Roof Selection

Title Abstract Publication Date
Obstacles and Opportunities. Details design and construction issues of vegetative roofs, including the root barrier, drainage layer, filter fabric, growth medium, and plantings. The disadvantages of vegetative roofs to drainage... 04/30/2009
Optimizing Roof Performance. Achieving an optimized roof system requires attention to three main areas: design, quality materials and construction, and maintenance. 06/30/2001
Over the Top. Describes how careful preparation and reliable information can help bring about a successful roofing project, whether retrofitting an old roof or topping off new construction. Contractor evaluation... 06/30/1999
Protected Membrane Roofs: A Sustainable Roofing Solution. Examines the benefits of protected membrane roofing (PMR) for school buildings. PMR uses an upside-down approach, where the insulation is placed on top of the waterproofing membrane to improve... 07/31/2003
Purchasing Practices: Two Education Allies Warn of the Pitfalls of Low-Bid Buying. In buying school supplies and roofing, school districts need to realize that low bid too often equates to low quality, high maintenance, poor performance, and short life. The key is to write bid... 12/31/1996
Putting the Right Roof Over Your Head. Discusses types of roofing, their configuration, and respective life cycle and energy savings attributes. 05/31/2004
Raising the Bar on Green Roof Design. Reviews the design, construction, and performance of the green roof on the American Society of Landscape Architects' headquarters building. An exploded axonometric drawing reveals the complexity... 10/31/2006
Raising the Roof. Discusses how metal standing-seam roofs can help conserve energy, and with proper maintenance, be long-lasting. Provides an example of how one high school replaced its leaking roof with a metal... 05/31/2000
Recovering Kingsdale. The refurbishment of a dilapidated 50-year-old secondary school in a London suburb has set a number of significant benchmarks for school design in the United Kingdom. The project has lifted concepts... 11/02/2004
Reducing Life-Cycle Costs. Presents factors to consider when determining roofing life-cycle costs, explaining that costs do not tell the whole story; discussing components that should go into the decision (cost, maintenance,... 07/31/2003
Reparing and Restoring Historic Roofs. Advises on historic school roof repair and replacement, citing the need to determine if it is replacement or simply repair that is needed; consideration of replacement with the same, a facsimile, or... 10/31/2007
Replacing Arizona's Roofs. Discusses the Arizona statewide mandate to spend $500 million to repair or replace roofs in its public school system. Data from the state's evaluation process are provided, including how the... 09/30/2000
Retrofit Revolution: The High Cost of Cheap. Discusses controllable factors in roof performance: design, installation, materials, maintenance, inspection, and warranty. The hazards of cutting corners in these areas are emphasized. 03/31/2011
Roof ConsuItants Institute The Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) is a non-profit association of roof consultants bringing a high level of professionalism to their industry.
Roof Garden Growth Medium: It's Not Dirt. Discusses the elements that make up a roof garden, along with its benefits to energy consumption and storm water control. The typical growing medium is not dirt, but an engineered mixture of minerals... 02/28/2010
Roof Insulation: Protection from Above. Expands on first principles of selecting roof insulation: to extend performance life, account for the building's thermal needs, satisfy applicable energy codes, and deliver a roof assembly... 05/31/2010
Roof Lines. Discusses types of roofs for athletic facilities, with variations in design and materials noted according to climate and building purpose. Typical warranty limitations, the work of roof inspectors,... 03/30/2007
Roof System EPDM Shrinkage. Looks at EPDM synthetic rubber roof membranes and the potential problems associated with this material's shrinkage. Discusses how long such a roof should perform and what issues may affect its... 12/31/1997
Roofing 4-part series on selecting cool roofs. Part 1: Cool Roofs an Option For Almost Any Facility; Part 2: Cool Roofs Can Provide Big Savings In Conjunction With Other Systems; Part 3: Cool Roof Rebates,... 03/31/2012
Roofing Customer Service. Advises on how to select a roofing contractor by scrutinizing their references, the certifications for the type of roof they install, their financial standing, their workers compensation records, and... 10/31/2004
Roofing Essentials: Options for Covering Your Campus Facilities. Describes seven common low- and steep-slope roofing options, including the benefits and challenges of each regarding cost, installation, and durability. 01/31/2005
Roofing Industry Educational Institute. The Roofing Industry Educational Institute provides objective and current technological information for quality roofing design, materials and application.
Roofing Source File. Presents a resource guide for identifying, selecting, and specifying roofing systems for educational facilities. Explores the various types of roofing systems considered for most schools: low-slope,... 11/30/1998
Roofing Source File. Presents a resource guide for identifying, selecting, and specifying educational roofing systems. Explores the various types of roofing systems considered for most schools and describes how to select... 11/30/1994
Roofing Systems Have Continued to Improve in Quality. Discusses the benefits of each of three types of roofing systems: built-up roofing (BUR); modified bitumen; and a combination of BUR and modified bitumen. Roof performance, performance maximization,... 01/31/2000