Roofing Contractors | Things Preformed By A General Contractor

JNT is more than just another Dallas roofing contractor.  We also do extensive renovations, rebuilds, and even large commercial projects.  Here’s a list of things that your favorite roofing contractors in Dallas typically perform on  small and large commercial jobs.

When they need a contractor, many people just assume that he’ll be some kind of a handyman that’ll help them around with whatever task they need him for. From carpentry to gardening, you can find a contractor for anything, right? Nope. A handyman is a person who’s just that, handy when you need them. On the other hand, commercial contractors are typically procured for work if any commercial construction is required whether it is only a slight renovation job or building from scratch. Buildings that are classified under commercial include the following structures: roads, office buildings, shopping centers and schools.

Even then, each contractor specializes in one or two different forms of construction, so it is quite common to find one or two different commercial contractors working together on one building project. Here’s a look at the work typically performed by a commercial contractor:

Building

When there’s a new shopping mall or even a shop opening up, you can be sure to find commercial contractors hard at work building over there. Commercial contractors are usually the ones who help interpret the architects’ dream, changing the blue print from paper in to real life.

Renovation

Sometimes, a few commercial buildings are closed down or shuttered up for quite some time or just have taken too much wear and tear from the elements. Whatever the reason that caused the disrepair, when these buildings are resold, commercial contractors work on renovating and scaling them to the new purposes’ requirements.

Painting

This is more of a finishing touch once all repairs are done but definitely falls under the duties of the commercial contractor. However, once more, just like their building projects, their painting commissions are more heavy duty and can be much more extensive.

Exterior Aspects

Commercial contractors are skilled at dealing with the exterior of most buildings. Commercial buildings need to be visually appealing and no one knows that or does that better than a commercial builder. However, based on the size and magnitude of the build they undertake, it can, at times, take a lot of time before the build is completed.

Roads and Other Commercial Builds

Often times, commercial contractors are the ones whom you see laying down the tarmac on roads, building bridges, laying down train tracks etc. Although these are heavy duty industrial projects, they usually require a dedicated team of commercial contractors working in conjunction with engineers, subcontractors and other technicians.

Commercial contractors also work on a contractual basis which can be on weekly, monthly or yearly term. Easily available for work all year round, they are usually team based and can offer all the services that can help establish your new building. Oftentimes, all one needs to do is go to a contractor with a blueprint, show them the piece of land, get their feedback and start work. Most commercial contractors also work in close conjunction with a sub contractor. These guys act like liaison workers between the commercial contractor and the clients as well as the commercial contractors and the other engineers etc.

Various Types Of Roofing Shingles Roofing Contractors Use

There are various types and styles of shingles used by roofing contractors here in Dallas.  Depending on your particular budget, climate, and aesthetic requirements we have a few options.

Your current roof may be working for you right now, but time and the elements will wear it down eventually. Think of it as a serious investment. If you prefer shingle type roofing, then you need to be aware of the various kinds that can suit your home according to the climate you live in. The following are some popular choices among home owners who own roofs that are 10 to 50 years old:

Composition Roofing Shingles

These shingles are made out of fiber glass and asphalt and are quite popular with roofers in Dallas, and their clients, because of the ease with which they can be applied. They are also quite durable and come in a range of colors and styles. This makes them particular favorites with those who live in localities that experience extreme weather conditions. In some roofs, these can even be nailed on top of old shingles and will do a good job of protecting against fire hazards. However, composition shingles are not as strong against chilly weather.

Clay Roofing Shingles

Clay or terracotta clay tiles have long been used as staple shingle material because of their strong resistance to insects, mold and fire. This makes them very durable. However, they can easily break if they are stepped on and since they are quite heavy as well, chances of them getting damaged are high and can be costly.

Organic Asphalt Roofing Shingles

These shingles are made of organic felt material that is soaked in asphalt in order to make it water proof. Next, a single coating of adhesive asphalt is applied after which granules made of ceramic are added to the shingle. These comprise of 40% asphalt/100 square feet along with glass fiber asphalt shingles. This makes them heavier than other types of shingles but this works in their favor since they cannot be blown away during stormy weather conditions. Plus, due to the high asphalt density, these types of shingles can’t break easily.

Fiberglass Asphalt Roofing Shingles

As the name implies, these shingles are comprised of glass fiber matting that gives them their strength and durability. In this case the asphalt enters the glass fibers and completely fills out all the miniature spaces thus making it effectively waterproof. Fiberglass asphalt shingles are cheaper to make and very resistant to fire. This makes them popular choices with home owners who live in dense urban areas and those who live in cold climates.

Interesting Advancements In Flat Roofing

While maintaining a home or building it is important to keep up with all of the pieces of the structure to make sure that there is no deterioration of the materials. Once the materials that hold the structure together start to go, the risk of potentially damaging the property permanently, or beyond repair, increases as there is no protection provided from the roofing material.

One of the main elements of a structure that is imperative to maintain to ensure the protection of a building is the roof. If the integrity of a roof is compromised, then there are huge risks involved. The risks include the safety of the individuals inside the structure, permanent water or structural damage to other supporting parts of the building, and loss or damage of personal items inside the building. So how does one make sure that he or she is protecting the future of his or her building in regards to roofing?

The first image that pops in to a person’s head when considering roofing is the traditional hot tar and shingles roofing solution. This method has been around forever, and is actually a relatively dangerous procedure for people to implement on the roof of a home. Not only is the contractor balancing up on a roof; however, there is a lot of small integral parts that have to be picked up, moved around, and carefully adhered with hot tar. There are risks with personal injury due to hot tar if it comes in contact with your body, and any of the clothes that are worn during the application process are more than likely going to be trash because, unlike a stain, the hot tar will not come out of contact with clothes. The adhering power is what makes the hot tar desirable; however, the risks involved are what spurred people to consider other options.

Approximately thirty years ago, contractors began experimenting with a new option for flat roofing. They desired to make the process equally or more reliable with fewer risks to the person sealing the roof of the property. This new process is called Single-Ply Roofing. Single-ply roofing is much different than the former methods of sealing the roof of a property.

There is still a need to heat up and weld the material to the rook; however, you are welding a large sheet to the roof with direct heating and pressure on the material to the roof. This is different from hot tar because the hot tar has to be hot already and you handle to tar with an instrument and potentially risk dripping it in places you would rather not. The materials used for single-ply roofing created a “rubber roof” effect that literally seals up the structure the way that you seal a Tupperware bin to secure the items inside.

The greatest qualm that investors had with this product was the price in comparison to the hot tar method. However, with the price of oil and oil related products increasing over the years, so has the price of hot tar. The prices of both methods are comparable and the single-ply roofing method is easier, safer, and lasts longer. The industry predicts that single-ply roofing is the future of secure roofing practices.

Over the years, roofing has tested various methods of sealing a property; however, it looks like the trend is moving toward single-ply roofing.

 

Common Places Roofing Contractors Find Leaks

We see a ton or roofs.  As a roofing contractor in Dallas we spend a great deal of time finding and repairing leaks.

When you have spent a significant amount of money on your property, and the actions necessary to protect your property, it can be very frustrating to know that despite your efforts there are still risks involved when it comes to natural weather occurrences. Even some of the best roofing solutions cannot fight against the power of a really strong storm. The wind and rain combination can reek havoc on any roofing solution. This is why it is important to know where to check for structural compromise, and the resulting leaks that can form in the most common places.

If you know where to look after a particularly rough storm, then you will better be able to maintain and protect your property. Penetrations in the roof’s sealing are a typical place to check for leaks. These are places on the roof that were not properly sealed the first time, and have since separated and created an opening for water to seep through and have a passage way in to the structure. This traditionally happens with singly-ply roofing. Even though the single-ply roofing system is considered to be one of the most reliable because of the watertight materials that it is made of, the product is only as reliable as those who installed it. If you have a leak forming due to a penetration in the sealing, then it is vital that you invest in a contractor who is going to seal this penetration up properly to ensure that there is no future leakage from this point on.

The second most common place to look for a leak is the along the perimeter of the structure. The perimeter is a particularly complicated place to seal because of the transition from roof sealing techniques to the inflexible metal flashing. This is difficult because whatever roofing method you choose, you will either need to find a way to bond the two or drain from the area. Either way, there should be a technician who checks the perimeter of the property regularly to make sure that your house is protected.

The final place to check for a leak is not a conventional “leak” at all. This unique occurrence traditionally happens in January when the temperature reaches below freezing level. When the freezing cold air from the environment comes in contact with the warm air on the inside of the structure, condensation is formed. This condensation can be dangerous and cause a breakdown of the integrity of the structure. Condensation on the inside of a property can cause damage to personal items as well. This could be the result of improper sealing of the walls or ceiling. This needs to be rectified as soon as possible to ensure no further damage is created.

There are a number of places that can have leakage on your property; however the three most common places to check are the areas where the roofing might be penetrated, the perimeter, and any areas that have condensation.