Tag Archives: roofing

Breaking the glass roof: Building with ETFE architecture


Tensile structures have been used for millennia. When indigenous peoples required shelter that was lightweight and structurally sound, fabrics made from animal hides and easily transportable elements were the most viable solution. At the Roman Colosseum, a retractable Velarium provided shading for a more comfortable spectator experience. Now, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) is offering new opportunities.

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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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Chicago roofing conference in January

Business Conference and Presentation. Audience at the conference hall.
** Note: Soft Focus at 100%, best at smaller sizes

The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) is hosting Roofing and Waterproofing: Get Your Facts Straight—its trade show and seminar event in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois. The two-day event will take place in January and feature industry speakers, researchers, and manufacturers to help design, specify, purchase, or install roofing or waterproofing products.

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Planning Solar-ready Roof: Advantages with standing seam metal assemblies


Last year, the California Energy Commission introduced new energy-efficient standards for all newly built residential and commercial structures. Essentially, ‘solar-ready roofs’ will be required on all new construction. While home and building owners are not required to install solar panels at the time of construction, their roofs must be prepared if they choose to install them in the future.

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