Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What is NSF/ANSI 347 for sustainable roofing?

NSF/ANSI 347 is a universal sustainability standard for single ply roofing materials including PVC, TPO and EPDM. The purpose is to eliminate green washing and use science to deterimine how sustainable a product truly is from cradle to grave. Products are rated in 5 catagories; product design, product manufacturing, membrane durability, corporate governance, and innovation. Rating levels range from compliant to platinum. Just a few of the many bases covered are use of hazardous chemicals, recycled content, endurance of the product, reflectivity, and commitment to the community.

In the spring of 2015, Duro-Last was proud to become the first single ply roofing material rated by NSF/ANSI 347. Other manufacturers are following suit. We highly recommend this standard be included in architectural design of commercial roofing projects to ensure the most sustainable, longest lasting roofing materials are being used.

To learn more about this standard view the Duro-Last university Architects Guide to Specifying Sustainable Single Ply Roofing Materials found here or schedule an in person presentation. Also available is the NSF/ANSI 347 white paper found here.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Solutions for R-panel metal retrofits

Metal roofs are often sold as the last roof a building owner will ever need. But most roofing professionals have seen the effects weather can have on a metal roof over time. Corrosion, open joints and seams, leaks at penetrations, and other issues plague metal buildings when exposed to harsh weather conditions. In Texas we often have days where the temperature can fluctuate up to thirty degrees Fahrenheit. These temperature fluctuations cause metal to expand and contract at a rapid rate, opening seams that rely on an underlayment to remain watertight (or sometimes nothing at all).  What solutions are available for metal building owners?

Most common solutions are coating, metal replacement, or single ply recover. All three options can be viable depending on the scenario yet also have their own challenges. Coatings require maintenance and often include many exclusions in the warranty. Metal replacement is costly and qualified contractors can be hard to find. Single Ply recovers have long been one of the best most cost effective solutions. However, when the metal building contains skylights or internal gutters the cost of a single ply recover escalates.

Recently, a new cost effective solution was presented by Exceptional Metals through partner MBCI for roofs with existing under deck insulation. The PBR metal retrofit panel easily fits on top of existing r-panel roofs utilizing a fleece back to separate old panel from new. These can be cut around existing skylights with ease. The cost is less than a single ply recover although roofs without proper insulation underneath miss out on the benefit of adding flute filler insulation and a cover board to their existing metal roof. Find out more about this unique roof retrofit panel by visiting the Exceptional Metals website.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Texas Roofing Contractors Worker's Comp Requirements

Coming to Texas after working in the commercial roofing industry in Florida for a fews years I found it quite a shock to find out there were no state laws requiring roofing contractors to have workers compensation. I soon found it to be a key factor when recruiting commercial contractors. Professional roofing companies almost always had workers comp. Guys transitioning from residential often did not.

Many roofing contractors new to commercial roofing fail to realize that workers compensation is required by roofing contractors working on public projects. Rate discount incentives are also given to small businesses and contractors with extended experience in their trade. Lastly, having workers compensation shows dedication to roofing technicians that put their safety on the line everyday for our craft.

For more information regarding roofing workers compensation requirements in Texas please view the Texas Department of Insuranceguide for Texas contractors regarding workers compensation on their website (click to view).

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

OSHA Safety Resources for Roofing Contractors

Over the years safety for roofing technicians has increased dramatically. That being said, I have seen more than one person fall off a ladder or through a roof in my 25+ years in the business. No matter how many times we've been up and down the ladder safety should always been first in mind. OSHA has published two beneficial safety guides for the roofing industry, Roofing Industry Fall Protection From A to Z with the NRCA and OSHA 3755 Protecting Roofing Workers. It is a great idea for anyone associated with the roofing industry be familiar with OSHA guidelines and the recommendations in these manuals. Here are the guidelines on extension ladders:

Extension Ladders
Employers must ensure that non-self supporting ladders are set at an angle so the
horizontal distance between the top support
and the foot of the ladder is approximately
one-quarter the working length of the ladder
(a 1:4 ratio) (29 CFR 1926.1053(b)(5)(i). (The working length of the ladder is the distance along the ladder between the foot and the top support.) The side rails of the ladder generally must extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface that the worker is trying to access (29 CFR 1926.1053(b)(1)). When such an extension is not possible because of the ladder’s length, the ladder must be secured at its top to a rigid support that will not deflect and a grasping device, such as a grabrail, must be provided to assist workers in mounting and dismounting the ladder.- OSHA 3755 p.19

 In addition to ladder safety, OSHA requires a safety line system be used on roofs over 50 feet in width along with a safety monitoring system. Workers must be educated on proper safety procedure and the safety monitor must not have any other duties that interfere with watching for safety concerns. This can seem like a burden to small business owners. However, we believe the safety of our most valuable resource, our roofing technicians, is worth the extra time and education.


Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Texas Insurance Adjustors Seperated From Roofing Contractors

In the spring of 2014 the Texas legislature passed a bill separating roofing contractors from insurance adjusters. Contractors can still act as adjusters however they cannot assume both roles on a single project. It's difficult to see this as anything other than another opportunity for insurance companies to avoid paying the fair value for legitimate damage. Adding an additional layer of payout will only increase costs to customers. However, consider the other side. In my many years of working west Texas storms I've seen time and time again that public adjusters are able to get much larger payments from insurance companies. It's not far fetched to say this new law may actually increase payouts from insurance companies in the long run. It is also an opportunity for roofing contractors to work together for common good within our industry without fear of violating competition laws. Either way, it's now the law in Texas so we're forced to look on the bright side.

To read TDI's comment on the new legislation click here.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

179D Extension and what it means for your upcoming roofing projects

On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 which included an extension of the 179D tax deduction retroactively for 2015 through the end of 2016. What does this mean for your upcoming roofing projects?

The 179D tax deduction was originally enacted in 2005 as part of the 2005 Energy Policy Act. is an engineered based tax incentive available for reduction of energy and power costs in commercial buildings and allows for a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot. The 179D deduction applies specifically to commercial buildings that reduce energy by changing their interior lighting, HV/AC, and roofing. Buildings can partially qualify for up to $.60 for selecting cool roofing options such as the Duro-Last Roofing System.

To learn more about how you can take advantage of the 179D on roofing installations in 2015 or 2016 please contact a 179D specialist such as Walker Reid Strategies and start saving!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Meet Our Tech Reps! A brief interview with Reggie Ross

Texas is a big state and it takes a team to cover the 20 million plus square feet of Duro-Last material installed annually around the state. The Duro-Last team of 7 technical representative with leadership by Quality Assurance manager Charles Smith are responsible for inspecting every inch of field seaming of these installations throughout Texas. We recently caught up with Reggie Ross who covers North Texas to learn a little more about him.

How long have you been with Duro-Last?
Reggie- Since July 2014. Before that I worked for roofing contractors in Texas & in my home state of Mississippi.

What's your favorite thing about working for Duro-Last?  
Reggie - I love the freedom including being able to set my own schedule. 

What do you like to do for fun when you're not up on a roof?
Reggie - Spending time with family and exploring new things.

Look for more inside interviews with our Texas team in upcoming posts!

Pictured R to L: Reggie Ross (North Texas), Mike Warner (North Texas), Daniel Lakstins (sales rep West Texas), Robert Glasgow (Central Texas) and Micah Hackney (sales rep South Texas)