Monday, November 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy Meets Closed Cell Spray Foam

Hurricane Sandy is big talk in the construction industry. All phases of construction, residential and commercial; structural and cosmetic will be implemented and go on over the next several years in the Northeast because of her fury., the largest media channel in the world exclusively dedicated to the global spray foam industry, conducted interviews with roofing contractors in the New York and New Jersey areas to see how the spray foam industry is being affected. It turns out that consumers are asking more and more questions about closed-cell foam and how they can get it.

FEMA classifies closed-cell spray foam as the only acceptable flood damage resistant insulation material for floors, walls, and ceilings in its building design criteria for special flood hazard areas. It has the potential to be dried and cleaned following a flood, and increases the strength of structural framing.

People who had closed cell foam insulation previously installed before the storm have reported outstanding results against the winds and other forces. In fact, one home-owner spoke of a tree which fell down during the storm and just "bounced" off newly-sprayed closed cell foam roof. The house was 100 feet off of the Bay. 

Moriah Carpenter, Estimator at Washington Roofing & Insulation, said that people are really starting to open up their eyes to closed-cell spray foam.

"It evolved from the east coast, and we're definitely seeing an increase here in the Midwest. It is real big in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, and more inquiries are being made from the Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas areas," she said.

According to the article, "Spray foam is gaining greater recognition for its ability not only to provide better energy efficiency and comfort, but also to give homeowners and business owners piece of mind when it comes to safety and protection as our volatile weather patterns continue."

"We've always used closed-cell spray foam in our commercial applications. It's exciting to watch the wave as people start becoming more aware of its benefits," Moriah said.


Thursday, November 1, 2012

Midwest Commercial Roofing Company Named after Town in Kansas

When you start a business, one of the first things people ask you is, "How did you come up with the name?" We get asked that a lot, especially now, where the name doesn't correspond to anything people can put their finger on immediately.

Washington Roofing & Insulation, part of Washington Companies, Inc., is not named after the state, nor a famous person like George or Denzel, and it doesn't represent our political affiliations in any way.

It was named because Chuck Carpenter, owner, started the company 35 years ago in the small town of Washington, Kansas. Located in north-central Kansas off of Hwy 56, Washington is 20 minutes south of the Nebraska line and 50 miles north of Manhattan. It is home to around 1100 people.

Now our main office is located in Great Bend, Kansas with offices in Claremore, Oklahoma and Kansas City. We provide commercial roofing solutions with SPF foam roofing, elastomeric roof coatings and total building insulation with air barrier systems and products. We service the entire midwest, from Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas, and have installed millions of square feet of roofing.

So people do squint their eyes at us and ponder how we got our name, and it makes us smile. In the end it never matters, because no matter which political party you belong to, the bottom line is that when we're finished, your roof won't leak.