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  Arkansas,  Delaware,  Indiana,  Louisiana, Maryland,  New Jersey,  Ohio,  Pennsylvania,  and Texas.

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The moment of realization that the leaks and repairs are a costly cycle and a new roof is inevitable can be very daunting. The numerous roofing types can be confusing. The most popular roof is not always the right roof for your facility. Likewise, the least or even the most expensive roofing material may not be the best choice either.

The skill of the installer is a much more crucial factor. 

  Even the best material installed by a mediocre roofer can fail; however a lower grade material installed by an experienced craftsman can outlast the warranty.

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Flat roof damage from age, high winds, hail, thunderstorms, or other environmental factors can be repaired or the roof can be recovered to mitigate the risk of experiencing the same problems in the future. Ponding water often appears on flat roofs and can void most warranties. We offer a single-ply membrane system with no exclusion for ponding water. EPDM, TPO, and metal roofs can often be recovered without a costly tear-off. 

Our expertise in flat roofs of all sizes, including:   

Restaurants, Industrial Buildings, Warehouses, Big Box Stores, Shopping Centers, Medical Centers, Colleges, universities, and Assisted Living Facilities.

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The one challenge with flat roofing is ensuring proper drainage. Unlike other roofing types that are slanted or sloped to allow water to drain automatically, flat roofs need a built-in drainage system to help remove moisture and debris. Poor drainage can lead to serious issues with flat roofing, from leaks to structural damage. There are several drainage solutions available for flat roofing and it is important to consider the pros and cons of each system before making a decision. This guide explains the advantages and disadvantages of the three most common flat roof drainage solutions; interior drains, gutters, and scuppers.

WHY FLAT ROOF DRAINAGE IS IMPORTANT

Flat roofing does not drain naturally like sloped roofs that can rely on the force of gravity to remove water. If these roofing types are not fitted with a proper drainage solution, they will experience poor drainage which leads to the following issues:

-Pooling of water on the roof that can eventually lead to leaks
or structural damage
-Accumulation of debris such as twigs and leaves
-Damage to the caulking and tar from debris buildup and
pooled water
-Extra stress from ice in the winter
-Leaks near features of the roof such as the chimney or vent
pipes
-Leaving your flat roof without a drainage system will greatly
increase the risk of these issues. Fitting the roof with one of
the following systems to ensure proper drainage will help
keep it protected.

INTERIOR DRAINS

Interior drains work just like the drain in your shower or sink. These drains are placed in areas of the roof that collect the most water, and they lead the water into a system of pipes that are installed below the roof. The water travels through these pipes until it is dispensed into a gutter or downspout at the side of the building.

-This drainage system has the following benefits:
-The walls and foundation are protected from water damage.
-The pipe system is protected by the roof and walls of
the building which reduces the risk of cracking or freezing.
-Interior drain systems are customizable and can improve
the curb appeal of your home or building.
-Before deciding on an interior drain system for your flat roof,
you must consider the following disadvantages:

Interior drains are the most expensive flat roof drainage system.
While this system is less likely to sustain damage, any damage that does occur must be repaired by a professional roofing technician.
The drains and pipes can easily become clogged with debris. You must install strainers on the drains to prevent debris blockage and routinely check the system for debris buildup.
GUTTERS

Gutters are the most commonly used, and most cost-effective drainage solution for flat roofs. They catch rainwater as it rolls off the edge of the roof and diverts the water into a downspout that dispenses it a safe distance from the foundation of the building. This prevents the water from rolling off the roof uncontrolled and running down the side of the building which could damage the siding, windows, and foundation.

There are a couple of disadvantages to using gutters on flat roofs. Gutters need consistent cleaning throughout the year because they gather debris that can block the flow of the water. If this debris is not cleared out, the water will overflow and run down the side of the building. Gutters are also susceptible to damage from severe weather, ice, and heavy debris. It is important to weigh these disadvantages against the low cost of gutters before making a final decision.
SCUPPERS

Scuppers are the most effective drainage solution for flat roofs. With this system, large square openings are made along the edge of the roof that shoots the water away from the side of the building. Sometimes downspouts are installed directly below these openings to catch the water and drain it away from the building and foundation in a controlled manner.

Flat roof scuppers have the following benefits:
-Cost-effective
-Easy to maintain
-Large, wide scuppers rarely if ever get clogged by debris
-Well designed scuppers can enhance the aesthetics of the building.

While scuppers are generally the best drainage solution for flat roofs, there are some disadvantages to take into account. Any downspouts that are installed below the scuppers for drainage are vulnerable to clogs and must be checked regularly for debris. Scuppers can also be ineffective for heavy rain and snowmelt, and they are less effective on the flat roofs with little to no pitch to guide the water to the edges. Scuppers must be cleverly designed for the best effect.

HELP FROM ROOFING PROFESSIONALS

When it comes to choosing a drainage solution for your flat roof, it is important to consider the cost of the system, its durability, and the type of maintenance required. Every drainage system discussed here is vulnerable to clogs from debris, but you can largely avoid this risk by using scuppers with no downspouts.
If you are not sure which drainage system will work best for your roof for your money, consult the roofing professionals of LaFerney Commercial Roofing. Our technicians install and maintain all types of flat roofing and we can help you choose, install, and maintain the right drainage solution for your building.
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Everybody wants to prevent the accelerated aging of buildings and commercial roofing by eliminating as many hazards as possible. However, your commercial flat roof will not be able to be protected from some fairly common problems. Learn more about what threatens your roof on a daily basis and how to limit damage to your building.

Sunshine Breaks Down Seals and Membranes
Even if you use materials that offer some UV protection, the fact is that the constant heating and cooling cycles experienced by your roof will cause the construction materials to age. They become brittle, will crack, and eventually fail. It is simply a matter of time.

Sudden Storms That Hurl Debris

So, your property doesn’t have any large trees on it. However, when a blizzard or summer thunderstorm rips through town, the high winds can carry bits of wood, metal, and rocks across county lines. A tornado can rip apart the membrane of a flat roof without blinking while the rest of the building stands unharmed. Your roof is the armor against the weather, but even armor can dent.

Wildlife Always Looks for a Way Inside

Your pest control program fights the incursion of insects and rodents on a daily basis. However, you probably don’t have any traps up on the roof. It doesn’t take much for a mouse to get inside. All they need is a tiny hole and their teeth can do the rest. A determined squirrel or raccoon? Ripping aside loose sheathing is the name of their game.

Maintenance Workers Drop Tools and Disturb Seals

Of course, you need bi-annual service on your rooftop HVAC system. Every time the maintenance workers climb up the ladder, they bring their steel-toed boots, a metal box of tools, air cleaners, ladders, and extra supplies. They will move housing that had a weather-tight seal. Membranes, silicone, and even aging asphalt can fail when faced with a hammer, drill, and screwdriver.

Who is Up on the Roof?

Whether the building houses offices, retail, or apartments, at some point an employee or resident will get curious about what is up the roof ladder. Before you know it there is a private entertainment patio next to the machine room and people are partying on the roofing system. They were only having fun, but the leaks happened anyway.

In the end, you simply cannot prevent your roof from experiencing some kind of damage in its lifetime, no matter how good the original construction and materials may have been. Only a regular commercial roof inspection completed by a reputable company like LaFerney Commercial Roofing can prevent those small problems caused by normal wear and tear from turning into major repair jobs. Schedule your inspection by calling LaFerney Commercial Roofing today.
LaFerney Commercial Roofing
LaFerney Commercial Roofing
It’s officially that beautiful time of year that we call Fall. As the climate, humidity and vegetation changes, so do your roofing needs. It is important to keep up with your roof maintenance to ensure a long, healthy life span for a commercial roof.

Here are a few tips to help you extend the life of your commercial roof.

1. Trim those trees back! With the change in temperature, those leaves are bound to fall. Where will they end up? That’s right. In your rain gutters, causing them to clog up. This can be prevented by trimming your branches back before this becomes a major issue.

2. Clean those gutters! Gutters are essential in keeping the water flowing functionally through and off of your roof. Clogged, moist gutters can quickly lead to cracking, molding, and severe water damage. Be sure to clean out your gutters before Fall begins and continue to check them frequently throughout the season.

3. Call LaFerney Commercial Roofing to get a full commercial roof inspection before winter approaches. Don’t wait for the ice to cover your roof before it is ready for winter conditions.

4. Lastly, should there be any damages to your roof discovered in your inspection, schedule an immediate commercial roof repair with your LaFerney Commercial Roofing.

If you go through these notions, you will be FALL ready and prepared to take on the season! As always, LaFerney Commercial Roofing is here to help! Call us for a free estimate on your commercial roof.

Contact us:
800-633-3119 or www.Laferney.com
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