Roofing Materials: Slate and Tile

Roofing Materials: Slate and Tile

It seems like a lot of the new homes in Utah are being built with composite roofing materials. There are many reasons why builders might select this material as their default for roofing. For one, it’s cost effective. This is because it’s both relatively cheaper than other materials and it is also very easy to install. It is also very easy to work with once it has been installed as well. So, if anyone has to perform maintenance the roof, clean gutters, or do any painting, workers can easily walk across the shingles and reach everywhere they need to go. There are however, many different types of roofing materials besides composites. Many of them are very beautiful, but all of them have different strengths and weaknesses. Keep in mind that just about all roofing materials are going to be more expensive than composites and require much more attention. Slate and tile roofing are examples of two materials that can be the perfect touch on the right home. Both of these materials have very long lifespans. In fact, tile is often expected to outlast the building materials it is set on. Both of these materials are also highly fire resistant. Yet another benefit that both of these materials share is that they are both highly resistant to pests and other biohazards like rot from mold. There are however some drawbacks to using these roofing materials. For one, both materials are quite heavy. Sometimes, they may be too heavy for a particular structure and consequently require expensive modifications for support. Another large drawback to both of these materials is that they...
Building the Best Roof for Your Commercial Property

Building the Best Roof for Your Commercial Property

When building your commercial roof, there are vital questions you must consider. Ask yourself the questions below and ponder these roofing material options before beginning your commercial roof building process. Investment Objectives What is the length of ownership and length of your warranty? What is the budget you’ve set? Is there any possibility for capital? Property Usage What type of traffic will the roof be getting and how often? Is the roof going to be used as a patio for company parties or an outdoor cafeteria, or perhaps a playground or garden? Will your roof be seen by top company executives on a regular basis or will it only be seen once a year by a scruffy repairman? If it will be visible, you might want to invest more in its aesthetic quality. Property Damage Unfortunately in this world, we all must prepare for the worst. You must consider the costs to your business if any damage were to occur to the roof. Would there be expensive property damage inside the building if the roof leaked? Perhaps you own an apartment complex—how would the roof damage affect residents? How long would it take to repair the damage and how much would it cost? Property Location Your building’s location will largely determine the materials used on the roof. Is your property along the Puget Sound in Washington, Cape Cod in Massachusetts, or the Florida Keys? If it’s coastal, then you need more wind resistant materials. Is your property in Cincinnati, Jackson Hole, or St. Paul where it snows more than half the year? Then you need more insulation. Big city...
Sealing Your Leaky Concrete Roof

Sealing Your Leaky Concrete Roof

Concrete (flat) roofs are prone to cracking.  These can be small hairline cracks to larger, visible cracks.  These are a natural result of the concrete reacting with the elements. As concrete experiences wet and cold, it tends to shift, expand, dissolve, and contract, all which results in cracks along your roof. Often, these cracks will lead to leaks in your roof. Leaks are dangerous to both the structure of your roof and to the items located in your building. When leaks are left untreated, they tend to increase in size until items within the building are destroyed and the whole structure of the roof is compromised. Luckily, it is fairly easy to fill these cracks and to protect your roof from further damage. The way to protect your concrete roof is to place a concrete sealer on top of it. Concrete sealers are made up of special plastic and rubber coatings that attach to the concrete, creating a waterproof membrane that stretches with the concrete. There are several different types and varieties of concrete sealer, all of which provide different levels of protection.  These different levels are used in the two major ways to seal your roof: damp proofing and waterproofing. Damp proofing is a non-reinforced process that helps stop leaks that have been caused through absorbed moisture.  Damp proofing is the first step in roof protection and is a great choice for a roof that is just starting to form cracks. Damp proofing consists of thoroughly cleaning your roof and applying special layers of base coats, sealants, and topcoats.  You can talk to your roofing professional about the...