Category Archives: Commercial Roofing

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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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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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acrylic coating on a commercial roof near Pittbsurgh, PA

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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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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How Much Does a Roof Inspection Cost?

A roof inspection could end up saving your thousands in future repairs. So how much does a professional roof inspection cost?

Costs may vary, depending on the type of commercial roof you have, its size, the location of your building, and its existing roof materials. Property owners can expect to pay between $200-$500 for a commercial roof inspection, on average.

Some industrial roofing companies offer free inspections to meet potential customers, prove their skill, and build brand awareness.

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What Is the Best Sealant for Commercial Roof Leaks?

brittle sealant around roof unit

Leaks on commercial roofing are often caused by brittle, cracked sealant (caulking) around seams, flashing, and roof units, such as HVAC or drainage systems.

Brittle caulking is an issue on most roofs and often one of the most visible causes of leaks in commercial roofing. Proper sealants can be used to repair weak spots in your commercial roof. Ultimately, commercial roof sealant repair and replacement should be part of a roof restoration to ensure your building’s safety.

Finding the best caulk sealant to use on your commercial roof may depend on the climate and time of year.

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Common Issues with Flat Roofs [And How to Solve Them]

Many commercial and industrial buildings have flat roofs because they are less expensive to install and maintain than pitched roofs. Flat roofs, or “low slope” roofs, typically have a slope of 25% or less.

Water pooling, leaks, and membrane punctures are common issues with flat roofs. Protective coatings can remediate many of these issues.

By far, the most common issue with flat roofs in Northeast Pennsylvania are leaks, which can be caused by the other flat roof issues.

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