Winter Storm Stella is Here! Do you have your Roof Snow Removal Plan Ready?
Do you need a snow removal plan for your building’s roof after Winter Storm Stella?
No other national commercial roofing contractor is more prepared or fully staffed for this snow event than North American Roofing. Our rapid-response snow removal crews are strategically positioned across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic and are on-call to assist you. Every crew is outfitted with the gear and equipment required to safely and efficiently remove heavy snow after this storm.
To learn how neglected snow load can affect your commercial building’s roof: click here.
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Visit North American Roofing at the RFMA 2017 Annual Conference
Are you going to the RFMA 2017 Annual Conference in Orlando? Visit North American Roofing (Booth #510) to enter for a chance to win either an Amazon Echo or a new drone! Need another reason to stop by? Discover why having North American Roofing as your go-to restaurant roofing partner increases efficiencies (energy, etc.) while simultaneously reducing interior issues commonly caused by environmental factors, neglect, or age.
Partnering with one of the nation’s largest commercial roofing contractor means having:
- 24/7/365 Service options
- Proactive maintenance programs
- The nation’s most innovative custom restaurant roofing solutions (including Duro-Last!).
We look forward to meeting you and we’ll see you at the show!
The Difference is Quality
Happy Holidays from North American Roofing
From everyone in the North American Roofing family, we wish you and yours a truly wonderful holiday, a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
Get Commercial Roofing Repair & Snow Removal Service – Emergency Holiday Service is Available
The weather never takes a holiday and neither do we.
Roof leaks and damage caused by excessive snow loads can happen any time. As your preferred local commercial roofing contractor, you can rely on North American Roofing’s Rapid Response teams located in cities across America. In fact, not only are roofing repair crews filled with skilled and experienced technicians, but many are right next door to you and can be at your roof in 3 hours or less, even during the holidays (weather permitting)!
For emergency commercial roofing repair service in your area, contact North American Roofing today and discover why many of the nation’s leading retail companies choose us to fix and repair their roofs.
From Our Family to Yours, Happy Thanksgiving
Every year, people across the country travel and gather to not just eat a meal, but to participate in one of our nation’s most cherished traditions. Thanksgiving isn’t about turkey, football, or preparing for Black Friday. Thanksgiving is the one holiday we celebrate that focuses on what happens when unique individuals come together to form a cohesive whole, a family.
That spirit of family and every one of the people who make this company great is what we are most grateful for. We certainly hope that, for at least one moment during the day tomorrow, you can cherish the stories and the journey that everyone around you took to be with you. On any other day, those moments can be very fleeting, but on Thanksgiving, they are a treasure, just like you.
From all of us here at North American Roofing, thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!
Why FEMA Advises Snow Removal Plans for Commercial Buildings
Winter Isn’t Coming. It’s Already Here
For many people in the U.S. winter is already here. Snow is currently falling across the Midwest and is also forecast for the Northeastern US in the coming days. Despite the forecast, proactive facility managers and building owners who already have their snow removal contingency plans in place are breathing a sigh of relief. These key decision makers recognize the critical importance of ensuring their commercial properties remain safe places to do work, shop, or store goods. They also know failing to remove snow from the roof can lead to disastrous results. Just how disastrous?
A $3.5 Billion Disaster
As the structural integrity of roofs on facilities, buildings and warehouses deteriorate, the chances of collapse due to snow load inevitably grow. When a building’s roof finally does succumb to the pressure of the snow and ice above, the effect on people and the local economy is immediate and widespread. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in just the year 2015, snow events, blizzards, and winter storms were responsible for an estimated $3.5 billion in insured losses (residential and commercial) with many of those claims linked to damage caused by collapsed roofs.
Roof Collapse on a Commercial Building is Preventable
According to FEMA’s Snow Load Safety Guide,
FEMA also advises building owners and managers plan ahead and have their preferred snow removal contractor in place well in advance of a snow event.
Still Not Convinced Your Building Needs a Snow Removal Plan?
Here’s a news report showing what happened to a commercial building in Connecticut. Listen closely as you hear a business owner describe the reality of their situation:
Enroll in the North American Roofing Rapid Response Snow Removal Program
Proactive owners and managers who sign up today receive:
- Dedicated Snow Removal Teams just a phone call away*
- Top priority response before anyone else
- Teams equipped with all the necessary equipment to get the job done as fast and as safe as possible
- Custom snow removal plans developed for your unique facility and snow event
- Holiday Service is Available! Get emergency snow removal from your roof even during the holiday!
*For faster service, please call us 48 hours before the snow event.
Signing up with one of the nation’s leading roofing contractors to expertly and safely remove snow from your commercial building is easy. To enroll, call North American Roofing today:
Three Drainage Solutions for Flat Roofs
The Proper Flat Roof Drainage System Can Help Preserve Your Roof’s Integrity
Flat roofs have a long history in the United States, especially for commercial construction. However, flat roofs depend greatly on proper drainage of rain and snow melt to preserve their integrity. Without it, pooling water can occur and cause leaks, deterioration in the roof membrane and ice formation during winter. These are the three types of drainage systems that work best for flat roofs.
This drainage system is composed of drains placed at intervals near the center of the roof and an internal network of gutters and pipes that move the water to the exterior of the building. The drains are often topped by a strainer that prevents leaves and debris from getting into the pipes. These are often a good solution for large roofs on which water tends to collect in the center. They are aesthetically pleasing because all of the components are located inside the roof and invisible to someone looking at it from the outside. However, these tend to be more costly to install than exterior drainage systems and represent a significant investment.
Scuppers are outlets placed on the edges of the roof that project water that drains off the roof away from the building. They keep the walls of the building dry and prevent the foundation from being destabilized by too much exposure to water. Scuppers are more cost effective than inner drains, but they work best when all of the water is directed to them using a tapered insulation system or a sloped structure. They are a good solution for areas that frequently get heavy rains, but are not ideal for dealing with snow melt.
Gutters are open pipes that are attached to the edges of the roof. They collect water as it drains off the roof and carry it away from the building. They are generally the most cost effective drainage solution since they can be attached to a finished roof without any modification to the roof itself. They are also good at dealing with variable levels of rain and snow. As with drains and scuppers, gutters do regularly need to be cleared of debris and cleaned in order to continue functioning properly.
Deciding what type of drainage is best for your facility should be determined by your engineer or building design team. In addition, you should always make sure that the roofing contractor you hire is experienced in installing all three of these drainage systems. While a proper drainage system design is essential for the overall reliability of the roof, a quality installation ensuring the design is implemented properly is key.
If you are ready to install your roof and drainage system, please call North American Roofing at 866-295-5401 today to schedule an appointment or consultation.
Keeping Your Data Center Cool with the Right Roof
The Right Roofing System for Your Data Center Could Save You on Energy Costs
One of the primary logistical problems associated with large data centers is the heat generated by servers and other machinery. The same machines that generate heat need to be kept cool in order to function properly, which leads to a potentially energy-inefficient cycle. The more machines your data center operates the hotter it gets, and, consequentially, the more power you need to expend cooling the space. While the vast majority of data centers will need some kind of artificial cooling system, such as air conditioning, there are also a few steps you can take to assist your cooling efforts naturally. One of the most effective of these is a cool roof.
Why the Roof Matters
The roof of your data center is the only thing standing between the equipment within and the rays of the sun. When the sun beats down on the roof all day, it has the potential to significantly raise the temperature of the building inside. This is especially true in a warm, sunny climate like California or Texas where many data centers in the US are located. In addition, certain roofing materials absorb heat and trap it inside, keeping the interior of the building warm even after the sun has gone down.
How Your Roof Affects Temperature
The actual effect the roof has on the temperature inside the building depends on a number of factors. Certain materials are more conductive, which means they trap heat more readily. Colors can also affect the temperature of the roof, with dark colored roofs, including those covered in tar paper, conducting more heat. Finally, the amount of sun the roof gets during the day can also affect the temperature, with a certain degree of shade in the morning or evening offering protection from the heat.
Creating a Cool Roof
A white or light color roof reflects sunlight rather than trapping it, so having a professional roofing team change the color of your roof can actually keep your data center cooler and save your money on energy costs. Those looking for more advanced roofing solutions may also want to consider roof gardens that absorb some of the heat from the sun, or sun shades that stretch across the roof to protect it.
Learn more about how efficient roofing can lower the costs of operating your data center. Give North American Roofing a call at 866-295-5401 today to schedule a consultation.
National Preparedness Month- Building Safety Plan
Create a Building Safety Plan For National Preparedness Month
National Preparedness Month reminds us all to prepare now for the unexpected in the future. The Department of Homeland Security’s “Don’t Wait, Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today,” theme from last year returned this year with a continuing emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs. For those of us in charge of commercial buildings, whether through construction, maintenance, or management, preparedness is especially important. Building occupants rely on safety measures established by us when a situation does arise. And when it comes to your roof, having a plan in place to help prepare for unanticipated events is critical.
Elements of a good disaster roof plan include:
Know your roof ahead of time.
Any good roofing disaster response plan should include knowing what the condition of your roof is ahead of any event. Having a thorough inspection done ahead of any storm season by an experienced roofing professional is a must. This will allow you to understand the condition of your roof and if steps can be taken to strengthen it prior to any potential disaster. This could be as simple as repairing any minor tears in your roofing membrane to cleaning it of excess dirt and debris. Once repairs have been made, make sure they are kept up with bi-annual roof inspections, once in the fall and once in the spring. In many cases, this will at least keep your building under warranty.
Create an action plan.
After any natural disaster, be it hurricanes, tornadoes, or snow storms, there will probably be damage to your roof. No roof can withstand everything – even buildings that have been prepared ahead of time. And even if it did, you will probably want to make sure there was no damage. Create a course of action to have repairs done as soon as possible. Have the names and contact information of both your insurance company and your roofing contractor on hand is essential for speedy repairs. In the wake of any disaster, building owners will be scrambling to find a contractor to get repairs done quickly. If you already have a relationship with a contractor who is approved by your insurance company, the probability of your roof receiving faster response is greater.
Having the right plan in place will make you and your staff feel more confident about dealing with the unexpected. If a situation ever does arise, it could also mean the difference between life and death. National Preparedness Month is the perfect reason to revisit the safety measures your facility has in place.
4 Interesting Ways Green Roofs Have Been Used
Installing Green Roofs Can Bring More Than Aesthetic Appeal
Roof landscaping is taking big cities and small towns alike by storm. Between the environmental savings, energy savings and aesthetic appeal, it is easy to see why installing a green vegetative roof is becoming the popular choice for many businesses. Green roofs can be used in a number of interesting ways.
In Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center has turned much of its rooftop into a sustainable garden. The North Terrace includes 1,200 square feet of organic heirloom vegetables that are used by the center’s food service provider, Levy Restaurants. That isn’t all, though. The South Terrace is just as beautiful, featuring 22,400 square feet of calming grass and plants separated by a “river” of blue glass pavers. The area has more than 20 species that adapts to the area’s environment, and a drip irrigation system uses moisture sensors to determine when watering is necessary. A nearby rooftop plaza hosts events.
Meeting and Exercise Space
Research has shown that employees who can get up and move throughout the day are more productive, and Facebook’s headquarters took that research to heart. Their nine-acre garden features more than 350 trees and about 100,000 shrubs, which are planted in wells dug into foam to control growth and prevent roots from digging into the roof. Their green vegetative roof includes a walking loop, several benches for relaxing and a meeting space.
Storm water Runoff
When a library in Cedar Rapids was damaged by flooding, the city decided to rebuild the roof with excess storm water in mind. The 24,000-square-foot green vegetative roof includes plenty of vegetation that helps to absorb rainwaters. An integrated system uses two 5,000-gallon cisterns to collect water and send it to the vegetation. The roof uses hardy plants that survive in the extreme summer heat and frigid winter temperatures, and waterproofing membranes under the vegetation ensures protection for the roof.
Federal changes in how medical facilities must cut costs means they have been looking for long-term methods to do so. Katy Medical Plaza decided that a green roof was the way to go. The building’s roof is 16,000 square feet of walking paths and relaxing views that is accessible to guests, but underneath the aesthetic appeal, it has an even more important function. The plants serve to retain up to 73 percent of the area’s rain with the rest of the runoff being directed into an underground cistern. That cistern is used to irrigate the property and even flush its toilets, leaving the building independent of city water for those functions.
The ways in which a green vegetative roof can be used are practically endless. With a bit of creativity, you can make your commercial property more functional and more beautiful by having a green roof installed.
Does Reflective Roofing Make Sense for Northern Facilities?
The Advantages of Reflective Roofing for Northern Facilities
Advances in technology are changing the way buildings are constructed or remodeled, and roofs are no exception. The use of reflective roofing, which can protect the building from the sun’s rays, is steadily rising. An increasing number of business owners are opting to install a reflective commercial roof because of the many benefits it presents, even for properties in the North.
A Reflective Roof Can Save Money
Some people mistakenly believe that properties in the North don’t require reflective roofing because they don’t get as warm as buildings in Southern cities do. In reality, during the summer months, the sun actually beats down on a Northern building longer than it does on a Southern one. A roof that absorbs the sun’s heat can become as hot as 190 degrees Fahrenheit and cause the building’s interior to heat up quickly. In turn, the HVAC unit runs more often. Because electricity for commercial buildings is billed based on its price during peak demand times, a company that runs air conditioning often in the summer time can expect to pay higher prices during the winter as well.
Reflective Roofing Keeps People More Comfortable
A reflective commercial roof ensures your employees and customers are more comfortable than they would be without one. This is especially important if you have a building with a lot of machinery running inside which increase the interior temperature. When considering reflective roofing, you should also think about the type of business you have. If you run a restaurant, the kitchen is already likely to get very warm. When coupled with a traditional, heat-absorbing roof, the work environment could become unbearable.
Your Roof Could Last Longer
By installing a reflective roof, you could actually extend its lifespan. As a traditional roof absorbs the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, it causes faster fading and overall degradation, leading you to pay for expensive repairs more often. Deflecting the UV rays can protect the roof for a longer period of time.
Reflective Roofing Can Be an Accessible Area
Have you been thinking of creating a rooftop bar or restaurant area? If so, you should consider reflective roofing. With traditional roofing causing the temperature to soar into the triple digits, it isn’t feasible or safe for patrons to relax on the rooftop during warm, sunny days. Installing a reflective commercial roof ensures your customers are comfortable and safe while they dine or relax on your rooftop.
Reflective roofing is practical, environmentally friendly and can even be more aesthetically pleasing than traditional roofing materials. Always work with an experienced professional when installing a reflective commercial roof to ensure your property’s structural integrity and safety.