Houston, TX (PressExposure) January 31, 2009 -- Hurricane Ikeâs effects are still being felt on business and commercial roofs in Houston and elsewhere in Southeast Texas, according to a Houston roofing expert involved in roof repairs and replacement throughout the region.
âIke intensified the stresses on weak flat roof areas where future leaks are likely to occur,â said Gallagher Construction ([http://www.gallaghersconstruction.com/]) president Mike Gallagher. âWhere Ike didnât just blow a roof off, it caused a tremendous amount of movement in the structures, which has affected the metal edges at the perimeters of flat roofs that expand and contract as temperatures rise and fall.â
âThe results weâre seeing on Houston roofs are devastating,â according to Gallagher. âOwners of buildings with flat roofs can have leaks that will persist and seem to never stop.â
Because flat roofs are like a huge membrane that has to be terminated by being attached to a metal flashing at the building perimeter, thatâs where the greatest stress occurs and split seams and leaks result, he explained.
Gallagherâs proprietary âmodified bitumen wrapâ applied around the edges of the perimeter metal flashing enables the flat roof and materials to withstand temperature and building-movement stresses without separations that allow leaks. The Gallagher method is illustrated in a video hosted on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikUnJoBxY7A.
Using this method, Gallagher, who has repaired or installed thousands of new flat roofs and sloped residential roofs over the past 33 years, provides a 10-year leak-free warranty. âWe can prevent these flat roofs from leaking and provide an owner with a leak-free roof for many years to come,â he says.
During Gallagherâs Construction 33 years of operation, the company has repaired or replaced thousands of roofs in Texas, sloped residential roofs and the flat roofs more commonly found on industrial and commercial buildings. Gallagherâs is the developer of a proprietary method of wrapping and adhering bitumen material around the metal flashing at roof edges to achieve a weather and stress-resistant leak-free roof, enabling the company to provide a 10-year leak-free warranty on all its work . Gallagherâs can be reached for information or project appraisals at 713-261-4809, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.