Does Your Commercial Roof Need Replacement: Part 2

With the harsh climate of our area, commercial roofs take a beating. It’s important to know how to tell when your commercial roof is ready for a full replacement, or just an overlay. Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, your expert commercial roofing company for flat roofs, metal roofs, EPDM roofs, and rubber roofs in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, has the information you need to make an educated decision. Read on for more tips to help determine if your roof is ready for replacement:

Don’t forget to inspect the materials of which your roof is made. Determine the type of roofing materials and note their condition. Do you see cracks in the roof coating? Is the rubber membrane torn or punctured? Are there any leaks or excessive water pooling? Also, inspect the drainage systems – failure to do so could mean quick damage caused to the new roof. Also, examine any insulation, and note its condition. If it is able to be reused, it can save you money over replacement, a good practice that also is good for the environment. Typically, with a full roof replacement, insulation may need to be replaced or added, but often you can reuse the existing materials.

Think long term about your roofing project. Consider how the roof will be used for the next 10 to 20 years, and if it will be subjected to heavy foot traffic. Understanding how our climate plays a significant role in the longevity of commercial roofs is key to planning and maximizing your dollars spent on your roof.

Stay up to date on building codes and standards. Roofing codes and standards change often, and it’s important to have a good understanding of these regulations. As a professional and reputable contractor, Wisconsin Commercial Roofing abides by all regulations and our work is 100% up to code on every project. Choosing us ensures that you won’t be hit with large costs to correct errors and shortcuts down the line. Other contractors may not be so meticulous, and often cut corners to save time and money.

Don’t wait for a problem to occur before replacing your roof. Frequent inspections will save you money and headaches in the long run. Leaks that go unnoticed can cause thousands of dollars of damage in a very short time. Even if there aren’t any visible problems with your commercial roof, it doesn’t mean you should drag your feet on inspections and necessary replacement.

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Does Your Commercial Roof Need Replacement: Part 1

Wisconsin’s climate brings extremes of weather on both ends of the spectrum, meaning intense heat and humidity, and frigid ice within just a few short months of each other. This has massive implications for commercial roofing systems, requiring them to be evaluated regularly. If the time has come for a closer look at your commercial roofing system, call Milwaukee and Menomonee Fall’s best commercial roofing company: Wisconsin Commercial Roofing.

Roofing renovations not only ensure safety for building occupants but also save costs by maximizing energy efficiency and preventing problems from occurring later on. Business owners should hire a roofing contractor to determine the best course of action for a roofing system, but it’s important to be informed about what to look for as well. Here’s how to know when your roof needs replacement.

Determine the current state of your roof and figure out whether your roof needs an overlay or a complete tear-off and roof replacement. If a new membrane can be installed over the current roof, you’ll save costs in the short term, but be careful of shady contractors who are willing to install a membrane over a roof with structural damage. Doing so will only lead to more expensive and disruptive problems down the line.

Inspecting the roof for damage. Sloped roofs should be free of any warping or bending, as this shows that the roof is nearing the end of its lifecycle. Likewise, flat roofs should be completely flat and free of any bulges or other indications of damage to the roof deck. If areas of the roof give too much, or if there is significant pooling of water, a new roof may need to be installed.

In the case of an overlay, the roof deck needs to be in healthy condition to support the weight of the new roof. While many business owners would prefer a simple fix, you must be absolutely sure that the deck is in good shape, or you’re asking for more trouble in the future.

Check back for our next post for more tips that can help you determine if your roof is ready for replacement.

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The WCR Methodology

Wisconsin Commercial Roofing begins every project with a focus on meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers. We appreciate the level of trust that a customer places in us when they choose us as their roofing partner, and we fully intend to honor that trust and deliver in every aspect of the project. As the expert in flat top roofs, rubber roofs, metal roofs, and EPDM roofs, in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, WCR delivers expert-quality work for our partners, and we’ve built a proven methodology that ensures that each and every project reaches those same heights of quality and customer satisfaction.

WCR roofing professionals work with accuracy and accountability to ensure that your investment is protected. Our priority is to deliver the results you expect, on time and on schedule. When you choose Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, you gain a partner that is invested in your roofing project, and truly dedicated to your satisfaction. Our methodology ensures that you benefit from:

A Comprehensive Plan Designed To Meet Your Needs

WCR doesn’t just send out a team and a truck and hope for the best. We’ve built our business to respond to our customers’ needs. Every project has a plan, designed by our roofing experts to maximize efficiency, and also ensure that the job is done right the first time. This extra first step, one that is often omitted by our competition, adds a relatively small amount of time we spend on your project, but the benefits to the quality of our work and the satisfaction of our customers are enormous.

A Responsive Team That Has Years Of Quality Work Experience

Much of our competition hires seasonal laborers that are often inexperienced and not dedicated to the company they work for. Not WCR. Our team was assembled from a group of experienced roofing craftsmen, many of whom have seen and done it all when it comes to commercial roofing. Our crews are hard working, passionate roofing experts, ready to tackle any project and handle any problem that may arise along the way.

A Clear Understanding Of Project Details

We don’t leave anything to chance. Misunderstandings often lead to mistakes, problems, and dissatisfaction. Your WCR representative will iron out all the details of the project before we lift a hammer, and ensure that all members of the team are on the same page.

A Partnership That Will Last And Is Built On Trust

If you are a business owner, you don’t have time to worry about your roof. We understand that. We aim to earn your trust and your businesses, with honesty, transparency, and good old integrity. Once the project is complete, we hope to become your on-call roofing team, for continued maintenance and repairs in the future.

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WCR and Johns Manville: A Partnership that Delivers

Wisconsin Commercial Roofing is proud to be a trusted partner to building owners and property managers who need a quality roofing team that only has one priority – to protect and preserve their investment. With a focus on flat top roofs, rubber roofs, metal roofs, and EPDM roofs, WCR delivers expert-quality work for each and every one of these partners, and we continue our partnership for service and maintenance of their roof as well.

In order to deliver our high level of service, we need to partner with the best suppliers as well. That high-level partnership is exemplified by our relationship with Johns Manville, a name synonymous with innovation and quality in the building and specialty materials industry.

For nearly 160 years, Johns Manville has focused on developing materials to make diverse environments stronger, more durable, and more energy efficient and comfortable. Their premium-quality commercial roofing materials are second to none in the industry in terms of quality and durability. From their headquarters in Denver, and with 7000 employees worldwide, JM provides products to more than 85 countries and operates 43 manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe, and China.

JM’s EPDM roofing systems are designed with state-of-the-art extrusion technology that brings quality and consistency to every square foot of the product. This ensures a consistent and even roofing material, reducing the variations present in competitors’ products that can develop weaknesses in the membrane and eventually compromise the roof barrier. JM’s vulcanization process produces a redundant waterproofing monolithic membrane, and the polymer formulation performs in extreme climates and withstands differential movement. JM products also offer superior ozone and weather resistance, delivering one of the longest service lives available, and are backed by 30+ years of EPDM experience and installations.

These specs add up to a superior product for every installation. When combined with expert EPDM roofing installation by Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, you have a partnership that delivers on its promise: the best commercial roofing installation available in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls area.

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4 Ways to Fix a Damaged Commercial Roof

Commercial roofs are built to last, delivering long-term performance and durability while keeping costs low. Despite their simple construction and durable materials, commercial roofs can still develop problems during their lifespan. When a roof is installed improperly, designed incorrectly, or not properly maintained, problems can surface that necessitate business owners and building managers to take action. In the majority of problems, there are 4 options to consider. Wisconsin Commercial Roofing is your roofing expert in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, and we can address your damaged roof with the option that is best for your unique situation.

Option #1: Repair

Some problems on a roof can be minor and easily repaired, so they don’t warrant the expense of a replacement. Repair is appropriate in situations where the membrane is intact and has not met its life expectancy, the roof has good insulation, or the business owner wants to keep costs to a minimum. Since repair is a quick-fix, low-cost option, it makes sense in many situations. While the repaired roof will never match the reliability or lifespan of a replacement roof, it’s also not the most long-term option.

Option #2: Re-cover

Even a roof that is too damaged to repair doesn’t necessarily require replacement. If the roof is fundamentally sound and was installed properly, the most effective solution may be to re-cover. In many cases, if a roof has only one membrane, you can add another membrane layer. However, keep in mind that a roof can only be re-covered once. If the roof is well insulated but the existing membrane is at the end of its life, re-covering may be the right option, saving you cost and time.

Option #3: Full Replacement  

If the damage is extensive, it may not be possible to re-cover. Also, if a roof has been re-covered once before, you’ll need to replace it. If repairs to the roof are extensive, or if 25% or more of the roof is damaged, it’s best to replace the membrane and start fresh. Also, if the roof insulation is not up to par, wet or damaged, it’s best to replace or supplement the existing insulation and replace the roof. In some situations, the business owner may be interested in a long-term replacement or looking to take advantage of new roofing technologies for energy efficiency or other reasons, warranting a full roof replacement.

Option #4: Coating

Many commercial roofs can be coated to extend their life. Coating is a relatively low-cost and painless operation that delivers extra protection from leaks and extends the life of the roof.

Reflective coatings provide energy savings by reflecting heat and UV energy away from the building, improving comfort inside the building by reflecting the sun’s rays away from the roof and keeping the roof and the building cooler. A coating also improves the look of the roof, giving you the appearance of a new roof at a fraction of the cost.

Regardless of which option is right for you, Wisconsin Commercial Roofing is the right contractor to do the work. We’ll get your damaged roof back in great condition quickly and at a price you can afford.

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How to Choose a Great Roofer

A commercial roofing job is a difficult task, but perhaps the most critical step happens before the job is even approved. Choosing the right roofer for your job can be a huge undertaking, and many business owners simply rely on word-of-mouth and hope for the best. You don’t need to take a gamble on your choice of roofing contractor, however, because there are a few questions you can ask to vet your candidates and separate the best from the mediocre. Your Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls commercial roofing experts at WCR believe we’re the best bet for any project, but we want you to be educated about what a quality roofing contractor has to offer. Here’s what you need to ask:

1. Does the contractor carry insurance?

A contractor should carry comprehensive liability insurance and workers’ compensation insurance to protect you, and their employees, in the event of a roofing accident. Many fly-by-night roofers will tell you this is not necessary and they can offer lower prices by remaining uninsured, but the risk outweighs the reward of saving a few dollars. Make sure your contractor is adequately insured.

2. Is the contractor licensed and credentialed?

Several roofing manufacturers offer a variety of programs to professional contractors that establish their credentials as a knowledgeable roofing company. Homeowners can view a contractor’s credentials as another indicator of their degree of knowledge, professionalism, and dedication to the roofing trade. It’s a telling sign if a contractor doesn’t carry a license or any credentials, avoid them.

3. Does the contractor have good references and referrals?

While positive word-of-mouth isn’t the only criteria you should consider, it is vitally important. It’s best to look into a contractor’s history and find clients that recommend them. While contractors with many years in business and many accolades are your best bet, everyone has to start somewhere. Newer contractors with great recommendations are often a great choice for your project as well.

4. Does the contractor supply a well-written proposal or estimate?

The contractor’s proposal is a great barometer for their level of competency and commitment to excellence. Simply put, a proposal is a tentative agreement for a project. It offers a choice of products by brand name, prices, services and even designs. Many other provisions may also be included such as change order conditions and financing options.

The business owner should expect three product choices. These could be presented in the typical range of good, better and best. Appropriate product literature and samples should also be offered. A proposal should be extremely customer-friendly, thorough, and leave you with very few questions.

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Metal Roofs and Wisconsin Weather

At Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, we spend a lot of time dealing with how our unique climate effects different roofing materials. Wisconsin’s weather is known for its wide swing from hot summers to frigid winters, and the quick changes that can happen at a moment’s notice throughout the year. Being commercial roofing experts in Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls, WCR has some interesting facts about a material that we think is an excellent choice for Wisconsin roofs: metal roofs.

The benefits of metal roofs are endless, but let’s break it down by season. Here in Wisconsin, we have a vastly different experience in the summer months than we do in the winter months, and the change takes a toll on our roofs. Metal handles these changes with a unique durability and beauty.

Metal Roofs and Wisconsin Summers

We’re known for our winters, but summers in Wisconsin are something special. Tons of sunshine and ample precipitation keep everything a lush green color, but cause damage and wear and tear on traditional roofs. Metal roofs are much more resilient to the hot summer. Metal reflects the sun’s rays, not only protecting the roof but also keeping the entire building cooler, lowering cooling costs and saving valuable energy in the process. Water, hail, and wind shed off of the metal roofing easily, and a properly-installed metal roof is impervious to windstorms, holding up much better than shingle roofs.

Metal Roofs and Wisconsin Winters

Wisconsinites are adept at dealing with the cold of our long winters, but we can’t expect our roofing materials to survive without maintenance and attention. With metal roofing, there is very little required. Snow and ice have no chance at finding a foothold on a metal roof, and they quickly and easily are shed off. Punishing winter storms are no match for a metal roof, as the durability of our installations is designed to withstand winter winds like no other.

Metal roofs excel at meeting these seasonal challenges, but there are a host of other benefits as well. Metal roofs can be painted any color, bringing more design options to the table for your building. Moreover, a color change is easy, making the 30-50 year lifespan of a metal roof less of a commitment in terms of color and design. Metal roofs are also completely fireproof, and 100% recyclable. Combine that with their energy-efficiency potential and you have a truly green material.

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What’s New in Commercial Roofing?

The commercial roofing industry has seen changes and challenges in recent years, and despite adversity has remained very strong. Bolstered by an active and strong materials market, installers have had great success in providing new technologies, materials, and innovative design to their customers. Wisconsin Commercial Roofing is passionate about commercial roofing services, and we deliver the best service and quality installations to our customers all over Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls.

The global market for commercial roofing materials has seen new manufacturers and high level of competition in recent years. This competition, along with mergers, acquisitions and collaboration, is leading to innovative breakthroughs and new ideas. The traditional segments of commercial roofing materials fall into categories, such as modified bitumen materials, single-ply products, spray polyurethane foam, metal roofing, built-up roofing, and others. Modified bitumen has typically led in popularity, however, analysts are predicting strong growth in single-ply roofing due to its easy installation and high level of flexibility.

Single-ply membranes are installed in one layer, which saves time, money and effort over many other types of roofing material. The Thermoset variety of single-ply membranes includes EPDM roofing, among other polymers. WCR has installed this fantastic material on countless commercial roofs in the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas. We’ve seen firsthand the benefits to our customers, such as cost savings, better flexibility and longer life, not to mention a shortened install time, which reduces impact on the business.

With the short summers in our Milwaukee climate, cool roofing materials aren’t in as high demand as they are in other parts of the world, but we have still seen interest by efficiency-minded companies. White- and light-colored membranes, as well as metal roofing materials, help to reflect the sun’s radiation better than traditional black or dark materials. This leads to better efficiency and lower cooling costs in the hot months. We expect to see continued growth in interest in these materials. At WCR, we’re ready to meet our customers changing needs and expectations with the best materials and the best installation services.

As we continue to work with accuracy and accountability to ensure that our customers’ investments are protected, we help to build and improve our industry. In these times of new technology and change, we’re committed to providing the best service to our customers.

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The Science Behind EPDM Rubber

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Terpolymer) is a synthetic rubber roofing membrane that is extremely durable and widely used in low-slope buildings. Available in both black and white in a wide variety of widths, an EPDM roof is commonly used in single-ply roofing because it is simple to apply and readily available. At Wisconsin Commercial Roofing, we’ve installed EPDM roofing for our great customers all over the Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls areas, and we’re a big believer in this amazing material.

A synthetic type of rubber, EPDM is closely related to ethylene propylene rubber. With an ethylene content of around 45% to 85%, EPDM exhibits high loading possibilities, and superior mixing and extrusion. This allows the roofing material to have an extremely consistent thickness and ease of manufacture, lowering costs and improving installation. EPDM rubber is also extremely stable, and resists creep or flow after installation.

EPDM has outstanding heat, ozone, and weather resistance. In our Milwaukee area climate, this property holds special significance. EPDM roofs shed ice, snow and rain easily, and are also resistant to oils, solvents and acids. Excellent electrical insulation properties also deliver protection for the building and its inhabitants, and also make EPDM an excellent material for electrical cabling insulation.

EPDM rubber is also used as a safety material. EPDM granules are a component in a slurry that is sprayed onto concrete, asphalt, interlocking brick, wood, and other surfaces to create a non-slip and soft surface. This material is frequently found on pool decks or under playground equipment to help lessen incidences of injury.

Another extremely popular use of EPDM rubber is in the seals and weatherstripping around doors, windows and other openings of automobiles. This allows for a flexible, long lasting seal that conforms and fills the space tightly, inhibiting air infiltration and reducing noise. EPDM is also used in many hoses and tubes in the engine compartment, again for its properties of durability and flexibility.

EPDM is extremely versatile, but perhaps its best use is as a roofing material. Its relatively low cost, ease of installation, resistance to scuffs and tears, and warranted lifespan of 30 years means you get an attractive, durable roof that will last for decades with minimal maintenance. At WCR, we’re standing by to deliver on our promise and provide your business with the best roof possible.

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