Several important factors come into play in protecting the investment of commercial real estate or strata against the elements. Strategically choose the type of roof system used and have a preventive maintenance plan is two very important factors. The performance of a roof has a profound impact on the operations of the property, tenant satisfaction and residents, and the cost of ownership.
This article is a summary of property managers to share information with customers, trying to understand the system of coverage and the importance of maintenance. We've often shared this information with customers such as commercial building owners and holders of the lease housing advice for residents and businesses layers. Read on to get the information necessary to understand, flat roof and the type of maintenance that goes with them.
Flat roofs are the most common type of roof system on the use of commercial properties and certain types of phenomena such as the layers of low-rise apartments and condominiums in height. The five most common types of flat roofs are:
Built roof (BUR also known as)
Modified bitumen roofing
Inverted roof roof
Green Roofs Systems
Integrated roof (BUR) is also mentioned as a roof tar and gravel. This is a tar-infused found rolled on top of the overlap between the layers. Liquid tar applied to the surface and sometimes several layers. Depending on conditions, generally keeps this type of roof from 10 to 15 years and will require additional layers added. Material in mind, such as small stones, can be used to protect the roof system and extend the life of the roof.
Modified bitumen roofing system BUR hybrid in which the material is produced at the factory and rolls applied roof deck. The same material is a tar or rubber modified asphalt is usually added to improve performance. Normally, the background BUR must be used before the modified bitumen that is applied by adhesive, torch or hot and humid. On top of the material is normally required to protect the roof system. Duration of the roof is usually more than 20 years.
Inverted roof membrane roof, which is generally free under the roof deck and held in place by the weight of toppings, such as small stones or precast concrete paving. Common film materials which are EPDM (ethylene propylene diene monomer). Seams and the film is combined with an adhesive. When well maintained, translated from the roof usually lasts more than 30 years.
Only systems canvas cover only the leaves of a single layer of roofing membrane made of various types of synthetic polymers. During installation, sealed on the seal to be created. Although they usually come with a higher price, you get what you pay for. A single layer of roofing membrane can survive almost any other type of roof, however, is essential to choose a single layer membrane with a heavy base layer and the design strength. These membranes are generally excellent UV resistance and wear, two factors that determine longevity. In theory, care and maintenance, a roof membrane of a single layer can last more than 50 years. In practice, the best designed were invented 25 years ago and today, failure and replacement rate can be as low as 1%.
Green roof systems have been used for centuries in Europe to reduce energy consumption and heat management of the buildings of the city. This trend has been to North America in recent years. Green roofs slow the drainage of the roof, the vegetation to maintain water and have water evaporates into the air to the roof. This raises the massive building and the city sewer. Creating a green roof is typically the same, mechanically speaking, as translated in the roof. Instead, the use of loose rock, soil and vegetation is applied. However, the key difference is that the material of the roof will also serve a dual role as the main barrier to stop the intrusion back to the roof tiles. You may want to consider the use of roofing material specifically for green roof. A well-designed and installed a green roof lasts longer than 20 years.
No article on building materials and technology to end without a mention of the interview. All roofs must have a sound preventive maintenance program in place, including the removal of waste and debris, damage inspection and cleaning of gutters and downspouts regularly.
The roof and flashing (the metal that surrounds the joints and corners and directs water from the roof) must have repaired the damage and cracks at least once a year. The life of the roof should be evaluated as part of the maintenance and provision for the upgrade or replacement should be part of the budgeting and capital planning of the property.
In the case of a leak, however small the source of the leak inspected and repaired and the area shown (eg, ceiling tiles or wall) should be reinstated. Small leaks can easily turn into major leaks in the rain. The importance of restoring the ceiling tiles or wall is not only aesthetic, it is also important to allow the rapid identification of further leaks.
In closing, after being informed of your roofing system, its maintenance requirements and options for the future or replacement at the time, you can ensure to make more informed decisions about their investment real estate.