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Adding cover boards and roof insulation enhances the long-term performance of a commercial roofing system. There are a wide variety of cover boarding and insulation materials available, including high-density polyiso boarding, low-density polyiso boarding, cement, and gypsum.
Residential and commercial property owners can face a variety of issues and concerns. Whether you require fire-retardant roofing insulation, mold or algae growth resistance or extra reinforcement and durability, as an experienced Albany roofing contractor with many years of experience, we have got you covered with roofing solutions for anything you might face.
A properly designed and installed roofing insulation layer is critical to a roofing system's energy efficiency. Increasingly important in many roofing installations is the R-value of the materials used. When a professional roofing contractor talks about the R-value of a material, they are talking about the material’s ability to resist thermal conductivity through it. The higher the R-value, the more insulation the material provides by limiting airflow between the outside and the inside of the building.
It is important to think about R-value when considering your roofing project because by increasing the R-value, you allow your roof to keep warm air in during the winter and out during summer. The increase in thermal resistance can result in using less energy to maintain your building's temperature. By installing the right insulation on your building, you will significantly lower your heating and cooling bills.
Building codes across the US vary in the requirements for R-values depending on the system. The minimum R-value is determined by the local authority, and the roofing contractor should take it into account when planning your roofing project. You are responsible if your property does not meet the code requirements to your area’s building codes, you risk failing building inspections, paying to install the correct insulation and possibly having to pay fines.
Thermal insulation is particularly important in cold areas like Clifton Park, Saratoga, Albany NY and throughout the Capital District. In the state of New York it is now a legal requirement for schools and hospitals to be fitted with a minimum of 6 inches of insulation at the lowest points. This is due to the extreme cold weather we experience across the region. This is something that an experienced Albany roofing contractor needs to know before undertaking such a project.
Polyisocyanurate (Polyiso) is a closed-cell, rigid foam board insulation that is bonded to facers on both sides, which are composed of various organic and inorganic materials. Polyiso is used in roof, ceiling, wall and specialty applications within residential and commercial buildings of all types. Due to its high thermal performance, it is the product of choice for energy-aware roofing contractors and consumers. ISO Board is usually taped at the seams to prevent drafts and heat escaping. Staggering the joints will also help reduce thermal loss, lessens thermal bridging and helps prevent moisture building up from the inside from condensation on the underside of the roofing membrane.
Tapered Polyiso (ISO) Boards
Tapered polyiso boards are used by commercial roofing contractors to build up a slight slope on a flat roof in order to manage water flow on the rooftop and allowing it to disperse where you want it to go, for example into a drain or off the side of the building. This helps prevent water pooling, build-up and ice formation.
Commonly installed by professional roofing contractors in very cold areas like here in Albany and upstate NY, roofing contractors install a vapor barrier to guard against moisture transference from the cold air outside. Air often holds a great deal of moisture in the vapor form. When this air moves from location to location due to an air pressure difference, the water vapor moves with it. You don't want this moisture penetrating your roof from the outside and a vapor barrier is used as extra security against this.
Roof fasteners are commonly used by professional roofing contractors to secure the roof insulation, roofing membrane to the structural roof deck. In a metal roofing installation they are used to secure the metal roof panels. A typical roof may require thousands of fasteners holding these panels, insulation and membrane in place. A wide variety of different fasteners exist and it is very important to use the appropriate roof fasteners for the job or you could lose your whole roof. Fasteners can also negatively impact the effectiveness of the roof's thermal insulation system. For property owners that need to meet certain energy code requirements for the R-value of the roofing insulation, choosing the right roofing fasteners can be critical. These requirements are becoming ever more strict, requiring better materials, increased insulation thickness and the fasteners can play just as important a role.
A roof cricket is a V-shaped peaked structure that is installed in the space on the high side of a chimney, or in the valley that occurs in certain roof transitions. They are found on both residential and commercial roof installations. It is another clever method that a good Albany roofing contractor can utilize to manage water. They are designed to divert the water and stop it from pooling, as well as preventing ice dams from forming in the winter in the cold climates such as those experienced in Albany, Saratoga, Clifton Park and the surrounding areas.
Roof crickets can be manufactured from metal or designed and installed to blend in with shingles on a shingle roof. Roof crickets, which can also be referred to as diverters or saddles, should be properly designed and installed by a professional roofing contractor to ensure that water does not collect at the edge of the cricket. Incorrect roof cricket installation can result in poor water diversion, contributing to water pooling and ice dam creation, which in turn can cause leaking and damage to the roof surface and underlying structure.
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) is a form of expanding plastic that goes from liquid to solid in a matter of seconds and provides a seamless roof insulation system with a high R-Value. It expands by approximately 30x as it dries. It is the most sustainable and cost-effective roofing, insulation and waterproofing solution available today. SPF is incredibly versatile, light and strong. It can range from soft to semi-rigid to high-density roofing foam that can sustain the pressures of heavy human traffic, heavy equipment and harsh weather. A Spray Foam (SPF) roof can last almost indefinitely and will hold its insulation value forever. They can withstand even extreme weather conditions like we get around here in Albany, Saratoga, Clifton Park and the surrounding areas. As Albany roofing contractors, we can fully recommend SPF for a wide variety of applications.
- Fast application with little or no disruption to the facilities.
- Application requires minimal people, minimizing disturbance and interruption.
- Eliminates the need for multiple layers of roofing required by conventional systems.
- Conforms to all roof shapes and types.
- Albany roofing contractors can apply directly over almost any material, including metal, asphalt, shingles, built-up roofs, tiles, concrete, or wood.
- Energy savings of up to 30% over alternative roofing systems.
- Evens out the roof surface meaning no dips where water can start to pond.
- Self-flashing and seamless, so no leaking.
- Requires minimal upkeep and maintenance. Install and forget.
- Can last forever if properly installed by an professional roofing contractor, and properly maintained.
Flat Roof Maintenance & Care
Increase Your Flat Roof Lifespan
The lifespan of a flat roofing system can be greatly improved with the proper care and maintenance. It is very important to ensure all roof sealants, membranes, caulking, flashing and penetrations are in good condition and to fix any issues before they cause a leak.
Regular Inspections & Maintenance
Preventative maintenance can prevent small deficiencies from growing into costly leaks, interior property damage, and early roof replacement. Annual or semi-annual inspections can catch small deficiencies and lower your overall roofing costs, while also extending the life of your roofing system.