Tip of the Month
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.