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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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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Ice & Water Shield: Why It’s Important For Your Home

Leak Barrier Membrane 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. Here’s how it works. After a storm, ice can form along the eaves, skylights, chimneys, and roof vents of a house. This build-up counters the slope of the roof, catching water and debris. Ice & water shield membrane placed in a critical leak area offers weather-tight protection against the collected water, keeping
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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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Key Danger Signals Of A Leaking Roof

When it comes to protecting your family and the assets that are most important to you, risks are something you cannot take. Its important to know if your roof is still providing adequate protection against the raging north western rain. In this article we will show you the key warning signs that your roof is nearing the end of its useful life as a covering over your home. Having an expert in the roofing industry come out is important, but its equally as important for you to be able to catch a problem in your home before it results in thousands of dollars of damage. In the pictures below you will get a visual along
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