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 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 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, 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 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, 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 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, 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 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

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 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 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.