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  • Stay Safe with Membrane Roofing in New York City

    Stay Safe with Membrane Roofing in New York City

    Imagine an umbrella large enough to protect a roof. While that would be interesting, a better solution for protecting roofs against water damage is membrane roofing. Membrane roofing is typically for flat roofs and was invented approximately forty years ago as a means to prevent leaks and general damage that buildings often suffer from water exposure. Famous New York City, of course, is a flat roof haven in which membrane roofing is essential.

    Membrane roofing is typically made of synthetic rubber. This type of roofing can also be made of modified bitumen and thermoplastic, as well. Membrane roofing simply serves as a barrier for water. Leaks and flat roofs go hand in hand, but it is important to note that roof leaks are far more than a nuisance. 

    A leak is part of a cycle that results in many leaks. Multiple leaks often result in the entire collapse of a roof in serious circumstances. Of course, this is a huge safety concern that can have devastating consequences for those involved. Surely such a devastating occurrence is incredibly costly, as well. To prevent tragedies much like a roof collapsing, membrane roofing is crucial in areas with heavy precipitation.

    Annual rainfall in New York City is typically 44.73 inches. This is nearly 4 inches higher than the national average. Additionally, the average snowfall in New York City is approximately 3 feet. Of course, snow melts and becomes water. These amounts are potential threats to buildings and further validate just how essential membrane roofing is in New York City.

    To conclude, membrane roofing is a cautionary measure that prevents disasters from happening. Membrane roofing is essential and incredibly beneficial in places like New York City.

    For more information on membrane roofing, please contact us today.

  • New York's Architectural Gems Benefit From Quality Elevator Design & Installation

    New York's Architectural Gems Benefit From Quality Elevator Design & Installation

    Without a doubt, New York City is the greatest metropolis in the world.  Repeatedly the beauty of the city is affirmed by all who come and experience its magnificence. An architectural marvel, New York City, continues to shape the lives, hopes, and dreams for millions of people. Those who are lucky enough to call this city home, are continuously surrounded by the light, and the movement, and the design that are legends of poetry.

    Lucky as they are, the residents of New York City must deal with some harsh realities. Many who live in historic buildings find that elevator problems are common. The elevator stops abruptly, moves haltingly, and then stops short of the hallway floor. The door sticks, and it is evident it is time for an elevator upgrade. While it is desirable to live in a historical marvel, modern life begs for convenience.  Elevator upgrades ensure proper mechanical operation that is essential for safety.

    Solutions for Common Problems

    The brains of an elevator system are the controller.  Controllers usually last about 25 years and generally are the major component replaced during an elevator upgrade. The newest controllers are microprocessor-based with variable frequency. A Variable Frequency Drive provides for smooth cab movements because the ride begins slowly and then gradually increases and then reduces speed for a gradual stop. There is no reason to put up with an erratic elevator trip when easy solutions are available.

    Scott Henson Architect has all it takes to create an elevator design and installation blueprint. Scott knows that every customer, every building, every elevator installation is unique. We get to know our clients and examine the unique specifications of the project. Our goal is to design and plan to deliver the best possible results.

    Contact Scott Henson Architect to see how easy it is to upgrade the elevator in your New York City building.



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