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Pre-Inspection Process for Commercial Roofing Systems

Scope of the Commercial Property Inspection Commercial Inspection Standards of Practice When entering into an agreement to inspect a property, it’s common for the inspector to include in the agreement the Standards of Practice that will form the basis for his inspection. Members of CCPIA perform commercial building inspections according to the International Standards of…

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The Thermodynamics of Thermal Insulation

Terms You Should Know Thermal conductivity Thermal conductivity is the K-value. It is the measure of a material’s ability to conduct heat. A low K-value indicates that the material does not allow heat energy to easily pass through. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), a material must have a K-value of 0.5 or…

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Types of Low-Slope Roof Thermal Insulation

The insulation used in low-slope roof assemblies typically falls into one of the four categories: rigid board insulation; dual-purpose structural deck and insulating planks; lightweight insulating concrete (LWIC); or sprayed polyurethane foam (SPF). Rigid Board Insulation Rigid board insulation is the most common type of insulation used in low-slope commercial roofing. It is made from…

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Why Low-Slope Roofs Fail

All buildings are capable of having an unlimited physical service life, but not an unlimited economic life. No other building system surpasses roofs as a source of litigation. Roofs may fail for either economic or technical reasons. Economic Reasons for Roof Failure When decisions are made on how to spend money on the construction of…

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Low-Slope Roof Construction and Failure Assignment of Responsibilities

The complexities involved in adequately designing a roof for optimal long-term performance are reflected by the number of factors that a designer must consider, including: original construction and life-cycle (long-term) costs; energy conservation scheme; value of building’s interior contents; required long-term service life; basic roof components (deck, insulation, membrane, accessories); availability of qualified contractors/workers; environmental…

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Low-Slope Roof Components

The following information is a general overview of basic and accessory low-slope roof components, their major design factors, functions, and common failures. The three main components of a low-slope roof are the structural deck, the thermal insulation, and the membrane. Other vital parts of a low-slope roof include the flashing and air retarders, although these…

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The History of Low-Slope Roofs

Low-slope roofs were a late invention in building construction. This was mostly because steep-slope roofs exhibited superior water-shedding properties. Also, before industrialization, much of the manufacturing of goods was done in people’s homes by hand or with basic small machinery, so there wasn’t a need for larger buildings. But as the Industrial Revolution progressed, it…

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Certificate of Membership

This certificate states that you are a member in good standing and have met CCPIA’s membership requirements, including maintaining an active membership, plus completing the online Standards of Practice Course and Code of Ethics Course with a score of 80 percent or higher. Provide potential clients a copy of your CCPIA certificate with your inspection…

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CCPIA Members Receive Free Trial of Homeworthy Inspection System

The Homeworthy Inspection System provides a robust commercial property inspection experience. Some of the inspection report templates that may be of interest to a commercial property inspector include: Construction Stage Report Disability Access & Facilities Assessment Fire Penetrations Assessment Commercial Dilapidation Report Building Hand Over Report Property Managers Periodic Condition Report The mobile application also…

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CCPIA Members Receive up to 10% Off Entire Purchase of RS Means

RS Means, brought to you by Gordian, provides accurate and up-to-date reference materials for construction standards, building maintenance schedules, and repair/replacement cost estimating data for different types of commercial buildings including light commercial, heavy commercial, and multi-family housing. Various products that might be of interest to commercial property inspectors include: Cost Planning and Estimating for…