• A key player

    by Rick Duncan, Ph. D., P.E.

    As the net-zero energy building movement has gained momentum across the U.S., spray polyurethane foam (SPF) has been widely adopted for use in residential and commercial construction. SPF acts as a water barrier, air barrier and thermal insulator in roofing projects, and its high performance and energy-efficiency characteristics make it an ideal product for buildings designed to achieve net-zero energy consumption.

  • Are you a leader or a manager?

    by Thomas R. Shanahan, CAE

    Even profitable organizations can experience internal problems with leading and managing employees. "Leadership" and "management" are similar terms with definitions that often overlap. But roofing contractors who learn the difference between leading and managing understand their dual importance in an organization and realize greater success.

  • The DNA of roofing

    by Chrystine Elle Hanus

    Located in Dallas, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science was built to inspire children to become the scientific leaders of tomorrow. The museum exposes children to various fields of science, mathematics and engineering through exploration areas, discovery stations, workshops, demonstrations and more housed inside a cube-shaped structure. KPost Company, Dallas, helped build the unique museum and installed several roof systems, overcoming challenging waterproofing scenarios.

  • A legal out

    by Stephen M. Phillips

    Everyone makes mistakes, but you may not always be on the line for them. Contractors whose negligence causes damage to an owner's building may not necessarily have to pay for the property damage. A growing number of U.S. courts have ruled property damage claims against roofing contractors are barred by a waiver of subrogation provision found in The American Institute of Architects contracts.

  • The ice dam cometh

    by Dave Baur

    With the recent uptick in severe weather, it is important to know how to keep homes protected. One potential problem for homeowners is water leakage and other damage caused by ice dams. Proper installation of underlayment can reduce the damage caused by ice dam formation by minimizing the amount of heat transfer between the interior and exterior of a building.

Current Issue

Professional Roofing 11/01/2015

The November issue features a look at the increasing role of spray polyurethane foam in the net-zero energy building movement; the dual importance of leading and managing employees; and the unique construction of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, among other topics.

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