Flying into Saginaw? Keep Your Eyes Peeled!

Some months ago, we featured a rooftop lettering project installed by Ed Rutherford Roofing of Palmyra, Missouri, at Lindenwood University. Since then, we have produced lettering and logos for several other jobs around the country, but the roof on our own HQ location remained unbranded. I am pleased to report that we in Saginaw are no longer the unshod cobbler’s children, as the photo here will confirm. A logo pattern made from our gray membrane was recently heat welded to the Duro-Last roof on the building. The lettering, made by Duro-Last sister company Tri-City Vinyl, measures 102 feet high by 240 feet wide.

Duro-Last’s ability to do this kind of project is unique in the roofing industry. If you have a building near an airport and you would like to promote your business to the jet set, give our sales department a call at 800-248-0280.

Avoiding The Breaking Point

From time to time we come across great articles on roofing that we feel are important to share with our readers. Recently, Kent Mattison, P.E., a senior consultant, president and partner with Benchmark Inc., a roof and pavement consulting firm in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, wrote a four part article for Facilities Net titled Roofing: Avoiding The Breaking Point. This builds on previous blog posts that we have shared regarding roof replacement. It explains not only the economic impact of roof leaks, but the safety hazards and impact it has on building occupants. It also touches on the importance of conducting an inventory and analysis of the roofs current condition and how it can help you plan and budget for future roof replacement. A product focus of different roofing systems is also included.

If you ever come across good roofing articles please let us know in the comments so we can share the information on our blog.

PVC and The Anti-PVC Movement

By: Scott Bieber, Independent Sales Representative for Duro-Last® Roofing, Inc.

There is an anti-plastics movement which comes and goes in intensity, and has an agenda seemingly focused on finding products to demonize. PVC is often the target.

Earlier this year, the Duro-Last® roofing system was installed on a large project in the Pacific Northwest. However, the owners of the facility requested that we not promote our involvement with this project, apparently concerned that being associated with a PVC roofing membrane will lessen their environmental standing in the public’s eye.

Which opens the door to an educational opportunity.

With respect to roofing systems, the question we have is: “If not PVC, then what?” That’s where the anti-PVC arguments start to break down.

Believe it or not, many activists think we should go back to thatched roofs. Natural, of course, but safe? We would have an explosion in mold, bacteria, insects, rodents, etc. To prevent or get rid of these problems, we’d have to use poisons or other chemicals and there would be another outcry. Let’s not even talk about fire safety.

Other natural products, those made from clay for example, actually are more environmentally damaging when you look at their impact during the mining process and the amount of energy (fossil fuels) required to bring such heavy products to market.

PVC is among the most recyclable materials in the marketplace – just one of the attributes that make it a “green” product. Duro-Last recycles virtually all of its own manufacturing waste. On job sites, it is safer for contractors to handle than other roofing materials that require VOC adhesives, hot tar (which has a very high carbon content, by the way), etc. Unlike other systems, PVC roofs can be recycled at the end of their service lives and Duro-Last has a program in place to do just that.

Eliminating PVC products in hospitals would require other materials that are more prone to bacteria growth. That’s why PVC has been so widely used in blood bags and hospital mattresses – it’s easiest to keep clean.

A recent report issued by the US Green Building Council’s Technical and Scientific Advisory Committee (TSAC) found (after a five year study) that PVC is as benign as other construction products, and in some cases is the best environmental option. A fair evaluation looks at the whole, long-term picture to determine whether the net result of using the product is positive or negative.

The building owners for the roofing project noted above made the right choice with respect to providing long-term watertight protection for their facility. We are confident they made the right environmental choice as well.