Unlike conventional roof assemblies, waterproofing is hidden under landscaping, pavers, concrete topping, and dirt. Planter boxes, plaza decks, foundation walls, parking garages, and elevator pits are examples of items that are waterproofed. Most commercial roofs are exposed so defects that cause leaks are easy to see. This feature makes it easy to repair and maintain conventional roofs, and to source defects causing leaks into the building. Waterproofing is always hidden, making it impossible to inspect, repair, or maintain without first removing whatever is covering it. A leaking planter box? All the plants, dirt, irrigation equipment, and protection board have to be removed just so the waterproofing membrane can be inspected.
New waterproofing systems have to be perfectly installed. No mistakes. Zero defects. We do waterproofing right, and we do it right the first time. Our record of achieving perfectly installed waterproofing systems is 100%.
Let us replace your failed waterproofing.
Our experienced team can waterproof any area you need, including:
Roof Management & Maintenance
Conventional roof assemblies wear out in a predictable manner unless they are incorrectly designed or installed. The way roofs wear out is through the development of defects. Most defects are visible and can be identified easily by someone with training and experience.
Our philosophy is to ‘manage the roof by managing the defects’. Defects can be built into the roof during its construction, they can develop from mechanical or severe weather, and as part of the aging process. Material deficiencies like unreinforced PVC and Hypalon also contribute to the development of defects.
Defects fall into one of three categories: low, medium, or high severity. Proper roof management prioritizes immediate repair of high severity defects, and proactive repair of medium severity defects. We’re believers in common sense. Maintaining a non-income producing asset is always more cost effective than avoiding maintenance and waiting for failure.
Our customers enjoy markedly reduced roof-related emergency leak calls and extended roof service life.
Making a repair that lasts as long as it’s financially beneficial involves compatible materials, the right design, and the right installation of the repair.
We offer spring and fall roof inspections and service for a reasonable fee. Getting trained eyes on a roof twice a year reduces overall expenses and allows for defects to be regularly monitored in order to set and control budgets. Roof leaks are reduced significantly within the first two inspections if high severity defects are repaired.
Commercial Sealant Replacement
Sealant, or caulk, is often the first and last line of defense against rain intrusion. Building components expand and contract in response to temperature changes. Gaps and joints between components allow the building to move without breaking apart. The gaps and joints are protected with sealant.
Sealants are flexible and designed to allow movement while protecting the interior from the weather. Like any material, sealants deteriorate as they age. Replacing sealants before or as they fail is necessary. We’ve replaced thousands of feet of sealants with the right material and the right design.
The most common sealants are made of urethane and silicone. Urethane can be painted and it is versatile. Urethanes do not last as long as silicones. Silicones are excellent for use on glass and metal surfaces and have an extraordinary service life. Knowing the right sealant to use is important.
Inspections – Roof, Walls, Windows, Waterproofing
Most building owners will only replace a roof when leaks are frequent and it becomes too expensive to maintain. Regular roof inspections by trained inspectors identify defects that lead to leaks and structural damage. Those defects, identified early, can be repaired proactively and extend the service life of the roof assembly. We also perform due diligence inspections when one of our customers is considering the purchase of a commercial building. Accurate roof, wall, window, and waterproofing condition reports are valuable during negotiations.
Roof Safety Systems
Safety is the number one priority when it comes to your commercial roof. OSHA even has safety guidelines specific for roof safety to ensure that anyone who works on your roof is protected from falls. According to OSHA, any height that is 6’ or taller must, by law, have a safety system in place to protect workers from falling. Commercial roofs in particular have a lot going on, including HVAC systems and other machinery, that require workers to spend time on your roof doing installs and repairs.
We install a variety of safety systems and equipment to ensure that your roof remains a safe place for workers. These safety systems include guardrails, safety nets, flag lines, and fixed access ladders that are OSHA compliant so workers can safely get to different areas of your roof. We also provide safety training and protective gear for our employees.
Roof Hatch Safety Rails
Commercial hatch systems provide a way for workers to access your commercial roof without climbing from the perimeter. They can also allow workers to easily pass materials from within the building to the roof area. Open roof hatches present a fall hazard every time they are used. It’s awkward and dangerous to exit and enter a roof hatch, and an open roof hatch is a fall hazard. Roof hatch safety rails eliminate the risk of someone falling. The rails act as an extension of the fixed ladder inside the building, making ingress and egress much safer and preventing workers from falling into the hatch opening.
To learn more about hatch systems, check out our dedicated Hatch Systems page.