Types of Roofs Roofing Contractors Can Install

When homeowners look to replace their roof, they are often surprised by the variety of roofs that roofing contractors can install for them. In this blog, we’ll cover the different types of roofs that roofing contractors install for homeowners and the pros and cons of each material.

Asphalt Shingles
Asphalt shingles are the most popular amongst roofing contractors and homeowners because they are resilient and relatively inexpensive. Asphalt shingles also come in a wide variety of colors and styles, are easy to install, provide reliable waterproofing, and are adaptable for a wide range of temperature.

One of the disadvantages of choosing asphalt shingles is that they have a shorter life than roofs made of materials like concrete tiles, metal shingles, or other natural materials. An asphalt shingle roof can last for about 20 years on average. However, living in an area with intense sunlight or temperature extremes can reduce the lifespan. Another disadvantage of asphalt shingles is dark shingles can fade and tend to exhibit inconsistencies in color. Black marks form as a result of algae, which homeowners and roofing contractors can get rid of by applying a sodium hypochlorite bleach solution. Homeowners can also prevent algae growth by looking into algae-resistant shingles which contain copper granules.

Slate and Ceramic Roofing Tiles
Slate tiles are a great choice for homes looking for a more sophisticated, upscale look. Advantages to slate tiles include their natural appearance, fire resistance, invulnerability to rot, ease of maintenance and an expected life of 100 years. Slate tiles are also available in a variety of colors and styles.
A major disadvantage to choosing slate tiles is their weight and cost, and the high degree of expertise necessary for installation. Slate tiles are also easily broken underfoot, which makes gutter cleaning and rooftop maintenance far more complicated and tedious.

Ceramic roofing tiles are generally durable, and advances in their manufacturing process make these tiles resistant to fading. Ceramic tiles are also fireproof, and should last 50 to 70 years.
Ceramic roofing tiles are ill-adapted for climates with fluctuating weather. Ceramic tiles are prone to erosion under tumultuous weather conditions. Ceramic roofing tiles can also be fragile; high winds and walking on the tiles can damage them.
Metal Roofs

More people are choosing metal roofs because metal shingles are low maintenance, light weight, and reduce energy cost. Metal roofs are designed to resist the buildup of water and ice, which can help to prevent potentially disastrous damage. As metal roofs start to lose their shine, they can be repainted as along as the roof’s structure is still in good shape. Repainting a metal roofs usually costs less than to replace it.
A disadvantage to metal roofs is installation can be tricky and require experienced roofing contractors. Metal shingles are also typically more expensive than other types of shingles.
Flat Roofs

Flat roofs are usually less expensive to install than sloped roofs. There is less chance of falling off of a flat roof, and they are usually easy to access.
However, flat roofs can require a great deal of maintenance. If you choose to install a flat roof, you will have to ensure it stays watertight and clean it regularly to prevent leaves and debris from clogging the drain. Sun exposure will also gradually cause the roof to degrade and replacement costs can be high.
Green Roofs
Homeowners who want to have a more environmentally conscientious roof should choose roofing materials that reflect the sun’s rays. The two main factors that affect the environmental impact of a roof are the color of the roof and the materials used to construct the roof. Green roofs reduce environmental impact while providing additional savings to homeowners.
If you install a green roof, however, make sure that your contractor follows the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Certification Standards. Though some green roof options might be pricey, there are several state tax incentives and savings available that you may qualify for that will reduce the cost to install.
So the next time you choose to replace your roof, have professional roofing contractors talk to you about all of your available options. Roofing contractors in Vancouver, WA can make sure you receive the roof that best fits your needs and style.

Protecting your Roof during the Summer

With temperatures hitting the 80s these past few days, it is clear that we’ve officially hit summer. With having bared the brunt of spring rains and facing potential high heat exposure in the future, is your roof ready for the next couple of months? Despite the assumption that many folks have, the hot summer sun and muggy afternoon rains can cause further damage to roofs of all kinds. To ensure your roof is prepared for the upcoming summer, make sure to complete these maintenance tasks before the heat really sets in.

Clear roof of any debris.

Debris is detrimental to the life of your roof, regardless of the season. Not only does debris clog up your gutter system, it can also encourage water intrusion and leaks. This can lead to expensive and timely repairs with a roofing contractor, and possibly ruin your home’s interior and possessions. Clearing debris from your roof will not only keep your roof in top condition for summer, but it will also keep your roof in better condition for the oncoming fall and winter seasons.

Replace any broken tiles or shingles.

Depending on the material your roof is made, check for missing, torn, or cracked shingles or tiles. Be sure to have professional roofing contractors repair or replace anything that is missing or damaged. Broken or missing tiles or shingles can increase your electric bill as well as cause your roof to be more susceptible to damage and water intrusion. As you are observing for broken or missing shingles, keep an eye out for any curling shingles as well. Curling shingles indicate a roofing problem, whether it be moisture, bad decking, or a potential improper installation. If you find any curling shingles, it is definitely a good idea to get a roofing contractor out to your location to check it out.

Make sure there is proper ventilation.

Ventilation is incredibly important during the summer due to the high accumulation of excess heat. Going up into your attic and checking that its properly ventilated fulfills two different purposes. First, excess heat that builds up in a poorly ventilated attic results in high energy costs. Higher energy costs results in higher utility bills, and no one wants that. Second, moisture produced within the home can move into the attic if ceiling vapor barriers are not properly utilized. If this moisture is not ventilated from the attic, it can condense and cause insulation and structural material to deteriorate. In addition, excess heat and moisture due to lack of ventilation can severely deplete the life and longevity of your roof by literally cooking your roof. Ensuring adequate attic ventilation maintains temperature and moisture control so that your attic maintains a temperature that will not damage your roof.

Make sure to take advantage of the good weather to complete any lingering roofing projects.

If your roof is not in the best condition or needs more repairs than just a couple of damaged shingles, now is the perfect time to get it done. Without the intrusion of rains and wind, you or hired roofing contractors can get those extensive repairs and replacements completed that have been put off. Roofs naturally expand and contract with fluctuating temperatures. This causes stress on your roof, and means that over the seasons, it is a guarantee that your roof will age and deteriorate. To make sure that any major repairs or replacements are installed properly to guidelines, employ professional roofing contractors to get the job done. LeakSeal roofing contractors in Vancouver, WA will be happy to inspect your roof and take care of any roofing repair or replacement job.

A Different Take to “Green Roof System”

LeakSeal takes great pride in installing green roof systems that reduce energy costs and are environmentally conscientious. The Solar Shield Reflective Coating we apply with our Fiberglass & Emulsion System does just that: saving energy and reducing cooling costs. However, there are other unique approaches that others have taken in the effort to install green roofing systems. The rising popularity of living roofs, roofing installations that include a vegetative layer growing on top of a permeable layer, gives a new literal meaning to the term, green roof systems.

Living green roof systems have been around for hundreds of years, being a common sight during 19th century American prairie life due to the number of people who lived under turf roofs. However, an increasing number of builders and architects are incorporating the same concept of vegetative roofs, not simply for aesthetic or design purposes, but for their potential functionality and benefits to the environment. Green roof systems have popped up all over the world in big cities like Chicago and Tokyo. In countries like Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, buildings are required by law to have living green roof systems. Currently, Portland, OR is running its own Grey to Green initiative to replace several of its commercial building roofs with living, vegetative roofs, breaking up the current monotonous landscape of steel and cement.

Popping up all over urban environments and cities, green roof systems are creating stirring alcoves of abundant with color, life, and nature in an otherwise steel and artifice environment. A park filled with birds and trees at the top of a commercial building in the middle of the city may seem disconcerting and out of place in the urban jungle of the city. However, more city-dwellers are positively voicing positively for the idea and encouraging their own cities to turn their flat, asphalt roofs into living green roof systems. The growing enthusiasm toward green roofs reflects the changing attitudes that many are having toward urban environments and their relationship to nature. People are less likely to see their cities as foreign and alien to nature these days, but rather as yielding the amazing potential to coexist in its own type of ecosystem. Naturalizing cities allows for a more symbiotic approach to nature versus manmade construction than we have previously found acceptable. By transforming roofs into living green roof systems, otherwise unused roofing space can now become habitats that promote the growth of wildlife and reduce some of the ecological footprint that cities imprint upon the environment every day.

Along with helping reduce the ecological footprint, living roofs also provide the following benefits:

- Mitigating urban heat islands and reducing high roof temperatures.

- Reducing energy use: Living green roof systems absorb heat and act as insulators, reducing the energy necessary for cooling and heating by as much as twenty percent.

- Reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions: By lowering the necessity for air conditioning, less air pollution and greenhouse gas is emitted into the air. Vegetation also helps to remove air pollutants.

- Improving comfort and health: green roof systems reduce heat transfer through the roof, improving indoor comfort and reducing heat stress.

- Enhanced stormwater management and water quality: Green roofs can slow stormwater runoff. They also filter rainwater more effectively, returning cleaner water for use and potentially reducing the chances of street flooding.

- Improved quality of life: Green roofs can provide aesthetic value and habitat for many species, as well as improve physical and emotional contentment for people who feel irritated living in an urbanized environment with no vegetation.

Living green roof systems can be installed on a wide range of buildings, and can be as simple as a patch of grass or as complex as a fully accessible park with trees and shrubs. Initial costs of living roofs are generally higher than conventional roofs, up to two or three times more, but owners often see costs offset by the savings they earn through reduced energy and stormwater management costs. Estimated costs of installing a living roof starts at $10 per square foot and goes up to $25 per square foot. Annual maintenance costs range from $0.75“$1.50 per square foot.

Despite what type of roofing installation, green roof systems are increasingly becoming an important part in benefiting the environmental impact of cities and urbanized environments. Installing green roof systems in Vancouver, WA, such as the Fiberglass & Emulsion System, will help improve the expenditure of energy in this city.

Removing and Preventing Moss Growth on Your Roof

Over time, moss can accumulate between and underneath your roof shingles. Though the image of a mossy-roofed cottage may seem quaint and cozy in paintings, the extensive and costly damages moss can cause your roof are far from picturesque. Over time, moss can deteriorate your roof to the point that your home's interior and possessions are at risk of moisture intrusion and water leaks. Removing moss from your roof not only helps keep your roof looking like new, but also helps maintain it for years to come. 

What is moss?
Moss are small, flowerless plants that typically grow in dense green clumps. It requires a moist environment to grow because moss does not have roots. Moss tends to grow best in a cool, shady climate.

Why is moss bad for roofs? 
There are a few reasons why moss is bad for roofs. As moss thickens and grows, it can raise shingles up. Raised shingles allows water to get under the shingles, causing potential rot and leaks. Raised shingles also increase the chance of shingles being torn off during heavy winds. Moss buildup can also cause more debris to be trapped on a roof, encouraging water buildup and leaks. Moss growth can also damage the asphalt shingles themselves, causing shingles to break down faster. 

How do you remove moss?
You or a residential roofing company can remove moss by 1) removing shade and moisture from the environment or 2) turning the environment extremely acidic or basic (below pH 4 or above 7 pH levels). Because moss grows well in shady areas, eliminating shade by removing or trimming trees, branches, bushes, and other plant life to allow for extra sunlight exposure can help get rid of moss. This method is also highly effective in preventing moss, however, can be ineffective in areas where weather is often overcast and cloudy. For those that do not want to remove trees from their yard or live in cool, moist areas, using acidic or chemically basic roofing cleaning products may be a better option. If you choose to DIY rather than employ a residential roofing company, be sure to wear protective clothing, rubber gloves, and eye protection when working with chemicals. 

Kill moss by applying chemically acidic cleaners (pH level <4).
Several household products are acidic and highly effective at killing moss. You can either apply them directly to the moss or mix the product with water before application. Using these products with a mixture of water or directly to the moss can kill the plant. Caution should be used when using acids to remove moss. If the acidic mixture is too strong or allowed to stay on the roof for too long, it can erode the roof surface. 

Acidic products:
1. White Distilled Vinegar (Apple Cider Vinegar As Well)
2. Orange Juice
3. Lemon Juice
4. Tomato Juice

Use chemically basic products to kill moss. 
Since moss grows in a pH environment of 5-6, making your roof more chemically basic with certain products can effectively kill the moss. You can either apply chemicals directly to moss or mix with water. Below is a list of some common household items that are bases:

1. Baking Soda
2. Baking Powder
3. Salt
4. Ammonia
5. Soap
6. Bleach (Do not mix bleach and ammonia)

Keep in mind that though bleach mix works well, runoff can damage plants. To avoid this, some residential companies choose to skip rinsing the roof after application or rinse plants with 100% water after rinsing roof. 

Avoid power or pressure washing. 
Using a power or pressure washer to remove moss, though effective, is highly damaging and will significantly reduce the life of your roof. The high-powered jet of water removes shingle granules that help to protect asphalt shingles, eroding the asphalt shingles. If you do choose to use water to remove moss, do not spray the water at an upward angle. This can cause water to get under the shingles and leak into the house or cause rot.

How do I prevent moss growth on my roof? 
The following methods can help to prevent moss growth on your roof.

1. Remove shade from your roof by removing or trimming trees, shrubs, and plant life.
2. Install zinc or copper strips along the ridges of your roof.
3. String copper wire across the roof using nails or screws ONLY on the side of the roof
4. Clean roof of debris on a regular basis.

So, if you're noticing moss starting to creep up on your roof, make sure you or a residential roofing company addresses the growth before damages occur. A residential roofing company in Vancouver, WA can not only remove moss from your roof, but also make the necessary installations to prevent future growth.

Planned Preventive Roof Maintenance Program Minimizes Future Damages and Costs

Regular planned preventive roof maintenance is crucial to sustaining the life of your roof and preventing the need for emergency, crisis repairs. Maintenance tasks, such as surveying for damages and maintaining weather and moisture proofing, help to protect the roof, and the client from unplanned, additional expenses. To assist industries in maintaining their roofs in the most efficient, weather-tight condition and at a minimum of expense, LeakSeal has developed a Planned Preventive Roof Maintenance Program to address the growing complexity of roof maintenance. 

When a roof fails, the damage it causes can be sudden and catastrophic to both the interior and exterior of a building. Suddenly, you might find all of your belongings no longer protected from the punishing elements of the weather. In the case of a roof leak, resulting structural damage can occur to walls and floors as well as damage to insulation and electrical system. Roof leaks can also cause the growth of hazardous mold. Dealing with these types of damages are not only frustrating, but also expensive. The cost in repairs, time, work productivity, and materials can rise to an astronomical figure sooner than you would expect. However, having professional roofing contractors establish a regular maintenance plan on your roof can help save you from these frustrations and dramatically reduce potential damage to your roof over time. Preventative roof maintenance not only extends the life of your roof and reduces chance of leakage, but also minimizes:

-Costly emergency or crisis repairs
-Product damage
-Building structural damage
-Interior damage, including walls, floors, and ceilings
-Occupancy downtime and decreased work productivity
-Warranty of manufacturer labor or materials being voided due to lack of regular inspections 

What exactly does a preventive maintenance plan entail? A preventive roof maintenance plan is simply a program of scheduled inspections and performance of corrective actions. While preforming maintenance, professional roofing contractors can detect minor problems before damage spreads, stopping the problem before it becomes more extensive and expensive. At LeakSeal, some of the objectives of our Planned Preventive Roof Maintenance Program are:

1. Establish an inspection schedule.
2. Survey and classify all roofs, keeping controls as to age, type, and condition to permit direction of preventive measures.
3. Establish a standard specification for each type of roof.
4. Prepare a realistic budget for maintaining roofs in first class condition. Schedule roof maintenance to the best advantage for you.
5. Substantially lower your overall roof costs.

Due to the complexity of potential problems that can arise from different types of roofs, it is essential that professional roofing contractors establish the maintenance program for your roof. The age and condition of the roof, environmental influences, rooftop traffic, occupancy sensitivity, size, and accessibility of roof areas all require different preventative measures and complicate the process of general roof maintenance. Furthermore, the frequency of performing certain tasks depends on these varying factors. Different types of surveys also warrant different necessary timeframes. For example, comprehensive visual roof surveys usually are preformed semi-annually, whereas roof moisture surveys are recommended on three-year cycles unless specific conditions arise. Professional roofing contractors will be able to distinguish the different maintenance needed for your specific roof and the timeframe for specific surveys to be conducted. 

When professional roofing contractors come to perform maintenance, one of the main tasks they perform are visual roof surveys. A roof is exposed to all types of stressors and natural aging, and roofing contractors will observe for areas requiring repairs, ways to address and develop long-term preventive maintenance needs, and conditions that may affect long-term performance. Once the roof survey is preformed, minor repairs and corrections are made as necessary. 

Some common corrective tasks roofing contractors preform during roof maintenance are:
-Removing debris from drains, gutters, and downspouts
-Removing moss and vegetation
-Trimming back trees from the roof surface
-Resurfacing damaged areas
-Periodic re-flashing of the roof to maintain its weatherproof properties 

At Leak Seal Roofing Inc., we want the opportunity to earn your business through professional roofing inspections and recommendations that apply to your roofing needs. Our free onsite inspections by our residential roofing contractors can help educate you on your roof and its needs. If your roof requires a repair or replace, we will give you all the options and guarantee our factory certified installations with a ten-year workmanship warranty. We know our Planned Preventive Roof Maintenance Program will not only help you better understand your roof problems, but also will help you get the full value of your roof. To establish a preventive maintenance plan for your roof today, call our roofing contractors in Vancouver, WA to receive our fast and professional service.

Fiberglass & Emulsion System: a Great Option for Roofing Repair in Vancouver, WA

When faced with a roofing repair issue, it seems the common solution that most roofing contractors have for all roofing problems is to remove the old roof and install a completely brand new roof. However, with the growing expense of disposal fees and new energy codes, the costs of installing a new roof have skyrocketed. This has made making a complete roof replacement for a minor roofing repair issue an increasingly poor investment.

However, the Fiberglass & Emulsion system provides an alternative, cost-effective option from completely replacing a roof. With its ease of application and protection against weathering, the Fiberglass & Emulsion system allows LeakSeal to stand by its commitment to maintain all roofs in the most efficient weather-tight condition, at minimum expense and high quality. By applying the Fiberglass & Emulsion system over a current roof, Leak Seal can provide roofing repairs while significantly prolonging the life of your roof.

At LeakSeal, our solution is to maintain existing roofs by utilizing various specifications. Because the Fiberglass & Emulsion system is so versatile, it is applicable on almost any conceivable surface material type: gravel, metal, mineral cap sheets, smooth-surfaced roofs, and everything in-between. The Fiberglass & Emulsion system is also manufactured in place via spray-application, and can be installed over almost any sloped roof, whether it be anything from vertical to flat.

Not only can the Fiberglass & Emulsion system be applied over almost any type of roof, it does so without compromising the integrity of your current roof. One of the four major components that make up the Fiberglass & Emulsion system is polyester sheeting, which is a strong, pliable roofing fabric that adheres 100% and conforms to the shape of your existing roof. Because the system is spray-applicated and requires no heat to apply, it poses no potential of damaging or blistering your roof underneath. Sitting at only 40 pounds per square foot, the Fiberglass & Emulsion system is also far lighter than other materials, making the added weight of the system not appreciable to your current roof. In contrast, cap sheet weighs 100 pounds per square foot and gravel weighs a whopping 450 pounds per square foot.

One of the best advantages of the Fiberglass & Emulsion system is that it is a seamless, waterproof membrane within itself. The seamless membrane is vapor permeable, therefore, allowing any trapped moisture in the existing roof to escape to the weathering side of the membrane without blistering. However, any moisture from outside will not seep through the membrane.

If you do decide to let LeakSeal apply the Fiberglass & Emulsion system to your roof, you also have the option to add the Solar Shield Reflective Coating which gives you the additional benefits of saving you money through energy savings, prolonging the life of your roof, and enhancing your building's appearance. The Silver-White reflective coating ends up looking great on any number of building styles and aesthetics.

LeakSeal acknowledges that not every roof is salvageable. In some cases, tearing off the old roof and installing various other systems may be the only option available in handling your roofing repair. However, the majority of roofs out there are viable candidates for our system and can potentially be salvaged through the Fiberglass & Emulsion system. By working arduously with other manufacturers to develop an intense training program for all of our applicators, our professionals can not only provide you with expert consultation, but apply the system meeting quality standards.

So if you're needing roofing repair in Vancouver, WA, contact LeakSeal Roofing. Having installed millions of square feet of the Fiberglass & Emulsion system on many major projects throughout the western states, LeakSeal Roofing is the expert in roofing repair and the Fiberglass & Emulsion system. From corporate offices to manufacturing facilities, LeakSeal has developed the methods and technology to ensure "A Quality Roof Every Time!"

Eight Reasons to Choose the Fiberglass & Emulsion System for your Commercial Roofing Needs

Here at Leak Seal Roofing Inc., the Fiberglass & Emulsion System is a system we often install and recommend as part of our commercial roofing services. Easy to install and providing a number of benefits to our clients, the Fiberglass & Emulsion System is a good choice for both professional roofers and companies seeking out commercial roofing services for their buildings. But what exactly are the benefits of choosing the Fiberglass & Emulsion System, and how will you know if it will be a good fit for your commercial roofing needs? Here, we include eight reasons why the Fiberglass & Emulsion System is a superior choice for your new roof, and how it will save you money and give you peace of mind.

1. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System is versatile. The system can be applied to nearly any sloped roof, vertical to flat, and on most surfaces including materials like gravel and metal.

2. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System does not need to be heated for application. Using a cold process system, the Fiberglass & Emulsion System is spray-applicated. By not requiring heat, the asphalt in the Fiberglass & Emulsion compound retains its elasticity and flexibility.

3. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System is strong. Despite its light weight, The Fiberglass & Emulsion System has incredible strength. Reinforcing the compound with inorganic fiberglass strands gives the Fiberglass & Emulsion membrane greater strength, durability, and flexibility. The glass fibers have more tensile strength than steel, yet when combined with the flexibility of polyester fabric, maintains its elastic and pliable quality. This greatly reduces the chance of the roof membrane splitting. The glass fibers are distributed throughout the Fiberglass & Emulsion System in a 360 degree jackstraw patter, therefore, causing stress from thermal and building movement to be distributed more evenly throughout the membrane. This makes the Fiberglass & Emulsion System resilient enough to handle building movement and thermal shock after years of service.

4. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System has great return on investment value. When comparing the costs of installing the Fiberglass & Emulsion System to the life expectancy of the roof and the energy savings gained, it is easy to see that the Fiberglass & Emulsion System is one of the best choices for commercial roofing available. In addition to its low installation costs, some companies go so far as to claim that the Fiberglass & Emulsion System practically pays for itself within a year of installation.

5. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System is seamless. The finished product is a smooth, seamless membrane that is easy to clean.

6. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System is highly resilient to weathering. After the system has cured, the Fiberglass & Emulsion System contains pure asphalt encased in special clay, creating an inorganic weathering surface that far outlasts hot asphalt or solvent-base asphalts. This permeable membrane allows moisture to escape through the weathering side of the membrane without allowing water, preventing blisters from developing. Furthermore, the system is not affected by high temperatures that can potentially cause other types of roofs to move.

7. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System is a Class A Fire Retardant. Tested by Underwriters Laboratories, the Fiberglass & Emulsion System is made to resist fire and extreme heat.

8. The Solar Shield Reflective Coating adds even more benefit to the Fiberglass & Emulsion System. If you decide to have the Fiberglass & Emulsion System installed, you can have the Solar Shield Reflective Coating added as an addition value. The coating is always recommended as it saves clients energy and money. Water-based and long-lasting, the reflective coating will lower air-conditioning costs, add life to your roof, and enhance the overall look of your building.

So if you are seeking a commercial roofing company to replace your roof, consider having the Fiberglass & Emulsion System installed in its place. The Fiberglass & Emulsion System will give you the durability and functionality you need at a value you can't deny. Leak Seal Roofing Inc. can handle your commercial roofing needs in Vancouver, WA and provide professional installation of a new Fiberglass & Emulsion System roof.

Leak Seal Roofing | Green Roofing Companies Vancouver Wa

As people become more consciously aware of the environment, we are continuously finding new ways to make the world a greener place. Green roofing is a great alternative to ordinary roofing on commercial buildings. Having a green roof supports the surrounding environment by using non-toxic and environmentally safe products. 

Eco friendly roofing alternatives:

1. Recycled Shingles
Recycled shingles are a great alternative to standard roofing, as they provide a greener roofing solution to your home. Using shingles that are made out of recycled materials help keep waste out of out landfills. Green roofing can be achieved by using recycled shingles because they provide a lower cost and minimize your ecological footprint. Recycled shingles decrease the demand for producing excessive raw materials. 

2. Non-Toxic Products
When installing a roof there are several materials and chemicals that are involved in the process. The use of harsh chemicals it can significantly impact the surrounding environment. The toxins in the chemicals go directly into the atmosphere and compromise our air quality. Green roofing solutions provide non-toxic products that reduce the amount of chemicals being shared into the environment. 

3. Metal Roofing
Metal roofing on an industrial or commercial building is another green roofing alternative solution. Most metal usually consists of recycled materials and can be recycled after it no longer provides a use. Recycling old metal results in less waste in the long run for you and your green roofing companies. Metal roofing can also be beneficial to the environment because it does not release chemicals into the atmosphere like an asphalt roof would. 

4. Energy Efficiency
Green roofing provides energy efficient solutions for a commercial or residential building. It can reduce the amount of energy needed to moderate the temperatures inside of the building. This particular roof helps lock in the heat whereas ordinary other roofing can often be the main cause of heat loss in a building. Temperature control allows less fidgeting with the thermostat, resulting in lower energy bills. Considering that a roof is a major factor when it comes to the heat escaping, it is important to install a quality roof that will lower your heating and cooling bills by a lot. 

5. Glas-Shield System

The Glas Shield System is a cold-applied spray system that goes over any roofing material and is considered a maintenance system. 

Four Components of the Glas-Shield System Process:
1. Asphalt Emulsion
2. Fiberglass gun roving
3. Polyester Sheeting
4. Solar shield Reflective Coating

No tear off, no landfill, and 100% tax deductable.

The benefits of green roofing outweigh the costs of standard roofing processes. If all building and high risers had green roofing companies installing the roofs, the environmentally cautious processes would make huge improvements on the environment. Green roofing creates eco friendly spaces that benefit the local communities along with the environment. It is never too late to consider the environment when you are planning your roofing project. Call your local green roofing companies in Vancouver Wa to discuss installing your roofing in the most environmentally friendly way.

Homeowners Guide to Leaking Roof Repair

It's every homeowner's worst nightmare.

You come home after a tedious day at work – not to mention the commute – and you find yourself in quite a cantankerous state. All you want to do is kick off your shoes, throw on some comfortable sweats, hatch a plan for dinner and melt into the couch.

All that would be possible had the cold, insidious water droplets falling from the roof not splashed cruelly onto your head.

No homeowner truly wants to face the implications that accompany a leaking roof repair.

Talk about ill timing! There's not much more vexing to a homeowner than a permeable roof, and most of the time, it's due to outdated or poor technology, hasty labor or a combination of the two. What complicates the situation even more is the difficulty in pinpointing exactly from where the leak derives – the source is oftentimes notoriously impossible for the untrained eye to locate. 

If you are a homeowner who is desperately trying to pin down the source and cause of your roof's weakest link, remember a roof leak can spring from many different contributing factors, and this capricious little cocktail rarely shows its cards to the pursuant. 

If the problem lies in the roof itself, consider the following culprits:

– Shingles: Discolored or decayed roof shingles (such as those that have curled over time due to improper or hasty installation, or those which were improperly installed, leading to buckled shingles) present a unique set of challenges to homeowners. When shingle decay leads to exposed underlying wood, it invites rot, which in turn, beckons water seepage, mildew, mold and softening of wood, which in turn springs a leak. 

– Flashings: Flashings create a watertight seal in places where the roof's structure and integrity is interrupted or terminated altogether. They are used to seal perimeters, penetrations, walls, drains and other roof components. Without flashings, water would easily penetrate the voids in roof integrity, which is why improperly installed flashings are so dangerous to roof health and longevity. The elements, oxidization or eventual loosening of the flashing can cause deterioration, which leads to permeability. 

– Gutters: While designed to protect the foundation of the home and its structural integrity from excess water and snow, gutters can become clogged by vegetation or other organic materials. Neglected gutters that are weighed down by waterlogged vegetation will sever from the fascia and droop. The next stage? Leaks. Gutters can be one of the most pesky things for a homeowner to clean, but their proper maintenance is imperative. For a step-by-step guide on how to maintain gutters and avoid unnecessary leaks, check out this awesome blog from our friends at about home.

– Fascia: Otherwise known as a roof trim, the fascia creates a layer between the edge of the roof and the elements. Rotting fascia can lead to irreversible damage, not to mention permeability, which will quickly lead to a leak that is not easily assuaged.

So, other than the aforementioned issues, what exactly makes a roof drip? Let's look at a few sources of that dreaded indoor rainfall:

– Openings in the roof itself that penetrate the structure's building envelope;
– Leaks or exposed seams in your plumbing;
– Leaks in your air conditioning unit;
– Pest infestation, or;
– Natural condensation from ambient elements.

Are you horrified yet? Grabbing the ladder and racing outside to do battle with your roof and its wayward accoutrements? Before you wear yourself thin attempting to play the role of contractor, consider calling a professional to tackle your leaking roof repair. Leaking roof repair is a delicate undertaking which is best served by trained technicians who understand the underlying conditions, concerns and nuances in your roof and structural integrity.

Prior to contacting your local roofing professional, take the initiative to measure the leak in two different places. You'll need to first locate the leak's source and eliminate other causes (pests, weather, HVAC system, etc) before you conclude the water is derived from a roof leak.

Measure from fixed points, such as perpendicular walls or finished surfaces that extend all the way to the roof from the attic/finished ceiling. You might need to venture into your attic in order to concretely identify the leak source.
Leaking roof repair creates a damper on the life of any homeowner – and eschews envy. Regardless, it's a necessary evil if certain elements of your home are either faulty, defective or hastily assembled; neglect on the homeowner's part can also create ample breeding grounds rife with rot and decay, which will lead to imminent leaks. Be proactive in guarding your home or business from the consequences of neglect; conversely, if you suspect your structural integrity or roofing accoutrements may be faulty or facilitating rot, contact a professional to conduct a survey. 

After all, we get enough exposure to rain and moisture outside. Let's keep our precious inside warm and dry.

Warehouse Leaks | Commercial Roofing

Roofs leaks, especially for industrial and commercial buildings can be hard to repair and/or recognize due to the various reasons that may have caused the damage. For instance, during seasons with heavy rain, some parts of the world experience storms and hurricanes that can damage the roof, leading to leaks. Since commercial roofing is very critical to any business premise and these leaks are commonly caused by external elements, there is need to understand how deal with them. Here are some great tips to help you understand what to do when your warehouse roof leaks.

1. Remove the water

The warehouse is used to store various goods and most of them are sitting on the floor. This means that they get wet easily if there is a leakage in the building. Getting rid of the water from the padding and other items in the room should be one of the first things to do when your roof leaks. In order to prevent mold from growing underneath, open the backing to the air and allow it to dry. Utilizing a large, powerful fan to help dry the padding will allow the air to reach all those areas where water seeped in. There are a lot of commercial roofing companies that can help you in taking care of such situations. 

2. Thoroughly inspect the roof in detail

If you find yourself walking into a puddle of water and notice roof leaks in your warehouse, check your roof for stagnant water. This should include checking all the down pipes, rain gutters, valleys and others to make sure they’re free from dirty or any waste materials. Ensure the rain water flows freely through these gutters and pipes properly to avoid clogging and blockage. Roof leaks are caused by an array of issues that vary from clogged pipes to an open source allowing water in. It can be helpful to check your warehouse roof from an attic space to identify the specific entry point of the rain water from the roof. 

3. Notify your insurance agent

If your warehouse has received a considerable amount of roof damage, it is imperative to let your insurance agent know about it. If your policy covers interior damage due to roof leaks and the cost of repairing your roof, inform your insurance agent immediately to be thoroughly compensated. Usually, they can inspect the damage for both the roof and interior part within hours of your call or notification and help you clean up and replace your damaged goods. 

4. Hire a professional roofing contractor

Since a warehouse needs to be dry and cool to maintain functionality, it’s very important to call a reliable commercial roofing company or contractor to repair or replace your warehouse roof in the event that there is damage. Calling a professional roofer is also important since they ensure all problems are solved. When it comes to any roof damage, they know exactly what to do – to replace it, or to repair it. 

5. Check the flashing and unseen damage

Not all warehouse roof leaks can be caused by downspouts or clogged gutters, some are as result of roofing material is damaged or worn. In some cases, the flashing around vents, roof projections, and chimneys is damaged and allows rain water into the building. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly inspect the flashing, especially where dormers, vents, chimneys and other attachments join the roof. If you find the flashing isn’t functioning properly, consider replacing it. 

In some cases, warehouse roof leaks go unseen until later, especially when they get worse. So it’s very important to inspect your warehouse roof and the attic for such unseen damages. As an individual, inspecting a warehouse roof can be hard, though you can look for wet spots in the roof plants or panels before calling a commercial roofing contractor. You can also check to see if there is any discolored wood as well as cracked ceilings, peeling paint, bulges in ceilings or walls, and many more signs of a leaking roof. 

Considering these tips to determine the severity of your roof leak and damage will help you decide on the next best step moving forward keeping cost and time in mind. Contact your local commercial roofing professional in Vancouver Wa for more information if you are experiencing a roof leak.