One of the main advantages of standing seam metal roofs is the fact that the fasteners do not penetrate the panels to attach the panels to the structure of the building. The attachment of the panel to the structure is accomplished through the use of clips.

The use of panel clips results in a smooth look to the finished roof since there are no visible fasteners. In addition, the clips keep the roof system watertight. The clips also allow for movement of the panels caused by thermal changes.

There are two different styles of clips. Some clips are one piece. One piece clips allow for unlimited movement of the panels. Two piece clips can also be called floating clips. The type of panel being used will help determine which clips are used for each project.

There are other factors to be considered in addition to the clip style. Proper clip spacing and clip size must be determined. The correct fastener must also be used to ensure the roof remain watertight. The installation process must also be followed correctly.

If you want more information about standing seam metal roofs or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

 

28 Sep / 2017

Shingles Colors

 

photo of house with energy star shinglesShingles are available in many colors, but many people stick with the more common blacks, browns, and grays. Selecting a different color can greatly impact the exterior of your home. There are various options to complete any home exterior.

Studies have been done that show the roofs with non-common colors can be more appealing, especially if the color of the roof coordinates with the rest of the house. Homeowners are no longer limited to interior color choices for the overall design of their home.

Owens Corning has many tools available on their website for assisting homeowners in selecting a color that will complement the rest of their home. They offer ideas on various color pairings, their 2017 color of the year, as well as style boards for ideas for homeowner. https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/design-inspire

They also have some design tools available. One design tool is the “Roofing Color Compass™ Color Personality Quiz.” (http://roofingca.owenscorning.com/homeowner/color-compass/compass.aspx#/intro/) Another great design tool is the “Design EyeQ® Visualization Tool.” (http://designeyeq.owenscorning.com/?src=rfg) This software lets you upload a photo of your home and see what the different shingles would look like.

If you want more information about available shingle colors or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

 

20140910_140712There are many different fastener options for metal construction today. Different options are better in certain situations. In order to have quality workmanship and all the benefits of the metal construction, the best fastener for each situation must be selected carefully.

There are two main types of fasteners. Originally, self-tapping fasteners were the only ones available. They feature unattached washers that are steel backed and bonded with rubber. Self-tapping fasteners require pilot holes being drilled in the metal. Self-drilling fasteners do not require a pilot hole and are more commonly used.

When deciding which fastener to use on a project, the substrate must be taken into consideration. Different fasteners will be appropriate for different substrates. In addition, the thickness of the material being fastened will help determine which fastener is best for the job. Different coatings and caps for fasteners are also available.

 Selecting the correct fastener for each project is crucial to the final success of the project. Making the correct selection, considering the advantages and disadvantages of the different options will result in fewer problems down the road.

If you want more information about metal roofing or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

flat roofThe final layer in a roof system is referred to as the roof cover. It is the final component of the roof system that may include the following components: the roof deck, the substrate boards, vapor/air retarder, insulation and cover boards.

There are many factors that help determine the best choice of cover for each commercial roofing system. The roof cover must be compatible with the adhesives used and the substrate below it. The choice of roof cover must also be made based on environmental factors. Building codes may also influence which roof covers are viable.

The building itself also helps determine which roof cover to use. The use of the roof can have a profound influence on the choices available. The building’s geometry, structural systems, interfaces with other buildings, and use can also affect which roof cover is the best choice.

The most common choices for low slope commercial roofing are EPDM, TPO or PVC and modified bitumen. EPDM is available in three different thicknesses and can be black or white. TPO is available in four thicknesses and is tan, light gray or white. PVC is available in five thicknesses and can be tan, gray or white. Modified bitumen is installed with several layers.

If you want more information about low slope commercial roof covers or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

20140910_140712The longevity of a metal roof system is greatly influenced by the ability of the roof to move slightly based on thermal changes. Properly designed metal roof systems can last many years, but an improperly designed roof may show signs of roof failure in as little as five years.

The effect of thermal movement is influenced by the type of metal roof systems installed and the temperature of the base metal. The temperature of the metal can differ greatly from the air temperature. Thermal movement must be considered during the initial installation. Repairs to improperly designed systems are seldom satisfactory and often lead to a full roof replacement much sooner than originally planned on.

The underlayment used is also another important consideration. The underlayment must be able to allow for proper thermal movement and can also be used to protect the underside of the metal panels.

If you want more information about thermal movement in metal roofing systems or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

IMG_2065In the past, commercial roof replacement normally entailed removing the existing roof down to the roof deck and installing an entire new roof system. While commercial roof replacement still happens this way, there are also many other options. New roofing materials allow for additional options for owners in addition to a full removal and new installation.

One option currently available to commercial building owners is roof restoration. Restoration can be especially useful with EPDM membrane roofing. EPDM does not deteriorate as rapidly as older roofing options and can sometimes be restored instead of replaced.

Another option is to remove the existing membrane, but leave the existing insulation in place. If additional insulation is required, it can be added. A new membrane is installed over the insulation.

Some commercial building owners may elect to use their existing roof membrane as a vapor retarder. The existing membrane can be left in place and be used as a vapor retarder for the new roof system. Additional insulation can be added if necessary and a new membrane is installed.

 If you want more information about commercial roof replacement or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

21 Apr / 2017

Vegetative Roof Systems

Sustainable design has become an important part of the commercial building and construction sectors. Vegetative roof systems are an important way to incorporate sustainability in commercial buildings. Sustainability leads to lower effects on the environment and favorable long term operating costs.

Vegetative roof systems have been around since the 1960’s. Some cities even provide incentives for the use of vegetative roof systems on commercial buildings. In addition to possible incentives, vegetative systems provide easy access to green environments and areas for birds and insects. These systems also cover heat holding areas of commercial buildings to help offset the urban heat island effects.

Vegetative roof systems are also important for storm water management. They can help offset the loss of ground absorption from the presence of numerous buildings and little green space in urban areas. Rainwater can be stored in the plants and system layers of a vegetative roof system.

Vegetative roof systems also add to the beauty of the area. They allow people to connect with nature in urban areas. However, the additional weight added to the building must be considered. Vegetative roof systems also require a certain amount of ongoing routine maintenance.

If you would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

flat roofThe cover board in a roof system is the final layer upon which the roof cover will be placed. Cover board can serve many different purposes. They can protect the insulation from foot traffic, enhance the bond between the roof cover and the substrate, and result in enhanced wind uplift resistance. Cover boards can also enhance fire resistance, provide hail protection, provide a substrate for roof cover adhesion if the insulation is not compatible with the adhesive being used, and reduce energy loss. Overall, the use of a cover board can improve the roof system performance.

In choosing a cover board to be used with a roof system, the selected cover board must be compatible with the roof system chosen. It must be compatible with the roof cover that will be part of the roof system as well as compatible with the attachment method. The conditions, building type, time of year during installation and weather conditions must also be considered.

There are several types of cover board currently available. Some roof systems will use glass mat faced or fiber reinforced gypsum. High density wood fiber, high density polyisocyanurate insulation, and perlite are other options. Other systems may use plywood/OSB board, cement board or asphaltic core board.

Another consideration when using cover board is the attachment method. The attachment of the other components of the roof system, as well as the system of attachment for the cover board, must all be compatible.

If you want more information about cover boards or would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

 

27 Feb / 2017

Resilient Structures

flat roofClimate change has led to greater need for structures to be resilient to natural disasters. Weather related emergencies are becoming more commonplace. Weather related disasters can cause extensive damage to property and human life.

These changing weather conditions require new methods of construction that are more resilient. Building codes have changed that require more resilient structures. Buildings must be more resilient than in the past. Past weather patterns can no longer be used to predict future building needs.

Resilient construction practices will result in buildings that are better able to withstand future natural disasters or other disruptive events. More than durability is involved in resilient construction. Resilient construction allows buildings to be able to continue to function during adverse conditions. This can be especially crucial for hospitals, fire stations, police stations and other critical facilities.

Change in resilient construction practices must begin now. A dedicated effort is necessary with cooperation among the various sectors of the construction industry. Builders must design and construct structures that do more than meet the minimum standards. They must begin building resilient structures that can withstand and thrive in extreme conditions.

If you would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.

 

940OC_DP_TerraCotta_H1__t13With the current explosive growth of innovative technology, there have been many advancements that are changing the world. Some recent technology can be beneficial to the construction industry. One of those advances is the Unmanned Aircraft System, UAS, commonly referred to as drones. Drones are remote controlled flying robots.

Drones provide many advantages to construction work. A video camera can be attached to a drone to allow contractors to provide a virtual tour to customers of the work being done on the jobsite. They can be used as an additional marketing tool for contractors. Drones also allow contractors to keep a close eye on the workers at a jobsite to ensure that everything is progressing smoothly and safety protocols are being followed. Surveyors are also able to use drones in their work.

In additional to many new opportunities for contractors, there are also some legal issues to be aware of. National rules passed by the Federal Aviation Administration govern use of drones. These rules require that the operator of drones must be certified in advance. States may have additional rules governing the use of drones. Equipment must also be within legal requirements.

Although the use of drones provides many advantages, contractors must be certain they are operating with the current regulations before beginning to use drones in their business.

If you would like an estimate for roofing or gutter installation or repair, please visit our website at www.apextx.com, call us 817-239-8744 or view our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/ApexRoofingInc.