We've started writing newsletters to serve as educational resources. The first of these concerns one of the potential drawbacks to TPO that we're not entirely convinced everyone understands, namely that only part of the membrane keeps water out of the building. Please give it a read if you are so inclined: Thoughts From The Top - TPO.
September 25, 2012
To Whom It May Concern:
We would like to take this opportunity to express what a positive experience it has been to work with National Roofing Company throughout the years. Flintco has worked with National Roofing Company on a number of projects including the CNM TW & H Building Renovations, Los Alamos High School, Santa Fe Indian School Admin Center, Harwood Art Museum in Taos, the University of New Mexico Pit Arena renovation, UNM West Campus as a well as a number of other projects dating back through 2004.
National Roofing's management and staff are great to work with and contribute well to the team efforts on a jobsite; they are collaborative, timely, and professional. We at Flintco look forward to our continued relationship on future projects and recommend National Roofing as a competent and professional roofing contractor.
Sr. Vice President
Thanks Flintco! We like working with you guys too!
It would be difficult to find someone who has not lost someone to cancer, or who doesn't know someone who has lost someone to cancer. If there is an ailment that describes the modern world, it has to be cancer, much like smallpox, polio or the bubonic plague would describe past epochs. As we've cured those horrible diseases, we will also someday cure cancer.
At National Roofing, we want to help in any way we can to eradicate cancer. So this past Sunday (the 29th of April, 2012), we participated as a group in a breast cancer walk.
Currently, someone very dear to the company, a former employee at National Roofing, and a family member to many of us here, is fighting for her life against breast cancer. In honor of her struggle, we were represented as "Team Kathy".
We managed to raise over $1100 dollars for cancer research. While in many ways this is a small effort, every little bit helps and we are happy to contribute. Someday, through our efforts, and companies like ours, we will have a cure and every little thing we do today hastens the day that cure arrives.
If you're looking for a way to help fight the war on cancer apart from donating money or cancer walks, you make want to look into the Folding@home project. It's a distributed computer project run through Stanford that runs experimental models on protein folding.
We would like to extend to Kathy, and anyone else affected by this terrible disease, our love and support as they fight on. We will keep doing our part to end this affliction.
We've been having some minor technical difficulties with the various submission forms located around the website. If you've submitted through those forms, and we haven't gotten back to you, this isn't because we're trying to be rude and ignore you, but because we haven't been receiving the submitted forms.
The error has been corrected, and so we will now be responding to form submissions. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused. Thank you for your understanding.
Recently, National Roofing installed two solar arrays on two different Smith’s grocery stores here in Albuquerque. This is part of a pilot program for Kroger, through which they hope to ascertain the cost effectiveness of solar power on their stores, and if the dollar signs work out, this program will likely be expanded.
That’s great, and good for Kroger for showing some social responsibility. Alternative energy is a good thing unless you happen to be some sort of oil baron, and if you are an oil baron, well, you’re probably part of the problem to begin with.
All of this aside, the two arrays were more or less identical across both of these grocery stores, but our profit certainly wasn’t. On one of these jobs, we lost money, while on the other we came in under budget. Remember, these two jobs were more or less identical in terms of the product we were installing, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth when we finally did the accounting for each.
Everyone wants to put solar panels on the roof. They’re large, bulky, kind of ugly even, and so it makes sense to get them out of the way by putting them up where nobody goes, on to a roof.
The big question is where you put them on the roof. On one of these grocery stores, we put the solar panels parallel to the skylights. It made the system look a little cleaner, but it caused us to have to do twice as much preparation of the roof.
Single-ply roofs, like TPO and EPDM, are made up of large sheets of material that are either welded or adhered together depending on assembly. Where these sheets are welded or adhered together a seam is created. These seams are where these roofs can be the most fragile, and thus care must be taken to protect these areas.
On one of these grocery stores, we managed to set up the racks for the solar panels so that they sat in between the seams. On the other, the racks hit almost every seam, and thus each seam had to be protected before we could put the racks down.
So it was the same assembly, but based on how we laid out the racking system, the cost of each was massively different. This is likely to be true of every roof mounted solar system, where it gets placed on the roof will have a dramatic effect on what the final cost of the installation is.
Since we at National Roofing like installing solar projects, and we also like saving our customers money where it is responsible to do so (i.e. not horribly dangerous), if you are thinking of starting a solar project, give us a call. At a minimum, we can provide information on how the solar system will be best integrated into the roofing assembly, and we will be happy to do so.
National Roofing is Thinking on Top – so you don’t have to worry about it.
Read more over at Solar Novus.