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Why do commercial roof protective coatings use acrylic?

8 Aug 2016 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Applying a protective coating over your commercial roof surface is one of the best ways to reflect the sun’s harmful UV rays. Many of these coatings are acrylic-based, but why is that? You’re probably already familiar with one acrylic-based product: PlexiGlas. Manufacturers use PlexiGlas to create a wide variety of products, everything from boat hulls […]

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Do roof coatings work for commercial roofs?

26 Jul 2016 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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How could applying a thin coat of acrylic or spray foam on a commercial roof actually reduce energy costs? You may be surprised. The headache and hassle of replacing or repairing a commercial roof is enough to make any business owner go crazy. Adding a roof coating system, like SPF with an acrylic UV coating, […]

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Budgeting for your next commercial roof

11 Jul 2016 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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How much do you want to pay for your next commercial roof? Like the old Fram oil filter commercials used to say, “You can pay me now, or you can pay me later!” The same is true for your commercial roof. Yes, you can set money aside each year to completely replace your roof every […]

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How does a reflective roof coating make a commercial roof “cool”?

27 Jun 2016 | Under Energy Efficiency, Roofing, SPF Insulation | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Is your building’s roof a “cool” roof? What does having a “cool” roof even mean? July is just around the corner and it’s heating up across the Lou. A busy business owner doesn’t have time to dip their toes in the local pool. There’s work to be done, clients to meet, and money to be made […]

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Avoiding commercial roofing scams this summer

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A bad storm blows through your commercial district damaging some roofs. Within a few days they start arriving: storm-chasing roofing “companies,” and by “companies” we mean con men. Homeowners are becoming more alert at the danger of roofing scams, but business owners may be just as vulnerable. A logo-wrapped van pulling up to your office with an official-looking […]

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Can SPF roofing withstand hail?

10 Jun 2016 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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The Midwest region and St. Louis are known for getting pounded with hail from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Even if a twister or two is not in tow, a hailstorm can inflict devastating damage on a commercial roof. Some business owners wonder if SPF is rough and tough enough to withstand the impact of hailstones. […]

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How does SPF roofing hold up to tornado winds?

31 May 2016 | Under Roofing, SPF Insulation | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Memorial Day kickstarted tornado season across the Midwest and this year looks to be a doozy! Initial reports of a below-average numbers of tornadoes due to lingering El Niño weather gave way to a surge of cyclone activity in May. An average of 1,253 tornadoes touch down in the U.S. every year, 45 of which […]

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Are birds damaging your commercial roof?

12 May 2016 | Under Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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Spring in St. Louis brings a migration of songbirds, including crows, pigeons, and our personal favorite, Cardinals, looking for places to nest. A commercial roof can seem like a great landing place for birds to build their nests out of the wind and weather. The problem is birds can be a nuisance! Bird nests can gum […]

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What is U-Value in roofing insulation?

3 May 2016 | Under Energy Efficiency, Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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This post is part of four-part series exploring energy efficiency values in insulation, such as K-Value, C-Value, R-Value, and U-Value. How is U-Value measured? What’s the difference between U-Value and K-Value, C-Value, or even R-Value? This series of articles concludes with examining the purpose and metrics of U-Value. Unlike R-Value, K-Value, and C-Value, which are more […]

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What is R-Value in roofing insulation?

27 Apr 2016 | Under Energy Efficiency, Roofing | Posted by | 0 Comments
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This post is part of four-part series exploring energy efficiency values in insulation, such as K-Value, C-Value, R-Value, and U-Value. What is R-Value? What does R-Value mean in commercial roofing insulation? Each insulation type is designed to keep environmental energies contained or controlled, the most obvious of which is temperature. Different values are measured to […]

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I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO