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Firestone Master Contractor Award Letter – 2017

Throughout 2016, this firm has earned a spot as one of the most elite contractors in the nation thanks to a commitment to long-term roofing system performance and high quality workmanship. Therefore, Firestone Building Products is pleased to present Peach State Roofing, Inc. with the 2017 Master Contractor award. The annual Master Contractor Program honors top Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for excellence in roofing system installation, quality of work and customer service. This year holds a special distinction, as 2017 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Master Contractor Program.

The Master Contractor award represents contractors who have mastered quality commercial roofing solutions and who exemplify the hard work, determination and entrepreneurial leadership that defines Firestone Building Products.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. achieved this designation by meeting requirements for total square footage installed; outstanding inspection ratings on materials covered by the Red Shield Warranty; and the number of completed Red Shield warranted jobs. Master Contractors are also required to earn a Preferred Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) that does not exceed 2.5 times the average QIR for Red Shield Contractors.

On behalf of Firestone Building Products, I congratulate Peach State Roofing, Inc. on a successful 2016. The firm demonstrates a commitment to excellence and has upheld our high commercial roofing standards. We are pleased to recognize Peach State Roofing, Inc. as a Master Contractor winner and look forward to continuing our partnership to provide superior building performance solutions in 2017 and beyond.

 

Sincerely,

Timothy C. Dunn

President, Firestone Building Products

Manufacturer’s Warranty & Roofing Maintenance

Written By: Wayne T. Belina – Peach State Roofing – South Florida Office

The length of the manufacturer’s warranty shouldn’t be the principle factor in selecting a roofing system. A good roof system requires proper design, quality materials, and quality application to perform successfully. The warranty alone doesn’t provide assurances of actual roof system performance. Selecting a quality roofing contractor and engaging in a proactive maintenance program is vital to the longevity of your new roofing system. Yet once the roof system is installed, more often than not, the roof is simply left unattended until a leak occurs. Nothing is more critical to its long-term performance than establishing a program of regular inspections and proper maintenance. A common misconception is that warranties are all inclusive and should cover virtually all roofing issues. It is far better to get quality installation upfront using quality materials than to rely solely on a written document for roof system performance.

Roofs, like all components, require maintenance; in fact, most manufactures’ warranties stipulate that all roofs are required to have a minimum of two (2) inspections per year to keep the warranty in force. This requirement, although stringent, is a very good practice, particularly in Florida with its harsh roofing climate. Florida regularly encounters heavy rains, tropical storm type winds, excessive UV exposure, and high amounts of foot traffic caused by, among others, technicians maintaining A/C equipment. Warranties often contain exclusions which limits the manufacturer’s liability. Roofing systems should be chosen based on objective comparisons of proven roofing systems and on the contractor’s expertise and their ability to perform routine maintenance.

Even a “20 year” roof cannot reasonably achieve such a life span without regular attention. In order for a warranty to be valid, materials manufacturers are increasingly requiring that building owners provide proof of regular inspections. Considering the amount invested in a new or replacement roof, regular maintenance is a small price to pay. A formal, long-term relationship with a professional roofing contractor providing roof maintenance will help protect your investment in your building and ensure the greatest life cycle value from your roofing system.

According to respected business writer Peter Drucker:

In a Wall Street Journal Article (April 13, 1993) and in his textbook “Managing in a Great Change” (Truman Talley Books/Dutton), Drucker discusses the cost of non-performance. If a property manager or owner wants to save some money and skip a roof inspection, what can result? Here is an illustration: Imagine that a huge storm blows in, but the roof drains are blocked. Water cannot drain, it builds up on the roof, and the tremendous weight of the water causes the roof membrane to tear. Thousands of gallons of water burst into the building, soaking computers, furniture, company records, and the building interior. Materials and inventory are ruined, work stops for weeks, and income is lost. This worst-case scenario illustrates the merit of preventive roof maintenance.

The common thread in all repair issues is neglect. However, developing a routine maintenance program for managing built-up roofs not only saves headaches, but also makes good business sense, by helping to lessen repair issues and to achieve the expected life from the roofing system.

Select a maintenance program that is proactive (rather than reactive). It is better to identify and correct problems sooner than later. A proactive maintenance program can uncover and address minor leaks before they become catastrophic. Too many times roofs are only inspected after a leak occurs. While most leak calls are handled in a timely manner by a roofing contractor; warranty repairs can take time to be processed and the problem remains unresolved. The cost to repair minor roof leaks as soon as they occur is minimal. Neglecting your roof will result in costly repairs. Don’t wait until the damage is done; by being proactive it not only saves money it can save your roof. Identify and then eliminate the cause of small problems before they become big expensive problems.

When engaging in a preventative maintenance program be sure that these specific items be inspected closely because of their susceptibility to damage. These include:

-Flashing: flashings are critical because a majority of leaks originate at these areas. A detailed inspection of the flashings should be made at locations such as skylights, perimeters, walls, penetrations, equipment curbs, and drains. Flashings are typically stressed more than membrane in the roof’s field because of thermal movement, possible differential movement, and UV degradation.

-Field: the field of a roof should be inspected for items such as surface wear, lap integrity, and overall degradation. A roofing professional should be able to recognize developing problems and provide proper repair methods.

Roofing is a complex science as well as an art. A proactive maintenance program in place can provide an average roof life of 21 years compared to 13 years with a reactive maintenance program, depending on the roofing system and building type. An effective roof management program is a win-win situation. The owner gets a trouble-free and cost-effective preventative program. With a proactive maintenance schedule in place, the average life-cycle cost is 14 cents per square foot. The average reactive maintenance life-cycle costs are 25 cents per square foot.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services

1-800-604-9309

www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Routine Preventative Maintenance

Author: Wayne T. Belina – South Florida Office (Peach State Roofing Inc)

Roofing is a complex science as well as an art. A proactive maintenance program in place can provide an average roof life of 21 years compared to 13 years with a reactive maintenance program, depending on the roofing system and building type. An effective roof management program is a win-win situation. The owner gets a trouble-free and cost-effective preventative program. With a proactive maintenance schedule in place, the average life-cycle cost is 14 cents per square foot. The average reactive maintenance life-style costs are 25 cents per square foot.

  1. Bi-annual roof inspections.
  2. Clean roof of all debris.
  3. Clean out all scuppers and drains.
  4. Seal and top off all pitch pans to avoid buildup of water.
  5. Check base and curb flashings for voids.
  6. Address all joints in metal perimeter coping.
  7. Aluminum coat all base and curb flashings.
  8. Identify deteriorations and/or damages to roof membrane.
  9. Address and caulk all joints in metal counter flashings.
  10. Identify roof damages from other trades.
  11. All damages or concerns found to be outside this scope of work will be documented and put into proposal form for the property manager’s consideration.
  12. Notify and update current roof system manufacturer of any/all changes to roof system as per warranty requirements.

 

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”

-Benjamin Franklin

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Project Profile: Mount Carmel Christian School

The Challenge – As a structure that has been around for more than 20 years, Mount Carmel Christian School was built as one of the largest religious sanctuaries in the state of Georgia. Still standing on its original workmanship, Mt. Carmel was constructed with a 20 gauge standard steel 6 on 12 sloped deck covered with 24 gauge standing seam metal roof panels. With a 24 gauge turn metal radius dome sitting atop the main roof, the total structure compiles roughly 35,000 sq ft.

Since the day Mt. Carmel’s original roof was completed, the facilities staff battled leaks due to the roof being incorrectly installed at the start. Major water damage occurred all throughout the interior building. The key challenges that had to be met were the extreme OSHA safety requirements due to the severe slope of the dome and lower roof along with the complexity of perfectly covering the dome to give the overall roof the appearance of a metal system.

Before construction started, a systematic approach was studied and developed to meet all meticulous challenges for this project which would provide excellent workmanship, first class service, and a solution that would achieve total satisfaction for the issues facing Mt Carmel Christian School.

 

The Construction – Before any immediate roofing construction took place, a 2 week period was spent manually installing a detailed safety network. With multiple levels of roof, a solid perimeter railing system was built up around the base edge of the structure for the purpose of fall protection. Once this system was in place, workers built wood scaffold decking around sections of the base of the dome and flat-arched wood step ladders were built to aid in scaling up the severe slope. All workers were 100% tied off to the cross of the dome at all times while assembly was in progress. After the 2 week period of safety setup, construction began.

Roof construction started with the dome. Quarter inch Dens Deck was field cut into “pie-shapes” so that the board could be contoured around the radius dome smoothly. Broad ends of the board started at the base of the dome and ran up to a point at the top of the cross. After assembling the unique design on the surface, the Dens Deck was mechanically fastened to the metal deck. Once in place, Sarnafil G410-14 Feltback membrane was field cut into “pie-shapes” and prepared for being fully adhered to the dome. The unique shapes were chosen to create a “no-wrinkle” appearance for the membrane. Extreme caution and supervision were required while adhering to the complex arch of the building. Five workers were required to lay each layer of membrane to ensure a perfect contour from the base to the top.

Once the first layer of membrane was secured, the next layer was overlapped, adhered, and heat welded to the existing membrane. Severe attention was paid during the welding due to the fact that a heat walker was run from the top down on an uneven surface which meant balancing the equipment by hand on the seams while it was being lowered by cable. An average of three section a day were placed in order to ensure a perfect decor system. There totaled 32 section days of work for the dome alone.

After completion of the membrane around the dome, a repeat process of heat welding was replicated for decor seams a 1/4 inch away from the field seams for the purpose of hiding the seams from ground vision.

During construction of the base roof sections, 1.5 inch polyisocyanurate board was cut in 12 inch strips to fill between the panel ribs. Half inch Dens Deck was then applied over the polyiso board and mechanically fastened to give the lower roof sections a flat surface. G410-14 was laid vertically, fully adhered, and heat welded to each existing layer of membrane. The heat walker was manually supported and lowered by cable for the field seams and decor seams.

 

The Result – Through a detailed and sequential strategy, Peach State Roofing meticulously monitored the Mt. Carmel roofing project ensuring that it ran smoothly and was completed to perfection. With the highest degree of service and support, this roofing project was completed with extreme excellence. Many members of the congregation stated that they never knew Peach State Roofing was there during the re-roofing project. Mount Carmel Christian School was nominated for the Sika Sarnafil 2008 project of the year for the absolute fact that master workmanship, creative abilities, and world-class performance achieved in the highest degree.

 

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Roofing 101: Types of Roofs

Single Ply Roofing

Single ply roofing has become the leading low slope option in commercial and industrial roofing. Single ply roofing benefits include low cost installation, reflectivity, and lack of use of non renewable resources. Single ply roofing is available in a wide variety of types, thickness, colors and installation methods.

  • TPO Roofing
    The fastest growing segment of commercial roofing. TPO membranes are the most economical solution. Seams of the TPO membranes are heat welded together with robotic welders for excellent water tightness.
  • PVC Roofing
    Benefits include great flexibility and excellent chemical resistance. Seams of PVC membranes are heat welded together with robotic welders for water tightness.
  • EPDM Roofing
    A long standing reliable option in low slope roofing. When installed and maintained properly, an EPDM roof may last well beyond its expected life. EPDM roofing is also able to be recycled.

Application Methods

  • Mechanically Fasten
    Membrane screws and plates are inserted at the seams of the membrane into the decking substrate.
  • Fully Adhere
    Membrane is attached to the substrate in full coverage of manufacture’s liquid adhesive.
  • Ballast
    Membrane is loose laid and held in place with coverage of ballast rock. Ballast is available in several color options allowing for decorative design options when desired.
  • Rhino Bond
    Specialized plates with membrane coating on top are installed through the substrate. The membrane is laid out on top and attached to the underlying plates with a magnetic welder.

 


 

Modified Bitumen Roofing

Also known as MBR, this is an asphalt based option that incorporates multiple layers of asphalt sheets attached by one of several options. Types of MBR include SBS and APP

Application Methods

  • Torch Down
    Requires the use of open flame torches to adhere multiple layers together.
  • Cold Applied
    Uses manufacturer’s asphalt based liquid adhesive in full coverage spread to adhere multiple layers together.
  • Hot Applied
    Uses hot tar in full coverage spread to adhere multiple layers together. This has the significant drawback of tar kettle fumes during the installation process.

 


 

Built Up Roofing

Also known as BUR, this is an asphalt based option that uses flood coats of hot asphalt, ply felt, and gravel surfacing.

BUR requires the use of tar kettles and results in significant amounts of fumes during the roofing process.

 


 

Decor Roofing

Decor Roofing is a process in which battens are heat welded on a finished membrane roofing system to give the appearance of a standing seam roofing system with the benefits of a single ply rooing system’s water tightness. Decor systems are available in a wide variety of stock and custom colors as well as can be installed in any design desired to create a one of a kind custom look. Decor roofing is an excellent option for reroofing standing seam domes.

 


 

Standing Seam Metal  Roofing

SSMR is available in a wide variety of manufacture’s styles and colors. SSMR is attached to a substrate using hidden clips and has either quick locking or mechanically seamed joints.

Peach State Roofing earns distinction of 2017 Firestone Master Contractor

Peach State Roofing was recently awarded for outstanding performance and commitment in regards to the quality installations of Firestone Red Shield warranted roof systems. Peach State Roofing earned the distinction of 2017 Firestone Master Contractor for work and projects completed in the 2016 year. According to Firestone, this year holds a special distinction, as 2017 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Master Contractor Program.

Peach State Roofing has found it a a pleasure working with the entire Firestone Building Products team around the country and all of the 15 national offices of Peach State Roofing have enjoyed in supporting projects to help the company as a whole achieve this Master Contractor award.

An award plaque was recently delivered to commemorate this high roofing industry distinction.

 

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

 

Three Quick Considerations for Your Re-Roofing Project

Obviously there are many factors and pre-cautions to consider when planning an upcoming re-roofing project on a commercial building. Time of year, contractor, product, and building use are all important things among many other factors to discuss and work through in prepping for a major construction project such as the installation of a new roof system. However, many commercial property managers seem to ask what are some of the most important things to be aware of when budgeting and planning a re-roofing project. So to be simple and narrow things down to just perhaps the first three things to be aware of when budgeting and considering things, here are the three notes different property managers recommended as being important to be think of in advance…..

1. How many roof layers are on the building?  Per standard buildings codes, buildings are allowed to have up to two roof systems on their building at a time. So with that being said, once a building has two roofs (layers) present on it, a third layer or recover option cannot be entertained and installed. Besides violating code requirements, no roof system manufacturer will warrant or approve this application either. In the instance that the building only has one layer of roofing on it, there are many different options that the building owner can pursue to recover or lay over the existing roof system in the re-roofing process. A key reason to know whether a building has one or two roof layers on it, besides meeting installation requirements, is mainly price driven. If a roof system has two layers on it and must be torn off, the new roof from a labor stand point as well as a new “code insulation system” drive up the cost dramatically in lieu of being able to do a recover system. The price of a “tear off” roof installation versus a “recover” roof installation can be a very large price gap.

2. What type of structural decking do you have?  Depending on what type of structural roof deck a building has will decide on what type of roof applications may be able to be used for a new roof system. Roof deck systems can be metal, concrete, gypsum, Tectum, metal panel, wood, etc. and each type of deck has a preferred application method that meets the ideal wind uplifts and attachments. Other than meeting the best industry standard roof application methods for workmanship, knowing the deck type for application also drives pricing in many ways. If a roof system can be mechanically attached to a metal deck for example, it will be extremely less expensive than if you had to fully adhere the system with bonding adhesive to a concrete deck system.

3. What type of roof system do you need?  This question can always be very widely debated but through a little research and industry guidance, there are usually different systems that might be more recommended or preferred. For example, for an owner who is mostly price driven and seeking a white reflective membrane system in high heat zones, a TPO roof system may be the proper choice. For an owner desiring an extremely long lasting, heavy duty, puncture resistant roof, Fibertite could be the roof of choice. Restaurants with a lot of grease on the roof may best be served by a PVC roof. Some building owners up north seek black EPDM for their system of choice. There are many alternatives and options to consider but proper research and education will always help in making a strong decision for a buildings proper roofing needs.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

A Glimpse of Peach State Roofing

Peach State Roofing, Inc. was established and incorporated in the state of Georgia in 1990. Headquarters were eventually established in Lawrenceville, Georgia and the company still has its corporate roots at that location. Combining vast field experience with strict project management skills, Peach State Roofing has rapidly emerged as a preferred leader of commercial and industrial roofing systems nationwide. With 15 office’s serving coast-to-coast, Peach State Roofing is widely recognized as one of the largest applicators of singly ply, modified bitumen, and metal roofing systems withing the United States. Our philosophy, financial stability, and business ethic, provides the necessary tools for high quality service to the construction industry, building owners, and beyond. Our success is measured by our financial stability with a high Dunn and Brandstreet rating and our ability to secure unlimited bonding for our projects.

We are approved contractors for manufacturer’s such as Johns Manville, Carlisle, Firestone, Fibertite, GAF, Versico, GenFlex, and Sarnafil.

Our values are quite simple, “We Work”, “We Respond”, and “We Take Action”. Our attitude and philosophy is to take whatever action is necessary to simply “Get The Job Done” on time and in budget.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Peach State Roofing displaying at RCI!

This upcoming weekend, Peach State Roofing Inc out of Lawrenceville, Georgia will be displaying once again at the national RCI (Roof Consultant Institute) trade show in Anaheim, California! This is the key show for roof consultants in the industry and highlights some of the leading manufacturer’s and service providers nationally.

Peach State Roofing will have a large display open at the RCI show where it has become tradition for airing March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament! Come by the booth for refreshments, snacks, give aways, and watch some basketball while meeting team members from numerous Peach State Roofing offices!

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Five To Do’s of Basic Roof Maintenance

Peach State Roofing often assists many property managers and building owners with yearly roof maintenance plans around the country. It is good building facilities practice to regularly keep up with items on a building’s roof that can lead to larger problems or shorten the life of a roof system down the road. Below are five simple areas that Peach State Roofing recommends and looks into when on roof systems for basic roof maintenance.

1. Clean out gutters and drain areas – Regular inspection of drains and gutter areas is a necessity. Foliage and debris can easily build up in these areas causing water to back up into a building causing leaks and can even damage a building roof plumbing system or hanging gutter areas. A good rule of thumb to follow is to check twice per year, especially after fall time when leaves can build up on roof areas.

2. Exposed caulking areas should be touched up – Over time, areas such as termination bar, counter flashing, pipe clamps, etc. that have caulking/sealant applied to seal edges, will become brittle and worn away from the elements. Sometimes the slightest cracking or pulling away of caulk can lead to minor leaks. Peach State Roofing always recommends inspecting exposed caulking areas and touching up if needed. Typically a polyurethane caulking is used such as NP1 made by BASF.

3. Trash and debris kept clear from roof – Often time other trades that have access to the roof will leave materials, trash, or tools left behind on the roof which can cause only further damage to the roof. Other trades need to be very cautious as to not allowing used screws and such to puncture through the roof or worse. A majority of leak service calls received can be attributed to other trades causing damage to the roof. Keep the roof clean of all things that should not stay up there permanently.

4. Top off pitch pockets/pans – Pitch pockets/pans will face the same consequences as exposed caulking and be susceptible to cracking/voids over time. Its good practice to inspect these areas regularly and if needed, re-top them off with new pour-able sealant or coating to protect these areas from further UV deterioration. Pitch pockets/pans are a common area for leaks.

5. Clean grease trap areas – Not all buildings have grease vents that ‘spit’ grease onto the roof but if a building does, this is a main area of attention that should be regularly cleaned and inspected. Grease can cause major issues to roofs over time. Mostly stand alone restaurants and retail properties have grease vents on their roofs. Good maintenance practices are to have the vents, roofs, and grease traps cleaned regularly and always make sure a sacrificial sheet of membrane is installed around these areas as well.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com