A challenge we face today as a generation of environmental watch dogs is monitoring what is going into our landfills. Regulations are tightening up and programs are being created to reduce the amount of toxic materials or recyclable waste that is dumped each year. This trend has impacted the construction industry in a huge way as it produces up to 1/3 of the waste in our landfills in the U.S. With an eye on the environment you should expect to see more and more recycling programs utilized and enforced in order to preserve our eco-system.
By Allen Sensel
Everyone knows that it can get hot in the Summer. For many people, this leads to high utility bills because the air conditioner needs to be on almost constantly in order to battle the heat. However, there are some things that can help reduce this need for energy. The right choice in roofing makes a huge difference in the energy utilization of a home and there are several choices that can help a home be more efficient.
This is a fairly broad term that encompasses several different types of roofs. Cool roofs are those that are designed to reflect sunlight back rather than absorb it. This decreases the amount of heat energy that is absorbed into the system and keeps the space cooler naturally. It can also reduce energy bills for air conditioning and other home cooling systems.
When putting a low-slope roof together it’s important, as a building owner or engineer, to understand how to control moisture, combat mold, and provide fire protection. Cover-boards offer sufficient roof deck protection that meet these requirement for installing a roof. They can also serve as a purpose for re-covering your roof. These boards provide a clean, smooth surface to attach your next roof system to.
USG manufactures Securock, a glass-mat board that can be used on a flat roof for dimensional stability, surface protection, and overall increased lifespan of a structure. When installed correctly, Securock acts as vapor and fire barrier, keeping the roof membrane from developing mold and succeeding in fire standard ratings (rated at the maximum ’10’ with Factory Mutual [FM] Class 1 and a Class A Fire rating with Underwriters Laboratories [UL]). This is a great way to qualify for lower insurance rates as your building is less prone to fire damage.
Selecting Worthwhile Components For Weather-Tight Protection
by Allen Sensel
Let’s face it, Washington is rain prone which can eventually lead to ice dam build-up in the winter and early spring seasons among higher elevation neighborhoods. These homes will succumb to an inch or more snowfall more often than sea-level homes will. A key element in providing a functional roof system is what we call an ice & water shield.