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Roofing Systems Information:

ROOFING INFORMATION:

Your roof, your building, your goals, and your budget all are part of the considerations to be weighed when deciding what is best. First I will start by introducing the proven fact that the best roofs are put on by the best roof installers, period using products with Code Approvals and a proven track record of performing as intended in regards to their Code Approvals and design criteria. You could have the best roof system in the world, with specifications written by a great Architect; however if it wasn’t installed by a competent and proficient installer that knows exactly how the roof system is supposed to be installed (as per project specifications and manufacturer installation protocol, also known as SPEC’s) it will not perform as intended and could cause a lot of headache and a waste of money.

As per industry terminology it is typically called, “As per manufacturer’s installation protocol”, sometimes there are deviations to enhance systems to meet architect’s and roof consultants approvals and the project specifications as per project manual, typically these deviations require written acknowledgement from the manufacturer of the material of the specified system. Companies such as Firestone Building Products Company, Carlisle-Syntec & Versico, Polyglass, GAF, Berridge Metals, IPC (Isothemal Ptotective Coatings) – Acrylink G, or any of the other companies that are displayed on our site in the credentials section usually will gladly provide assistance to certified applicators to assure that all design criteria is approved prior to production. This helps assure that the builder, architect, building owner, and contractors are all on the same page.

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The NRCA (The National Roofing Contractors Association) go to www.nrca.net also is a great informative site that provides more useful information than any other association or website that I know of in regards to roofing being performed as per best industry standard. Architects and roofers alike both rely on their vast information available about anything to do with roofing

Builders and Contractors involved are all meeting or exceeding the requirements that have been specified. They can also help building owners in getting everything from insurance reductions to tax credits.

CODE APPROVALS & TESTING AUTHORITIES

It is very important to know that the products being used for your project be it new construction, or a retrofit project have code approvals. In most jurisdictions you cannot use a product without Code Approvals. This is to protect the public, and to assure the quality of the product. You could have a cutting edge new product that could be better than anything on the market; however without code approvals it can’t be used legally or ethically. I’ve met people touting great looking products that I wanted to try; however without the required Code Approvals I couldn’t.  Don’t be fooled by someone touting a product without Code Approvals or telling you that they are in the process of getting them. For instance it takes 3 years to get the Energy Star seal of approval.

TESTING AUTHORITIES:

Always look for these three credentials: ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials), UL Rating (Underwriters Laboratory) and FM Approvals (FM stands for Factory Mutual) and FM ratings provide reliable information about the quality and tested performance of materials and systems as a whole. Typically a code compliant project cannot be performed without using products with these credentials. Architects, roof consultants, builders, and contractors all rely on these authorities to know that they are using / specifying the best and safe products that have proven test results confirming so that are conducted by non biased third party groups that do not sell products, only test them.

OTHER AUTHORITIES

There are also many other groups and organizations such as: Energy Star, displaying this credential shows that a product of material is energy efficient, it also provides the required information for tax credits for using Energy Star Rated Products. The CRC (Cool Roof Council) has approximately 3000 products listed that meet their approval. The USGBC (United States Green building Council) has a stamp of approval that indicates the product displaying this seal has been tested and meets there criteria as a Green Building Product. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an Internationally recognized testing authority that as Green Building and Sustainability become more and more important using LEED certified products helps the environment, and can add to meeting participation goals on Green Building Projects which appears to be one of the fastest growing sectors of the contraction industry.

PERMITTING OF ROOFING PROJECTS:

All projects should be permitted by the relevant local building code requirements regardless of if the project is new construction, or a retrofit system on an existing building. Why should it be permitted? I’ve been asked this before and the simplest answer is to protect your investment first and foremost. When your project is permitted and passes all inspections required then you will have the proof that your system meets or exceeds local building code requirements and you have made a good and safe investment. If it isn’t permitted and a system is installed that doesn’t satisfy local building code and down the road the owner decides to sell the building and the potential buyer does their due diligence and has the building inspected by a reputable and knowledgeable inspector and the roof system is found to not meet local building code requirement then the potential buyer will typically seek and should seek a price reduction to cover the cost of installing a new roof system that meets or exceeds local building code requirements to assure that their investment will pass an occupancy inspection and they can get the Occupancy Certificate required to operate a business or live in the building. This also gives them the assurance that their building is safe and insurable.

SUMMARY:

I will start by comparing a roof to a steak, or any other form of food. You could buy the best steak or the best food and if it isn’t prepared properly then it won’t come out properly. The simile between cooking which involves procurement, planning, preparation, and execution – or cooking is very similar to the installation and production of a roof system, it too involves procurement of materials, planning and preparation, and finally the execution – or installation. In today’s world of contracting there are two types of contractors / roofers that can best be summed up by either a 5 P contractor, or a 7 P contactor. What do the 5 P’s and the seven P’s stand for: The 5 P’s = proper planning produces premium performance. The 7 P’s = piss poor planning produces piss poor performance. In close I strongly urge you to do your due diligence and make sure you have a 5 P contractor that is using products with the proper Code Approvals and that your project is conducted with a pre approved Permit as per local building code requirements.

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