Rain Over a Roof into the Gutters

How did your home or business weather the first, signifcant El Nino Storm? Los Angeles experienced record rain, flooding, storm surges, and all of the leaks associated with this type of weather. The four years of drought may have taken a toll on your home or business. Haven’t prepared for what winter has in store? Take the time now, check out ARWP’s tips on making sure your home or business is ready for what is expected to be a record breaking winter.

Even though El Nino is here!  It is not too late, get prepared today! Contact the team at Allied Roofing and Waterproofing with any questions. 

  1. Purchase Emergency Supplies! Do you live or work in an area that frequently floods? Get ahead of the game. Stock up on sandbags, heavy plastic sheeting and be prepared. Don’t let a storm sneak up on you, watch the weather!

  2. Fix your leaks right away!  The recent dry heat may have caused wood structures to shrink and to open up expansion joints, possibly creating leak points. Did you experience this during the last rain? Call an expert immediately. Roofers, waterproofers, and plumbers are booking weeks out. Don’t wait to get on their schedule.

  3. Clean out your Gutters and Downspouts – and then clean them again! Clean your gutters before and after each storm. Look for any breaks and make sure the gutters are tight against the roofline. Seal up any holes from cables and other wires that penetrate exterior walls.

  4. Invest in a Generator: A number of Los Angeles neighborhoods lost power in last weeks storms. If you are in a neighborhood susceptible to power outages, consider buying a portable generator or even a permanent standby generator that immediately kicks in if the power goes out.

  5. Install a sump pump: With enough rain, groundwater can invade below-grade spaces such as basements and garages even with good drainage systems in place. If you already have a sump pump, have your plumber service it.

  6. Examine your Window Glazing Compound: The persistent hot, dry weather may have caused the glazing compound to shrink and pull away from the glass panes. Loosened panes can allow rain penetration. Check and recaulk as needed.

  7. Balcony & Deck Slopes? How is the water flowing from the walls into the drainage system? Make sure all drains are clear of debris and draining properly.

  8. Find your Team! Research the best waterproofers, plumbers, and roofers in town! Don’t wait until you need an expert to find your team! Add their contact information to your phone!
02Feb 2015
We are excited to announce that Allied Waterproofing Systems, Inc. and its roofing division 4MyRoof have officially combined to create Allied Roofing and Waterproofing, Inc. 
Based in Santa Monica, California we are excited to offer contractors of both commercial and residential properties more than 30 years of experience and full suite of services. In addition to roofing and waterproofing our services also include general construction and solar installation. In bundling these services we are is able to simplify the construction process with our years of experience and commitment to excellence.

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05Feb 2015
Beverly Hills Most Expensive Home Sale to Date at $70,000,000

It is not every day that a Beverly Hills home sells for $70,000,000, yes you read that correctly, seventy-million dollars! When handbag tycoon Bruce Makowsky set out to build the mega-mansion complete with eight bedrooms, 15 bathrooms, a 2,500 bottle wine room and 23,000 square feet of living space he wanted the best of everything. ARWP was brought on to work on the basement waterproofing and roofing of the high profile mansion. Collaborating with multiple contractors on a larger team we worked on the residence retaining walls, basement under slab vapor barrier, above grade waterproofing transitions and the basement car carousel. In addition to this we also executed the doors and window moisture barrier, roofing and sheet metal waterproofing integration.

Stay up to date on our newsletter to learn about new projects, in the mean time check out some more of our featured projects to get a better idea of our work.

 

 

27Feb 2015
ARWP was selected to replace the two aging BUR Build-Up Roofing Modified Bitumen cap sheet roof systems with Versico 60 mil thick TPO Class A fire resistant roofing membrane.  While in the middle of winter, our crews are aware of the changing weather and provide a watertight roof system at the end of each working day.  We are on schedule to have the 45,000 square feet of roofing completed by the end of February 2015.

 

Owner: DSL Construction Scott Properties – Los Angeles
Project: 10480 National Blvd & 10514 National Blvd Los Angeles
History: DSL Construction Scott Properties has been a customer of Allied Roofing & Waterproofing Inc since after the 1994 Northridge earthquake.  Like many building owners following the destruction as a result of the magnitude 6.7 earthquake, they were in need of a good Los Angeles roofing contractor and fast.  Since 1994, Allied Roofing & Waterproofing have successfully roofed over 50,000 square feet of apartment buildings for DSLConstruction Scott Properties.
25Mar 2015
  • Drone View of Mathis Furniture Project
  • Mathis Furniture Solar Farm Roof
  • Sky View Mid Construction of Mathis Furniture

ARWP,  Allied Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc., was contacted by Mark Smith of Solar Forward, Inc. to provide roof preparation and solar penetration roofing at Mathis Furniture in Indio, California. The existing roof system is a Fibertite 36 mil thick thermoplastic roof membrane. ARWP is a certified applicator using their abilities and knowledge of different roofing systems to identify the most appropriate roofing product and coordinate with key individuals at Fibertite. As an approved applicator ARWP was able to extend the already in place warranty to include over 600 new roof penetrations. Upon completion the warranted Fibertite roofing system will receive a new certification from the manufacturer with the solar farm in place on the roof.

When completed the 2496 SunPower 327 Watt Solar Panels will produce 850 kilowatts with 32 SMA Tri-power inverters. It is estimated that the return on investment will be 5 years providing Mathis Furniture an additional 15 years under warranty. Interested in learning more about solar options, contact ARWP today!

20Apr 2015

ARWP’s Justin Ewart partnered with Architect David Hertz in the roof and waterproofing design and construction of a home comprised of 4.5 million parts of a Boeing 747. The 747 Wing House project is on a 55-acre property in the remote hills of Malibu, CA. Justin Ewart was contacted by Architect David Hertz for is expertise and creativity in roofing and waterproofing. Justin Ewarts final design plans incorporated using the products  of two manufactures, Versico & PolyGlas. The ARWP team designed a Class A Fire Rated roofing system by installing a three-step process of PolyGlass Self-Adhesive membranes applied directly to the existing aluminum, composite, and wood substrates of the recycled wings.

We were able to achieve a Class A Fire Rating with the PolyGlass Self-Adhesive membranes without the use of fasteners or fire retardant sheet barriers. The use of fasteners for the roofing system was not an option as the fasteners would telegraph through the final layer of Versico TPO roofing membrane and be visible from the different viewpoints of the 747 Wing House. The PolyGlass Self-Adhesive membranes have a granular mineral surface, which provides a great point of adhesion substrate for the final layer of membrane, which was to be fully adhered to the PolyGlass membranes. Hertz wanted a roofing membrane to complement the original aluminum and composite substrate of the recycled wings.

The ARWP team provided Hertz with the Versico TPO (Thermoplastic Polyefin) “Grey” roofing membrane as it was the perfect product for the job. We fully adhered the roofing membrane to the PolyGlass membranes with water based VOC bonding adhesive thus eliminating the need for unsightly fasteners. We worked with Hertz to provide a suitable layout of the membrane as to replicate the metal panel simulation of the original aluminum and composite substrate of the recycled wings.

The real challenge was finishing the roofing membrane along the radial and knife-edges of the wings. In working with our sheet metal fabricator, we were able to design a TPO Clad metal as manufactured by Versico Roofing Products in which the membrane was fabricated fused to the aluminum clad metal. The metal was then custom fit to replicate the shapes of the radial and knife-edges of the wings. Our technicians then welded custom non-reinforced membrane between the metal and original installation roof areas.

The field membrane was secured with a 1″ wide aluminum termination metal beneath the custom clad metal perimeter edging thus preventing wind uplift as the 747 wing project sits at the top of a canyon above Point Mugu. The Versico TPO “Grey” membrane was not as reflective as the white membrane but did provide a Solar 747 Boeing jet. There was a reflectance of 46% after the initial installation.

In the end, the Hertz and owner Francine Rehwald were extremely pleased with the care and consideration that the 4myroof team, now Allied Roofing and Waterproofing, Inc., took into implementing and installing the first ever roof of it’s kind to the recycled wings of a 747 Boeing jet.

 

26Jun 2015
  • Completed Green Idea Case Study House

It is not everyday that a company is contacted by a homeowner with the request to build a net zero energy and zero carbon home. Robert Fortunato, Redondo Beach homeowner, wanted to push the limits of residential construction and create the Green Idea House case study.

Robert reached out to Justin Ewart and his team at ARWP to have them design the Green Idea House’s roofing system as well as install their solar stand-offs.  Justin’s challenge was to ensure that his portion of the project met the project goals – to design a net zero energy and zero carbon home for less than standard construction costs. While at the time of construction there was a shift toward green construction practices, even a new law stating that all new residential homes must be net zero energy by 2020, but this was yet to be the accepted norm. When designing the roofing system it was important that the following objectives were achieved:

  • Recycle, Recycle, Recycle – 97% of the construction waste was to be kept out of landfills
  • Harvest Energy – The home had to harvest more energy than it used
  • Cost effective solutions – the designs had to cost less than standard construction costs

To achieve these goals, Justin Ewart selected a roofing system from a local manufacturing company that was less than 100 miles from the construction site. All leftover materials were recycled in a facility in Chino, CA reducing the waste that would typically end up in a landfill.

As a result of Robert’s vision, Justin’s and fellow subcontractors contributions, the Green Idea House  resulted in:

  • 97.5% of all demolition waste was recycled
  • Reduced the home’s energy costs by 70%
  • Each month the Fortunato family receives a $1,400 credit from their energy company
  • The solar panels power their electric car that they use for 80% of their driving
  • Reduced their personal soot contribution by 100%
  • 33% reduction in water use

Justin and his entire team at ARWP were proud and honored to be part of a ground breaking project. This project defied the industry standards developing a house 15% below standard construction costs and ultimately resulted in Net Zero Energy and Zero Carbon home.

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