We have recently completed a metal reroof project. As with most older metal buildings, the metal roof panels had expanded and contracted over time, causing the roof to leak. Our goal was to provide a water tight roofing system, by installing a TPO roofing system, and increase the R-value of the roof by installing a EPS flute filler and iso roof insulation.
Due to the configuration of the metal roof panels it is first necessary to install an EPS (expanded polystyrene) insulation in-between the metal ribs of the roof panels to create a smooth surface to support the 1 1/2" iso (polyisocyanurate) roof insulation over which the 60mil white TPO roofing membrane is installed.
The EPS has an approximate R-value of 4 and the iso has an R-value of 9, giving the owners an added R-value of 13.
With the reflective value of the white TPO membrane, the building will be much cooler in the summertime. The approximate 2 1/2" of insulation will add substantial warmth in the wintertime along with stiffness and strength to the roof substrate. Nailers are installed at the perimeter of the roof to accommodate the thickness of the added roof insulation to which a TPO clad-metal drip edge is installed.
Due to the lack of fastener pull-out strength in metal roof panels, the roofing system must be fastened into the purlins that support the metal roof panels to achieve the necessary wind uplift requirements. Special purlin fasteners are used for this purpose.
This 60-mil Mulehide TPO roofing system is of superior strength and durability. As mentioned before, the color of this system will be an important future money saver. Walmart, for example, will use white single-ply roofing systems on all of their stores south of Salt Lake City, UT, whereas their Boise store has a black roofing membrane because they have more heating days than cooling days. Your location will have a great effect on which materials will help your building to be energy efficient.
Have you been hearing any strange noises coming from your roof lately? Don’t worry too much, more than likely it’s the colder temperatures we are having that make the sounds more prominent. The wood on the roof contracts when it gets cold. In the winter, all exposed materials will eventually shrink as the temperature drops. In the spring, as the environment warms up, wood will gradually expand to it’s normal size.
Flat roofs are generally more noisy then pitched because the insulation is part of the system so there is no place for moisture to escape. No roof is sound-proof, especially if they aren’t well built or well maintained.
Membrane roofs expand with the heat in the summer and contract with cooler temperatures pulling on the fasteners. This can lead to snapping, cracking and popping sounds. These sounds are most common in buildings where the new roof has been installed over an older roof, causing the weight of the new roof pressing down on the already damaged roof.
There is a solution: The addition of expansion joints can make a big difference and be much, much cheaper than tearing down the roof and rebuilding a new one.
Any material whether new or old can shift regularly with changes in temperature and air pressure. If the noises become unbearable, then getting a new roof may be last resort to prevent further noise. Our employees are certified and trained to install a variety of material on flat roofs. We have chosen to install only the most durable products which include:
All in all, unless you have a family of raccoon’s nesting on the top of your roof making clunking noises from the chimney (true story), then the only way to really diagnose the problem is to contact us for a free estimate and consultation from Brady Roofing. 801-487-5151 We install both flat and pitched roofs.
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But enough about us. If you are reading this, chances are you are looking for security in your decision to choose Brady Roofing as your roofing contractor. You may be looking to compare Salt Lake City roofers. You want a quality roof from someone you can trust. We have provided all the information you will need to ease your mind and make this decision an easy one.
Brady Roofing was established in 1996, spending our early years roofing in new residential construction in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most of our jobs were residential until 1999. Eventually, we transitioned to do more repairs, re-roofs and flat roofed commercial buildings. These areas require special expertise that Brady Roofing can provide.
Out of all of the commercial roofers in Salt Lake City, our knowledge and expertise in the commercial products and installation now stands above the competition. We had a 36% increase in volume in our commercial roofs we installed and a 43% increase in repairs over the last year alone.
Hiring a roofer in Utah should be a simple process. We will do everything we can to make this experience simple and positive for you. Download our Roofing Contractor Checklist to help you in your search to compare Salt Lake City roofers.
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Get a flat roof warranty that covers your entire roofing system, material and labor included. You will be left with the ultimate peace of mind when you choose a total system warranty for your TPO or EPDM roof. Click here for eligibility requirements.
In addition to the standard Total System Warranty, this package also protects against hail up to 2″ for 30 years. May be purchased with accidental puncture coverage (below). Available for:
In addition to the standard Total System Warranty, this package also provides 32 labor hours each year to repair accidental punctures on your flat roofing system. May be purchased with hail coverage (above). Available for:
In addition to the standard Total System Warranty, this package also provides 16 labor hours each year to repair accidental punctures on your flat roofing system. May be purchased with hail coverage (above). Available for:
This warranty covers all costs of membranes, flashings, adhesives, sealants, fasteners, metal edging, insulation, and any other Versico products installed for 15 years. Available for:
This warranty covers all costs of membranes, flashings, adhesives, sealants, fasteners, metal edging, insulation, and any other Versico products installed for 20 years. Available for:
This flat roof warranty covers all costs of membranes, flashings, adhesives, sealants, fasteners, metal edging, insulation, and any other Versico products installed for 30 years. Available for:
By Dymon Brady
If you are in the market for a cool roof to save yourself money in energy bills and do your part in helping the environment, there are many options out there for you. Here are just a few of the many products that are likely to grant you the best energy savings possible, while offering the greatest protection for your home or building.
If you own a flat roof, you are provided with convenient energy saving resources. Flat roofing membranes, unlike tar and gravel roofs, are reflective and are designed to save you energy and money. A flat roof membrane’s high reflectivity will help to reduce the amount of energy required to cool a building and keep it cool throughout the hottest points of the year. This decreased amount of energy consumption causes a lower amount of pollution to be generated back into the atmosphere and directly contributes to a cooler and cleaner environment, all while you save a little money. Just two roofing membranes that are energy efficient include:
TPO is an extremely reflective roofing membrane. Versico’s TPO membranes carry the Energy Star rating, and succeeded in exceeding the guidelines to meet that rating. TPO is solar reflective and has a thermal emittance level of .8 to .9, depending on the color. Versico’s TPO is also listed as a CRRC (Cool Roof Rating Council) certified product. This TPO is also 100% recyclable, as well as made from safe materials that do not harm the environment. If you are looking for a roof that will naturally cut down your energy bill, and also succeed in helping the environment, TPO is for you.
EPDM is a truly sustainable product. It is diverse enough to fit the needs of virtually all of the different climates and building structures. For example, if a membrane is not thick enough in a cold climate zone, it will almost immediately result in higher energy output and costs for the property owner. However, EPDM is able to work with different climates to create an energy efficient roof for you an any location. Though EPDM lacks the reflectivity of TPO, it makes up for it in thermal performance. In fact, a recent study performed by the Department of Energy and the EPDM Roofing Association showed that ballast and paver systems (such as EPDM roofing) can save as much energy as a reflective or “cool” roofs, especially in colder climates.
Even pitched roofs are following the global trend of installing energy efficient building products. Since most pitched roofs are residential, they have the potential to save your family from spending money on unnecessary energy bills, while still helping your house look good. They also qualify for a tax credit of up to $1500. Two examples of these cool shingles are:
Owens Corning has introduced the Duration Cool Series shingle in hopes of reducing attic temperatures, and thus reducing energy costs and usage. They are designed with a greater reflectance than traditional shingles that helps to minimize the amount of heat leaking from your roof into your home. What I really like about these shingles is that they are designed to look like traditional shingle colors, instead of an obvious grey or green. These qualify for a energy tax credit and will save you additional money throughout each year.
Certainteed Roofing has also come out with a ‘cool’ shingle: Landmark Solaris. This shingle contains advanced color granules that reflect the sun. This succeeds in reducing the overall roof temperature by up to 20% in the summer, saving you money and energy. Landmark Solaris is rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council, qualifies for credits and points in LEED, NAHB, and other green programs, and meets the ENERGY STAR standards for solar reflectance and thermal emission. However, perhaps the best feature of this shingle is it’s beauty. It doesn’t look like a cool shingle, but rather it is a beautiful architectural shingle that would look great on any home.