Let’s All Make It Back Home Tonight

You probably know where this topic is heading if you have any ladders going up to the roof or connecting roof areas. Many times in my career, I’ve had to refuse to use a fixed ladder because they are “questionable”. Safety is the highest priority, but it’s difficult to be safe when the ladder is too short, rungs are broken, and bolts are pulling out of the wall. Consider replacing those old ladders, cages, hatches, and railings with new, OSHA-compliant components.

Cole Roofing is 100% OSHA-compliant, and we are serious about safety. Cole Roofing partners with many different suppliers, so a new replacement ladder may not be as much as you think!

Don’t Just Throw Away That Old Roof…Consider Restoring It Instead

Roof replacements can be messy. Disruption of the facility and the people inside the building is a legitimate concern and can delay a roofing project until the “right” time. Roof replacement budgets can also delay a project. What to do?

Consider a roof coating restoration instead of tearing off that old roof. The roof coatings available today are not just painted. They are waterproofing membranes (acrylic, urethane, or silicone) applied directly to the existing roof system and come with standard warranties of up to 20 years. Coatings will also lessen the impact on the wallet. Most importantly, if a roof is required sooner rather than later, most coatings are readily available; other materials still have extremely long lead times.

Supply Chain And Roofing

We’ll be blunt because this is a topic that is discussed every hour (if not more!) in the roofing industry. Materials are currently in short supply…period. As of today, most membranes and insulations have lead times of 10-12 months. However, don’t be discouraged! There are options for temporary roofs to keep that project moving. Also, Cole Roofing does have a substantial material inventory to complete several different roofing assemblies today. And Cole Roofing’s Service Department will see you thru any short-term roof issues that arise.

The current materials supply issues are affecting everyone. We are all in this together, and we’ll work with you to determine the best available solution for your project. Call Cole Roofing today for periodic lead time updates and to see how we may assist you!

Roofs Like Slope, not Water

Water is heavy and can be destructive. Buildings typically don’t like unnecessary weight. Roofs don’t like ponding water. Water will take the path of least resistance, so that means slope!

Tapered insulation typically consists of polyisocyanurate or expanded polystyrene insulation and can be installed under your new roof membrane to slope and divert water directly to drainage assemblies. Proper slope and drainage prevent unnecessary water weight from sitting on top of your building and provide fewer chances for water to attack your new roof. Whether it’s a fully tapered insulation assembly on a roof deck with no slope, tapered insulation crickets on a roof deck with a structural slope, or a combination of the two, Cole Roofing can install a tapered insulation configuration to meet your needs.