Cool Roofs

Here’s a fun fact about commercial roofing: The “cool roof” trend has gained popularity in commercial roofing. Cool roofs are designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than traditional roofs. They are often made of reflective materials or coated with reflective paint to improve energy efficiency by reducing the heat the building absorbs. This can lead to lower energy costs for cooling, and it also contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing the urban heat island effect in densely populated
areas. Cool roofs are a practical and environmentally friendly innovation in commercial roofing.

Common signs that extreme rain and wind may have damaged your commercial roof.

Cole Roofing Company wants you to be aware of common signs that this week’s extreme weather may have damaged your commercial roof.

  • Missing or lifted shingles or roofing material can lift, leaving gaps or exposed areas.
  • Loose flashing from wind, which may have torn, compromising waterproofing
  • Soffits and fascia are vulnerable to wind damage; check for cracks, dents, or missing sections
  • Wind damage may create openings that allow water to penetrate; look for water stains on the ceiling or walls inside the building
  • Strong winds can cause the roof structure to bow or warp; check the roof lining for any irregularities
  • The storm may have deposited debris, such as branches or other foreign objects, on the roof; these should be removed promptly to prevent further damage
  • Check for any visible holes or punctures
  • Extreme weather can weaken or break the sealant and caulking around roof penetrations.

If you notice any of these signs, Cole Roofing can assist.  Our Service Department has dedicated crews to quickly respond to facility roofing emergencies and long-term solutions.

Winter weather ahead, time to prepare your facility’s roof

We’ve been reading about El Nino, more snow, and more precipitation in the months ahead. Forecasts include both warmer temperatures AND heavier snow and wet weather.

Here are a few thoughts from Roofing Contractor Magazine: “The roof is a commercial building’s first line of defense from natural hazards. Extreme winter weather conditions can cause a lot of damage to many areas of the roof and building, especially if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained. A winter preparation maintenance program will help identify potential issues
that can become problematic due to thermal movement in the building during winter.”

Cole Roofing can assist with:

  • Roof Inspection
  • Roof cleaning
  • A snow and ice removal plan
  • Preventative maintenance.

The best time to put these plans in place is NOW! The weather is getting cold, but the wet and freezing weather hasn’t yet arrived.

Call Cole Roofing’s Service department at 410-2420-0600 or email at

Westminster Maryland Historic Clock Tower – rescued by Cole Roofing!

The historic clock tower in Westminster, Maryland, stands as a symbol of the town’s rich heritage and is a beloved landmark for locals and tourists alike. Built in 1879 as a firehouse, it’s an iconic part of the town.

In an ambitious move to preserve its legacy, the community rallied behind a comprehensive restoration plan and called upon Cole Roofing Company and other specialty contractors to save the structure.

Suffering from age, water damage and deterioration, and some unfortunate vandalism, the Tower’s condition was a cause for concern among residents and businesses. There was some worry that the structure might even collapse. The roof was damaged, and the tower roof area was leaking.

Cole’s professional team intricately repaired the slate, replaced copper panels, and installed roofing materials, barriers, and sealants to prevent further leakage.

Stop by 66 East Main Street this coming Fall weekend to view our handiwork. Cole Roofing is proud to have been a part of the rescue of this significant architectural structure.