Friday, August 11, 2017

Peach State Roofing Featured in Vol. 8 / Issue 4 of ROOFING MAGAZINE!

In this past month’s issue of ROOFING MAGAZINE, Peach State Roofing was proudly honored to be included in one of the top publications for the commercial roofing industry. The featured project was a large outdoor mall for Simon Property Group -Gaffney Premium Outlets.  Three of the five buildings in the complex were re-roofed by Peach State Roofing as a recover application to meet a set specification and all projects passed the manufacturer’s roof inspection with excellent reviews. The manufacturer of choice on this project was selected by the owner as Firestone Building Products and a high density cover board was the insulation recovery board of choice. TPO in a 60 mil thickness and a 20 year warranty were chosen by the owner and overall the project was executed with great management.  The project was managed by senior project managers Anthony Wilkerson and Blake Wideman whom did an excellent job with daily reporting and communication with the real estate contacts.
Below is a brief exert from the article….

The Peach State Way……
Headquartered in Atlanta, Peach State Roofing Inc. has 15 branches and covers clients across the nation. The company specializes in commercial and industrial roofing, and excels at large-scale single-ply jobs. The goal of every branch is to provide the same level of service for clients no matter where they are in the country, as exemplified by a recent project at a large retail mall in South Carolina.
Peach State’s Charlotte branch is located in Rock Hill, S.C. The company has re-roofed three of the five roofs at Gaffney Premium Outlets in Gaffney, S.C., including two roofs completed this year in just two weeks. Anthony Wilkerson, the branch manager, and Blake Wideman, strategic accounts, shared their insights on the project.
Peach State’s Charlotte branch focuses primarily on re-roofing, service and maintenance work for existing customers and property managers. Most of the company’s work involves TPO, EPDM and PVC, but crews have to be able to handle almost every type of system on the market. “If there is a hotel with some shingles or metal on it, we want to be…….

For reading the remainder of the article on the Gaffney Premium Outlets commercial roofing project please click the link below.....
http://www.roofingmagazine.com/planning-and-teamwork-are-essential-in-tackling-retail-project/ 

Peach State Roofing is a national commercial roofing contractor specializing in TPO, EPDM, and PVC roof systems as well as built up roofing and modified roofing repairs services. With 15 offices nationally, a local office is available to serve commercial real estate properties across the country. Check out our website locations page for more details.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TPO ‘Tid Bits’……

Thermoplastic polyolefin is the literal terminology of what commercial roofing companies around the world call TPO. The material is a single-ply reflective roofing membrane that is made of polypropylene and ethylene-propylene rubber that is polymerized together. The membrane itself has been accepted in the market of commercial roofing by broad businesses across the country. The reasoning behind this huge upswing in support is because TPO has more performance and installation advantages than common other forms of membrane. TPO is among the fastest growing commercial roofing products in the modern world and there is no doubt that it will continue to rise.
It is cost effective when compared to other roofing systems. The thicker the membrane the more resistant to tears, impacts, and punctures that can easily happen while being installed. Standard thickness’ are 45 mil, 60 mil, and 80 mil. The resistance between a 45 and 80 mil membrane is an estimated increase of 50%. It also has great flexibility to allow for movement while the construction workers are putting the membrane together on the roof itself. What is even more amazing is how it is able to be installed on low and high slope surfaces, as well as being able to be heated and reshaped or melted multiple times. Flexibility allows easy access to some tight areas on the roof as well as rapid installation which helps keep costs down. Another way this innovation cuts down costs drastically is by being available in large panels/sheet sizes. It reduces the number of panels/sheets ordered in a shipment in comparison to a typical modified bitumen 3 foot wide sheet. That also means less welding/adhering of seams. Standard rolls of TPO come anywhere from 6 ft wide to 12 ft wide.
When most people are looking at a building, they rarely think about the color of the membrane on the roof. With that said, it is in fact in the minds of the many business owners that have to pay their air conditioning bills. It has been proven that buildings with light colored roofing are able to reflect the sun’s energy and reduce the amount of heat taken in. Not only does it benefit the building itself, but it also has a significant impact on the surrounding area as a whole. Today a key issue that comes up, especially in down town city areas is the Heat Island Effect. These reflective roofs can help reduce that effect.
Some quick facts about this particular membrane are that it has been used for nearly 40 years and started off in the country of Italy. TPO is typically installed in three colors that are the most generic being white, grey, and tan. Not only has TPO been a breakthrough in commercial roofing but it is also used for underground cabling and waterproofing. This use began around 30 years ago.
Sooner or later roofing will continue to bring about changes just as it should be, but as of now, what is really changing is how TPO is being brought to the forefront with good reason. Over the course of the past decade the market for TPO has increased by 20+% for year over year growth according to a major manufacturer. Just in the United States alone 28% of commercial roofing is TPO based (Industry Data 2012) and as more consumers and businesses are enlightened, the market will continue to expand.
*Article researched and written by Jaret Sweatt

Peach State Roofing displaying at the 2017 BOMA International Show

This upcoming weekend, Peach State Roofing Inc out of Lawrenceville, Georgia will be displaying at the national BOMA (Building Owners and Managers Association) trade show in Nashville, Tennessee! This is the key show for commercial real estate owners, property managers, facility managers, maintenance technicians, and other real estate industry professionals. The BOMA International show highlights some of the leading service and product providers nationally for the commercial real estate industry.
Peach State Roofing will have a large display open at the BOMA show where it will be displaying a wide variety of fun items and services! Come by the booth for refreshments, snacks, give aways, and watch some live sports while meeting team members from numerous Peach State Roofing offices nationally!

PRESS RELEASE – Peach State Roofing, Inc., Receives Carlisle’s 2017 Excellence in Single-Ply Award

(Carlisle, Pennsylvania) – Carlisle SynTec Systems, a leading manufacturer and supplier of single-ply roofing systems, recently honored Peach State Roofing, Inc., with its 2017 Excellence in Single-Ply (ESP) Award. Created in 1998 to recognize Carlisle’s foremost contractor partners, ESP has become one of the best-known and most prestigious awards in the roofing industry.
Carlisle selects ESP Award winners based on a number of metrics, including workmanship and sales volume. Inclusion in ESP is an acknowledgement that a contractor is an industry leader who consistently delivers outstanding service and installation quality.
“Carlisle appreciates Peach State Roofing’s commitment to installing high-quality products and providing outstanding  workmanship on every job. Peach State Roofing shares Carlisle’s dedication to roofing excellence and consistently exemplifies this philosophy in the field,” said Nick Shears, Carlisle’s Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.
Peach State Roofing is one of only 140 applicators in North America to receive Carlisle’s 2017 ESP Award. The ESP award is given out annually; 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of ESP.
About Peach State Roofing, Inc.: Peach State Roofing specializes in commercial and industrial roofing. Whether it is new construction or a re-roofing project, the experts at Peach State provide customers with high-performance products and high-quality installations. To find out how you can benefit from the services offered by Peach State Roofing, call 800-604-9309 or visit www.peachstateroofinginc.com
About Carlisle SynTec Systems: Carlisle SynTec Systems, headquartered in Carlisle, Pa., has been manufacturing single-ply membrane roofing systems for more than half a century. Carlisle SynTec Systems is a business segment of Carlisle Construction Materials, LLC and has membrane manufacturing facilities in Carlisle, PA.; Greenville, Ill.; Senatobia, Miss,; and Tooele, Utah. For more information, call 800-479-6832 or visit www. carlislesyntec.com

Training the 'Peach State' Way

Training, education, mentoring, and growth are all key attributes that people seek and desire in so many areas of life and their careers. It is the sense of being poured into and making steps toward progress. Motivation is found in having people who care about your long term success and not just an immediate impact. At Peach State Roofing, it is common culture of building a team of competent commercial roofing professionals who are well rounded and well versed in the world of flat or low sloped roofed systems as well as many other types of commercial roofing and waterproofing practices. Whether dealing with TPO, EPDM, PVC, Fibertite, modified bitumen, built up roofs, roof coatings, repair work, waterproofing, asphalt shingles, metal panels and beyond, Peach State Roofing strives to take time and educate it's employees on anything and everything that it may encounter in the commercial construction world. Peach State's view point on experience or education is that the process of growth and knowledge is something that cannot be rushed. As many other contractor's in the commercial roofing world seek to just 'fill a spot', it's Peach State Roofing's belief that a long slow track of continual field experience and constant mentoring by older industry professionals is not only key but truly a requirement to be successful in the long term time frame of a career.

Something that has becoming very well known among contractors, manufacturer's and other industry professionals in the commercial roofing world is the long term training and education of personnel at Peach State Roofing nationally. To many who come to PSR it is explained as training and learning the roofing industry the 'Peach State Way'. It's often explained to new hires coming into the roofing industry that Peach State fully expects a good three years of being hands on in the industry before that person can truly understand and 'run fully' at their craft in the roofing industry. Yes, all hires bring tremendous value and skill that is of great use to Peach State Roofing right from the start but management tries to make employees understand that they do not want to rush their growth and teach them what is believed to be the 'right way'. 

Even as industry professionals come on board around the country with certain levels of roofing and waterproofing experience, PSR encourages all employees to in a way, forget what they know and come in with a fresh mind and attitude of learning everything new.

Typically the ideal path for people coming into the roofing industry is one in which Peach State Roofing encourages professionals to very simply work on the roofs. What better way to learn the commercial roofing industry than to learn how to install it hands on. It is explained that the notion of working on the roods is not a long term position but a stepping stone in the right direction. Whether it is a college graduate or a seasoned professional, when an employee is willing to work on the roofs for 3-6 months acting as a site superintendent, repair technician, assistant project manager, warehouse sheet metal fabricator, or quite simply a general roof or metal laborer, the level of success when that employee comes of the roofs to work and train in the proper long term position is incredibly higher than employees who did not take that 'field experience' type path. Quite simply, you will hear management at Peach State Roofing tell others that the longer personnel can work on the 'flat roofs', the better they will be down the road.

The experience of learning in the field is hard work for both the employee and the employer but PSR feels its the best way. There is a very hands on daily interaction and approach from upper management with its employees that comes from the top personnel literally knowing how to roof and vast years of installation experience from the founding days of the company. The founding personnel of Peach State Roofing literally have thousands and thousands of hours of installing commercial roof systems of all types on their own, especially in the early years of the company. Most people in the roofing industry know the reputation that the upper management of Peach State Roofing are some of the best roof installers in the company. It is not rare for key personnel to go to job sites to literally install roof fasteners, insulation board, or heat weld membrane side by side with the crews in an effort to teach them the quality that Peach State Roofing expects.

Peach State Roofing teaches new employees for sales, project management, and many other career paths how to run a commercial roofing crew, install polyiso roofing insulation and other types of cover boards, use a screw gun to install roof insulation, how to use a heat gun and weld different types of membrane roof systems, how to fabricate and install metal details and so much more. PSR works to bounce trainees around to all sorts of different roof systems such as TPO to a PVC system to an EPDM system to a roof coating and beyond. There is the desire to have our personnel well rounded and well versed. Different manufacturer's such as Johns Manville, Firestone, Carlisle, Versico, Fibertite, and GAF are all different variations of roofing systems that personnel are placed on to become well versed with the different roofing manufacturer's and their warranty installation requirements. Quite simply, field roofing experience is highly thought of at Peach State Roofing.

When employees come 'off of the roofs' and into their long term career paths - continual education is always a main practice. Plant tours at manufacturer's locations such as Fibertite, Johns Manville, and Carlisle all have been used as great education tools. Roof system manufacturer's from rep firms such as Versico, Firestone and beyond are brought in regularly to many of PSR's national offices for industry updates, lunch and learns, and on-going education for our reps. Tradeshow visits in the commercial roofing industry and construction industry overall are used to walk teams of Peach State Roofing employees around to learn directly from many product manufacturer's and service providers with what is 'new' in the commercial construction world. Very easily stated, the process of continual roofing industry training is extensive, on going, and very valued at Peach State Roofing.

The list and story of training employee's the 'Peach State Way' can go on and on but it is a hope that many in the commercial / flat roofing world and real estate industry come to understand that Peach State Roofing professionals are some of the most well rounded and knowledgeable professionals in the industry.  Ask around other companies and roofing systems manufacturer's such as Johns Manville, Carlisle, and Firestone and many will tell you that long term employees at Peach State Roofing truly have great commercial roofing knowledge and are highly sought after professionals across the entire country. It will remain Peach State Roofing's common practice to always seek willing professionals to have 'teach-ability'  and a desire to grow so that trusted commercial roofing industry professionals are brought up and highly successful for years to come.

*Peach State Roofing is a national commercial roofing contractor specializing in installations of TPO, PVC, EPDM, and roof coating systems. Repair services are available on each of these systems as well as work on modified bitumen and built up roof (BUR) systems. Sheet metal work is also a large service provided. With 15 offices helping to serve the a large majority of the United States, Peach State Roofing is recognized as a commercial roofing industry leader. Visit our 'Location' page for a list of our national commercial roofing offices - http://peachstateroofinginc.com/locations/ 
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Monday, June 5, 2017

Firestone Master Contractor Award Letter - 2017

Throughout 2016, this firm has earned a spot as one of the most elite contractors in the nation thanks to a commitment to long-term roofing system performance and high quality workmanship. Therefore, Firestone Building Products is pleased to present Peach State Roofing, Inc. with the 2017 Master Contractor award. The annual Master Contractor Program honors top Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for excellence in roofing system installation, quality of work and customer service. This year holds a special distinction, as 2017 commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Master Contractor Program.
The Master Contractor award represents contractors who have mastered quality commercial roofing solutions and who exemplify the hard work, determination and entrepreneurial leadership that defines Firestone Building Products.
Peach State Roofing, Inc. achieved this designation by meeting requirements for total square footage installed; outstanding inspection ratings on materials covered by the Red Shield Warranty; and the number of completed Red Shield warranted jobs. Master Contractors are also required to earn a Preferred Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) that does not exceed 2.5 times the average QIR for Red Shield Contractors.
On behalf of Firestone Building Products, I congratulate Peach State Roofing, Inc. on a successful 2016. The firm demonstrates a commitment to excellence and has upheld our high commercial roofing standards. We are pleased to recognize Peach State Roofing, Inc. as a Master Contractor winner and look forward to continuing our partnership to provide superior building performance solutions in 2017 and beyond.

Sincerely,
Timothy C. Dunn
President, Firestone Building Products

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309
www.PeachStateRoofingInc.com

Manufacturer's Warranty and Roof Maintenance

Written By: Wayne T. Belina – Peach State Roofing – South Florida Office
The length of the manufacturer’s warranty shouldn’t be the principle factor in selecting a roofing system. A good roof system requires proper design, quality materials, and quality application to perform successfully. The warranty alone doesn’t provide assurances of actual roof system performance. Selecting a quality roofing contractor and engaging in a proactive maintenance program is vital to the longevity of your new roofing system. Yet once the roof system is installed, more often than not, the roof is simply left unattended until a leak occurs. Nothing is more critical to its long-term performance than establishing a program of regular inspections and proper maintenance. A common misconception is that warranties are all inclusive and should cover virtually all roofing issues. It is far better to get quality installation upfront using quality materials than to rely solely on a written document for roof system performance.
Roofs, like all components, require maintenance; in fact, most manufactures’ warranties stipulate that all roofs are required to have a minimum of two (2) inspections per year to keep the warranty in force. This requirement, although stringent, is a very good practice, particularly in Florida with its harsh roofing climate. Florida regularly encounters heavy rains, tropical storm type winds, excessive UV exposure, and high amounts of foot traffic caused by, among others, technicians maintaining A/C equipment. Warranties often contain exclusions which limits the manufacturer’s liability. Roofing systems should be chosen based on objective comparisons of proven roofing systems and on the contractor’s expertise and their ability to perform routine maintenance.
Even a “20 year” roof cannot reasonably achieve such a life span without regular attention. In order for a warranty to be valid, materials manufacturers are increasingly requiring that building owners provide proof of regular inspections. Considering the amount invested in a new or replacement roof, regular maintenance is a small price to pay. A formal, long-term relationship with a professional roofing contractor providing roof maintenance will help protect your investment in your building and ensure the greatest life cycle value from your roofing system.
According to respected business writer Peter Drucker:
In a Wall Street Journal Article (April 13, 1993) and in his textbook “Managing in a Great Change” (Truman Talley Books/Dutton), Drucker discusses the cost of non-performance. If a property manager or owner wants to save some money and skip a roof inspection, what can result? Here is an illustration: Imagine that a huge storm blows in, but the roof drains are blocked. Water cannot drain, it builds up on the roof, and the tremendous weight of the water causes the roof membrane to tear. Thousands of gallons of water burst into the building, soaking computers, furniture, company records, and the building interior. Materials and inventory are ruined, work stops for weeks, and income is lost. This worst-case scenario illustrates the merit of preventive roof maintenance.
The common thread in all repair issues is neglect. However, developing a routine maintenance program for managing built-up roofs not only saves headaches, but also makes good business sense, by helping to lessen repair issues and to achieve the expected life from the roofing system.
Select a maintenance program that is proactive (rather than reactive). It is better to identify and correct problems sooner than later. A proactive maintenance program can uncover and address minor leaks before they become catastrophic. Too many times roofs are only inspected after a leak occurs. While most leak calls are handled in a timely manner by a roofing contractor; warranty repairs can take time to be processed and the problem remains unresolved. The cost to repair minor roof leaks as soon as they occur is minimal. Neglecting your roof will result in costly repairs. Don’t wait until the damage is done; by being proactive it not only saves money it can save your roof. Identify and then eliminate the cause of small problems before they become big expensive problems.
When engaging in a preventative maintenance program be sure that these specific items be inspected closely because of their susceptibility to damage. These include:
-Flashing: flashings are critical because a majority of leaks originate at these areas. A detailed inspection of the flashings should be made at locations such as skylights, perimeters, walls, penetrations, equipment curbs, and drains. Flashings are typically stressed more than membrane in the roof’s field because of thermal movement, possible differential movement, and UV degradation.
-Field: the field of a roof should be inspected for items such as surface wear, lap integrity, and overall degradation. A roofing professional should be able to recognize developing problems and provide proper repair methods.
Roofing is a complex science as well as an art. A proactive maintenance program in place can provide an average roof life of 21 years compared to 13 years with a reactive maintenance program, depending on the roofing system and building type. An effective roof management program is a win-win situation. The owner gets a trouble-free and cost-effective preventative program. With a proactive maintenance schedule in place, the average life-cycle cost is 14 cents per square foot. The average reactive maintenance life-cycle costs are 25 cents per square foot.

Peach State Roofing, Inc. – National Commercial Roofing Services
1-800-604-9309