Flat Roof Ponding

Is It Acceptable to Have Ponding On My Flat Roof? By Allen Sensel Introduction There is a lot of speculation with older building designs and how their flat roofs have a tendency to collect pools of standing water referred to as ponding. The purpose of this report is to provide clarity for a commonly misunderstood notion that a flat roof, whether it’s asphaltic built-up, modified bitumen, or any kind of single-ply membrane, should not bear any kind of collection of rain water. I will provide brief examples from the IBC, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Factory Mutual, all of whom mandate construction and renovation standards to comply with regional climates,weather patterns, and
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Cover-Boards: Purpose & Application

by Allen Sensel Glass-Matt Roof Protection 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
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Determining Your New Roof System

Selecting Worthwhile Components For Weather-Tight Protection by Allen Sensel Today, selecting a new roof system might be as easy as finding the right certified contractor to install it for you. Several questions might come up, like which products and manufacturer to use. Typically, the best approach is to do some thorough research and I’m here to help explain the steps and guide you in the right direction. We’ll talk about picking and choosing the right sheathing, roof metals, underlayment, leak protection, and an asphalt system with their relative components to give your roof a great curb appeal and efficient protection. The first protective layer to any house is typically the sheathing, which you will most often
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Metal Roofing

Why A Metal Roof Is Cost Effective vs. Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Before you write off a new metal roof as being too expensive, read this article, it might save you a lot of money. Price is the bottom line for most people when deciding what type of roofing system they will have installed on their homes. What most people do not factor in when considering the cost of a new roof, is how long the roof is going to really last, and how much will it cost to replace the roof in the future. After all, the cost of asphalt based roofing shingles are consistently rising because they are a  petroleum product. In fact the asphalt roofing or shingle industry follows the same pattern as the
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Brighten Your Home with Tam Skylights | Puyallup Skylight Install

Brighten Your Home with Tam Skylights Brightening up your home can be as simple as adding a little more light through your roof. Light and dark can have amazing physical and psychological effects your health and mood.  Because of this, we take our installation of Tam Industries Skylights and Velux Sun Tunnels seriously. After all, your happiness is why we’ve been roofing for hundreds of thrilled customers in Puyallup since 2002! Our expert roofers were called out to a home with a gorgeous GAF Grand Canyon designer roofing shingle in the Puyallup area to install two new Tam skylights.  The Grand Canyon roofing shingle system is GAF’s heavyweight premium designer shingle that beautifully emulates cedar
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Proper Attic Ventilation

How To Calculate For Proper Attic & Roof Ventilation.

Most people underestimate just how important proper attic ventilation is to the survival of their home. Proper roof venting prevents costly problems like: attic mold, rotting of roof sheathing and framing, shortened roof life, cracked paint and siding failure, or an overheated home. Daily activities in your home such as showering, dishwater, laundry or having the furnace on generate heat and moisture. This moisture is pulled into the attic by powered exhaust fans. If the attic does not have a proper roof venting system the moisture will remain in the attic and begin to wreak unseen havoc. In times past roof and attic ventilation were not as critical because moisture would escape out old windows,
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