Do you have plans to add a bonus room or add to the space in your commercial office in a way that impacts your roof?
It’s an important question since COVID is changing the office environment and home offices are becoming more valuable than ever.
Traffic is picking up as retail stores, gyms and offices open up around Pasadena, Arcadia, Monrovia but many of us aren’t returning to business as usual. The world of work will likely change with physical distancing and concerns around COVID in the workplace.
Employees who decide to expand and improve their home office may plan a bonus room. Commercial offices may need more square footage and re-configure a building.
When the structure changes, the roof is affected.
Thomas Garvey, owner of Garvey Roofing, has kept up with plenty of changes in the roofing industry during his 30-year career.
First, there are roofing materials like changing from hot tar to lifetime materials for low slope roofs, clay tile and new lines of lightweight concrete tile—plus asphalt shingles that have a great look.
If you’re adding a room to your home or commercial building for any reason, here are roofing facts to keep in mind.
Your Roof’s Design
Your room addition can have the same look or take on a completely new design. Garvey Roofing sources roofing materials from quality manufacturers and can create a completely customized look. Thomas Garvey has overseen extensive projects in Bradbury and has made the roofs of traditionally built homes in other cities take on unique looks.
One customer wanted a roof that reminded her of her childhood home back east, so Thomas was able to blend colors and materials to create the look she wanted. Thomas will gladly consult with your architect or construction company during the planning stages to ensure that you get a favorable outcome.
Your Addition’s Roof and Your Existing Roof
Garvey Roofing can seamlessly roof a room addition, frame it and tie it in with the existing roof. The way the roof is framed depends whether it’s a gable roof, hip roof or a low slope roof being tied in.
The decking and underlayment need to fit carefully from below the existing shingles or tile and cover the newly built area.
Protecting the seams and valleys in the roof is important to prevent leaks.
Garvey Roofing can also do carpentry work related to the roof if necessary. That’s also helpful when repairing areas where the decking is old and rotted.
Your Roof and Heat
Hot air wants to seep in where the air is cool, so using reflective roofing materials will deflect the sun’s rays. The right combination of underlayment and shingles can reduce roof temperatures by 1/3. So if the heat peaks around 180 degrees, which is cooking, you can take that down closer to 120 degrees.
Keep in mind that the blazing sun is harder on your roof than winter rains and will degrade seams in low slope commercial roofs and places like ridge caps on homes.
That’s on the outside of your home or office building.
Now, let’s check inside the home.
Proper ventilation isn’t an after-thought; it needs to be planned into the entire roofing project. Quality roofing materials help keep the sun out but interior ventilation keeps air moving through the attic and then outside.
In some homes around the San Gabriel Valley, low slope areas in the back of the house have little to no attic space. This makes it hard to scrunch in air conditioning ducts and get the needed flow from air conditioners.
A solution is adding a thin layer of insulation on the decking and then covering it with the roofing membrane.
When Garvey Roofing completes a job, the roof is guaranteed to protect against the hottest temperatures, pounding winter rains and winds whipping through the canyons. They provide a roof for all seasons.
Why Use Garvey Roofing
If you need a new roof or roof repair keep this in mind about Garvey Roofing:
- Free estimates
- Labor and materials are guaranteed – this is unique in the roofing industry
- Garvey Roofing holds four roofing licenses:
- Installation — including fire proofing and leak prevention
- General Contracting
If the changing workplace will change your roof, then call us for a free estimate: (626) 358-9208.
Here are other useful posts:
How to Know if You Should Repair or Replace Your Roof
Flat Roof and Low Slope Roofing Materials for Your Home and Commercial Building