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Covered With Care: The Roofs Of Senior Care And Assisted Living Facilities

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Covered With Care: The Roofs Of Senior Care And Assisted Living Facilities

As the country’s Baby Boom generation ages, the demand for quality housing and care for seniors increases. If you’re the developer or executive manager of a new facility catering to the needs of the elderly, your responsibilities are wide-ranging and often focused on making the building’s interior comfortable, bright, practical and easy to navigate. Residents and their visitors also appreciate a handsome exterior and landscaping. While all these things are easily visible, the roof is one critical area of the structure that’s practically invisible to the casual observer, residents and those who work inside the facility. Yet the roof – the covering that protects the entire square footage of the building from above – requires every bit as much attention as the surfaces and systems within the structure. Your roofing contractor will be your biggest ally to manage this important part of the building from construction to ongoing maintenance and repairs. Types of Roofing The architectural style of the facility you develop or manage is a major determining factor in roofing material selection. When you consider bids from commercial roofing contractors, such as Central States Roofing, keep in mind the popular types of roofing material that are used for care and assisted living facilities: Composite shingles. Made of asphalt with fiberglass, or recycled materials such as rubber, composite shingle roofing gives a comfortable, residential appearance to senior care and assisted living properties. Shingles have relatively low installation costs and manufacturers offer valuable warranties. Tile roofing. Made of clay or concrete, individual tiles may be flat or curved. Tile is one of the longest-lasting types of roofing available and has high aesthetic value when paired with classic architectural themes. The reddish-orange hue of terra-cotta colored tile, for example, goes beautifully with Southwestern design. Dark blue tiles pair well with a white stucco exterior for a Mediterranean architectural theme. Metal Roofing. Metal roofing panels with weathertight couplings make a handsome, long-lasting roof for a facility with contemporary architecture. Senior residents and their families who value sustainability will be pleased to learn that the material is mostly made of recycled metal, and special coating finishes make it energy efficient. Roof Inspections and Maintenance Just because it’s (mostly) out of sight doesn’t mean that the roof can be out of mind, too. The roof’s ongoing structural integrity is important for keeping out moisture, controlling interior temperatures, and protecting your residents and staff from inclement weather conditions. Schedule visual inspections of the roof by your facility maintenance staff at least monthly to check for: Loose or missing shingles or tiles. This type of inspection should also be done immediately following storms and high wind incidents. Buckled or loose seams on metal roofs. These can be caused by ongoing heat or cold situations, and by normal settling of the building on its foundation. Puddling water and visible low or raised areas of the roof. This can be an indication of unseen damage that has occurred to the underlayment or roof decking, often due to slow and unseen leakage. Loose flashing. The sheet metal pieces that cover the gaps between the roofing material and objects that penetrate the roof, such as a chimney and vents, can loosen due to normal expansion, contraction and even tiny seismic shifts. Interior staining. The routine inspection should also include a thorough...

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Different Types of Winter Damage to Watch For

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Different Types of Winter Damage to Watch For

In the aftermath of the latest winter storms to hit parts of the U.S., now is a good time to make sure your roof is still in one piece. A wintry combination of freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice can slowly, but surely, do a number on your roof, resulting in post-winter damage that could leave it defenseless against springtime wind and rain. The following offers an in-depth guide on what to look for as you’re surveying your roof for the spring season ahead. Raised and Buckled Shingles Shingle damage is one of the most common problems you can expect on your roof after a lengthy winter of heavy snowfall. Shingle damage can occur when snow or ice accumulation on a shingle suddenly thaws, causing the shingle material to warp, lift away and even completely separate from the rest of the roof. High winds can also lift shingles from their original moorings. Broken shingles are relatively easy to find, but a buckled or slightly raised shingle can be a bit tougher to spot. Start by doing a walk-around of your home in search of broken-off shingle pieces or whole shingles, making note of where you found the offending pieces. Next, you’ll need to grab a ladder and climb up on the roof. Start by walking up the slope, carefully eyeing each shingle and making sure they all have a uniform appearance. Take note of each buckled or raised shingle you encounter so you can take the necessary steps to repair the problem. Water Seepage from Ice Dams Another problem you may encounter after a long winter is water damage caused by the formation of ice dams. Ice dams can form when heat from within your home rises into the attic space and warms the roof surface above freezing. The snow on top of the roof melts, only to turn back into ice as soon as it reaches the colder edges of the roof. The end result is a dam of solid ice that traps meltwater behind it, allowing it to seep through the roof shingles and into the walls and ceilings of your home. Ice dams are usually a symptom of inadequate insulation and poor attic ventilation. Improving the exhaust air flow in your home’s attic helps push warmer air out and away from the roof, while adding more insulation to your attic can help block heat from rising further within your home. If an ice dam leaves behind water damage, you’ll have to carefully inspect and replace any shingles and underlying roofing material that was damaged. Gutter Damage from Expanding Ice Constant freeze and thaw cycles can also wreak havoc on your gutters and eaves. Throughout the winter, the gutters can become clogged with ice and the resulting weight of the ice can cause gutters to sag. The freeze and thaw cycle can also loosen the supports holding the gutter in place. Expanding ice can also pull apart metal flashing along roof edges, chimneys and ventilation outlets. Conduct a walk-around of your home’s gutter system and look for signs of sagging. In areas where you see gutter sag, check whether the sag is being caused by a missing or broken hanger. Carefully remove and replace the damaged mounting hardware, making sure to use threaded rods or spikes to...

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How to Repair Rust and Puncture Damage across a Metal Roof

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Repair Rust and Puncture Damage across a Metal Roof

Metal roofs are a great investment because they are rated to last at least 50 years. The durability of the steel along with any protective coatings placed over the material are two of the reasons why your roof will last a long time. However, this does not mean that you can simply ignore the roof and expect it to last forever. Damage can occur, like with any other roof. This means that proper fixes must be completed when you note the damage. An inspection completed at least once every 6 to 12 months can reveal the damage. Rust and punctures are two types of damage that may be noted. Keep reading to learn how to repair these issues. Repairing Rust Most metal roofs are made with several different coatings so that the steel does not become exposed to the elements. A typical roof will be covered with a galvanizing coating and colored paint. These coatings together help with rust protection. Unfortunately, a wind-tossed stick or another piece of debris during a storm can scrape through all of the coatings. The exposed steel will then start to rust. When you notice this rust, then you will need to remove it and then add paint over the area of the roof. To remove rust, use a wire brush to remove as much of the loose corrosion as you can and then remove the remaining rust with a piece of 80 or 120 grit sandpaper. Afterwards, clean the area with a degreasing material to prepare the steel for painting. Trisodium phosphate is a good compound to use for this. Once the area is ready, purchase an acrylic paint that is labeled as direct-to-metal paint. This paint is an industrial use type of paint that is meant to be applied directly over a prepared metal surface without the need for priming. The paint can withstand pressure and stress from chemicals and adverse weather conditions, and it is also corrosion resistant to help prevent new rust from forming on your roof.  Make sure to locate a paint that matches your roof and use a small roller or a paintbrush to add the paint.  Fixing Punctures If you see small holes in your roof that are the result of punctures from sticks and other flying debris, then these are areas where your roof is likely to leak. Leaks can quickly cause rot along the wood decking that sits underneath the roof. This is an especially troublesome issue with steel roofs since the materials typically create a tight seal over the home. This means that the wet decking will not be exposed to air that can help dry out the area. To prevent this type of problem from occurring, make sure to seal punctures as soon as you see them.  Small holes and openings are typically pretty easy to fix with a cement or sealer. Plastic and asphalt cements can be used to fill the openings, but these materials are typically not resistant to UV damage. This means that the materials are likely to crack over time and openings will need to be repaired once again. For a more permanent solution, purchase a urethane roofing cement instead. Clear options are best so you do not have to worry about painting the area after it is fixed. Also, choose a sealer in...

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Tips To Prepare Your Roof For El Nino

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Prepare Your Roof For El Nino

Weather experts are predicting that the west coast is going to be hit with an El Nino weather pattern. This means that it is expected to be a wet winter and spring. Much of the west coast has been in drought-like conditions for the past five years, so the wet weather is greatly needed. However, since there hasn’t been much rain, your roof may not be up-to-par to handle constant rain and downpours. Preparing your roof for El Nino can help prevent leaks and the extensive damage they can cause. Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof for this predicted weather pattern. Look for Signs of Leaks Due to the lack of rain, you may not notice any leaks that have sprung up in your roof over the past couple years. Most people don’t notice leaks until a large amount of water is dripping through them. However, even a small amount of water can leave behind tell-tale signs of a leak. One of the best indicators of a leak in a roof is staining on the underside of the roof. Go into your attic and look upward. If you see signs of water stains, such as discoloration or mildew, you likely have a leak in your roof. Another way to look for signs of leaks in your roof is to stand on your roof with a hose and spray water onto the roof. Have a second person stand in your attic and look up to the attic ceiling. If any water drips into the space as water is sprayed onto the roof, you have a leak that needs to be prepared. A roofer can fix these leaks before the heavy rain begins to fall, preventing large amounts of damage to both your roof and home. Clean Your Gutters Another way to prepare your roof for El Nino is to clean your gutters. Your gutters play an integral role in the well-being of your roof, siding and foundation system. Your gutter collects water as it falls from the roof and guides it away from the siding and foundation of your home. However, if the gutter is filled with debris, water falling from the roof may not flow through the trough. This causes water to sit in the trough, which can cause the edge of the roof to rot. Or worse, it can push water into your roof sheathing. If the sitting water and debris become too heavy, the gutter may pull away from the side of the roof, damaging the roof. And if water flows over the edge of the trough, your siding and foundation may be subjected to large amounts of water. Taking the time to remove leaves and debris from your gutter is the best way to ensure water flowing through the trough is not impeded. Use soapy water to clean any sediment and dirt that have collected in the trough before the winter months hit as well. Cleaning your gutters helps extend the lifespan of gutters, as well as your roof, siding and foundation. Inspect Your Roof The last way to prepare your roof for El Nino is to inspect your roof. This involves climbing on the roof and looking for signs of damage. A few missing shingles or tiles may not seem like...

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Is Your Roof Ready For Solar Panels?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Roof Ready For Solar Panels?

Adding solar panels is a great way to update your home, possibly increase its value, and make better use of green energy. However, there are several factors in play when installing these panels on your roof. Keep these items in mind when doing your initial planning to help you determine what the real cost of installation will be. What Type of Roofing Do You Have? The most common type of roof covering is asphalt shingles. Because they are so common (and just so happen to be easy to work with) this is what a basic solar panel installation kit will be set up to deal with. If this happens to be the type of roofing material on your house, this should be no issue, but if not, you may have to do some additional work to get the panels up. The most important consideration will be whether or not you can drive a hammer through a tile without damaging it, like you can with asphalt shingles. This means that you will likely be okay with wood shake or rubber tile, but most other materials will give you some difficulty. If you work with a contractor that has experience working with slate, you can get kits that covert panel mounts to work with that or composite. For metal roofing you may have to contact the roofing manufacturer and see what they recommend–without any seams to attach the panels, it simply may not be something that can be accomplished within a reasonable budget. What Condition Is Your Roof In? Your new solar panels will last several decades, and while they will need regular maintenance during that time, you want to avoid pulling them all down and having to reinstall them. By a twist of fate, this is also approximately how long many shingles will last, so if you have asphalt shingles, it is best to add the panels while the roof is relatively new, or wait a few years until you can replace them just before you install the panels. Check the warranty on your shingles before making this decision, as there are some higher end asphalt shingles that will last quite a bit longer than 20 years. This gives you a longer grace period to install the panels. Other roofing materials will again depend on what you have. A new slate roof will outlive you, so it can easily outlive your solar panels even if it was installed decades ago. Composite, shake and rubber roofing also have extended lifespans. When in doubt, have a roofer come and give you an estimate of the remaining life of your roof before you make any solid decisions. How Steep Is the Slope? Solar panels need to be tilted very specifically in order to maximize their efficiency. While this varies based on your location, you would be lucky indeed if the perfect tilt for your panels just happened to be the same as the slope of your roof. By doing some reasonably simple calculations, you can figure out what the optimal slope for your panels will be. The blueprints for your house should have the angle of the roof–no need for any math there. While a difference isn’t a major problem, the bigger the difference, the more complicated the mounting procedures to get the panels...

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Will A Metal Roof Be Noisy? Reducing Noise With Metal Residential Roofing Options

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Will A Metal Roof Be Noisy? Reducing Noise With Metal Residential Roofing Options

Metal roofing is one of the most durable and environmentally friendly options available for homeowners, but many people might default to asphalt or wooden shingles simply because traditional metal roofs have a bad reputation for being too loud when it rains or hails. However, while older “tin” roofs may be deafening in a thunderstorm, modern metal roofing can actually be quite quiet. If your new metal roof is loud, there are some things you can do to fix it.  Fasten The Roof Correctly One of the reasons why metal roofs can be loud is when the roof is not fastened properly for the material. Too few fasteners can mean that the metal pieces rattle when they are struck by rain or hail, amplifying sound instead of muting it. Simply installing the roof in accordance with the instructions given by the manufacturer will help to make sure that your metal is secured. Also, metal roofs will expand and contract in cold and hot weather, so if there are not enough fasteners, pieces can because too loose or tight, which will also increase the noise level.  Put Some Layers Between Your Rooms And Your Roof Modern home building techniques can also stop sound waves from reaching the interior living space. Noise can be reduced by insulating attic spaces, adding wood or drywall to ceilings, and installing a thick sub-roof underneath the metal finishing material. Proper insulation is not just a good investment for sound-proofing, but it is wise because it will help to reduce lost heat through the roof, which will save you money and extend the lifespan of your roof.  Get High Quality Shingles Not all metal roofs are created equal. If your roof is well insulated and fastened down tight, another reason why your metal roof is still loud could be that the roofing material itself is not as high quality. Thinner metal sheets are more susceptible to vibration. Flat sheets also do not have any hollow spaces where sound could amplify. Corrugated metal, on the other hand, is louder. To reduce the noise level of your roof, you might need to replace the metal with thicker, flatter sheets that are more weather and wind resistant. Older roofs that have severe metal fatigue also fall into the noisy category for the same reason: weak metals will move more, so they will be noisier. Redesign Your Home In some cases, the metal roof will not be the only culprit as to why your house seems to rattle when it rains. Open concept layouts, as well as vaulted ceilings with little or no attic, can transmit and amplify any sound, especially if the surfaces inside the home do not help with sound wave absorption. For example, if you have tile floors and decided to use wall plaster instead of drywall, your house will naturally echo sounds from a metal roof more easily. To reduce the amount of sound left to “bounce” of the walls, use drapes at the windows, and help to absorb sounds with area rugs and wall hangings.  Add The Extras If your roof is minimalist– simply a sub-roof with the metal shingles lain over top, it will be louder. Having a residential roofer come and install a sound barrier underneath your current metal roof will help tremendously with...

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Recycling Your Asphalt Roof: What Homeowners Need To Know

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recycling Your Asphalt Roof: What Homeowners Need To Know

If you are having your roof replaced, you might be concerned about where the old asphalt shingles will end up and how they will affect the environment. Your concerns are valid, as 11 million tons of shingles are added to landfills each year. Fortunately, shingles can be recycled. Recycling shingles is a great way to keep them out of landfills, while also contributing to the creation of new products to reduce over use of resources. You probably have a few questions about recycling your shingles. As a homeowner, the following of some answers that will help you. Does recycling the shingles from a single roof really make the much of a difference? The answer is yes. The shingles taken from just one average American home can pave about 200 ft of highway. Besides this, its also estimated that when your households chooses to recycle shingles instead of hauling them to the dump, more resources are saved– especially oil. Each home that recycles saves about two barrels of oil from needing to be used, as less virgin oil is needed to make new shingles and new roads from recycled materials. Also, pavement made with recycled shingles costs less to manufacture, so you directly contribute to reducing the cost of infrastructure in your area when you choose to recycle your roof.  What are recycled shingles used for? Roofs are most often turned into roads or new roofing material. The asphalt shingles are ground up and added to the hot mix that is used to create new pavement. Old shingle pieces can also be used as road base, and can be mixed with gravel to reduce dust and noise in rural areas. You also may not know that road quality is actually improved when recycled shingles are part of the equation. Pavement made with recycled shingles, when compared to its all-new counterpart, boasts a longer lifespan. greater resistance to moisture and temperature damage. fewer cracks. fewer potholes and ruts that need to be repaired. lower costs for repair and re-pavement when needed.  Where can I take my shingles to recycle them? Now that you have been convinced that recycling your shingles is a win-win situation all around, you might be stumped as to how to go about it. The first place to check is with your roofing contractor. If you are having your roof replaced, express your desire to recycle your shingles to the companies you are considering. Some may already recycle all the waste they remove from the roof. Others may offer it as an option for customers. However, if contractors in your area do not offer recycling services, you will need to haul the shingles to the recycling center yourself. Some states promote recycling of shingles, while others have not yet made it a priority. You can look for a recycling center in your area with online tools like this one. If you find that your state is not recycling friendly, you can help push for change by starting or signing petitions or by writing letters to local expressing the demand and benefits of the service.  How much does it cost to recycle my shingles? It costs to throw things away, but it also costs to recycle. Landfills, however, are not as economical as you might think. Even though the...

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3 DIY Gutter Repair And Maintenance Tips

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 DIY Gutter Repair And Maintenance Tips

Gutters play an essential role in protecting your home’s foundation by directing rainwater away from the foundation walls. If your gutters are clogged or leaking, static pressure from ground water can eventually cause your foundation walls to leak and crumble. Here are three ways you can maintain and repair your gutters to keep them in good shape year-round. Unclog Gutters and Downspouts One of the most common problems that gutters face is clogging with leaves, sticks, and other debris. The only way to resolve a major gutter clog is to climb a ladder and manually remove it. This can be done using a small garden trowel to scoop out the debris. You can scoop the debris into a plastic bucket to use as compost for your garden. It is usually easiest to do this a few hours after it has rained, when the debris is not too soggy and not too dry and brittle. After you have scooped out as much of the clog as possible, use a garden hose with a high-pressure attachment to remove all remaining debris. Spray toward your gutter downspouts, and then use the hose to flush the downspouts. If the downspouts still aren’t draining when you flush them with a hose, stand at the bottom of the downspouts and use a plumber’s auger to manually remove the clog. Seal Leaky Seams No matter how well you have cleaned out your gutters, they will not be able to do their job correctly if they are leaking water. In addition to letting water build up around your foundation, leaks can redirect water onto the side of your home, leading to mildew and severe water damage over time. Leaks most commonly develop in the seams between two segments of gutters when old caulking begins to crack and flake away. To repair these leaks, wait until the gutters are completely dry and use a chisel to scrape away the old caulk. Push the gutter segments together so that there is no gap and apply a new bead of silicone caulk. Occasionally, you may find puncture holes in your gutters from tree branches that are causing leaks. Rather than replacing the gutter segment that is damaged, it is often easier and more affordable to patch the hole with flashing. First, scrub the area around the hole with a wire brush and then wipe it with a cloth. Cut a piece of flashing so that it is slightly larger than the hole. Spread roofing cement on the back of the flashing with a cement trowel and press it firmly over the hole, and then use the trowel to wipe away any cement that leaks around the sides of the flashing. Upgrade to Aluminum or Vinyl Gutters If rust and corrosion are attacking your gutters, they will eventually develop leaks that are not repairable, or in the worst case may fall off of your house. If your gutters have a problem with rust, they are likely the older, sheet-metal type. Newer gutters are made from aluminum or vinyl and are not susceptible to rust. Before rust builds up to the point that it is threatening the structural integrity of your gutters, it is a good idea to replace them with a new set. While you can have a roofing repair professional...

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Identifying, Preventing And Correcting Metal Roof Noises

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Metal roofs are popular due to their long life spans, good looks and ease of maintenance. However, in some cases, metal roofs can facilitate the transmission of annoying sounds. Below is more information on how you can identify unknown noises and prevent or correct metal roof noises: Identifying unknown sources of roof noise The source of metal roof noise isn’t always easy to identify. Obvious sources of noise include rain and sleet, and falling tree nuts such as acorns. However, many other sounds are difficult to diagnose; home owners describe “booms”, “screeches”, “rattles” and other obnoxious, but vague, sounds, and their origin can be hard to pinpoint without investigation. That’s why it is important to systematically investigate unknown metal roof noises; below are a few questions you should answer when trying to determine where the noise arises: Does the roof noise occur only at certain times of day or night, or is the occurrence of the sound seem to be randomly distributed? Does the roof noise appear only when it is cold or hot, or is there no discernible temperature-related pattern? Are there any known wild animals in the area, such as squirrels or raccoons, that might be able to access your roof? Is there any history of roof damage or active or repaired leaks? Are there any structures attached to the roof, such as attic fans, vent stacks, antennas, satellite dishes, or other objects? By answering the above questions, you can gather a few clues about what might be causing the trouble. As you think about your answers, consider the following possible sources of metal roof noise: Ice cracking – this is more likely to occur on flatter roofs in cold climates, though it can also happen if a leak allows water to accumulate in gaps beneath the metal. As accumulated water freezes on or underneath a roof, the expanding ice can fracture and create a loud popping or booming noise. Thermal expansion – various residential roofing materials expand and contract at different rates during periods of rising and falling temperatures. When these materials are connected together, the variance in expansion and contraction can cause shifting and slipping; this can lead to a variety of mysterious sounds that are difficult to pinpoint.  Animals – in some cases, animals can cause metal roof noise. Depending on the species, animal activity is often clustered during the day or at night. Animal presence can be verified by the appearance of droppings, scratches and other signs of activity. Inadequately fastened objects – antennas, stacks and other roof-mounted structures can create noise if they aren’t properly attached or sound-insulated. These types of sounds are more likely to appear during windy conditions as the objects shift or move. What can be done about metal roof noise Metal roof noise can be reduced by following a few guidelines for installation and soundproofing. Below are some strategies that can be employed to prevent or mitigate existing noises: Use foam insulating panels – foam panels will assist in reducing metal roof noises of most origins. These panels can be installed directly below metal roof sections. Just be sure to use appropriately-lengthened fasteners when attaching roof sections so the added depth of the foam panels is taken into consideration. Install plywood decking – the use of plywood decking...

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Exploring The Process Of Turning Your Flat Roof Into An RC Car Track

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you run a hobby store, you know that your patrons have to frequently trek back to your shop for parts to replace damaged or worn components. Keeping those patrons on site with an RC car track can drastically increase your profits while providing everyone a fun, safe place to play with their vehicles. If you do not have a lot of ground space for a track, consider using your flat roof.  When you convert your roof into a race space, you will bring people far and wide to your shop in hopes of competing with fellow enthusiasts. Furthermore, converting your roof into a racetrack gives you a chance to handle all of the roofing repairs you have on your to-do list. To create a safe spot for racing, you will need to have your roofing professional from a place like RTN Roofing Systems install the right materials according to local building codes. Here are some things to consider before starting on this fun project. Choosing Your Materials Your flat roof will sustain tons of foot and small vehicle traffic during its time as a racetrack. You will need to select heavy-duty materials that resists wear from both friction and weather. The four following materials are viable options for this type of project. Torch Down: Layers of asphalt bound together using intense heat from a torch. Rubber: Liquid rubber membrane placed over a solid layer of wood or metal. Slate Tiles: Thick slate tiles installed flat with grout between the seams. Composite: Composite boards secured above the surface to create a deck-like structure. You will not want to use materials with weak seams, especially PCV plastics, as the materials cannot withstand pressures from above. Even the tiniest bit of traffic will break apart the hot air sealed seams of PCV and cause the roof to leak when it rains or snows. Adding Reinforcements The type of reinforcements needed for the roof depend on your original structure and local building codes. Before buying any materials, roofers will take some time to assess your building’s ability to bear heavy loads.You may need to have the wooden truss supports replaced with reinforced steel ones to hold up the combined weight of your roofing materials and patrons. With the truss upgrade, the exterior load bearing walls may need reinforcement work to assist in maintaining stability of the roof structure.After reinforcing the roof and exterior walls, you have the option to eliminate interior load bearing walls downstairs to create an open floor plan. Your roofer may also suggest installing steel deck materials above the trusses to support the upper finish components. In between these two materials, roofers place a thick layer of underlayment to protect your building from leaks.   You will also need to have solid barriers installed at the edges of the roofline to keep the vehicles and patrons safe from falls. To create strong railings, your roofer will secure the main posts to thick steel plates using galvanized lag bolts or reinforced screws. Building Your Track To protect your roofing materials from abrasions caused by the RC car’s undercarriage, and keep your driving space versatile for all car types, use removable material cutouts to create the tracks used for each session. You can create each track out of rubber, carpet or...

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