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Why choose a professional for flat roofing repairs

Why choose a professional for flat roofing repairs

So many people think that a commercial roofing contractor only helps to repair, maintain and install building’s roof. This is basically far from the truth. Building owners can actually save more in the long run especially on taxes with commercial roofing contractor. This is because they are highly skilled and knowledgeable with regards to some things most people are unaware of including saving money on utilities and also taking advantage of federal government’s tax credits for those looking for green roofing.

One of the latest trends when it comes to commercial building constructions is green roofing. This can only be achieved by an environmentally friendly commercial building contractor who has the proficiency of creating a beautiful retreat atop a property owner’s building.

Architects the world all over are beginning to work together with commercial roofing contractors with the aim of achieving a reliable green roofing spaces atop commercial buildings that will not only soak up the sun, but also transfer the heat into the building’s interior, which in turn reduces the cost of utility bills. Nowadays, commercial building contractors use eco-friendly and energy efficient materials in creating a beautiful roof atop a commercial space.

Benefits of a flat roof

Flat roofs have been around for a while, but in recent years better materials are making flat roofs beneficial for commercial building owners. With a highly reflective flat roof, building owners can save a substantial amount of money on electricity.

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One of the benefits of why most commercial building owners transition to a flat roof is because with a flat roof their air conditioning unit doesn’t over work itself during the hot summer months. This is because a flat roof uses a white or light colored roof that reflects the sun’s UV back into the atmosphere. The heat doesn’t find its way into the building which makes the building get cooler.

HVAC units in the commercial building run more efficiently, this does not only save money but also guarantees a long lasting performance of these expensive units. Modern flat roofs also come with a long lasting warranty of over 20 years. So you don’t need to worry about repair or installing a new roof due to damages.

Flat roof repair and why it’s important

Flat roof maintenance and repair plays a key role in helping to protect your most important asset: your commercial property. The commercial building is an invaluable asset to business owners, as it helps ensure regular and consistent business activities. In order to keep your employees fully protected and guarantee a safe working space, regular flat roofing repair and maintenance services is very important. Some of the reasons why you should consider regular maintenance service for your commercial roof repair include

  • Ensuring your building’s structure and contents are fully protected
  • Prevents build-up of mold and mildew caused by heavy floods or roof leakages
  • Ensures a long lasting, durable roof
  • Guarantees workers and clients safety within the building.
  • Ensures your building can withstand extreme weather conditions including wind, storm, hurricane, snow and heavy accumulations.

Most commercial building owners pay less importance to commercial roof repairs, but making roof repair and maintenance a priority helps your business save more in the long run and prevents disruptions on the day-to-day activities of a business.

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Why choose a professional for flat roofing repairs

When installing or repairing your commercial roof, one of the first things to do is hiring the services of a professional commercial roof repair. These professionals play many significant roles, not only during the construction process but even before the start of the project work itself. Professional commercial roofing contractors are considered an invaluable asset. When looking to hire a professional commercial roofing company, consider the following factors

Choose a contractor that:

  • Offers the highest quality of service and prevents costly mistakes in the future.
  • Is fully insured and certified to carry out commercial flat roofing repair services.
  • Can help you make sound, effective decisions.
  • Provides references either via their website or documented.
  • Provides a fully trained and multi talented team of experts.

You need not to give it a second thought when it comes to choosing a company with all of these features and qualities. You can be rest assured of acquiring the services of a professional contractor who has all it takes to ensure a durable and long lasting flat roofing repair and installation service.

Upon choosing the perfect commercial roof contractor, they can assist you in providing the best service and making major decisions with regards to your budget and requirements.

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Types of materials used for commercial roofing

Commercial roofing is created atop building structures used for commercial purposes. This helps protect the building’s contents against water shedding and leakages. It is however important to use long lasting, sturdy materials for commercial roofing projects. The material should also be maintenance free to save business owners the expenses of renovating the roofing on a regular basis. Some of the materials used for commercial roofing are listed below:

Metal

Metals are one of the popular materials used for commercial roofing. These sheets of steel can help keep your building dry, and highly effective when it comes to preventing the build up of mold and mildew. This is because they are usually coated with zinc or other moisture preventing elements.

One of the reasons why metals are commonly used for commercial roofing is because they are extremely environmentally friendly, energy efficient and recyclable. Featuring reflective coating, sheets of steels helps protect a commercial building’s interior from heating up

PVC

PVC, an acronym for Polyvinyl Chloride, is considered one the finest roofing materials available on the market today. If your commercial building gets heated up quickly, you should consider using PVC roofing materials. They prevent heat absorption by reflecting sunlight which in turns helps you save more on energy.

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This roofing material type is made up of layers of rubber which enhances its long lasting performance and makes them highly resistant to extreme weather conditions including heavy wind, snow, ice, storm and heavy rainfall.

Bitumen

Despite the fact that bitumen is mostly used for road constructions, they are considered one of the best roofing materials available on the market today. In order to make them suitable for commercial roofing purposes, special polymers are added to them. With this great addition, bitumen is considered to be highly durable, long lasting and waterproof.

EPDM

EPDM is a synthetic material made from polymers, ethylene and other chemicals. It is considered the most durable commercial roofing material for commercial buildings of all types. One of the reasons why most contractors opt for EPDM is because it provides excellent protection from severe ultraviolet rays and ozone. EPDM is also designed to withstand all kinds of temperatures and weather changes. This commercial roof material type is available in rolls.

When shopping for the perfect commercial roofing materials, it is very important to choose the one that best suits your specific requirements and budgets. With the help of a professional commercial roofing contractor, you can be rest assured of getting the right material for your commercial roofing.

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

How to Mind Map to Visualize Your Thoughts (With Mind Map Examples)

Traditionally, when you have a lot of ideas in your mind, you would create a text document, or take a sheet of paper and start writing in a linear fashion like this:

  • Intro to Visual Facilitation
    • Problem, Consequences, Solution, Benefits, Examples, Call to action
  • Structure
    • Why, What, How to, What If
  • Do It Myself?
    • Audio, Images, time-consuming, less expensive
  • Specialize Offering?
    • Built to Sell (Standard Product Offering), Options (Solving problems, Online calls, Dev projects)

This type of document quickly becomes overwhelming. It obviously lacks in clarity. It also makes it hard for you to get a full picture at a glance and see what is missing.

You always have too much information to look at, and most often you only get a partial view of the information. It’s hard to zoom out, figuratively, and to see the whole hierarchy and how everything is connected.

To see a fuller picture, create a mind map.

What Is a Mind Map?

A mind map is a simple hierarchical radial diagram. In other words, you organize your thoughts around a central idea. This technique is especially useful whenever you need to “dump your brain”, or develop an idea, a project (for example, a new product or service), a problem, a solution, etc. By capturing what you have in your head, you make space for other thoughts.

In this article, we are focusing on the basics: mind mapping using pen and paper.

The objective of a mind map is to clearly visualize all your thoughts and ideas before your eyes. Don’t complicate a mind map with too many colors or distractions. Use different colors only when they serve a purpose. Always keep a mind map simple and easy to follow.

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    By following the three next steps below, you will be able to create such mind maps easily and quickly.

    3 Simple Steps to Create a Mind Map

    The three steps are:

    1. Set a central topic
    2. Add branches of related ideas
    3. Add sub-branches for more relevant ideas

    Let’s take a look at an example Verbal To Visual illustrates on the benefits of mind mapping.[1]

    Step 1 : Set a Central Topic

    Take a blank sheet of paper, write down the topic you’ve been thinking about: a problem, a decision to make, an idea to develop, or a project to clarify.

    Word it in a clear and concise manner.

      What is the first idea that comes to mind when you think of the subject for your mind map? Draw a line (straight or curved) from the central topic, and write down that idea.

        Step 3 : Add Sub-Branches for More Relevant Ideas

        Then, what does that idea make you think of? What is related to it? List it out next to it in the same way, using your pen.

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          You can always add more to it later, but that’s good for now.

          In our example, we could detail the sub-branch “Benefits” by listing those benefits in sub-branches of the branch “Benefits”. Unfortunately, we already reached the side of the sheet, so we’re out of space to do so. You could always draw a line to a white space on the page and list them there, but it’s awkward.

          Since we created this mind map on a regular letter-format sheet of paper, the quantity of information that fits in there is very limited. That is one of the main reasons why I recommend that you use software rather than pen and paper for most of the mind mapping that you do.

          Repeat Step 2 and Step 3

          Repeat steps 2 and 3 as many times as you need to flush out all of your ideas around the topic that you chose.

            I added first-level (main) branches around the central topic mostly in a clockwise fashion, from top-right to top-left. That is how, by convention, a mind map is read.

            In the next section, we are covering the three strategies to building your maps.  

            Mind Map Examples to Illustrate Mind Mapping

            You can go about creating a mind map in various ways:

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            • Branch by Branch: Adding whole branches (with all of their sub-branches), one by one.
            • Level by Level: Adding elements to the map, one level at a time. That means that firstly, you add elements around the central topic (main branches). Then, you add sub-branches to those main branches. And so on.
            • Free-Flow: Adding elements to your mind map as they come to you, in no particular order.

            Branch by Branch

            Start with the central topic, add a first branch. Focus on that branch and detail it as much as you can by adding all the sub-branches that you can think of.

              Then develop ideas branch by branch.

                A branch after another, and the mind map is complete.

                  Level by Level

                  In this “Level by Level” strategy, you first add all the elements that you can think of around the central topic, one level deep only. So here you add elements on level 1:

                    Then, go over each branch and add the immediate sub-branches (one level only). This is level 2:

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                      Idem for the next level. This is level 3. You can have as many levels as you want in a mind map. In our example, we only have 3 levels. Now the map is complete:

                        Free-Flow

                        Basically, a free flow strategy of mind mapping is to add main branches and sub-topics freely. No rules to restrict how ideas should flow in the mind map. The only thing to pay attention to is that you need to be careful about the level of the ideas you’re adding to the mind map — is it a main topic, or is it a subtopic?

                          I recommend using a combination of the “Branch by Branch” and the “Free-Flow” strategies.

                          What I normally do is I add one branch at a time, and later on review the mind map and add elements in various places to finish it. I also sometimes build level 1 (the main branches) first, then use a “Branch by Branch” approach, and later finish the map in a “Free-Flow” manner.

                          Try each strategy and combinations of strategies, and see what works best for you.

                          The Bottom Line

                          When you’re feeling stuck or when you’re just starting to think about a particular idea or project, take out a paper and start to brain dump your ideas and create a mind map. Mind mapping has the magic to clear your head and have your thoughts organized.

                          If you can’t always have access to a paper and pen, don’t worry! Creating a mind map with software is very effective and you get none of the drawbacks of pen and paper. You can also apply the above steps and strategies just the same when using a mind mapping tool on the phone and computer.

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