Monday, June 5, 2017

Firestone Master Contractor Award Letter - 2017

Throughout 2016, this firm has earned a spot as one of the most elite contractors in the nation thanks to a commitment to long-term roofing system performance and high quality workmanship. Therefore, Firestone Building Products is pleased to present Peach State Roofing, Inc. with the 2017 Master Contractor award. The annual Master Contractor Program honors top Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for excellence in roofing system installation, quality of work and customer service. This year holds a special distinction, as 2017 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Master Contractor Program.
The Master Contractor award represents contractors who have mastered quality commercial roofing solutions and who exemplify the hard work, determination and entrepreneurial leadership that defines Firestone Building Products.
Peach State Roofing, Inc. achieved this designation by meeting requirements for total square footage installed; outstanding inspection ratings on materials covered by the Red Shield Warranty; and the number of completed Red Shield warranted jobs. Master Contractors are also required to earn a Preferred Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) that does not exceed 2.5 times the average QIR for Red Shield Contractors.
On behalf of Firestone Building Products, I congratulate Peach State Roofing, Inc. on a successful 2016. The firm demonstrates a commitment to excellence and has upheld our high commercial roofing standards. We are pleased to recognize Peach State Roofing, Inc. as a Master Contractor winner and look forward to continuing our partnership to provide superior building performance solutions in 2017 and beyond.

Sincerely,
Timothy C. Dunn
President, Firestone Building Products

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Manufacturer's Warranty and Roof Maintenance

Written By: Wayne T. Belina – Peach State Roofing – South Florida Office
The length of the manufacturer’s warranty shouldn’t be the principle factor in selecting a roofing system. A good roof system requires proper design, quality materials, and quality application to perform successfully. The warranty alone doesn’t provide assurances of actual roof system performance. Selecting a quality roofing contractor and engaging in a proactive maintenance program is vital to the longevity of your new roofing system. Yet once the roof system is installed, more often than not, the roof is simply left unattended until a leak occurs. Nothing is more critical to its long-term performance than establishing a program of regular inspections and proper maintenance. A common misconception is that warranties are all inclusive and should cover virtually all roofing issues. It is far better to get quality installation upfront using quality materials than to rely solely on a written document for roof system performance.
Roofs, like all components, require maintenance; in fact, most manufactures’ warranties stipulate that all roofs are required to have a minimum of two (2) inspections per year to keep the warranty in force. This requirement, although stringent, is a very good practice, particularly in Florida with its harsh roofing climate. Florida regularly encounters heavy rains, tropical storm type winds, excessive UV exposure, and high amounts of foot traffic caused by, among others, technicians maintaining A/C equipment. Warranties often contain exclusions which limits the manufacturer’s liability. Roofing systems should be chosen based on objective comparisons of proven roofing systems and on the contractor’s expertise and their ability to perform routine maintenance.
Even a “20 year” roof cannot reasonably achieve such a life span without regular attention. In order for a warranty to be valid, materials manufacturers are increasingly requiring that building owners provide proof of regular inspections. Considering the amount invested in a new or replacement roof, regular maintenance is a small price to pay. A formal, long-term relationship with a professional roofing contractor providing roof maintenance will help protect your investment in your building and ensure the greatest life cycle value from your roofing system.
According to respected business writer Peter Drucker:
In a Wall Street Journal Article (April 13, 1993) and in his textbook “Managing in a Great Change” (Truman Talley Books/Dutton), Drucker discusses the cost of non-performance. If a property manager or owner wants to save some money and skip a roof inspection, what can result? Here is an illustration: Imagine that a huge storm blows in, but the roof drains are blocked. Water cannot drain, it builds up on the roof, and the tremendous weight of the water causes the roof membrane to tear. Thousands of gallons of water burst into the building, soaking computers, furniture, company records, and the building interior. Materials and inventory are ruined, work stops for weeks, and income is lost. This worst-case scenario illustrates the merit of preventive roof maintenance.
The common thread in all repair issues is neglect. However, developing a routine maintenance program for managing built-up roofs not only saves headaches, but also makes good business sense, by helping to lessen repair issues and to achieve the expected life from the roofing system.
Select a maintenance program that is proactive (rather than reactive). It is better to identify and correct problems sooner than later. A proactive maintenance program can uncover and address minor leaks before they become catastrophic. Too many times roofs are only inspected after a leak occurs. While most leak calls are handled in a timely manner by a roofing contractor; warranty repairs can take time to be processed and the problem remains unresolved. The cost to repair minor roof leaks as soon as they occur is minimal. Neglecting your roof will result in costly repairs. Don’t wait until the damage is done; by being proactive it not only saves money it can save your roof. Identify and then eliminate the cause of small problems before they become big expensive problems.
When engaging in a preventative maintenance program be sure that these specific items be inspected closely because of their susceptibility to damage. These include:
-Flashing: flashings are critical because a majority of leaks originate at these areas. A detailed inspection of the flashings should be made at locations such as skylights, perimeters, walls, penetrations, equipment curbs, and drains. Flashings are typically stressed more than membrane in the roof’s field because of thermal movement, possible differential movement, and UV degradation.
-Field: the field of a roof should be inspected for items such as surface wear, lap integrity, and overall degradation. A roofing professional should be able to recognize developing problems and provide proper repair methods.
Roofing is a complex science as well as an art. A proactive maintenance program in place can provide an average roof life of 21 years compared to 13 years with a reactive maintenance program, depending on the roofing system and building type. An effective roof management program is a win-win situation. The owner gets a trouble-free and cost-effective preventative program. With a proactive maintenance schedule in place, the average life-cycle cost is 14 cents per square foot. The average reactive maintenance life-cycle costs are 25 cents per square foot.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
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TPO 'Tid Bits'.....

     Thermoplastic polyolefin is the literal terminology of what commercial roofing companies around the world call TPO. The material is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane that is made of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber that is polymerized together. The membrane itself has been accepted in the market of commercial roofing by broad businesses across the country. The reasoning behind this huge upswing in support is because TPO has more performance and installation advantages than common other forms of membrane. TPO is among the fastest growing commercial roofing products in the modern world and there is no doubt that it will continue to rise.
       It is cost effective when compared to other roofing systems. The thicker the membrane the more resistant to tears, impacts, and punctures that can easily happen while being installed. Standard thickness’ are 45 mil, 60 mil, and 80 mil. The resistance between a 45 and 80 mil membrane is an estimated increase of 50%. It also has great flexibility to allow for movement while the construction workers are putting the membrane together on the roof itself. What is even more amazing is how it is able to be installed on low and high slope surfaces, as well as being able to be heated and reshaped or melted multiple times. Flexibility allows easy access to some tight areas on the roof as well as rapid installation which helps keep costs down. Another way this innovation cuts down costs drastically is by being available in large panels/sheet sizes. It reduces the number of panels/sheets ordered in a shipment in comparison to a typical modified bitumen 3 foot wide sheet. That also means less welding/adhering of seams. Standard rolls of TPO come anywhere from 6 ft wide to 12 ft wide.
      When most people are looking at a building, they rarely think about the color of the membrane on the roof. With that said, it is in fact in the minds of the many business owners that have to pay their air conditioning bills. It has been proven that buildings with light colored roofing are able to reflect the sun’s energy and reduce the amount of heat taken in. Not only does it benefit the building itself, but it also has a significant impact on the surrounding area as a whole. Today a key issue that comes up, especially in down town city areas is the Heat Island Effect. These reflective roofs can help reduce that effect.
     Some quick facts about this particular membrane are that it has been used for nearly 40 years and started off in the country of Italy. TPO is typically installed in three colors that are the most generic being white, grey, and tan. Not only has TPO been a breakthrough in commercial roofing but it is also used for underground cabling and waterproofing. This use began around 30 years ago.
     Sooner or later roofing will continue to bring about changes just as it should be, but as of now, what is really changing is how TPO is being brought to the forefront with good reason. Over the course of the past decade the market for TPO has increased by 20+% for year over year growth according to a major manufacturer. Just in the United States alone 28% of commercial roofing is TPO based (Industry Data 2012) and as more consumers and businesses are enlightened, the market will continue to expand.  


*Article researched and written by Jaret Sweatt


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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Routine Preventative Maintenance


Author: Wayne T. Belina – South Florida Office (Peach State Roofing Inc)


Roofing is a complex science as well as an art. A proactive maintenance program in place can provide an average roof life of 21 years compared to 13 years with a reactive maintenance program, depending on the roofing system and building type. An effective roof management program is a win-win situation. The owner gets a trouble-free and cost-effective preventative program. With a proactive maintenance schedule in place, the average life-cycle cost is 14 cents per square foot. The average reactive maintenance life-style costs are 25 cents per square foot.
  1. Bi-annual roof inspections.
  2. Clean roof of all debris.
  3. Clean out all scuppers and drains.
  4. Seal and top off all pitch pans to avoid buildup of water.
  5. Check base and curb flashings for voids.
  6. Address all joints in metal perimeter coping.
  7. Aluminum coat all base and curb flashings.
  8. Identify deteriorations and/or damages to roof membrane.
  9. Address and caulk all joints in metal counter flashings.
  10. Identify roof damages from other trades.
  11. All damages or concerns found to be outside this scope of work will be documented and put into proposal form for the property manager’s consideration.
  12. Notify and update current roof system manufacturer of any/all changes to roof system as per warranty requirements.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”
-Benjamin Franklin

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www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Monday, May 1, 2017

Project Profile: Mount Carmel Christian School

The Challenge – As a structure that has been around for more than 20 years, Mount Carmel Christian School was built as one of the largest religious sanctuaries in the state of Georgia. Still standing on its original workmanship, Mt. Carmel was constructed with a 20 gauge standard steel 6 on 12 sloped deck covered with 24 gauge standing seam metal roof panels. With a 24 gauge turn metal radius dome sitting atop the main roof, the total structure compiles roughly 35,000 sq ft.
Since the day Mt. Carmel’s original roof was completed, the facilities staff battled leaks due to the roof being incorrectly installed at the start. Major water damage occurred all throughout the interior building. The key challenges that had to be met were the extreme OSHA safety requirements due to the severe slope of the dome and lower roof along with the complexity of perfectly covering the dome to give the overall roof the appearance of a metal system.
Before construction started, a systematic approach was studied and developed to meet all meticulous challenges for this project which would provide excellent workmanship, first class service, and a solution that would achieve total satisfaction for the issues facing Mt Carmel Christian School.

The Construction – Before any immediate roofing construction took place, a 2 week period was spent manually installing a detailed safety network. With multiple levels of roof, a solid perimeter railing system was built up around the base edge of the structure for the purpose of fall protection. Once this system was in place, workers built wood scaffold decking around sections of the base of the dome and flat-arched wood step ladders were built to aid in scaling up the severe slope. All workers were 100% tied off to the cross of the dome at all times while assembly was in progress. After the 2 week period of safety setup, construction began.
Roof construction started with the dome. Quarter inch Dens Deck was field cut into “pie-shapes” so that the board could be contoured around the radius dome smoothly. Broad ends of the board started at the base of the dome and ran up to a point at the top of the cross. After assembling the unique design on the surface, the Dens Deck was mechanically fastened to the metal deck. Once in place, Sarnafil G410-14 Feltback membrane was field cut into “pie-shapes” and prepared for being fully adhered to the dome. The unique shapes were chosen to create a “no-wrinkle” appearance for the membrane. Extreme caution and supervision were required while adhering to the complex arch of the building. Five workers were required to lay each layer of membrane to ensure a perfect contour from the base to the top.
Once the first layer of membrane was secured, the next layer was overlapped, adhered, and heat welded to the existing membrane. Severe attention was paid during the welding due to the fact that a heat walker was run from the top down on an uneven surface which meant balancing the equipment by hand on the seams while it was being lowered by cable. An average of three section a day were placed in order to ensure a perfect decor system. There totaled 32 section days of work for the dome alone.
After completion of the membrane around the dome, a repeat process of heat welding was replicated for decor seams a 1/4 inch away from the field seams for the purpose of hiding the seams from ground vision.
During construction of the base roof sections, 1.5 inch polyisocyanurate board was cut in 12 inch strips to fill between the panel ribs. Half inch Dens Deck was then applied over the polyiso board and mechanically fastened to give the lower roof sections a flat surface. G410-14 was laid vertically, fully adhered, and heat welded to each existing layer of membrane. The heat walker was manually supported and lowered by cable for the field seams and decor seams.

The Result – Through a detailed and sequential strategy, Peach State Roofing meticulously monitored the Mt. Carmel roofing project ensuring that it ran smoothly and was completed to perfection. With the highest degree of service and support, this roofing project was completed with extreme excellence. Many members of the congregation stated that they never knew Peach State Roofing was there during the re-roofing project. Mount Carmel Christian School was nominated for the Sika Sarnafil 2008 project of the year for the absolute fact that master workmanship, creative abilities, and world-class performance achieved in the highest degree.


Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
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Roofing 101: Types of Roofs

Single Ply Roofing
Single ply roofing has become the leading low slope option in commercial and industrial roofing. Single ply roofing benefits include low cost installation, reflectivity, and lack of use of non renewable resources. Single ply roofing is available in a wide variety of types, thickness, colors and installation methods.
  • TPO Roofing
    The fastest growing segment of commercial roofing. TPO membranes are the most economical solution. Seams of the TPO membranes are heat welded together with robotic welders for excellent water tightness.
  • PVC Roofing
    Benefits include great flexibility and excellent chemical resistance. Seams of PVC membranes are heat welded together with robotic welders for water tightness.
  • EPDM Roofing
    A long standing reliable option in low slope roofing. When installed and maintained properly, an EPDM roof may last well beyond its expected life. EPDM roofing is also able to be recycled.
Application Methods
  • Mechanically Fasten
    Membrane screws and plates are inserted at the seams of the membrane into the decking substrate.
  • Fully Adhere
    Membrane is attached to the substrate in full coverage of manufacture’s liquid adhesive.
  • Ballast
    Membrane is loose laid and held in place with coverage of ballast rock. Ballast is available in several color options allowing for decorative design options when desired.
  • Rhino Bond
    Specialized plates with membrane coating on top are installed through the substrate. The membrane is laid out on top and attached to the underlying plates with a magnetic welder.

Modified Bitumen Roofing
Also known as MBR, this is an asphalt based option that incorporates multiple layers of asphalt sheets attached by one of several options. Types of MBR include SBS and APP
Application Methods
  • Torch Down
    Requires the use of open flame torches to adhere multiple layers together.
  • Cold Applied
    Uses manufacturer’s asphalt based liquid adhesive in full coverage spread to adhere multiple layers together.
  • Hot Applied
    Uses hot tar in full coverage spread to adhere multiple layers together. This has the significant drawback of tar kettle fumes during the installation process.

Built Up Roofing
Also known as BUR, this is an asphalt based option that uses flood coats of hot asphalt, ply felt, and gravel surfacing.
BUR requires the use of tar kettles and results in significant amounts of fumes during the roofing process.

Decor Roofing
Decor Roofing is a process in which battens are heat welded on a finished membrane roofing system to give the appearance of a standing seam roofing system with the benefits of a single ply rooing system’s water tightness. Decor systems are available in a wide variety of stock and custom colors as well as can be installed in any design desired to create a one of a kind custom look. Decor roofing is an excellent option for reroofing standing seam domes.

Standing Seam Metal  Roofing
SSMR is available in a wide variety of manufacture’s styles and colors. SSMR is attached to a substrate using hidden clips and has either quick locking or mechanically seamed joints.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Peach State Roofing earns distinction of 2017 Firestone Master Contractor

Peach State Roofing was recently awarded for outstanding performance and commitment in regards to the quality installations of Firestone Red Shield warranted roof systems. Peach State Roofing earned the distinction of 2017 Firestone Master Contractor for work and projects completed in the 2016 year. According to Firestone, this year holds a special distinction, as 2017 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Master Contractor Program.
Peach State Roofing has found it a a pleasure working with the entire Firestone Building Products team around the country and all of the 15 national offices of Peach State Roofing have enjoyed in supporting projects to help the company as a whole achieve this Master Contractor award.
An award plaque was recently delivered to commemorate this high roofing industry distinction.

 Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Three Quick Considerations for Your Re-Roofing Project

Obviously there are many factors and pre-cautions to consider when planning an upcoming re-roofing project on a commercial building. Time of year, contractor, product, and building use are all important things among many other factors to discuss and work through in prepping for a major construction project such as the installation of a new roof system. However, many commercial property managers seem to ask what are some of the most important things to be aware of when budgeting and planning a re-roofing project. So to be simple and narrow things down to just perhaps the first three things to be aware of when budgeting and considering things, here are the three notes different property managers recommended as being important to be think of in advance.....


1. How many roof layers are on the building?  Per standard buildings codes, buildings are allowed to have up to two roof systems on their building at a time. So with that being said, once a building has two roofs (layers) present on it, a third layer or recover option cannot be entertained and installed. Besides violating code requirements, no roof system manufacturer will warrant or approve this application either. In the instance that the building only has one layer of roofing on it, there are many different options that the building owner can pursue to recover or lay over the existing roof system in the re-roofing process. A key reason to know whether a building has one or two roof layers on it, besides meeting installation requirements, is mainly price driven. If a roof system has two layers on it and must be torn off, the new roof from a labor stand point as well as a new "code insulation system" drive up the cost dramatically in lieu of being able to do a recover system. The price of a "tear off" roof installation versus a "recover" roof installation can be a very large price gap.


2. What type of structural decking do you have?  Depending on what type of structural roof deck a building has will decide on what type of roof applications may be able to be used for a new roof system. Roof deck systems can be metal, concrete, gypsum, Tectum, metal panel, wood, etc. and each type of deck has a preferred application method that meets the ideal wind uplifts and attachments. Other than meeting the best industry standard roof application methods for workmanship, knowing the deck type for application also drives pricing in many ways. If a roof system can be mechanically attached to a metal deck for example, it will be extremely less expensive than if you had to fully adhere the system with bonding adhesive to a concrete deck system.


3. What type of roof system do you need?  This question can always be very widely debated but through a little research and industry guidance, there are usually different systems that might be more recommended or preferred. For example, for an owner who is mostly price driven and seeking a white reflective membrane system in high heat zones, a TPO roof system may be the proper choice. For an owner desiring an extremely long lasting, heavy duty, puncture resistant roof, Fibertite could be the roof of choice. Restaurants with a lot of grease on the roof may best be served by a PVC roof. Some building owners up north seek black EPDM for their system of choice. There are many alternatives and options to consider but proper research and education will always help in making a strong decision for a buildings proper roofing needs.


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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Key Roof Systems and Manufacturer's Installed by Peach State Roofing

Peach State Roofing is a leading commercial roofing contractor nationally in the single ply roofing industry. The key systems in the single ply market installed by Peach State Roofing are:


  • TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin)
  • EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer)
  • PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • KEE (Ketone Ethylene Ester)

Secondary systems installed are:

  • Modified Bitumen 
  • Commercial Roof Coatings

Some of the main manufacturer's that Peach State Roofing is set up as a licensed installer of are:

  • Johns Manville
  • Carlisle
  • Firestone
  • Fibertite
  • Sarnafil
  • Versico
  • Gen Flex
  • ER Systems
  • Berridge Metals



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

A Glimpse of Peach State Roofing

Peach State Roofing, Inc. was established and incorporated in the state of Georgia in 1990. Headquarters were eventually established in Lawrenceville, Georgia and the company still has its corporate roots at that location. Combining vast field experience with strict project management skills, Peach State Roofing has rapidly emerged as a preferred leader of commercial and industrial roofing systems nationwide. With 15 office's serving coast-to-coast, Peach State Roofing is widely recognized as one of the largest applicators of singly ply, modified bitumen, and metal roofing systems withing the United States. Our philosophy, financial stability, and business ethic, provides the necessary tools for high quality service to the construction industry, building owners, and beyond. Our success is measured by our financial stability with a high Dunn and Brandstreet rating and our ability to secure unlimited bonding for our projects.

We are approved contractors for manufacturer's such as Johns Manville, Carlisle, Firestone, Fibertite, GAF, Versico, GenFlex, and Sarnafil.

Our values are quite simple, "We Work", "We Respond", and "We Take Action". Our attitude and philosophy is to take whatever action is necessary to simply "Get The Job Done" on time and in budget.



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Monday, March 13, 2017

Peach State Roofing displaying at RCI!

This upcoming weekend, Peach State Roofing Inc out of Lawrenceville, Georgia will be displaying once again at the national RCI (Roof Consultant Institute) trade show in Anaheim, California! This is the key show for roof consultants in the industry and highlights some of the leading manufacturer's and service providers nationally.

Peach State Roofing will have a large display open at the RCI show where it has become tradition for airing March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament! Come by the booth for refreshments, snacks, give aways, and watch some basketball while meeting team members from numerous Peach State Roofing offices!




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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Five To Do's of Basic Roof Maintenance

Peach State Roofing often assists many property managers and building owners with yearly roof maintenance plans around the country. It is good building facilities practice to regularly keep up with items on a building's roof that can lead to larger problems or shorten the life of a roof system down the road. Below are five simple areas that Peach State Roofing recommends and looks into when on roof systems for basic roof maintenance.


1. Clean out gutters and drain areas - Regular inspection of drains and gutter areas is a necessity. Foliage and debris can easily build up in these areas causing water to back up into a building causing leaks and can even damage a building roof plumbing system or hanging gutter areas. A good rule of thumb to follow is to check twice per year, especially after fall time when leaves can build up on roof areas.

2. Exposed caulking areas should be touched up - Over time, areas such as termination bar, counter flashing, pipe clamps, etc. that have caulking/sealant applied to seal edges, will become brittle and worn away from the elements. Sometimes the slightest cracking or pulling away of caulk can lead to minor leaks. Peach State Roofing always recommends inspecting exposed caulking areas and touching up if needed. Typically a polyurethane caulking is used such as NP1 made by BASF.

3. Trash and debris kept clear from roof - Often time other trades that have access to the roof will leave materials, trash, or tools left behind on the roof which can cause only further damage to the roof. Other trades need to be very cautious as to not allowing used screws and such to puncture through the roof or worse. A majority of leak service calls received can be attributed to other trades causing damage to the roof. Keep the roof clean of all things that should not stay up there permanently.

4. Top off pitch pockets/pans - Pitch pockets/pans will face the same consequences as exposed caulking and be susceptible to cracking/voids over time. Its good practice to inspect these areas regularly and if needed, re-top them off with new pour-able sealant or coating to protect these areas from further UV deterioration. Pitch pockets/pans are a common area for leaks.

5. Clean grease trap areas - Not all buildings have grease vents that 'spit' grease onto the roof but if a building does, this is a main area of attention that should be regularly cleaned and inspected. Grease can cause major issues to roofs over time. Mostly stand alone restaurants and retail properties have grease vents on their roofs. Good maintenance practices are to have the vents, roofs, and grease traps cleaned regularly and always make sure a sacrificial sheet of membrane is installed around these areas as well.






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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Project Profile: Rabun Business Park

Back in 2011, Peach State Roofing completed one of its most successful projects to date. Rabun Business Park, owned by The Development Authority of Rabun County (DARC), is a 971,905 sq foot multi-tenant industrial building tucked away in the beautiful Rabun County, GA foothills. The newly renovated building can be home to manufacturing, distribution and/or call data centers.

As part of the Rabun Business Park's renovation budget at the time, Peach State Roofing re-roofed approximately 470,000 sq feet of the building. Portions of the properties roof were re-covered as well as completely torn off in preparation for new roof systems. Carlisle white TPO was used over the new sections as well as 3.3" polyiso board for the areas fully replaced. The entire building received new gutters and down spouts; both gravel stop fascia and coping. The remaining ~500,000 sq feet of roof received repairs and HVAC unit replacements 

The DARC chose to add many energy efficient improvements to their building as well. The reflective white TPO was chosen in order to help save on the energy costs during the extremely hot summer temperatures. Fifty prismatic skylights were also installed to save on energy costs through natural lighting. In addition to the energy efficient improvements, DARC and PSR worked together in hiring local labor to help in the re-roofing process and create jobs in the North Georgia area. It was important to DARC to help boost their local economy and spark interest in their new venture.

It was not only a pleasure for Peach State Roofing to have done business with DARC, but also vice versa. William Gravely from DARC shared his appreciation, "We could not have been more happy in working with Peach State Roofing. They worked well with all of our requests and finished in a timely manner. They communicated with us through out the project and did superb work." 

Peach State Roofing takes pride in providing a "valued" service at a great "value". Aside from specializing in re-roofs and repairs, PSR also offers many other services including: new construction roofing, maintenance programs, energy efficiency evaluations, roof inspections, roof cleaning, etc.


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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hurricanes: Roof Preparation and Planning

The National Hurricane Center near Miami, Florida constantly monitors the Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico looking for tropical disturbances. These disturbances develop in open ocean areas, and move across the seas. If wind speeds within such disturbances reach 39 miles per hour and move in a circular pattern in a counter-clockwise direction, they are categorized as tropical storms. Tropical storms that continue to grow are designated hurricanes when their wind speeds exceed 74 miles per hour.

Hurricanes generally occur between June 1st and November 30th.  Hurricanes generate a series of threats to lives and property. The most obvious is the threat posed to buildings, equipment, and people by the high winds, which characterize such storms.  Another serious threat to life and property comes from the storm surge, which occurs in coastal areas. Storm surges consist of huge domes of water and storm driven waves, which are pushed inland ahead of a hurricane. Tides of three to ten feet above normal are common, but the storm surge may rise twenty feet or more in large hurricanes. Waves come ashore with great force, far beyond the reach of normal surf. In relatively flat areas, the storm surge may push many miles inland. Hurricanes often generate heavy rainfall, which can cause severe flooding over wide areas. Hurricanes also may spawn deadly tornadoes. Flooding and tornadoes may affect areas well inland.

The National Weather Service rates hurricanes by their intensity, using a scale of one to five. The scale, which is outlined below, categorizes storms according to their sustained winds; the storm surges produced, and expected damage.

A. Category One – Winds of 74 to 95 mph, storm surge of 4 to 5 feet above normal tide. Damage to shrubbery, trees, poorly constructed signs, and unanchored mobile homes. Low lying coastal roads inundated.

B. Category Two – Winds of 96 to 110 mph, storm surge of 9 to 12 feet above normal tide. Some damage to roofing materials of buildings; some wind and door damage. Major damage to exposed mobile homes. Coastal roads and low-lying escape routes made impassable by rising water 2 to 4 hours before arrival of hurricane.

C. Category Three – Winds of 111 to 130 mph, storm surge 9 to 12 feet above normal tide. Large trees blown down. Some damage to roofing materials of buildings; some window and door damage. Some structural damage to small buildings.  Mobile homes destroyed. Serious flooding at the coast; many small structures destroyed; large structures damaged by waves and debris.



D. Category Four – Winds of 131 to 155 mph, storm surge 13 to 18 feet above normal tide. Shrubs and trees blown down, all signs down. Extensive damage to roofing materials, windows, and doors. Complete failure of roofs of many small residences. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Flat terrain 10 feet or less above sea level flooded inland as far as six miles. Major damage to lower floors of structures near shore.

E. Category Five – Winds greater than 155 mph, storm surge greater than 18 feet above normal tide. Shrubs and trees blown down; considerable damage to roofs of buildings. Very severe and extensive damage to windows and doors. Complete failure of roofs on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures. Complete destruction of mobile homes. Massive evacuation of residential areas on low ground within 5 to 10 miles of shore possibly required.

General Hurricane Preparations

All business owners and managers should develop basic hurricane awareness. You are responsible for planning to protect facilities and employees. Suggested pre-hurricane season planning activities are outlined below.

A. Employee Preparation

1. Determine which members of your staff you will need to carry out hurricane preparations and who you can reasonably expect to be available. Some employees may need to assist their own families or relatives in evacuating from threatened areas. You will probably need all of your building maintenance staff to prepare your facility for a hurricane. Regularly update your list of employee phone numbers and ensure each department head has a copy.

2. Develop a simple written plan, which incorporates a set of Hurricane Task Assignments for your staff. Inputs regarding the tasks to be accomplished should be solicited from all of the various work centers at your facility.

a. Outline the specific tasks which must be performed to protect your facility during a hurricane watch and a hurricane warning, how they will be accomplished, and who will perform them.

b. It is probably desirable to develop teams for many tasks – a team to board up, a team to secure exterior equipment, and so forth. Staff members who will be performing unfamiliar tasks may need some instruction in these tasks and the use of any equipment that may be required to accomplish those tasks.

3. Outline your hurricane response plan and task assignments at a training session.  Familiarization training should be conducted at the beginning of every hurricane season – and during the season if there is high staff turnover. Update team assignments on a regular basis.

B. Facility Preparation

1. If your facility is in a storm surge inundation zone or appears to be unsafe for occupancy during high winds, you may have to completely evacuate it. Identify essential business records that should be removed from the facility and determine where you plan to take them. Back up computer records on disk or tape and move these with other essential records.

2. Review your list of major equipment and furnishings to determine which items need to be protected or removed and record how you plan to do it. The basic choice is to try to protect your equipment and furnishings in-place or move them out of the area, which is at risk. In either case, determine what equipment and manpower will be needed to relocate these items. If you plan to protect equipment in-place, move it to well-protected interior rooms on floors above the level of potential flooding.

3. Identify outside equipment and furnishings, which could be blown loose and may become deadly missiles in hurricane winds. Determine where they will be stored or how they will be secured in-place. Among the items to be secured are any available outside merchandise, trashcans, signs, awnings, antennas and tools.

4. Strongly anchor any portable storage buildings.

5. Ensure rooftop equipment such as exhaust fans, wind turbines, and air conditioning units are securely fastened or strapped down to the roof deck. – Peach State Roofing will complete this.

6. If the roof is a composition roof with gravel covering, remove loose gravel to preclude damage to unprotected windows by stones being blown off of the roof. – Peach State Roofing will complete this.

7. Ensure that members of your staff know how to turn off the electrical power, water, gas, and other utility services within your building at main switches.

C. Equipment

1. Obtain several battery-operated radios and spare batteries to be ensuring you can receive emergency information. It is desirable to have at least one radio on site, which can receive National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio frequencies. Weather radios with a tone alert capability are a very effective way of receiving reports of significant changes in weather conditions. 

2. Procure sufficient flashlights and other battery powered lights to allow essential work to be conducted in the event of power outage. Ensure good supplies of fresh batteries are on hand throughout the hurricane season.

3. Compile a disaster supply kit and have this ready for emergencies with contents such as: foods, (canned goods, non-perishable, ready to eat), water (one gallon per person per day), manual can opener and other eating utensils, personal hygiene items such as soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste, toilet paper, first aid kit, and manual, fire protection equipment or fire extinguisher, rainwear, gloves, and blankets.

4. If you do not have storm shutters, ensure you have the necessary tools to board up windows and brace doors. The first priority in protecting your facility will be to keep the wind out. Wind pressure and windblown debris can break windows and blow in doors. Sliding glass doors, large picture windows, skylights, French doors, inward opening double doors, and garage doors are particularly vulnerable. Such tools as a circular or hand saw, a drill with appropriate bits, a hammer or nail gun, hand or power-driven screwdriver, and a wrench may be needed. Nails will be sufficient on wood-framed windows and doors but screws or bolts and washers are necessary for metal-framed windows and doors.

5. Have an ample supply of brooms, squeegees, mops, and absorbents to remove water.

6. A small emergency generator could be useful. The power may go out before a hurricane comes ashore and may be out for an extended period. An emergency generator could provide the capability to maintain lighting, recharge battery powered equipment, and power pumps and tools, which may be needed for expedient repairs after the hurricane passes.

D. Recommended Supplies

1. Plywood (preferably 5/8 inch thick exterior grade) to cover large windows and glass doors which can be blown in by hurricane force winds. If possible, obtain plywood before hurricane season begins and precut it to size, mark each panel to identify where it goes, and store it until needed.

2. Sufficient lumber to brace inward-opening exterior doors and roll-up doors on the inside. Boards should be 2 x 4’s or larger.

3. Waterproof tape (duct tape or filament tape) to help protect the smaller windows in your facility from powerful wind gusts and flying debris. Apply tape in a criss-cross pattern.

4. Tie-down material (rope or chain) for outside furnishings and equipment that can’t be moved.

5. Heavy duty plastic sheeting (4 mil thickness or greater), furring strips, and a nail or staple gun to be used to make expedient roof and window repairs. Plastic sheeting can also be used to cover and protect equipment in the event of roof damage or leaks.

6. A supply of sandbags may be helpful in preventing intrusion of water through doorways into low-lying sections of buildings. Sandbagging can be very time consuming. It takes two people about an hour to fill and place 100 sandbags creating a wall only a foot high and 20 feet long.

7. It is suggested that you stockpile the emergency supplies needed during the hurricane season. Many of the listed items rapidly disappear from retail outlets when a hurricane threatens.

WHEN A HURRICANE WATCH IS ISSUED

Peach State Roofing will schedule an on-site visit.  This visit will be to ascertain all aspects needed to best secure the facilities roof and rooftop equipment.

1.      A visual inspection will be scheduled.  During this visit a pictorial log of the current roof conditions will be recorded.
2.      If any deficiency is reported and contracted for repair this section will be photographed and recorded.
3.      If any rooftop equipment is deemed to be insecure; Peach State Roofing will notify the building engineer.  If this work falls under the scope of work that Peach State Roofing is contracted for; this work will be completed and photographed.  If it is not under Peach State Roofing scope an appropriate Trade will be contracted to secure the item.  Peach State Roofing will then revisit and inspect the work and photograph and record the work.

Peach State Roofing will provide a complete photo album of the roof condition after all work has been completed.  This documentation if needed will be used for the purpose of any Insurance claim resulting from Acts of God.

WHEN A HURRICANE HAS PASSED

Peach State Roofing will schedule an on-site visit.  This visit will be to ascertain any roof and rooftop equipment damages caused by the hurricane.

1.      A visual inspection will be scheduled.  During this visit a pictorial log of the current roof conditions will be recorded.
2.      If any damage is reported and contracted for repair this section will be photographed and recorded.
3.      If any rooftop equipment is damaged; Peach State Roofing will notify the building engineer.  If this work falls under the scope of work that Peach State Roofing is contracted for; this work will be completed and photographed.  If it is not under Peach State Roofing scope an appropriate Trade will be contracted to repair or replace the item.  Peach State Roofing will then revisit and inspect the work and photograph and record the work.

4.      Peach State Roofing will provide all pictorial and documentation of the roof condition prior to any hurricane damage.  This information will be vital for any and all insurance claims.



*This article was contributed by Wayne Belina (Peach State Roofing - South Florida Office)

Peach State Roofing, Inc. - National Commercial Roofing Services
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Fall Protection

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of construction accidents with over 500 fall related deaths occurring every year?  

Identifying fall hazards and deciding how best to protect workers is the first step in reducing or eliminating fall hazards. Occupational fatalities caused by falls remain a serious public health problem.  Any time a worker is at a height of four feet or more, or is working over dangerous equipment or machinery, the worker is at risk and needs to be protected. 

In 1 second your body will fall 16 feet.  By the time you react you’ll be 6 ½ feet below where you were standing.  Without a fall protection system you won’t have enough time to react.  A typical personal fall-arrest system will stop a person’s fall and limit the distance and some arrest systems will also reduce the amount of force associated with the fall.

Anchorage points are commonly seen on our roof tops.  This is a secure point of attachment for lifelines, lanyards and deceleration devices.  They must be independent from any anchorage being used for equipment and capable of supporting at least 5,000 pounds per worker.

Fall Protection Systems – personal fall-arrest systems and the anchorage points need to be maintained and in good working condition…a life may depend on this.  Please note: that ALL components of a Personal Fall Arrest System that are involved in a fall shall be immediately removed from service and disposed of or destroyed.


Remember!
·       Always use approved anchor points.
·       Always make sure fall protection is sufficient for the job.
·       Always inspect your fall protection system prior to each use.
·       Do not use fall protection system to carry materials or tools.

·       Always tie off when coming within 6 feet of an unprotected edge.

*This article was contributed by Wayne Belina (Peach State Roofing - South Florida Office)

Peach State Roofing, Inc. - National Commercial Roofing Services
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www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com






Monday, January 23, 2017

Project Profile: Catholic Center at University of Georgia

THE CHALLENGE - The existing church structure located at the heart of the University of Georgia campus is a building that is over 30 years in age. It is a landmark on the campus that was built as a main religious center and has been a part of many experiences through the years. Prior to undergoing its major re-model, the center still was holding its original roof system. This was all over perlite insulation board and tongue and groove wood decking. Overall the structure of the roof covered approximately 11,000 square feet and has faced many leak issues over the years.

Two areas of high focus for the construction of this projects new roof system were safety and a perfect architectural finish. For these purposes Peach State Roofing was selected as the contractor for its past history with complex projects of this nature and a Sarnafil Decor System was selected as the proper roof system to give the owner its much desired look.

THE CONSTRUCTION - Before any immediate construction took place at the project site, Peach State employees spent 4 weeks installing a detailed safety set up to meet both the church's and OSHA's safety requirements. Perhaps the most detailed and hardest part of the set up was constructing the 5 level full rail scaffold system from the base of the tower to the top. This set up was instrumental in addressing safety concerns and also in the workmanship of the Sarnafil Decor System. At all times on this project, Peach State employees were required to be at 100% tie off.

Peach State started off the project by providing all the demolition of the existing roof system down to the decking. Being that it was a full tear off and debris was of abundance, Peach State provided extra field workers simply to bag all existing trash and tear off.

Only a small section at each level could be done each day which could then be roofed back 100% before night fall. Paying attention to detail was instrumental in the success of this project to ensure the perfect look and performance. Tear off and new roof install started at the top and worked to the bottom flat levels breaking down the scaffolding as forces moved downward. Specific detail was given to the way the membrane was cut - "V" shaped sheets of membrane were hand cut to follow along the same pattern that the ribs would be installed thus creating a site that would have no visible seams. Due to this application method, Peach State installed the decor ribs by hand welding tactics at the same time of roof membrane install to ensure that once the wood support structure was broken down, there was no reason to go back up to that roof level. The roof system consisted of 1/4" Dens Deck Prime with fully adhered Sarnafil G-410 bear back membrane on the tower and fleece back membrane on the flat. Overall Peach State Roofing ended up completing 5 foot length sections each day. Another extreme circumstance that faced Peach State workers was having to wrap the Sarnafil membrane and encapsulate the inside parts of the tower. Extra man power was needed from both the inside and outside of the tower to accomplish this. Final completion of the project consisted of painting the cross at the top of the structure and installing new skylights in the 'pit' area between the three tower 'fingers'.

THE RESULT - Through extreme supervision, engineering, and ingenuity, Peach State Roofing delivered a finished project which has re-decorated one of the areas widely viewed buildings. It is because of expert workmanship and the desire for perfection in a roof system that the Catholic Center at the University of Georgia was nominated as a Sika Sarnafil Project of the year.

*This roof project was completed in 2011



Peach State Roofing, Inc. - National Commercial Roofing Services
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Is Your Roof Ready for Winter?

With Winter right around the corner it is important to have your roof inspected. Even if you aren’t located in a climate that gets snow, a Fall Preventative Maintenance Inspection will help with keeping your roof clean and identifying any potential repairs or improvements that may be needed.
Here are some of the items that should be inspected and addressed with a Preventative Maintenance Inspection:
  • Drainage - Make sure that water is properly draining from your roof. All drains, scuppers, gutters and downspouts will be checked. All strainer baskets will also be cleaned and inspected for proper attachment.
  • Flashings - All flashings will be inspected and verified that they are secure and sealed so water won't accumulate under them and potentially freeze in the cooler temperatures.
  • HVAC and other Projections - Ensure there hasn’t been any alterations made to any penetrations. If there have been, make sure all are flashed and properly sealed.
  • Metal Details - Inspect and make sure they are secure and installed properly.
  • Pitch Pans - Check to insure they are all sealed properly.
  • Roof Surface - Inspect the entire roof surface for any wind, hail or other damage.
  • Building Use - Has anything changed with the building use that would cause changes to the roof such as oils or grease that may be emitted from manufacturing processes? If changes have occurred, are there any items that need to be addressed on the roof to accommodate for the building changes?
  • Safety - Review of roof safety protocol to make sure the roof is a safe place. Are there any safety considerations to take prior to winter? Some of those items would include rail hatch systems, walk pads and snow guards.

After any roof inspection, make sure you are receiving a full written report with photos and fully understand any recommended repairs. The overall goal of the inspection is to ensure your roof is in good condition and will remain that way throughout its useful life.

For Help and Guidance Contact: 1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

*Article shared by Nick Dunham (Peach State Roofing - Cincinnati OH Office)