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.

Why Choose a Flat Roof?

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Deciding what type of roof is best for your commercial needs can sometimes be difficult and confusing. You should first assess your roofing needs. If you are looking for space, a flat roof will be best for your house. Flat roofs are well kept and proven to be an effective solution at an affordable price. If you are still questioning if a flat roof is what you want here are some advantages of having a flat roof for your home.

Access

Flat roofs are easily accessible because of minimal slope and flat surface, making it simpler to access rain gutters, siding etc. You can personally go up on your roof to asses it, which allows for easier maintenance.

Affordable

Flat roofs are affordable. Shingles and other decorative materials are not needed on the flat service, allowing for construction costs to be noticeably reduced. When repairing any damages on the flat surface, there should be fewer complications again reducing costs.

Durability

Flat roofs are structured with gravel and tar, which provides a longer life and makes it easier to maintain. Most flat roofs can resist damages and can last for over thirty years. A flat roof can stand up to many force of nature too, making it more effective than a sloped roof.

Resistance

Flat roofs offer more wind resistance than a sloped roof. This is important when high winds pick up and blow through the area. Shingles can be exposed to high winds with an angled roofing system, which can cause them to rise and make for repair concerns.

Space

If you are looking for space solutions to hold equipment such as air conditioning vents and exhausts, flat roofs are the best. A flat roof’s plain surface offers the symmetry to maintain heavy equipment for many years.

Flat roofs are often the best choice for your commercial roofing needs because of its’ usefulness, affordability, and durability.

Maintaining Commercial Roofing

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Commercial roofing is a huge investment and it is important to make sure it’s done right the first time. Make sure you are getting the right roof installed by the best contractors. After your roof has been installed you need to be ready to maintain it in order to extend its lifespan.

Failing to do so may result in expensive problems in the future. Here are some important things to consider when dealing with a commercial roofing project.

Routine maintenance

Just like anything else, commercial roofs need to be well maintained. Routine maintenance will make sure that any problems with your roof are caught early and taken care of. Don’t be enticed to do the inspection yourself; hire a reliable contractor to inspect the roof for you.

Take into account the value of the roof

You may choose a cheaper roofing option in order to save on cost, but you shouldn’t just look at the upfront costs when purchasing a commercial roof or re-roof. The cost of the required maintenance matters as well, so choose a sturdy high quality roof that is inexpensive to maintain even it if is more expensive to have installed.

Perform repairs immediately

The worst mistake you can make is waiting until the situation gets worse to get your roof repaired. A tiny leak that’s a cheap to fix can turn into a very expensive repair if not taken care of right away.

Ask questions

When your roofer advises certain solutions, make sure you are asking them all of the necessary questions to better understand the reason behind their decisions. Good commercial roofers will always be able and willing to explain their methodology in a way that you can understand.

Hire the best

Take your time finding the best contractor for your commercial roofing needs. You want to consider their skill, experience, licensing, and insurance and also make sure you get proof of all of their credentials.

If a contractor claims that you need to replace your commercial roof, do not rush to do this until you have gotten a professional roof assessment. You could end up spending thousands of dollars on a new commercial roof when all you really needed were some quality roof repairs.

4 Signs There’s a Problem with Your Commercial Roofing

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The roof on your commercial building plays a huge role in keeping your business running, but for many people it’s something they don’t think about much — that is, until there’s a problem. Rather than dealing with major problems that require extensive repairs or even commercial roof replacement, it’s much better to understand some of the early signs of a problem so you can make small repairs as needed to prevent a bigger problem later.

Interior Water Stains

One of the easiest ways to spot a problem on the top of a commercial roof is actually by looking below. That is, look at the ceiling on the top floor of the commercial building for signs of leaking water. Usually you’ll see this in the form of discolored ceiling tiles, bubbles in the ceiling, or dripping water. Even a small leak in your commercial roofing in Houston could turn into significant costs for repairs later if not addressed early.

Mold and Mildew

Another way to spot ceiling damage from the interior of your building is to know and look for signs of mold and mildew damage. You might see it in the form of black streaks on the support system under the roof, or you may smell the distinct mold odor in certain areas of the building. Don’t ignore these signs. If you notice either, immediately get a roofing contractor to check out your building to remove any mold or mildew and make repairs to prevent it in the future.

Damaged Seams

On top of your Houston commercial roofing, you can spot signs of potential damage by checking the seams. Commercial roofing materials are often installed in long strips, which means the weakest areas are where these strips meet. Proper installation from a quality roofing contractor can help prevent problems. However, if you notice that the seams are showing signs of coming apart, call a contractor to come and repair it before it turns into a leak.

Standing Water

Another potential problem you can spot from the top of a commercial roof is puddled or standing water. Commercial roofing should be designed to repel water from storms, which often hit the Houston area. But, over time your roof might start to sink in some areas and not drain water like it should. Standing water can quickly damage even the best roofing materials, so make it a habit after a storm to go on the roof and look around for these signs. If you’re not sure what to look for, you can hire a roofing contractor in Houston to check it out.

For all your commercial roofing needs in Houston, contact Jaco Roofing & Construction, Inc. today.