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The Strange, Beautiful World of Green Roofing Systems

What’s the most energy efficient system in the commercial roofing industry? The answer could be a lot greener (and softer) than you’d imagine. In today’s discussion, we’re going to dig deep into the the strange, yet gorgeous world of green roofing systems

If you’ve been hunting for ways to cut down on daily operating costs and energy expenses, be sure to read along as we explore. These premium commercial systems may come in all shapes and sizes, but they are renowned for their cool roof capabilities. They also produce several awesome benefits for the environment.

Green Roofing Systems on Top of Commercial Building

Green Roofing Systems Can Also Come in Modular Designs for Easier Landscaping.

What is Green Roofing?

Put simply, green roofing incorporates man made soil and natural plant life to produce a powerful barrier against the elements. Most green roofing systems incorporate five or six layers designed to support the surface flora while protecting the base underneath.

The Layers of a Green Roofing System

  • Plant Life (Top Layer)
  • Growth Medium
  • Filtering Cloth
  • Drainage Layer
  • Root Shield
  • Waterproofing Membrane (Bottom)

Some living roofs also incorporate additional insulation, reducing heat gain during peak solar hours. The top two layers comprise the floral ecosystem. Pest-free, nutrient-rich growing medium sustains the plants over the years. Plant choice varies based on the scope of the project. We’ll expand upon in a little while.

The filter cloth prevents soil from escaping downward, while still allowing moisture to travel through the underlying drainage layer. Next, a tough barrier prevents roots from penetrating the underlying roof decking and damaging the building structure. Finally, the waterproofing diverts any excess water towards the outside of the structure, where it can drain safely.

Two Categories

Most of these naturally cool roofing systems fall into one of two categories: deep intensive rooftops and shallower extensive roofs. Both provide the famous efficiency and air-cleaning capabilities that green roofing systems are famous for, though the scope and maintenance requirements vary greatly! Let’s break down the differences between the two.

Extensive Green Roofing Systems

Grasses and Shrubs are Common Flora Choices for Extensive Green Roofing Systems.

Extensive Green Roofing Systems

While popular among rural homes, extensive green roofs have also found a rising market among business owners. These smaller roofing units incorporate a much smaller layer of growing medium, one of the primary contributing factors to the system’s overall dead weight. With less supporting feux-soil, extensive roofs support very small shrubs, flowers, grasses, and sedums.

According to a study performed by the General Services Administration (GSA), extensive green roofing systems average $10.30 to $12.50 per square foot. That includes the price of installation, though maintenance costs may lift that average a little higher. Upkeeping requirements for these smaller roofing systems are much lighter compared to those of intensive garden rooftops. Speaking of…

Intensive Green Roofs

If you’ve ever wanted your own garden patio, but lacked the commercial real estate to make it happen, an intensive system could be perfect for your business! These cool roofing solutions incorporate a much larger layer of growing medium (6+ inches), capable of feeding larger bushes and even trees. Of course, this produces a more significant weight per square foot. Many commercial properties require additional structural support as a result.

Intensive systems can be landscaped just like any garden. Many companies like to create an outdoor cafe space or even a full-size restaurant. Others confine their plant life to sections of the rooftop using a modular design.

Intensive Green Roofing System

Gardens Make for a Breathtaking Escape in Intensive Green Roofing Systems.

Is Green Roofing Energy Efficient?

Green roofing systems certainly aren’t your typical cool rooftop solution. After all, most cool roofs utilize a reflective surface to divert sunlight away from the structure. The resulting coolness stops heat gain in its tracks.

But green roofs are…well, green. 

They don’t reflect light the way a PVC roof (for instance) would. As we mentioned in our recent blog on cool roofing, the plant life in living roofs fight against heat by releasing moisture into the surrounding air. This process is called transpiration. While we don’t have time to go into the science behind it, transpiration produces a remarkably cooler environment that protects the underlying structure from expensive heat gain.

In as few as six years, the energy savings produced by green roofing systems catch up to the investment costs! Considering impressive lifespan of 50 years that many of these roofs enjoy, that’s decades of savings available to businesses. Of course, there are even more benefits to take advantage of.

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Intensive Green Roofing System With Tree

Plants Naturally Cool the Surrounding Air Through Transpiration.

Additional Perks of Going Green

Runoff Reduction

Plant life naturally absorbs a lot of storm water. In green roofing systems, this means that the bushes, grasses, trees, etc. greatly reduce the amount of water runoff during periods of heavy rainfall. This makes “going green” a very attractive option for environments with long storm seasons. According to the GSA, green roofing systems can reduce stormwater runoff by as much as 65%! This makes it much easier to manage drainage around your commercial property.

Air Purification

As you probably know, plants play a special role in purifying our environment. By absorbing natural and certain man made toxins in the air, green roofing systems can greatly reduce their harmful effects. If your business operates in a heavily industrial metropolitan area, a green roof is one way to fight against the unpleasant pollution that so many struggle with.

LEED Certification and Local Tax Benefits

LEED certification is a grand goal that thousands of companies strive for every years. Creating an energy-efficient, low-impact structure is no easy task. Green roofing systems can bring businesses much closer to the exacting standards of LEED certification by reducing daily energy consumption.

Green Roofing Systems With Terrace Area

Green Rooftops Make for Amazing Rental Property Upgrades and Rest Areas.

Key Considerations for Green Roofs

As mentioned before, green roofing systems come with substantial weight requirements, especially with intensive designs. That means that commercial buildings often need to structural reinforcement to sustain the additional load. Green roofs also feature a significantly higher cost per square foot than other commercial systems, with per square foot costs reaching as higher as $25. The long lifespan, relatively low maintenance costs, and high energy savings however go a long way towards making these living roofs a very attractive solution.

Want More Information?

Green roofing systems offer so many benefits, but their intrinsic beauty is reward enough for many. To find out more about the energy saving capabilities, costing, and requirements of green rooftops, talk with one of the many contractors in the Roofer’s Guild Directory! Our seasoned experts offer dependable knowledge and skills for all your commercial roofing needs.

You can also start your search by calling us directly at (877) 282-8968. We can’t wait to serve you!

Is Commercial Roof Cleaning Worth It?

As one of the most essential investments in your building’s long-term safety, your roofing system deserves a lot of respect. Any business owner can tell you just how essential professional repairs are to the life of the rooftop. But what about the cleanliness of the roof? Does that have an impact? In our discussion today, we’ll explain why regular commercial roof cleaning matters and how it could impact your monthly expenses!

One quick note before we start. Not all commercial roofing systems are healthy enough to receive a thorough cleaning. If you suspect your structure has sustained serious structural damage, it might be time to talk with your local contractor about a commercial roof replacement.

Looking at a Building Prior to Commercial Roof Cleaning

Even Tough Commercial Metal Roofs Benefit From Cleaning.

What is Commercial Roof Cleaning?

Roof cleaning is simply the process of removing debris, trash, algae, and other forms of growth from the surface of your roofing system. Depending on the type of roof and material involved, a commercial roof cleaning may entail pressure washing or even chemical treatment. Ultimately, the goal is to leave a clean, vibrant surface after the project.

While some retail products may provide temporary relief from some of the many threats your commercial system faces, a seasoned professional is more likely to provide the long-term results you desire.

Threats Against Your Roofing System

Commercial Roof Cleaning Professional Sprays Algae

Algae Threatens to Discolor Both Flat and Sloped Commercial Roofs. Watch for it in Moist Environments!

Years of exposure can leave any roofing system vulnerable to natural hazards. For metal roofing systems, rust slowly eats away at the metal panels, weakening the integrity of the affected areas. Plus, it just looks terrible!

Other roofing systems suffer from dirt, mold, and algae. Not only do these elements create an unsightly smear on your beautiful roof, they can speed the process of long-term degradation. If mold and algae get sucked into the building’s heating and cooling system, your employees could experience some unpleasant side-effects. Finally, removing all the debris also reduces the potential for ponding water, one of the most dangerous threats to flat roofing systems.

While rooftop debris may not feel like an immediate concern, it does represent a significant threat to your roofing system in the long run.

Key Benefits of Regular Cleaning

Renewed Efficiency

When you think of TPO, PVC, metal roofing, and other cool roofing systems, what image comes to mind? If a brilliant white or silver roof springs up, that’s certainly the right picture! Over time however, dust, dirt, mold, and algae accumulate on the surface of your roofing system. This darkens the membrane or metal. Darker surfaces naturally absorb more light, causing the rooftop to heat up and conduct heat towards the building interior. That’s the typical process of heat gain that so many businesses (and air conditioning systems) struggle with on a daily basis.

By washing away the murky grime from the surface of your flat or sloped rooftop, commercial roof cleaning renews the reflectivity and restores efficiency.

Commercial Roof Cleaning Over Metal Panels

Keep Your Metal Roof Reflective With Regular Commercial Roof Cleaning.

A Cleaner, Healthier Environment

Sometimes cleanliness is it’s own reward. In the case of many businesses however, a moldy rooftop may actually violate local health codes and put the business in jeopardy! No matter what industry you work in, it makes sense to protect your building from the terrible smell of long-term mold growth. Those particles can get drawn in through the building AC unit and start circulating inside the building.

Talk with your local roofing contractor if your community deals with regular algae or mold growth. You may require a special chemical cleaner to protect your rooftop.

A Close Look at Your Roof Surface

Dirt and other smudges have a tendency to obscure more serious problems lying beneath. A clean rooftop is much easier to inspect for surface level degradation, such as…

  • Exposed and/or weakened seams
  • Puncture marks
  • Deep scarring
  • Brittle spots
  • Depressed areas
Flat Roof With Weakened Seams

Sometimes a Cleaning Can Reveal Underlying Problems, Saving You From Expensive Repairs or Replacement.

 

Identifying these problems early on could prevent all kinds of problems. Finding a weakened seam, for instance, could prevent hundreds of dollars in future water leaks. Preventing a system-wide problem could even save you thousands of dollars and an early roof replacement!

Find Your Commercial Roof Cleaner!

Commercial roof cleaning is a common requirement for businesses with upcoming repair or restoration projects. For some however, it’s simply a prudent investment to avoid the unpleasant effects of algae growth, mold smell, or diminished energy-efficiency. Timely maintenance can make all the difference!

Looking to find a seasoned roofing contractor in your area? Our team at Roofer’s Guild can connect you with the commercial roof cleaning expert you need. Find a nearby company in our Directory, or contact us directly at (877) 282-8968!

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Cool Roofing Systems: 3 Ways Your Business Can Beat the Heat

Roofing contractors often talk about beating the heat during the sizzling summer months. For many businesses however, overcoming heat gain is a year round challenge. If you live in the Deep South or along the balmy coast, your building likely suffers from the expensive cost of air conditioning and energy surges. That means hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars coming out of your operating budget every year.

But what if you could put that money back into the company purse? What if you could reduce the wear and tear on your air conditioning equipment in the process? This is where cool roofing systems come into play. These solutions all fight the threat of heat gain by reducing the surface temperature of your rooftop. While the industry offers countless entries into the cool roofing category, we’re going to break down some of the most popular. Then, we’ll explain some of the perks and requirements you’ll need to consider as you shop for a money-saving roofing solution.

Let’s get started!

Solution #1: Restorative Coatings

Creating Cool Roofing Systems Via Coating

Among Cool Roofing Systems, Coatings Offer Some of the Cheapest Energy-Saving Solutions.

What better place to enter the cool roofing conversation than at an entry level price point? Commercial contractors use coatings to treat scarring, damaged seams, and a many other forms of rooftop degradation. By covering the entire surface of the roof with a seamless layer of silicone, polyurethane, or other durable material, these coatings create a strong barrier against water infiltration.

One of the most widely sought after perks of roof restoration however, is energy efficiency.

By coating the rooftop with a more reflective hue (typically white), commercial roof coatings dramatically decrease the amount of sunlight absorbed into the surface. Heat gain during daylight hours plummets as a result, reducing the costs of cooling the building. In the meantime, the rooftop enjoys stronger protection against radiation, rain, and other elemental threats.

Cool Roofing Systems Via Coating

If you haven’t discovered these amazing, roof-mending solutions yet, be sure to listen to our latest podcast where Nolen and Jason discuss restorative coatings in greater detail. There are a few key considerations to weigh as you discuss coatings with your commercial roofing contractor. The most important is your rooftop’s current condition. Roof coatings require a stable, fair-condition surface to adhere to. That means buildings with severe structure issues in the roof must see to repairs first. Restoration can deal with minor abrasions, punctures, and so on, but it’s not meant to treat deep cuts and missing chunks of membrane.

Schedule a roof inspection to ensure your system is healthy enough to receive a coating.

You’ll also need to make sure that your chosen coating matches the demands of your roof and local climate. For instance, a basic acrylic coating doesn’t work well with flat roofing systems in rainy environments (such as coastal Florida). On the other hand, acrylics function very well on sloped metal roofing systems! Some coatings provide stronger UV ray protection, while others produce more durable surfaces against mechanical damage.

Solution #2: Replacement (or Reroofing)

A Black Single Ply System Installation

Black Top Roofing Absorbs More Sunlight, Increasing Heat Gain Throughout the Day. Try a Reflective Color!

When a roofing system approaches the end of its expected lifespan, sometimes an entirely new system offers the best solution. Naturally, some materials offer a much stronger defense against heat gain than others. From our talk on roof coatings, we already know that a reflective surface provides a much more energy-efficient solution than a black top. That’s why most cool roofing systems utilize a white or metallic sheen to deflect sunlight.

Some of the most popular cool roofing materials include:

  • TPO
  • PVC
  • White Coated Rubber
  • Spray Foam

The first three materials are single ply roofing solutions, meaning they use a single layer of membrane to cover the rooftop. TPO and PVC typically come in a reflective white color, while rubber must receive a special coating to effectively deflect sunlight. As the name implies, spray foam roofing involves spraying a substance (typically polyurethane) across a prepared surface. The foam hardens into a seamless, airtight layer.

Two Options for a New Installation

Now we come to our middle price point solutions. When the time comes to create a new rooftop for your building, your chosen material makes all the difference. For companies residing in a sunlight-intensive environment, a reflective surface is a must! However, there’s more than one way to go about the installation. Many businesses choose a simple tear off and replacement. The disposal costs for the old materials may be a little pricey, but that’s an unavoidable cost. Or is it?

There’s also the option to reroof over your existing system. The process is known as a roof overlay (or recovering), and involves constructing a new system over the existing structure. This delays the cost of tear off and disposal for decades. Some popular overlay choices include: coatings, single ply membranes, and metal paneling.

One important note: Always consult your local building codes and trusted roofing contractor to see whether or not reroofing is allowed in your community. While reroofing allows many companies to save thousands of dollars during installation, it’s not for everyone. Reroofing also requires professional preparations to ensure proper insulation, material separation, and structural support (among other considerations).

Solution #3: Upgrades

A Couple Metal Cool Roofing Systems

Metal Roofing Systems Combine Energy Efficiency With Impressive Weather Resistance.

Perhaps you’re looking for something special for your commercial building. Most companies stick with simple, single ply roofing in their defense against heat gain. However, there are a couple cool roofing systems that go beyond membranes to deliver remarkable energy savings. That’s where commercial metal and green roofing come into play!

These two solutions represent two very different aspects of premium roofing, yet they both provide exceptional protection against UV rays and other environmental hazards.

Metal Roofing Solutions

Commercial metal roofing typically utilizes aluminum or coated steel panels to create a highly reflective surface. That may come as a surprise, considering metal’s tendency to heat up quickly in direct sunlight. However, metal systems provide some of the most impressive energy savings in the industry. They’re also popular for their hardened surfaces, perfect for withstanding heavy rain, wind, and hail.

Green Roofing

Green roofing systems use a unique tactic to fight heat gain. These systems host a wide spectrum of plant life. Through the process of transpiration, plants release water which evaporates in sunlight. This cools the surrounding air and prevents heat from traveling further down through the roof. Many also contain layers of thermal insulation for added energy efficiency.

While green roofing systems may fall on the more expensive side of the commercial roof pricing spectrum, they can last up to 50 years without requiring significant maintenance. Given the added weight, most buildings require additional structural supports before a green system can be installed. Talk with a specialist to see if an extensive or intensive green roofing system could be right for your business.

Learn More About Cool Roofing!

Want more information about cool roofing systems, their benefits for businesses, or special requirements? Our team at Roofer’s Guild would love to connect you with a seasoned commercial roofing contractor in your community. Check through our directory of experienced, licensed, and trusted roofing professionals. Or give our team a call directly at (877) 282-8968; we’d be happy to help you find the solutions you’re searching for!

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Roof Coatings | Roofer’s Guild

It’s one of the most frustrating situations to find yourself in: needing an early roof replacement for your building. The unforeseen expense can send budgets flying out of control! Of course, this sort of project also creates interruptions that many businesses simply can’t afford.

What if you could skip all this hassle?

In our latest podcast episode, Nolen and Jason discuss the enormous savings potential of commercial roof coatings. The restoration process offers a more convenient way to handle long-term degradation and extend the life of your current system. If your business is facing commercial roof replacement in the near future, be sure to listen in closely!

Helpful Tips for Building Owners

  • A coating (ie: roof restoration) is generally much cheaper than complete replacement.
  • Coatings provide a lucrative means of saving electricity in your building.
  • The added protection also extends the life of your roof and reduces maintenance requirements.

What are Commercial Roof Coatings?

While relatively new to the industry, commercial roof coatings have slowly become a favorite solution among businesses throughout the United States. Available in both brush-applied and sprayed forms, they cover the surface of the rooftop to create a seamless layer of protection against the elements. Rooftop coatings were designed to address a rising tide of premature roof failures, especially among flat systems. While they had a rocky start with mixed results, commercial roof coatings matured and became a dependable solution. Now thousands of business owners and building managers depend on these restorative coatings to preserve their rooftops.

Why Choose a Roof Coating?

Let’s say a building relies on a fairly dependable, but aging TPO rooftop. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet light, wind, and ponding water leaves the membrane cracked and scarred. You know what happens next! Leaks slowly develop in the seams and damaged areas, and moisture seeps into the building below. The building owner and/or manager faces a serious dilemma:

Should the roof be repaired or replaced?

Repairs cost less but generally leave the building vulnerable to problems a few years down the road. Then again, an early replacement is an even less attractive option. Who wants to spend tens of thousands of dollars to replace a roof long before it’s projected end of life? This leads us to a middle ground solution that takes a more aggressive path than repairs but costs far less than replacement.

Benefits of Roof Coatings

One of the most underrated benefits of coatings is their rejuvenating properties for your roofing system. The fluid carefully slips into cracks and marred areas of the rooftop surface, sealing them against further moisture invasion. While there are limits to amount of damage coatings can mend, they do a fantastic job of fixing minor degradation on the rooftop!

You don’t have to wait till long-term damage puts your roof on the brink, however. A solid, seamless coating also benefits newer rooftops. If your current system was installed with a lot of seams, a thick new top layer will preserve those seams against leaks.

An Expert Applying a Commercial Roof Coating

Commercial Roof Coatings Can Improve Sunlight Reflection for Improved Energy Efficiency.

Coatings and Energy Efficiency

Cool roofing refers to any roofing system or solution that reduces the surface temperature of a building’s rooftop, preventing heat gain during peak sunlight hours. By incorporating highly reflective commercial roof coatings, business owners can transform a heat-sponging flat roof solution (such as EPDM) into a highly energy-efficient system. What does that mean for companies in the real world?

A cool roof coating saves hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars in air conditioning costs each year. 

Whether you depend on a black-top roof or a fading lighter color, commercial roof coatings offer a fantastic defense against preventable heat gain. For those looking to reap the maximum energy benefits from the restoration process, both polyurethane and urethane modified acrylics offer impressive benefits for your roof’s solar reflectance rating!

Chemical Resistance for Your Rooftop

Corrosion claims countless rooftops every year. Rain water naturally causes rust in some metal systems, a process which gradually eats away at their lifespan. Not only does the right coating cover over this unsightly corrosion, it also protects the rooftop from further decay. Industry specialists almost always recommend protective coatings for new commercial metal roofs. 

Not every chemical threat comes from a natural source. Industrial companies sometimes vent byproducts harmful to their roofing system. Many turn to flexible, elastomeric coatings to shield their expansive rooftops from the synthetic corrosion and warping that would otherwise damage the each system. As an added bonus, some commercial roof coatings (such as polyurethane), provide additional protection against mechanical trauma from foot traffic and scraping hardware.

Equipment Edges Protected by Commercial Roof Coatings

Coatings Offer Great Protection for Areas Traditionally Vulnerable to Leaks.

Find Your Commercial Coating Expert!

Would you like to learn more about these cost-effective and convenient coatings? Our team at Roofer’s Guild would be happy to connect you with a seasoned commercial roofer in your community! Each of our trusted, experienced contractors comes with the proper licensing, experience, and materials to create a lasting solution for your business!

Consult our directory of contractors, or call us directly at (877) 282-8968.

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How to Choose Your Commercial Metal Roofing (in 3 Steps)

An Installation Project for Commercial Metal Roofing

Few Systems Offer the Impressive Lifespan of Commercial Metal Roofing.

What if you never had to replace your company rooftop again? That’s a question that brings thousands of businesses running to commercial metal roofing, despite its numerous other benefits. Few will argue the impressive durability of metal systems, but many struggle to find the system tailored to their needs.

That’s what we’ll try to fix today!

Here is a 3 step guide to simplify the process of choosing your perfect metal roof! We’ll cover the qualification process, material choice, and styling decisions. Don’t let indecision separate your business from powerful energy savings and weather protection. Let’s dive right in!

Step #1: Confirming the Right Fit

First off, it pays to take some time considering whether or not metal is truly the right fit for your commercial building. There are many alluring benefits to commercial metal roofing, without too many obvious downsides. Still, why not consider all of your options and confirm your choice?

Price Point / Life Span Comparison

While metal roofing clearly isn’t the costliest solution on the market, it does carry a higher price point (with good reason). This tough material offers 40 to 50+ years of use, a lifespan single ply systems just can’t match. The closest contender is green roofing, which typically carries a much higher price point.

Energy-Efficiency

How does commercial metal roofing compare with other cool roofing systems? While it’s certainly a more expensive entry among energy-efficient rooftops, metal maintains its reflective surface very well over the years. Depending on the environmental conditions of your city/state (and your choice of material), your metal system may require a protective coating to prevent rusting and fading. That’s a pretty low price to pay for a substantial reduction in rooftop heat gain, however.

Commercial Metal Roofing With Hail Bouncing Off

Metal Roofs Offer Fantastic Durability Against Heavy Storm Trauma.

Durability & Storm Resistance

Few commercial roofing solutions top metal in terms of durability. Whether you select aluminum or steel for your paneling (more on that later), expect outstanding protection against severe wind and hail trauma. Cheaper paneling may dent if struck with sufficient force, but your typical system can handle the threat. Proper flashing and installation will protect your building against the threat of leaks!

Maintenance Requirements

Some metal systems require panel retightening every ten years, plus a new coating to prevent rust. Apart from those items, little maintenance is needed for your commercial metal roofing. You don’t have to worry about the naturally weakening seams that affect so many flat systems, or the gardening requirements of extensive green roofing.

Summary of Commercial Metal Roofing

Tough protection against storm damage, enticing energy benefits, low maintenance requirements, and a fantastic lifespan. All these benefits come at a moderate price range, but it’s up to your team to determine whether or not a commercial metal roofing solution is what your business needs. For now, let’s move along with the selection process!

Step #2: Choose Your Metal Material

The vast majority of commercial metal roofing projects utilize aluminum or steel as the primary material. Both offer impressive resistance against the elements, meaning your employees can feel safe under sunny skies or heavy winds. With that being said, there are some key differences between steel paneling and aluminum.

A Very Large Steel Commercial Metal Roofing System

Steel Paneling is Particularly Popular for Large Commercial Projects.

Steel: An Industrial Classic

Few materials permeate so much of our American infrastructure as modern steel. That makes it a natural choice for protecting our rooftops, especially with its moderate price range. It rarely shows signs of aging either, maintaining that attractive sheen throughout its long lifetime. Most commercial contractors utilize either galvanized or galvalume steel, which provide substantial resistance against rusting.

Aluminum: A Rust-Proof Solution

While a somewhat softer metal than steel, aluminum still offers hardy protection against storms. You may notice small dings after a hail storm, however. The metal is extremely reflective, making it a wonderful choice in environments with long periods of intense sunlight. Because aluminum is naturally rustproof, you don’t have to worry about long term corrosion either.

Aluminum systems generally cost more than steel, and they require protective coatings to preserve their sheen. Despite these drawbacks, the metal’s impressive energy-efficiency and corrosion resistances make it a highly sought after material in coastal cities and arid states.

Summing Up Metal Selection

Steel offers slightly higher durability against impact trauma and a lower price per square foot. Aluminum provides slightly better energy-efficiency and rust immunity. Your budget and local weather environment will likely be the determining factors in the material selection process.

A Standing Seam Commercial Metal Roofing System

Standing Seam Paneling Produces an Extremely Tough Barrier Against Water Seepage.

Step #3: Select Your Style

For this phase, we’ll focus on commercial systems involving metal panels. While metal shingle roofing and stone coated steel are certainly popular solutions in the residential market, they aren’t as common among commercial buildings. Most metal systems fall into one of two categories: corrugated and standing seam.

Again, both solutions provide outstanding protection against the elements! But a few key differences cause them to rest thousands of dollars apart in price range.

Corrugated Metal Roofing: An Affordable Choice

Making up the large majority of commercial metal roofing systems, corrugated panels come in all shapes and sizes. Roofing contractors rate panels by gauge (or thickness), with lower numbers representing thicker panels. For sufficient protection against hail and other concerns, contractors generally recommend 26 gauge or thicker. While there are many types shapes to choose from, commercial businesses often go with R or U panel. You’ll want to discuss shaping options with your contractor.

Corrugated roofing sits at the bottom of the metal pricing scale, offering an affordable entry point for thousands of businesses. Maintenance required will depend on what type of metal you use, but corrugated panels do require fastener retightening every ten years.

Standing Seam Roofs: Top of the Line

Standing seams come in two flavors: snap lock and mechanical lock. No matter which type you choose however, the overlapping seams prevent moisture from seeping in between the panels. These roofs are incredibly durable, requiring little to no maintenance over their long lifetime. Because their fasteners are hidden beneath the panels themselves, they don’t require retightening either.

Stronger durability and waterproofing do lead to a much higher price point, potentially double the cost of corrugated panels. You’ll need to determine for your company whether the additional years of use are worth the higher price point for your standing seam commercial metal roofing.

Summarizing Your Metal Style Choice

Commercial Metal Roofing With Corrugated Panels

Corrugated Metal Roofing Offers a Very Affordable Choice for Businesses.

What’s more important to your business at this juncture: better pricing or maximum durability? It’s entirely possible to purchase a thick corrugated panel system that offers the same level of impact resistance as standing seam, perhaps at a medium price point. Of course, a longer lifespan and minimal maintenance program could make standing seam the preferred choice.

Discuss your commercial roofing priorities with your contractor, and see which option best suits your price.

Talk With a Roofer’s Guild Pro!

One of the hardest parts of planning your next commercial roof replacement is choosing who to entrust the project to. Thankfully, our team at Roofer’s Guild can make that exceptionally easy for your business! Our directory of licensed, experienced, and thoroughly vetted commercial roofing contractors means you don’t have to worry whether or not your installer is worth the risk. These seasoned professionals utilize high-quality metal and careful planning to produce some of the longest lasting commercial systems available. Of course, they have the glowing reviews to back up their reputation too!

Ready to start planning your next commercial metal roofing installation? Consult the Roofer’s Guild directory, or call us directly at (877) 282-8968 to find a local contractor near you! Find your outstanding roofing experience today.

3 Ways to Take Advantage During Your Next Roof Inspection

A Roof Inspection on an Industrial Building

How Can You Better Utilize a Roof Inspection?

Most people aren’t taking full advantage of their commercial roof inspections. Despite all the professional knowledge and technological advancements of the roofing industry, companies still don’t know how to plan these assessments and use them to get ahead in their budget planning. Today, we’d like to explore how your business can leave this trend behind and start saving time, money, and effort through a better commercial roof inspection!

If you’ve struggled to find reliable roofing professionals in the past, be sure to read along closely.

Why You Need a Roof Inspection

Let’s be honest. Roofing projects can get expensive fast. That’s not a reason to shy away from a commercial roof inspection. On the contrary, a timely checkup for your rooftop could make the difference between a few minor repairs and a major replacement scenario.

That’s why we highly encourage professional consultations for every two to three years. 

No matter how skilled a building manager or company owner may be, a seasoned roofing specialist always detects those minute signs of degradation better than the untrained eye. Their experience allows them to discern differences between simple scarring and leak-prone vulnerabilities in the membrane (or metal panels, etc.). Plus, it saves you the time of trying to examine the damage yourself!

When to Schedule

As we’ve mentioned already, two to three years is a widely accepted interval between commercial roof inspections. For buildings with thick steel or aluminum roofing, businesses may be able to stretch that time period up to five years. This makes it easy to track gradual degradation from wind, solar radiation, chemical effects (common with industrial buildings), thermal warping, and other seasonal factors.

Of course, that interval is often cut short by extreme weather threats, including hail trauma. You’ll need to assess the rooftop and (potentially) schedule your storm damage repair. Below are just some of the many appropriate circumstances to call your local roofing contractor.

A Casual Roof Inspection on a Commercial Building

Minus Severe Storm Trauma, Plan to Schedule a Roof Inspection Every Two to Three Years.

When to Get a Roof Inspection

  • Following hail trauma or another severe storm threat
  • After detecting (or suspecting) a leak
  • Before performing a roof restoration / coating project
  • When assessing property value
  • Every two to three years (five for metal systems)

What Does a Roof Inspection Cost?

Sadly, large scale commercial roofing inspections are rarely free! That’s actually a good thing however, as paid inspections generally entail a more detailed assessment of your building’s health. If you’re on the verge of an expensive roof repair or replacement decision, you don’t want your contractor breezing through the checkup!

While commercial roof inspections feature a wide cost spectrum across the various states, most small business projects fall in the $200-500 or (5-10 cents / sq ft.) range (HomeAdvisor). This reflects the larger scale of single ply and other flat roofing systems that so frequently top our buildings. Most contractors will charge by the square foot as a result. Expect higher rates for roof inspection projects involving specialized imaging equipment, which we’ll discuss later on.

For now, let’s take a look at how to take better advantage of inspections.

Tip #1: Know What You’re Getting

The concept seems so simple. However, one of the top reasons most businesses can’t take full advantage of their roofing inspections is they simply don’t know what’s included in their service. If your company wants to save time, money, and effort during your upcoming building projects, start asking questions. There’s room for more, but below are a couple critical questions to ask your roofing contractor(s).

A Roof Inspection on a Metal System

Ease of Access to the Roof Can Also Affect the Price of Commercial Roof Inspection.

What Does a Roof Inspection Entail?

If you’re going to pay $500 or more for a building checkup, it better end with something more in-depth than “Oh ya, there’s damage alright! Lemme call my estimator.” A paid commercial roof inspection should include a careful analysis of the rooftop surface, seams (the usual suspects for leaks), edges surrounding equipment, draining systems, and more. That’s why prudent business owners tend to inquire ahead of time about what’s included in their service, especially when trying out a roofing contractor for the first time.

Ask about time requirements, costing, areas covered in the inspection, and what’s included in their roof inspection report.

What’s in the Inspection Report?

If you’re thinking “Um…what is a roof inspection report?”, that’s okay. This contractor-created document outlines the findings of the inspection, documents and itemizes damaged areas, and (typically) includes an estimate for fixing the degradation. It’s the single most important product of your commercial roof inspection, because it allows your business to plan next steps. If your contractor fails to provide a report, the waiting time between roof inspection and repair work tends to widen, which isn’t acceptable in a post-storm situation.

You’ll likely need the roof inspection report for insurance purposes too! There’s one more reason to make sure your contractor includes estimates in their findings.

A Drone Takes a Picture During a Roof Inspection

A Drone’s Point of View Allow Greater Coverage During an Industrial Roof Inspection.

Tip #2: Upgrade Your Inspection

Visual inspections offer timely, cost-effective results, if the client is a small business. Larger companies typically require a more expansive analysis, and “eyeballing it” often leaves areas of damage undetected. You don’t want to find water leaks weeks after your repair project!

That’s why it helps to upgrade your roof inspection with drone support.

Drone inspections, particularly with infrared (or thermal) imaging, equips your roofing team with a broader perspective. These assessments naturally work well with large industrial or shopping centers in need of a roof inspection for hail damage and/or leak detection. They also complement energy-efficiency checkups for building managers looking to test their cool roofing systems.

Popular Uses for Thermal / IR Inspections

  • Detecting weakness (energy waste) in the commercial building envelope
  • Identifying degraded seams between membranes
  • Spotting punctures and scarring in the rooftop
  • Locating exposed edges and corners
  • Detecting water pooling trapped on or under the roof

Tip #3: Ready Your Next Steps

So far, we’ve outlined how to better prepare prior to your commercial roof inspections. Now let’s dig into how to harness the assessment process to plan your next steps.

Building management never ends. Neither does the ongoing upkeep of your roofing system, a huge factor of your team’s protection against the elements. Instead of ending your inspection with a simple repair or replacement quote – or worse, sitting on the report findings until the problem gets more complicated – why not take a moment to plan ahead?

A Roof Inspection in a Large City

Use Inspection Time to Plan Your Maintenance Budget Years in Advance.

While you have a seasoned, knowledgeable, and licensed professional there to answer your questions, start asking about future roof milestones. This might be a replacement ten years in the future, or a restoration project you’ve been considering to save on energy costs. Get estimates that you can factor into the building management budget. The choice to act on this information or ultimately discard it is up to you, but at least you’ll be working to get ahead!

Potential Questions to Ask Your Inspector

  • In our future roof replacement, which solutions could help us cut energy costs?
  • How can we extend the life of your roofing system down the road?
  • Realistically, how long can we expect these repairs to last before more work is needed?
  • How can we reduce roof maintenance costs in the future?

Find a Trusted Commercial Roofer Near You

If your current roofing contractor doesn’t provide the consistent results you’d like to see for your commercial roofing projects, our team at Roofer’s Guild can help. Are association of roofing contractors spans all over the United States, making it easy to find a reliable professional in your local community. Every contractor adheres to a strict standard of excellence, professionalism, and certification, meaning you can call with confidence!

To find a nearby roofing company in your area, call us at 877-282-8968. You can also browse directly through our helpful directory. We can’t wait to serve you!

A Different Approach to Repair vs Replacement

An Aging Roof That Could Use Repair or Replacement

How Do You Know When to Choose Repair vs Replacement?

Roofing systems expire just like any other company asset. However, you have some say about how long this particular resource lasts. While that may be fantastic news for many business owners, others view this situation as just one more management decision on their already piled plates. Instead of going through every conceivable option your company may consider in the repair vs replacement decision, let’s talk about how your business can streamline the decision and make it ridiculously simple.

While this 3 step guide can be adapted to the homeowner’s decision-making process, we’re going to focus on addressing businesses in this article. If your commercial building recently suffered significant storm damage, or if the roof is nearing the end of its projected lifespan, be sure to read along closely. By the end, you should only have a small handful of cost-effective options for your business.

Step #1: Identify Needs and Constraints

The best way to streamline your roofing repair vs replacement decision is to quickly eliminate as many options as possible. To do this, start by identifying your immediate needs and constraints. What’s the difference between the two?

Needs revolve are conditions that have to be met in order for your business to continue daily operation without risk of interruption, injury, or penalty. If you work in a bakery, you need the roof to stop leaking so that black mold doesn’t start growing in the kitchen. Below are more examples of needs:

Common Commercial Roofing Needs

  • Structural Safety
  • Leak Prevention
  • Proper Insulation
  • Storm Protection
  • Contamination Prevention
  • Storage Capacity
  • Chemical Resistance
  • Thermal Resilience
  • Timeliness

Businesses have different needs. Industrial companies need stronger chemical and thermal resistance, while hospitals must have powerful insulation to block contaminated air. Just make sure you don’t confuse needs with preferences or goals. Those come later.

A Company That Might Be Debating Repair vs Replacement

Be Sure to Schedule an Inspection Before Debating Repair vs Replacement!

Establishing Your Constraints

This should be the easy part. For most businesses, their constraints lie in the monthly budget. If you don’t have tens of thousands of dollars for a green roof (or another high-efficiency) roof, you don’t get a green roof! If your city building requirements require a certain efficiency rating for your rooftop, then you can start debating intensive or extensive system options.

Types of Business Constraints

  • Budget / Insurance
  • City Requirements
  • Environmental Constraints
  • Industry Requirements
  • Project Duration
  • Operational Interference
  • Building Structural Capabilities
  • Certification Requirements (LEED, EnergyStar)
  • Contractor Constraints

Let’s cluster these together into general categories. We’ll start with constraints of the highest importance and move on from there.

External Constraints (Industry, Municipal, Environment.)

Does your state or city commercial laws place limits on the type of roofing materials available to your company? What about your industry associations? Ignoring these statutes could put your business on a perilous path towards fines, loss of privileges, and other unfortunate consequences. Make sure you’ve heavily researched local laws before you begin the big repair vs replacement decision.

Your environment can be just as demanding. Even if there isn’t a law compelling you to protect your building against hurricane season winds (for coastal cities), ignoring the threat can seriously cost your business!

Internal Company Constraints

As we mentioned before, budget can knock out all sorts of roofing solutions. Some roofing systems require too much time and interference with your day to day operations. Material and labor delays may further disrupt business. You’ll need to collaborate with your contractor about your needs and constraints to see what roofing solutions remain. Finally, your commercial building simply may not be able to handle the weight requirements of heavy systems (such as extensive green roofs or special tile).

Restoration Falls on the Repair Side of the Repair vs Replacement Spectrum

If You Only Need Temporary Weather Relief, a Energy-Saving Coating Might Work Best!

Applying Your Needs and Constraints

Instead of beating around the bush while contractors bid on roofing systems you don’t want (and can’t support), establish your need/constraints list ahead of time. For best results, restrict yourself to absolute essentials. Everybody wants to save money on energy costs every month, but it’s rarely a need. Include as many constraints as possible however, as this will actually simplify your repair vs replacement decision.

Let’s do make a few hypothetical lists to help you get started. Keep in mind, these conditions are made up; you’ll have to do your own research for your business.

Company #1: An Independent Bakery in Coastal Florida
Needs: Leak Prevention; Storm Defense
Constraints: Budget of $20,000 or less; Cannot close store for more than two days

The store’s budget automatically rules out most forms of premium roofing. A short installation window also prevents options that would require additional structure reinforcement. Their best options will likely be repair with a restorative coating or a premium single ply roofing system.

Company #2: A San Francisco Corporate Office Building
Needs: Leak Prevention; Structural Safety
Constraints: City & LEED Energy Requirements; 30+ Years Sustainability

Energy constraints in this scenario would rule out most black-top and/or lightly-insulated roofs. Since they building company has fewer budget constraints, they may wish to select an extensive green roof or a very high quality foam system.

Company #3: An Chemical Manufacturing Facility in Pittsburg
Needs: High Chemical and Thermal Resistance; Resistance Against Foot Traffic & Equipment
Constraints: Seasonal Cold; Industry Requirements

Here, we see needs and constraints closely related to the industry of the company. Many manufacturing companies experience the same sort of challenges. Most turn to industrial-strength coatings, premium PVC, or coated metal paneling. The seasonal cold eliminates certain materials that become brittle in that environment.

A Modern Office Building Walkway

Energy-Efficiency is a Common Goal for Businesses Pursuing LEED Certification.

Step #2: Compare Options Against Goals

Once a business establishes a detailed list of needs and constraints, that’s when they can move along to goal-setting. These are the nonessential but preferred benefits that a roofing system can provide for your company. Perhaps you’ve longed for lower daily energy costs. Maybe you’re looking for lower building insurance premiums. Once needs and constraints eliminate the majority of roofing solutions available on the market, goals further narrow down your list of options.

Common Goals for Roofing Projects

  • Extend the life of the current roof.
  • Reduce building energy costs.
  • Minimize future maintenance requirements.
  • Achieve prestigious (but optional) building certifications.
  • Find a minimum-cost solution.

While it’s entirely possible to pursue multiple goals at once, don’t get caught in the trap of pursuing everything. There’s no commercial roofing solution that provides 100 years of service, energy savings, storm protection, and light maintenance for less than $10,000. If you find one, let us know!

Once you’ve completed your research and eliminated the majority of your options, it’s time to consult with your contracting company.

Step #3: Consult Your Contractor

A New Roof Wins the Repair vs Replacement Decision

Many Smaller Businesses Prefer Single Ply Solutions for Their Low Costs.

It’s always wise to consult your contractor in situations involving serious storm damage or accumulated long-term degradation. The best contractors strive to make your goals their own, but also provide insights that guide your decision process. Enter the the conversation with an open mind, but a firm clasp on your essentials list!

They’ll narrow down your short-list even further.

If you don’t have a preferred contractor on standby, try consulting with a few highly rated teams before you make an ultimate decision. This tends to reveal any material or brand bias that could impact your company’s financial success. If one contractor seems too eager to recommend the most expensive new roofing system, it’s probably best to take your repair vs replacement question to another service.

Closing Thoughts

While the repair vs replacement decision can feel stressful, this simple planning process eliminates a huge portion of that anxiety. It also brings your business much closer to finding a solution that matches your immediate needs, crucial constraints, and forward-thinking goals. All that’s left is to find a seasoned roofing company that provides the services you’re looking for.

At Roofer’s Guild, we’d love to help you find a highly-rated, insured, and credentialled professional that you can trust with your important projects. We put our roofers through a rigorous vetting process, so that we can recommend them without hesitation. If you need a local contractor for commercial roof repair or replacement, contact us today at 877-282-8968!

Storm Chasers – Before You Make the Big Move

At Roofer’s Guild, we’ve worked with countless contractors over the years. Nothing makes a roofing contractor’s mouth water more than the prospect of a city wide storm. However, some markets don’t experience the regularly recurring storm opportunities that others do. The average company in Little Rock, Arkansas isn’t going to see as much volume as a contractor in Galveston, TX.

This is where the storm-chasing bug bites. “Would I be better off moving to a hurricane town?”

Whether the ultimate destination is a city wracked by hurricanes or hail, the allure is the same. But what consequences does such a move have for your business, especially when it comes to marketing and local SEO? Should roofing companies pack their bags, put the family in the trailer, and head to Houston? Let’s dig into the subject and find out!

A Map Pack Listing in Local SEO

Who’s Going to Win the Majority of Website Traffic in This Scenario? It’s Tough Being the New Guy.

Understanding the Storm Chaser Mindset

First off, moving to a more opportunistic market is perfectly normal. This is not an article designed to stop someone who wants a better life for themselves and their family. Storm damage roof repair markets offer thousands of opportunities to earn new clients. Considering the time-sensitive nature of these projects, there’s certainly no lack of motivation on the client side either!

We’ve all heard the roofer success stories: getting hundreds of roofing projects in single year. At Roofer’s Guild, we even had a San Antonio based client report over 700 projects in one year following a terrible storm! That’s the sort of volume that may come once in a decade. However, we urge roofing contractors not to close their current locations without giving serious thought to the issue. 

Storm Damage Repair & Local SEO

Odds are your business relies on search marketing for a large percentage of roofing leads. The online growth may be extremely subtle, to the point most roofing contractors don’t even know how much they rely on Google for continued growth. More and more homeowners turn to local search to find their essential services. The need for local SEO (search engine optimization) isn’t going away anytime soon.

What does this have to do with your business?

A Mobile Home With Significant Storm Damage

How Will Customers Learn About Your Business in the New Market?

It takes months, sometimes years to establish a company’s presence online. As a brand becomes more well-known and trusted by Google, the search engine promotes the company’s listing to higher ranks and the leads start pouring in. Finally, the company starts ranking on the front page for many industry-related keywords. Success may be hard fought, but the company earns a consistent living and expands to nearby cities.

That story can turn out very differently if the roofing contractor in question decides to close shop and move to a new state. Here’s how…

Rebuilding SEO

#1: Your Local SEO Has to Start Over

At Roofer’s Guild, we’ve encountered many contractors who thought they could simply switch their location in their website and immediately earn traffic in the new market. When they finished moving to a new state, they were shocked to find that their website wasn’t ranking. If you decide to chase after a developing storm market, your business will most likely experience the same problem.

Put simply, a company’s website must optimize for whatever service area they operate in. Google examines activity, reviews, photos, and other sources to confirm a company provides the services they claim to in their supposed service area. When a company shifts to a new environment, Google has no applicable data to draw from. While it’s entirely possible to take your branded website and switch service locations, you’ll be forced to go through the process of gaining credibility in your new market space.

Fiercer Competition

#2 You’re Entering a More Competitive Market

In smaller markets, there’s usually only a handful of companies vying for top position in local search. The lower volume of clients gets split between fewer players and practically everyone has a piece of the pie. Many contractors find that this is enough to live comfortably off of.

Local SEO Results for Roof Repair in Houston

Established Contractors Often Dominate the Usual Keywords.

Storm markets offer a significantly higher volume of potential clients, but they also come with fiercer competition. Dozens and dozens of contractors fight for storm leads across local SEO and PPC platforms. This means that front page keywords in Google Search may be far beyond your initial reach. Google naturally promotes companies with more established reputations through premium map packs and page 1 organic listings. Of course, you’ll also be fighting against roofers who perform their marketing offline.

Old Tactics

#3 Relying on Old Marketing Tactics

As we’ve mentioned before, companies that move into a storm market often expect immediate results from their website. But it takes time for local SEO to catch up in the new environment. Meanwhile, it might be necessary to fall back on some traditional marketing tactics. Walking door to door may feel inconvenient in our online world, but it does provide fairly consistent results. You can also promote your business in local organization publications!

Traditional marketing often requires a weightier time investment, so make sure you have the necessary staff when the time comes to enter the new market. Otherwise, you might find your time split between earning leads and performing jobs.

If You Decide to Start Over

An Apartment Damaged by a Fallen Tree

Traditional Marketing Can Help While Local SEO Catches Up.

Hold onto that website and your brand (unless it’s location-based)! You’ll need to update your citations and business listings, especially in Google My Business. Keep these as consistent as possible. Google penalizes inconsistencies, even if it’s only a difference in abbreviating your address! As you find new clients and earn their business, ask for reviews.

While you might be tempted to fight for those primary keywords (ex: storm damage repair), less popular secondary keywords are more likely to provide results during the first months of your new location. A diverse portfolio of keywords produces the best traffic over time! You may also want to try out Google Ads and retargeting to earn supplementary leads.

Earn More Leads With Roofer’s Guild!

Local SEO isn’t the only difficulty involved with changing company locations. Moving challenges the entire family. If you decide that switching to a storm damage market is the right move for you however, our team at Roofer’s Guild would love to support you! We help contractors find high-quality leads and grow in one in the most competitive industries.

Contact our team today for a free consultation! Simply call (877) 282-8968 to get started.

3 Great Conversation Starters for Your Content Marketing

Content marketing plays a strange role in your overall promotional plan. When the concept first came into focus earlier in the decade, it met with very mixed responses.

  • “Why on earth would we create content that doesn’t focus on promoting our brand?”
  • “Isn’t that the territory of home improvement magazines?”
  • “We don’t have the writing talent to create these materials.”
  • “That sounds like it takes too much time to keep up!”
  • “Why should we be the ones to strike up these conversations? Consumers already do that.”

Taking time to write outside of your immediate service portfolio might feel uncomfortable (or even unnatural), but so many businesses profit from the enterprise. Today, we’ll talk about how your roofing company can profit from a sophisticated content marketing strategy. Be sure to look for our 3 conversation starters that offer natural ways to lead back into your services! Let’s get started.

What is Content Marketing?

Content Marketing Material Earns a Featured Snippet on Google Search

Content Marketing May Also Land You Featured Snippets Like These!

Before we go any further, we need to define content marketing. This is the process of engaging potential clients through insightful, well-crafted, and valuable content. The focus is not necessarily to promote your services and/or products, but to show context(s) that your services might shine in. You’ll see some fitting examples of context-building in our suggestions later on.

There are many types of media that roofing contractors use to engage with their target market. Popular examples include:

  • Company blogging
  • YouTube videos
  • Facebook posts
  • Instagram stories
  • Infographics

For new roofing contractors, our team at Roofer’s Guild typically recommends beginning with a simple medium like blogging. You can easily write about questions your customers like to ask, such as how to choose a new roof or similar topics. It doesn’t require a lot of technical expertise, and the consistent production of new content on your website looks good for roofing SEO. 

Content Marketing is Not Aimless

Contrary to popular belief, writing about just anything that comes to mind doesn’t provide value for your business or your clients. Content should be at least loosely related to your services and topics you know clients really care about. While it may be fun to write about your latest hunting or fishing trip, you need to focus primarily on the industry and related client concerns. Brief mentions are okay since they showcase your team’s personality, but leave the full stories for your personal Facebook, Instagram, etc.

The best content marketing campaigns address prevalent situations that your clients will look online to research. If you don’t know how to find these hot topics, try utilizing some helpful consumer research tools. Answer the Public is a favorite among our writers at Roofer’s Guild! You can also try typing in some common questions in Google and looking for “People Also Ask” features in the results.

The Lifecycle of Content

A Diagram of the Content Lifecycle

Content Lives On Long After Publication. Source: Content Strategy Inc.

Taking the time to create fresh content may feel like a time-consuming challenge, especially if the material only lasts for a short while. Thankfully, roofing contractors can easily reuse and refine content over the years to create even more value for their business and clients. Since the industry doesn’t change very quickly, this means that content has a longer lifetime before it needs changes.

Roofing systems naturally require maintenance and repairs to keep their functionality. Likewise, content needs to be updated to reflect current industry standards and practices. For instance, if Conklin products change over the course of a few years, you’ll need to update your blog posts or videos to show it.

3 Topics for Roofing Content Marketing

Odds are you’ve already discussed these topics with your clients. They naturally segway into common roofing services, but they also provide real client value. We’ll talk about how to take each topic and develop a working content marketing campaign.

Energy Saving Home Improvement

Energy-efficiency offers a very lucrative conversation for bringing up premium roofing solutions like metal panels, foam, PVC, and others. That’s because homeowners and businesses crave savings, especially when coupled with enhanced property values. Many roofing contractors like to utilize this topic. However, too many fall into the trap of turning their “Consumer Guide” into a glorified service pitch. That sends readers running for the hills. While all content marketing materials should end with a short section for your company, keep in mind that 90% of your conversation must focus on consumer topic.

A Roofing Company Writes a Blog for Content Marketing

You’re a Roofing Company. It’s Okay to Talk About Roofing Issues! Source: Apex Roofing

How to Tackle Energy-Savings

  • Do your research!
  • Find respected authorities on the subject and quote them (ex: Energy.gov; Energystar.gov).
  • Create a list of applicable solutions.
  • Incorporate related, high-quality photos.
  • Write a blog.
  • Review and make your edits.
  • Have someone else do an error check, then publish.
  • Post a link and short description of your blog in Facebook and/or Instagram.

Protecting Your Home From Storm Damage

This one ties in directly to roof damage repair and emergency services, which makes it a compelling topic for roofing companies across the nation. Perform your own localized spin on the subject and throw in some handy tips that only an experienced professional can offer. Without overselling, you might even relay a personal experience or how your team might handle a situation. Focus on targeting the emotions a homeowner or business owner would feel in this stressful situation, and how they can prevent that in the future.

How to Tackle a Storm Damage Post 

  • Draw from personal and professional experience.
  • Try using a client’s story.
  • Create a step by step guide for handling damage.
  • If you feel comfortable, create a helpful video tutorial.
  • Share with your Facebook Business and other social media profiles.
A Content Marketing Blog About Storm Damage

Find Your Client Hot Topic and Start Answering Questions! Source: Beartooth Exteriors

How to Handle Insurance After Storm Damage

Again, we have another easy tie-in for companies that offer insurance claim assistance. Post-storm damage repairs represent a very stressful challenge for homeowners, especially when insurance gets involved. For first time homeowners that aren’t familiar with the process, a simple how-to guide may provide all the insight they need. It will also familiarize them with your brand for future projects, or maybe even win you the repair project!

How to Tackle Insurance Discussions

  • Include a real life example.
  • Focus on the step by step process with a numbered checklist.
  • Provide insights into key consumer decisions (repair or replace, for example)
  • Include an FAQ section on related hot questions (consult Google’s “People Also Ask”)
  • Share on social media.