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, 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 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 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

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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, 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!

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 today.