Professional Roofing

A crisis of opportunity

During a recent visit to Puerto Rico, I hiked in El Yunque National Forest, the only tropical rain forest in the National Forest System. Although the lush foliage, waterfalls and rivers were abundant, one essential element of the ecosystem was… Read More

An Industry Workhorse

For more than 40 years, EPDM membranes have been one of the roofing industry’s workhorses. Long appreciated for durability, longevity, ease of installation and repair, many EPDM membrane roof systems installed during the 1980s still are performing well. But EPDM… Read More

More Than Apples to Oranges

“If Einstein were alive, many roofing contractors might be turning to him for help. Faced with the complex problem of choosing roof systems to fit their customers’ budgets and building code requirements, roofing professionals are being bombarded with “science-based” solutions… Read More

Paint ‘em White???

“More roof insulation generally is a good thing but there is a point of diminishing returns. Rooftop Solar systems generally are good things provided they meet mind and fire requirements and are installed to protect the roof systems integrity. And… Read More

States Implement VOC Regulations

The roofing industry in several Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states became fully compliant with new Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) regulations Jan 1. Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Washington, D.C., came into full compliance; Vermont… Read More

A Worthy Initiative

During a recent visit to Penn State University, University Park, Pa., President Obama introduces the Better Buildings Initiative – a multipronged effort designed to make commercial buildings 20 percent more energy-efficient during the next decade.