Spring is officially here and the changing temperatures will bring new weather patterns to most areas of North America. With spring storms ahead and a possible early start of the Atlantic hurricane season1, let's get your roofs prepared for anything and everything Mother Nature has in store.
Your facility's roof is your first line of defense against extreme weather conditions. Whether your location is experiencing rainstorms, hail, high winds or other challenges this spring, ensure your roof is ready for the unexpected. Keep in mind the roofing industry is still facing massive backlogs and material shortages, so booking needed repairs as soon as possible is essential.
How do you know whether you need repairs? Start by scheduling a comprehensive roof evaluation with a reliable commercial roofing contractor. A detailed roof condition report with pictures and recommendations for needed repairs, maintenance or replacement will allow you to budget and schedule the needed projects. It can also help you navigate insurance claims in case of weather emergencies.
What if an emergency strikes? Call our 24/7 roof emergency line at 855-483-1975 and we will be there to assist you with temporary or permanent repairs and/or complete replacement. We are here to help you get your building watertight as soon as it is safe for our crews to travel to your location.
Spring weather may get very unpredictable. However, staying proactive and knowing your roof condition before the storms hit is an excellent way to get ahead of the game. Contact us today for a comprehensive roof evaluation and be prepared for the ups and downs of the season.
1. AccuWeather (2022, March 02) NHC probing whether to change start date of Atlantic hurricane season
Roofing Backlogs: What to Do?
Post-pandemic supply chain issues are still affecting many sectors and the roofing industry is no different. With a significant shortage of raw material components and other contributing factors, roofing contractors are experiencing high backlogs and will be playing catch up for a long time. If you plan to replace your roof in 2022, we recommend getting your project scheduled now.
With warmer temperatures, storms and a busy roofing season ahead of us, what can you do to keep your buildings leak-free until your contractor can get on your roof? The answer lies in maintaining your existing roof and preventing roof leaks with repairs. Where to start?
- Know your roof: Take a fresh look at your roof's condition report and the known issues. Get in touch with your roofing contractor to discuss any temporary repairs or maintenance you can implement to keep your roof watertight until the materials for your new installation are available. Schedule those repairs as soon as possible.
- Consider weather conditions: Was your area affected by inclement weather recently? You may want to schedule a new roof evaluation. Snow, hail, high winds and rain may pose a significant challenge for older or damaged roofs. Clogged drains, additional debris, damaged seams and other factors may now be in place. Contact CentiMark to schedule a roof evaluation to be aware of your roof's condition.
- Maintenance: We cannot stress enough the difference it may make in prolonging your roof's lifespan. There are different maintenance options for your roof. From cleaning your drain systems to preventing vegetation growth, routine maintenance may drastically help in keeping leaks at bay while you wait for your roofing project to begin.
Staying proactive in the year of roofing backlogs is extremely important. Contact us today to discuss various options from maintenance to repairs and ensure your existing roof continues to perform until your reroofing project gets started. In case of emergencies, please call 855-483-1975 and we will be there to help.
Roof Coatings: Cost-Efficient Restoration Solution
The 2022 roofing season is going to be quite different. Massive industry backlogs rolled over from 2021 and will continue to slow things down for all businesses in North America. Is there a quick, cost-efficient way to restore and waterproof your existing roof? Look into roof coatings, a proven and dependable solution that protects your roof from more than just water.
Roof coatings are often used for:
- Preventing water intrusion
- Repairing cracks and other damage to roof systems
- Increasing the energy efficiency of buildings
- Refreshing the roof's look and lasting longer due to high UV stability of coatings
- Complex, odd-shaped roofs with hard to reach areas
- Corporate branding -- when you need an exact color match
- When other solutions may interrupt daily operations
Applied as a liquid, coatings allow fast and straightforward installations and do not require expensive equipment. This method allows you to restore your existing roof instead of a complete replacement. Let's look at a few main types of roof coatings out there:
- Acrylics: Extremely durable, reflective and can be easily installed over modified bitumen, built-up, concrete, metal or single-ply installations, extending the life of your existing roof. Acrylic coatings may drastically cut your energy bills by reflecting the majority of the sun's heat while eliminating any points of failure on your facility's roof. Advanced acrylic coatings may also contain a biocide that prevents algae and mildew growth.
- Silicones: Premium waterproofing product with UV resistance, bio growth resistance and fire resistance. Ideal for high-moisture environments due to their fast-drying abilities. Silicone coatings are well known for their long-term performance and flexibility during heating or cooling. For example, if your area exhibits shifts in temperatures between day and night, silicone coatings move with your roofs expansion and contraction.
- Fluoropolymers: Are known for their reflectivity, weather resistance, color stability, algae resistance and a tough, enamel-like finish. This translates into potential savings in energy bills and minimal maintenance costs to property owners.
- Urethanes: Versatile and highly resistant to chemicals, impact and abrasion. They are ideal for harsh environments or manufacturing processes involving chemicals. Urethane coatings can be used on both vertical and horizontal primed concrete, steel, iron, wood, fiberglass and polyurethane foam surfaces.
As you can see, roof coatings are an excellent alternative to complete roof replacements and an option to consider with this year's roofing industry backlogs. Coatings will allow you to get your roof back to being watertight while extending its service life. You can save money, increase energy efficiency and improve the safety of your roof without having to do a full roof replacement. Interested in more information? Complete the form to your right and one of our roofing professionals will help you navigate the options and find the best coating solution for your building.
Keep Your Polished Concrete Floors in Top Shape
Polished concrete is a prevalent flooring option for many industrial and commercial facilities. It is durable, long-lasting and requires minimal maintenance. However, it is essential to clean and maintain your floors on a regular basis. Contaminants such as dirt, rainwater, salt and other harsh chemicals may pose slip hazards and diminish the shine. So, how do you clean your polished concrete floors?
First, let's go over the recommended tools. Below are the items we recommend to keep handy:
- Dust mop
- Broom or sweeper
- Cleaners like Clean and Protect
- Daily floor maintenance pads
While dust mops and brooms are self-explanatory, sweepers and scrubbers have a few nuances you need to keep in mind. Only use soft bristle brushes or pads with those machines and keep the down pressure at the lowest settings. Please make sure the pads and bristles are clean; otherwise, they may act as an abrasive and diminish the shine over time. When the scrubber is not moving, make sure the pads and brushes are not rotating. Otherwise, you may get double "donut" shadows on your floors. Always store scrubbers with pads and brushes in the "up" position to avoid flattening the bristles. Nylon bristles will return to their original shape if soaked in hot water.
Purchase an industrial floor squeegee for efficient clean-up of water and liquids from commercial flooring. Rotate your squeegees to avoid excessive wear. Rounded edges and damaged squeegees may leave a "dirt trail" on your floors. Cleaning solutions that contain a conditioner will lubricate the squeegee and enhance its cleaning ability.
What about cleaning solutions? A concrete floor's natural pH level is 9-11, and we recommend using a cleaner that matches it. A lower pH cleaning solution may dull your polished concrete floors over time when used daily. A floor cleaner that is too strong and not properly diluted may chemically etch polished concrete as well. Scrubbers require a cleaning solution that suspends dirt which then can be picked up by the scrubber's vacuum. Water-only solutions do not suspend dirt, allowing it to sit on the floor and scuff the finish. Check out QuestMark's cleaners that you can easily order online. To take your polished shine to a new level, look into conditioners like QuestMark's DiamondQuest Ultra 15 or Ultra 30.
When to clean your floor? The frequency depends on the appearance you want and your traffic level. But generally we recommend to clean up spills immediately to minimize staining, remove dirt daily to protect the shine and use a scrubber weekly (or daily in high traffic areas). We also recommend applying refresh and/or revitalize treatments twice a year or as needed to condition your floors and enhance the shine.
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For more tips, check out our free Polished Concrete Cleaning Guidelines brochure and visit our online shop to order the products you need to keep your floors in top shape. Have questions or would like to talk to a commercial flooring professional? Complete the form to your right!