Foam Roofing Systems (SPF)
SPRAYED POLYURETHANE FOAM (SPF): Spray foam roofing starts out as two liquid components - an isocyanate, known as the "A" component, and a resin (or polyol), the "B" component. When the liquids are mixed at a one-to-one ratio, a chemical reaction occurs and the mixture expands 20 or 30 times forming a solid, monolithic (seamless), closed-cell, fully-adhered roof system that provides excellent water-resistance and thermal insulating abilities.
SPF adheres to just about everything so it can be installed over concrete, wood, steel, and most existing roof systems (EXCEPT APP MODIFIED BITUMEN!) which saves on the expense of roof removal and landfill fees. SPF mechanics can spray apply a tapered roof system with the foam which eliminates the need for costly tapered insulation systems. The cants and vertical wall terminations are also spray applied making them an integral part of the roof system and minimizing additional component costs.
Long term energy savings.
Density of SPF is important when it comes to strength and Thermal Resistance. Obviously, higher density means increased strength and higher R-value. Most SPF roofs have densities ranging from about 2.5 pounds per cubic foot to 3 pounds per cubic foot. Three pound density foam has a compressive strength of about 50 psi and an R-value of 7.14 installed and 6.86 aged (these numbers may vary slightly depending on the foam manufacturer). Here's an example of how well a good SPF roof insulates. A school district in southern California had recently installed some new, one-room relocatable classroom buildings. During the late spring and early fall, these classrooms were using their air conditioners an average of 50 minutes every hour. The school district installed foam roofs on some of these classrooms in order to see if it would provide an energy savings. The roofs consisted of three pound density foam, 1.5 inches thick with an acrylic coating system. The air conditioner usage was cut down to fifteen minutes every hour. That's a fifty-eight percent savings on energy costs.
Does this mean an SPF roof pay for itself? Absolutely! Texas A&M studies indicate that an SPF roof in Texas and other southern climates can pay for itself in approximately four and a half years.
So please, call us today @ (859) 225-3211 and let us help you choose an appropriate Foam Roofing System for your structure.
TPO: Thermoplastic Olefin or Polyolefin
TPO membranes are single-ply roof membranes constructed from ethylene propylene rubber. They are designed to combine the durability of EPDM rubber with the proven performance of hot-air weldable seams. They have been tested as having excellent resistance to ozone, are algae-resistant, environmentally friendly and safe to install. The material's manufacturers are so confident in properly welded seams that the material is sometimes advertised as a monolithic (seamless) roof. Seam strengths are reportedly 3 to 4 times those of EPDM's adhesive and tape seams.
TPO is highly resistant to tears, impacts, and punctures with good flexibility to allow for building movement. TPO's are available in white, light gray, and black with thicknesses of either 45 mils (.045") or 60 mils (.060"). The width of the membrane depends on the manufacturer but they usually come in widths of six to six-and-a-half feet and are one-hundred feet in length.
TPO membranes are installed fully-adhered, mechanically-attached or ballasted. Fully-adhered means that the roof is "glued" to the substrate using a special adhesive. What actually happens is the glue creates a chemical bond with the membrane. Ballasted simply means the membrane is loose laid over the top of the roof, sealed at all penetrations and around the perimeter, and then a ballast is put on it to hold it in place. Ballast usually consists of smooth, round, river rock 2" - 3" in diameter and is applied at a rate of 1,000 to 1,200 pounds per roof square (100 sq. ft.). Sometimes concrete pavers are used in their place. These average 20 pounds per square foot. Mechanically-attached membranes are those that use some type of special screw-type fastener to secure it. The type of fastener will depend on the type of substrate but all fasteners are generally screw-type fasteners.
Properly installed TPO roof systems have service lives ranging from about 10 to 20 years, depending on the type of installation. Full removal of the existing roof, the amount of slope the roof has, weather conditions, as well as several other criteria contribute to the longevity of a roof's service life. Typically, if you remove an old roof down to the deck before installing a new one, then the new roof will last longer. Also, the steeper the slope and the less severe the weather conditions, the longer a roof will last. High winds and hail can do a roof in rather quickly.
But remember, the number one ingredient to a good roof system is proper installation.
So please, call us today @ (859) 225-3211 and let us help you choose an appropriate TPO system.
EPDM Roofing Systems
EPDM Roofs - The No. 1 Choice for All Roofing Applications
The EPDM (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) single-ply rubber roofing membrane has been an appealing choice of the low-slope commercial roofing industry for over 40 years.
The number one roofing choice of architects, roof consultants and contractors for both new construction and replacement roofing projects according to market surveys from Building Design and Construction, and Roofing/Siding/Insulation magazines, and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA).
- Over 1 billion square feet of new roof coverings in the United States annually.
- More than 500,000 warranted roof installations on 20 billion-plus square feet.
Successful Track Record of Overall System Performance & Sustainability
EPDM has gained industry-wide acceptance and respect by providing immediate and long-term roofing solutions. As environmentalists and code regulators place more emphasis on the sustainable performance of building materials, EPDM continues to be the roofing material that stands the test of time. Characteristics that contribute to EPDM's overall system performance include:
- Cyclical membrane fatigue resistance
- High resistance to ozone, weathering and abrasion
- Flexibility in low temperatures
- Thermal shock durability.
So please, call us today @ (859) 225-3211 and let us help you choose an appropriate EPDM system for your building.
Driveways, Sidewalks, & Concrete
Amongst our many services, we also do driveways (new, repair/repave), sidewalks, & any other concrete work you may need done. No job is too big or small, and we can do for it you for at a competitive price. Most important of all, we do it right the first time, with our 10 Year Workmanship Guarantee and product warranties.
Make the wise decision now, and call us today @ (859) 225-3211 and let us bring your project from idea to reality.
Part of our job at A-1 Roofing & Home Improvement is guiding you through the process involved in your project, be it a new roof or home remodeling, and giving our professional input on what can and should be done. We're happy to help. So if you have some home remodeling projects in mind, or repairs that need to be done but just aren't quite sure where or how to start, give us a call now @ (859) 225-3211 and let our qualified professionals and professional construction services give you the guidance you need in making such important decisions in your primary investment, your home.
Don't make the mistake so many people do, and hire unqualified, uninsured, unlicensed contractors that just end up costing you more money down the road when their shoddy workmanship fails.
Make the wise decision now, and call us today @ (859) 225-3211 and let us bring your project from idea to reality. Free Estimates!
New Gutters/Downspouts & Repair/Gutter Cleaning
The most common problem with gutters is keeping them clean and free of leaves and debris. However, sometimes the problems require repair. Frequently gutter end caps, mitered corners, or other parts of seamed gutter sections will leak. Sometimes a gutter is hanging off or the leaders and sections of the leader assembly will become loose, dislodged, or completely fall off, requiring them to be re-hung, repaired or replaced altogether.
Repairs are often needed to keep your gutters in proper working order. Don't let gutter repairs go unresolved since degraded or missing guttering can cause serious damage by allowing water to get into your basement and crawl spaces. Water will ruin fascia boards and siding and can cause foundation problems.
So if you are having problems with your gutters, give us a call now @ (859) 225-3211 and let one of our qualified experts come out and fix it or install a new gutter system today!
Remodeling Services / Home Improvement
Home remodeling is a big part of our business, and we are equipped for the job. All of these improvements not only add to the comfort and beauty of your home, they increase it's value as well and should be considered as a long-term investment in your home.
Some of of the common things we do...
- Room Additions (including plumbing & wiring as necessary)
- Remodeling Services (Bathroom, Kitchen, etc...)
- Finish an attic (including properly ventilating) or basement
- Decks & enclosed Patios
- Tilling (floors, walls, outdoor)
- Drywall & ceiling repair
- Painting (Indoor/Outdoor)
- Window replacement & new windows
- Sky lighting (new & replacement)
- And anything else you can imagine, just ask!
No job is too big or small, and we can do for it you for at a competitive price. Most important of all we do it right the first time, and all of our work is backed by our 10 Year Workmanship Guarantee and product warranties.
So please call now @ (859) 225-3211 and let us help you with your home remodel!
Make the wise decision now, and call us today @ (859) 225-3211 and let us bring your project from idea to reality.
Water Proofing & Leak Repair
The most common causes of leaks are from lack of maintenance, weathering, wind damage, improper design, and flashing damage. We have the knowledge and know-how to find and repair the problem causing your leak(s). We even offer 24 hour Emergency Service because we know when a leak occurs, it is a big problem and needs immediate attention. We do our work as if we were working on our own home.
While we're up there, we'll be sure to waterproof your roof against future leaks. And as always, our workmanship carries a 10 year guarantee.
So if you are having problems with a leak, give us a call now @ (859) 225-3211 and let one of our qualified experts come out and fix it!
Chimney & Masonry Repair
We repair and rebuild chimneys! We provides a full repertoire of chimney repair options, including liners, caps, chase covers, dampers, masonry repair, copper flashing, etc... Chimney maintenance is an important part of a home's upkeep. Damage to the masonry, mortar, and flashing can all lead to leaks and other unwanted problems. Our qualified technicians can inspect your chimney and recommend any repairs necessary.
We don't just repair chimneys, we do all types of masonry repair. So don't hesitate to call.
Give us a call now @ (859) 225-3211 and let one of our qualified experts give your chimney or damaged masonry a full inspection.
Don't be one of those people whose roof requires replacement before reaching its design life, or for whom emergency repairs are needed at the worst time. In short, don't neglect good roofs and doom them to early failure. Periodic inspection and maintenance of roofing assets are the most important elements of a successful roof-management program.
With their myriad of details, roofs can be an overwhelming experience for real estate owners and home owners. Although roofing is only a small fraction of an entire home investment, it is often the most costly to replace and/or maintain. Our role in the industry is to provide a professional, independent, third party position and opinion.
Preventative maintenance, that is, fixing small problems before they become BIG problems are one of our specialties. Save yourself the headache and cash, and have us come out today!
So if you suspect problems with your roof, chances are there is one. Give us a call now @ (859) 225-3211 and let one of our qualified experts give your roof (residential or commercial) a full inspection.
A tree fell and hit the right side of the roof, and we were able to negotiate with the insurance company and get their whole roof covered. Fascia board problems. We'll take care of them, no problem; and we'll clean and respike the gutter while we're at it . . . and install some gutter guards, too. This pipe collar's shot. It's the original and over 15 years old . . .that's why. We will be installing all new neoprene and aluminum units and sealing them against wind driven rain. The roof damage is lurking on this side of the house where a huge tree fell and jostled the whole house. Doesn't look that bad from this angle, does it? At first glance it would appear that this was just minor damage . . . but we know we'll probably find more when we start taking the roof apart. There's the culprit, hiding down there in the bushes. It was a pretty big tree and lucky it came down on a structurally strong part of the house . . . After tearing the roof off, and inspecting all of the framing, it's amazing that the damage was limited to this one small area. The hinge you see on the 2 x 4 rafter is a dead giveaway that this house was prefabricated. No problem, we'll fix 'er up and she'll be better than new. . . . so we "sistered" a new piece of lumber to the damaged rafter and made sure that it was supported properly on the load bearing points. Next, we ran a string line across the surface of the roof to make sure the repair work was perfect. It passed with flying colors! Next, we'll install the new plywood underlayment and waterproof the house as quickly as possible. . . . and of course, the new roof is perfectly flat and straight. See that satellite dish? We replace the unit in exactly the same place as it was before we started -- so no interruption of satellite service is experienced. . . . and of course, the new roof is perfectly flat and straight. See that satellite dish? We replace the unit in exactly the same place as it was before we started -- so no interruption of satellite service is experienced. New pipe collars, fan vents, ridge caps; everything looks great! And the home looks so much better with this 30 year roof! All for just the cost of the insurance deductible! Contact us to see how we can help with YOUR insurance claim.