The roofing sector is going through big changes, and Tecron is as excited as anyone about the prospect of energy-neutral buildings becoming the standard in housing and building.
However, roofing and construction professionals will want to take care to make sure changes are looked at from a ‘big picture’ point of view, including consideration of impacts elsewhere in a structure to avoid changing standards impacting the performance of a building.
We asked Tecron’s Technical Manager, David Corless, to explain more and give an essential, real world example of this requirement…
Weak Points and Critical Junctions in Buildings
David explained that changing norms in construction are welcome but it should be kept in mind that these have a ‘knock-on effect’ construction professionals will need to plan for: “In a world of ever-increasing demands on the performance of buildings to provide comfortable and sustainable living for inhabitants, now and into the future, it is imperative that details are focused upon at known weak points and critical junctions in buildings.
“Over the years the regulations have moved on to meet standards of living and
energy reduction in the running of a building. This has had a knock-on effect that buildings are now warmer and more airtight than ever before.
“This is all excellent progress and giving a clear vision for the goal of energy-neutral dwellings becoming the norm in overall housing and building stocks.”
One example of areas where thinking about knock-on effects must be considered is insulation, thermal bridging and condensation.
David outlined why these are now essential factors: “Insulation thicknesses have grown from a mere 50mm being the norm to now 200mm being the norm on flat roof projects.”
“Whilst this is admirable and part of the goal, consideration has to be given to the surrounding substrates and fixings to what this elevation of standards in building performance will actually do.”
He added that “thermal bridging on wooden substrates like plywood and joists now becomes a factor and must be considered when buildings are being designed”.
“The hard and fast rule of thumb is that the insulations in the building need to meet one another. An example of this is flat roof insulation on a roof behind parapet walls that need to be continued on the vertical and across the top of the wall to touch the cavity wall insulation.
“This prevents thermal bridging which presents itself visibly as condensation. This becomes a major problem post-build as now there are elements saturated in the roof build up and interior of the building.”
Tecron’s Technical Manager and specialist concluded this is “merely one example of considerations that need to be looked at” in building projects going forward.
Questions? Ask Tecron
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“Fully adhered” (fixed with adhesives) and “mechanically fixed” (fixed with screws) are two different methods of installing roofing materials and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages.
The choice between the two depends on various factors, including the type of roofing material, climate, budget, and building structure.
We explore the distinct advantages of each roofing method to help you decide what’s the best option:
Advantages of a Fully Adhered Roof
–Wind Resistance: Fully adhered roofs are generally more wind-resistant than mechanically fixed roofs because the roofing material is securely glued or adhered to the substrate, reducing the risk of wind uplift.
–Watertight Seal: The adhesive used in fully adhered roofing systems can create a continuous seal under the membrane, minimising the risk of water travelling through the roof from leaks and any water infiltration.
–Aesthetics: Fully adhered roofs often have a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing appearance because there are no visible fasteners or penetrations on the surface.
–Noise Reduction: The adhesive layer can help dampen sound, making fully adhered roofs quieter during heavy rain or hail while also preventing and flapping of the membranes in windy conditions.
–Enhanced Insulation: Fully adhered roofing systems can provide better insulation properties due to the absence of fasteners that could create thermal bridges.
–Durability: The adhesive bond helps distribute the weight and stress evenly across the roofing material, potentially extending the roof’s lifespan.
–Low Maintenance: Fully adhered roofs typically require less maintenance over time because there are no exposed fasteners or seams that may degrade.
-Reduced Installation Time: The installation process for fully adhered roofs is typically, but not always, quicker than mechanically fixed systems. This is especially true on concrete roof decks where mechanically fixing a roof membrane and insulation involves pre-drilling thousands of holes.
Advantages of a Mechanically Fixed Roof
-Cost-Effective: Mechanically fixed roofing systems are often more cost-effective to install because they require fewer materials and less labour than fully adhered systems.
–Easier Repairs: If a portion of the roof is damaged, it can be easier and more cost-effective to repair or replace individual sections in a mechanically fixed system.
–Flexibility: Mechanically fixed roofs are more adaptable to a variety of substrates and can accommodate changes in building structure or expansion more easily.
-Reduced Installation Time: The installation process for mechanically fixed roofs is typically, but not always, quicker than fully adhered systems, which can help reduce labour costs.
Ventilation: Mechanically fixed roofs can allow for better ventilation under the roof membrane, which can be important in some climates to prevent moisture buildup.
Ultimately, the choice between a fully adhered roof and a mechanically fixed roof depends on the specific needs and priorities of the project.
Factors such as climate, budget, building structure, and roofing material will all play a significant role in the decision-making process.
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Over recent years, Irish construction professionals have become increasingly aware of the benefits of green roofing and how they can lead the future in sustainable roofing projects. In the latest blog from Tecron, we examine three key types of green roofing system and the positive impact they can have on our environment and local communities.
Unlike any innovation in modern construction, green roofing systems have transformed how building professionals in Ireland and beyond approach building design and environmental sustainability. Indeed, the Global Green Roofing Market is projected to reach USD 2.25 billion by 2028, as summarised in a recent report by BusinessWire. Here at Tecron, we’ve witnessed a growing interest in these systems through the many companies and roofing professionals we work with.
Green Roofing: Simple Concept, Complex Advantages
Growing interest in sustainable roofing has seen a market explosion, with dozens of green roofing products available to environmentally-minded construction professionals and their customers. However, whilst the options are numerous, many of these systems narrow down to one simple concept: a roof that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium.
Many of these systems can also be categorised into three groups:
-Brown / biodiverse roofs
-Modular green roofs
Let’s take a look at each of these systems in detail and how they offer a multitude of benefits that extend beyond traditional roofing methods – keep reading to learn more.
Also known as living roofs, green roofs are characterised by their lush vegetation and plant life covering the rooftop surface. The build-up of a green roof typically includes layers such as the Fatra membrane, sacrificial/protection membrane or geotextile fleece, drainage layer, geotextile filter fleece, growing substrate, and a sedum vegetation blanket.
The Advantages of Green Roofs
Green Roofs: Environmental Benefits
-Improved Air Quality: Green roofs act as natural air filters, absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis. This contributes to cleaner air in built-up urban areas.
-Stormwater Management: By absorbing rainwater and reducing runoff, green roofs alleviate stress on stormwater systems, preventing flooding and erosion.
-Urban Heat Island Effect: Green roofs combat the urban heat island effect by reducing the absorption and reflection of solar radiation, helping regulate city temperatures and reduce energy demand.
Green Roofs: Energy Efficiency Benefits
-Thermal Insulation: The vegetative layers of green roofs provide additional thermal insulation, reducing heat loss during cold seasons and heat gain during hot summers; leading to energy savings and reduced HVAC usage.
-Extended Roof Lifespan: The green roof acts as a protective barrier for the underlying roofing materials, shielding them from harsh UV rays and extreme temperature fluctuations, thereby extending the lifespan of the roof.
Green Roofs: Biodiversity Benefits
-Green Roofs as Habitats: Green roofs offer unique opportunities for urban biodiversity by providing habitats for insects, birds, and other small animals.
-Biodiversity Conservation: By supporting local flora and fauna, green roofs contribute to the preservation of native plant species and the conservation of urban biodiversity. Indeed, by installing green roofing systems, companies and organisations can make serious pledges to their environmental commitments.
Brown / Biodiverse Roofs
Brown or biodiverse roofs share several similarities with green roofs but have a distinct focus on creating ecosystems that mimic natural habitats. Instead of specific vegetation, they are often left to allow the germination of wind-blown seeds or seeded with local flora. Tecron believes that this is an innovative way of partially mitigating the loss of ecosystems from existing brownfield sites that have been redeveloped.
The Advantages of Brown / Biodiverse Roofs
Brown / Biodiverse Roofs: Biodiversity Conservation Benefits
-Ecosystem Restoration: Brown roofs play a vital role in ecosystem restoration by providing a platform for diverse plant and animal species to thrive in urban environments.
-Wildlife Support: By attracting pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, brown roofs actively support urban biodiversity and contribute to broader ecological resilience.
Brown/ Biodiverse Roofs: Sustainable Redevelopment Benefits
-Rejuvenating Brownfield Sites: Brown roofs play a significant role in sustainable urban development by reimagining brownfield sites and utilising previously disturbed or underutilised land for ecological restoration.
Modular Green Roofs
Modular green roofs are designed with pre-grown trays featuring different vegetation types, such as Sedum and wildflowers, providing a flexible and convenient green roofing option.
The Advantages of Modular Green Roofs
Modular Green Roofs: Installation & Maintenance Benefits
-Streamlined Installation: With pre-grown trays, modular green roofs offer a more straightforward installation process compared to traditional green roofs, making them a practical option for various building types.
-Reduced Maintenance: The integrated drainage and water reservoir systems within the trays minimise the need for regular upkeep, making these roofs ideal for commercial and residential applications alike.
Modular Green Roofs: Customisation Benefits
-Versatility: Modular green roofs present a wide range of customization options, allowing property owners to choose between Sedum, wildflowers, or a blend of both to suit their preferences and site requirements.
-Enhanced Aesthetics: By integrating visually appealing plant varieties, modular green roofs elevate the overall aesthetics of buildings, contributing to a greener urban landscape.
Green roofing systems serve as a powerful testament to the possibilities of harmonising architecture with nature. As we embrace these eco-friendly alternatives, we can collectively work towards creating greener, healthier, and more livable urban environments for generations to come.
Tecron: Your Trusted Partner for Green Roofing Projects
We believe our amazing colleagues are the foundation of both our rapid growth and the great service our clients experience. That’s why we work hard to find, celebrate and empower Ireland’s nest team.
From family-friendly policies and sensible working hours to training opportunities and lots of chances to enjoying downtime together, we think our ‘find the best and help them grow’ ethos is the foundation of our success.
Read on to find out more about our positive working culture…
Behind the Scenes at Tecron
We think creating a workplace where our people can be at their best is about action, not words.
Every team member benefits from:
✓ Set working hours: 8am – 5pm Monday to Thursday with a 4pm finish on Fridays.
✓ No weekend work: To support work/ life balance, family time and wellness.
✓ Social events: We’re big fans of our burger truck and pizza van, a beer at the rugby and of course our Christmas party!
✓ Fairness and equality: Our workplace is a non-discriminatory environment. Full stop.
✓ Great training opportunities: We’re proud to support colleagues’ career development.
In short: we’re a people-first business.
We also strive to support local charities, sports teams and projects that benefit our staff and communities.
How do we know our ethos is working? Because our consistently low employee turnover shows we have created a place where people want to work and can enjoy their work.
Career Opportunities at Tecron
Because we’re a fast-growing company, we are often recruiting for roles throughout Ireland.
To find our latest opportunities click HERE
Every Tecron role, from entry-level to senior management, involves bringing our values to life every single day:
✓ Do the right thing: Even when no one is looking.
✓ Grow together: Help colleagues to be their best.
✓ Pride in the job: Every time, always.
✓ Customer service is everything: A better customer experience underpins every decision.
If this approach to work sounds like a fit, please watch out for our available opportunities. We hope to see you soon.
Why do hundreds of construction sector perfectionists across Ireland repeatedly trust Tecron for specialist roofing products and accessories? Because we’re more than just a ‘supplier’, we’re a professional partner with a single aim: making projects easier for our valued clients.
How do we do this? Read on…
The Tecron Difference
We’re a rapidly growing business because we don’t compromise on service. Ever.
For valued customers like you this means:
✓ No ‘call centres’: Expert, direct help from a knowledgeable team is on hand before, during and after your order.
✓ Superb products: Hand-picked, proven products we trust to perform, if we don’t recommend a product we won’t sell it.
✓ Reliable supply chain: Large quantities of locally held products ready for dispatch almost immediately.
✓ Delivery your way: Tell us where and when you need your order. We’ll deliver the supplies you need, wherever they’re needed.
In short: simply contact us to speak to a specialist who’ll work to make your next roofing project the efficient, high-quality finished product you demand from every job.
The Tecron Story
We’ve been expanding the capacity of our Oranmore, Galway, HQ including our busy on-site trade counter.
We’re also bringing in new Sales Representatives to offer even more personal help to clients in Leinster and Munster.
The new roles are just some of the colleagues we’re bringing to stay ahead of ever-rising customer demand.
But we never lose sight of our working culture along the way: we give back to the community through charity and sports sponsorships and value work/ life balance. This means we work hard to finish for home at a sensible time (and even a little earlier on Fridays!).