Monday, June 23, 2014

Commercial roof maintenance

Elmer's Roofing Service
Hortonville, WI

Elmer Dowling

Often times your roof gets neglected, as it is unseen. Unless you physically go up onto the roof, you won’t know if there is damage, cracks, splits or blocked drainage unless it begins leaking inside the building. If you wait until this happens, it’s often too late and you are left rushing to choose the fastest roofing option to solve the leaking water as quickly as possible. We want to encourage you to be proactive so you can save yourself the extra cost, time, and stress. Summer is a perfect time to find a roof coating system that fits your roofs particular needs. 

Elastomeric roof coating systems offer multiple advantages over traditional roofing options as they require less time for installation and application, reduced costs, lengthened roof life, and these roof coating systems are sustainable - allowing you to recoat your roof every 10-15 years to avoid a roof tear-off forever. Dry, warm weather is the most ideal weather condition for application of a roof coating system, making the summer an excellent time to restore your roof.

 Traditional roofing requires a roof tear-off after two roofs have been installed on a building. This is a building code law that is enforced and must be abided by; however, installing a roof coating system allows you to avoid a roof tear-off (indefinitely, might I add) as these systems do not bare the weight of a traditional roof, allowing roof coating systems to be exempt from this code. When you restore your roof with one of our roofing systems you save yourself time - no business closures, no tear-off stages, and an easy application process. You also save yourself money - there are no landfill fees and shorter construction time because the roof coating system is spray applied directly over your existing roof membrane. Business is conducted as usual so you don't lose production or sales efforts. Another advantage to roof coating systems is they are seamless. When applied, these systems are sprayed onto your rooftop allowing the coating to spread and bond together; filling gaps, seams, joints and cracks, covering necessary areas around pipes, drains and equipment creating a durable, monolithic, custom installed, watertight roofing system particularly created for your individual roof. Conklin has
been producing quality roof coatings for 40 years with a time tested track record of success!

Call us today to get your roof inspected! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Roof Coatings in WI

Elmer's Roofing Service
Hortonville, WI

My name is Elmer Dowling from WI. I have been in the roofing business since 1976 and in the last 38 years I have installed most of the roofing systems available in the industry to date. I was introduced to the Conklin roof coating business in 2006 and have been building my roof coatings business ever since.

A job I recently did for a client

This is an old client of mine, we shingled her roof about 5 years ago.
At that time her flat roof needed help but she said her grandson was going to fix it for her, then she said he had some silver coating stuff he was using, I told her she was wasting her money but her grandson has done roofing in the past and she trusted him. Well we see where that got her!!
It started leaking two years ago and her grandson kept telling her he would fix it. Again we see where that went!

So finally she called me to see if I could do something to help her out.
Yup sure can and could of 5 years ago but you know how family can be! So now she has a roofing system that will ease her mind and keep her water tight!

Here is a short video of that roof job

Fabric Reinforced (Ply) System

Conklin revolotionized the commercial roofing industry when we introduced white acrylic Fabric Reinforced Coating Systems some thirty years ago. Even back then we knew that white roof surfaces reflect more of the sun's heat rays than darker ones do. So white roofs stay naturally cooler - saving building owners up to 30% in cooling costs annually! 

 There's Nothing GREENER Than Conklin's WHITE!

Contact us today for your next roofing project!
Elmer's Roofing Service
Hortonville, WI
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Friday, May 16, 2014

Elmers Roofing Service

Elmer's Roofing Service
Hortonville, WI

My name is Elmer Dowling from WI. I have been in the roofing business since 1976 and in the last 38 years I have installed most of the roofing systems available in the industry to date. I was introduced to the Conklin roof coating business in 2006 and have been building my roof coatings business ever since.

I started out like most do, with shingles (3-tab, t-locks, Dutch lap, and architecturals) then learned how to install cedar shakes and metal roofing. From there I went on to learn commercial roofing which includes BUR (hot tar) single plys (EPDM, Mod-Bit,TPO's and PVC roofs) and most recently Elastomeric Roof Coatings.

 I am a Trained Conklin Contractor trained in how to correctly install the different coating systems Conklin has to offer.

I choose to install Conklin's Roofing Systems for a couple reasons:
First, they offered training so I would understand what I would be doing. Second they simply manufacture a quality product that has a proven track record for the last 40 years!

Conklin Roofing Systems have been applied to over 2 billion square feet of roofing throughout the United States since 1977.
The Conklin Company provides innovative roofing systems for a wide variety of roofing applications. 

Let me inspect your roof to see how I can
help you with your roofing needs! 

Or call...... 920-779-9690

Monday, November 12, 2012

Obama's 'Cool Roofs Initiative' helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals (Part 3)

Going white and green to save money and energy

One agency that has seen the installation of cool roofs (like those manufactured by Conklin) help it meet its energy sustainability goals is the National Archives.

"The Department of Energy has been pushing white roofs for several years, and we were at a confluence of factors," said Mark Sprouse, the director of the National Archives facilities and property management division. He is responsible for building operations at the National Archives facility in College Park, Md.; the main National Archives building in downtown Washington, D.C.; and the energy conservation projects at all of the presidential libraries across the country.

"Our roofs were getting to be 25-years old, we needed to replace them anyways and it just sort of made sense to do that with a white roof and put the solar on it to meet the greenhouse gas reduction goals that we had set," he said.

Sprouse authored the National Archives' 2011 Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan, which encourages the implementation of the cool roof initiative.

"Our policy is we're mirroring pretty much what Executive Order 13514 says," Sprouse said. "We've tied it all to greenhouse gas reductions. We set a goal two years ago for a 10%, across-the-board greenhouse gas reduction and that's how we're moving forward with our strategic energy conservation policies."

The National Archives' efforts already have proved to be a success, according to Sprouse. "As of last year, we'd already reduced it by 8% and we hope to reach the goal by the end of this year," he said. So far, the Archives has reduced its energy consumption by about $3 million per year. Of that, 3-5 percent is attributable to the green and white roof intitiatives, along with the solar panels placed on the white roof.

The National Archives has installed cool roofs at two facilities — one is the National Archives II in College Park, Md., and the other is The William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Ark. White and green roofs have been installed at both facilities, as well as solar panels to generate to electricity.

"By the time we removed the old roof and put the new roof on and put the solar panels in and tied them into the building electrical system, it took about six months," Sprouse said.

"It saves energy by two ways," Sprouse said. "It reduces the heat load underneath the roof and so we don't have to cool as much. It reflects the sun and the solar panels are producing about 30 kilowatts of power on a bright day, which we feed back into our building electrical system."

In addition, all of the roof drains at College Park empty into a 6,000 gallon tank in the building's central plant, which is used to irrigate the 33-acre compound. "We don't use any city water to irrigate the plants at Archives II," Sprouse said.

The rainwater also helps to keep the green roof green and, in turn, the green roof cuts down on stormwater runoff.

"When it rains, if you stand up on the green roof and watch, it takes almost an hour for water to start flowing off the roof and into the drains because the plants are absorbing all that water," Sprouse said. "That just cuts down on the stormwater that we're sending to the Chesapeake Bay."

Agencies have a number of considerations when choosing to install a cool roof, said Jennifer MacDonald, the director of DoE's Sustainability Performance Office, but studies show that chief among them is the energy the roofs save.

"They think there's about a 15% decrease in annual air conditioning costs that are associated with installing these roofs," MacDonald said, adding that there is no single solution that applies to every building or every department.

Please watch this short video for an overview of Conklin's energy efficient cool roofing systems:

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Obama's 'Cool Roofs Initiative' helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals (Part 2)

Chu introduces Cool Roofs Initiative

In July 2010, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu issued a memorandum directing that all DoE sites install cool roofs like those manufactured by Conklin when it was cost effective, when a roof needed to be replaced or repaired.
"It's only when it's cost effective,"  said Jennifer MacDonald, the director of DoE's Sustainability Performance Office, whose office was established to help DoE meet all of its sustainability goals and requirements. "These roofs ensure that we're gaining energy efficiency savings."
DoE has installed approximately 160 cool roofs, adding roofs when new buildings are being built or older roofs are being repaired. Those facilities have about 10% cool roofs, but they are ensuring that any new buildings or any buildings that need new roofs are going to have cool roofs installed.
"About 50% of the buildings at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are cool roofs, which is a 27% increase from 2010," MacDonald said. "A number of our other laboratories have also redesigned their building specifications to include cool roofs, such as the National Energy Technology Laboratory in Pittsburgh and Morgantown, W.Va."
When Chu issued his memorandum, he also sent out a letter to other agencies encouraging them to work on cool roof initiatives. DoE helps agencies to do that via the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). "They are specifically designed to help assist other agencies in meeting all of the energy and sustainability goals," MacDonald said. "So FEMP has additional resources on their website about the types of roofs that can be installed, potential service providers and also helpful tips."

Please watch this short video for an overview of Conklin's energy efficient cool roofing systems:

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Obama's 'Cool Roofs Initiative' helps agencies achieve energy-saving goals (Part 1)

President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13514 in October 2009, establishing reduced greenhouse gas emissions and increased energy efficiency goals for agencies. One of the ways agencies can achieve this is is to install "cool roofs" on their buildings, like the ones manufactured by Conklin.

When a building has a darker roof, it absorbs heat from sunlight. "The more reflective and the lighter the color of the roof, it actually increases what's called the 'albedo,' the reflection of the sun off of the building's surface," said Jennifer MacDonald, the director of DoE's Sustainability Performance Office. "So, it reduces the need to then cool the building further, especially as you are trying to maintain cooler temperatures in higher buildings."

As roofs come up for repair or new buildings are constructed, the Energy Department will typically install a cool roof. For example, the National Nuclear Security Administration has set aside a roof asset modernization program. "They have about 2.5 million square feet that have been turned into cool roofs, at a savings of about half a million dollars and up to $10 million over the next 15 years," MacDonald said.

Please watch this short video for an overview of Conklin's energy efficient cool roofing systems:

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Monday, September 24, 2012

White NYC roof 42 degrees cooler than black ones

According to a paper published in March 2012 in Environmental Research Letters about the first scientific results from New York City's effort to brighten rooftops and reduce its “urban heat island” effect, on the hottest day of the summer in 2011, a white roof covering was measured at 42 degrees Fahrenheit cooler than the traditional black roof to which it was being compared.

The dark, sunlight‐absorbing surfaces of some New York City roofs reached 170 degrees Fahrenheit on July 22, 2011, a day that set a city record for electricity usage during the peak of a heat wave. But in the largest discrepancy of that day, a white roofing material was measured at about 42 degrees cooler. The white roof being tested was a low‐cost covering promoted as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to reduce the city’s greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030.

On average through the summer of 2011, the pilot white roof surface reduced peak rooftop temperature compared to a typical black roof by 43 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the study, which was the first long‐term effort in New York to test how specific white roof materials held up and performed over several years.

Widespread installation of white roofs, which New York City is attempting through the NYC CoolRoofs program, could reduce city temperatures while cutting down on energy usage and resulting greenhouse gas emissions, said Stuart Gaffin, a research scientist at Columbia University, and lead author on the paper detailing the roof study.

The urban landscape of asphalt, metal, and dark buildings absorbs more energy from sunlight than forests, fields or snow‐and ice‐covered landscapes, which reflect more light. The absorption leads to what scientists call an “urban heat island,” where a city experiences markedly warmer temperatures than surrounding regions. New York City’s urban heat island has a more pronounced effect at night, typically raising nighttime temperatures between 5 and 7 degrees Fahrenheit relative to what they would be without the effect, according to Gaffin’s previous research.

The problem leads to everything from spikes in electricity usage and greenhouse gas emissions to poorer air quality and increased risk of death during heat waves. In recent years, city planners worldwide have discussed cutting into this effect by converting dark roofs to either “living” roofs covered in plants or to white roofs, the far less expensive option. The options tested in this study included two synthetic membranes requiring professional installation and a do‐it‐yourself (DIY), white‐paint coating that is being promoted by the city’s white roof initiative.

With climate change, the urban heat island problem will likely intensify in coming decades, said Cynthia Rosenzweig, a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City and a co‐author on the paper. She said "Right now, we average about 14 days each summer above 90 degrees in New York. In a couple decades, we could be experiencing 30 days or more".

Conklin is America's #1 acrylic roof coating company by volume. They manufacture high quality, Energy Star rated metal roof renovation, single-ply, fabric reinforced, polyurethane foam, and EPDM roof coating systems that meet or exceed fire ratings and code standards.

Although these roofing systems require fewer labor hours than most, they are complex. Using inexperienced installers can increase the risk of the coating system to fail prematurely or to not be wateright from the onset. Conklin trains all roofing contractors hands-on and assists them with proper equipment and tool acquisition before they install their first job. They are also provided with year-round regional and national training and support.

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