Perspectives

Many topics taken from various newsletter articles over the years. Learn your options and make informed decisions regarding the care of your roof.

Table of Contents

The following table of contents has been broken up into categories to provide quick access to our current list of articles. If you've come here from the main menu, you will find introductory text as well as links to the full articles listed below. This will give you a chance to peruse what each individual article is all about before deciding which one to select. If not listed as described, go back to the main Perspectives page.

Comparing Apples to Oranges Only Gives You Lemons!

Choose Your Roofing Contractor Wisely

It's a struggle for many property owners to address the repair and maintenance needs of their buildings. There is often too much to know and too little time to get to know it. What they do know is that a failing roof compromises the well-being of their assets, putting them in jeopardy of irreparable damage - from equipment and computers to furnishings and even employees. They are in a similar situation to a person with a medical need. Does that individual really have the time and ability to learn the medical industry to such an extent so as to have the ability to self-diagnose and treat themselves? Hardly! Well, it's really no different when it comes to roofing and repair and maintenance needs. A property owner has to put his faith and trust in someone else less he become paralyzed by indecision or is forced into making a decision that s/he is just not qualified to make, leading to unwanted consequences.

Enter the roofing contractor! But with some roofing contractors more focused on profits than truly being a source of legitimate help, how is a property owner to choose which roofing contractor he can trust? Let's face it, some roofing contractors are down-right dishonest and completely lacking in integrity. A mistake in one's choice or roofing contractor can have severe and costly consequences. So, what should you look for when choosing your roofing contractor.

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Facility Costs - How to Protect Property Owner Profits

Many property owners find themselves in a quandary. They want to address the needs of their building, but economic uncertainty creates apprehension. There is a paralyzing internal discussion as to what to do and when. This "internal discussion" often leads to indecision and nothing at all gets done.

Since money isn't growing on trees and the costs of general repair and maintenance continue to rise, what is a property owner to do? In this month's newsletter, we will consider some insights from a contractor's point of view that may help you move from a point of indecision to taking quick action.

The typical cost equation is defined as 'an equation that seeks to identify and account for all of the costs that a business will incur while creating a product or service.' Why is this equation important to understand? Because a business needs to sell their product or service at a price that is above their total costs to produce that product or service. Making more than you spend to create that product or service is called profit. If you're not making a profit you cannot stay in business very long.

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Hail Is a 4-Letter Word

Colorado is arguably one the most beautiful states in the country. We bask in countless sunny days - even during the winter months. But its not always butterflies and puppy dogs. One of those pesky Colorado weather events that can be so very destructive is hail, and we get a lot of it. During a strong hail event, you begin to truly appreciate how important your roof is. The type of roof you have - as well as the material components directly under your roof - can have a lot to do with whether or not your roof suffers damage during a hail storm. But if you've lived in Colorado for any length of time, you no doubt realize that no roof is completely safe from hail.

As a commercial and industrial roofing contractor, specializing in low-sloped and flat roofs, we see the devastating results of hail every year. It's not just a residential problem. The fact that hail damage is so pervasive for all types of roofing systems (even metal roofs) is precisely why most roofing systems exclude hail damage from their warranties. Also, those roofing manufacturers that do provide hail coverage usually do so only at an additional cost. And that cost is in "addition" to the enhanced installation requirements that drive up the cost of the roofing system in the first place. So one way or another, we all pay for hail. That's why we think hail is a 4-letter word.

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Installation Methods - Which Is Right for Your Roof?

When it comes to roofing, there are several types of attachment methods. But the two most common are mechanically-attached and fully-adhered. These are not just two alternate methods; there are consequences to either choice so it is important to make sure you choose the one that is right for your particular roofing situation. Learn how to be a part of that decision by learning more about this often overlooked, yet very important decision.

As we approach the winter season it is normal to start to experience a significant slowdown in building projects, whether retrofits or new construction. But it is also an opportunity to begin thinking about springtime when the construction industry comes back to life with fervor. If you're an owner, architect, or specifier with a flat roofing need – whether that need is now or in the near future – one of the questions you should be able to answer is whether you will address your flat roofing needs with a mechanically-attached or a fully-adhered roofing system. This is not a trivial exercise. Knowing the pros and cons can allow you to make the best, most cost-effective decision. There's also ballasted, which is explained in more detail in the footnote. But in this newsletter we're going to focus more on the other two.

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Is A Thicker Roof Membrane Better?

In the roofing industry, there is much debate about whether or not a thicker single-ply roofing membrane is better than a thinner one. More times than not, however, there is a bias that can skew an otherwise objective opinion. Such bias can come from the product manufacturer or a supplier that has a vested interest in taking one side or the other.

It's not to say that I'm not capable of having a bias myself. But the goal of this article is to present as much of an unbiased response to the following key questions as possible: (1) If you're in the market to purchase a new single-ply roofing system, should you focus primarily on the thickness of the product? (2) Does the product itself matter or is it all about thickness? (3) Is it possible that a thinner product from one manufacturer can actually be better than a thicker product from a competing source? (4) Is thicker really better?

Consider the information and come to your own conclusion. You've got nothing to lose and at the very least, you'll add to your knowledgebase.

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Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

It appears that fall has finally arrived in Colorado. With these lower temperatures, though, and with the hint of winter on the horizon, most business owners and decision makers tend to curtail their repair and maintenance efforts, thinking that it's best to put them off until next spring when conditions are more conducive. When it comes to your roof, however, that's definitely not the best approach.

Since winter can be very hard on your roof, it is important to make sure your roof is ready to handle the extremes common to our winter climate. "Is my roof ready for winter?" "How do I know if my roof is ready?" These are good questions, and to answer them it is important to understand how the snow, ice, and fluctuating temperatures of a Colorado winter work together.

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