up with a solution for your structure. This is what makes us the top roofing company in the Mid-Atlantic area!

Monday, April 26, 2021

What Roof Discoloration Really Means

A dirty, discolored roof can be far more than a mere eyesore. Although accumulations of dust and debris will certainly detract from the curbside appeal of your commercial building, they can also indicate serious underlying issues. Thus, before you hire a pressure washing company to clear discoloration up with "soft wash" treatments, it's important to know exactly what you're dealing with. It may be that hiring roofers to perform a thorough roof inspection instead is the best course of action.

Rusty Roof Components

Dusty, red-brown stains on your roof are a likely indication that metal components are becoming corroded. Roofs that are largely metal may need to be treated by professional roof painters. In this case, several coats of quality paint will likely limit further corrosion. Conversely, if evidence of rusting is only visible around various metal components such as at metal flashing, antenna mounts, or HVAC equipment, consider having these treated with oxalic acid or vinegar. This will mitigate the problem and keep future rusting to a minimum. Whenever rust exists at the rooftop, be sure to have professionals roofers verify that corrosion-related damages to metal components have not diminished the roof's overall integrity.

Fading & Aging

Commercial roofing tends to discolor just as the end of their lifespans are reached. Commonly referred to as bleed-through, this discoloration is the result of constant and long-term exposure to the natural elements. Harsh winds, excessive temperatures, prolonged exposure to the sun's UV rays, and constant changes in humidity invariably lead to deterioration. If your roof hasn't been replaced in quite some time, you may want to call roofers for an inspection as soon as any noticeable color streaks appear.

Algae Infestations At The Rooftop

A fast-developing coating of algae can leave your rooftop dirtied with dark black and green streaks.  Algae is a fairly common issue for roofs in humid areas given that these organisms feed on the limestone-based fillers that surround shingles. In this case, having the roof treated with a "soft-wash" that includes an appropriate algae-fighting solution should be enough to clear the discoloration up. Letting algae infestations fester and spread, however, can result in the fusion of algae with fungi. This leads to lichen, which is ultimately far more difficult to get rid of.

Addressing roof discoloration at its source is essential. Certain problems cannot be simply hosed off. With bleed-through and extensive corrosion, repairs, replacements, or special maintenance tasks may be in order. If you have concerns about the changing colors of your roof, give Matrix Roofing Systems a call. We are the Mid-Atlantic region’s top source of roofing help!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

How the Winter Can Lead to Roofing Issues in the Spring

Anyone in the Mid-Atlantic region can tell you how punishing the winters can be. Property managers are especially aware of this when it comes to the buildings they manage. The cold season throws several challenges to commercial roofing, which can be exasperated by the incoming warmer months. Pre-spring is a great time to handle roof maintenance, as it can catch the following issues that are caused by winter weather:

Leaky Roofs

Commercial roofing tends to collect ice and snow over the winter months. With rising temperatures and more intense sunlight, all of the ice will be melting into water. Depending on the amount of ice that's melting, all of the moisture can find its way through various cracks or openings and cause leaks in your roof. Look around your facility’s walls and ceilings; if you notice stains, it's likely that your roof is leaking and in need or repair. 

Wildlife Infestation

During the cold weather, animals like squirrels, raccoons, and birds are extra determined to find warm spaces to take shelter. Areas like chimneys, loose siding, and broken shingles are common places for animals to live in. Keep an eye out for the presence of pests or take note of strange noises coming from the walls or ceilings. You'll risk electrical damage and more if you allow wildlife to remain unchecked.

Clogged Gutters/Drainage Systems

If you haven't had your drainage system checked in the past year, there’s a big chance that it needs a cleaning. Fallen leaves and other debris can clog your gutters and downspouts, which can advance to greater problems like roof and siding damage. Don't skip out on your gutters on your spring cleaning to-do list, or you may need to take on a lengthy roof repair project. 

Roof Sagging

If you live in an area that got a lot of snowfall this year, you may want to check in on your roof's structural integrity. When snow and ice accumulate, the weight of the frozen material can damage your commercial roof, leading to sagging, cracks, and pooling water. A professional roof inspector can spot these areas before they graduate to bigger issues. Smaller roof repair projects can prevent expensive roof replacements!

To get the most out of your commercial roofing, it's key to check in on it after the winter months. Kick off your spring with a clean slate by booking a roof inspection. This will especially be helpful before the summer heat and storms pose threats of their own in a few months. To learn more, contact the experts at Matrix Roofing Systems, Inc.!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What You Risk When Putting Off Commercial Roof Repair

When it comes to commercial roof repair, it’s pretty understandable to most that it’s necessary. No one wants to work underneath a damaged roof, after all. Property managers can sometimes be guilty of putting off important roof repairs, however. Doing this can spell disaster in the long run. 

In this blog, we’ll be explaining the types of pitfalls that come along with failing to complete commercial roof repairs. 

The Damage Gets Worse

As you can imagine, not addressing your roof’s damage right away can result in further damage. Take a leak, for example. If you allow moisture to permeate your roof, the problem will only grow until you fix it. Some roofs have multiple layers with a lot of space for leaks to hide. Once the water starts coming in, it won’t stop until a professional handles the repair job. 

Wildlife Can Enter

In addition to allowing water to enter your facility, holes in your roof can also provide a convenient entrance for rodents, birds, and insects. Once these animals find their way in, they tend to set up their new home quickly. Wildlife in a commercial facility can put you and others at great risk. From the physical threats of raccoons & possums to the sanitary dangers of mice, holes in your roofing need to be dealt with immediately. Every moment you allow for damage to go unfixed is another opportunity for new wildlife to settle in. 

Electrical Danger

Water damage to a roof poses great risk to your electrical system. Lots of wires and cables are present in your facility’s walls and ceilings. Water will cause mildew and corrosion to your roof, leading to tripped breakers and power outages. The worst case scenarios can include fire hazards and even electrical shocks. Rather than putting up with these risks, make commercial roof repair a priority. 

Your commercial roof requires care and maintenance in order to serve its function and keep your building safe. If you allow small problems to remain, they will continue to fester until they turn into big, expensive problems. Matrix Roofing is the Mid-Atlantic area’s top source of commercial roofing repair. Give us a call today to secure your investment and get your roof back to working order!

Friday, January 29, 2021

3 Common Reasons for Commercial Roof Leaks

When you hear about leaky roofs, people often think about homes on a rainy day. They don’t think about commercial buildings, which can also suffer damage and allow for moisture to enter. There are many ways for commercial facilities to spring leaks. In this blog, we’ll be going over some of the most common reasons for breaches in commercial roofs.

1. Old Roofs

While they may seem like a constant, roofs do have a lifespan. The average flat roof has about 15 to 20 years until it needs to be replaced. While your roof can certainly be repaired and waterproofed, you may notice that the endless repairs and maintenance just may not be worth it anymore. If you’re finding that you call on a roofing professional every other month, it may be time to consider a full replacement of your commercial roof. 

2. Pooling Water

One of the most common sources of leaks comes from pooling water. If your roof has areas that aren’t totally level, water can collect in puddles. Roofs are large structures, and water can weigh about five pounds per square inch. This can put great strain on your roof, causing cracks that water can travel through. 

To fix your pooling water problem, you’ll need a roofing expert to level the roof and/or fix the drainage system. Being able to disperse water and prevent heavy puddles from forming is the key to decreasing the likelihood of leaks. 

3. Flashing Damage

If you aren’t already familiar, flashing is the term for the protective layer around your roof membrane’s edges. It also seals the area around things that pass through your roof, like chimneys and vents. From inclement weather to changing temperatures, flashing can experience wear and tear. At a certain point, this wear and tear results in a source for leaks. 

Without quality, maintained flashing, your commercial roof is ripe for leaks with multiple access points for water. This what makes roofing maintenance so important. If you aren’t getting your roof checked at least once a year, you may be suffering from damaged flashing and not know it. The best defense against roof leaks is a good offense!

While there are many other causes for potential leaks, one thing remains true: having a certified home inspector check your roof annually is the best way to spot small problems before they turn into big ones. Matrix Roofing Systems is the Mid-Atlantic region’s top roofing expert. To protect your commercial roof from leaks, give us a call today!

Friday, December 11, 2020

How Clogged Gutters Can Spell Disaster For Your Commercial Roof

Make no mistake about it: your commercial building’s gutters are not some feature that you can leave behind to fend for itself. Gutters play a significant role in your facility’s structural integrity and safety. Fail to stay on top of your building’s gutter maintenance, and you may find yourself writing a big check for repairs and/or installation.

Gutters, when maintained, are an efficient and quick way to properly manage rainfall. When it comes to commercial buildings, these gutters are tasked with directing a large amount of water through the downspout. Allowing them to get clogged can open up a Pandora’s Box of inconveniences for your facility:
  • Clogged gutters can contribute to the erosion of the exterior appearance of the building. From washing away paint and creating visible stains, clear gutters keep a fa├žade looking its best.
  • Clogged gutters aren’t able to direct rain away from your building; instead, it will leak into the foundation and your building’s sidewalks. Water should not leak to these areas, or your risk thousands in repair costs. Even worse, if you allow water to wreak havoc for extended periods of time, you’re looking at structural damage that will be no easy fix.
  • Clogged gutters may push water to your roof and the walls, causing them to become damp. Damp areas on a building soon become moldy areas. Moldy areas are hazardous and unsafe for working environments.
  • Clogged gutters will start to overflow, which can end up destroying your whole gutter system. Commercial buildings take up a lot of space and catch a lot of water. If you allow water to gather, the gutters may end up giving out and falling right off your building.

By hiring a roofing professional to inspect your commercial roof and gutters, you can save yourself all the worry and expenses that come with clogged gutter-related mishap. Roofing experts can inspect your entire roof in addition to your gutters. They’ll be able to spot any leaks or future leaks, as well as highlight any potential hazards before they graduate to expensive repairs.

If you want to put your gutter worries to rest, give our team a call today! We’re proud to offer premium roofing service to the entire Mid-Atlantic region.