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 …