November 2023 eNewsletter

In this e-newsletter we will discuss the latest technological advances in the commercial roofing industry, address frequently asked questions from our customers and provide winter maintenance tips for commercial roofs and floors. Please continue to the articles below!

Revolutionizing Commercial Roofing: A Glimpse into Innovative Technologies

The world of commercial roofing is rapidly evolving and technology is at the forefront of this transformation. In an industry known for its traditional methods and high-risk endeavors, innovations such as drone inspections, infrared moisture scans, green roofing, CentiVision and online portals are paving the way for more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable roofing solutions with a spotlight on safety and customer education. In this article, we'll explore how these technological advancements are shaping the future of commercial roofing and how they're subtly preparing the industry for a digital transformation.

Drones: A Bird's-Eye View of Roof Inspections

Drones have soared into the commercial roofing sector, revolutionizing the way roof inspections are conducted. Using high-resolution cameras and sensors, these aerial devices capture detailed imagery and data, providing a comprehensive 3D visual site assessment. Drone technology enables CentiMark to evaluate and analyze roofs without the need to access them physically. 

"Thermal imagery using drones provides a less invasive inspection, allowing us to know where to focus our efforts when putting boots on the roof," says Kayla Cropper, FAA Certified sUAS Pilot at CentiMark Corporation. "Full safety audits can be completed for customers wanting to improve the safety on their roof. Project progress flights streamline communication between the field personnel and the customer. We can capture your entire property, including sidewalks, landscaping, parking lots and more. The ability to map and measure your property down to the ground floor makes it easily accessible to you and anyone within your organization." 

Drone technology in roofing not only boosts safety but also enhances the precision and efficiency of assessments, marking a significant breakthrough in the industry. For example, with CentiMark's 3D visual site assessment, you'll gain access to high-definition imagery, infrared thermal imaging and integrated measuring and mapping tools. These resources empower you to gain a deeper understanding of your facility's roof, particularly with large facilities where things can get pretty overwhelming. Watch this video to learn more:

Thermal Imagery Scans: Detecting Hidden Issues

Infrared moisture scans have become an essential tool in commercial roofing. These scans use thermal imaging technology, often done by drones, to identify moisture trapped within a roofing system, even if it's not visible to the naked eye. By pinpointing problem areas early, roofing professionals can address issues before they escalate, ultimately extending the roof's life and saving property owners significant repair costs. This technology provides peace of mind for building owners by ensuring the longevity and reliability of their roof systems. By merging drone technology with infrared imaging, CentiMark can swiftly pinpoint your roof's weaknesses in a considerably shorter timeframe than conventional manual inspections.

Green Roofing: Eco-Friendly Solutions for Commercial Properties

If you're seeking ways to enhance energy efficiency and reduce your facility's environmental footprint, green roofing solutions are worth considering. Your roof plays a crucial role in shaping your building's environmental impact. A highly reflective and well-insulated roofing system can help maintain a consistent interior temperature, making your facility energy-efficient and cutting down on heating and cooling costs. With daylighting and photovoltaic solutions, you can harness natural sunlight to illuminate your facility and generate electricity for your operations. Additionally, garden roofs can combat the heat island effect in urban areas while providing a pleasant outdoor environment for your staff and visitors. To delve deeper into green roofing solutions, visit this page.

CentiMark's CentiVision: A New Dimension of Roofing

CentiVision, a proprietary technology of CentiMark Corporation, is making waves in the commercial roofing industry. This unique tool allows you to visualize the build of your existing roof, the issues you are experiencing and the potential solutions. It will present your current roof assembly layer by layer, revealing the defects and vulnerable areas. Next, it will preview the recommended options to rectify these issues, whether you're considering repairs or a complete reroof. CentiVision is a powerful tool that provides a thorough understanding of your facility's roof and helps you to make informed roofing choices that align with your facility's needs and budget. Check out this article to learn more.

Online Portals: All Information at Your Fingertips

Just as online portals have become essential for our everyday lives, streamlining tasks and providing quick access to information, the commercial roofing industry is no exception. Now an online tool is at your disposal, allowing you to effortlessly retrieve crucial details about your facility's roof condition, history, warranty and suggested maintenance or improvements without the need for numerous phone calls. Now, all this data can be conveniently accessed anytime and anywhere via a centralized portal, whether you manage a single building or a vast portfolio of properties. Need help centralizing your roofing information online? Contact us today.

Technological innovations are reshaping the commercial roofing industry. Drone inspections, thermal imaging, CentiVision and online portals help you understand your roof and facility better, empowering you to make informed choices and design optimal strategies for your business. Embracing green roofing solutions not only helps you meet environmental standards but also reduces facility operational costs, paving the way for a more efficient and sustainable future for your building. If you have any inquiries about the technologies mentioned in this article, please don't hesitate to contact our team or explore further information on our website.

Your Guide to Commercial Roofing Solutions: FAQ

When it comes to commercial roofing, making the right choices is crucial to the longevity and performance of your facility’s roof. We understand you might have questions about selecting the best roofing strategy for your commercial property. Here, we address some of the most common inquiries we receive from our customers to help you navigate this important decision.

Q: How do I determine the best roofing solution?

A: Selecting the right roofing solution involves considering various factors, such as sun exposure, slope, the building's function and external environmental conditions. At CentiMark, our representatives work closely with you to assess your needs and building requirements, ensuring you get the best roofing solution for your business. Visit this page to gain insights into the specific roofing challenges and facility requirements that pertain to your industry.

Q: Can I do repairs or do I have to reroof?

A: A timeless dilemma! Opting for repairs often means spending less upfront and treating the costs as expenses. On the other hand, reroofing is a more substantial investment. To make the best decision, assess your roof's current condition. A thorough commercial roof evaluation is your key to determining the most financially prudent path. For more insights, delve into this article and explore the benefits of comprehensive commercial roof evaluations.

Q: What is the average timeframe for a commercial roofing project?

A: Commercial roofing projects typically have a lead time of 4-6 weeks before construction begins. Extensive preparations including material acquisition, permitting and safety planning are part of this phase. Once construction starts, the project duration varies depending on the roof's size. Visit this page to learn more about reroofing. 

Q: Do I need to replace an entire roof or should I repair a section?

A: Deciding between a complete roof overhaul or section repairs begins with a thorough inspection. Key factors include your roof's age, location, the extent of the damage and repair history. When properly maintained, commercial roofs typically last about 17 - 20 years. Significant leaks or damage in critical areas may necessitate a total replacement. Seasonal considerations matter, especially in inclement weather. If more than 25% of your roof is damaged, a complete replacement is often more effective. The roof's past repairs also influence the decision, as a history of sectional repairs may warrant replacement. Read this article to learn more.

Q: When is the best time to get my commercial roofing project scheduled?

A: Scheduling your commercial roofing project sooner rather than later is recommended. Roofing season, which typically falls between early spring and late fall, tends to be busier, leading to longer backlogs. Delaying your project may result in additional damage and costs. Plan your roofing project ahead of time for optimal results. The post-pandemic backlogs and material shortages of 2021 and 2022 proved that it's never too early to start your project planning.

Q: Why is Preventative Maintenance for my roof essential?

A: Preventative maintenance plays a critical role in maximizing the life of your roof. It entails regular care, cleaning and upkeep to preserve your roof's optimal condition. Preventative maintenance also promptly identifies minor issues that could otherwise develop into more significant damage over time. For CentiMark customers, preventative maintenance can potentially extend warranty coverage by an additional five years.

Q: I have a roof leak and need service ASAP. Is there a number I can call?

A: In roofing emergencies, we've got you covered with our 24/7 emergency leak service. Just call 855-483-1975 and our crews will be dispatched promptly to address the issue. Please visit this page to learn more. 

At CentiMark, we're here to assist you every step of the way, ensuring that your commercial roofing project meets your needs, budget and performance expectations. Whether you're facing roofing challenges in the industrial sector or require specialized solutions for your healthcare facility and anything in between, we're your trusted partner in the world of commercial roofing. If you have further questions or need assistance, please feel free to reach out to our experienced team. Your building's roofing needs are in capable hands with CentiMark.

Winter Roof Maintenance Tips for Commercial Properties

As winter approaches, commercial property owners face unique challenges when it comes to maintaining their roofs. Harsh weather conditions, snow accumulation, ice dams and the impact of leaf buildup can all take a toll on your roof's performance. In this article, we will explore essential winter roof maintenance tips to help ensure your commercial roof stands up to the season's demands.

Snow Removal:

Snow accumulation on commercial roofs can lead to excess weight, potentially causing structural damage. Snow removal can be crucial to prevent overloading. If your area is in the path of winter storms, schedule CentiMark's snow removal services in advance to safely and efficiently clear your roof after the event. For regions with consistent snowfall, consider snow monitoring systems that will trigger once the snow on your roof is above a set limit. Learn more about snow monitoring and removal here.

Regular Roof Inspection:

Scheduling regular roof inspections before and during the winter season is vital. A CentiMark inspection can identify potential issues such as flashing problems or other areas prone to leaks. Addressing these concerns early can prevent costly repairs in the long run. Moreover, winter-related issues such as thermal shock and freeze-thaw cycles can cause increased stress on your roof. Have you experienced a high-wind event? It's definitely time to check on your flat roof's condition!

Preventing Ice Dams:

Ice dams form when melted snow refreezes along the roof's edges, forming barriers that trap water. In multi-function buildings, this can also occur due to varying roof temperatures in different sections. For instance, when a heat-producing manufacturing area and a mild-temperature office share the same building. When your roof drainage system is blocked or in need of repairs, the rainwater or snow melt can't flow off your roof properly and the problem will get worse. Consider preventive maintenance plans and regular roof cleaning to address this concern proactively.

Impact of Leaves:

The buildup of leaves on your roof has the potential to obstruct drains and gutters leading to water backup and possible leaks. Whether you get snow in your area or not, keeping your roof clean from leaves and debris is an essential step to maximizing its performance. 

Roof Type Considerations:

Different types of commercial roofs may have unique winter maintenance requirements. Flat roofs, for instance, can accumulate more snow and may need additional reinforcement or monitoring. Steep-sloped roofs might shed snow more easily but can still be affected by ice dams. BUR roofs may retain more debris because of the extra traction and the gravel may get brittle with freeze-thaw cycles. Discuss your specific roof type with your CentiMark representative to develop a custom strategy for your roof that also covers your industry-specific challenges and your local weather conditions throughout the year.

Increasing Roof Thermal Efficiency:

Improving your roof's thermal efficiency can help regulate temperatures and reduce heating costs during the winter. The state of your roof and insulation play a vital role in optimizing your indoor climate for maximum energy efficiency. Conducting a thorough roof assessment and utilizing thermal imaging can reveal areas of your roof where heat is escaping from your building. By addressing and rectifying these vulnerabilities, you will gain greater control over your heating expenses.

In conclusion, winter roof maintenance for commercial properties is crucial to ensure your roof can withstand the challenges posed by harsh weather conditions and seasonal fluctuations. By following the tips outlined above, you can protect your investment and maintain a functional and reliable roof throughout the winter months. For a comprehensive approach that covers the entire year, explore this article that details a full year in the life of your commercial roof.

Looking to ensure your facility's roof remains in top condition during the winter? Reach out to your CentiMark representative today to explore services like snow removal and monitoring, comprehensive roof evaluations, thermal inspections, maintenance plans and more!

Winter Floor Care: Ensuring Safety and Accessibility

As colder temperatures set in, winter presents unique challenges for commercial property owners. Snow, sludge, mud and ice-preventing chemicals can harm your property's floors, with these elements often being tracked indoors by people and equipment. Excessive precipitation and freeze-thaw cycles can lead to the deterioration of parking lots and sidewalks, which can pose safety and accessibility issues. Let's explore winter-specific challenges and practical solutions, including repairs, slip and fall safety and waterproofing.

Snow, Salt and Dirt: The Winter Trifecta

Keeping winter weather at bay can be challenging, as foot and equipment traffic inevitably tracks various elements inside your building. Let's take a deeper look:

Snow and Mud Tracked Inside: Melting snow and ice that is carried inside your building can create a slippery surface and pose a hazard. In such cases, it is essential to promptly clean up any mud, snow or standing water to ensure safety. Developing a comprehensive cleaning schedule for your floors can help prevent accidents and maintain safe conditions.

Sodium Chloride (NaCl): Also known as table salt, is widely employed for de-icing roads, highways, parking lots and sidewalks. Unfortunately, it often finds its way into your building, potentially leading to several issues. Larger salt rocks, combined with dirt and grit carried in on footwear, can result in scratches and abrasions on your commercial floors. Even mildly acidic salts can chemically etch the surface of polished concrete floors, causing them to lose their shine. To mitigate these issues, it is imperative to establish a regular cleaning regimen employing professional-grade cleaners specifically formulated for your type of flooring. For polished concrete floor cleaning guidelines, check out this article. Have urethane floors in your facility? Check out this article for cleaning and maintenance tips.

Your Pavement: Tackling Freeze-Thaw Cycle Damage

Asphalt-based pavements possess a degree of flexibility that allows them to expand in response to high temperatures, reducing the risk of cracking. However, colder temperatures render asphalt more rigid and brittle. Freezing temperatures can cause asphalt to crack, but the situation becomes more complicated when temperatures fluctuate from above freezing to below freezing and back, leading to what are known as freeze-thaw cycles. During these cycles, water from melting snow and ice seeps into small cracks in your pavement. As the water freezes, it expands, making the cracks larger. Over time, these cracks can grow to a point where they render surfaces potentially unsafe or inaccessible to foot traffic, wheelchairs and even vehicles. To address this issue, consider the application of waterproof asphalt coatings for your sidewalks, ramps and parking lots. Furthermore, promptly repair any visible cracks and damage, as the impact of winter weather can cause these issues to worsen over time. Visit this page to delve into commercial floor safety. 

Preventing Slip and Fall Accidents and Accessibility Issues

Winter weather goes hand in hand with slippery conditions. Whether we are talking indoors or outdoors, preventing slip and fall accidents is paramount. Regular cleaning and maintenance are essential to achieving this goal. If you notice any damage, the QuestMark Online Shop offers a range of DIY commercial-grade flooring products to help you address them. Moreover, the support team is readily available to assist with any questions, training or to provide onsite product demonstrations. Explore QuestMark's flooring and traffic solutions to maintain your floors and grounds in a safe, clean and ADA-compliant condition during the cold season.

In conclusion, it's crucial to stay proactive and prepared when it comes to winter maintenance of your floors and exterior surfaces. By implementing the suggested strategies and keeping your floor and grounds clean, safe and ADA-compliant, you can navigate the challenges of the cold season with confidence, ensuring the well-being of both your employees and visitors. Need help? Contact us today!

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