Prepare Your Property for a Stress-Free Fall with These 6 Commercial Roofing Hacks

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As the leaves change over and the temperatures drop, property owners must think about fall maintenance for their commercial roofing. A commercial building is a significant investment, and you want every part of it to last as long as possible. Once the roof fails, you risk damaging other areas of the building. And let’s not forget a roof replacement can come with a hefty price tag. With the right know-how, you can maximize the life of your commercial roofing and protect your property from potentially costly damage. This blog post will provide you with helpful tips and tricks for fall maintenance and upkeep of your commercial roofing, so you can be sure to start the season off on the right foot.

1. Pre-Season Inspection

As the summer draws to a close, it’s key to inspect your commercial roof before the fall season starts. This is a crucial step in ensuring that your roof is in good condition and prepared for the challenges that autumn may bring. “For all low slope and flat roof types, long-term standing water can cause excessive weathering, allowing your roof membrane to become brittle. Signs of long-term standing water are mold and vegetation growth. Check the underside of the roof or on your drop ceiling to see if there are any signs of water damage, which is a sign of damage to your roof cover system.” (Disaster Safety).

With pre-season inspection, you can catch and address any potential issues early on, preventing more extensive damage and costly repairs in the future. Your warranty should give you guidelines to follow regarding inspections and maintenance tasks, each of which can help extend the life of your roof and give you more peace of mind from season to season.

Problem Signs

Look for membrane punctures from roof-mounted utility service, loose flashing, or any other signs of potential leaks or problems. Pay close attention to areas around HVAC units, vents, chimneys, and skylights, as these are common areas for leaks to occur. Weather changes produce contraction and expansion of the roof material. This can cause fractures in the membrane, failed laps, and seams, all of which are points of entry for water to enter the building. The membrane and insulation of your roofing system should be inspected thoroughly for any shrinking, shifted, loose, or soft portions of your roof’s surface.

2. Trim Overhanging Branches and Trees

Fall is the perfect time to assess and address any potential hazards that may affect your commercial roof. One important step is to trim overhanging branches and trees. While those lush, green trees may provide shade in the summer, their branches can become a significant threat to your roof during the fall.

Overhanging branches pose several risks to your commercial roofing. First, falling leaves and debris can accumulate on your roof, causing water buildup and potential leaks. Additionally, during autumn storms, strong winds can cause these branches to break and damage your roof. By trimming overhanging branches and trees, you can mitigate these risks and protect your roof from potential damage.

Consider hiring a professional tree service to trim any branches that extend too close to your roof. This will not only protect your roof but also prevent any safety hazards for your inhabitants. Remember, proactive measures like trimming overhanging branches are essential in maintaining the longevity and integrity of your commercial roofing system.

3. Clean Gutters and Downspouts

As the fall season arrives, it’s crucial to prioritize commercial roofing maintenance to ensure it remains in optimal condition. Next, check your roof’s drainage system and components. Make sure that gutters and downspouts are clear of debris, such as leaves and twigs, which can clog the system and lead to water damage. Check that the gutters are securely attached to the roof and properly sloped to ensure proper water flow.

Start by removing any debris collected in your gutters and downspouts. Use a small trowel or your hands to scoop out the leaves and twigs. Once the debris is clear, flush the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose to ensure they are free of any remaining obstructions.

4. Seal any Cracks or Gaps

With the arrival of fall, it’s essential to take proactive steps to ensure your commercial roof is in top condition for the coming winter. One important task is to seal any cracks or gaps in the roof. These small openings may seem insignificant, but they can lead to major problems if left unattended.

Sealing cracks and gaps help to prevent water infiltration, which can cause significant damage to your roof and the interior of your building. Moisture can seep in through even the tiniest openings, leading to leaks, mold growth, and structural deterioration. By taking the time to seal these areas, you can safeguard your roof and avoid costly repairs in the future.

5. Check and Maintain Insulation and Ventilation

As the temperatures start to drop, property owners need to pay attention to their commercial roofing insulation and ventilation. Check your insulation to ensure it is properly installed and in good condition. Insufficient insulation can lead to heat loss, which can result in higher energy bills and discomfort for your employees or customers. If your insulation is compromised, condensation can occur within your building during colder months. When a cold surface meets the warmer interior air, condensation will form and can cause major mold and mildew problems inside your building in addition to potential water damage.

Take the time to inspect your insulation for any signs of damage or wear. Look for areas where insulation may be missing or compressed and replace or add insulation as needed. Additionally, check your ventilation system to ensure that it is functioning properly. Clear any debris that may be blocking vents and ensure that air can flow freely.

6. Schedule Regular Maintenance with a Professional Roofing Contractor

“The single, most cost-effective way to maximize roof performance and life cycle longevity is to adopt a proactive approach towards preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance minimizes the total and annualized cost of ownership of roofing systems through regularly scheduled inspections and periodic repairs of common problematic components,” (Facility Executive).

Professional roofing contractors have the expertise and knowledge to identify potential issues that may not be immediately apparent to an untrained eye. They can perform a thorough inspection of your roof, checking for any signs of damage, wear, or potential leaks. They can also assess the condition of your roof’s materials and recommend any necessary repairs or replacements.

The Ideal Season for Maintenance

The wintertime presents countless hazards, including snow and ice that can make slips more likely and freezing temperatures that can prevent proper shingle sealing. During the warmer months, extreme temperatures can cause roofers to experience dehydration and heat exhaustion, which can cause delays in project completion. To avoid these issues, consider having repairs performed during the fall since the weather conditions are just right.

PB Roofing’s THREATCheck

Now that you understand the many potential hazards to a commercial roof, you can be assured that protecting your structure is worth the investment. Our THREATCheck is for new customers: one enhanced visual inspection to identify deficiencies and provide recommendations for repairs or replacement. Our Plus Package features the same, with a bi-annual inspection plan. Photo report included.

PB Roofing is a dynamic company serving the East Coast and headquartered in northern New Jersey with a satellite location in Massachusetts. Our committed and capable team is available on-demand to fulfill any request. Our elevated service exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning client.

6 Ways Teamwork Produces Better Results in Construction

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The necessity of teamwork has been accelerated by the influence of new technology, materials, and processes in the roofing industry, making it a requirement to complete any large task. Sharing knowledge and experience makes a good construction team great. Here are the six ways teamwork can bring any commercial construction team (roofing included) to exceed expectations.

1. Common Purpose

The defining characteristics of any successful team are support, trust, accountability, and respect. To support engagement, individual members need to have challenging, realistic targets. To reach these targets, people need to join forces to quickly solve problems that arise in commercial roofing. That’s where the value of teamwork shows its advantages.

On any commercial roofing project, tasks such as planning, estimation and material sourcing, logistics, scheduling, and safety must work together seamlessly.

2. Collaboration

Collaboration works best with a positive team spirit that supports working well together. “If you are surrounded by people of high ability, you strive to show your potential. However, in creating and managing a team, you should not look for only technical skills or abilities, but also individuals’ sense for coordination and interpersonal skills.” (LetsBuild).

Collaborative work is valuable within a commercial roofing team and with the client. Realizing the client’s vision is critical to the success of any organization. Working alongside clients is needed to know the project requirements and for them to feel part of the team. This approach helps in generating new and progressive ideas, creating better results.

3. Leadership

Leadership is the foundation of exceptional teamwork. A commercial roofing team leader ensures their team works together to achieve their goal and promotes the cooperation required for their team’s peak performance. The team leader must also confirm that the team has the resources and information necessary to complete its objective.

“Strong teamwork is an excellent way to promote learning. When you encourage employees to share thoughts and ideas as a team, they can experience new perspectives and information.” (NeuroLeadership Institute). A confident and effective team leader looks to the team for solutions and welcomes constructive criticism. The team leader must make difficult decisions that will affect the team in the interest of the best possible outcome for the client.

4. Diversity

A positive culture is supported by celebrating diversity. The roofing industry must embrace these gifts and immediately make processes for them. When people are empowered, they use their voices to help influence change. Forming a diverse team will make employees feel accepted, increasing engagement and performance. “If you just expand your horizons and make yourself more appealing to under-represented groups, you have a whole new demographic to appeal to.” (Roofing & Exteriors).

5. Conflict Resolution

Conflicts typically originate from misunderstandings and clashing of opinions. As team members build a better understanding of each other’s personalities, conflicts can be minimized and more easily resolved. The team will move forward with more respect for one another and their work.

With effective teamwork, roofing technicians can feel comfortable asking for help rather than taking unnecessary risks and shortcuts.

6. Safety

Safety management is a complex task that requires solid planning and training and, most importantly, effective collaboration of all people working on a commercial roofing site.

“The more cohesive and communicative your team is, the easier it is to ensure everyone on the job site is safe and on the same page.” (National Center for Construction Education and Research). When roofing technicians, team leaders, and safety managers work together, they can identify and assign safety roles to different accordingly. Team members are accountable for their own actions and safety and also those of their teammates.

A close-knit team where opinions and ideas are freely shared will identify more actual and potential safety risks simply because team members are not afraid (and care enough) to make their voices heard.

The Results

Maximizing the role that team building plays for a commercial construction project provides the best value and highest return on the client’s property investment. Given the ever-competitive nature of the roofing industry, teamwork is crucial in building accountability, reliability, support, and trustworthy professional relationships, that translate into exceptional results.

About PB Roofing

PB Roofing is a dynamic company serving the East Coast and headquartered in northern New Jersey with a satellite location in Massachusetts. Our committed and capable team is available on-demand to fulfill any request. Our elevated service exceeds the expectations of even the most discerning client.

We have developed the PB University Learning Platform. The PBU program is a hybrid model that utilizes competitive, gamified online learning supported by a points system with prize redemption. Each level of PBU builds our team’s depth of practical knowledge from the ground up and provides career advancement opportunities within the company. To reinforce continuous teamwork within our organization, we have appointed PBU Ambassadors to keep each other motivated and engaged.

Commercial Roofs under the Summer Sun

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Every year as summer approaches, the cold and harsh weather that preceded it is easily and quickly forgotten. It is only natural for thoughts to wander towards summer vacation, recreation, and the prospect of beautiful weather. Far from the minds of many, property managers and owners included, is what impact even a single season of hot weather can have on a commercial roof. Not surprisingly, as with any other seasonal weather scenario, heat can have a significant adverse effect on a commercial roof. It is valuable to realize these effects and how to counteract the potential damage they cause.

Excessive Heat

High roof surface temperatures accelerate the molecular decay of chemicals used in roofing materials, damaging them, and making a roof vulnerable to damage. “Conventional roofs can reach temperatures of 150°F or more on a sunny summer afternoon.” (Energy Saver).

As a commercial building’s roof endures the full force of intense and sustained summer temperatures, it will also affect the temperature of the building interior.

Overhead Utilities

Commercial HVAC expenses will naturally rise in the summer to keep the building cooler and the tenants comfortable. There temperature difference between the cool air inside a building, and the hotter, moisture-laden air outside of it causes moisture to condensation. Too much moisture can be a breeding ground for many airborne pathogens.

Ultraviolet (UV) Exposure

“All radiation is a form of energy, most of which is invisible to the human eye.” (FDA). When sunlight shines on a commercial roof, it also exposes it to the UV radiation that the sun produces. UV exposure is not only harmful to the human body, but also to an array of synthetic materials.

“During the summer months the sun is in a more direct angle, resulting in a greater amount of UV radiation.” (FDA). The rays evaporate oils and resins that roofing materials are made of. The effects of this radiation include faster ageing, cracking, and eventually deterioration. With prolonged exposure, a roof tends to bleach. This is a called photodegradation, and it happens through chemical reactions. This isn’t critical, but can be unsightly, which is something to consider for retail, residential, or office property management.

Thermal Shock

While there’s no better feeling than experiencing thermal shock for yourself with a refreshing swim on a hot summer day, the opposite is true for a commercial roof. Realizing that no roof is completely damage-resistant, especially with unpredictable weather will help you understand why certain roofing problems happen.

Thermal shock is the frequent expansion and contraction of roofing materials due to temperature fluctuation. Commercial roofs endure daily high temperature peaks that cause their materials to expand. When the sun sets and temperatures drop, the reverse process of contraction occurs. The repetition of this process reduces a commercial roof’s structural integrity and weakens the roof’s ability to perform its intended function.

The trifecta of summer heat, UV rays, and thermal shock lead to burst roof seams and loose screws. Penetrations like skylights and vents are most susceptible to this damage.

Summer Storms

As the heat lowers, it’s often followed by heavy precipitation. Only after a heavy downpour does it become obvious just how much summer damage has occurred. The ideal commercial roof is as waterproof as possible. At the forefront of this protection is the sealant used to bond together the roofing seams.

Rainfall collects in standing ponds on the roof. The weight of this water will eventually cause the roof to sag. If water gets underneath an unattached seam, it will seep into the interior of the building and soften it. Soft spots occur when the roofing structure below the surface is infiltrated by water and weakened. Softened materials leave commercial roofs even more defenseless against further weather damage and threaten the entire property’s structure.

When a roof eventually leaks, it results in structural damage to walls and floors, as well as damage to insulation, and mechanical and electrical systems. Another major concern is roof-water leakage seeping into walls and other areas, creating mold.

Drainage & Debris

Because of their low-slope, flat roofs sometimes do not offer the appropriate drainage for sudden rainfall run-off. Most flat roofs are built with a minor slope to allow for drainage, but the lack of a significant natural slope can produce challenges. “There are roof coating products available if there isn’t enough slant or slope to accomplish this.” (RoofSlope).

Leaves, branches, and other debris carried by the wind and blown about the roof surface, easily clogging the drainage systems. This creates areas of standing water, where weight can suddenly weaken the roof’s surface.

Preventative Maintenance

The positive news is that the damage caused by heat and other factors during summer is a cumulative effect. If a commercial roof is under ten years old, there isn’t much to be concerned about, especially if well-maintained.

Each type of roof system has its own potential for failure. Understanding these potential influences and the overall type of failure provides understanding into developing corrective actions to maintain or extend the life of a commercial roof.

With older roofs, knowing the warning signs, paying attention to any developing issues, and addressing them quickly will protect your investment in the long-term.

PB Roofing’s THREATCheck

Now that you understand the many potential hazards to a commercial roof, you can be assured that protecting your structure is worth the investment. Our THREATCheck is for new customers: one enhanced visual inspection to identify deficiencies and provide recommendations for repairs or replacement. Our Plus Package features the same, with a bi-annual inspection plan. Photo report included.


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Why Safety Matters

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As roofing is the 6th most dangerous job in America, creating a safe working environment is critical for those who perform roofing services. “A lack of fall protection, damaged equipment and improper setup are all common risk factors that result in injuries every year” (OSHA)

2023 National Safety Stand Down Week

May 1st – 5th, 2023 was the 10th Anniversary of the National Safety Stand-Down to prevent falls in construction. “A Safety Stand-Down is a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. Any workplace can hold a stand-down by taking a break to focus on ‘Fall Hazards’ and reinforcing the importance of ‘Fall Prevention’”. (OSHA). Together as an industry, we raised fall hazard awareness and reinforced standard safety policies.

Safety Essentials

Safety precautions go far beyond some of the well-known items associated with a construction or roofing project. Accessories like safety vests and hardhats are commonly regarded as project critical, but here are some things you may not realize that are part of a safe jobsite and utilized by safe roofing technicians:

  • Fall Arrest Restraint Harnesses: Every technician working on a height-sensitive job (defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] as 6-feet or more) is outfitted with a personal fall arrest and restraint harnesses with shock-absorbing lanyards. These systems utilize roof anchor points, rope lines and pole straps in the personal fall arrest setup. A full-body harness has the power to stop even the most serious falls. The fall arrest line is attached to the point on the harness that will provide the most suitable protection for the situation.
  • Site Inspections: Every member of a roofing technician team depends on one another’s experience and training to create a safe jobsite. Site inspection, education, and communicative collaboration are essential in delivering the safest jobsite experiences for both the technicians and clients.

On the Jobsite

A priority on every roofing project is a site-specific safety plan. This will identify potential hazards and how to neutralize them. OSHA puts forth a regularly evolving list of regulations that commercial roofers must follow. OSHA inspectors will conduct random assessments of jobsites, and will issue fines and shut down operations if they find violations:

  • Safe roof access
  • Safe work materials transport
  • Secure walkways
  • Roof opening protection (skylights, vents, shafts, stovepipes, etc.)
  • Hazardous material removal and disposal
  • Working in adverse weather conditions
  • Proper placement and use of work materials
  • Proper ladder and lift operation
  • Hydration and nutrition

When everyone knows exactly what their job is and what equipment they should be prepared to use, the incidence of on-the-job accidents is significantly reduced.

Operational Benefits

The primary safety-affected operational benefit for a commercial roofer is the positive influence it has on completing projects in a timely and orderly manner. It is not beneficial for the health and safety of roofing technicians for companies to take on projects that will forego safety for increased profit or an expedited result.

Commercial roofing technicians are more productive in workplaces that are committed to proactive health and safety practices, which further reduces downtime caused by accidents or illness means a less-interrupted jobsite.

“To complete a quality and profitable project on schedule, you must eliminate jobsite hazards and risks, deploy a workforce that follows all rules and regulations and invoke a relentless, always improving, safety culture. Any firm that invests in safety practices is going to experience a positive return on their investment (ROI). Injuries lead to higher insurance premiums and potential OSHA fines, which can be detrimental to a company’s viability. Your safety culture will allow you to achieve a high level of productivity and competitiveness that is crucial for success.” (TradeSource).

A Trustworthy Relationship

Why would any property manager or owner expect roofing professionals to operate in an environment that does not put safety at the forefront? This is a sad reality for many companies that fail to provide safe conditions for their team. The penalty is a steep one, though, it means that they will be unable to retain their team and lose credibility in hiring future members to their organization.

The Client Reaps the Rewards

Commercial roof management is a vital part of building management that requires professional expertise and knowledge. A professional roofing company provides safety, cost-effectiveness, warranties and guarantees, time-savings, and ensures building codes and regulations compliance. Property managers and owners should consider contacting a professional roofing company for commercial roof asset management support to ensure it remains in good condition and avoid long-term expensive repairs.

About PB Roofing

PB Roofing is a dynamic company that evolves and grows with the needs of the industry, and the client.  Our committed and capable team is available on-demand to personally fulfill any commercial roofing request. Our elevated service seeks to exceed the expectations of even the most discerning client.

Always aiming to put the right people in the right seats, we have also recently structured a Client Experience Team, with a singular focus: “such attention to customers requires a closed-loop process in which every function worries about delivering a good experience.” (Harvard Business Review). Every experience a client has with PB Roofing is collectively shaped by our depth of industry and service knowledge, our vision, our culture, and our results.

About PB University

We have developed the PB University Learning Platform. The PBU program is a hybrid model that utilizes competitive, gamified online learning supported by a points system with prize redemption. with a variety of practical, hands-on education events throughout each year. Each level of PBU is designed to build our team’s depth of practical knowledge from the ground up, but to also provide career advancement opportunities within the company. To reinforce continuous teamwork within our organization, we have appointed PBU Ambassadors to keep each other motivated and engaged.


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Nourishing Diversity in the Roofing Industry

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Prioritizing Inclusion 

A diverse workforce conveys that an organization recognizes and values differences amongst groups. Diversity can relate to age, race, gender, faith, disability, and orientation as well as skill, personality, education, and experience. The prioritization of continuous diversity & inclusion efforts is essential to the long-term sustainability of any workforce, and the construction industry is no exception.

Currently, a majority of the construction industry’s workforce is still behind in its diversity efforts, with 88.6% of workers identifying as white, and over 90% as male. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)  While this may have played little effect in years past, it has critically impacted today’s crisis-level labor shortage.

Leading by Example through Women

Diversity and inclusion initiatives can only begin to take shape through forward-thinking leadership teams’ visions, trickling down to influence their teams. The ability to include underrepresented groups offers fresh outlooks, innovation, and growth. Overcoming long-standing societal perceptions of bias is vital in creating a genuinely inclusive future.

Forming a diverse team will make employees appreciative and feel truly accepted, increasing engagement and performance. A recent article in the Washington Post, pointed out that the 14% of construction workers that are women is at an all time high. The surge began in 2016, as recruiters and labor unions worked to remove barriers to get women hired and keep them retained in the industry. Experts advise that employers should continue to support this trend through focusing on inclusion and safety. Women may not know that a career in construction is an option for them, so inclusive language on job postings and recruiting materials is critical.

With half of its executive leadership team comprising of women, PB Roofing emphasizes the need of a diverse team through its organizational structure. These women are part of peer support groups such as National Women in Roofing (NWiR) and Professional Women in Construction (PWC) that provide a community of support, mentorship, and vast networking opportunities.  

Taking Aim with Veterans

Another important and underrepresented group is the military veteran community. Although there are currently more than 500,000 veterans employed in the construction industry, this number represents only 5.9% of the industry in its entirety. (Construction Employers Association)

Veterans bring their previously developed leadership, management, and technical skills with them into their civilian life, and regardless of their rank, they inspire confidence and solidarity within their peer groups. Their military experience has empowered them to become true experts in adaptability. Each veteran is conditioned and comfortable with the need to think outside the box, as they were often forced to utilize their complex problem-solving skills in a pressured environment.

“To retain military talent, companies should provide career progression training throughout a veteran’s employment, and particularly, at milestones, like new-hire training and annual performance reviews.” (Construction Dive)

PB Roofing values its employees by prioritizing safety, education, and career development. Our training includes industry standards and protocols, safety guidelines, leadership development, and more. Our online learning platform, PB University provides professional development and personal growth as we strive to lead the next generation of roofers and entrepreneurs.

Reaping the Rewards

A positive culture is supported through celebrating diversity. The industry must embrace these gifts and immediately implement processes to support them.

Our roofing technicians often need to make quick decisions and construct creative solutions. Utilizing a diverse group of individuals such as women, veterans, and minorities produces unique viewpoints that often lead to quicker resolutions. “Research demonstrates that firms with more diverse talent benefit from greater innovation, better problem-solving and stronger creativity and insight than homogenous crews. The answer to a host of challenges our industry faces lie in developing the cultural literacy to successfully recruit, train and retain non-traditional workers.” (Amy James Neel quoted within National Association of Home Builders)

Fighting Labor Shortage

When an organization actively demonstrates they are hiring underrepresented groups, it establishes a modern, optimistic view of the company with potential candidates. The boost in reputation appeals to new talent comprised of like-minded individuals who also seek to end the prevalence of traditional stereotypes.

Supporting underrepresented parties may just give companies a competitive edge they need to grow effectively. “If you just expand your horizons and make yourself more appealing to under-represented groups you have a whole new demographic to appeal to.” (Roofing & Exteriors).  

Recruitment & Retention

Openness in underrepresented groups allows PB Roofing to find the right talent, regardless of any prejudice. Whether we build our team with 2nd or 3rd generation roofers or those new to the industry, we widen our possible candidates by completely removing bias.

We believe it’s critical to facilitate an inclusive workplace, where our people are empowered to use their voices to help influence change. Through our four core values: resourcefulness, coachability, growth-mindedness, and compassion, PB Roofing’s goal is to set a new standard for thought leaders in the industry and welcome an ever-evolving workplace.

PB Roofing has an awareness of the next generation workforce’s needs by supporting flexibility and honesty. Visit our careers page if you have what it takes to challenge yourself and be part of our growing team! We also offer a Partner Contractor Program, presenting small businesses the opportunity and support of an industry leader. Together, we share our collective knowledge and experience on top-tier projects to get the job done right.

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The Dangers Above: How to Fight Common Commercial Roof Damage

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A commercial roof endures constant exposure to the elements. Due to its sensitive nature as a building component, your roof requires periodic inspection and maintenance. PB Roofing’s technicians are experienced in identifying and fixing each season’s unique threats. There are a few common hazards that can occur on a flat roof, that if not properly addressed, can develop into a serious and expensive concern.  

Roof Mounted Utilities 

The commercial roof is a vital component of a building’s working utility system. Installations such as: HVAC units, skylights, solar panels, electrical wiring, and communication systems each require their own installation, replacement, and maintenance.  

Every time someone sets foot on a commercial roof, inevitable damage occurs. Tools and machinery can be dropped, potentially puncturing the roof membrane. Nails, screws, and other hardware are often left behind during an installation or maintenance project. These build up over time and spread across the roof’s surface, each acting as a potential puncture hazard waiting to happen. Our expert roofing technicians visually and painstakingly survey each roof and remove anything that does not belong.  

Natural Debris and Drainage  

Because of their low-slope, flat roofs sometimes do not offer the appropriate drainage for rainfall run-off. Most flat roofs are built with a minor slope to allow for drainage, but the lack of a significant natural slope can produce challenges. 

Leaves, branches, and other debris carried by the wind and blown about the roof surface, easily clogging the drainage systems. This creates areas of standing water, where weight can suddenly weaken the roof’s surface. A common hazard such as this is also easily preventable with regular roof drainage inspections and maintenance, if necessary.   

Standing Water, Soft Spots, and Leaks 

Standing, or ponding water, collects in low sections of the flat roof’s surface. Dirt, debris, and other matter quickly settle within these puddles and over time and eat away at the roofing membrane. As time passes, standing water can cause more severe damage. Two common types of damage caused by standing water are soft spots and leaking.  

Rainfall collects in standing ponds on the roof. The weight of this water will eventually cause the roof to sag. Soft spots occur when the roofing structure below the surface becomes compromised by water and weakens.  

Leaks are what occur to the interior of a building when the roof is in a state of disrepair. Leaks cause damage to your property investment and equipment. It is recommended that professionals are immediately contacted to safely assess the severity of damage.  

Exposure to the Elements 

Exposure is arguably the basis of all flat roof problems. Since a building’s roof is constantly exposed to the sun and other elements, damage is unavoidable. No roof, regardless of durability, is built to last forever.  

Other than over-exposure to the sun, other common weather events are lightning strikes, freezing temperatures, hail, and wind damage. There are even lesser-known exposure issues such as oil damage and exposure from outside contaminants and chemicals. 

Thermal Shock: Expansion & Contraction  

Expansion and contraction of roofing materials defines the phenomena known as Thermal Shock. It occurs when temperatures quickly fluctuate and stress the roof system’s material components, damaging older materials with a reduced elasticity. Various sections of the roofing system expand and contract differently, pushing and pulling against each other. Horizontal-to-vertical transition areas such as: curb flashings, parapet walls, exhaust systems, pitch pans, and pipe entrances are most susceptible to Thermal Shock. Areas that require sealants and drainage components should be monitored closely as well as transition areas.  

Preparing for Winter 

Take a few minutes to read our September Blog: “Think it’s too early to worry about snow? Think Again” to learn more about preventative steps in preparing a commercial roof for snowfall and snow removal. Contact us today and schedule a THREATCheck assessment. After we’ve confirmed your roof is ready to withstand a harsh winter, we can respond to winter storms as they occur with our skilled snow removal crews and protect the value of your roofing investment for years to come. 

PB Roofing’s THREATCheck 

Now that you understand the many potential hazards to a commercial roof, you can be ensured that protecting your structure is worth the investment. Our THREATCheck is for new customers: one enhanced visual inspection to identify deficiencies and provide recommendations for repairs or replacement. Our Plus Package features the same with a bi-annual inspection plan. Photo report included. 

Think it’s too early to worry about snow? Think again.

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As the Northeast enters the fall season, there is no better time than now to begin planning for the extreme winter weather in the months ahead. According to the The Farmer’s Almanac, the Northeast is due for “above-average” snowfall this winter season.

You’ll need to be sure that your roof is ready to handle these conditions. That means, your gutters and roof drains should be clear, and the rooftop is clear of all debris. Heavy snowfall and freeze-thaw cycles can quickly create dangerous conditions for your commercial roof. A potential roof collapse can result in hazardous damage to your building and those inside.

Hazardous Conditions, Seasoned Pros

A flat roof can potentially collect several feet of snow throughout the winter months. Snow can cause damage to the internal structure and cause safety risks at ground level, which is the liability of the property owner. Consequently, roof snow should always be removed. However, it should be done strategically, and not haphazardly. Damage can easily occur to the roofing membrane and roof-mounted utilities if the project is not completed by a professional. Experienced commercial roofers like PB Roofing have the tools and the know-how to get the job done safely, with precision and without disrupting your daily operations.

There are many negative effects of unmanaged snow on your commercial roof, but you can avoid them if you act now:

Preventative Rooftop Maintenance

Our expert technicians will survey your roof for potential deficiencies that can worsen during the winter months and recommend solutions. NRCA recommends making sure the roof is properly insulated and attics are properly vented. Insufficient insulation and venting can contribute to the melting of snow closest to the roof surface and can cause an ice dam, or an accumulation of frozen water at the edge of the roof that prevents water from running off.

Added Weight

One cubic foot of snow may weigh from seven pounds to 30 pounds. This is not considering that if it subsequently rains or sleets on a snowy roof, the weight will significantly increase. Due to these weight variations, it is vital that your roof be monitored by our professionals during and after winter storms. Windy conditions can result in added snow and cause it to unevenly disperse from one flat roof plane to another.

Internal Building Strain

FEMA provides a list of signs that indicate a building may be too stressed by the snow load.

  • Ceiling problems: A ceiling that appears to sag, or sprinkler lines and sprinkler heads that look lower than normal.
  • Unusual noises: Creaking, popping, and cracking can be a sign of a stressed roof.
  • Door and window problems: If a door or window can no longer be opened or closed it may be a sign the roof or walls have shifted under the weight of snow.
  • Wall problems: Drywall, masonry and other wall materials may crack under pressure from an overloaded roof.
  • Restricted Access Points: Excessive snow accumulation can block access to the roof hatch, this may require our PB Team find another method of reaching a roof to remove the snow itself. Reliance on secondary access points such as ladder usage in adverse weather conditions is not recommended and reduces the safety of the overall project.

Frozen & Clogged Roof Drainage

Unremoved snow ultimately melts and moves into the roof drainage system. External drainage systems cannot retain enough heat in the winter to prevent water re-freezing inside. The expansion of this ice within the pipes severely damages the drainage system. Gutters become congested with snow and ice, exceeding their maximum weight capacity, causing them to bend or dislodge. This allows melted snow to flow directly down the sides of the external structure, leading to possible concerns with the masonry, siding, and/or the foundation.

Roofing Membrane Damage

The freeze and thaw cycle can deteriorate the quality of roof membranes. As thermal expansion occurs, drastic shifts in temperature from day to night affect the exposed roof. When the roof absorbs heat from the sun, the materials can expand, pushing against its own seams, causing gaps. This process then reverses during lower night temperatures. Water is then free to work its way into minor crevices and weaknesses in the roof membrane, worsening the condition as it re-freezes and expands. As this cycle occurs daily, the damage can become serious.

Roof Utilities & Accessories (HVAC, Gas Lines, Skylights, Vents, Flashing & Electrical Conduits)

A building’s HVAC system may fail to operate if it becomes covered in ice and snow, which can pile up on the aluminum fan and bend the blades. If this occurs, the HVAC unit might produce strange noises while operating, and the fan blades can potentially shatter.

Water can puddle around external equipment such as skylights, vents, and flashing whose caulking or insulations are susceptible to the same type of freeze / re-freeze damage as the roofing membrane. Gas lines and electrical conduits can also become brittle in extremely low temperatures, leading to damage or improper functionality. Frozen pipes result in obstructions, which will gradually back up in the direction of the source.

Icicle Formations

While ice falling long distances can be fatal, ice doesn’t have to fall from tall structures to cause damage. Icicles detaching from buildings can often be enough to cause lacerations, head injuries, broken bones, and even death in rare cases. In addition, dripping water from melting icicles may pool on the ground below and refreeze, creating a serious slip-and-fall hazard.

Stay a Step Ahead with PB Roofing

Now that you understand the many potential hazards of snowfall, you can be proactive about protecting your structure and safeguarding its integrity. Contact us today and schedule a THREATCheck assessment. After we’ve confirmed your roof is ready to withstand a harsh winter, we can then respond to winter storms as they occur with our skilled snow removal crews and protect the value of your roofing investment for years to come.


NRCA Snow Remediation in Roofing

FEMA Snow Load Safety Guide

Roofing Contractor Magazine: Harsh Winters & Severe Weather Events

PB Purpose, Our Social Responsibility

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PB Purpose, Our Social Responsibility

Through continued acts of kindness, PB Roofing has strived to align our values with social and environmental awareness. PB Purpose was created as the embodiment of this giving spirit. Helping wonderful organizations, sponsorships and charities truly make a difference in our communities is our great reward. PB Roofing was also publicly recognized by the city of Elmwood Park, our hometown, for our community service contribution. View YouTube Video

Our focus is on driving initiatives that use the scale of our network, our products, our financial resources, and the collective expertise and commitment of our employees, to reach those traditionally underserved, providing them with access to resources that can help improve their livelihoods, businesses, and communities.

Addressing Key Issues

PB Roofing dedicates itself to being an ethical and positive force in our society. The projects we adopt help raise awareness, spread kindness, and solidify the unification of our own team’s relationships. In this world, there will always be room for improvement: environmental management, eco-efficiency, responsible sourcing, labor standards and working conditions, etc. While it is impossible for one company to amend these issues, it is entirely possible that when we each share this weight, creating positivity in our own way, that empowering change can be actualized.

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We are committed to strengthening the communities in which we live and work by using our resources, network, and the talent of our team to make a positive social impact where it is most needed. PB Roofing partnered with GAF, North America’s largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, to provide a new roof for the VFW in Nutley, NJ. This collaboration is part of GAF’s social impact initiative, GAF Community Matters, and PB Purpose, PB Roofing’s community outreach program.

Annually, VFW and Auxiliary members donate nearly nine million hours to community service projects, relief efforts, and local VA facilities. We are honored to help improve one of their many Northern NJ headquarters. View YouTube Video

Elmwood Park, NJ Blood Drive

During the COVID Pandemic, many people and companies took different approaches towards prioritizing health and rapid-response donations. As the nation faces a critical blood shortage, PB Roofing partnered with the American Red Cross and the Borough of Elmwood Park on Saturday June 19th to host its first annual blood drive. Through the generosity of Bergen County residents, the blood drive surpassed its goal to collect enough donations to potentially save 90 lives. View YouTube Video

Elmwood Park, NJ Police Department Training Facility

Members of law enforcement agencies make many sacrifices to protect civil society, and they deserve to be recognized for their hard work. In conjunction with our local department, PB Purpose found a unique way to thank them, while assisting in their continued safety by volunteering to renovate their outdoor training facility. It was truly an honor for us to help! View YouTube Video

Learning about Ourselves

Our own business practices have also been improved through PB Purpose. The PB Roofing team operates effectively through mutual respect, accountability, and cooperative engagement in finding and implementing solutions. The continued strengthening of our relationships pushes each of us toward the full embodiment of our Core Values: Coachable, Growth Mindset, Resourceful, and Compassionate.

Acting upon and illustrating our corporate convictions helps retain attract employees that share our passion and values. “The next generation of employees is seeking out employers that are focused on the triple bottom line: people, planet and revenue.” Business News Daily

“Finally, corporate social responsibility initiatives, by their nature, force business leaders to examine practices related to how they hire and manage employees, source products or components, and deliver value to customers.” Harvard Business School Online

Defining our businesses’ success goes beyond the standard measures of profitability, growth, and branding. It is truly defined by the continued positive impact we can have on the lives of those we touch.

Do you Share our Values? Join the PB Roofing Team

We believe diverse thinking and an inclusive work environment encourages human ingenuity and creative problem-solving

PB Roofing is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we are dedicated to fostering a culture of intentional Inclusion and Diversity (I&D), as well as focusing on fairness in recruitment, selection and decision making. We offer a competitive salary, training through our PB University platform, and a generous benefits package.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming part of a company that is rapidly becoming the standard of excellence by other firms in the construction field, apply today!

Preventing & Responding to Rainy Season Threats

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Commercial roofs endure constant exposure to the elements. Changing, and sometimes extreme weather scenarios can cause a variety of considerable damage to the roofing components. As the season of summer rainstorms has finally arrived, PB Roofing is here to ensure your roof can withstand the impending threats with confidence.

The summer season brings unique challenges to the continued maintenance of your commercial roof. Persistent sun exposure in hot weather can damage the roof sealant. The continued exposure, mixed with high humidity can cause your roof to significantly weaken.

Also, HVAC and solar roof unit installation or maintenance can cause punctures to the roof if not conducted properly. It is imperative that the roof is inspected, and any resulting damage repaired immediately.

The optimum commercial roof should be as waterproof as possible. The greatest factor in this protection is the sealant. If seals are incorrectly connected, gaps can form on the roof membrane allowing water to accumulate underneath.

Our THREATCheck Assessment and PB Response team can help you with both preventative and reactive emergency measures. But before we explore your solutions, let’s discuss some of the common effects of rain and wind on your commercial roof.

Roof Age

Commercial roofing systems (even with regular maintenance) have a maximum reliable life of approximately 25 years. If your roof is approaching the end of its functional lifespan, it will be compromised by the accumulated damage endured throughout the seasons of its life. Due to this fact, the chances of a roof leak become more and more inevitable over time.

Clogged Gutters

Wind and rain can blow an excess of harmful materials into the gutter system. Leaves, branches, and debris can easily clog gutters if they are not regularly and properly maintained. The resulting damage comes from water that cannot drain through the gutters, causing a backup that harms the roof siding, and in more extreme cases, the foundation of the building itself.

Standing Water

Another common result of clogged gutters is the pooling of standing water in the roof. When the drainage system is blocked, or not operating at maximum efficiency, water will begin to move towards any uneven areas of the roof plane as puddling. The longer this water collects and remains on the roof, it will penetrate the membrane and quickly wear the roofing materials down and eventually leaks will result from this damage.


Mold growth is a result of moisture that has penetrated the roofing system. Mold is an extremely hazardous occurrence and constitutes an emergency response before it causes those working within the building medical harm.

Deck & Flashing Damage

A flashing, or metal that is fabricated to fit in corners or around objects on the roof (chimneys and skylights) aids in making these areas more watertight. During summer storms, rain can fall quickly and violently with instant accumulation. The velocity of the rainfall can provide enough force to damage the roof deck and compromise metal flashings. Flashings offer protective features but are often thin. Stress applied to the flashings can result in their bending or denting.

THREATCheck Assessment

“Preventative roof maintenance is all about being proactive and addressing minor issues before they become major problems. With a professional roof report in hand, property managers can start building a short term and long-term roof maintenance plan. Short term maintenance can include minor repairs of cracks and blisters in the roofing membrane or replacing loose shingles. Long term maintenance items can include budgeting for a commercial roof coating or replacing all the flashing around rooftop mechanical equipment.” Property Manager Insider

Partner with PB Roofing and experience the collective expertise of our teams with our introductory assessment program. We will detect damages and provide recommended solutions based on your immediate and long-term roofing needs.

Our THREATCheck is for new customers: one enhanced visual inspection to identify deficiencies and provide recommendations for repairs or replacement. Our Plus Package features the same with a bi-annual inspection plan. Photo report included.

Emergency & Disaster Response

A natural disaster such as a hurricane, high winds, or fire can easily cause significant damage to your roof. Roof leaks happen, causing damage to valuable property and inhibiting safe conditions in your building. Without a properly functioning roof, all parts of your building are at risk for failure. The longer it takes for a response team to arrive, the longer your facility will lose time, profits, and be at risk for liabilities.

Finding a reliable roofing contractor last minute can be a challenge. Instead, ensure you have a plan in place to increase your preparedness when an emergency occurs. We provide dedicated response crews who are programmed and able to respond to a crisis within 4 hours. You can operate your facility with peace of mind knowing that your business is in the trusted hands of a professional.

Leak Repair Response

Safety must be the priority if a roof leak is uncovered. Our steadfast crew of professionals is ready to be dispatched to your property 24 / 7 to quickly mend and restore the functionality of your roof.

Our Concierge Service Promise

Our services come with on-time delivery, honesty, and forward-thinking. We’re offering more than traditional roof installation and repairs, as we strive to be there for our clients—always. From our Emergency Response crew to our Pro-Service team, PB Roofing is there for you, your business, and your building.

We have been proudly serving the northeast region—from Maine, down to Virginia, and everywhere in between. For over a decade, we have been expanding our reach on the east coast to offer our leading roofing services.

Making the Most of Your Commercial Roof Warranty

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A Commercial Roof Warranty is a legally bound association with three different groups that are involved in the roofing process. These groups are the commercial roofing contractor, the property owner, as well as the roofing materials manufacturers. The warranties cover the completed roof installation and the materials used.

Knowing How to use Your Commercial Roof Warranty

A building’s roof is one of its most important structural components. The roof is an investment that protects everything and everyone within. To further care for that investment, many property owners choose to purchase a roof warranty. Any roof issue, such as standing water, is a potential threat for damaging your investment and risking personal safety. It is crucial to the longevity of your roofing system that you understand the details of your warranty prior to needing it for repair.

What’s Covered

In most cases, the power of the warranty depends on two factors. The first is the scope of work completed and the second regards the roofing material manufacturer’s applicable warranties. As the installation contractor, PB Roofing provides two years of coverage over issues resulting from any possible flaws stemming from our team’s work (workmanship guarantee).

What’s not Covered

Now that you know what is covered, there are a few things that do not fall under warranty coverage. Disrepair caused by neglect (you need to perform an annual inspection of your commercial roof to keep your warranties effective), failure to perform regular maintenance, common leaks or repairs, and any unauthorized modifications or upgrades are typically not contained within the conditions of the warranty.

Also, failure to address damage caused by severe or rare weather conditions, such as hurricanes, hailstorms, and nor’easters, are not commonly covered. It’s imperative to talk to PB Roofing representatives and understand what will be covered and what will not; that way, you know you’ve made a sound investment in your roof.

What to Look for in a Warranty

When selecting a commercial roof warranty, look closely at the length, what’s covered, and any limitations on the dollar amount of the coverage. Annual or periodic maintenance by your commercial contractor (PB Roofing) is required by most manufacturers to maintain the roof warranty. A 20-year manufacturer No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty covering both materials and labor is the most common warranty.

Why it’s Important

Most building owners tend to opt-in to a roofing warranty for peace of mind, knowing that their asset is protected and covered. Especially on the east coast, many building owners will choose to use weather-resistant materials. While a warranty won’t cover weather-caused damage, it may cover the replacement or repair of a material that had claimed to be weather resistant. Warranties can also help save money down the line if, years later, a material-related repair or replacement needs to be performed.


While some roofing companies tack on warranty as an additional cost at the end of the sale, our PB Roofing Estimation Team includes the warranty price in our budget proposal. The pricing of the warranty is dependent on the scope of the work being completed. As a full-service commercial roofing company, we help our clients navigate our manufacturer’s warranties and provide honest guidance on their building’s best option.

To learn if your roofing project qualifies for a warranty, contact PB Roofing today.

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