How do heat-welded seams work? Why is it the best choice for Ohio?
Our roofing crew members use heat guns, also known as welders. These heat guns generate air hot enough that it welds overlapping pieces of PVC membrane, creating a single sheet of membrane. This eliminates the chances of water penetration. It also makes the seams the strongest point of the roof system.
Heat welding is the best choice for flat and low slope roofs in Ohio for one simple reason – The temperature fluctuation that Ohio buildings experience inside of a day or week. These variable hot and cold temperatures create expansion and contraction that puts pressure on the roof system. We are seeing all kinds of temperature fluctuations this week as Summer moves out and Fall moves in.
Learn more about how heat welded seams work by calling (740) 323-3174.
That’s right. PVC is a highly recyclable product unlike any other single-ply roof material. These other roof systems are much more likely to end up in a landfill, versus a PVC membrane. It’s just one more way that a Duro-Last PVC membrane fits within the “green” roofing standards.
Duro-Last roofing has a program in place where the customer and contractor pay for shipping to the nearest Duro-Last manufacturing facility. From there the roof is typically sent to Oscoda Plastics and is used to produce commercial flooring.
To learn more about this program, please call (740) 323-3174.
Understanding the makeup of a roof system can help a building owner to understand the nature of the repairs or replacement needed. The deck is the base of the system and the membrane acts as the first layer of defense. This image is an example of the layers for a flat commercial roof system. The system is largely dependent on the needs of the individual building.
Some buildings need a vapor barrier, some don’t need a cover board. If the building will be used as an office, it is possible that more insulation is needed, versus a storage building. There will always be variables.
All Weather Systems can help you navigate the many decisions along with making recommendations of the type of materials to use.
By now you may have heard that a roof is only as good as the roof material. Or the roof is only as good as the crew that installed it. Both are correct.
First, a proper roof design is essential to the roof lasting long-term. Not having proper water flow for example can be detrimental as ponding water can have an ill effect on some roof membranes.
Using the proper materials for the roof is also essential. Say you have a restaurant, you won’t want a black rubber roof as the animal fats and grease that is exuded through the vents will eat through the membrane.
Workmanship is extremely important. How skilled is the roofing crew working on your installation? Are they trained in half a dozen different roof systems or are they extremely proficient in just one or two?
And then, there is regular roof maintenance. If you’ve just invested money in all the previously mentioned areas, why wouldn’t you want to maintain the roof system? Catching issues or even potential issues while they are a quick and easy fix is always going to be less expensive than having to prematurely replace a roof section.
All Weather Systems can expertly design a roof system that fits your unique roofing situation. We can produce CAD drawings and walk you through the plan. We use the best single ply roofing membrane on the market and our crews install this roof system on more than 90% of the jobs we complete. We can confidently label ourselves experts.
Our service doesn’t end with the completion of the installation, we will stay in contact with you to ensure complete satisfaction. We’ll also propose a maintenance follow up plan to help you stay on top of things as we go through the seasons of Ohio’s weather.
Call All Weather Systems for a Free Quote. (740) 323-3174
There are many ways to resolve metal roof issues. Some are long term solutions while others provide a temporary or even a shorter term “bandaid” fix.
- Roof Cement
- Flashing Membrane
- Metal Retrofit
- Membrane Retrofit
The last two options provide the longest length of protection. The metal retrofit can be applied directly over an existing PBR or R-Panel roof to give your building a new look and longer life without the expense of tearing off the current metal roof system.
The membrane retrofit can be installed directly over the metal roof system, creating a monolithic leak-proof barrier. Insulation is installed between the ribs of the panel, then a layer of insulation atop the ribs, finally a layer of pvc roof membrane is installed above the flat insulation. See image below.
Metal roofing has a long-life cycle, but when the cycle ends it can be expensive to repair and repair again. Let the roofing experts at All Weather Systems provide a free estimate for your roof unique situation. Call today at (740) 323-3174.
We discussed this topic a little bit in our last blog about SRI, so what are we still talking about it?
Because its important.
Replacing black roofs with cool roofs makes an impact on a multitude of areas not limited to but including energy usage, urban heat islands, and monthly expenses.
We have included a link to a white paper that discusses in detail how cool roofs offer a reduction in peak electrical demand.
A sharp peak in electrical demand can be observed in almost every building during the busiest hours of the day. Although a share of this peak may be attributed to equipment used in the building, a significant portion is caused by increased demand for air conditioning in the heat of the afternoon. This peak in demand requires additional power plant capacity, causes imbalances in the power grid, and may result in increased air pollution. But most importantly for the building owner, peak demand may result in monthly charges many times higher than base electrical rates. One of the best approaches to shrink peak demand is to reduce the heat load on a building, especially the solar load that drives the need for air conditioning. And few heat reduction strategies can match the energy-savings potential of modern cool roofing technology. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE.
The phrase Dog Days of Summer describes the most oppressive period of summer, between July 3rd and August 11th each year. It is HOT out there. Stay safe, stay hydrated.
Black roofs heat up just like black asphalt and a black t-shirt in the summer. The combination of the hot sun and the dark colored roofs are sure to make your AC run overtime.
There is a solution. Have you heard the term “Cool Roof” before? All Weather Systems specializes in installing white roofs.
Let’s get just a little technical. Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) a measure of the constructed surface’s ability to stay cool in the sun by reflecting solar radiation and emitting thermal radiation.
OK, what does that mean?
It’s a basic measure of how hot a hot roof stays and how cool a cool roof stays under the heat of the sun. The HIGHER the rating, the better.
Our Cool Roof rates at 108
A Black Rubber Roof rates at -1
The Cool Roof membrane has the innate ability to reflect the sun’s rays and release the heat.
Call today to learn more about our Cool Roof system! (740) 323-3174
TIPS is a national purchasing cooperative that offers access to competitively procured purchasing contracts to its membership.
How does my organization benefit from using a purchasing cooperative like TIPS?
For governmental agencies such as public education organizations, higher education entities, and city or county governments, membership in a purchasing cooperative offers the following benefits:
- Access to competitively procured contracts with quality vendors
- Savings of time and financial resources necessary to fulfill bid requirements
- Assistance with purchasing process by qualified TIPS staff
- Access to pricing based on a “national” high-profile contract
To learn more about how the TIPS Program can benefit your state funded entity or non-profit, please reach out to us at (740) 323-3174.
Over the past three decades All Weather Systems Inc. has had the pleasure of working with many school districts across Ohio. With the introduction of the TIPS Program, school districts, state funded entities and non-profits are now able to obtain pre-negotiated pricing on a wide range of products and services. Here is a project profile highlighting the result of this combination.
Let’s take a closer look at one particular aspect of how we can save you money on your next roofing project. The cost of labor. Duro-Last roofing is not the low-cost leader for the price of roof membranes alone however, the savings is in the labor.
Look at it this way, let’s say the cost of the Duro-Last material is more than that of a say a black rubber roof.
- More than 85% of the seams are done in a factory-controlled environment
- The roof is pre-fabricated to fit your unique roof
- The roof curbs and accessories are pre-made
With a typical rubber roof, all the roofing is done on site. The deck sheets are rolled out, every seam is constructed, and every roof accessory is made. This takes a lot of time.
At the end of the project, when the rubber roof crew leaves, so does most of the cost of your roof. With a Duro-Last roofing system, most of the cost stays on the roof, in the quality of the membrane.
Where would you prefer the money stay? The labor walking off the roof, or on the roofing material left behind? Call today (740) 323-3174