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Green Roofs


A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. It may also include additional layers such as a root barrier and drainage and irrigation systems.

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Sustainable Solutions


Sustainable roofing designs seek to have a minimal impact on the environment. Prismatic skylights, light tubes, and photovoltaic solar panels are an efficient way to reduce energy consumption. Cool roofs use a highly reflective surface to emit the radiant heat back instead of transferring the heat into the building below. Green roofs or “living roofs” absorb rainwater, provide insulation, and…

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Coated Roof Systems


Coated roof systems are a cost-effective solution for extending the life of an existing roof system. Coatings provide a highly reflective surface that may lower roof surface temperature, decrease indoor cooling costs, and ultimately, reduce overall expenditures. By forming to irregular roof surfaces, coatings seal cracks and splits in the roof surface.  Once applied, coatings forms a seamless, watertight seal…

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Metal Roof


Metal roofs are systems in which standing seams, R-panels, or corrugated metal panels are mechanically fastened to existing structure points. Metal roof provide architects, building designers, and owners with a variety of choices ranging from the type of metal to dozens of color options. Because of its excellent strength, durability, and fire resistance, metal roofs are the rising star of…

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Built-Up Roof


Built-up roof (BUR) systems consist of multiple plies of felts, fabrics, or mats that are laminated together with bitumen, either asphalt or coal tar pitch. The application incorporates alternating layers of plies and bitumen and is finished with a gravel application, a mineral cap sheet, or a weather resistant coating. BUR is designed to meet a broad range of waterproofing…

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Modified Bitumen


Modified bitumen is an asphalt-based roofing system reinforced with either polyester or fiberglass. With excellent resistance to foot traffic, punctures, and tears, modified bitumen systems are a blend of traditional and modern roofing technologies. Two different polymers APP (Atactic Polypropylene polymer) and SBS (Styrene Butadiene Styrene) are used to modify the elasticity and temperature flexibility of the membrane. APP modified…

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EPDM


EPDM (Ethyline Propolyne Diene Terpolymer) is a single-ply rubber roofing membrane that is resistant to a high degree of ozone, ultraviolet, weathering, and abrasion damage. Because of its tolerance to a wide array of weather conditions including wind and hail, and superb second-generation application, EPDM is one of the most sustainable and environmental materials currently used in the industry. Accounting…

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Thermoplastic


Thermoplastic roof systems are lightweight systems that include TPO (thermoplastic polyolefin) and PVC (poly vinyl chloride). Both are highly reflective roof membranes that provide excellent weathering and are highly resistant to ultraviolet light, tears, punctures, and most chemicals. Thermoplastic roofs have outstanding seam strength and are well suited for second generation applications. In mechanically attached systemsthe membrane is affixed to the structural…

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Are All Cool Roof Coatings Equal?


Some roof coatings start out as very reflective but after a few short years, they lose much of their reflectivity. The Cool Roof Rating Council provides a list of qualifying roof coating products. This list gives an unbiased rating on the performance of competing materials. The following is a list of competitive products you may find in your market. The…

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