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/ 
Peach State Roofing is licensed throughout the United States. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. We currently have 15 fully staffed offices supporting our customers ...