Flat Roof Series 4: The Modern Systems You Should Know

The future is bright for commercial flat roofing systems. That’s the good news. The bad news is that many commercial (and even residential) flat roofing contractors are still installing outdated technologies, as we discussed last week. At Van Martin, we are doing our part to raise awareness about the superior options available, and we’re gaining […]

Protecting Your Investment With a Shingle Roof Warranty

Let’s face it, having your roof shingled is a major investment and you want to be sure that the roof is going to last. Ohio is not known for gentle, year-round temperatures. In fact, the weather can go from immense heat to a blizzard in a matter of days or weeks. You’ve done your homework […]

Insulation Series 3: How Much Insulation Is Needed?

There’s nothing like spending less to keep your home at a comfortable temperature no matter how terrible the weather outside is. And now, it should be clear from reading parts one and two in the series that insulation plays a big role in this. But exactly how much do you need? Too little, and you […]

Insulation Series 2: Beware the Ice Dam

The term “Ice Dam” might evoke images of a serene landscape in the snow, but ice dams can be treacherous on your Dayton roof. As we learned in the first article in this series, improper insulation can lead to high energy consumption, but it can also cause havoc on your home. An ice dam could […]

Insulation Series 1: What Is Insulation and How Does It Work?

Insulation is something of an enigma to many people. It’s the shadowy material that lines places you rarely see or visit like your attic. Go figure it’s such a mystery. We know we’re strongly advised to insulate our ceilings, walls, and floors of our houses to increase energy efficiency and facilitate a cozier living space. […]

Another Year of “Super Service”

Happy New Year to all of our friends from the Van Martin team! Like you, we have been braving the Dayton weather in the past weeks. No matter how cold it gets, we remain committed to delivering exceptional service. For the second year in a row, we have earned the Angie’s List 2013 Super Service […]

Removing Ice From Roofs Safely

If your asking yourself how you should be safely removing ice from roofs of buildings you own, you may already have damage occurring in your building– let’s hope not!  In order to remove  ice off roofs you must know that it is not as easy as a driveway, or sidewalk and can cause major damage […]

Flat Roof Series 3: The Outdated Systems You Should Avoid

The main purpose of a flat roof, or any roof for that matter, is to keep your home or building safe and dry. Simple enough, right? Well, many flat roofing technologies on the market today face some major, inherent drawbacks as a result of their design. In fact, most flat roofs fail to serve their […]

Flat Roof Series 2: The Benefits Associated with Flat Roofs

There is a common misconception among many home-improvement contractors, residential builders, architects and building owners that flat roofs equal problems (See Series 1 for More). When planned and constructed correctly the reality is that a flat roof is easier to build and can cost less than a conventional pitched or sloped roof. For large size […]

Flat Roof Series 1: The Problems Associated with Flat Roofs

As we continue broadening our horizons in the world of roofing, we turn to flat roofs. Roofs with little-to-no pitch (slope) are commonplace among commercial buildings, but are also present in some residential buildings. First up in our series, we examine the major potential problems associated with flat roofs. Poor Water Flow Architecturally speaking, there […]

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