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8 tips to prevent commercial roof leaks from hanging over your head

Roof leaks can be frustrating, damaging, unsafe and costly to any facility, especially when not resolved in a timely manner. Some common issues that cause commercial roof leaks include membrane failures, drains and gutter issues, ponding water, and flashings. Below are 8 tips to help prevent roof leaks from hanging over your head: Ensure your […]

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How well do you know these 38 commercial roofing acronyms?

Acronyms. They’re everywhere. Acronyms. They’re everywhere. We hear them mentioned in meetings and on phone calls. We read them in trade journals and we see them on quotes. Some people get so entrenched in a particular industry (i.e. commercial roofing) that the acronym itself becomes more commonly used than the word it stands for. There’s […]

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Best Practices in Commercial Roofing Service Calls

Question: What is the service call process for Simon roofing? Answer: If a customer is looking for service, they can call or email into our customer service center. We are reachable by phone or email 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Once they call in or email in, their […]

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First Steps to Take When a Commercial Roof Leak is Suspected

Question: What are the first things I should do when I suspect a roof leak? Answer: If someone suspects they have a roof leak there are a few things that should be done right off the bat. Assess if it is an urgent situation – is there any type of safety concern? Is there product […]

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Saturated vs. Laminated Roofing Membranes – Which is Better?

Question: Describe the difference between saturation and lamination and why is it important? Answer: Saturation vs lamination creates a very different acting sheet, especially when you’re looking at single-ply systems. With lamination, there are different layers of the roof membrane – polymer, scrim and then the polymer from the bottom to top. Lamination is just […]

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What Elongation and Tensile Strength Says About your Commercial Roof

Question: What is elongation? What is tensile strength? Why are they important? Answer: Elongation and tensile strength are important factors for the roof. Elongation is essentially how far, in a percentage, at which a roof membrane will go from its initial state to its final state when pulling it. The best comparison is a rubber […]

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When is Your Commercial Roof Leak Truly an Emergency?

Question: What is the difference between an emergency and non-emergency call? Answer: Everyone is going to have their own definition of emergency. In my eyes, an emergency constitutes when there’s a safety hazard, when employees or customers could be at risk on an injury, a slip-n-fall, or when there is risk of equipment being damaged. […]

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Technology’s Impact on the Commercial Roofing Industry

Question: How has technology impacted the commercial roofing industry? Answer: Technology has really impacted the roofing industry today especially at Simon Roofing. We have introduced a lot of science into how our roof performs and how to increase that performance. We have looked at things such as tensile strength, elongation and weathering and how our […]

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Weather’s Impact on a Commercial Roof

Question: How does the weather impact my roof? Answer: Environmental issues impacting the roof can be classified in three areas: weathering, ultraviolet (UV) rays, and heat. Those three work together to degrade the roof.  Heat and UV causes oxidation in the roof membrane which causes the roof to lose its strength and longevity. In addition, […]

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White Roof vs. Dark Roof

Question: What is the benefit of a white roof vs. a dark roof? Answer: In the southern states a white roof is generally better and, in the north, gray or darker roofs are generally better. White roofs provide very high reflectivity, which results in energy saving because you do not have heat escaping into the […]

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