People going over design-build plans.

In a study crunching data from 1998 through 2018, the Construction Industry Institute concluded that design-build projects are fast, reliable, and cost-effective.

What is design build? It’s a construction project delivery method where the designer and contractor work on the same team. It’s 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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A contractor fixing a commercial roof leak.

Are you starting to suspect that you may have a leaky roof? Have you noticed puddles of water indoors or maybe even some water stains on the walls of your commercial building? Hail and other extreme weather cause more than $1 billion in structural damages each year, and commercial roof leaks are particularly costly.

If you’re a commercial building owner or property manager that suspects there’s roof damage, it’s worth looking into before it becomes a major problem. We’ll give you the inside scoop on commercial roof leaks to help you figure out if you need roof inspection and roof maintenance before you need a completely new roof all together.

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Workers replacing a commercial roof.

Are you considering purchasing a commercial building for your business? Do you already have the building but are concerned about whether or not it needs a new roof?

Concern about a building’s roofing system is common, no matter what type of business you own or operate. Your roof literally protects every aspect of your business — the staff, the equipment, the product — EVERYTHING! And unfortunately, because of its importance, not all roofing companies are completely honest about whether or not you need a complete commercial re-roof. They may try to sell you on a new roof for questionable reasons or misrepresent the facts.

But, there are actually a few ways to tell if you need to replace the entire roof. Warning signs abound, and after considering the indicators listed below you should be able to decide if you need a new roof or just a few repairs.

Keep reading for more information!

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Typical flat roof on a commercial building.

Now more than ever before, building owners have multiple choices when considering a roofing system. But, with the plethora of options that are available, picking the right type of roofing system material can be a difficult task.

Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about commercial roofing, and we’re here to let you know what specific roofing materials may be best suited for your building. Before you know it, you’ll be able to make your purchase and get the project rolling.

Read on for info on some common types of commercial roofing materials.

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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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Condensation in the corner of a wall.

Condensation is everywhere you look, yet people never seem to take notice. That’s because most condensation forms in areas that are quickly fixed—places like your car windshield or bathroom mirror.

However, condensation also forms in places susceptible to water damage. Just because you paid the big bucks for an excellent industrial roof, doesn’t mean that the roof is free from future problems.

Even the best-designed roofs can suffer from condensation issues. To help your roof materials stay in tip-top shape, let’s break down how to prevent condensation.

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Coating on a commercial roof.

Does your property need a new commercial roof? Are you actively looking for quotes for a new commercial roof and does it seem to be realistic for you? As you may expect, commercial roof replacement costs vary widely depending upon the system and how it will be used to replace the current roof. It may be advantageous to see if a commercial roof coating is a good alternative to replacing the roof altogether.

Pros and Cons for Coatings

Applying roof coatings to the existing roof membrane can eliminate ponding water on your roof and a coating protects the building from UV rays, resulting in energy savings. There are many types of roof coatings available for prolonging your existing roof’s life including silicone roof coating, acrylic roof coatings, elastomeric coatings to cover the roof surface and preserve it even if the multiple year warranty has run out.

Business Benefits

Commercial roof coatings are essentially designed to be adhered via spray or roll on to an existing roof surface. There are no seams in the application of a roof coating, so it makes the existing roof impervious to leaks due to the structure of the coating. It also doesn’t have any special applications around the HVAC system equipment or other pipes, so it naturally deflects water away from the roof’s surface. These applied elastomeric and polymer surfaces can potentially extend the life of your commercial roof for 5 or more years after the warranty period. Elastomeric roof coatings can literally save the day and your roof!

Roofs Ready For Coatings

With the “BUR” or Built Up Roofs, their top level of flat roof coating is reflective of the sun’s rays, and depending upon the amount of ponding and damage overall, it will benefit from cleaning and application of roof coating. On a metal roof, areas between the insulation and decking being coated can be a lot less money in the long run than replacing large sections of a metal roof. The top layer of modified bitumen roofing is used in flat or low slope roofs and can be coated to protect the asphalt underneath. All of the single-ply roofing systems — TPO, EPDM and PVC can be enhanced with a coating to repair puncture damage and stave off the need to replace the entire system.

When You’ll Need A Coating

Perhaps you’re trying to stop a piece of the roofing that you’ve recently discovered leaking after a big storm. Depending on the amount of damage that has already occurred, a commercial roof coating or recoat might be the solution you need. Rather than a complete new roof replacement, you can still get a great deal of use out of the existing roof with a coating that will fill in the gaps or puncture marks, but you’ll need an inspection by a professional roofing contractor like TEMA before making that final decision.

Which Coating Is Best?

Of the many commercial roofing coatings out on the market, there are certain types that perform  better on certain roofs. Professional roofing contractors like TEMA Roofing can make that determination. Today’s roof coating market includes: Silicone, Urethane, Acrylic and BUTYL. Each fulfill the need to coat the commercial roof and save the existing roof with slight variations.


Silicone works well because it’s usually applied white, known as a cool roof which reflects the sun’s rays back into the atmosphere, saving on energy costs due to its reflectivity and it doesn’t expand and contract much with the weather changes after a coating application. Acrylic roof coating has similar properties with expansion and contraction during climate changes but you can apply custom coloring to an acrylic coating and still remain energy efficient. Urethane roofing is usually reserved for high foot traffic roofs due to its high tensile strength and resistance to abrasion. A popular application of this is the spray polyurethane foam or “SPF” coating. Finally, BUTYL elastomeric rubber roof coating is known for its strength and durability but it’s not to be used in low VOC states because it’s not the most environmentally friendly.

Call TEMA Roofing!

The people at TEMA Roofing Services have experience with all types of these high performance commercial roof coating systems, from installation to inspection, service and repair. For the life of your commercial building, TEMA is committed to being partners with you on all of your roofing needs. It’s difficult for a commercial property owner to decide on all the above factors and roofing materials without professional guidance.

With all the types of coatings out there, the best way to choose the ultimate roofing solution for your precise needs is by consulting a seasoned roofing contractor. At TEMA Roofing we play the long game on commercial roofing and will be there for you to help guide you through the process in choosing the right coating for your property. Please call us today!

Pitched roof vs. Flat roof side by side.

As a commercial property owner, it can be difficult to decide between the many roofing options available when replacing an existing commercial roof. As more and more homeowners and commercial property owners opt to modernize the look and responsiveness of their roofing systems, an increasing number of properties end up converting their flat roofs to a pitched roof system.

Are you a commercial building owner who is in need of a cost-effective new roof for your property? Read on to learn about the differences between a flat roof vs. a pitched roof.

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Rooftop with convenient HVAC placement.

Having a commercial HVAC system in front of your building can detract from the aesthetic of your property. However, installing an HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit on a flat roof removes the undesirable and bulky ground units from eyesight.

Besides aesthetics, there are many benefits to moving your air conditioning system from the ground to the rooftop. Not only will your HVAC unit be out of sight and out of mind but the challenges associated with ground units will also be eliminated. Even better, your commercial building will gain back usable space while the unit itself can be easily maintained. 

Learn why these rooftop HVAC units are gaining popularity and how your commercial building can benefit from the move.

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