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.

PROJECT PROFILE: IMAGINE BAKING

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!

Retrofit: Do not replace your metal roof until you read this…

Every roof system has a life cycle, including metal roofs. Once a metal roof nears the end of its cycle several problems begin to occur. Often the seals begin to break down, fasteners start to back out and the metal begins to rust and erode, in addition to the problems that start manifesting around any rooftop penetrations or equipment.

Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer a simple, quick and cost-efficient solution for metal roofs.

Consider a Retrofit System.

In this system, insulation is placed between the ribs, another layer of insulation is added on top of the ribs and then the entire roof and all the penetrations are enveloped in a membrane, such as Duro-Last single-ply PVC.

In addition to resolving all leak issues, this is not a “band-aid” fix. We offer retrofit roof systems with 15 and 20-year warranties.

 

 

Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer free quotes. We know you will find that the metal Retrofit system will be faster to install, less disruptive and will offer a long-term solution. Call for a quote today at 866-584-2712.

 

 

What type of roofing membrane should you choose for restaurants?

You likely already know there are several types of flat roofing, single-ply roofing systems on the market. Materials include ethylene propylene diene terpolymer – EPDM, Thermoplastic Polyolefin – TPO, or Polyvinyl Chloride – PVC.

Each is designed for use on flat roofs, so which one do we consider to be the best, specifically for restaurants? The answer comes down to the material type that each roof system is made up of. Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer all the roofing systems previously mentioned, however, when it comes to restaurants, our answer is always “PVC”.

PVC or Polyvinyl Chloride is resistant to many substances such as chemicals, but more importantly, in this case, is Animal fats. Nearly every restaurant has roof vent penetrations and out of these vents come greases, oils and animal fats. Over the past couple of decades, we have noticed a trend of degradation surrounding these roof penetrations on EDPM and TPO roof systems. That is, the animal fats eat away at the membrane. We have not seen this on PVC roof systems.

Chemical Resistance

  • Lard (Animal Fats)
  • Phosphoric Acid
  • Zinc Chloride
  • Bleach
  • Copper Sulfate
  • Muriatic Acid
  • Fruit Juice
  • Latex Paint
  • Polypropolene
  • Ferric Chloride
  • …and more

The answer is clear. If you are roofing or reroofing a restaurant, we strongly suggest that you put PVC roof membranes at the top of your list. Contact directly at 866-584-2712 for additional points of consideration.

12 Questions to Consider When Choosing the Best Roof System for Your Job

There is a wide variety of roofing systems on the market. If your building needs a replacement, you’ve likely begun to research these options. You may feel overwhelmed, or even like you need a degree in roofing to understand all the choices. Trust Tusing, we can help. We carry the knowledge and experience to thoroughly explain the difference and recommend the best options for your individual building needs.

12 Questions to consider when choosing the right roof for your project:

  1. What is my budget?
  2. What is the slope of my roof?
  3. How could my roof choice impact the occupants of my building?
  4. Do I need to add more insulation?
  5. How much foot traffic does my roof get?
  6. What are the current building codes?
  7. What type of weather will my roof be fighting against?
  8. How many roof penetrations do I have?
  9. Am I looking to acquire LEED Credits?
  10. How easy is it to repair the roof system?
  11. What are the details of the warranty?
  12. Is the new roof system recyclable?

There no “one roof system fits all” system. Tusing Builders and Roofing Services offer a variety of roof systems to fit your needs. Here are several of those choices.

Tusing Builders and Roofing Services can help you navigate the roofing area.

Call us today for a free consult!  866-584-2712

 

 

 

 

Tips on Choosing the Right Contractor for your Job

Beginning an improvement project of any kind comes with many areas of consideration and even more questions. We’ve listed 7 tips to help you choose the right contractor for your specific project.

  1. Ask around. Ask business acquaintances and ask the contractor for referrals.
  2. Phone Interviews. Conduct phone interviews with those referrals to get a feel for how the contractor runs their business.
  3. Check for licenses and insurance. You’ll want to ensure the contractors’ items are current.
  4. Meet in person. Get a better feel for their company and its processes.
  5. Speak up. Maintaining an open line of communication is vital. We do our very best to promote clear and consistent communication. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the project or material.
  6. Always look for a detailed, written contract. Your contract should include all materials, timeline, labor, and costs.
  7. Don’t let the price decide. If you have collected quotes and one is unusually low, consider what that could mean. Instead, focus on the contractor that you connected the most with.  You’ll be communicating a lot throughout the duration of your project; you want someone that ‘feels’ right.

Tusing Builders and Roofing services would value the opportunity to set up a phone interview with you. With our 20+ years of experience, we know how to treat our clients right. We specialize in both commercial and residential home remodeling, new construction, and roofing in Ohio.  We value customer satisfaction, so we make sure to provide quality and affordable services.

Call us at (866) 584-2712 or email sales@trusttusing.com. We’ll be happy to discuss our qualifications in detail.

Commercial Roofing and Winter

Certainly, you don’t need a reminder that Winter officially arrives in Ohio in less than 6 weeks.

  • Do you KNOW what condition your roof is currently in?
  • When was the last time you performed an inspection?
  • Is your roof winter ready?
  • Do you have projects that got pushed off and need to be completed?

Winter exacerbates ANY current roof issue.

Gutters & Downspouts – Having a blockage of your drainage system can cause several issues. First, if water can’t properly drain, it could cause water to overflow onto nearby surfaces. This could increase the chance of slip and falls. Second, ice buildup is heavy on any drainage system. The weight of the ice can damage the building and will cause it to start pulling away from the roof. The third issue is icicle formation, which is hazardous for anyone walking below.

Condensation – Even the best-insulated roofs can experience condensation issues.  Any excess water on the roof can cause problems. As a result, mold, mildew, and structural damage can occur.  Inspecting all seams, drains, and ventilation is key.

Ohio Wind – Strong, gusty winds are not uncommon during the Fall and Winter months in Ohio. Inspecting your metal edge detail would be key to reducing the chances of the wind getting under the roof system and lifting it up.

Skylights – Once again, a buildup of snow and ice can be very detrimental to your daylighting systems.  If water penetrates the skylights or pools around the opening, it can damage your structure and the drywall.

Rooftop Stress – It seems that every year we hear a news story about a roof collapsing during the winter months. It seems extreme. It is one of those occurrences that you think will never happen to you. The roofs can only withstand so much weight. We’ll continue to encourage you to partake in routine roof maintenance.

 

We know there is a lot on your plate.  Don’t let the roof fall to the wayside. It has so much potential to stop your business in its tracks if not cared for properly.  Let us take care of your roofing needs for you.

Trust Tusing.  Call 866-584-2712.