Employee Spotlight: Meet Zee!

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The staff at Innovative Roofing Group is the best in the commercial roofing business. We are grateful for each and every team member. Find out a little more about the people that keep you dry and how they make our success possible.

Narzarian (Zee) Thomas Sr. joined the Innovative Roofing Group in 2016 as a Foreman in the Service Department. He is unmatched in his ability to diagnose the causes of a roof leak and is skilled and experienced in all types of repairs. We asked Zee a few questions to help our customers get to know him a little better. 

How did you get into the Roofing industry?

I got involved in the Roofing Industry a decade ago and joined Innovative Roofing Group in 2016. This month, I will reach my four-year work anniversary with IRG.

Describe your role at Innovative Roofing Group?

As a Service Department Foreman, I am dispatched daily to address the roofing needs of our awesome clients. This could be to diagnose and fix a leak, to perform a planned repair, or to perform a roof inspection or take-off. I lead a two-man team and SAFETY is always our first and top priority.

What do you like most about your job?

I really enjoy diagnosing tough roofing issues and maneuvering through challenging obstacles in satisfying our customers. I’ve been in the industry for a while now but I am still always learning. I really enjoy meeting people with different experiences and skills and learning from them.

What is your favorite memory of working at Innovative Roofing Group?

I was honored and proud to receive the Employee of the Year award at Innovative Roofing Group, my very first year on the team in 2017.

Tell us about your family

I am married with four amazing kids; one son (20) and three daughters (24, 17, and 15). My spare time is largely spent with them.

 

What is your favorite sports team?

Basketball is my favorite sport and, I’m all in with the Hawks, every step of the way!.

Stop by our office at 1149 Logan Circle NW to say hi to Zee and meet the rest of our amazing staff! For more information about Innovative Roofing Group and the services we offer, call 404-351-8797 or send us an email today!

3 Possible Reasons Your Commercial Roof Is Leaking

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A commercial roof leak is aggravating to deal with. It also poses a risk to the structural integrity of the building, the safety of occupants, and the building’s finishes, fixtures, and contents. Depending on the location and severity of the leak, you could have a big problem on your hands. While you may feel a roof leak would be obvious to spot, it’s not always as easy as noticing stains on ceiling tiles or as puddle on the floor. Some leaks are sneakier. But, if you know why they happen and what to look for, you can potentially nip them in the bud before they create costly and disruptive problems.

1. Penetrations

Most roof leaks occur at transition points of the roofing system, like an edge detail or roof penetration. And, most roofs have a bunch of penetrations poking through them including; HVAC equipment, roof hatches, plumbing pipes and vents, skylights, etc. Each of these penetrations is a weak spot in the roof and, if not properly detailed and maintained, can be source of failure and a leak. Special attention should be paid to the quality of workmanship of the details to ensure a watertight transition.

2. Poor Drainage

The design and construction of your roof should ensure proper drainage. This means water should flow to drains, scuppers, gutters and downspouts and should not pond on the roof. If any of these are obstructed, clogged, damaged, improperly installed, or incorrectly designed, you could experience a leak. Or worse, if excessive ponding water is allowed to accumulate on the roof it could result in a dead load greater than the roof can accommodate creating a structural and occupant safety risk. This can be easily avoided with frequent inspections and maintenance of your roof, drains, gutters, and downspouts.

3. Age 

A properly designed and well installed commercial roof can last beyond 20 years. The lifespan does depend on a variety of things, but if your roof has reached 15 years of age it’s important that you regularly have it inspected by a trained roofing professional. Old roofing materials can grow brittle and crack. or lose their elasticity and tear, eventually allowing moisture to infiltrate the roof system and possibly the building. Preventive maintenance and planned repairs of areas of a roof showing stress or with signs of deterioration can dramatically lengthen a roof’s lifespan and help to avoid annoying and expensive leaks.

 

Getting Your Roof Repaired

Innovative Roofing Group is your expert in all things roof-related. Whether you suspect there is already a leak or you just want to take preventative measures, we can help. Call 404-594-6038 or email us today for more information!

Employee Spotlight: Meet Luis and Shorty

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Innovative Roofing Group is a family business. We define it that way not because of the ownership but because of the culture we nurture here; a culture of respect and gratitude. We believe that one way to assess the quality of our work environment at IRG is by tracking the number of employees that have encouraged family members to join the team. At IRG we are fortunate to count all kinds of family connections within our ranks including siblings, spouses, mothers/daughters, fathers/sons, grandfathers/granddaughters and uncles/nephews. This makes us different; we believe for the better, and extremely proud.

Brothers, Francisco Luis Cortes and Quintil (Shorty) Cortes joined Innovative Roofing Group 10 and 8 years ago, respectively. Luis currently works as a Sheet Metal Mechanic and Shorty as a Roofer on a Production Crew. It’s team members like them – skilled, reliable, hard-working – that make Innovative Roofing Group the company it is. We asked the Cortes brothers a few questions to allow our customers to get to know them. And, through them, Innovative Roofing Group, a little better.

How did you get into the Roofing industry?

Shorty: Luis and I both got into roofing about 20 years ago having been introduced to the business by a friend. We both started as laborers on a production crew. Back then we were mostly installing hot asphalt systems. Over the years we learned how to install most all types of roof systems.

Describe your role at Innovative Roofing Group?

Luis: When I joined IRG in 2010, I went to work as a Roofer on a Production Crew. I always had an interest in Sheet Metal fabrication and installation and moved to our Sheet Metal Division in 2017.

Shorty: I joined IRG a few years after Luis, on his recommendation. I joined a Production Crew but soon after moved to the Service Department where I worked as a helper on a two-man crew. Back in 2019, I moved back to Production as a Roofer.

What do you like most about your job?

Shorty: I like working outside and seeing the transformation of a rooftop based on our workmanship.

Luis: I like the variety of my current role as a Sheet Metal Mechanic. Every day we confront fabrication or installation challenges that require our creativity. I also like how our sheet metal workmanship can enhance a building’s appearance from the ground.

What is your favorite memory of working at Innovative Roofing Group?

Luis: My favorite memory of work at IRG is the day my older brother Quintil started.

Tell us about your family?

We are originally from Oaxaca, Mexico where we still have lots of family including three sisters and a brother.

What do you like to do in your spare time or on your days off?

Luis: When I am off work I try to spend as much time as I can with my beautiful daughter Arlet, who is 15 years old.

Shorty: In my spare time I like to listen to music and drink beer!

Stop by our office at 1149 Logan Circle NW to say hi to the guys and to meet the rest of our amazing staff! For more information about Innovative Roofing Group and the services we offer, call 404-351-8797 or send us an email today!

Dealing With Your Roofing Emergencies Amid a Worldwide Pandemic

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The world is currently facing one huge emergency surrounding COVID-19. While this issue is taking center stage, as it should, it does not eliminate the fact that separate emergencies may arise. During this time of anxiety and uncertainty, when businesses are struggling and individuals are suffering, Innovative Roofing Group is available to help. Don’t let a roofing issue, such as a leak, add stress to an already stressful time. In this season of rain, it’s especially important your commercial roof is in great shape, which is why our team is still performing repairs, maintenance, and other services during this time.

Doing Our Part to Stay Safe 

It’s important you keep your building, its occupants and their belongings safe from the unpredictable weather this time of year. At Innovative Roofing Group, taking care of team members, their families and clients in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic is also paramount. To do so, we are taking extra safety precautions such as:

  • Training every employee on the social distancing protocols set forth by the CDC.
  • Requiring daily temperature and symptom checks for each team member.
  • Offering team members extra personal protective equipment while doing their jobs.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting work vehicles and workspaces often.
  • Requiring remote work for those in the office, including dispatch.
  • Communicating with team members and clients virtually and frequently.

Taking Care of Your Roofing Needs

Don’t let a roof leak damage your building, and its contents. If you have noticed any of the following signs, Innovative Roofing Group can help before it becomes a major issue.

  • Actual water dripping or puddling inside your building.
  • A foul smell or visual mold growing in the building or even on the exterior.
  • Yellow or brown stains on the ceiling or walls.
  • Clogged drains, gutters or downspouts.
  • Excessive ponding of water on the roof.

Contact the Professionals Today 

At Innovative Roofing Group, we’re ready for your call. You may already be dealing with the economic stress on your business, you shouldn’t have to stress over the roof as well. With special measures put in place, we’ll ensure the job gets done safely. Contact us by calling 404-594-6038 or sending an email today!

Employee Spotlight: Meet Lamont

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The staff at Innovative Roofing Group is responsible for making us who we are today and we are grateful for each and every team member. Find out a little more about the people that keep you dry and how they make our success possible.

Lamont Ross Sr. joined the Innovative Roofing Group team in July of 2005. More than fifteen years later, Lamont is a Senior Foreman in our Service Division and is one of the industry’s very best at chasing leaks and repairing them. He has the experience and the skills to work on all types of installed roof systems. We asked Lamont a few questions to help our customers get to know him, and Innovative Roofing, a little better.

How did you get into the Roofing industry?

In 2005, I joined Innovative Roofing Group as a laborer on a production crew. The skills I learned tearing off and installing roofs continue to help me in my role today. Back then we were installing a lot of hot asphalt systems. In 2009, I transferred into the Service Division as a helper and was fortunate to be teamed up with Johnny Clark, Innovative Roofing Group’s second employee. Johnny has been an incredible mentor to me, both in the roofing industry and in life.

Describe your role at Innovative Roofing Group?

IRG has one of the largest commercial roofing service departments in Georgia. We run a dozen crews daily. We service a wide range of client roofing needs from emergency leaks, to planned repairs, and preventive maintenance. As a Senior Forman, I run a crew, dispatched to address different roofing conditions daily. I take pride in properly diagnosing roofing issues quickly and installing repairs that last.

What do you like most about your job?

I enjoy interacting with our customers and their tenants, and I find solving their problems very satisfying.

What is your favorite memory of working at Innovative Roofing Group?

The day I was hired!

Tell us about your family? 

I have a big family but, my life is all about my two boys, Lamont Jr. (16) and Damontae (13). I am a single dad and being a positive role model for my sons is the most important responsibility I have.

What do you like to do in your spare time or on your days off?

My spare time is all about my boys who are very active. We follow all of the Atlanta sports teams but my favorite is the Atlanta Falcons.

Stop by our office at 1149 Logan Circle NW to say hi to Lamont and meet the rest of our amazing staff! For more information about Innovative Roofing Group and the services we offer, call 404-351-8797 or send us an email today!

3 Reasons to Hire a Local Commercial Roofer

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The exterior of your building says a lot about your company. Keeping your roof in good condition ensures uninterrupted operation due to leaks, contributes to a professional appearance, and protects your assets and occupants from damage and injury. If your roof is in need of repairs, maintenance, or full replacement, there are some serious benefits of hiring a local commercial roofer. The following are just a few of those benefits.

1. Building Code Knowledge 

Your roofer will need to know the area’s building code, which for roofing can vary quite dramatically from location to location. With a local roofer, it is highly likely they will be inherently familiar with the codes. Ensuring the roof design and specification meets code will simplify and speed the permitting process and eliminate any code enforcement delays while the project is underway.

2. Issue Resolution 

Sometimes things don’t go quite as planned in construction. Weather is unpredictable and unforeseen conditions can present. If you have hired a local roofer, that company’s senior leadership and likely it’s owner will be there to address issues as they arise and to respond to your questions. There are few things more frustrating during a construction project on your property than having to wait on some game of telephone with the corporate office or some decision process that includes multiple management layers of a large corporation to get an answer on an issue of importance. When working with a local company, you can be pretty confident that the company’s leadership, and possibly owner, will be directly involved in your projects and focused on a successful outcome.

3. Personal Service

Local contractors can typically be counted on to provide more personal and attentive service. They know the area, they earn their living in that area, and they likely live in the area. It’s reasonable to expect that a local roofer will go to great lengths to protect their reputation in the marketplace, doing everything possible to ensure your experience is positive. 

Contact a Local Roofer Today

Whether your roof is damaged and in need of repair, or you’re looking for someone to handle maintenance, a local contractor is your best bet. Contact Innovative Roofing Group by calling 404-594-6038 or emailing us today to learn more!

Employee Spotlight: Meet Teri!

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The staff at Innovative Roofing Group is responsible for making us who we are today. We are grateful for each and every member of the IRG team and hope our customers are too. Find out a little more about the people behind the roof and how they make our success possible.

Teri Stallion has been a dedicated member of our team for 15 years. She currently serves as a Field Superintendent, where she oversees all of our projects from award to completion. She works hard managing our crews to ensure that IRG’s high standard of safety and workmanship are being met on each project. We asked Teri a few questions to help our customers get to know her, and the roofing industry, a little better.

How did you get into the Roofing industry?

In 1983, I started working for Southern Reserve Roofing in Akron, Ohio. Even today, it’s unusual to find a woman working in the field as a commercial roofer, but back when I started, I was all alone. However, I loved it from my very first day and, over time, I experienced just about everything one could on a roof. In the winter of 1985, instead of getting furloughed in Akron, I took a temporary job with Southern Reserve in Atlanta. I never left!

What do you like most about your job?

I’ve been working roofing for nearly forty years and I still get excited seeing a building transformed by a beautiful new roof. I find it very rewarding!

Do you have any advice for those considering roofing services for their commercial property?

Be certain to check the qualifications and references of your roofing contractor and perform regular maintenance.

What is your favorite memory of working at Innovative Roofing Group?

In 2008, I was honored by the National Roofing Contractors Association with The Best of The Best Award and I was featured in Professional Roofing Magazine.

What do you like to do in your spare time or on your days off?

I spend my spare time with my family, including my husband Bobby (a journeyman roofer), my son Anthony, my daughter Tiffany (my team member at IRG), and my granddaughter Alyssa.

Stop by our office at 1149 Logan Circle NW to say hi to Teri and meet the rest of our amazing staff! For more information about Innovative Roofing Group and the services we offer, call 404-594-6038 or send us an email today!

 

Spotting Hail Damage on Your Commercial Roof

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You may not notice it because you don’t spend a lot of time on the roof, but when hail hits, it often causes more damage to your roof than you might realize. Some factors that make hail damage worse include severe wind conditions, larger hailstones, soft building materials, and having no natural barriers to protect your roof. As a commercial property owner, you can look for the following signs of hail damage to make sure it is repaired in a timely manner.

Metal Roofing Panels

When hail hits a commercial metal roofing panel, it could either cause a great deal of damage or none at all. The size of the hailstone is the determining factor, as metal could hold up well against smaller stones. If the hailstones are big enough, you should look for indentations or cracks. Sometimes a small indentation isn’t cause for concern, but if the finish on the metal panel has a crack or a chip in it, rust will begin to form. It’s possible for a large hailstone to split or fracture a metal panel, so you could look for those as well.

Thermoplastic Membrane Roofing

If your commercial roof is made from a thermoplastic membrane such as TPO or PVC, hailstones can accelerate deterioration. Particularly if the roof has aged and plasticizers have started coming out of the membrane, a hailstone that causes a crack will lead to deteriorating materials. Hail damage in a thermoplastic membrane will look like a concentric semicircle pattern or a crow’s feet pattern.

EPDM Membrane Roofing

A roof constructed of EPDM materials is going to be more flexible than the previously mentioned two roofing types, though hail can still cause damage. You should look for circular patterns similar to those you’d find in a thermoplastic membrane. It’s also possible for the hailstones to make actual punctures, which will encourage damage of the underlying materials as well.

Learning More and Repairing Damage

Knowledge is the key to keeping your roof properly maintained. Speak with a professional roofer to learn more about what you can do to spot hail damage on your commercial roof. When you notice the damage, be sure to contact the professionals to have it repaired before it can cause more severe damage to the roof and the entire building. Contact Innovative Roofing Group today by calling 404-594-6038 or sending us an email to get started.

The Hazards of Roof Debris and the Benefits of Maintenance

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Your roof protects your building and all that is in it. Most facility managers would agree that maintaining their roof would be a wise investment of time and resource, however, few actually do it.  Flying debris and seasonal debris buildup present some of the biggest threats to the performance of a commercial roof. This debris includes leaves, twigs, and even trash that carries in the wind. Without proper maintenance and debris removal, you are likely to encounter serious roofing problems.

Debris Creates a Home for Pests and Organic Growth

Most critters and pests love the twigs and leaves that gather on your rooftop. Squirrels, for instance, love to take branches and piles of leaves to create their nests. The problem with this is that squirrels, birds, and other animals can cause significant damage to your roof. Additionally, a mixture of wet leaves and blowing dust can quickly turn into rooftop compost, the ideal place for seeds to grow. Plants that germinate can easily become effective obstacles to intended drainage paths. Furthermore, the root system of plants, shrubs, and trees can quickly destroy a roofing system.

Debris Can Lead to Water Ponding or Leakage

Where you have debris buildup, you are likely to encounter roof drain and gutter and downspout blockages. When this happens, water can pond on the roof which can present many risks. Ponding can contribute to premature membrane failure and, attract dirt and algae. Excessive ponding can create a live load on a building’s structural components that exceed the design criteria leading to damage or even collapse of the roof deck. Clogged gutters and downspouts can lead to gutter leaks, roof leaks, façade leaks, rotted building elements, and mold growth.

Do not skip out on roof maintenance. It is particularly crucial at this time of the year, after the leaves have dropped from the trees. During a routine seasonal maintenance visit intended primarily for debris removal, a non-invasive roof inspection can be performed which can help to identify deterioration or damage to the roofing system before it becomes a disruptive problem. Innovative Roofing Group provides solutions for all of your roofing needs. Call 404-594-6038 or email us today to set up a consultation!