04/23/2018

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SOME ROOFING PRODUCTS AND INSTALLATION METHODS Every house must really have a sturdy, watertight roof that ensures protection from severe weather conditions like a hurricanes, snow storms, thunderstorms, extreme heat, etc. Whether it is a residential home or commercial building, correctly installed roofing systems keep people across the United States safe and dry from the harsh elements while also helping to insulate homes from the heat and cold. Your roof is very important because it is essential to the protection of your framing and wood that makes up your home. Without it your family would be exposed to harmful mold which is a major health hazard for you and your loved ones. There are many types of roofing systems that are made for both residential or commercial properties that are in America. Both commercial and residential structures serve a different purpose and some require a different process to build in some cases. Each type of building uses many types of roofing materials to make them impervious to moisture. INSTALLATION METHODS There are many different types of commercial roofing systems and also different methods of installation when low sloped roofing systems are involved. MECHANICALLY-ATTACHED SYSTEMS Mechanically attached systems are a system which involves a method of only attaching the roof with screws termination bar or also known as batten bar for flat roof membranes. This method I would never suggest as many roofs have blown off due to high winds. Many roofing contractors will install a EPDM rubber roof using this method and they are not well attached or storm-resistant as rubber membranes are not as strong as TPO. FULLY ADHERED ROOFING SYSTEMS A fully adhered roofing system is much more superior to any other method of roof installation. A fully adhered roofing application method is the process of gluing down the roofing membrane to the sub straight. Oil base glue is usually the best option to use on a fully adhered roofing system however it is much harder to work with. You install membrane systems with using oil base glue by gluing both sides of the application. You glue the substrate whether you are gluing directly to the decking or insulation and peel back the membrane then only glue small sections at a time so that there is a less chance of an error or trapped wrinkle. There is also a wait factor where you must wait for the glue to get tacky before you start installing the membrane. BALLAST ROOFING SYSTEMS Ballast roofing systems use large river rock to weight down the roof and also preserve the membrane by reflecting UV rays from the sun. This method of installing a roof has a great liability and the potential of causing property damage or human harm when the rocks fall from the roof. You save on the glue but it takes much more manpower and labor time to install. DIFFERENT TYPES OF LOW SLOPED ROOFING SYSTEMS Many different types of low sloped roofing products are used on both residential and commercial roofs located around the USA....
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THE PAST ROOFING BUSINESS MODEL VS THE PRESENT DAY of ROOFING BUSINESS OPERATIONS THE PAST ROOFING BUSINESS MODEL VS THE PRESENT DAY of ROOFING BUSINESS OPERATIONS Roofing has changed over the years in many ways. Growing up in the industry I have seen many changes in the roofing industry. Much of the business structure of the majority of your average roofing company has changed through the years. IT HAS BECOME MUCH EASIER WITH MORE FOCUS ON SAFETY Many insurance companies who provide roofing contractors with Workman's comp require companies to organize safety meetings. Safty education has greatly increased in the construction industry even though many roofing companies have been organizing safety meetings for many years. Insurance rates are now much more costly and insurance claims are very difficult for a contractor to go through so many roofing contractors go out of their way more to avoid them. Hand Nailing vs Gun Nailing In the old days, roof shingles were pretty much all nailed by hand. Hand-nailing does provide a quality roofing job with nails always being driven straight and flush with the shingles. On the other hand, roofing nails are common smooth nails with virtually no threads to help grip the wood decking. This will cause nails to back up and sometimes make puncture holes over time. This happens mainly on a roof with weak framing, thin plywood or hot and cold temperatures causing the plywood to expand and contract. Hand nailing was much harder and requires good physical stamina. The shingles go on much slower even with a fast hand nailer that has years of experience under his belt hand nailing shingle roofs. When roofers use an air nailer to install a roof there are installation mistakes on almost every roof. Nails are driven at an angle rather than being driven in straight. Nails are often shot through the shingles due to many circumstances but mainly because of poor workmanship. The air pressure is sometimes not checked and regulated. Roofers now are more focused on the money they make instead of the quality of installation. Nails are sunk too far through the shingles by many roofers using airguns. This became even more common because many new construction homes only provide a one-year service warranty on the home so the liability has greatly decreased for most builders. An improperly fasten shingle roofing system will not last long in a strong storm with high winds. The great thing about coil roofing nails is that they can not back up through and often roofing nails that are made for a coil roof nailer are very difficult to pull back out. This is because the nails are connected with a wire and when they are driven into the wood the wire grabs into the wood like tiger teeth. The wire becomes kind of like a back washer that prevents the nails from moving and keeps the nail much more stable than a common roofing nail. Installing a shingle roofing system with an airgun provides a roofing contractor with the benefit of having the roof installed much...