Roofing Roundtable: Critical Developments in the Roofing Industry You Need to Know About

Roofing Roundtable

Maintaining the roof on any building or facility can be an arduous task for any building owner or property manager.

The roof, often the first line of defense against the elements, is an important structure that must be carefully monitored and maintained to protect the overall integrity of the building.

Leaks in roofs are often difficult to track down and can lead to damage to interior finishes, unhappy tenants and costly repairs.

This week, we asked three of our roofing branch managers about critical elements in the roofing industry that people need to know about. Here’s what they came up with:

Keegan Tune, Kansas City Roofing Branch Manager

Roof coatings have increased significantly but are not suitable for every roof and certainly not in every situation.

Coatings have also made it possible for some less qualified contractors to tackle projects that they don’t have the expertise to perform.

R-value requirements are continually increasing so being aware of local codes, and compliance needs are key.

Jack Schneider, St. Louis Roofing Branch Manager

Recent changes in the energy code laws, some states have adopted, others haven’t (i.e., R-30 insulation code above roof deck).

Carlisle Syntec Systems has introduced the “Velcro” roofing system — no adhesives to bond membrane to insulation. Carlisle Syntec Systems has approved the material Cav Grip III to install EPDM membrane in the field and flash onto walls.

Mike Boyle, Peoria Roofing Branch Manager

Roof coatings over existing roofing with long-term NDL warranties are becoming more prevalent.

New products are out that minimize or stop any odors from entering the building through air intakes and openings.

In some cases, “R” values can be increased without raising units and mechanical equipment by using a new insulation material.