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16 Apr '15
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April 16, 2015 House, Maintenance

Spring Roof Clean-Up Tips

As the snow begins to melt in many parts of the country, now is the time to clean up for spring. Winter weather can be a shingle enemy (especially in areas that had to deal with so many stormsee looking at you, Boston), so it important for contractors to reach out to homeowners to help them with their roof spring-cleaning and inspection. Not only will this make a home look better, it can also extend the life of the roof. Here are some tips to share with your customers on what to look for during spring cleaning.

Tree limbs. Make sure tree limbs don touch a roof. If they do, they can easily scrape over the shingles and loosen the protective granules. This will severely reduce the life of a roof. Trim trees close to the house to avoid any limbs touching the roof surface.

Leaves and pine needles. A little leaf or a few pine needles are fine, but if they collect and are deep enough to hold moisture, they need to be taken off the roof. Anything that traps moisture will cause mildew to form, block gutters, or cause extra weight on the roof. A rake or air blower can be used to clear the roof, but take care not to damage the shingles.

Moss. Cutting back trees and removing leaves will reduce moss growth, as it will allow sunlight to dry up the moisture that moss thrives on. While there are chemicals available on the market to get rid of moss, the runoff can cause damage to plants. Another solution is to nail zinc or copper strips to the ridgeline; as rain washes across, it creates an environment where moss cannot grow.

Mold. Discolored streaks on a roof indicate there is mold, algae, or fungus, which can eat away at the roofing material and, ultimately, cause leaks. A treatment of chlorine bleach or copper sulfate solution applied with a garden sprayer can kill the mold. GAF manufactures algae-resistant shingles that have a specially formulated granule that inhibits algae growth, in addition to shingles with StainGuard sup> Protection. Finally, do not power wash shingles! It can dislodge granules and cause premature shingle failure.

Gutter damage. Heavy snow from the winter season can result in gutter damage while leftover fall leaves and debris can lead to clogged gutters. Before the springtime rain, check to make sure water can flow easily through the gutters and fix any loose nails that are preventing the gutters from sitting tightly along the roof line.

Missing shingles, chimney, and flashing. A complete inspection by a contractor can uncover issues with missing shingles, chimney damage, or flashing around chimneys, vents, or other bends in the roof.

Dealing with these potential issues in a timely manner will allow your roof to stand strong through the next season of weather challengesnd for many years to come.

22 Apr '15
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April 22, 2015 web, development

Why Lester buildings

Why choose Lester Buildings, when you're considering a post-frame structure? We completely design, fully engineer, manufacture and construct buildings - from concept to completion. We're different than other options out there. We know the design values of the materials we purchasing - from the lumber and steel down the smallest fastener. Why is this important? Your building is only as strong as its weakest link. We ensure all of the components work together as a system, so that you can enjoy your Lester Building for a lifetime

24 Apr '15
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April 24, 2015 House, Maintenance

Building Profile: 10 Questions and Answers about GAF's New Headquarters

GAF recently moved from their Wayne, NJ, offices to a new corporate headquarters at 1 Campus Drive in Parsippany, NJ. The 128-year-old company spent approximately 40 years occupying 11 buildings on the Wayne campus and made the move in early 2015 to consolidate operations into a 377,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility on a 40-acre campus. James Murphy, vice president of business development, helps answer some questions about GAF exciting new office space and some of the many amenities and enhancements.

Q: Why did GAF move offices?

A: The GAF employees were spread across many buildings at our old location. It made it challenging to collaborate effectively with other departments, since we had to walk outside to get to each other. Relocating under one roof has allowed us to focus on being one team in one building. It providing more opportunity for collaboration, teamwork, and efficiency, which will help us improve our offerings to our customers.

Q: What year was it built?

A: The 1 Campus Drive building was originally built in 1979 and while the building was in good shape, GAF decided to completely renovate it in 2014 to better fit our collaborative goals.

Q: Who were the architects?

A: We chose NELSON based in NYC as the designers and architects for the project. We are very happy with the design and outcome.

Q: How many square feet is the new building?

A: The building occupies 377,000 square feet of space.

Q: How many people work in the new office?

A: Approximately 600 employees and contractors work in the new location, so the office needed to accommodate the needs of all staff from Marketing to R&D.

Q: What type of roofing system did GAF choose to put on? A: Since GAF is a roofing manufacturer, we wanted the best-performing commercial roof available. It includes GAF RUBEROIDW 25 Smooth Membrane, EnergyGuardPolyiso Insulation (for exceptionally high insulation value), and EnergyGuardHD Cover Board (which offers the highest R-value per inch thickness in the industry and superior impact resistance). It also includes GAF best-performing single-ply membrane, EverGuard Extremeleece-back TPO Membrane.

Q: Why did you choose it and what are the benefits? A: GAF is particularly proud of how EverGuard Extremeleece-back TPO Membrane far-outperforms competitive TPO membranes (based on heat-aging tests), and backs it with the industry longest commercial roofing guarantee. When using EverGuard Extremeleece-back TPO Membrane with Low-Rise Foam Adhesive (compared to EverGuard Extrememooth TPO Membrane), the fleece on the back of the membrane provides an added cushioning layer, especially important for hail-prone areas. Also, EverGuard ExtremePO Accessories with EverGuard Extremeleece-back TPO Membrane helps save labor (versus field fabrication) and provides an overall cleaner-looking roof.

Q: What other environmental enhancements were included in the upgrade process? A: As part of GAF commitment to sustainable roofing choices, GAF recycled the old EPS and XPS insulation, the worn-out EPDM membrane, and even the ballast removed during the reroof. This material will be repurposed in many waysor crumb rubber, warehouse insulation, and other applications.

Q: What type of technology is available in the new headquarters? A: All conference rooms are equipped with a smart touchpad on the external wall, monitors, and wireless connectivity. Other rooms are equipped with Mondo Pads for collaboration and digital white boarding.

Q: What are the employee services in the new building? A: The new office space has a fitness center for employee wellness, a corporate dining experience to emphasize and encourage collaboration between departments, an ATM, and on-site dry cleaning drop-off and pick-up service so our employees can focus on what GAF is known for advanced quality, industry expertise, and solutions made simple. GAF is looking forward to many productive years in their new corporate home.

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Carlos @ RABCO Construction Corporation 2015.