Roofing Tip of the Month
September: Commercial Reroofing
Has your roof suffered extensive damage from severe weather or just wear and tear over the years? If you think your roof might need to be replaced, don't wait. We’re breaking down everything you need to know about commercial reroofing.
Prior to starting your commercial reroof, CentiMark will complete a thorough inspection to evaluate current conditions and provide recommendations as to the type of insulation, membrane and attachment method.
In addition to the roof inspection, the needs of your facility and the overall external environment are also evaluated to determine how they impact your roofing needs. Your budget, how long you plan to keep the building and what is inside the building should also factor into the replacement solution. Once a final solution is determined, job plans will begin along with ordering the materials.
Once the proper materials have been ordered, a site-specific safety plan will be developed based on maintaining compliance with regulatory, your organization's and CentiMark's specific standards. This plan will outline the necessary safety equipment for the job to ensure the safety of everyone involved including your employees and our associates.
After that, it’s time to get to work! Once construction begins, CentiMark crews will work to provide top-quality workmanship in the installation and replacement of your roof, all while allowing for minimal disruption to your business operations.
The end product is a new roof that keeps your building watertight, protected and as safe as possible.
July: Emergency Service - Steps to Take
What should you do in the event of an emergency situation? We’ve got your roof covered.
We’re here for you with 24/7 emergency nationwide repair service through our Corporate Customer Service Department. Our Customer Service Representatives will mobilize and deploy CentiMark repair crews in your area through our local offices to assist with roof repairs or replacement in the event of an emergency once it is safe to travel.
We can help assist with temporary repairs, permanent repairs and/or full roof replacement utilizing strict safety procedures. After a weather emergency, we will help you get your building watertight.
If you’ve been hit by the summer storms this season, don’t hesitate to reach out - it’s what we’re here for! Let’s get your roof back to excellent shape. Emergency Service - 855-483-1975
June: Storm Season Preparedness
From hurricanes and monsoons to tornadoes and severe thunderstorms, summer is no stranger to storm season.
Being prepared for extreme weather is essential to keeping your building and business up and running. Your roof is one of the most important defenses your business has against weather. This means that having a plan for your roof before and after a storm hits is extremely important.
Harsh weather and storms can wreak havoc on your commercial roofs. Before the storm, be able to verify your roof’s pre-storm condition to help your adjuster. Having a roof condition report prior to any storm damage can help you navigate the insurance process.
An inspection will help you verify the existing condition and provide you with:
- Full written roof condition report
- Before and after photographs
- Suggested storm season repairs
- Cost estimates
After the inspection, your roof condition report will be accessible to you 24/7 on MyCentiMark.com. The report will help your adjuster process your insurance claim in an expeditious manner.
After harsh weather, CentiMark’s 24/7 emergency response services will be there to repair any damage that requires attention. We’ll help get your building watertight and work through a permanent solution to include coordinating with your insurance company on any claims.
Whether it’s wind, water damage or aging, CentiMark can provide solutions and repair recommendations for your roof to ensure that your business is prepared for the worst of weather conditions. We make sure nothing is overlooked and develop a comprehensive plan to address any needs. Rest easy knowing that CentiMark has you covered before and after the storm.
Want to be proactive this storm season? Ensure your roof is ready to weather the storm today.
May: Fall Prevention
When working at heights, safety always is and should be a top priority. Ensuring the safety of associates and customers is vital to the success of a roofing project, and staying up-to-date with the latest in fall prevention and roof safety accessories is key.
Fall arrest and restraint systems are two methods used that help protect those working on the roofs.
Fall restraint systems are made to prevent an individual from being able to reach a fall hazard. These systems are used on low sloped roofs where the roofer must be kept away from a roof edge, skylight or roof opening. The fall restraint system allows roofers to work up to the edge, but restricts them from being able to go over the edge and fall. These systems consist of a full-body harness, a lanyard or rope grab and an anchor point.
A fall arrest system is designed to protect an individual after a fall has taken place, preventing the worker from hitting the ground. They must withstand more force than a fall restraint system and are most commonly used while replacing a deck and working on steep-sloped roofs. These systems consist of a full-body harness, a shock-absorbing lanyard, a retractable lifeline and an anchor point. The goal of these systems is to limit a fall to six feet or less.
A safety-focused project means not only keeping the crew safe, but also keeping you and your employees safe as well. From training, products, inspection teams and OSHA compliance, safety is always at the forefront of our business operations.
April: How your roofing projects can be completed
At CentiMark, the health and safety of our customers, associates and communities is our top priority during this unprecedented time. All of our offices across North America are implementing effective cleaning procedures. Our associates remain diligent in practicing social distancing guidelines and proper hygiene practices both on and off the roof. We have been adjusting our policies and procedures as new information becomes available.
- When we perform roof services - This requires little to no interaction with inside employees. Our associates are able to complete your roofing needs while staying in compliance with social distancing guidelines.
- We are taking extra safety and sanitization precautions - This includes heightened disinfecting procedures, utilizing self-contained washing stations and keeping a distance of at least six feet between associates.
- We will work with you to make the right decision for your business - This means we’ll take a comprehensive approach when inspecting your roof to find the best solutions to keep your building watertight during this pandemic.
- Our 3D Site Assessment Program helps you from afar - Our drone technology provides us the ability to fully evaluate your roof without any interpersonal contact.
- We are providing payment term options - We understand the uncertainty that this time may bring. If cash flow is an issue, we are offering payment term options for upcoming projects starting before June 15, 2020.
Whether it’s a roof leak, safety concern or major roof repair CentiMark has you covered. We’re dedicated to helping keep businesses up and running and are taking every precaution to ensure that we keep our customers and associates as safe as possible.
March: Safety Inspections
Safety Inspections are Important!
We recommend regular safety inspections of your roof to make sure that your building is always as safe as possible. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, this is a great time to evaluate your safety protocols to make sure that you are all up-to date on safety compliance this year.
A staff of full-time safety specialists can help conduct a variety of inspections to ensure compliance with OSHA, as well as Federal rules and regulations. At CentiMark, our safety staff conducts a variety of inspections including pre-job inspections, spot-check inspections and daily inspections. These inspections may be announced or unannounced to help ensure that safe work practices are utilized at all times.
We also provide safety accessories to help keep your roof safe for your employees and any other contractors that need to get on your roof. Some of these include roof hatches, safety rails, walk pads and skylight screens. We’ll work with you to ensure compliance and to protect you, your assets, employees and CentiMark crews.
Ready to make your roof as safe as possible? We’d love to help. Consider a safety inspection this spring and gain a peace of mind knowing that you’re taking the proper steps to keep your employees safe and your building in great shape.
At CentiMark, we take safety very seriously.
February: Interior Inspection Post-Winter
Whether you’ve experienced snow, ice, rain, freezing temperatures or all of the above this winter, we always recommend that you do an interior inspection of your building to check on the condition of your roof.
Problem areas on your roof can often be detected from the inside of your building before you may notice anything on the outside. We recommend doing a thorough visual inspection of your ceilings, underdeck and walls to check for signs of water damage, mold and mildew or leaks.
If you suspect your roof might have sustained damage from the weather this winter, a professional inspection can help you to identify any problems. Now is an excellent time to schedule an inspection before peak roofing season is here. This inspection will include photos, written documentation and recommendations for repair or replacement.
Not only will an inspection help you to better understand the condition of your roof, but it can also help you to identify additional services that may be beneficial to your roof.
January: Winter Weather Tips
The winter can bring a lot of stress to your roof. From snow and ice to changes in temperature and high winds, winter weather can put your roof through a lot. We’re breaking down our top winter weather tips to help you protect your building and employees all while avoiding the consequences of water damage caused by harsh weather. Check it out!
Get your roof inspected.
No matter what time of year it is, a comprehensive roof inspection is always a good idea. An inspection will not only help you identify potential roof problems, but it will help you better understand its condition so you will know how to be properly prepared when winter weather strikes.
Make sure your roof is clean.
Keeping your roof free of debris is vital when preparing for winter weather. Debris on your roof can lead to drainage problems as well as add unnecessary weight and stress to your roof during winter.
Schedule preventative maintenance.
Being proactive when it comes to your roof is essential. Avoid allowing smaller issues from becoming big problems down the road. Preventative maintenance programs can help to prepare your roof for changing temperatures and winter weather.
Winterize your roof.
Winterizing your roof means equipping your roof with the necessary products and accessories to help prevent any damage or hazards occurring from winter weather. This includes adding items such as snow guards to your roof to help prevent snow and ice from sliding off your roof and falling.
Have a snow removal plan.
Proper snow removal can help prevent clogging of drains, the formation of icicles and potential damage to your roof. Having a partner when it comes to snow removal means a peace of mind for you knowing that an experienced, professional team is there for you. Plus, you automatically get priority scheduling to help ensure that your building is protected after the snow falls.
Now you can rest easy knowing that you’re equipped with everything you need to protect and preserve your roof this season. Keeping these tips in mind will help you protect your employees and stay prepared no matter what the winter weather brings.
December: Falling Snow/Ice Dams
While snow may look nice in some instances, there are many potential problems that come with fallen snow that can wreak havoc on your roof and building envelope. To help you understand how to protect your roof, business and employees from the effects of snow and ice, we’re breaking down how to combat some of the most common problems snow can cause on your roof.
If you have a sloped roof, you can prevent a massive amount of snow from sliding off the roof and causing unsafe conditions on the ground below by using Snow Guards. Snow Guards work on sloped roofs by holding the snow at the edge or peak of the roof, which allows the snow to melt gradually.
Ice dams are ridges of ice that form on the edges of your roof. They are often formed by varying temperatures, causing snow to melt and then refreeze. This barrier can prevent melting snow from properly draining off your roof. When this happens, ponding, leaks and other damage can potentially occur.
Extra water or moisture left on your roof for an extended period of time can lead to weakened flashings, coping and seams. Any time you have weakened spots on your roof, you run the risk of water infiltration. If water freezes, it can damage your roof or rooftop projections.
Wet, dense snow can be surprisingly heavy and can add a lot of extra stress on your roof. 12 inches of snow weighs between 5.2 and 12.5 pounds. This adds up quickly when you have a large roof covered in snow. If you’re experiencing heavy wind along with the snow, you could end up with snow drifts. Avoid any damage from these piled-up areas of snow by getting them removed by a professional.
Immediate snow removal can help you avoid any disruption of water flow or any added weight to your roof. If ice dams have already formed, a professional can use steam or other methods to create channels throughout the barrier to allow for water to drain.
November: Snow Removal
Let it snow, let it snow! Heavy snow and ice can become a hazard to your roof if left too long.
Snow is much heavier than you may think; in fact, one inch of wet, dense snow is equal to 1.66 pounds per square foot. This means that if you experience 6 inches of this type of snow and your roof is 50,000 square feet, you have 498,000 pounds of stress on your roof!
Proper snow removal can help reduce weight, prevent clogging of drains, the formation of icicles and potential damage to your roof. This includes utilizing equipment such as snow rakes and de-icing materials to ensure that snow is properly removed.
Make sure that you have a plan before the storm hits. We recommend getting priority scheduling for snow removal so you can rest easy knowing that your building is protected no matter when winter weather strikes.
October: Snow Guards
Are you ready for the snow this year? Take preventative measures now so you’ll be set for the snow later.
There are a variety of preventative solutions available to help combat the effects of snow before it falls. Snow Guards are an effective product to add to your roof to help create a safer workplace.
Snow Guards work on sloped roofs by holding the snow at the edge or peak of the roof. This allows the snow to melt gradually from the roof, preventing a massive amount of snow from sliding off the roof and causing unsafe conditions on the ground below.
A CentiMark crew member can install snow guards on your roof, along with providing you a recommendation for any other preventative snow and ice solutions for your roof. Get a jump start before winter weather hits, and start thinking about preventative snow products for your roof today.
Take the guess-work out of your 2020 roofing budget. Here are our top tips to help you prepare your roof replacement or repair budget:
Plan in advance - Get a jump start now by scheduling a free inspection of your roof to determine the condition and if any repairs, replacement or maintenance is needed.
Get in the know - Are you aware of how the materials used on your roof impact your costs? When it comes to budgeting, it’s important to use the best options for your environment, needs and building.
Develop a strategy - Your CentiMark contractor can work with you to help develop a condition-based strategy specifically for your roof. You will then be able to accurately prioritize the needed maintenance, repairs or replacement based on your budget and timeline.
Act now and schedule your inspection, so you can maximize your investment and start making the best decisions for your 2020 budget.
August: Roof Cleaning
Regularly cleaning your roof helps ensure that you are getting the maximum benefit. A clean roof can help keep drainage issues at bay, all while extending the life of your roof and reducing energy costs. A trained professional can help you get the most value out of your roof cleaning.
At CentiMark, we utilize a 3-Step process to effectively clean your roof.
- 1. General Housekeeping - removes dirt and debris from your roof using a special environmentally-friendly solution that will break down mold, dirt and algae.
- 2. Deep Clean - pressure wash with a high temperature, flat surface pressure washer to rinse away all contaminants.
- 3. Post-Cleaning Treatment - A sustainable, environmentally-friendly treatment that extends the cleanliness of the roof.
Help keep your roof in excellent condition, looking great and performing efficiently by getting it cleaned today.
Visit our web page on roof cleaning below, or check out our roof cleaning video to learn more.
July: Floor Maintenance
Maintaining polished and coated concrete floors improves their durability, enhances non-slip characteristics, assures an optimal level of performance and keeps them looking great. Any dirt and debris on polished or concrete floors acts as an abrasive. It will scratch the finish causing floors to look dull and lose durability over time. When you add traffic to these dirty floors, deterioration happens even quicker.
Below is a floor maintenance white paper that goes through some general tips to use when cleaning your floors along with before, during and after cleaning procedures to get the maximum results. Also, below is a link to the online catalog where you can find more information on maintenance products and equipment.
June: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliant Sidewalks
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law created to enforce a set of guidelines to ensure access to the built environment for people with disabilities. In Section 303: Changes in Level, it states that concrete slabs that are offset by more than ¼” in elevation are non-ADA compliant. To fix this and be ADA compliant, a permanent slope not steeper than 1:12 (1 inch of rise for every 12 inches of horizontal length) is required. The recommendation is a permanent fix of 1:16 to 1:20.
An epoxy mortar ramp to bridge the two offset slabs is a permanent solution that can be completed by your in-house maintenance team or your local QuestMark crew.
The steps for completing this project are as follows:
- 1.Saw cut the lower slab where the ramp will terminate and key in the edge.
- 2.Clean and vacuum any debris.
- 3.Prep the epoxy mortar by mixing part A and B together. Once fully mixed add the sand and mix well until there is even distribution of all parts.
- 4.Lay the mortar and trowel feeding into the terminations for a smooth and gradual transition.
- 5.Clean the edges and rope off until fully cured.
To identify shortcomings in ADA compliance regarding sidewalks and other accessible areas, QuestMark can help by completing a written analysis of your current conditions along with recommendations for corrective actions if needed.
To learn more about the epoxy mortar solution, watch our video or read more on the product.
May: Joint Filler
Create a seamless surface by filling any cracks, expansion joints or control joints throughout your floors. Having a seamless surface will help eliminate any dusting from your concrete floor, keep your floors cleaner and safer by minimizing trip hazards.
QuestMark’s Concrete Joint Filler is a do-it-yourself product that will help you repair and fill any cracks, joints or concrete defects on horizontal surfaces. It is easy to use, durable, flexible and quick curing. The joint filler is tack free in just three minutes and able to withstand foot and vehicle traffic in one hour.
Directions for use are simple:
- 1.Clean cracks or joints removing all dirt, oil, dust or other debris.
- 2.Ensure cracks or joints are clean and dry prior to application.
- 3.Load joint filler into cartridge gun or if using bulk product, mix using a 1 to 1 ratio pump.
- 4.Apply joint filler.
- 5.Scrape or peel any excess cured material from repair area.
To purchase Joint Filler or to learn more, click here.
April: Safety...A Top Priority
Workplace safety is a top priority for most organizations. We can’t take it for granted that our workplace environment is as safe as it could be for our customers, employees and vendors. Many organizations do safety training with their employees on a regular basis. However, does this include regular safety inspections or audits to ensure your workplace is as safe as it should be? You might be inspecting your equipment, processes and procedures but are you also reviewing your roof, floors and exterior surfaces? Do you know what to look for if you are inspecting these areas?
As a resource, CentiMark can help you by performing inspections and providing condition reports for your roof, floors and exterior surfaces. We will review your areas and note any needed repairs or safety hazards, along with recommendations on solutions or safety accessories that will allow you to meet all OSHA standards.
Workplace injuries from slips, trips and falls (STF) can be very costly. One of the most frequently reported workplace injuries are a result from a STF. STF’s account for approximately 25% of reported claims per year and 15% of accidental deaths, second only to motor vehicle accidents. (United States Department of Labor) In most cases these incidents could have been prevented.
Check out these additional tools to see how CentiMark takes safety seriously.