Snow load on flat roof.

Snowstorms aren’t just a good excuse to drink your weight in hot chocolate and call off work for the day. They can be cause for concern when it comes to the safety and integrity of your commercial structure.

In this post, we’ll tell you the best ways to handle the issue of heavy snow and discuss how to connect with top roofing professionals who can help not only complete flat roof snow removal, but also inspect and maintain your roof throughout the year.

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Electricity meters on a commercial building showing energy consumption.

The commercial building sector accounts for more than 18% of all electricity consumed in the United States – and up to 30% of that is wasted, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. So, it makes sense that commercial building energy consumption would be a great place to start when looking at ways to save money for your business.

Building owners and managers can reduce energy costs by optimizing energy usage, sealing air leaks, improving insulation, upgrading heating and air conditioning units, installing new roofing systems and adopting renewable energy technologies, such as solar panels. A variety of resources are available to help improve building performance!

Improvements to energy efficiency can save a significant amount on utility bills, while also providing increased comfort for the building’s occupants. Let’s take a look at the energy management measures that commercial building owners can take to reduce energy consumption and increase total energy savings.

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Design-Build

According to the Beck Group, design-build projects have a 33% faster delivery speed.

Design-build is a construction technique whereby the designer and contractor work on the same team. It is a form of single-source contracting, and the best part is that a building owner only needs to work with one entity — known as the design-builder.

Design-build is the opposite of the traditional form of construction where an owner might work with multiple entities, from architects to subcontractors and everything in between. 

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Roofers installing commercial roof insulation.

Do you notice extreme hot or cold areas in your commercial building? Is your HVAC system running constantly? The issue may actually be your roof’s insulation!

Insulation is installed under the roofing membrane (like TPO, PVC or EPDM) of a commercial flat roof to keep the building at a comfortable temperature, as well as to increase the building’s energy efficiency. So, if you’ve made an investment in a new roofing system, it’s important to know that proper installation with high-quality insulation materials is critical to a properly functioning commercial roof.

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Blisters on flat commercial roof.

Your commercial building roof is one of the most important components of the structure. It protects the building from water damage and keeps the inside safe from extreme weather such as hail or high winds. You need to make sure that you have a solid roof that can withstand all of these forces, but what happens when it gets damaged and needs commercial roof repairs?

There are several types of repairs that might need to be made on a commercial roofing system including holes in the membrane, cracks or ridges developing in seams and damaged vents or chimneys. These can be assessed during inspections by roofing experts to determine the extent of repairing services or if you’ll need a roof replacement. Keep reading to learn about some commonly needed commercial roof repairs.

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Roofers performing emergency commercial roof repair.

You rely on your commercial roofing system every day – so much so that you may even forget it’s there. Most proactive businesses keep roofs maintained and schedule regular roof inspections. However, the unexpected does happen, and you may need emergency roofing services for your commercial building at some point in time.

Here’s some of the most common causes of roofing problems that require emergency on-site roof repair services.

When Severe Weather Strikes…

Your commercial property’s roof is exposed to the elements all day, every day. So, at some point throughout the roof’s lifespan, roof leak repair is inevitable (especially after extreme weather events, which have the ability to cause damage that requires emergency repair).

High Winds

High winds occur everywhere, even in areas that are not prone to hurricanes and tornadoes. Windy conditions can loosen shingles, pull roofing membranes from flat roofs, and deposit debris, branches, and leaves.

And while debris sounds like a simple fix, if left uncleaned, too many leaves can block your roof’s drains and not allow water to be directed off of your roof and onto the ground.

Whether or not you need emergency roof repair depends on the severity of structural damage to your roof. After high winds, you should inspect your roof or contact a roofing company to take a look at the damage. If your roofing membrane is pulled off or punctured by branches or debris, you definitely need emergency roof repair right away to prevent further damage to your building.

Heavy Rain

Heavy rain doesn’t usually require roof repair unless it accompanies high winds. However, if your roof’s drains or gutters are blocked or damaged, water can form pools on your roof. This phenomenon is known as ponding, and small pools over time can cause water damage.

When the pools are large and heavy, the roof can sag under the weight. A sagging roof is definitely cause for emergency roof repair, as it is a danger to the inhabitants of the building (and depending on the severity, your building may even need a total roof replacement).

Ice and Snow

If your commercial building is located in an area of the country that experiences harsh winters, ice and snow can be an issue for your roof. If snow piles up on a flat roof, the weight of the snow can cause damage (similar to large pools of water) and will require emergency repair.

That’s why many commercial roofing companies offer wintertime roof snow removal as a service. Addressing snow load and ice dams is the proactive way to manage winter weather concerns. If your roof gets damaged by ice thawing and refreezing, it can lead to a leaky roof when spring arrives.

The Advantages of a Roof Asset Management Program

A great way to keep your roof investment at peak performance (for both your building and your employees) is through a roof asset management program, like the one offered by TEMA Roofing Services.

A roof asset management program ensures that you have 24-hour emergency service. Plus, with TEMA’s roof asset management program, you also have access to a 24/7 customer portal that keeps you up-to-date on your roof’s overall condition, roof maintenance schedule, and more!

Trust TEMA for Roof Emergencies

When it comes to commercial roof emergencies, trust the workmanship of a roofing business that has over a hundred years of combined experience in the commercial roofing industry.

Not already enrolled in our roof asset management program but in need of emergency support? Call our 24-hour emergency commercial roof repair line at 1-800-513-TEMA (8362) for a prompt response to roof leaks and other roofing issues.

Our responsive team will dispatch a technician to your site within hours, depending on the severity of the roof damage, to quickly assess your commercial roof and make necessary repairs on the spot. For non-emergencies, we’ll be on-site within  24-48 hours.

Whether it’s emergency repairs, maintenance, new roof installation. TEMA Roofing Services has the knowledge to take care of your commercial or industrial roof. Contact TEMA today to have your roofing project done right, on time, and on budget!

Inspector performing a pre-winter check on a commercial roof

As the weather gets colder and snowier, many of us are turning our attention to holiday shopping, planning vacations, and thinking ahead to spring. But what about roof maintenance on your business? For example, if you live in an area where winter weather worsens in November (like much of the Northeast), now is the time to review 5 reasons you need a pre-winter commercial roof inspection.

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Construction workers installing a commercial roof.

Construction projects are designed, completed and carried out in a variety of ways. And, typically, the project owner chooses the method in which construction and design will be carried out, whether it’s a traditional method or design-build. While each option has its benefits, the design-build method is a type of project delivery that is by far the most popular in the United States.

To better understand this method and why it is the go-to option for most companies, let’s take a look at what design build entails.

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Client meeting with a commercial roofing contractor.

Commercial roofing is serious business. If you own a commercial building, you need to think about the benefits of commercial roofing contractors.

Nowadays everybody is a do-it-yourself (DIY) enthusiast. Regardless of how many DIY videos you watch, your skill level will not match the years of experience that commercial roofing contractors possess.

Although you may be tempted to perform a roof installation or repair by yourself, it isn’t a good idea!

Maybe you think you can save money by doing it yourself. But, what happens when you perform a less than adequate roofing job? It ends up costing you more money in the long run, thanks to numerous repairs and other potential expenses.

Still not seeing the importance of hiring a professional contractor for your roofing needs? Here are 10 things that might change your mind.

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Example of a commercial roof drain.

When running your business, you’re not always thinking of your roof’s drainage system — until something goes wrong. Roof drains for commercial buildings range from simple to complex, depending on the type of roof. There are several types of drain systems, and they all need regular maintenance to drain water properly and keep your building’s interior dry. Learn more about commercial roof drainage and its importance in maintaining your roof.

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