How to Prepare Your Commercial Roof for Summer

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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.

Roofing and Fire Prevention

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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.

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!