When to use TPO and when to coat?

Building owners, commercial roof specifiers, architects, and contractors have some decisions to make when it comes to the material they should use to repair or replace a low-slope roof. Three popular choices include: coating over the existing roof; thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) recover (putting a layer of TPO over the...
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Resisting hail with SPF roofing

In the words of renowned expert Richard Fricklas, former director of the Roofing Industry’s Educational Institute (RIEI), “There seems to be a mindset among some roofing contractors, as well as building owners and designers, that foam roofs are not suitable for hail regions at all.” According to Fricklas, however,...
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The Proven Durability of EPDM Roof Assemblies

Hail and other forms of physical damage (including from foot traffic or workmanship) to roofs result in millions of dollars of economic loss each year. At least one state, Texas, allows insurance companies to provide a reduction in rates when a hail-resistant type of roofing material is installed. Owners...
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A Look at Cool Roof Options

Providing roofs with a reflective surface is not a new concept. For example, asphalt coatings with leafing aluminum pigment have always promoted the benefit of reducing interior temperatures while slowing the oxidation of the waterproofing membrane. However, the term ‘cool roofing’ was more recently coined with the increased focus...
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Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

Commercial low-slope rooftops are an attractive platform for the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity-producing systems. Nevertheless, a roof’s function is, first and foremost, to protect the building’s contents and people from the elements. In this regard, design professionals need to anticipate the potential risks associated with the installation...
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To Test or Not to Test…? A guide to field quality control

When properly applied, tests can yield valuable insight into the installed performance of systems, aid investigators in determining the cause of a failure, or help to determine if a product is performing to its intended level. However, when improperly applied, many tests and standards can produce misleading results, improper...
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