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Queens NY – Flat Roof Repair- Fixing others mess

Scupper on Flat Roof Queens NY full of tar - Had to clean this mess up to make the necessary flat roof repairs

A scupper full of tar will not solve the problem – This had to be removed to make the necessary flat roof repairs – Queens NY

Rubber membrane to the scupper was not welded to the roof - Queens NY

Rubber membrane to the scupper was not welded to the roof – Queens NY

Removed all the tar from the scupper. Now the scupper is ready for a new rubber membrane transition to the flat roof - Queens NY

Removed all the tar from the scupper. Now the scupper is ready for a new rubber membrane transition to the flat roof – Queens NY

Parapet Wall prepared for rubber membrane cover - Queens NY

Parapet Wall prepared for rubber membrane cover – Queens NY

Covering parapet wall with Modified Bitumen Torch Down rubber membrane

Covering parapet wall with Modified Bitumen Torch Down rubber membrane

Parapet wall and scupper after the rubber membrane was installed- Queens NY

Parapet wall and scupper after the rubber membrane was installed- Queens NY

Patching flat roof with rubber membrane in Queens NY

Patching flat roof with rubber membrane in Queens NY

Metal Cap transition to slate roof on Flat Roof in Queens NY

Metal Cap transition to slate roof on Flat Roof in Queens NY

Metal Cap on Flat roof transition to Slate roof Queens NY

Metal Cap on Flat roof transition to Slate roof Queens NY

Chimney not properly flashed on a flat roof repair queens NY

Chimney not properly flashed on a flat roof repair Queens NY

Chimney wrapped with Rubber Membrane on flat roof Queens NY

Chimney wrapped with Rubber Membrane on flat roof Queens NY

Skylight flashing on Flat roof repair in Queens NY

Skylight flashing on Flat roof repair in Queens NY

metal cap joint - rubber membrane to make a permanent transition

metal cap joint – rubber membrane to make a permanent transition

Which Drain for a flat roof is best? watch Video

There are three types of draining systems found for flat roofs

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When installing a new roof, it is important to re-design the drains so they would function better. Although drains are the most important part of a flat roof, it is the most overlooked object.

A well-designed drain system  ensures a long-lasting roof with low maintenance

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Scuppers – Flat Roof Repair

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Scuppers – A Flat Roof Drain System for Commercial Roofs – Watch video

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Gutters on Flat Roofs – Important Drainage Systems

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Flat Roof Drains and Strainers on Commercial Roofs – Watch Video

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Flat Roof Drains: Location, Installation & Maintenance – Watch Video

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Flat Roof Drain Strainers – Watch Video

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Scuppers and Drains on Flat Roofs-Wilton, Darien to Greenwich

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Gutter Repairs/ leaks on flat roofs? Stamford Westport CT

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Flat Roofs Drains and Strainers best design – video

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Commercial Rubber Roof Flat – Watch Video

Commercial Rubber Roof

Commercial Rubber Roof – The same roofing materials apply to a Commercial roof as on a Residential roof. It is a myth that there is a higher standard for commercial roofing than that for a residential roof.

The same techniques and equipment are used to install flat roofs on commercial as well as residential flat roofs. The roof technicians experience determines the quality of the roof.

In this video, you will see how we prepared an existing roof on the house and then Torch Down a new rubber membrane over the existing roof.

Notice that the preparing the flashing was the tricky part. Residential roofs are harder to do due to flashing and siding.

 

DIY Flat Roof Repair Videos and Instructions

DIY Flat Roof Repair Videos and Instructions

Watch videos and get Tools and Materials List to Fix your own Flat Roof

More costly to install a flat roof on a Residential building

It is much more difficult to install a flat roof on a residential roof than a commercial roof. There are far more obstacles, flashing, siding and skylights to deal with in a very confined area. For this reason, it cost more per square foot to install.

In the video above you will see that the preparation of the flashing was the hardest and took much longer than installing the new rubber roof. Residential roofs are notorious for taking longer to prepare for a new roof. This is why most roofing companies fail to provide a roof that doesn’t leak. They never take the time to prepare the flashing.

Watch this video on Rubber Roof Installation

The Best Rubber Roof available

Regardless if you install a Torch Down Rubber Roof over an existing Torch Down rubber roof or a Modified Bitumen Base sheet, this is by far the best roofing system. It is harder to install over an old Torch Down Roof because it takes longer to heat and melt the old rubber to fuse the new rubber membrane to it.

Commercial Rubber Roof - Two Ply Rubber Roof Installed - This is the best roofing system in the industry

Commercial Residential Rubber Roofs

In the image, you can see what a base layer looks like before the final cap sheet installation. This base sheet allows for a perfect Final layer to be melted into it making it a Two Ply Torch Down System.

commercial residential rubber roofs- This is the installation of the First layer before Torching the final layer on top

Video – Repairing Torch Down Rubber Membrane Roof

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Rubber Roofs – Comparing EPDM with Torch Down -Video

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Con Artist Roofing Contractor

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Flat Roof Repairs and Flashing Greenwich

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Rubber Roof Systems – Watch Video

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Flat Roof Rubber Membrane

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Flat Roof Rubber Membranes are divided into three types – EPDM, TPO, and Modified Bitumen Torch Down

Although there are many types of roofing products on the market for flat roofs, there are basically three types that are commonly installed. These are EPDM Rubber, TPO Vinyl and Modified Bitumen Torch Down Rubber. Of these three the Torch Down Rubber Membrane is the best.

All these roofing membranes mentioned above classifies as a “Single Ply Membrane”. These roofing systems are one layer of membrane that is seamed together making up a roof. This is why there are so many issues with these roofing systems because it takes more experience and skill to install any of these membranes.

In the old days, there was basically only one type of roofing system and that was the Hot Tar Mop Down roofing system. With so many different roofing membranes on the market, it became harder to train and keep roofing technicians.

For one, everyone that has worked as a roofing technician for a larger company, quickly see the opportunity to start his own roofing company. The larger roofing companies have lost the edge and have strong competition from all the smaller one pony shows.

 

This video is about a EPDM rubber roof. In the video we try to prove that EPDM roofs are not as good as what most roofing contractors make it out to be.

The diluted Experience of Roofing Technicians.

More often, roofing technicians will walk away from a larger company to start their own roofing business, but will not have the necessary skills to handle the business side of it.

They end up underbidding jobs and ultimately providing an inferior roof. This trend has been going on for the last 20 years. We see so many flat roofs that are not installed according to proper roofing standards.

Check out this article on flat roof repairs.

Flat Roof Rubber Membrane – Modified bitumen mop Down roof

The image is from someone in Philidelphia; you can tell the roof was not installed correctly. The membrane just hangs over the edge. To the far side where the gutter is, you can see how they just rolled the roofing membrane over the edge into the gutter. All these are finer techniques that make a roof last longer or not.

All these are better techniques that make a roof last longer or not. To hire someone that has not been in the roofing business very long is taking a significant risk of having to re-do the entire roof again.

Flat Roof Rubber Membrane - Modified bitumen mop Down roof

This is the text conversation I had with a man from Illinois.

The images he has sent from his phone

Naas Ferreira:

How can I help?

Looks like the seams were leaking and someone tried to tar it

Man in Illinois:

I was trying to get advice for roof I had done and started back leaking the company says I need drains now

Naas Ferreira:

Were you the installer?

Oh so you the owner

Man in Illinois:

No I had a company come out and two days later it started back leaking and they won’t honor the warranty said I need drains on roof before they will come

back out

Naas Ferreira:

And roofing company wants u to install drains?

Man in Illinois:

Yes

Naas Ferreira:

Ok absolutely wrong. They are

The roof is slanted

Not much but water can’t pond too much

From the appearance, it looks very badly installed

But

It appears the shingles are in bad shape too

Man in Illinois:

Yes before they will come back out. I had a 2nd opinion roofer come out and told me no I don’t need drains 90lb felt and tar is not a roofing system

Naas Ferreira:

Oops

Flat Roof Illinois
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Man in Illinois:

Oh I now have lots of water on the flat roof and it’s leaking in my home for over a month now

Naas Ferreira:

Ok

So you had a fake roofer

Even with 90 lb paper it should have worked

Man in Illinois:

That’s what I’m trying to find out. I hired him a site

Naas Ferreira:

Anyway. Cut your losses and get a real roofer. Sorry about your loss

I also suspect your shingles could cause leaks

They look old and brittle

Be sure to have that checked out

Man in Illinois:

But it’s only the flat side leaking and I have a lot to cut for losses

Naas Ferreira:

Yes but if the shingles leak it will show up on flat section

Man in Illinois:

Oh ok

Naas Ferreira:

I am almost positive that is what’s wrong

The flat section is bad, but still, it should not leak

Man in Illinois:

No, it’s more than that I had my ceiling removed due to the leak and there are several areas leaking from ceiling

Naas Ferreira:

Yes that won’t tell where the water is coming from

I would not have touched that flat section by the look of the shingles

Man in Illinois:

Even when it rains n is pouring in like raining inside

Naas Ferreira:

Have someone check the shingles

I think you are at a loss with these people

Man in Illinois:

Ok I will

Naas Ferreira:

If they installed paper then they have no clue and there is no way then to ask them to do better

Man in Illinois:

Yea, I think so as well

Naas Ferreira:

Where are you

State?

Man in Illinois:

Well the contract says they were doing something else I didn’t know what was done until a 2nd roofer was called out

Rockford Il

Naas Ferreira:

You can find someone to install a Torch Down rubber over that will save you money

CA

??

Man in Illinois:

What is that

Naas Ferreira:

What state are you in?

I don’t know where Rockford is

Man in Illinois:

Illinois

Naas Ferreira:

I see

Man in Illinois:

1 1/2 hours from Chicago

Naas Ferreira:

Anyway see what you can do

I really am concerned about the shingles

Man in Illinois:

O wow

rough situation I don’t know anything about roofing and I thought I would have a better chance not being taken advantage of if I used a roofing site

Naas Ferreira:

If u can take some pics close up of the shingles I’ll probably will be able to tell

Man in Illinois:

Well, right now I don’t even have the money I’m back saving I paid 3200$ for that to be done. I just had a kid leave for college and this has put me in a

Ok

I’m concerned about the entire roof now n the inside of my home

Naas Ferreira:

I am so sorry

Man in Illinois:

Ok I can tomorrow it’s too dark for me to go up there now

Naas Ferreira:

I don’t think you going to get them to fix it. Scam artists

Man in Illinois:

Thank you for time and advice I will send pics tomorrow once I’m home from work about 430

Naas Ferreira:

Ok

Man in Illinois:

When fair claims contact them they said I now need drains but it’s not in the contract and was never mentioned to me when he gave me the estimate

Naas Ferreira:

U don’t need drains

Absurd

Not for that roof

That house has been there a long time without drains

Nothing has changed. Just a bad roofer

Man in Illinois:

I know I immediately called out a different roofing company and didn’t tell them I recently had it repaired and just let them give me an estimate then asked

d if I was to put drains up will that help the problem and they said no. I’m reading the new estimate and they do have on here to replace side shingles

in this estimate

Naas Ferreira:

I see

Man in Illinois:

The new company said remove n replace 3 courses of shingles from slope roof

And the said it will be a durotuff roofing system to the flat roof

Naas Ferreira:

Ok. Maybe because of 3 layers that could not be the cause of the leak on the flat roof. Maybe the flat roof was so badly installed it’s leaking

Hmm don’t know “durotuff”

Man in Illinois:

The new roofing company that came out check the entire roof

PVC durotuff

Naas Ferreira:

Ok yes

It’s good but more expensive than Torch down

Man in Illinois:

Lol ok

Naas Ferreira:

I am not a fan of PVC or TPO

Man in Illinois:

Yea I know it’s 4800$ I have to come up with

Naas Ferreira:

But in your case, it will be ok

Man in Illinois:

I have no idea what either is

Naas Ferreira:

Vinyl plastic roof

They are pretty good

Price sounds right

Actually cheap

Man in Illinois:

They mention some about vinyl in here too

Naas Ferreira:

They will strip what’s there

Man in Illinois:

Yes I just wish I would have found them over a month ago then I wouldn’t have had to have carpet shampoo and rented humidifiers and cleaned water every day

 which was a waste due to it’s still not fixed

Yes because water is in between

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When not to repair a EPDM Rubber Membrane

When an EPDM Rubber Roof Membrane is beyond repairs

This article: Explain why it is not wise to repair an EPDM Rubber Membrane that was installed before 2015. See the images of EPDM Rubber that has been patched. That is a sign when to quit repairing

signs of repairs on a EPDM Rubber roof are all the patches - this becomes costly and not worth repairing

EPDM Rubber Roofs also have its limits and when to stop repairing

Most EPDM Rubber Roofs fail prematurely due to the adhesives that breakdown. Ultraviolet rays and the heat beating onto the black EPDM rubber roof causes the adhesives that bond the seams together to break down causing leaks. In most cases, an EPDM roof starts showing signs of failure between five and eight years. The repairs quickly escalate, and before you know it, you could have had a new roof for the price of all the repairs.

Repairing EPDM Rubber Roofs

All EPDM Rubber Roofs installed before 2015, are bound to fail prematurely. The reason is that the adhesive that was used to bond the seams together failed due to ultraviolet degradation.

Repairing these rubber seams became costly, and it was better to install a new roof. The revised method of installing an EPDM Rubber Roof is to use seam tape. Although it appears to be an improved system, it is too early to know if these seam tapes will withstand the ultraviolet.

Repairing Flat Roofs can end up being costly

There are many factors that must be taken into account whether a roof should be repaired or not. How can someone tell that the roof needs to be replaced?

Here is a list of things to look for that could help decide if the roof should be replaced

  • When many visible patches on the roof are found
  • When a silicone coating has been sprayed on the roof
  • When the rubber is curling and folding in some areas
  • When nails or screws are pushing up through the membrane
  • When numerous areas have a soft surface when walked on
  • When water ponding is in large areas
  • When seams are separating
  • When the particular rubber roof is at the end of its life expectancy
DIY Flat Roof Repair Videos and Instructions - determine type of flat roof

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Metal Roof Recovery – the best way and less costly

Metal Roof Recovery – the best way and less costly

Commercial Metal roof recovery

There are many methods on salvaging a metal roof that has gone past its life cycle. Most ideas are to spray a coating over a metal roof. When you look and listen to all the coating manufacturers, they all claim to do a good job. From our experiences, we have not found any coating that can last a long time. When applied they all look good, it’s like new painting in a building. but that’s all it is.

We have developed a method that we have to learn from doing flat roof installation. The idea is to install a rubber membrane directly to the metal.  On all our roofs, the biggest challenge is to attach the rubber to the flashing. over the years we have come up with a proven method and we have applied that principle to metal roof recovery.

This method of ours works so well for several reasons.

  1. We use a petroleum based sealer and adhesive.
  2. The metal can be rusty and dirty, the tar will stick and seal all of that.
  3. It’s less expensive than silicone or epoxy coatings.
  4. After we applied our sealant/ adhesive, we add a rubber membrane over that sealant that adheres to the sealant.
  5. The membrane gives added strength and protection against UV’s.
  6. The membrane also can take the expansion and contraction of the metal.

Watch this video and see how we do it.

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Options on the Proper Repair of a Leaking Metal Roof

Metal roofs need coatings to give them a further life cycle.

Based on the research conducted by Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA), it showed that in the U.S, pre-engineered metal buildings constitute over half of all the latest, low-rise one- and two-story, none- residential structures. Based on this vast quantity of constructions with metal roofs, there are also numerous metal roofing problems that are present.

A conventional metal building roofing system includes a 24- to 26-gauge coated steel roof panels installed on purlins (structural steel members) that comes in a variety of 14 to 18-gauge in thickness. These purlins are usually cold-formed “C” or “Z” members installed 5-ft. On the middle.  With the use of screws, metal roof panels are firmly locked on the purlins; while in standing-seam metal-panel systems, hidden clips are secured to the purlins. These screws are not just mainly used to lock the panels; instead, they also serve to ‘stitch’ the panels altogether at the sides and end laps. On the other hand, rubber or neoprene washers are installed beneath the fastener heads, and then a sealant or tape is applied to waterproof the panel side laps and end laps. A Caulk or tape is typically inserted to fashion a hydrostatic joint.

Metal roofs that are over ten years old are more likely to suffer from failure due to some causes. One well-known area of weakness is found at the end and side laps of the metal panels where the initial butyl tape or caulk seals get old and collapsed. Fasteners are also a metal roof’s weak spot. This is because metal structures tend to get bigger and contracted due to temperature changes; hence leading to enlarged fastener holes and causing ruin to the fastener seals, which then allows water into the building. Further metal roof repair issues are that of the side, and end laps of the panels since Caulks and sealant applied in these corners gets typically weaken, or the sealant is gone, subjecting the structure to weather.

Other factors that account for the need of metal roof recovery include insufficient drainage; poor workmanship or low-quality materials, poor design and detailing, as well as tattered coatings on metal panels.

In an attempt to properly conduct a metal roof repair which includes an old or leaking metal roof, those faulty panels must be taken away and restored.  Moreover, every fasteners and flashing must be regularly inspected and get replaced as needed. Doing this repair project is not only expensive but will also cause loss of valuable business hours since it’s time-consuming. Sometimes, it’s more practical to replace the damaged roof instead or to retrofit it with BUR (built-up roofing), single-ply membranes, coating systems or new metal roof panels. The following are five options available when dealing with a leaking metal roof issue:

Often you will see a roof like this that has been coated but the coating did not last.

Metal-roof Replacement

The old metal roof will be removed and replaced with a new one; hence it’s very costly and is normally done in cases wherein it’s unlikely or no longer possible to restore the existing, metal roof. Although this is the most expensive out of the 5 options, the benefit of it is that the owner of the construction can start fresh with a brand new roof. The known disadvantages of this option are that it’s pricey (roughly of $10 per SQ. ft), cause disturbances to building users or business, and the probability that this new roof will once again experience similar issue just like before which will call for another costly replacement.

If the roof is sturdy enough to endure the additional weight, a metal roof recovery – which involves the installation of new metal roofing over the existing one – is a great option. Despite the fact that a metal roof recover presents similar durability and advantages found in the original metal roof, it is still susceptible to the same issues that originally caused the original roof to weaken, plus this option is also expensive.

Coatings or Liquid-applied Systems

  • Polyurethane-foam Recover

This option uses sprayed polyurethane foam that is directly applied to the existing metal roof, in a manner just like how a coating is applied. Following the replacement of damaged panels and fixing of surface corrosion, the foam is normally sprayed/applied in a number of passes to attain a thickness of at least 1 in. A special surface coating is then applied to the metal roof, safeguarding the foam from any ultraviolet damage. The benefit of spraying a polyurethane foam is that it can add R-value to the metal roof, plus it does not call for reinforcing fabric at the laps and fasteners.  However, the foam’s inability to accommodate thermal expansion and contraction very well, including its uncertain weather ability are some of the disadvantages.

Coatings look impressive when applied. But it is very deceiving.
  • Single-Ply Recover

This is a very expensive method to recover a metal roof. First, ou fills the valley’s with a fiberboard and then you add another layer on top of that before you install the rubber membrane.

A single-ply membrane, like that of a hot-air weldable TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin), will be installed over the existing metal roof. Prior to installing this system, damages metal panels must be replaced first. Once the replacement is done, strips of insulation are then installed between the ribs or flutes of the existing metal roof surface, followed by a second layer of insulation which is installed over the entire roof to give a uniform and level substrate. This insulation will enhance the R-value of the roof, as well as bring a strong substrate for the single-ply system. The hot-air weldable membrane is then automatically secured or completely adhered directly over the insulation, while the seams are merged altogether with the use of hot-air. A mechanically fastened system is held to the structural purlins with fasteners.

Some advantages of using the single-ply option in metal roof repair include reducing cooling costs since membranes are available in white or light colors. TPO membrane is flexible, enabling it to accommodate the movement that is natural in metal roofing, including any plane changes in the roof. Another benefit is that the cost of added insulation is already included in the total cost of the roof installation, which is typically similar to the cost of applying coatings. Moreover, these single-ply systems are usually not as sensitive to weather conditions as coatings during the installation procedure. Lastly, compared to roof coatings which normally only offer a 5- to 10-year maximum warranty period, some single-ply systems installed over metal roofs come with a 20-year warranty.

Deciding on how to recover, replace or repair a failing metal roof is not easy, sometimes confusing too. Knowing which ideal solution to have will surely help enhance the value, look and efficiency of a construction in a long period of time; that’s why it’s essential that you know which metal roof repair or metal roof recovery option to get.

This is a very expensive method to recover a metal roof. First you fill the valley’s with a fiberboard and then you add another layer

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