Monthly Archives: March 2015

I was thinking about paying a company to do a new roof over our business. We have an older building, but it is in really good shape. That is, except the roof. It is a flat rubber roof with gravel over the rubber membrane. It is dry and brittle and leaking like a sieve in places. We put buckets out when it rains. Fortunately it is just a garage where we do repair work. I was thinking of having a wooden roof built over the old roof. I called a place that does commercial roof replacement in NJ. They offered me an alternative.

I was thinking about the longevity of getting a new rubber roof versus putting up trusses, sheathing and shingles. It would be an empty space, but I thought it would last longer. The company that does commercial roof replacement in NJ showed me the new membrane systems they use to replace flat roofs. The technology has come a long way since this old roof was put up there. The gravel surface would be taken away, and the rubber membrane would be removed. The surface structure of metal would be repaired or replaced anywhere there was a problem. The drainage system would be updated, and a new solid membrane would be installed.

The new material they use would become one continuous surface as it was installed. The big sheets of material would be bonded together and even run up the sides of the roof edge. No water would be getting in. The installation looked to be a significant cost savings over building a wooden roof over the flat roof, and the longevity projections were longer than what shingles would last. We decided to have our old flat commercial roof replaced with a new continuous membrane roof surface. It is bright white, and that saves on cooling in the summer.

My husband and his buddies think they can fix anything. And in most cases, they really can. Each of them has a lot of expertise in fixing and making things. But when we had trouble with our plumbing system recently, I told my husband that he really should call a plumber in Morris County NJ to help us. He wishes he would have listened to me now!

First, we were having trouble with our sewer system, and then our air conditioning broke and our fridge stopped refrigerating properly as well. This would be too much work to handle at once for any one person to handle in most cases, and my husband is no different. After all, we have 5 children and he also works full time. But he wanted to try to tackle everything on his own instead.

He started with the plumbing issue first, but he really could not figure out what the problem was, despite working on it for two days. In the meantime, it was getting very hot out and we needed the A/C fixed quickly. Feeding a family of 7 by trying to store and refrigerate food in a small Styrofoam cooler doesn’t work well either. So, he moved on from the plumbing and tried to tackle the fridge and A/C problems at the same time.

Before we knew it, our toilet backed up and overflowed all over the floor. He knew he was in over his head when the kids and I told him that he should have called in an expert in the first place, and he would be the one responsible for cleaning the floor! He cleaned everything up and got on the phone immediately to call a company, and they sent someone right over. After just a few hours, he fixed our system and now we have no more worries about that. Maybe next time my husband will listen!

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