Your roof is the great unsung hero of both your building envelope and your bottom line. Although it's rarely seen, it's constantly under assault from the elements, including rain, wind, extreme cold and heat, UV rays, contaminants, and more. And it forms the first line of defense against unexpected and unwanted expenses.
By Don Kilcoyne
Commercial property managers and owners should consider how to make the most of their partnerships in order to improve the effectiveness of their building management decisions. Partnering with manufacturers allows managers to plan for improvement projects and monitor their buildings' health even from a distance. Manufacturers can provide effective property management solutions that give owners vital information and save them money.
Low slope roof penetrations can be a source of problems if not done correctly. Pipe, vent, and conduit penetrations through low slope roof assemblies can cause problems for an otherwise tight membrane, insulation, and deck design. With many intermediate layers in roof assemblies, such as a vapor retarder and cover board, there are opportunities for things not to be done correctly somewhere in the assembly. It gets even more complex when we consider that in order to use a vapor retarder, there might be an additional cementitious board above a steel deck.