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Why Your Flat Roof Should Be Fully Adhered (Instead of Ballasted)

Flat roofs are commonly protected with single-ply membrane systems that are great for years of leak-proof protection. These single-ply roof membranes for flat roofs are seamless and resistant to water, hail, snow, and wind. Sometimes, though, these commercial roof systems are installed using ballast to weigh them down instead of fully adhering the membrane to the roof substrate.

Let’s first look into what it means to have a ballasted roof and then we’ll explain why it’s not the best choice for commercial roof protection.

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7 Commercial Roofing Trouble Spots (We Find Them and Fix Them!)

If you own a commercial building, you know roof maintenance is a crucial part of your property management plan. Proper preventative maintenance means regular roof inspections to help prevent severe damage from occurring.

Keystone Commercial Roofing consultants can provide free, professional commercial roofing inspections. If issues are spotted, we can offer advice on best solutions and keep your budget in mind. Our roof coatings may be able to restore your roof and extend its life, avoiding the need for a costly roof replacement.

We’ve listed seven common commercial roof weaknesses with images captured by our inspection camera app, which offers property owners a bird’s eye view of issues threatening roof integrity.

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Keystone Marks a Decade in Commercial Roofing

In 2011, Keystone Commercial Roofing Keystone Commercial Roofing was founded on the idea that repairing an industrial or commercial roof shouldn’t mean replacing it entirely.

At the time, owner Jon Gingerich and Keystone’s team of roofing experts set out to provide money-saving, durable roofing systems from Conklin Roofing Systems.

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Silicone Versus Acrylic Roof Coatings: Which Is Best?

You’ve already made the wise decision to restore your commercial roof with a coating rather than a complete tear-off and rebuild. Now it’s time to decide which roof coating is best for the needs of your building.

When it comes to silicone coatings versus acrylic roof coatings, the choice comes down to your building’s drainage system and the risk of water ponding.  But first, let’s look at the pros of each roof coating.

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Warning: Aluminum Coatings & Metal Roofs

Aluminum is often a preferred roofing material for its lightweight, anti-corrosive, and thermal conductivity properties.  (Galvanized steel is also commonly used in roofing, however, it’s heavier and more expensive.)

You can easily find several aluminum roof coating products on the market that promise an easy, low-cost fix to roof problems. They’re likely sitting on the shelves of your local home improvement store ready for do-it-yourselfers to purchase and use.

When it comes to the integrity of your commercial roof, we want to warn building owners to keep a few things in mind before deciding to go that route.

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Commercial Metal Roofing Prices [Comparison Table Included]

If the metal roof on your business’ building is needing some extra care, you may be wondering if it’s time to do some repairs or if a full replacement is a better option. More importantly, how much could it cost for repairs or replacement? Let’s start with what prices you can expect.

The cost of metal roofing for commercial buildings can range anywhere from $4-$18 per square foot, depending on the type of metal. This includes both materials and labor.

The reason for the vast range in cost is that different types of metal cost more to produce. Also, the complexity of the project may require more hours of labor. Keep reading for a more detailed explanation.

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Why Roof Flashing is Key to Your Crawford County Building

There are a lot of great things about Crawford County, Pennsylvania. Nearby state parks like Conneaut Lake and Pymatuning make it especially ideal for outdoor lovers to live and visit.

Those who live here year-round, however, know that the climate isn’t for the weak at heart sometimes.

Crawford County gets its fair share of rainfall, more than 40 inches annually. That’s higher than the nation’s average rainfall. According to one report, Allegheny County gets precipitation (snow, sleet, hail, or rain) on average, 166 days per year.

That’s why proper roof flashing is so important. Your local commercial building needs to withstand the barrage of precipitation. Flashing plays a key role in a commercial roof system’s water drainage.

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FAQs About EPDM Roofing (with Answers)

EPDM roofing is used worldwide to protect industrial buildings. While Keystone Commercial Roofing does not install EPDM, we may be able to extend the life of your existing EPDM roof and we can install roof coating systems that restore an EPDM roof’s ability to provide proper shelter.

Curious about EPDM? We answer popular questions about this often-used flat roof system.

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5 Common Roof Problems Your Building Might Have (with photos)

Through our years of experience working on commercial roofs, we’ve come across some common roof issues. If you’re a property manager or building owner, you’ll want to be alert to these signs of roof damage and weak spots. We offer free onsite roof inspections and can help you determine if there are weaknesses in your commercial roof.

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Neglected Roof Maintenance Hot Spots [and a checklist for facility managers]

Building managers and property owners know that preventative roof maintenance can save thousands of dollars when it keeps repairs in check.

Small leaks that are detected early can be a less expensive fix than leaks left unrepaired. Doing so helps you avoid water damage to the contents in your building and avoid risking the health of staff inside the building who could be threatened by mold or rotted framing caused by leaks.

Read: 5 ways a Roof Leak Could Destroy Your Warehouse

Yet any weakness in a building roof is one that deserves attention. The following are a few common areas that pose a risk for anyone repairing or restoring a commercial roof. Fortunately, Keystone Commercial Roofing uses a photo app that helps create awareness of these areas for our installation crew.

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