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Month: November 2015

How Heavy Winds Destroy Roofing Systems on Commercial Buildings

High velocity winds brought on by hurricanes, tornados, or any other weather occurrence have the ability to do serious damage to your commercial or residential roofing system. Quite often when weather forecasters predict and report on wind speeds, they don’t account for gusting, which can be significantly higher than regular wind speeds. These gusts have the ability to cause uplifting, suctioning, and twisting forces that generate increased levels of power that can have very damaging effects on your roofing system.

Wind Damage to Commercial Roof Systems

When it comes to your commercial metal roofing system, high winds can wreak havoc on it in many different ways. Pounding wind and wind gusts can loosen rooftop components such as HVAC units and rip them from your roofing system. As they roll or are pounded back down on your roof they can cause severe damage.

Gusting wind also has the ability to rip off sections of your metal roofing system, even if it is rated for high velocity winds there is always a chance that it can be compromised by secondary factors. Severe storms and high winds are often accompanied by hail and other debris.

When hail and debris are blown at your commercial metal roof at the same speed as winds gusts they can easily penetrate metal surfaces causing openings and compromising the structural integrity of your roofing system. If your roof opens up, it’s even more susceptible to high winds as well as rain and moisture.

Residential Wind Damage

Similar to commercial metal roofing systems, residential roofs can withstand high winds to a certain point, but can eventually give in depending on the wind velocity and if there is any secondary damage to the roof. Shingled roofing and other types of residential roofing can be wind rated for certain velocities, but at a certain point they will give in to wind speeds and shingles can be ripped off. This can then cause a chain reaction of removal that continuously weakens the roof overall and lead to severe damage.

Specific nail patterns, hurricane straps, and bracing are some common solutions to strengthen your roof to help it endure high velocity winds, but there isn’t much that can be done to defend against flying debris, hail and falling trees. Heavy winds have the ability to blow debris at your roof at incredibly high speeds, which can easily penetrate your shingled roof. Falling trees and tree limbs can also come crashing down and cause significant damage to your roof and home.

What Can You Do?

While it’s hard to predict when a tree, tree branch, or other debris will cause damage to your commercial or residential roofing system, you can defend against high winds. If high velocity winds are common in your area, then working with a reputable and experienced roofing company like WaterTight Roofing can ensure your roof is properly installed and rated for high winds.

Using the proper materials and installation techniques is your best defense against high winds. Additionally, ensuring that regular maintenance and repairs are done to keep your roof strong and sturdy is also important in defending against high velocity winds.

For more information about defending your roofing systems from high winds contact WaterTight Roofing today: 888-809-9976.

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5 Reasons Metal Roofing Is The Best Choice For Self-Storage Facilities

Self-storage facilities are large buildings or groups of buildings that provide ample space for customers to store whatever they can fit into their units. For storage facility owners, these buildings are typically low-maintenance investments that they hope will last for many years, with very little required in the way of repairs. However, a time comes when the roof of a self-storage facility needs replacing, and with such a large investment it’s important to ensure the right roofing choices are made.

One of the best choices a storage facility owner or facility manager can make is to install a metal roofing system in place of what they currently have. There are many benefits to installing a metal roof versus any other type of commercial roofing solution. Here are 5 reasons why a metal roofing system is the best choice for a self-storage facility.

  1. Steel Is Recyclable: With the cost of raw materials continuously increasing, it’s important to find solutions to reuse them and when it comes to recycling building materials steel is at the top of the list. Steel is the most recycled material on the planet and with the ability to install recycled steel on your storage facility roof you can divert high amounts of water pollution, air pollution, and mining waste that’s used in the creation of new steel products. Additionally, in 30 years when your roof needs replacing again the steel that’s removed can be recycled yet again.
  2. Fighting The “Heat Island” Effect: The heat island effect is when human activity in urban areas has a direct impact on the average temperature in those areas compared to surrounding suburban and rural areas. The impact of these increasing temperature changes is vast and impacts everything from wildlife to weather patterns.
  3. Durability: If your storage facility roof is currently composed of clay tiles, aluminum, tar, or another material then you likely already understand the costs associated with premature maintenance and roof replacement. Steel roofing lasts longer than any other roofing material which, when installed, is not only a positive thing for the environment, but also for your facility’s bottom line.
  4. Steel Roofing & LEED Standards: LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the pinnacle of environmental design in the construction industry. There are many factors for a building or facility to achieve LEED certification. Using recycled materials and increasing energy efficiency, which are results of installing a steel roof, are two requirements of LEED certification. While you may not be prepared for a full LEED certification installing a steel roof is an excellent step towards it.
  5. Steel Roofing Saves You Money: While it may look like a silver lining, the cost of installing a steel roof is offset by the energy saving that’s achieved by reducing fluctuations in temperature in your storage facility. In turn this reduces your energy bills and the wear and tear on your HVAC system, which means less maintenance and repairs in the long run.

Overall, there are a number of environmental and financial reasons why installing a steel roof on your self-storage facility is a great idea. For more information about how a steel roofing system can save you money contact WaterTight Roofing today: 888.809.9976.

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