Snow Melts, Leaks Felt!

As temperatures rise and the winter snow melts, commercial roofs are prone to leaks and water damage that halt business right in its tracks. Commercial roof leaks are caused by any number of things. Maybe dislodged materials are letting water in. Or maybe cracks from the Winter’s heavy snow expanded …

Want to have a really Green Roof?  It’s time to “Rethink Your Roof’s Care®”!

Want to really have a Green Roof?  It’s time to “Rethink Your Roof’s Care®“!  The Environmentally Responsible Roof Care Company “Leading the charge on Environmental Responsibility since 1988”  What is really a Green Roof in Commercial Roof Care? NIR Roof Care® was founded in 1980 by Timothy K. Lynn and for …

Considering Coating your Commercial Flat Roof? Make sure you know what you are doing!

Before considering a complete replacement for your commercial flat roof, a commercial roof coating could restore your waterproof barrier between the elements and your company.  Choosing the correct product and applying correctly are essential to avoid costly mistakes.   How Do I Select The Right Roof Coating for My Flat …

Commercial Roofing and the Swiss Army Knife – What do they have in Common?

Since it was designed in the 1880s by Swiss inventor Karl Elsener, the simple, portable Swiss Army Knife has been a staple in every military branch, fishing toolbox, boy scout handbag, survivalist backpack and so on.  It’s a single object, with numerous uses that came from one powerful idea. The only major …

“The Article” – The Company will form itself around the Article

“Your Roof’s Care is Our Concern®“ At NIR, we are FOCUSED on caring for and extending the life of your Roof, all while providing outstanding services. “NIR Roof Care Plan®“ Your NIR Roof Care Plan® will reduce Roof leaks by 50% and increase the life of your Roof by 100%, all …

Some Commercial Roof Care Advice

SOME COMMERCIAL ROOF CARE ADVICE Preventative maintenance programs, comprehensive roof plans, roof management, regularly scheduled roof investigations, PM’s: there are a number of ways that roofing contractors look to articulate and market their interpretation of the ongoing needs of a commercial roof. Regardless of whatever new and cool marketing jargon …

Spring may be knocking at the door, but make sure your prepared for winter’s end

Spring may be knocking at the door, but make sure your prepared for winter’s end….. We Chicagoans have taken a relentless, snow-filled pounding this winter, and the worries keep piling up. The advice seems to be running on loop: Check for ice dams, shovel out hydrants, clear vents. But what happens …

So tell me a little more about these GREEN ROOFS…

So tell me a little more about these GREEN ROOFS….. The environmental benefits of green roofs are well documented: absorbing carbon, reducing energy consumption, helping with storm water management and offering acoustic support. They also offer opportunity for bio-diversity and food production in urban areas. Another key benefit to green …

2015 Roofing Code to Cost Owners Even More Money

2015 ROOFING CODE CLARIFICATIONS TO COST BUILDING OWNERS EVEN MORE $MONEY$ During the code hearings for the 2105 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), an important clarification was added for commercial roofing systems. This clarification features new definitions for re-roofing activity to make it very clear that almost every commercial re-roofing project …

Underneath it all ~ Deck Replacement Can Be The Most Crucial Part Of A Re-Roofing Project

  UNDERNEATH IT ALL Deck Replacement Can Be The Most Crucial Part Of A Re-Roofing Project It’s the part of the roof that gets even less attention than the roof. Hard to notice or even see in may cases, the job of the roofing deck is to hold up the …

How Do I Select The Right Roof Coating for My Flat Roof?

How Do I Select The Right Roof Coating for My Flat Roof? What Coatings Are There?  ASPHALT COATINGS: Asphalt cutbacks are bituminous products thinned with a solvent to aid application. Manufacturers add aluminum pigments to the topcoats for reflectivity, while other modifiers can enhance strength, longevity and thickness. Fiberglass fibers or …

How Will the Recent Changes in the Roofing Industry Affect You and Your Building in the New Year?

With the arrival of a new year, it is time to evaluate those roofing issues that have recently changed, as well as those that reflect long-term stability and durability. How Much Insulation is Enough?  The September 2013 issue of Interface Magazine, the journal of RCI, noted many transitions taking place in …

R-value vs. LTTR

With the movement to be more “green” and environmentally conscious, the rules are quickly changing when it comes to the building envelope. From the walls to the floors, ceilings to parking lots, it is much desired to reduce the carbon footprint one building at a time. So, when it comes …

Falling Ice Creates Major Problems for Commercial Buildings  

At this point, nearly all buildings have several inches of thick ice sitting beneath the layers of snow that can become dangerous once it begins to melt.  “Unless you are prepared for this, it can happen before you know it,” said Brett Polhill, Superintendent and Safety Director at NIR Roof …

White Roof Doesn’t Always Equal Cool Savings for Owners

Over the past 15 years, reflective or “cool” roofs have been promoted as an effective way for building owners to save energy and lower utility costs while reducing a building’s carbon footprint. The belief that white roofs are always the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient choice is widely accepted. The use …

Thermal Imaging

Infrared thermography has become a popular technology for maintenance and engineering managers seeking fast, reliable, and non-destructive testing in institutional and commercial facilities. Whether used to inspect electrical systems or mechanical equipment for heat-related failure, infrared technology is being successfully applied in a growing number of operational areas. A facility’s …

Simple Solutions to Complex Roofing Problems: Black vs. White Roofing 

In this era of continued rising energy costs and concerns about the environment, choosing the right roofing system is often a complex problem that contractors, architects, building owners and specifiers face. The simple solution to this challenge has somehow evolved to be: “White is always right.” The white roof bandwagon has gained …

How Do I Select The Correct Roof Coating for My Roof?

What Coatings are there? ASPHALT COATINGS: Asphalt cutbacks are bituminous products thinned with a solvent to aid application. Manufacturers add aluminum pigments to the topcoats for reflectivity, while other modifiers can enhance strength, longevity and thickness. Fiberglass fibers or strands can provide additional reinforcement. Asphalt emulsions are similar to cutbacks but …