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How to Protect Your Commercial Roof from Summer Heat

Summer serves as a reminder that various insulation solutions with solar reflection have been developed recently, such as thermo-reflective roofs, which contribute in large part to prevent damage or stress from the summer scorcher days of extreme heat.

Characteristics of Heat Reflective Insulation Systems

Heat-reflective roofs are the main system for thermal insulation, but not the only one. Its main characteristic is that it offers a high solar reflectance. That is to say that it reflects the sun’s heat into the sky, preventing it from settling into the building. They generally have a surface temperature similar to the ambient temperature, which is about 30 degrees lower than a conventional asphalt roof.

Therefore, thermo-reflective roofs control the temperature by keeping it as low as possible, and this is reflected inside the building. Homes with heat reflective insulation of this type have greater thermal comfort which means lower energy costs, since the use of air conditioners and other cooling equipment will be reduced.

In order for a commercial roof to be considered heat reflective, it must meet certain requirements set by the Cool Roof Rating Council in the United States.

  • The initial reflectance rating of a newly installed roof must be 70% or higher.
  • The mid-term solar reflectance of the same roof must be 55% or higher.

Insulating a commercial roof is the most important part of the building, as this is where the sun rays have the greatest impact.

Advantages of Heat Reflective Insulation System

Roof coverings with solar reflection have greatly advanced in the field of construction and architecture for the following advantages.

  • High level of solar reflectance
  • Considerable energy saving in air conditioning
  • High thermal emission (ability to release absorbed heat)
  • Help to improve the thermal comfort of the building
  • Higher resistance than traditional roofs
  • Longer life span of materials
  • Reduction of maintenance costs
  • Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions

When you own a commercial or industrial building, it is essential to maintain it, to minimize the expenses in the long-term in order to preserve your investment. The quality of your roof on the commercial building is an important element that contributes to its longevity.

Having a roof in good condition is very important to guarantee your investment, your business, and the health of your employees.

Horizon Roofing and Construction offers commercial roof services throughout Southeast Michigan. Roof insulation can save your business tons in cooling and heating costs. Give us a call to chat about your options today.

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Considerations When Hiring Roofing Contractors in Michigan

Michigan’s unpredictable weather can offer blazing sun in the summer and strong winds with freezing rain come winter. For this reason, your home must be kept in peak working condition for all potential weather scenarios.

Carrying out restoration work on the roof is vital to the main areas of your home that provide protection and comfort against adverse weather conditions. It is vital to minimize damage to your roof due to daily deterioration and prevent damages from becoming more significant.

Start your search for roofing contractors for your roof repairs as we guide you through ways to address some critical aspects when choosing roofing contractors in Michigan. We aim to obtain high-end results that prevent further damage to the home that requires more attention.

Seek Experienced Specialists

Sometimes you may feel inclined to carry out the roof repair project yourself to avoid high costs that can come with roof workers for several days. For many reasons, it is highly recommended that you choose a roofing contractor with extensive experience in the field instead of doing the job yourself. Hiring a roofing contractor ensures that a specialist will plan your project with professionalism with quality guaranteed.

Choose the Right Roofing Contractor

Ensure you choose roofing contractors licensed to perform the duties of the job. Check to confirm whether they have good references from credible previous clients and if possible, the general consensus of the roof restoration field of business. This helps to ensure the satisfaction of the service before you commit to invest in it.

Damage Guarantee and Insurance Protection

Clarify with the roofing contractor about the protection policy of both your home and the roof workers during and after the process of completion. You must be sure that the company protects the employees against any accidents, as well as your roof and your investment.

At Horizon Roofing and Construction, we know that the best client is an educated client. That’s why we do a complete roof inspection before we sit down to have our consultation. By contacting us, you can enjoy the honesty and experience of our team, with reasonable prices according to your requirements. If you trust Horizon, you will enjoy quality work. Contact us to learn more about how to get started with your roofing project.

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4 Roofing Problems That You Can Recognize

It can be difficult for a homeowner to know how to recognize when a roof is in poor condition. When you are not a roofing and maintenance professional by trade or skill set, some signs of deterioration or impending water infiltration can go unnoticed. These deteriorations and malfunctions can then create more serious problems if they are not repaired. Here’s how to recognize a roof in poor condition.

Visual Inspection

When you have a roofing system professionally installed, you expect the work to be flawless and durable. Usually, the shingles have been properly installed, along with the protective underlayment. However, sometimes there are gaps in the installation or in the quality of the caulking of the ventilation or plumbing components. And caulking is essential to protect your home from the weather.

Even if the asphalt shingles have been properly installed, the roof is still subject to the elements on an ongoing basis: rain, wind, hail, snow, ice, and UV rays cause irreparable damage, sometimes leaving small repairs to be made.

To know how to recognize a roof in bad condition, a visual examination is essential. This will allow you to detect whether your roof covering has been properly installed. This examination should be done once a year in the spring or fall. You can have a certified professional perform the inspection, or you can do it yourself.

What To Look For

Here are the things to look for during the visual inspection of your roof.

  • Shingle Condition: if shingles are broken, missing or damaged, or if the granules covering the shingles have come off, you will need to have the shingles replaced. Similarly, if any shingles are curling or lifting, this indicates poor or inadequate ventilation in the attic. The wood under the shingles and insulation may also have deteriorated due to poor ventilation. Your roof should breathe well through the soffits, and the air should be returned to the outside by the roof ventilator. The insulation may be poorly distributed or too much. Ventilation openings should be functional and unclogged as required.
  • Flashing Condition: Are the metal bands around the base of chimneys, roof ventilators, plumbing ventilators, and skylights properly caulked? Are they curved or raised? Are the surrounding joints cracked? Are these flashings damaged by rust? Are they properly fastened? Properly fastening them with screws and sealing them properly will be essential. If the chimney has masonry joints, their condition should be assessed.
  • Roof Ventilators: The roof ventilator as well as the plumbing vent, kitchen hood, and bathroom hood should be examined. Are they stable? Are they moving? Are they filled with debris? Do the valves close tightly?
  • Gutters: Check your gutters carefully. Clogged eavestroughs can trap water and create a backflow into the attic and under the first row of shingles. Are they secure? Are the fittings tight? Is there debris in the elbows or downspout? Use your garden hose to test.

Now you know how to recognize a roof in poor condition.

Hire Professionals

Beware of the dangers of high-rise inspections. It’s best to hire professionals who are experienced and equipped to perform roof inspection work at height. In addition, these roofers know how to recognize a roof in bad condition. Contact Horizon Roofing for a roof inspection. We can determine if maintenance or repairs are needed.

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4 Common Causes of Roof Leaks

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Repair vs. Replace: Finding the Right Roofing Solution

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The Importance of Professional Roofing Maintenance

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Welcome to Horizon Roofing and Construction

When we first started developing the website for my business, the gal I hired to do all the technical stuff that is well beyond my pay grade, suggested the idea of writing a blog to accompany the site. I had never read, let alone, written a blog. I was skeptical. But I more thought about it, the more I felt it might be a great way to convey my thoughts and beliefs about how I want to establish, develop and grow Horizon Roofing & Construction. To provide great service and great products to our customers and the environment we occupy. So if you have made it to this section of the website and this far into my blog, I personally Thank You.

To give you a little background on myself, I was born and raised in Redford, MI. I attended college in Arizona, after a couple of brief stops, I returned to MI. That is when I entered the construction industry, working for my father’s commercial electrical contracting company. I got into the home improvement industry when I was offered a job thru a friend to sell windows, never thinking sales would be my future. After testing the waters and finding I had a natural ability to interact with customers and explain the technical side in laymen terms, I was hooked. My window career didn’t last long, but immediately after leaving I was offered a new position selling roofs, windows and siding at a large, well-established home improvement company. I spent the next 10+ years fine tuning my selling and teaching skills and also visiting my jobs during the installation to watch and learn the nuts and bolts or should I say “nails & shingles” of my industry from my installers. After much thought and discussion I decided it was time to finally go off on my own and start my own company Horizon Roofing & Construction.

I have handpicked my installers from many years of viewing their work, watching how they conduct themselves, but more importantly how they deal with diversity. Not all jobs go according to plan or contract and I can’t stand when excuses are provided instead of solutions. I was once told by a very successful developer we worked with that problems arise on job sites and quitting isn’t an option, so move forward and solve the problem, No complaints, just solutions. Those words stuck with me and what I found working for a big company with little oversight is that there are far too many excuse makers and not enough problem solvers. So my goal is make sure that all the work we do is thorough and completed the right way, the first time. At Horizon R & C we believe that a licensed builder is much better than a licensed salesman to inspect your home and give you, the homeowner, an honest and trustworthy evaluation of the scope of work needed while also keeping in mind your needs and budgets.

I mean, if you want a sales associate fresh out off a weekend sales training seminar next to the airport who starts you out with a opening price of $22k and by the time they leave and after 5 “coupons”, has reduced the price of the project to $15k, then Horizon Isn’t for you. Don’t get me wrong I’ve been to those seminars and I know the game, but I’ve found that a straight forward no BS approach is the best way to gain the trust and respect of my customers and earn their business.

I’ve rambled on much longer than I originally thought. I hope this helps you understand a little about me and how I plan on developing and growing my business. Just because this is my new business doesn’t mean I’m new to the industry. Remember, someone had had to buy the first computer or make the first order on Amazon, so please consider Horizon Roofing & Construction for your next home improvement project. I thank you for viewing my website and reading my blog. I look forward to meeting with you when you’re in the market for any of our home improvement products or services.