Preparing an Old Roof To Receive an EPDM Rubber Membrane

I’d like to take you through the correct preparation of an old roof, through to how we insulates it and cover it with an EPDM rubber membrane. This is a standard procedure for commercial flat roofing.

First it is necessary to strip the old covering that was green mineral felt covering and you can see we have exposed all the old decking. We will do a small amount of repairs to the old decking – actually its in quite good condition especially because we are going over it with insulation we will be covering the decking with boards.

Its slight unevenness is not a problem. You can see here we are removing the old roofing system In the background I’m there filling in the old skylight area so no rubbish falls down there. The windows are open because we are going to take them out and the new roof and insulation will be higher and the windows will be replaced.

On this project on a commercial building in Winston Salem you can see that behind the windows we have dust sheets because this is going to be a warm roof the insulation is going to be on top of the old roof decking and we will insulate behind the gutter board. To do this we have to remove the old guttering and gutter board thus exposing the gap we clean between and fill with roof insulation. Insulation goes between the top of the wall to bottom of the decking continuing the insulation properties all the way around the roof. We have to work quickly so we can get the roof covered before the end of the day.

In the next part of the video you will see me working on the skylight, the others are laying the vapor barrier from other end of the roof. We are using a high quality vapor barrier, this is generally called a vapor control system – It controls vapor that transfers thought it into the insulation.

This particular vapor control system is strong and will span gaps of over 125mm. The roof decking is not good but the vapor barrier will bridge problems. Note the detailing of the vapor control system – It goes up and around the skylight, it goes up the walls and by the time this vapor control is down this roof will be waterproof.

Now we fix down the roof insulation using thermally broken fixings, again the roof insulation is fitted tight around the skylight around the walls and any gaps are filled using foam. The curb for the skylight goes over the insulation, making sure there is no chance of thermal bridging.

Gaps around the outside are filled with foam and the insulation is above the window cill where the old windows would have never opened while the insulation has been going down. We backfilled between joists, primed all joist ends, primed the fascia board that goes over the top and now the customer’s chosen to use timber because this is an old property

We could have used UPVC, however this looks better – in fact it looks very very nice now. This is just a step back a stage or two because we’re going to show you what we’ve actually done before when we put the facia back on. I’ve insulated behind the facia and I’m actually painting that later, once we’ve covered it with the vapor barrier which comes across the decking up and over-the-top, and with a piece of treated timber we will but the installation directly up against the roof.

Later we will fill between the joists below and as you can see I’m painting the gutter board that goes over the top of the insulation. The EPDM membrane has been down for quite some time and it’s been able to relax in the creases and we see the roof insulation fixings. The insulation is level, the vapor barrier comes up around and laps over the top so we are now ready to glue down the EPDM roof system.

Now the EPDM is down we carefully clean the roofing system – but very very slow so it’s very important for us to get it perfectly smooth. When all the lead flashings are on you can see the guttering looks good against the wood facial board and you can see where it holds back the insulation. Towards the back you can see the black UPVC termination strip and the extra height of the insulation makes this new flat roof around 125mm higher than the old roof.

So to finish let’s just have a look on the roof – I think the first thing that becomes apparent when you go onto a new EPDM roof especially when theres insulation under it are all the marks showing through this is part of the EPDM roofing system. We see all the joints between the insulation, the slight marks where the EPDM was packed for traveling and it has a slight ridge.

The EPDM rubber will shrink back a little but none of this is detrimental to the EPDM roof. If I apply pressure I can dent the surface, so don’t walk on it  with sharp shoes

Thanks for watching my name is Eric Hunton from Winston Salem Flat Roofing. I hope this has helped you.

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Using a Handyman For Your Home Improvements…

When is it best to employ the services of a Handyman rather than a range of individual tradesmen?

Denver CO HandymanIn this article we will take a look at the case for Handyman vs List of various tradesmen. First its worth noting a personal loan for home improvement does not require you to have equity in your home or borrow against the value of your home. A home improvement contractor is any person who owns and operates a home improvement business or who performs any home improvement. A home improvement contractor needs to be registered in order to be licensed Colorado, while a commercial contractor does not need a license. The table below outlines the requirements to become a home improvement contractor. Besides obtaining a home improvement contractor license, there are several other permits, licenses and clearances which you may need.

There are many things you can do make your home more energy efficient. As much as half of the energy used in a typical home goes to heating and cooling. N&F can take great things and even not so good things and make them better. You might need to take the test in order to be licensed. In order to protect your biggest investment, your home will need regular care and attention. You know you are dealing with a company you can trust.

Registration is required do business as a home repair contractor. Each registered contractor gets a certificate of registration, and a unique home Improvement Contactor Number. Once a contractor has complied with all of the registration requirements, paid the $50 fee and obtained its registration certificate, its work is still not done. When the home improvement contractor registers with the Bureau of Consumer Protection the contractor is assigned a registration number. You must have a certificate authorizing you to do business in New Jersey.

The right home remodeling project can add value to your home. Over the past few months many new cases have been filed. Public Works and Department of Transportation work must be done by certified or pre-qualified contractors. You must register to be in the business of building new homes in New Jersey. Your complaint will be forwarded to the business within two business days. You need to be registered or certified to do construction work in Florida.

Kitchen remodeling can be done by yourself if you have the appropriate materials. Ralls Home Improvement specializing in making old homes look new. You can never be too careful or ask too many questions. You should take the time to save more money for the project than you need. Romani & Sons is considered a small business with 5 full time employees, but one that you can trust in your home and treat it like it were their own. Whether you have a home improvement project you need done or you are in need of a new home, Twin County Builders can handle your project from start to finish.

Many projects require the services of more than one type of trade. The owner gets a bid based on what can be reasonably expected, not the worst case. The list of services below is only a partial list.
HVAC – Heating & Cooling Engineer
Flooring Installer
When you take a look at some of their work, you need to look with a discerning eye to judge whether or not their services work the best for you. A residential contractor will need the services of up to a dozen individual trades to complete the work. Handyman Denver has provided customers with first-class Denver residential repair and remodeling work since 1997.

This article was compiled with the help of Steve Hopkins from Handyman-source, Denver Handyman Services.

You can contact him at:
Denver Handyman Services
1900 Wazee Street
Denver, CO
Call 303 954 4508

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Installing Copper Flashing – Is it really the long term solution? Pt 2

roof flashing in CincyFlashing has to be installed over areas of the roof where shingles alone will not provide protection against water seepage. Chimney flashing is one of the most important details of a successful residential roof system. The best and most effective way to protect your roof is through using a flashing.

Tin coated steel and galvanized steel will eventually rust and corrode. The most common color for flashing is a silver-grey, which comes from aluminum or galvanized steel. Aluminum and galvanized steel are less expensive, but still effective choices. Aluminum is considered 50-year compatible, is much less costly and non-toxic, but is still not as easy to field fabricate as galvanized steel, copper and lead. Daman Pearse from Cincinnati Roofing Contractors has been using copper for many years and believes it has its place in repairing certain types of roof. A lot of residential roofs in the Cincinnati area use copper flashing. Prices for metals like aluminum, lead, and copper can go much higher. Steel can be recycled, and levels of scrapped steel are far lower than copper.

Metal roof flashing is critical for standing seam roof applications because the metal roof is not attached using screws along the panels. Copper roofing panels are available in traditional double-lock standing seam, flat seam and ornamental diamond panels. The vertical lip to the left will be locked into the standing seam copper roof to be installed along the entire porch roof. You can use a board laid flat on the roofing to get a better idea of the real slope of the roof, as shingles can be lumpy. The apron is cleated at its upper edge and is joined to the copper roof pans with a transverse seam. You may have to nail the lower edge to the roof to hold it flat.

Derek Pearse writes more about Copper Flashing on his website

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Installing Copper Flashing – Is it really the long term solution? Pt1

copper flashingA properly installed copper roof will likely be the last roof ever installed on the building. When professionally designed and installed, a copper roof can provide an economical, long-term roofing solution. When properly designed and installed, a copper roof provides an economical, long-term roofing solution that is also both impressive and attractive. A properly installed metal roof will last well over fifty years and easily pay for its higher initial cost. Pomaville Roofing has over 60 years experience repairing, fabricating, and installing copper roofing materials. Copper sheet metal has been and continues to be a beautiful, durable roofing material.

Ken Barlow from Rochester Roofing Contractors is of the opinion that when it come to Rochester roofing projects the application of copper flashing is well worth the investment. On one of their recent projects you could see that the apron flashing is the first piece of flashing installed along the bottom side of the chimney. You can see the white base flashing rising from the roof up under the rusting counter flashing. The roofer starts at the lower spot where the flat roof meets the wall or chimney and installs flashing and shingles alternately, working upward along the roof. Typical applications include valley flashing, base flashing, counter flashing, and chimneyflashing. Enough to remove the old rusty flashing out of the chimney, but not further. The tiles must be removed to expose the original flashing metal, the metal must be fully removed, and then the new metal must be installed.

Roof flashing is the process of adding a thin layer of waterproof material to a roof that keeps water from entering your home and roof. Flashing is used to prevent water from getting under the roof and damaging the roof decking as well as the ceiling below it. There are many areas for water to penetrate on your roof.

Special thanks to Ken Barlow

For more information on Rochester Roofing Contractors

753 W Main St
Suite 2
Rochester, NY

585 360 0174

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Roofing Contractors and the power of the internet

The net has changed the roofing industry significantly. Several years ago someone interviewed me and stated “hi, exactly how would the internet ever affect the roof industry. I said I don’t see how it can possibly influence the market. However I was wrong, it has been fantastic, due to the fact that the internet has actually created a resource for home owners to go out and find products that perhaps aren’t easily available in their area or items that maybe again the market establishment doesn’t always want them to understand about. You can do a great deal of study on the net, go to producers website, go to trade association internet site, the metal roof individuals have a couple of trade associations, metal roof lines, metal construction association, the asphalt roof individuals have the asphalt roofing associations, the concrete roofing guys have the concrete and tile institute or something like that, there’s even a wood shake bureau.

There are trade associations out there and a great deal of times, they will provide you practically straight and impartial details on their products and on their industry. That is a good place to do your research – go to individual makers if you discover a product that you think you want, go to the manufacturer, call them, inquire for information, or send them photos of your home even and state ‘hello, will your item work on my house before I head out and find a contractor or get somebody to put this on. I wish to know will your item deal with my residence?’. I am going to inform you a little trick right here, if anytime during your roofing research, you reach out to somebody who does not react to you, that need to throw up a big red flag. If they do not reply to you throughout your purchasing process when they should wish to respond to you, they desire to offer you things … believe me.

Can you possibly expect them to respond to you down the road if you have an issue or a concern or a problem. If you do not get any feedback upfront from a contractor or from a producer, or even a trade association, that has to be a red flag that these men are not going to assist you now and they are not going to assist you later. Think genuine difficult about that. What kinds of roofing products that are out there that you could want to consider.

Contributing Contractor:

Ken Stockwell

Wichita Roofing Contractors

3105 East Central Avenue

Wichita, KS.


316 202 2232

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How to Avoid Emergency Roof Repairs

In this Video I’m attempting to provide solid information based up my 30 years of experience, insider information if you will, to help guide you to the process of making a good roofing decision as well as a decision that is going to be good for you and also for your home. Anyway, this particular segment of our Video series is going to talk about how to choose a roofing product for your home and hopefully avoid an emergency roof repairs in the future.

Source: Louisville Roofing Contractors 

How do you choose the right product? At fist couple of segments of this Video series is dealt determining your criteria, what is important to you as you buy your new roof and also we would look at special circumstances that maybe make your roof a little bit different than other roofs and could affect your decision on what type of roofing that you buy. Those things are vey important to think about at the time that you determine what sort of material/ roofing material you’re going to have installed in your roof. you may want to go back and make sure you choose a product that meets the criteria you established, you also want to make sure you buy a product that can accommodate and can work well with those special circumstances we talked about in part 2 of these Video series.

Why choose your roofing material before you choose a contractor? I am a strong believer; you want to choose your roofing material first before you choose a contractor. Let me tell you a couple of reasons, one and I talked about this before, the roofing industry have built a lot on recurring income. the roofing industry like you to get your roofing product and build/ sell you another product in 15, 16 , 17 or 18 years.

There is huge infrastructure out there of roofing manufacturers and roofing contractors and they need that recurring income to support the industry. if you rather choose your product first, if you just go to a contractor an say ” hey, what kind of product should I use?” they’ll probably in a lot of cases, not all, they’re going to stir you towards a product that they know is going to bring them recurring income to have to replace that product down the road. They’re not necessarily deceiving you. They’re just doing it because that is the way the industry works. I don’t want to necessarily say that your contractors are trying to do something really deceptive here but it is the way the industry works so they’ll probably push you towards another short term product.

The other thing that happens in a lot of times, if you go to your roofing contractor and say “hey, what product do you think I should use?”, and believe me you do want their inputs. I’m not saying you don’t want their input but a lot of times, you know they buy their products from distributors and wholesalers and a lot of times those distributors and wholesalers may have a particular shingles on sale, or they also may have a special program where if a contractor buys a certain no. of squares of that product during the course of the year or that manufactured product during the course of the year, maybe they get sent on a trip or a cruise or something like that.

Those types of things, like what’s on sale, what maybe builds them up some reward points, those types of things can determine what type of product they suggest you put on your house. I don’t know about you but I don’t know if that is the way I want it to be determined what sorts of roofing materials is going to be used on my home. we talked about your criteria in a little bit, one of your criteria may might be, hey I want a product that is going to be durable and last. I want to tell you that is really important in my book. here is the reason, I’ve been in the industry for over 30 years and one of the things that I’ve seen is the cause to re-roof your home both materials and labour doubles every 10 years. That is significant. if you buy a product Today that only last 10 years, it is going to cost twice as much to replace it in 10 years.

If you buy a product that will last in say 20 years, it is going to cost you four times as much if you are going to replace it in twenty years. It is very expensive to re-roof, its getting more expensive all the time. One of your criteria might be to choose a product that is going to get it done once in for all, get it out of your hair for your lifetime perhaps even for the life of your home rather than going through this rapidly expanding price and cycle of re-roofing every few years. If you want to get a new result from you had in the past, you’ve got to follow your criteria that you’ve determined. How do you go out and research for roofing materials, because I’m saying choose your product first. How do you do that? that is a great question.  For more information go to Louisville Roofers Youtube Channel

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Roof Repairs

The Basics of Roof Ventilation

Basics of roof ventilation, you’ve got to have an intake, usually at the bottom of your roof. You’ve got to have exhaust usually at or some place near the peak or the ridge or the top of the roof. Other basics of ventilation, when you vent your attic, you must look at the amount of the free air flow. Basically, you’re looking at the amount of holes or perforations or vents that are in that area where the air comes in and you want to make sure that you’ve got a similar amount of free air flow at your ridge vent. Usually at your ridge vent, I’m going to talk in terms of ridge, but then again it could apply to other types of vents as well.

roof repair ventilation

Usually your ridge vent is going to be feeding 2 sets of soffits vents, 2 sets of overhang vents on opposing sides of the roof. You’ll add up the total amount of your sofa vents, your free air flow, venting products that you buy will tell you what the free air flow is. You want to make sure that the total amount of the soffit vents is very close to being equal to the total amount for free airflow through your ridge vents. You create this situation where air comes in, all the air that comes in can go out at the peak. as far as how much ventilation do you need, general rule of thumb is to look at the square feet of your attic and you look at how many square feet there are on the floor of your attic space.

Let’s say you come up at 3000 square feet on the floor of your attic, then you want to look at how much free airflow do I need for my vents and basically you want 1 square foot of net free air flow, one square foot for every 300 square feet of attic floor space. For example, on that 3000 square foot attic, you are going to need 10 square feet of net free air flow allowed through the ventilation of your ridge vent and your soffit vents. That net free airflow number is not the intake of soffits combined, its just one or the other. You want to have that much on whatever is the lower number of your soffits and your ridge vents.

Then again, hopefully your soffits and ridge vents numbers are about the same. The 300 square foot of attic floor space applies if you got a vapour barrier behind the ceilings on your home. I am going to explain vapour barriers in a second, but if you do not have a vapour barrier behind the ceiling in your home and that would be particularly a case of an older home perhaps a home prior to about 1970 or 1975. If you do not have a vapour barrier, then you’ll need to have one square foot of net free airflow ventilation per just 150 square feet of attic floor space. In my example, that 3000 square feet attic, you would need 20 square feet of net free air flow to serve as that amount of attic space. What is the vapour barrier? Well vapour barrier is basically and usually a sheet of polyethylene. A lot of times on home construction, before they put the dry wall up your ceilings, they will put this layer of polyethylene behind the dry wall. They do this on walls also. Basically, the purpose of that polyethylene is that what we call vapour barrier. It means that vapour which would be moisture does not pass through it. If we have this vapour barrier behind your dry wall, they’re never going to be a 100%, but they’re going to be very helpful in containerizing the moisture inside your home. Basically the theory is, or what we are accomplishing there is, we keep that moisture that is created or generated inside you home. we keep it inside the house, that vapour barrier blocks it and keeps it from getting into the attic. If does get in to the attic, we don’t need to vent it out. That is the reason that if you got a vapour barrier, technically, you probably need to less ventilate your attic than if you do not have a vapour barrier. if you do not have a vapour barrier especially again if it is an older home or if quite simply one wasn’t installed, then you’re going to need more ventilation in your attic because that moisture from the inside your home to a greater degree is going to end up in the attic and you need it to get it out there so it doesn’t cause problems like condensation, rot, mildew, mold and all that horrible stuff. Louisville Roofing Contractors do full roof inspections and quote free estimates.

Call us today and see if we can help get your roof in top condition

Louisville Roofing Contractors
624 E. Market St
Suite 2
Louisville KY
Phone 502 208 3778

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