If you’ve frequently dealt with any commercial roofing products, chances are you’ve heard a thing or two about vinyl. Many of our products at Jaco Roofing are made using Duro-Last vinyl, and you’d find a similar breakdown at many commercial roofing contractors.
But, what makes vinyl such a beneficial product for roofing? Let’s take a look.
Vinyl roofing helps reflect solar power back into the atmosphere, meaning the roofs will not absorb heat and transfer it into the building as often as other materials. Instead, the roof protects the building from heat absorption. This will translate into lower energy costs from air conditioning and cooling.
In addition, vinyl membranes are made of a renewable raw material. They can be recycled into new membranes, which increase lifespan.
Vinyl roofs can last up to 30 years or longer with proper care. Vinyl membranes are made to be highly resistant to things like chemical, environmental and even fire damage, and they require very little maintenance. Rotting, leaking and other forms of corrosion are virtually unheard with vinyl products, and they protect homes located at risk areas.
Because of the durability and energy efficiency, there are generally very few cost concerns with vinyl roofs. High energy efficiency increases household savings over time, and the long life cycle means fewer expenses in the roofing areas. Installation is simple and quick, with no additional hoops to jump through or old materials to remove first. If you’re looking for a practical and cost effective material, vinyl is a great choice.
To learn more about vinyl products or any of our roofing contractor services, speak to the experts at Jaco Roofing today!
Texas has one of the highest rates of lightning strikes in the country, making it an important consideration for commercial roofing. At Jaco Roofing, our high-quality products are especially durable, and they are easily combined with a lightning protection system.
How can your business benefit from a lightning protection system for your commercial roof? What are some of the guidelines during lightning storms? What are some of the common myths out there about these systems? Let’s take a look.
How It Works
Lightning protection systems are a modern version of the lightning rod developed by Benjamin Franklin. They consist of rods/air terminals – protrusions designed to act as the conductor for a discharge of lightning –, conductor cables, and ground rods buried deep in the ground.
Unlike the early days of Benjamin Franklin, today we don’t need to stand outside during a lightning storm to protect our industrial roof. Nowadays, when lightning strikes our building, it’s directed to the rods. The air terminals transfer the current to the conductor cables and then it makes its way to the ground rods. The ground rods are buried deep enough to create a safe path for lightning to discharge within the earth, rather than your building’s roof.
Guidelines During Storms
There are a few precautions to take during a lightning storm, even if you have a lighting protection system on your commercial roof:
- Don’t use the phone or other electrical equipment attached to electrical wings of the building
- Don’t use sinks or other water-related plumbing objects
- 30-30 Rule – If lightning is seen, count the seconds before you hear the corresponding thunder. If the number is under 30 seconds, you need to stay indoors in a safe area.
There are a few common misconceptions surrounding lightning protection systems, the truth is:
- These systems do not attract lightning
- Protection systems do not prevent lightning
- They typically do not offer surge protection
- Most of them offer fire and structural protection by preventing lightning from passing through building materials
To learn more about lightning protection, or any of our industrial roof solutions, call (800) 265-5226 to speak to the commercial roofing experts at Jaco Roofing today!
Roof maintenance is a vital part of owning a home or managing a commercial location, and at Jaco Roofing, we’re here to help. The fall is the perfect time for certain bits of upkeep – with winter and lots of cold and moisture on the way, this is a great part of the year to make sure everything with your commercial roofing is in order. Here are a few tips so you can prevent roof leaks during winter.
Inspect the Attic
While most people remember to inspect the roof before the winter season, they can easily forget to take a look at the attic. The best time for this type of check is during a rainy fall day. When it rains, you are given a chance to watch for leaky areas and wet spots. However, if you need to inspect it while it’s dry outside, look for these signs:
- Mold or mildew around vents, joints or seams
- Warped wood
- Stained insulation
Even if you don’t find any leaks, don’t think that your time is wasted. Try to make sure that the shingles are properly venting the roof – this will help prevent ice dams.
Preventing Ice Dams
These little menaces are one of the main causes of roof leaks. Ice dams build up on the roof after snow and cold weather, and can prevent proper drainage from your roof. Even water-resistant shingle roofs can experience ice dams, as water gets trapped behind ice dams and saturates the shingles over time.
Preventing ice dams starts with proper attic ventilation. Make sure your attic is the same temperature as the exterior – use gable, soffit and roof ridge vents to help this consistency. Also ensure that all insulation between the rafters is in proper working order.
Particularly for those who celebrate seasonal holidays with lights or other home designs, frequent roof traffic could be a concern. Remember that while your roof is made support foot traffic, too much wear and tear over time can lead to splitting of shingles or cracking of flashing. If you are on the roof, avoid shingles that appear to be warped, curled or cracked, and try not to step on roof tiles or tile cement.
For more information on how to protect your roof from leaks or to find out about our commercial roof repair, speak to the experts at Jaco Roofing today.