Despite the fact that the roofing system was only 14 years old (originally constructed in 2006), leaks and compromised areas were present throughout the building.
Assessing for Commercial Roof Replacement Versus Roof Overlay
After an infrared roof survey of the compromised roofing system at the school, TEMA Roofing suggested that part of the roof be a complete tear-off and re-roof, while the remainder of the roof utilize an overlay solution.
What is an infrared roof moisture scan?
Infrared scans are nothing new. In fact, thermal imaging of roofing structures has been used since the 1970s. But, for decades, this particular assessment tool has helped to determine damage that the eye can’t see and lend a great deal of insight when planning for long-term roof repairs and maintenance.
(Basically, an infrared roof moisture survey gives professional roofing contractors a series of thermal images of the roofing system. These scans look for problem areas on the roof that are holding on to heat due to moisture and saturation.)
An infrared survey from a professional commercial roofing company can offer several benefits—scans are quick and accurate; thermal imaging will identify problems that can’t be seen on the surface of the roof; and, infrared moisture scans can provide a trustworthy assessment for planning repair, replacement and maintenance.
What constitutes a commercial roof tear-off versus an overlay?
The infrared roof survey laid the groundwork for determining whether the whole building needed a complete overhaul with a tear-off and new system or if a roofing system overlay could be utilized.
In the commercial roofing industry, an overlay is a process of placing a new roofing system over top of an existing system (there is no tear-off involved, as the old material simply sits under the new roof). However, the existing system must be in good enough condition to accommodate the new roof.
An infrared scan was used to determine the amount of moisture within the roof, and if a good portion of the roof was dry, then an overlay could be used (this would be great news for the school district because an overlay is ultimately less costly and takes less time to complete from start to finish).
The Importance of Preventative Roof Maintenance
While a commercial roof system should last longer than 14 years before presenting with roofing failures, it’s still important to take an active role in maintaining the health of your roofing asset.
Unfortunately, in the case of the P. Ross Berry School, no preventative roof maintenance had been completed, which ultimately voided any potential warranty on the original system. (This is why the professionals at TEMA Roofing place such emphasis on the importance of proper roof asset management.)
What is roof asset management?
Much like how cars need regular oil changes and maintenance checks, commercial roofing systems require attention throughout their lifespan, even when issues aren’t present!
Roof asset management is the fiscally responsible way to manage costs for a building while, at the same time, reducing leaks, extending the roof’s life expectancy and ensuring that warranties remain intact.
TEMA Roofing’s roof asset management program offers numerous benefits:
- Roof leak response 24/7/365
- Custom-designed preventative maintenance programs for every roof in your asset portfolio
- Cloud-based roof asset management program
- Redundant and secure server for data storage and backup
- A team of professionals with more than a century of combined experience to be your go-to contractor and advocate
Cooperative Purchasing for Roofing Assets
Cooperative purchasing is a little known option that helps both public and private organizations save time and money by eliminating the RFP process and gain access to trusted Design-Build services.
TEMA Roofing Services is proud to be the only commercial roofing company in the Youngstown, OH area that has the ability to contract with three cooperative buying organizations: The Interlocal Purchasing System (TIPS), OMNIA Partners and The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP).
Cooperative purchasing can be especially helpful for school systems, a sector often forced to work within tight budgetary constraints.
After initial conversations, it was determined that in addition to the P. Ross Berry location, Youngstown City Schools also needed roof repair at two other locations: The Choffin Career & Technical Center and the school system’s bus garage. The professionals at TEMA suggested that the district consider cooperative purchasing in order to reduce timelines and ultimately lower costs for roof repair and replacement at all three locations.