Handling Snow on Your Commercial Roof

Winter has arrived in the northern part of the US and with it, accumulating snow. As a responsible building owner or manager, you’ll take the necessary steps to keep your property clear of snow to allow access for staff, customers, and other visitors. But what about snow on your rooftop? It’s not visible, so you’re less likely to manage it. Here is some advice for handling snow on your commercial roof.

  • Pay attention to it. A square foot of wet, heavy snow that’s six inches deep can weigh 10 pounds. Multiply that across (for example) a 5,000-square-foot roof and you’ve got 50,000 extra pounds of roof weight that your building structure needs to support.
  • Light, drifting snow is probably not likely to pose much of a problem; normal wind patterns should blow most of it away. But if a storm has dumped a load of heavier snow on your roof, you probably should take steps to remove it.
  • When you’re on your commercial roof in the wintertime, be extra cautious. Being on a roof during non-snow seasons can be hazardous enough, but dangers are multiplied in the winter. Surfaces will be more slippery, and skylights may be covered with snow and not visible. Ponding water from seasonal storms can depress and weaken sections of your roof that have poor drainage. These areas are less obvious when the roof is snow-covered.
  • When clearing snow, make sure to drop it to the ground away from walkways and building entrances and exits. And use tools that won’t harm the roof surface, such as plastic roof rakes or shovels; avoid sharp-edged tools, as they can puncture roof membranes.
  • Make sure that the snowmelt has a place to go by clearing snow and other debris from the areas around your drainage points. It’s likely that there will be freeze-and-thaw cycles during the winter, and if your drains, gutters, and downspouts are blocked, water will have no place to go. If its re-freezes, keep this in mind: an area of only 100 square feet that’s got three inches of ice on it can weigh 1,500 pounds. If you need to use an ice-melt product, check with the roof manufacturer to get one that won’t harm the surface.

At Tusing Builders and Roofing Services, we’re standing by and ready to assist you with your commercial roofing needs, regardless of the season. It would be our privilege to serve you.

Make Your Commercial Building Watertight with Single-Ply Roofing

Commercial facilities with flat roofs require a different roofing solution than steep-sloped buildings that traditionally use asphalt shingles or architectural metal systems for protection from the elements.

Built-up roofing (BUR) systems are so-called because they are literally constructed on the rooftop by “building” alternate layers (plies) of asphalt and reinforcement fabric. They’re usually topped with a layer of stone or gravel. Built-up systems have been in use for well over a century.

In recent decades, advances in chemical and manufacturing technology have enabled the development of single-ply membrane systems; flexible sheets of synthetic materials manufactured from a variety of chemical components. Here are some of the most common:

Modified bitumen systems have a composition like built-up roofing – but made in a factory. They’re layers of asphalt that also include synthetic materials and a fabric layer for reinforcement.

Thermoset membranes (primarily EPDM today) are vulcanized materials (rubber) made from cross-linked molecules that provide elasticity. Once the material is “set,” it’s hard to bond and can’t be heat-welded; EPDM membranes require adhesives for installation seaming.

Thermoplastic membranes (PVC, TPO, and some others), first used in Europe in the 1960s, do not contain cross-linked molecules, so they do not “set.” These materials “flow” when heated, enabling membrane sections to be heat-welded together during installation.

Regardless of the type of system you choose, commercial roofing projects can be highly complex. Make sure that your contractor is experienced with all the technology involved.

At Tusing Builders & Roofing Services, we’re experts in installing several types of roofing systems. We would welcome the opportunity to prepare a quote for you. Reach out to us at 866-584-2712.


Tusing Builders lends a hand to FRMC

The team at Tusing Builders and Roofing Services has roots that run deep within our community. Many of our members volunteer their time in a variety of ways. From the company perspective, we have engaged in many opportunities to make our community even stronger.

Most recently we, along with a few other local businesses jumped on the opportunity to lend our help to the Firelands Regional Medical Center. Read more in the recent article released by FRMC, starting on page 17.


Consider a Metal Membrane Retrofit!

Solve your Metal Roof Problems with a Membrane Retrofit

  • ·       Seam and fastener problems.
  • ·       Cracks and leaks around penetrations.
  • ·       Rust and corrosion.
  • ·       Interior drips from condensation.

 If you’re witnessing some or all these symptoms of an aging metal roof on your building, it’s time to consider taking care of them permanently – with a single-ply membrane retrofit roofing system from Tusing Builders & Roofing Services.

Over time, standing seam metal roofs take a beating from the elements – primarily the result of thermal expansion and contraction. Because metal roofs are made of rigid sheets fastened together, this expanding and contracting loosen screws, pulls at seams, and causes cracks to form around stacks and other penetrations. And if it’s not insulated properly, warmer moisture vapor inside the building can condense as water or frost on the underside of steel roofing panels. This condensation effect can cause dripping inside, even when the weather is dry outside.

Better than short-term coatings and much less expensive than a complete roof replacement is a single-ply membrane metal retrofit system. These systems are installed right over the existing roof deck and include additional layers of insulation to improve energy efficiency and eliminate interior drips. A single-ply retrofit can protect your building against rain, temperature changes, interior drips, ice build-up, as well as rust and corrosion. It can be installed at a fraction of the cost of a replacement metal roof – without disrupting your day-to-day operations.

Contact us today to learn more about how a metal retrofit roofing system can be right for you.


Single-Ply Roofing

A New Commercial Roof, Custom Made by Duro-Last


Since 1978, Duro-Last has been manufacturing single-ply roofing systems that are durable, energy-efficient, code-compliant, and backed by the industry’s best warranties. Best of all, it’s precision-fabricated to fit your building specifications precisely.

Most roofing systems are “assembled” on-site by roofing crews. This can lead to installation problems due to human error. And if the weather is bad or cold, material handling becomes even more difficult. These factors make the choice to use Duro-Last an easy one.

Because your roofing system is manufactured in a controlled factory setting, Duro-Last prefabrication eliminates up to 85% of on-site, rooftop membrane seaming, greatly reducing the likelihood of installation errors and leak problems in the future.

Other Duro-Last advantages:

  • Prefabricated systems are easier to install throughout the year, even during adverse weather conditions.
  • Installation time is reduced so the contractor can get on and off your roof quickly.
  • Prefabrication reduces waste. The roofing contractor orders the exact amount of necessary roof coverage, rather than a collection of raw materials.
  • Your new roofing system can be installed without disrupting your day-to-day operation.

The Duro-Last roofing system is the best long-term investment you can make in your building. Contact us today to learn more about how Duro-Last and Tusing Builders and Roofing Services team up for your best roofing option.


Questions to Ask Your Prospective Commercial Roofing Contractor

Questions to Ask Your Prospective Commercial Roofing Contractor

If it’s time to replace the commercial roof on your building, it’s critical for you to understand the experience, capabilities, and commitment to your satisfaction with the contractors you’re considering.

Here are several questions to ask:

  • How experienced are you with respect to the roofing system you’re proposing? Have you been authorized/certified/trained/rated by the manufacturer?
  • Can you provide a list of references, especially of commercial installations that are similar to our building/situation?
  • How will you evaluate the condition of the roof substrate prior to installation? Do you do core cuts and/or pull tests?
  • Do you have all the necessary tools and other equipment to perform a quality installation?
  • What is your protocol to keep your crew and my occupants safe during the project?
  • Do you foresee any problems with respect to accessing the roof or loading materials onto it?
  • Do I need to make any special accommodations to ensure that my operation can continue normally throughout the job?
  • What is your liability and workman’s compensation insurance? Can you provide me with proof of your coverage?
  • In addition to the manufacturer’s warranty, what warranty do you provide?

At Tusing Builders and Roofing Services we take pride in our ability to answer these questions and any others you have, to your satisfaction. Please call us today to learn more about our capabilities (866) 584-2712.


Cool Roofs = Savings

Add Value with a New Cool Roofing System

If the time has come for you to replace your aging commercial roof, do it with a cool, reflective roofing system from Tusing Builders and Roofing Services. You will get a watertight roofing system that will last you for years to come with the added benefit of energy savings.

Recent years have seen an upward trend in the installation of white, reflective roof systems, coming at the expense of black roofing systems that absorb and transfer heat into the building. That is because cool roofs can lower air-conditioning costs in the summer by reflecting sunlight off the roof’s surface. They can also enable a cooler and more productive environment for workers in non-conditioned spaces, agricultural buildings, for example.

The sun beating down on a black roof can elevate the surface temperature 70 degrees or more above the ambient air temperature. Compare that to a 20-degree increase for a cool, white roof. Does your facility have rooftop HVAC units? If so, they will have to work a lot harder on a black roof than a white roof to cool the air that is being pumped into your building. Cool roofs reduce operating costs.

We are proud to install highly reflective, cool Duro-Last roofing systems for our customers. Give us a call so we can prepare a quote for you, (866) 584-2712.


Roof Insulation

Insulation is not only an important topic for discussion in Winter but also for Summer. Thermal insulation is defined as products that reduce and slow heat loss or gain by providing a barrier between areas that are significantly different in temperature.

As it warms up this Summer, as it always does, the challenge to keep your building cool begins.  Having proper insulation in place can make a huge difference in the cost of energy in the coming months.

How is insulation measured? By the R-Value. R-value is the measure of thermal resistance and the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. It is used to measure the resistance of heat flowing through a specific material based on its thickness. When you see a high R-value, it means that it is more resistant to heat flow.

How much insulation do you need?  This answer can vary however there are some state regulations. For example, in Ohio when a roof is either re-roofed or built new, an R-20 insulation is required.  One inch of Polyiso has an R-Value of 5.7. Most contractors will choose 2 layers of 2” polyiso, reaching an R-Value of 22.8.

Here is a chart showing the thicknesses and corresponding R-Values.

If you have additional questions, please reach out to us at 866-584-2712.


With well over 100,000 square feet of roofing to tend to, the owners of Imagine Baking had a list of challenges. Over the past several decades, many additions and numerous roof systems had been installed by various contractors. The biggest challenge, however, was the fact that it was a working bakery that could have zero contamination from the re-roof project above. Tusing Builders & Roofing Services became the roofer they could trust. Close coordination became critical throughout the projects and our high level of concise communication fit their style perfectly. We were able to design a roofing plan that addressed their needs and we are proud to be their primary roofer.


For more info call 866-584-2712.

Roofing & Springtime

Do you have a roofing project coming up? Have you been waiting until Spring to address it?

Here is our #1 tip: Call us now.

Many building owners put off roofing until Springtime. We understand. No one (but us roofers) really wants to hang out on rooftops during these colder temperatures.

However, the Spring roofing season kicks into a much faster gear the closer we get. As you’d expect, our schedule starts to fill up, not just for a month but for several.

Get a jump on it.

Call us now. We can quote and add you to our schedule – 866-584-2712!