CentiMark Solidifies It’s Mark on the Roofing Industry

RoofingMagCoverCheck out Roofing Contractor's 2016 Top 100 Roofing Contractors - featuring ‪CentiMark‬ in the top spot along with the feature article - On The Mark.

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Long, Hot Summer - Can the Sun Damage My Roof?

RoofDamageCan the sun damage my roof? That’s an interesting and complex question. Do you know that there are both beneficial and detrimental aspects of sunlight and its effect on your roof?

On the positive side, the sun can help provide light for interior spaces through prismatic skylights, create a more natural work environment and save significantly on energy costs. The sun can also serve to reduce costs and may provide an actual income stream through photovoltaic solar systems on a roof.

However, the sun is one of the harshest elements of nature that affects a roof. Hot, dry weather can crack a roofing membrane which can result in roof leaks once it does rain. Don’t think dry weather means your roof is OK.

The sun’s intensity and related heat can cause the roof and flashings to fail prematurely. Even roof systems utilizing white reflective membranes can experience problems due to extreme exposure to the sun and heat loads. Asphalt based roofs, when exposed to the sun and any standing water, may result in the light oils leaching from the waterproofing bitumen and cause premature failure.

These are reasons why routine inspections and Preventative Maintenance programs are key to preventing roof failure.

After Summer months of extreme high temperatures, strong storms and high winds can bring roof damage that can cause headaches with the onset of Autumn and Winter weather. Be proactive and minimize future roofing problems by taking advantage of our Fall Preventative Maintenance programs. By addressing any concerns in the Fall, you are preparing your roof for the predicted harsh Winter weather.

Let CentiMark help you complete the items on your Fall To-Do List for your roof.

  • Schedule a roof inspection - check for roof leaks, debris on roof, existing or potential roof problems.
  • Familiarize yourself with the 50-point inspection checklist.
  • For white TPO roofs, schedule a roof cleaning of the dirt, grime, algae and mold.
  • Review your preventative maintenance needs as outlined on your roof warranty.
  • Be familiar with CentiMark’s online tools to help you document your roofing needs.
  • Download the CentiMark Mobile App on your cell phone or tablet to quickly and efficiently request service on your roof for leaks or other problems.
  • For current customers, review your MyCentiMark account to see what your past problems have been. What suggestions were made for roofing improvements. Is it time to schedule those improvements?
  • Plan your roofing budget for 2017 with your CentiMark Project Managers.

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How To Select the Right Roofing Contractor

ChecklistIt’s amazing to see the number of buyers who purchase roof systems with the primary consideration being the type of roof system that will be installed. So little time is spent on selecting the contractor installing the roof system!

If you owned a race team would you invest millions of dollars in the very best car and then have an inexperienced rookie drive your multi-million dollar race car? Of course not! Yet every day, building owners make a similar mistake!

Make no mistake about it, the roof system selection is important. Being sure that a system utilizes the right type and amount of insulation, insulation attachment method, proper roof membrane selection and thickness and its attachment method are all very important. But the harsh reality is, you can specify the very best and most expensive materials but if the person who installs the products is an average or poor installer, then you are going to end up with an average or poor roofing system and potentially not maximizing your investment.

The question facing building owners should not only be which roof system to install but also which contractor to select to install their roof system to protect and maximize their investment?

Listed below are five items that can help in the selection process:

  1. Does the contractor have experience with the type of roof system being installed? Keep in mind that there is a capital investment required in the form of tools and equipment with each roof system. If a contractor only has experience with one roof system, then they are going to suggest that system to you regardless of your needs.
  2. Check references. Ask for references of customers who have had leaks or issues in the past. This will let you know how the contractor reacts should an issue take place. Anyone can give ten references of good customers, but a good contractor separates himself from the competition depending upon how he reacts when things do not go as well as planned.
  3. Service after the sale capabilities. Does the contractor have a division that specializes in customer service? Many contractors will do customer service calls by pulling from a production crew. This creates a conflict of interest as the contractor does not want to slow production and lose money. Also a production employee does not handle service work and Preventative Maintenance as well as someone with a dedicated service crew that works every day.
  4. Read the fine print, review the warranty. Remember the warranty is written to protect the person who wrote it. What do you want covered in the warranty? Does the proposed warranty provide this coverage? Ask for a custom warranty so the very reasons why your existing roof system failed are covered in the new warranty. Also be sure to review and understand warranty exclusions.
  5. Pay attention to the details. Putting down the field of a roof is not hard. It is the quality installation of flashings, details and workmanship that will determine the success of a roofing project! Will the contractor you select utilize subcontractors? Will the Foreman or Assistant Foreman be the people that are doing the detail work? How much experience do they have? Do they have on average over 10 years roofing experience? If not, why would you trust your investment to them?

CentiMark can answer your questions and walk you through your options. In the end, we want you to be comfortable with the decisions you make for your company and your building.

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Need to Improve your Facilities Traffic Deck?

TrafficDeckTraffic deck coating systems are now available from QuestMark. These systems will provide superior waterproofing protection and durability for your pedestrian and vehicular traffic decks. The coating systems are able to bridge substrate cracks and are flexible in cold temperatures. They can stand up to the sun’s UV rays providing excellent UV resistance.

Pedestrian Deck Systems

  • Superior waterproofing protection and durability
  • Prevents deterioration of concrete or plywood decks
  • Higher mil thickness available for heavy traffic areas
  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Skid resistance

Vehicular Traffic Deck Systems

  • Superior waterproofing protection and durability
  • Protects decks from effects of water, freeze-thaw cycles, environmental conditions and chemicals from vehicles
  • Excellent UV resistance
  • Skid resistance

Applications include:

  • Pedestrian walkways
  • Balconies and sun decks
  • Plaza decks
  • Parking structures
  • Heliports
  • Loading docks
  • Emergency entrances
  • Mechanical rooms
  • Rooftop recreational areas

    Several different coating systems are available for your different traffic environments. Contact us today to review which system is best for your traffic needs.

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