The Proven Durability of EPDM Roof Assemblies

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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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Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware

Von Duprin QEL

Understanding Code Requirements for Panic Hardware
By Lori Greene, AHC/CDC, CCPR, FDAI, FDHI
Panic hardware, also known as an exit device, is designed to provide building occupants fast and easy egress in an emergency. Due to its durability and ease of use, panic hardware is commonly installed in places where it isn’t required by code. Despite its popularity, many specifiers continually struggle with knowing when panic hardware required by code. …

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A Look at Cool Roof Options

All photos courtesy Viridian Systems

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 on the reduction of energy consumption. This article examines options from built-up roofs (BURs) to modified-bitumen (mod-bit) systems to single-ply membranes.

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Minimizing Risks with Solar Roofs

Photo courtesy GAF and Protech Roofing Service

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 of roof-mounted PV arrays. This sort of due diligence is particularly important when installing PV systems on existing warranted roofs.

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To Test or Not to Test…? A guide to field quality control

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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 conclusions, and lead to unnecessary repairs or remediation efforts. Within this context, the article takes an in-depth look at roofing assemblies, along with glazing, masonry, and air barrier assemblies.

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