For a “Cool” Roof—Using the Correct Coating

Written by DAVID TERRELL on . Posted in Commercial Roofing, Roofing Information Blog

Terrells Roofing OKCWe learn at an early age that black absorbs the heat from the sun, while white reflects it.  It usually just takes one afternoon wearing a dark shirt while playing outdoors to teach us about heat absorption.

Your commercial roof is the same.  In fact, we have a name for it:  the “Heat Island Effect.”  That term refers to the heat that is absorbed from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation and transferred to the building interior.  During much of the year this increases the demand for power as air conditioning systems labor to maintain a comfortable working environment. 

Three Things to Consider When Replacing a Roof

Written by DAVID TERRELL on . Posted in Residential Roofing, Roofing Information Blog

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If you are facing the expense of a new roof , here are three things to consider when getting a new roof. 

1. Be certain that the bid includes tearing off the old roof completely before putting the new material on. 

While there might be a small savings in just slapping a new layer of shingles over the old ones, the risk just isn’t worth it.  The extra weight can be significant, particularly in older homes.  Then there is the fact that you really can’t properly inspect the wooden sheathing that forms the structure of your roof.  If repairs are needed you won’t be able to see without removing the old roof.

Improvements in Roofing Technology

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Terrells Roofing OKCAfter 40 years in business, at Terrell’s we’ve seen a lot of changes in our industry.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that shingles were paper matt covered with micro-rock that curled quickly and shed the rocks in just a few years. The introduction of fiberglass shingles in the late 1980’s was a huge leap forward.  This new technology provided longer life for the roof, and a product that was easier to install.  In the years since, we’ve seen shingles available in a variety of colors.  They are also not being manufactured for different geographic conditions, climate, hail resistance, and winds up to 110 miles an hour.

Making Your Commercial Roof Energy Efficient

Written by DAVID TERRELL on . Posted in Commercial Roofing, Roofing Information Blog

Terrells Roofing OKCThe energy crisis of the 1970’s drove the roofing industry to create new products to meet revised efficiency guidelines.  It was this period of innovation that saw the invention of modified bitumen roofing alternatives.  We are seeing a similar trend now.  Roofing manufacturers, power companies, government agencies, and environmental organizations are collaborating on new ways to conserve energy.

Perhaps the most creative of these are vegetative roofing and photovoltaic technologies.  However, without government intervention by way of incentives, these are not likely to see a large market share for at least a decade. We are seeing some municipalities pushing for vegetative systems since they are energy efficient as well as reduce water runoff to sewer systems.  For the most part, these will still remain “on the edge” technologies.  Far more likely to see rapid adoption are cool roofing technologies.