How to Prepare Your Commercial Roof for Summer



Many residents and business owners believe winter to be the hardest season for your commercial roof. Actually, it’s the Houston summer! The long hours of sunlight and intense temperatures cause lasting damage when you don’t properly prepare.


On long, summer days the sun beats down on your roof. During that time, your commercial roof heats and expands. Then, when the sun sets, the materials contract back to their normal size. Though this is a common occurrence, it can still cause cracks — and eventually leaks — in the roof.


You can’t fight the sun, but you can prevent the damage it causes by keeping your roof as cool as possible. So, step one means installing a Cool Roof from Duro-Last. A cool roof is designed to absorb less heat and reflect more sunlight than traditional roofs. Think of it similarly to how you wear light colors and airy fabrics to keep yourself cool in the summer.


A Cool Roof from Duro-Last has many benefits such as:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Increased lifespan of roof service
  • Reducing indoor temperature
  • Environmentally Friendly


Before Installing your Duro-Last Cool Roofing System, follow these steps to protect from the heat.


  1. Have Your Roof Inspected for Damage

Before covering your roof with a protective layer, it’s important to repair any existing damage.

  1. Inspect Skylights, Vents, and Chimneys

Your commercial roof isn’t likely one flat piece. Instead, you’ll have vents, skylights or other features that make your roof unique, but susceptible to leaks.

  1. Observe the Drainage System and Signs of Water Damage

Unprotected flat roofs are prone to water damage. Before covering a problem, have your commercial roofer check for signs of damage that will need to be repaired.


For more information on protecting your roof for Houston heat, speak to the commercial roof company, Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc.. We are standing by to help get your building summer ready.

Common Signs Your Roof Needs Repairs


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. With this expertise, we are highly trained in performing any roof repairs.

You are an integral part of your roof’s maintenance, as you’re its first line of defense. It’s up to you to notice the signs of potential roof problems, and to contact an expert when you detect deterioration. Here are a few tips on what to look for:


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

Roof Shingle Issues

When asphalt shingle roofs are nearing — or have passed — their 20th birthday, it’s a good time for a basic inspection. If you find any shingles curling, buckling, missing, or appear smooth instead of textured, 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, consult your premier roof inspector right away. 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. Because chimney flashing assists in sealing, major issues could lead to leaks and debris. In fact, damage to the flashing can even cause 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


Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. provides Duro-Last roofing systems. You can celebrate these systems for their long-life span, quick installation, and great warranties. Not to mention, they are notorious for being environmentally friendly! Here are just a few ways your commercial roof could be environmentally friendly with the help of Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc..

Energy Efficiency

The Cool Zone membranes — manufactured by Duro-Last — cool roofs 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 rooftop air conditioning.
  • Decrease Urban Heat Island effects and related air pollution.

Waste Reduction

Commercial roofing projects withDuro-Last allow commercial roofing contractors to fully customize each project. Contractors only 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.

As Houston’s leading commercial roofing contractors, we value containing the cost and waste of each project through efficiency. We make sure our membranes are pre-cut, so we can finish projects more quickly. In other words, we aren’t just saving waste, we’re saving time, too!


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 earned a reputation as a leader in 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 Houston at (800) 265-5226.

Roofing and Fire Prevention

roofing fire

No matter the building, your roof is one of the most important factors in fire suppression. The right roofing materials can greatly assist in preventing a fire. On the other hand, commercial roofs with the wrong materials can stoke the flame.

At Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc., our experts can offer guidance if you’re concerned about fire risk. Here are some basics on how your roof can help prevent fires.

Fire Conditions

Avoiding fire-feeding conditions outside the roof is a significant consideration, first and foremost. This includes cutting back overhanging tree branches, keeping tall shrubs and bushes away from the side of the home, and gathering dry leaves to avoid convenient kindling.

If a fire breaks out, certain materials are best for helping fight it. Fiberglass-asphalt shingles are rated against a fire originating, meaning they will hold together under a flame and won’t generate burning embers.

Shingles Fight Fires

While not fireproof, many kinds of shingles are fire resistant. That means they won’t contribute to the spread of a fire. Class-A rated shingles will not break, slide off, crack, or warp during a fire. Under these conditions, you don’t risk exposure of the underlying roof deck, and fire will not spread on the underside of shingles.

Indoor Insulation

Another important factor is indoor insulation in case a fire is able to spread. Fiberglass attic insulation is generally recommended – fiberglass cannot burn, and while paper backing may burn off, the insulation itself will remain intact and prevent the spread of flames. In addition, fiberglass insulation is often available without any paper backing at all, meaning you’ll receive maximum protection.

For more on how your commercial roofing protects from a fire, or to find out about commercial or industrial roof repair, speak to the pros at Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today.

Why Roof Insulation is So Important

roof insulation

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

flat roof

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


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.


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.


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


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.


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 & Construction, Inc. today!

Lightning Protection Systems for Commercial and Industrial Roofs

Lighting and Roofing

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.


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

Roof Leaks

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.