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How to Become a Roofer: Career, Skills, and Education

How to Become a Roofer: Career, Skills, and Education

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4 Things You Should Know About How to Become a Roofer

If you’re looking to enter the roofing industry, you’re probably asking yourself, “how can I get started?” You must consider your potential career path, required skills, and necessary education. Beyond landing your first roofing job, it’s crucial to consider your future. For example, are there advancement opportunities available to you? In this blog, we go through four things you should know about how to become a roofer.

1. Becoming a Roofer Takes Some Serious Skills

Although many techniques will be learned on-the-job, some skills will be needed before getting hired. For example, physical fitness, hand-eye coordination, ability to understand technical plans, and exceptional teamwork are among the necessary skills. Take a look at a roofer job listing to get a better idea of what may be asked of you.

2. Technical Training and Certifications are Required

Besides learning on-the-job, technical training and certifications will be required for an entry-level roofer position. A high school degree is an excellent place to start for education, however a trade school or an apprenticeship should be explored to achieve more of an advantage. This type of training will teach you how to use specific roofing tools and learn job site safety precautions. You’ll also be able to assist and complete real roofing jobs. Achieving a certified roofer title will help you gain a more advanced role in the industry.

3. The Roofing Industry is Rapidly Growing

While typical construction jobs may seem seasonal, the roofing industry is actually projected to grow 12 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. This growth indicates a steady increase for openings in the roofing workforce. There will almost always be availability in the industry for new hires.

4. Being a Roofer is Not a “Dead-End” Job

A huge industry misconception is a notion that becoming a roofer is a dead-end job, meaning there is no possible career advancement. While that may be true for some companies, PB Roofing has taken strides to break this industry myth. As a leading commercial roofing company for the past 13+ years, PB has continually looked for ways to increase employment growth and, more importantly, retention. Enter PB University.

PB University is our industry-breaking program that goes above and beyond for our employees. We’re dedicated to providing professional development and personal growth as we strive to grow as a company and a family continuously. Our curriculum is centered around building a career from novice to master. The levels of PB University are:

  • Helper (the first level in an associate’s career path)
  • Apprentice
  • Technician
  • Lead Technician
  • Foreman
  • Master Foreman

From start to finish, PB University is expected to take an associate five years to complete. This program is taught through our own online Learning Management System and hands-on opportunities and experience. We welcome associates at all levels—from no experience to years of experience.

PB University devotes itself to further defining PB Roofing’s forward-thinking culture, where everyone we come to know and work with is valued and given an opportunity. As a growing organization, we strongly value the importance of being educated and properly trained in the field—creating an excellent opportunity for those looking to learn, gain experience, and excel. If you’re interested in working for PB Roofing and enrolling at PB University, contact us today!

What Are Roofs Made Of On Your Commercial Building?

What Are Roofs Made Of On Your Commercial Building?

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What Are Roofs Made Of? Identifying Materials and Types

Installing or replacing a roofing system in a commercial building will depend on the physical structure and project budget. However, this is a critical choice, as roofing types directly impact the building’s overall health and the longevity of the roof itself. As a building owner or facility manager, you must be asking the critical question: What are roofs made of?

Let’s take a look at what the majority of commercial buildings are using.

1. Built-Up Roofing (BUR) Membrane

Built-up roofing, a low-slope system, is made up of layered tar and gravel. This material is budget-friendly, as the number of layers can adjust pricing. The layering also allows the roof to meet durability requirements. As an industry-standard, this roofing system is cost-effective and offers incredible longevity.

2. Metal Roofing

Steel, copper, aluminum, tin, and other metals can be used for metal roofing. With any metal, however, rust may occur. Therefore, it’s crucial to add on a coating to prevent damage from sun exposure and other weather climates.

A metal roof is quite light and can be installed on top of an existing system, making it an ideal candidate for a replacement. Not only do metal roofs have a visual appeal, but they also offer significant durability and stability. Although light, metal can withstand the weight of snow and power of high winds.

3. Single-Ply Membrane

Single-ply roof systems are sheets of rubber and other synthetics that are layered for optimal protection. They can be ballasted, mechanically fastened, or chemically adhered to insulation. These roofs are quite UV resistant and, similar to metal, can be installed over an existing system.

There are two types of single-ply membranes. Thermosets are made up of rubber, whereas thermoplastics are made up of plastic-based materials. Thermoplastics are ideal for large areas to reduce the number of seams. Talk to your roofing professional to determine which type is right for your building.

4. Shingle Roofing

While shingles are more commonly seen on residential homes, they are often used for steep-slope commercial roofs. Shingles can actually be made of several different materials, such as wood, slate, metal, plastic, ceramic, and asphalt. Asphalt shingles are quite popular, but architectural shingles may be the better option for your commercial building. Architectural shingles are quite durable and weatherproof.

5. Green Roofing

Green roofing systems are growing in popularity over recent years—especially in bigger cities. These “hidden gardens” are sustainable, offer protection from the elements, manage water drainage, and improve energy efficiency. A green roof is a beautiful sight for any passerby and an even better place to recharge for employees!

The Next Steps for Your Commercial Building

Now that you’re familiar with different roofing materials and systems, it’s time for the next step. Reach out to PB Roofing to discuss the needs of your building. Are you looking for an upgrade or a complete replacement? Do you need to conduct an inspection to determine the best solution? Our team is ready and able to assist you.

2020 NJ Construction Employment [Roofing Edition]

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NJ Construction: Get Started with Your Career in Roofing

There is no one path to start a career in roofing. For example, a recent high school graduate, a person pursuing a post-secondary degree, and a seasoned worker wanting a change can all be looking to get into roofing work. No matter where you’re coming from in life, it can be daunting to enter a new industry, especially when every state has its own rules and standards. The best way to ease concerns is to read industry articles and speak to people in the trade.

Here are our best tips on starting a roofing career in the NJ construction industry!

  1. Get familiar with NJ roofing laws. Laws protecting employees vary from state to state, so it’s crucial to know your rights. There are specific laws the construction industry must abide by, especially for employees. For example, under the Construction Industry Independent Contractor Act, employers must adequately classify employees to ensure the delivery of appropriate benefits, such as social security, taxes, and wages. OSHA outlines detailed roofer protection rules under the Occupational Safety and Health Act, including decreasing the number of on-the-job falls, hazards, injuries, and more.
  2. Research the companies you are interested in. There are plenty of roofing companies that will offer you a job and some benefits. However, you shouldn’t settle for the bare minimum. When searching for jobs, take a more in-depth look at what the company has to offer. Is there a welcoming culture? Is there an opportunity for advancement? Do they offer competitive salaries and benefits? Interviews are another great way to learn more about what the company does and the types of people working there. Making sure you’re a great fit will be essential to a successful roofing career.
  3. Get your foot in the door. Many people believe you need to know someone to start working in roofing. While having a relative or friend in the industry can be useful, there are a few other ways to get in. Apprenticeships offer on-the-job training as well as in-class learning. Post-secondary degrees can be achieved through universities, community colleges, or technical schools. Some of these programs are roofing-specific and offer industry certifications. Another route is to jump right into the job. Many entry-level positions require little to no experience and are learned entirely on the job from assisting an experienced roofer.
  4. Don’t stop learning. Once you land a job, you’ll be learning a lot more about the company and industry. However, to truly be successful, you must continue learning outside of work. Watch videos, read articles, keep up with news, and network with others in the roofing industry. What would be extremely beneficial is if your company offers advanced learning opportunities. For example, PB Roofing created PB University for its employees. It provides a unique approach for every step in your roofing career, from novice to master. Even if you’re not starting from the beginning, you can jump in at any stage.

Start Your Roofing Career with PB Roofing

At PB Roofing, we create long-term careers with our forward-thinking tools and training to support a successful life. Every employee receives an education, generous compensation, a safe environment, and room for growth. We look for passion, motivation, and attention to detail in every candidate.

Our work brings us down the east coast from Maine to Virginia and back home, headquartered in New Jersey. If you’re interested in starting a career in construction and want to learn more about working for an industry leader, contact PB Roofing today!

How to Find a Roof Leak Before It Turns into a Costly Repair

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How to Find a Roof Leak in 4 Steps

A roof leak can damage more than just your building’s integrity. Any water damage or flooding can result in a delay or standstill of business operations, resulting in a loss of profits. Not to mention the health risks that can form due to mold if left unchecked.

Here’s how to find a roof leak in your commercial building and what to do about it.

Step #1: Watch Out for Telltale Roof Leak Signs

While the most apparent sign of a roof leak is seeing or hearing dripping water, several other warnings should be cause for suspicion. These red flags include:

  • Ceiling or wall stains—Discoloration on any ceiling and wall material indicates extended exposure to water. Depending on where the leak is, water may run down into a wall, causing damage.
  • Visible roof damage—It is crucial for your building to undergo frequent roof inspections. By being vigilant, you can spot any damage that may be an opening for water to get inside before it happens. While it’s best to schedule inspections with a professional, look for any standing or pooled water, cracks or bubbles, open seams, and tears or holes.
  • Odor and mold—A foul smell can signal unwanted water is present. If there is pooled water or a perpetual leak combined with a warm, humid environment, mold can begin to grow.
  • Higher energy bills—If your building is suffering from a roof leak, you can expect some high energy bills. As water seeps into the insulation, it will no longer be able to retain warm or cold air, making your air conditioner or heating system work harder.

Step #2: Prevent Interior Damage

Once you have identified one or more signs of a roof leak, you must take precautions to prevent interior damage. Your building may contain valuable products or equipment that cannot risk getting wet. Be sure to clear the contaminated area of all people, equipment, and supplies to prevent costly contamination. Then, lay down a tarp and bucket to collect any dripping water.

Step #3: Identify All Water Entry Locations

After your building is secure, clearly mark every spot where water is escaping from or has targeted. As it may take time for your contractor to visit your space, don’t risk an area drying up and being overlooked. By identifying these key spots, you will also speed up the process once the contractor does arrive.

Step #4: Contact a Roof Repair Professional

It’s vital to get ahead of a rook leak before it causes significant issues. Contact a roof repair professional immediately after spotting a warning sign. A trained eye will better identify the source of the water and present the best solution. To avoid future leaks, be sure to schedule consistent inspections for your building’s roof. If you’re experiencing a frequency of leaks or other roof issues, consider a coating or replacement.

How PB Roofing Can Help Your Commercial Building

PB Roofing is experienced in roof repairs, maintenance, inspections, and more. We’re trained and equipped to handle any size roof leak. Our professionalism ensures your building is taken care of in the best way possible with minimum damage. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

[Guide] Roofer Job Descriptions: Titles, Education, and Duties

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3 Roofer Job Descriptions You Didn’t Know About

Year after year, the roofing industry continues to grow in sales, profit, and employment. As companies look to expand their business, new job roles will be required to upkeep demand. Traditionally, companies hire field workers. However, it can be challenging to rise to a leadership position.

More new and innovative roofing companies offer a range of roles and opportunities for professional development. Let’s take a look at three roofer job descriptions you probably didn’t know about.

The Field Worker

Of course, we have to talk about the most well-known position first—the field worker.

Typically, this person has to be skilled in roof repair, maintenance, and installation. Other services may include roof coatings, snow removal, emergency response, and solar installations.

It’s possible to specialize in one or more service as a roofer. Niche workers such as technicians, installers, electricians, or engineers are always in demand as well. Smart companies will look at high-performing team members to advance into more leading roles, such as an on-site project manager.

Roofers must be excellent with their hands and work well in a group setting. This career is quite physically demanding, with long hours spent outdoors. At a minimum, a high school degree and an apprenticeship are needed.

A field worker is an excellent position for those looking for independence, security, and a sense of belonging.

The Office Worker

Growing roofing companies need to expand their business to include a headquarters and some office workers.

Many behind-the-scene employees are essential to business operations. Think salespeople, account managers, human resources, marketers, accountants, and more.

Candidates must be comfortable in an office environment—though it’s worth noting that every company will have a unique culture and setting. While the required competencies will vary with each role, general skills include communication, time management, customer service, organization, detail orientation, and critical thinking.

Typically, some college, a higher educational program, or a bachelor’s level degree is required.

Working in a roofing company’s office can present opportunities for advancement into prominent leadership roles. These jobs are ideal for a person who enjoys a work/life balance and is thinking long-term. Competitive benefits such as paid time off, holidays, 401(k), and security are often offered.

Leadership Roles

Many young workers think that to achieve a leadership position, they have to start their own business. However, companies with an entrepreneurial spirit may look internally for outstanding employees or hire a reputable person from the outside.

Leadership roles may include directors and chief officers for business, operations, and sales. This candidate must have a vision for growth and development.

Working for PB Roofing

Working for a commercial roofer, like PB Roofing, comes with incredible benefits. Maintaining an inclusive, welcoming, and progressive culture is vital to the success of our company.

Our goal is to ensure every employee has the opportunity for personal and professional development. With our unique PB University program, we offer training courses in leadership, life skills, and more.

Talk to us today about your future at PB Roofing!

The Best Jobs for High School Graduates

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Jobs for High School Graduates: What’s Right for You?

As high school comes to an end, you may be wondering, what next? There are a few paths post-high school you can follow; the choice should be made based on your preferences, interests, and goals. While many pursue a traditional higher education route, others may enter a trade career or embark on self-employment. All roads can lead to a successful lifestyle if you put in the time and dedication.

Let’s take a look at what some of the best jobs for high school graduates should offer—and how to determine the right one for you.

What You Should Consider

With all career paths, it is good to get years of experience and knowledge in a particular industry. By becoming an expert in your field, you’ll have the best chance of moving up and becoming more successful. This is especially true for trade careers, as many companies look to their employees for higher roles, such as managers and even owners.

Before exploring your career options, asses your likes, interests, and skills first. It’ll be easier to find jobs that align with what you’re looking for after doing so. Here are a few example questions you should ask yourself:

  • Do you want to work with people?
  • Do you like working with your hands?
  • Do you want set hours?
  • Do you like working in an office?
  • Do you like to travel?
  • Do you want to work outdoors?

For those that want to be more involved, perhaps outside working with their hands, consider a trade career. Many companies, such as construction, electricians, roofers, and more, offer job security, benefits, and teach business as well as essential life skills. By entering the trades industry, you’re opening yourself up to a lifetime of success when you work for a company that cares about you, like PB Roofing.

What To Look Out For

When looking for your first full-time job after high school, it’s important to consider benefits as much as salary. Here’s what you should be discussing with a potential employer before you sign an offer letter:

  • Healthcare coverage—dental and vision as well
  • Retirement or 401(k) plans
  • Paid time off (PTO), sick days, personal days, and bereavement days
  • Opportunity for advancement

Don’t sell yourself short. A good employer will be offering these benefits as well as the tools to become successful in the industry. Beyond these perks, ensure that the company you will be potentially working for is one that you are comfortable with, feel a connection to, and trust.

Choosing The Right Company

Finding a company that provides you with a good position, benefits, and has the qualities you want may take some time. While you may be tempted to take the first offer you receive, wait until you are sure you are signing up for the right position with the right company.

At PB Roofing, we invest in our new hires by providing a path, an opportunity, and guidance. Our unique university program allows us to pass on our years of knowledge to the next generation of industry leaders (that can be you!). All you need is the will to learn and the drive to become successful.

To us, our employees are our family. We take on the responsibility of their training, individuality, diversity, supporting their family, and, most vital, on-the-job safety. If you are interested in starting your career at a company that values you, get in touch with us today! We are more than happy to discuss open positions and your potential future with PB Roofing.

How Do Solar Panels Work? A Step by Step Guide

How Do Solar Panels Work? A Step by Step Guide

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How Do Solar Panels Work: From Sun to Electricity

When solar energy was first introduced to the market, it was quite a costly purchase. However, in recent years, new technologies and manufacturing efficiencies have made this once luxury an affordable upgrade. As you may be considering making the switch to solar panels for your commercial building, let’s answer the most vital question first—how do solar panels work?

STEP 1: The Panels Absorb Sunlight

Each solar panel is constructed with four major components: solar cells, a metal frame, a glass casing, and wiring. The panels are always grouped, typically on rooftops but sometimes in large outdoor spaces, to ensure maximum effect. During daylight hours, photovoltaic cells absorb sunlight as DC electricity, or direct current electricity.

To be more specific, within each solar panel are one negative and one positive silicon cell layer that, together, form an electric field. When the sun’s energy hits a photovoltaic cell, electrons become loose, enter the electric field, and become an electric current.

STEP 2: The Panels Convert the Electric Current

If your commercial building functions with DC electricity, then you’ll want to skip this step. However, some buildings are powered on AC electricity, or alternating current. If this is your case, you’ll want to keep reading.

Converting DC electricity to AC isn’t as complicated as it sounds. An inverter, either individually installed on the panels or one-for-all, is a handy tool that requires no additional configuration after installation.

STEP 3: The Energy Powers Your Building

Now that the solar energy is configured to the needed electric current, your building can light up! The current runs through the electrical panel and distributes it to offer power. At this point, it functions the same way it would if you were connected to your electric utility company’s power.

STEP 4: Measure Surpluses and Shortages

While it may seem like solar energy is a limited power source, there are practices in place to ensure you always have enough resources. Here’s how net metering works.

On days when more solar energy is collected than what is needed to operate your building, a surplus is created and sent to your local electrical grid. Conversely, cloudy days or throughout the night will generate less solar energy, and your building will tap into that electrical grid for power. Your net meter will measure electric currents in both directions.

The Benefits of Solar Energy For Your Commercial Building

Now that you know how solar panels function, let’s review why they are beneficial for your commercial building. Solar panels can:

  • Lower your operating costs
  • Give you a return on investment
  • Reduce your energy consumption
  • Enhance customer satisfaction
  • Provide a reliable energy source

To further discuss the perks of solar energy, give PB Roofing a call! We’re here to talk you through every question and concern you may have. Our years of experience with solar installation ensures we are always up to date on the latest practices and technology and prepped with the knowledge to provide your commercial building with just the right equipment. Contact us today!

Should You Repair or Replace Your Commercial Roof?

Should You Repair or Replace Your Commercial Roof?

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Building owners can get some keen insight by answering these 5 questions

As much as we would all love for things to stay in perfect condition forever, we know it just isn’t feasible. Pretty much everything wears out or stops working over time, and when that happens, there’s a big decision to be made: Can it be fixed, or does it need to be replaced? When we’re talking about a small item — like a lamp, for example — the choice is relatively easy. But when it’s something much larger and much more expensive, that’s when making a decision can get tricky.

If you’re a commercial property owner, you probably know this dilemma firsthand. There always seems to be something in a building that needs work, and the repair or replace question can come up a lot. When the roof is involved, this choice shouldn’t be made lightly.

If your roof has experienced some damage or there’s a leak or other issues, here are five questions that will help you decide the best course of action to take:

How bad is the damage?

It’s always possible for a roof to get damaged during a storm, and if a branch fell on it or high winds or intense rain caused harm, it could be severe. That is why it’s important to have the entire roof examined as soon as possible to assess the extent of the damage. If only a small portion of the roof is affected, a repair is probably the best bet. But if 25% of the roof or more is in bad shape, it is probably more cost-effective to have the entire thing replaced.

What problems are you experiencing?

Sometimes roof damage is obvious — like that tree branch sitting on top of it, for example — but in other cases, it is much more subtle. A roof may look fine, but if water is leaking inside, clearly something is wrong. Fortunately, when it comes to leaks, they can usually be repaired. The problem is often related to poor installation with vents, pipes, and other penetrations, and repairing the flashing will solve it. If you’ve noticed a big spike in your energy bills, it may be an insulation issue, which is typically a pretty quick fix.

How old is your roof?

Age plays an important role in determining whether it’s better to repair a roof or replace it. If it is relatively young, the roof was most likely built with some of the most advanced materials and should still be in very good condition. Even if there’s some surface damage, the underlying components may be in good shape. However, if a roof is old — 20 years or older — the damage it is probably near the end of its life, so paying for repairs doesn’t make a ton of sense.

What’s happening right now in your building?

If your building houses a business that is busier during certain times of the year — like a warehouse that will be hectic during the holidays, for instance — a full-fledged replacement may not be possible during the latter parts of the year. If this is the case, making basic repairs in order to help keep things running is probably the best bet, and then a replacement can be scheduled when things cool down.

Are you in for the long haul?

A new roof is obviously costly, but if you plan to own your building for the foreseeable future, it could be the best choice for protecting your investment. On the other hand, if you’re thinking about selling soon, putting up the money for a new roof may not be the most financially sound thing to do. Instead, the better decision might be to fix any problems and make sure the roof is up to code and will pass an inspection. Starting a preventative maintenance plan could also be a wise idea to keep your roof in good condition until you sell.

Other options

In addition to repairs or a replacement, there are a couple of other ways you may be able to address the issue: coating or a re-cover.

Coating

A roof coating is a fluid that is applied over the membrane. Because of its elasticity, the coating can stretch and go back to its original shape without any damage. This is generally a great way to add protection to a roof and extend its life.

Re-cover

When more than just some standard repairs are needed, you may still be able to avoid a complete replacement, especially if the insulation has remained in good condition. With a re-cover, a new system is placed over the old one. While it’s still a big project, it won’t cost you as much as an entirely new roof.

If you’re not sure whether you need a repair or a replacement for your roof, Peck Brothers Roofing can help you figure it out. Whatever your commercial roof needs, we can supply it. To have one of our contractors come out to your property, call us at 201-791-3235 or just fill out our online contact form.

8 Hidden Costs of Commercial Roofing Projects

8 Hidden Costs of Commercial Roofing Projects

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When planning the budget for your new roof, be sure to account for these expenses.

If you own a commercial building, you know that upkeep and maintenance can be very costly. (Or, if you’re a new owner, you soon will.) One of the biggest expenses you will have to deal with involves your roof. While repairs may not put too much of a dent in your wallet, if a brand-new roof is needed, that could be a different story. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what to expect when it comes to costs. In addition to the materials and labor, here are some other factors that could increase the expense:

Building height

Two commercial buildings may have exactly the same size roof, but if their heights are not the same, the final price could be significantly different. With a one- or two-story building, workers should be able to get themselves and materials onto the roof using ladders. However, taller structures will probably require cranes and possibly other pieces of large equipment.

Penetrations

Many commercial buildings have numerous important components that penetrate the roof, such as HVAC systems, pipes, and vents, and maybe even satellite dishes. Working around all those items can often be tricky, not to mention time-consuming. Plus, if these things must be taken out, that adds to the duration of the project as well as the bill.

Repairs or replacements

Before a new roof can go on, the old roof has to come off. Once this happens, you just never know what you may encounter underneath, especially with older buildings or ones that have had a lack of maintenance. There could be moisture, rot, or other issues that will have to be addressed. Areas that commonly need to be repaired or replaced include the metal or wooden deck and the roof drains.

Building codes

Even if everything looks fine when the old roof is torn off, work may still be needed before the new one can go up if the old structure is not up to code. Building codes change over the years, and it is very possible that an older structure will need some upgrades before the project can proceed.

Insulation

In order to keep a building at a comfortable temperature, insulation is necessary. It’s also vital for saving energy, which is good for the environment and your bottom line. Clearly, the bigger the building, the bigger the roof, and the more insulation you will need. However, it is very important to use the right amount. Too much insulation and you’re wasting money. Too little and it will increase power bills, which will also cost you money.

Upgrades

A roof isn’t just a covering; it generally contains a lot of components that play a role in the overall function of a building. These could include things related to the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems, such as lighting, pipes, and vents. If these elements are old or in disrepair, they should be fixed or upgraded before they will be merged with newer roofing materials.

Warranties

When you’re buying a roof for a commercial building, chances are good that it will come with some sort of warranty. Generally, manufacturers offer basic warranties on materials, but it is important to read the fine print to know exactly what you’re getting. Some warranties require building owners to pay to have the roof inspected every year by a licensed contractor.

Cheap services

Wait, why would cheap roofing services increase the cost of a roofing project? Be it a taco or a new roof, it’s always good to remember that you get what you pay for. Extremely low-cost services may seem great, but it probably won’t be too long before you’re actually paying for them in the form of leaks or other failures.

A roof installation requires expertise and precision. If it is not installed properly and with great care and attention, the entire building — as well as the people and equipment inside — could be in danger.

A new commercial roof is a major financial investment, which is why experienced contractors should handle the installation. At Peck Brothers, we only work on commercial buildings, so we know exactly what is needed for any type of roofing project. In addition to expert installation, we also offer preventative maintenance, which will extend its lifespan. To discuss your roof project and the costs involved, call us at 201-791-3235 or just fill out our online contact form.

Ignore these eight risks of a leaky roof at your own peril

Ignore these eight risks of a leaky roof at your own peril

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How many times have you spotted some sort of minor issue and decided to look the other way or perhaps just put it on the to-deal-with-later pile? It’s something we all do, even when we know that the problem isn’t going to get any better if left alone. And while many small repairs actually can be dealt with at a future date, sometimes they need to be addressed right away. A leak in a commercial roof is one small repair that can get very expensive if not fixed right away.

Building owners and managers have a lot of responsibilities. In addition to maintaining a property, they must ensure the safety of occupants and things like products, equipment, and machinery. A leak — even if it just appears to be a small one — puts everyone and everything in jeopardy because leaks inevitably get bigger, and this can result in numerous hazards.

Here are the eight biggest risks of letting a roof leak go untreated.

Structural damage

Even if water isn’t dripping onto the floor below, that doesn’t mean it is not causing problems. In fact, the water you can’t see is even more dangerous because it could be seeping into the underlying structure of the roof, walls, and ceilings. The longer wood and drywall are exposed to water, the greater the chance they will start rotting and deteriorating. And if ceiling tiles start falling, everything and everyone underneath them will be in harm’s way.

Mold

When water penetrates a roof and accumulates, this often leads to the growth of mold that can very quickly spread throughout a building and even end up in carpets or furniture. In addition to being expensive to remove, mold — even if it’s not the toxic black mold variety — can cause health problems, including coughs, nasal congestion, and upper respiratory infections.

Insects

Bugs love moisture, and if they find it in a warm place, that is the icing on the cake for them. If water has been penetrating a roof for a while, it is like putting the welcome mat out for cockroaches, silverfish, earwigs, and more. And if there is decaying wood, that can attract carpenter ants. Like mold, any infestation will cost a pretty penny to get rid of.

Wet insulation

The point of insulation is to improve energy efficiency. It is there to retain the heat in cold months and cool air in warm months, which is good for the planet and saves money. But when insulation gets wet, it is not able to do its job properly. This will result in increased energy usage, which means higher utility bills.

Electrical short or fire

Another way a roof leak puts a building at risk is by threatening its electrical system. And while a fuse box or other system controls might be in the basement or on a lower level, pretty much every wall and ceiling within a commercial building contains some sort of wiring. Water can cause a short or even a fire.

Damaged equipment

If water were to leak into an office building and harm a copy machine, for example, that may cause your tenants to be unhappy until it’s repaired or replaced, but probably wouldn’t be the end of the world. However, what if computer equipment was damaged? Or some machinery that was integral to production? This could cause an entire business to grind to a halt, and guess who’s getting the blame (and maybe even a summons)? The property manager.

Slips or falls

In addition to being liable for inoperable equipment, a property manager or building owner can also get into serious trouble if someone were to get injured due to negligence. Wet floors can easily lead to a slip or fall that causes an injury. And even something minor can result in very high medical bills.

A roof that’s old before its time

Perhaps the worst (or at least the most expensive) thing about a leak is that it can vastly shorten the age of a roof. Brand-new commercial roofs are costly, which is why it makes sense to keep them in great shape for as long as possible. Therefore, leaks need to be repaired immediately. But, because leaks aren’t always obvious, it is important that a roof gets preventative maintenance. With regular inspections from experts, small issues can be spotted and dealt with before they turn into large problems.

Now that we’re in the rainy season, it is crucial to be extra vigilant about your roof and the possibility of a leak. If you’ve noticed any problems or just want to make sure your building will have the protection it needs, get in touch with Peck Brothers. You can call us at 201-791-3235 or just send a message through our online contact form.

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