Best Roofing for a Beach House

beach house roof, coastal area roofingDo you live near the coast? This is the dream residence for many folks. However, owning property near a body of water comes with additional considerations. These include special roof installation and repairs. We’ll explain for you some of the best roofing options for a beach house.

Roofing Considerations for Coastal Properties

Coastal areas experience more humidity and salt in the air. High winds are also more commonplace. The salt can corrode certain roofing materials, such as metal. Beach house roofing panels may require special alloy coating.

Strong wind gusts can rip panels and shingles right off the roof. A beach house might require heavier roofing material that is rated for high winds.

Roofers must take these factors into consideration for both residential and commercial roof installations. Continue Reading →

Do You Know Your Roof’s Weight?

roof weightYour roof’s weight is probably not something you’ve ever considered. The weight is actually very important because it affects the home’s value, energy efficiency, and more. Let’s explore other reasons why the roof’s weight is a relevant factor for both residential and commercial roofs.

Factors That Determine Roof Weight

Your roof is far more than just the upper layer of shingles or panels. The total weight also includes the bottom layer, which may include plywood, lumber, lath boards, etc. Even the surface layer may include more than one layer.

It’s important to know the weight because a home in need of repairs may struggle to support the weight. This takes us to the next topic.

The Home’s Age

Structures naturally weaken as they age. Factors such as moisture, thermal cycling, and gradually shifting soil wear the building. An inspector may recommend reducing the roof’s weight in order to “take the load” off the structure.

Roofing materials also lose weight with age. Components such as the oil or adhesives may evaporate and granules may erode. Asphalt shingles several decades old are only about 60% to 70% of their original weight. Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Commercial Roof Skylights

commercial skylightWhy should you invest in skylights for your facility? The primary benefit of a commercial roof skylight comes down to the natural lighting. Yes, you cut down on energy use. However, many building owners overlook the secondary benefit of increased staff productivity.

How Does a Commercial Skylight Increase Facility Productivity?

Researchers have conducted numerous studies and discovered correlations between sunlight exposure and increased work performance.

One study from Northwestern University in Chicago is especially noteworthy. Researchers examined the effects of workers in an office with ample windows vs those in a windowless room. The former received 173% more light exposure during their typical 9-to-5 work day. The subjects from that group also scored higher in a quality-of-life survey.

Furthermore, a study from the World Green Building Council revealed that workers exposed to more daylight were 18% more productive.

That’s not all. A report from the American Society of Interior Design revealed that 68% of employees cite inadequate lighting as a common distraction.

What About Artificial Lighting?

Some employers may hesitate to modify their commercial roofs in any way. Instead, they may opt for more fluorescent lighting. This is a bad idea. Most artificial lights strain the eyes. The lights are also really dim, which triggers drowsiness, migraine headaches, and loss of motivation.

Maximizing Natural Light Is the Key

Light is a critical component of how we see. Investing in skylights makes sense from both a financial and performance standpoint. We recommend them even if your office already has plenty of windows. This is just one more way to incorporate natural light into your work space.

We Install Commercial Roof Skylights

We install skylights as part of our additional services. The installation is ideal for residential offices as well. Contact Urbizo Bros Roofing to learn how a commercial roof skylight could benefit your business’ profit margins.

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Should You Invest in a White Roof?

white roof, cool roofWhite roofs, also known as cool roofs, are becoming a trend among some Mukilteo businesses. However, this popular commercial roofing type isn’t without its controversy. We’ll explain the pros and cons.

What Is a White Roof?

A white roof is pretty much self-explanatory; it’s a roof with white panels. This is supposed to be an energy-efficient form of facility construction. Think about it: why is it a bad idea to wear black on a hot summer day? The color of night absorbs heat far more than lighter colors. More heat absorption means more heat transfer into the building interior. Lighter roof panels have the opposite effect.

According to studies from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, white roofs reduce energy use by 20% on a hot day. In metropolitan areas, white roofs also help reduce smog levels by lowering city temperatures. The latter tends to be higher in urban areas due to the mass heat absorption from paved roads. Continue Reading →

Four Common Warm Weather Roofing Stressors

warm weather roofing stressorsWith summer here, the sun is going to be looming full force over Mukilteo. The heat can be brutal on roof panels and cause collective damage. We’ll identify typical warm weather roofing stressors and how to minimize their potential wear and tear.

1. UV Rays

Even the sturdiest shingles and panels can dry out due to UV ray exposure over many summers. This leaves sections of the roof with little protection. Cracked shingles are a sign that a replacement is in order. Other signs include curling at the corners and fewer granules on each shingle.

2. Humidity

The Pacific Northwest isn’t the most humid region by a longshot. Nevertheless, summer does mean elevated humidity. If the roof surface has cooler temperatures than the surrounding air, water will condense right on the roof. Summer is the time to consider add-ons, such as ridge or soffit vents. Our other services include vent installations and upgrades. Continue Reading →

Are You Helping the Environment With Green Roofing?

Green roofingGreen homes are a rising trend in Mukilteo. Most people care about the Earth and want to contribute to a sustainable planet. Did you know, though, that correlations exist between the roofing and the environment? Roof care, or the lack of it, determines a home’s degree of carbon footprint.

How the Roof Affects the Environment

America is home to 3,091 landfills. Americans also discard enough trash every day to fill 63,000 garbage trucks. Much of that garbage consists of house-related items, including roofing materials.

Typical residential roofers spend 80% of their time replacing a roof rather than making repairs or installing a new one. Roof replacement means the old roof ends up in the landfill.

This is why roof maintenance is so important from an environmental perspective. Proper care causes the roof to last longer, so that it doesn’t end up as waste well before the end of its lifespan. Continue Reading →

Open Valley Roof Vs. Closed Valley Roof: Know the Difference

open valley roof, closed valley roofInstalling a new roof? Repairing an existing one? The installer may enquire whether you want an open valley roof or closed valley roof. Most homeowners are probably unaware of the difference. We’ll explain how open and closed systems work, so you know which is better for your residential needs.

What Is a Roof Valley?

In a sloped roof, a valley is the section where the different flat areas come together in a V-shape formation. The valley is an integral part of the roof, and the area is prone to leaks, necessitating flashing. The valley is also where water collects when it runs off adjacent sections of the roof.

Open Valley

In an open valley, the valley area is protected by a heavy-gauge aluminum or metal strip, and by a water and ice shield. The point of intersection, though, is uncovered by the uppermost roofing material. Continue Reading →

Does Your Commercial Roof Need a Access Hatch?

Access hatchAlmost no residential roofs have a access hatch. Why, then, do you need one for a commercial roof? Commercial facilities have stricter building codes, thus requiring regular inspections. This includes maintenance of the roof. A hatch provides an easy and safe access point for inspectors and in-house personnel.

Considerations for an Access Hatch

First, you need to determine a size for the hatch. Do you intend to just use the hatch as an access point for staff members? Or do you require a larger opening for transporting large equipment? Warehouses and manufacturing plants tend to require the latter, especially if installing generator or HVAC equipment.

A hatch also requires a built-in ladder or stairs. For smaller single-cover hatches, a fixed ladder usually suffices. For larger hatches and for transferring heavy equipment, the roofer may recommend the installation of ship stairs. Continue Reading →

The Different Types of Metal Roofing Panels

metal roofingMost homeowners are aware of the different types of residential roofing shingles. With respect to metal roofing, though, people often assume there is only one type. Different types of metal roofing panels are available, so they’re just as diverse as shingles. We’ll introduce the different styles of this very durable roofing.

Four Metal Roofing Types

1. Steel Roofing

Steel is an alloy consisting of iron and other elements. Most roof manufacturers make steel panels from recycled material, making this roofing style a sustainable and cost-effective option. Most steel panels are made from either galvanized or weathering steel.

2. Aluminum Roofing

We recommend aluminum panels for coastal homes due to their resistance to salt corrosion. Aluminum is highly reactive to oxygen, which causes the formation of aluminum oxide. This acts as a seal that protects the panels’ inner layer from corrosion. Continue Reading →

Roofing Membrane Parameters for a Commercial Roof

roof membrane parametersCommercial roofing typically consists of flat roofs. This is a sound choice. However, there are many varieties of roofing membranes. Some are higher-quality than others. Your roofer will choose a membrane that’s right for your facility and location. Nevertheless, we recommend that you acquaint yourself with the many roofing membrane parameters.

Rating Parameters for Roofing Membranes

Breaking Strength

Most contractors mechanically fasten membranes to the roof deck. Breaking strength evaluates the membrane’s ability to hold in place in the event of extreme forces, such as strong winds. Continue Reading →