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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.

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  • An Overview of Historic Building Preservation

    An Overview of Historic Building Preservation

    All great things require planning. Ancient Rome and the Pyramids did not just come to be. Instead, they were the result of a vision and a plan. Building preservation is subject to extensive planning and has a multitude of factors to consider. While building preservation planning is never actually easy, some buildings or places have fewer things to consider during the construction of the plan.  

    It is the responsibility of the owner of a historical place to preserve the history the location offers. Essentially, these people have a duty to keep history alive. This entails a process. Essentially, historic building preservation planning is a process by which the specific needs of historic collections are determined, the priorities to ensure preservation are established, and the resources necessary for proper preservation are identified. This process results in a written, long-range preservation plan. 

    This written document includes many subjects and points. Records of not only the current preservation plan are included, but the records of past preservation are incorporated, as well. These records shape the overall future of the historical collection. 

    In addition to the past and present records, a needs assessment survey is incorporated into the overall plan. The needs assessment survey determines the needs of the place and the actions necessary to meet these needs. Typically, one assessment survey is sufficient, but historical places such as museums need multiple surveys as they have multiple historical collections. 

    All historic building preservation planning must evaluate the policies, practices, and conditions of the historic property. Additionally, all plans must include the current state of the historic collections and describe how to improve their conditions. The plans must also highlight how to preserve their history in the long-term.  

    To conclude, historic building preservation planning must identify the needs of a historical place, item, or collection. The plan must then organize and prioritize these needs to ensure the solid preservation of something's history. For more information on historic preservation planning, contact me today.

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