Greener by Design: Exploring options with ecological roofing


With New York City’s 80×50 initiative to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 80 percent by 2050, the stakes are high for the city to adopt progressively more stringent energy codes. Similarly, the Sustainable DC Plan professes the lofty goal of making the nation’s capital “the greenest, healthiest, and most livable city in the nation.”

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A faster, simpler way to a Level 5 finish

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Drywall is often misperceived as a building material that does not demand the skillful manipulation of a traditional construction material. However, anyone who has worked with drywall knows the product is not so cooperative.

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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 existing membrane); or TPO replacement (tearing off the existing membrane and installing a new TPO membrane).

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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, the material has an excellent story to tell when it comes to wind and hail resistance.

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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 of properties that are largely self-insured are beginning to realize the importance of calling for such assemblies.

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