Wednesday, March 14 2018

EPDM and CCW Miradrain

We have perfected the process of sealing decking and enclosed patios using our tried and proven method of a combination of EPDM and CCW Miradrain to form the perfectly sealed aesthetically pleasing seal to compliment decking, pavers, and concrete.

EPDM strips are sealed tight against the shear wall and into door thresholds 6".

This shows another final surface with stucco and a properly installed EPDM stripping at the door threshold.

EPDM stripping is applied 12" up the wall of the patio or deck area. It is important that all door thresholds are at least 6" off the deck to ensure piling snow does not leak into the door or window.

The stripping is tightly sealed underneath the final surface.

EPDM sheets are then adhered to the decking and wall strips to create a lasting water tight bond. A perimeter of a non-cosmetic drip edge is applied to the entire eave section of decking.

After the EPDM sheeting has been fully adhered to the decking, a water tight layer of CCW Miradrain is applied to the entire sheeted surface creating a protectant water tight barrier. This will allow any moisture trapped between the EPDM and final surface to drain properly. Without this step leaks into the walls and decking can become problematic.

All columns are stripped in the same manner as the doors, windows and walls to ensure that there is no entry for moisture at these locations.

The non-cosmetic drip edge is covered on top, adhered to the EPDM decking with a water tight EPDM cover tape.

The Miradrain is adhered on top of the EPDM and cosmetic strip.

A second cosmetic drip edge is applied to the perimeter of the Miradrain giving a very appealing final surface. There is approximately a 1/4" gap between the two perimeter drip edges to allow air to freely flow into the miradrain and water to escape. This surface is ready for decking, concrete, pavers or any other final surface to be installed directly.

This image shows a 100% complete EPDM, Miradrain, stripping installation awaiting concrete or pavers. The cosmetic drip edge still has a protective plastic film that will be removed upon finishing.

Here is another photo of a completely finished application awaiting concrete pavers..

Looking for more information?

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Thursday, March 1 2018

An Introduction to Boral Tile Seal™

Ask any roofer and they will tell you that the most important component of any tile roof will undeniably be it's underlayment. While the various types of roofing tiles do shed a majority of the water off the roof, the underlayment will shed a great deal of moisture that isn't stopped by the tiles. While tiles and their fasteners and clips may well last at or beyond 50-100 years, the underlayment will always be the last line of defense between your home and the elements. More importantly the underlayment will be the first aspect of your roof to show it's age and is most likely the culprit for leaks. As an industry leading-standard practice we have abandoned the use of traditional felt underlayment and replaced it with High-Temp Boral Tile Seal™. We only use the best products for every job, every time.

Longevity Boral Tile Seal™ is an extremely durable, mixed composition underlayment formulated to keep the moisture out of your home long after other felt underlayment has given up. The key principle in it's longevity is it's patented felt combined with a durable self-adhering sub layer.

High-Temp Applications Boral Tile Seal™ is designed to be used in a range of high temperature applications. All underlayment is constantly bombarded by sunlight and the weather causing it to break down over time. This process is accelerated when the very hot underlayment meets the very cool elements and become bridle causing breakage and ultimately leaking. The High-Temp Boral Tile Seal™ will automatically reseal itself in the event of small penetrations. In that sense it essentially becomes a better barrier each time it is heated - creating a more solid leak proof environment and ultimately keeping you and your family dry.

Self Sealing One of the most profound benefits of High Temp Boral Tile Seal™ is it's ability to self seal penetrations. By this standard, each and every nail applied to your roof that enters the Boral Tile Seal™ will automatically seal itself ensuring a water tight environment. This is not a common feature of a standard synthetic underlayment. Holes from fasteners and hardware can be a leading cause of a leaky roof. Over time small penetrations in a standard synthetic underlayment will begin to corrode and expand eventually requiring the underlayment to be replaced.

Early Dry-In For home builders and home re-roofing projects this is a saving grace. While the price of the Boral Tile Seal™ application is a small percentage more expensive than a standard underlayment there are a number of factors that actually make it a less expensive option when applied to an entire project timeline. The most significant price reduction comes when a builder can continue to schedule other trades immediately after framing completion since Boral Tile Seal™ can be applied 6 months prior to the final roofing installation. Imagine getting your plumbers, HVAC contractors, and electricians busy the day after your roof sheathing was completed. Boral Tile Seal™ can make this a possibility. This alone saves builders thousands in interest payments for months of idle construction loans. Boral Tile Seal™ will work as well after 180 days exposed as it would at day one.

Multi-Use Boral Tile Seal™ eliminates the code-required need for an Ice and Water shield at rakes and eaves since it in itself is a self-sealing water tight membrane. We use it for our tile jobs of all types, as well as for all types of metal roofing - eliminating the need for a felt underlayment on these applications entirely.

Over All Quality Boral Tile Seal™ is designed to be extremely tough, and to endure the elements. We have used the same product on hundreds of tile roofing, and metal roofing jobs and have never turned back to traditional felt underlayment. While the material cost for the tile sealer can be more expensive when compared apples to apples to a felt underlayment, there are several areas it literally saves the homeowner money. Aside from an expedited scheduling process we have such a low incidence of leaks caused by faulty underlayment that the issue is non-commissioned in our day to day operation. This saves time and money by preventing leaks and possibly damage to interiors. This can be accredited to Boral Tile Seal™.

The Demand for Quality While a reasonable price-point is of key importance to the homeowner, some areas of quality can not be substituted. The underlayment of your metal and tile roofing is one of the most important areas to be mindful of quality as this can save you from costly repairs and replacement later.

External Links:

- Boral Tile Seal™ Brochure

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