Common Signs Your Roof Needs Repairs

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At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. we have seen every possible roof problem. Noises, leaks or dipping issues are well within our range of expertise, and we’re available anytime you need. We are highly trained to performer any roof repairs.

Always remember that you can be a big part of your roof’s maintenance, as you’re its first line of defense. It’s often up to you to notice the signs of potential roof problems, and to contact an expert when you detect deterioration. Here is a few tips of what to look for:

Noises

Pay attention to any creaks, pops or rumblings that seem to be coming from the roof. Some elements might be loose or disconnected, or the wind may have brought in other damaging for objects to the roof. Call our contractors right away if you notice recurring noises.

Shingle Issues

When asphalt shingle roofs are nearing or have passed their 20th birthday, it’s probably a good time for a basic inspection. In addition, if you find any shingles curling, buckling, missing or looking smooth instead of textured (a sign they’re losing granules), a close look might be needed, so repairs or replacements can be ordered.

Sagging or Dipping

If you see obvious spots where the roof is sagging or dripping in any way, this requires immediate inspection. Remember, it could become be a safety concern if not handled correctly.

Chimney Considerations

Call for an immediate inspection if  the flashing around your chimney is missing, dislocated or showing any other major signs of damage. As flashing is designed to seal the chimney, major issues could lead to leaks, debris and even pest infestations.

Want to learn more about common signs of roof issues, roofing repairs or any of our services? Speak to the roofing contractors at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today!

Commercial Roofing Gets Environmentally Friendly

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Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. provides Duro-Last roofing systems, which are renowned for their long-life span, quick installation, great warranties and for beign environmentally friendly.

Energy Efficiency

The Cool Zone membranes manufactured by Duro-Last are effective in every climate. That means you can expect a 40% reduction in energy consumption during the hot months in Houston. But, there are even more reasons to get behind the energy efficiency of Cool Roofs, as they can:

  • Reduce heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer
  • Increase the efficiency of roof top air conditioning
  • Decrease Urban Heat Island effects and related air pollution.

Waste Reduction

Each commercial roofing project featuring Duro-Last is fully customizable. Contractors order the exact material needed for the job. Without the need for a collection of raw materials, much less waste is sent to the Houston landfills.

To compare, asphalt shingle roofing projects generate eleven million tons of waste. While you can recycle the shingles, many commercial roofing companies don’t take the time to do so.

As Houston’s leading commercial roofing contractors, we value containing the cost and waste of each project by being efficient in the installation. We make sure our membranes are pre-cut, so less time is needed. So, we aren’t just saving waste, we’re saving time, too!

Sustainability

Duro-last is third-party verified as sustainable, durable and high performing — one of only two manufacturers to earn NSF/ANSI 347 Platinum certification. Duro-last is frequently recognized for its commitment to recycling and waste diversion. They even collect left-over yarn in a vacuuming system during the manufacturing process for use in carpet padding, pillows, and mattress pads.

For more information on eco-friendly roofs, or for a free estimate on your commercial roofing project, call the expert commercial roofing company in Houson at (800) 265-5226.

Why Roof Insulation is So Important

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There are several vital elements that determine the longevity and good condition of any commercial roof. Without a doubt, one of the most important ones is insulation. Commercial roofing without proper insulation will run several risks. Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. utilizes Duro-Guard insulation, which keeps you safe and without any concern.

Insulation acts as the protective blanket between the surface of the roof and the deck, and is designed to reduce the transfer of heat. But, why exactly is insulation so important in a commercial roofing situation? Let’s find out.

Energy Savings

Insulation is one of the biggest crux points out there when it comes to overall energy costs and expenses. The proper insulation can keep you right in or below your target range. On the other hand, improper insulation can cause you major headaches when it comes to paying the bill.

Consider this: Poor insulation in the attic can increase your home’s energy costs by 15%. Over the course of a full year, that can be thousands of dollars in increased costs, all of which could be avoided simply by calling a professional company like Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. to install insulation that holds heat.

Carbon Footprint

The 15 percent listed above isn’t just an imposition to your pocketbook – it’s an imposition to the environment. Every little bit of additional heating-related energy is another addition to your carbon footprint. For larger commercial buildings, these marks can become gigantic due to wasted energy from poor roof insulation.

Mold and Condensation

Many types of insulation offer built-in mold resistance, and even those that don’t still provide a layer of protection against moisture. Down similar lines, insulation reduces any condensation in the building, which can be very important for certain commercial businesses.

Fire Rating and Roof Deck Support

Proper insulation will make your building safer from fire, and you’ll likely receive a higher protective rating among other businesses. Additionally, it will lead to a more consistent temperature, which will provide a greater support to roof decks exposed to diverse environmental conditions.

Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. is your go-to roofing company in southwest Texas, and we’re here to answer all your questions on insulation and/or about any of our roofing services!

How to Ensure Your Flat Roof is Water Proof

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If your commercial roof isn’t water proof, and is exposed to harsh conditions like sun, rain, wind and snow, you will undoubtedly need to repair often and replace sooner.

Benefits of Using a Flat Roofing Specialty Company

Water doesn’t wash off a flat roof like it does on sloped roofs. Instead, they are built like large swimming pools with a drainage system to carry water to the ground. For this reason, flat roofs need to be entirely sealed. Even the smallest exposed crack, can let water into your building, causing lasting damage.

Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., your premier flat roofing company in Houston, is extremely careful applying a protectant layer of Duro-Last to all flat roof installs. Duro-Last is a more sustainable option and is meant to exceed requirements not only for energy efficiency but also for endurance.

Prefabricated roofing systems-like Duro-Last- are easier to install any time of the year. As they usually take less time to install,  a flat roof will be exposed to bad weather conditions for a much shorter amount of time. At the same time, the seaming is sealed with hot-air welding, so you can be sure they are water tight, no matter the conditions.

Here are a few top reasons to use Duro-Last on your flat roof:

  • Fire-Resistance. Duro-Last is resistant to chemicals and fire, preventing lasting damage to your facility.
  • Prevent Mold. Sealing your roof with Duro-Last provides low permeability, meaning it will dry more quickly and prevent mold/fungus growth.
  • Heat Reduction. The prefabricated systems that Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. utilizes are highly reflective. When paired with the Duro-Last Cool Zone, it can reduce your building’s energy consumption by up to 40 percent!
  • Environmentally Friendly. The prefabricated systems are custom made, reducing waste during manufacturing and installation.

To learn more about how to waterproof your commercial roof, contact the expert, flat roofing company at Jaco today!

Telltale Signs of Water Damage in Roofs

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One of the largest threats to industrial roofing systems of all types is water damage. Protection is one of the primary functions of commercial roofing, but detriment may come back from time to time.

At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., we’re here to help with any water damage that takes place on your commercial roof. However, there are some common signs that it might be taking place. Here is what you will want to check on a regular basis:

Shingles Missing

If a few of the singles on your roof are missing, this is often the first sign of potential water damage. Shingles are the first line of protection against leaks, and their loss exposes the roof. If you notice any missing shingles, have them replaced as fast as possible to make sure your luck doesn’t run out.

Sunlight

If you have an attic, you should enter it periodically to check for rays of sunlight entering the room through the roof. If sun is going through roof beams, water could be doing so as well. Also check your insulation for mold or signs of moisture, which might indicate a problem you need to solve right away.

Gutters and Granules

Leaves are obviously fine in the gutters, but if you start to notice roofing granules in fairly copious amounts in the gutters, this is another possible sign of water damage.

Flashings

Chimney flashings are a common cause of roof leaks, and we recommend getting them inspected yearly. Water that seeps through flashing can cause major damage, particularly on flat roofs that haven’t been maintained well.

Shelf Life

If your roof is showing signs of wear, it may need to be replaced. The winter season may not be ideal for roof replacement, so if you detect any signs of damage look into replacements before the snow begins to fall.

For more information on how to prevent water damage, or for any of our commercial roofing services, speak to the pros at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today!

The Benefits of Vinyl in Roofing

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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 & Construction, Inc. 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.

Energy Efficiency

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.

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.

Cost

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 & Construction, Inc. today!

Lightning Protection Systems for Commercial and Industrial Roofs

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Texas has one of the highest rates of lightning strikes in the country, making it an important consideration for commercial roofing. At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., 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.

Myths

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 & Construction, Inc. today!

Fall Tips to Prevent Roof Leaks

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Roof maintenance is a vital part of owning a home or managing a commercial location, and at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., 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.

Roof Traffic

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 & Construction, Inc. today.

The Benefits of Single-Ply Roofing

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Over the last 30 years or so, single-ply commercial roofing membranes have grown steadily in popularity. At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., our industrial Duro-Last roofing uses a single-ply membrane format, and it’s one of the most durable and long-lasting products on the market.

There are several major advantages which single-ply roofing membranes can add to your next project. They’re flexible and easy to install, plus carry a substantial amount of other individual benefits. Let’s look at the basic components of single-ply, and how it can benefit you.

Components of Single-Ply

Most single-ply systems include three or four basic components:

  • Insulation: To keep hot or cold air in or out
  • Flashings: To protect edges from water issues
  • Single-ply Membrane: Usually rubber or plastic, with acrylic reflective coating
  • Adhesive: To seal layers together permanently

Advantages

Once it’s installed as your commercial roofing product, single-ply membranes have several advantages. These include:

  • Impact resistant
  • Lightweight and flexible
  • Extremely easy to install
  • Can accommodate many unconventional roof designs due to flexibility
  • Eliminates dangers of fire and smoke pollution, which can be risks of certain other types of commercial roofing
  • Better for use on occupied buildings
  • Perfect for roofs which are exposed to larger amounts of grease and oil, due to great sealing and cleaning ability
  • Resistant to UV radiation, plus ozone present in the atmosphere
  • Requires very minimal maintenance, often years consecutively without any

Cost

One benefit is so great that it gets its own section: cost benefit. Not only does the flexibility and ease of installation make this process cheaper than installing many other kinds of roofing products, a single-ply membrane offers major heating and cooling benefits. The reflective surface helps it retain temperature much more easily – tests show that the temperature of a white roof rises only four degrees on an 85-degree day, where it might rise as much as 40 degrees on more traditional types. This can bring you an exorbitant amount of heating and cooling savings.

Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. is your go-to commercial roofing company in the Texas area since 1968. To learn more about our single-ply membranes or any of our other roofing services, speak to one of our experts today.

The Visual and Additional Benefits of Skylights

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Most people think of windows and doorways when considering elements like natural light in the home or workplace, but they’re often forgetting one option that can dwarf them both: skylights.

Located in the roof of a commercial building, a skylight is a great way to add natural light to a location – and also has a few hidden benefits, too. Our Duro-Last series of skylights at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. is built to last, with hurricane- and blast-resistant glazing available for the strongest durability possible. Let’s look at some of the benefits of skylights in a commercial roof.

Aesthetics

The primary benefit of a skylight is the aesthetic value it adds to any space. Everyone likes more light, and a skylight offers larger amounts of natural sunlight, which can noticeably improve mood and energy levels in some people.

In a commercial roof setting for a business, this can be especially beneficial. Employee productivity can go up, and employees may have better moods and attitudes with more light available.

Diffused Light

Our Duro-Last products are not only affordable and long-lasting, but come with a few specific light benefits. Diffused light can be easier on the eyes for many people, and our units are designed specifically to eliminate any glare created by the sun’s natural light. For anyone with light sensitivity, this can be a major benefit.

Heating

In many situations, a skylight can add to your business’s heating capability. Solar heat fills into the open areas through the openings in the roof, and if your solar heat gain coefficient is high enough (this is a measure of how much solar heat you’ll gain from your window), you can see real heating benefits without lifting a finger.

Energy Costs

Down the same lines, this can lower energy costs for many people. You have to be careful in warmer months, as there’s a chance your cooling costs could rise correspondingly, but smart design from our experts will allow you to ride the middle here and lower heating costs without affecting cooling much.

Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. is a premier commercial and industrial roofing company serving the Texas area since 1968. To learn more about skylights or any of our other products or services, speak with one of our experts today.