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WeatherWeld FAQs

How do I know I get what I need?

Choosing a roof system is normally played like an expensive game of “Who do you trust?” Just like we advanced roofing itself, we have changed the the way business is done to eliminate conflicts of interest, base decisions on objective testing, and streamline the process from beginning to end. We make our money solely from a fixed manufacturing fee, rather from selling materials, maintenance programs, or overrides from contractors. With knowledge, objectivity and transparency, the game of who do you trust is over.

Can I get an idea of cost without any salesman or contractors calling?

Forget about the hours of wasted time letting salesmen damage your roof with foot traffic to simply take pictures and measure the building.  Instead of meetings and phone calls simply to ask questions that could be answered online, we use technology.  A  technical service rep with over a decade of experience will review your online answers and concerns about  the roof, and then confirm his findings and take measurements using the latest high-resolution satellite imagery. Imagery has the advantage of accuracy, but uniquely reveals large-scale issues. Once you receive your report, feel free to ask any questions you have. Our job is to make your job easy.

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How is WeatherWeld’s system renewable for the life of the building?

WeatherWeld’s 30-40 year, lightweight ultra-performance reinforcement technology gives the product the ability to solidly adhere to itself with additional protection as needed to meet the plans for the building. The typical building will reach well over 100 years of age before weight limits become an issue requiring removal. How do we know that what is installed today will last for 30 years per application? As the system continues to weather, the results have become increasingly impressive. We also know that previous WeatherWeld systems installed with only 50% of the protective materials used today in our 30-year system are now over 25 years in use and going strong. So it’s exciting to think how long our newer, even better fortified system might last.

Why doesn’t the WeatherWeld system experience premature failure like other roofs?

First, WeatherWeld was designed using materials that already had a proven track record, earned over the previous half century. Compare that to plastics and rubber, which are new to roofing. These materials are already having trouble with plasticizers, polymers, modifiers and fire retardant chemicals leeching from them, which reduces strength, causes shrinkage, makes them brittle and lowers the fire rating.  Second, we eliminated over 90% of fundamental roof problems with the advent of our totally seamless composite construction. Proven materials, proven construction…no problems.

How does your system compare in price?

The real question should be about “value.” For example, how would you compare System A, with ¾ miles of seams, at least 2 failure-level issues, an average life of 10 years, no factory contact and a 20-year “materials only” warranty, against System B, which has no failure level issues, an average life greater than 25 years, factory inspections and a 25-year leak-free warranty?  If System A sells for $3.50-$4.00 per sq ft., you might expect System B to be worth twice as much. We agree…but the answer is that we are normally equal or less in price. How is that possible?

Our simple one-step combined manufacturing and application process saves the cost and problems of roll manufacturing. The speed and built-in quality control of our automated application equipment cuts contractor labor and corresponding profit.  We use these savings to put the finest materials, in massive quantities, into a roof system with reliability and longevity like the industry has never seen before. So it should cost you no more to have the best roof system on the market than you would spend for a typical 20-year roof.

What about odors, toxins, fire or disruption?

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How long does it take to cure?

Typically, in 4 hours with sun at 70 degrees, the system will be cured enough to withstand rain.  A cure to handle foot traffic will set in  48 to 72 hours, in normal circumstances. If access to the roof is needed before then, temporary pad can be used to reach the vital area.

Are WeatherWeld systems Energy Star/Cool Roof/Title 24 Compliant?

Yes, all systems as specified meet the codes and provide the maximum energy savings available.

How does the system stand up to ponding water?

Once completely cured, the materials can withstand water indefinitely, unlike competing materials that are susceptible to leach of critical chemicals into standing water or deterioration from absorption of water. The same combination of WetherWeld roofing materials are used by a different division of the company for decades to create multi-million gallon reservoirs applied directly over bare soil, with no other reinforcement. We have nothing to fear from water, and you will find we have eliminated the standard industry exclusion for ponding water in our warranty to prove it.

How does reinforcement impact existing fire ratings?

All WeatherWeld systems provide highest UL 790 / ASTM E108 assembly rating of Class “A” for new construction, over all deck types.  Existing roof systems also provide UL Class “A” acting even over originally rated “C”, “B” or “A” roof systems. The ability to raise a fire rating from B or C to A is a unique testament to the heat and sun resistance of  WeatherWeld.  Roof assembly fire rating is important to not only your fire insurance but to the legal liability in case of accidents or personal injury.

How do WeatherWeld materials adhere to vertical walls?

Very well. The omni-directional foot-long fiberglass strands intertwine together to form a continuous blanket of reinforcement thatl disperses stress in all directions holding the waterproofing emulsion in place, no matter the angle or shape of the surface.

How long does it take to complete an average project?

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How easy is your roof to inspect and repair?

The seamless surface is self-diagnostic. Should a structural issue or seismic event occur, the composite can stretch, causing a fine crazing to show in the surface long before there is a problem. This sign is easy to spot because of the difference in load strain between the reflective surfacing and the composite, allowing those areas to be reinforced proactively before there is real damage. Repairs can be done by hand, using the same composite materials; and feathered like concrete so repairs are just as strong and virtually undetectable.  We do not limit owner performed repairs, require a factory maintenance program, or limit change out work to the original contractor.  Making roofing dependable and easy to own, is the key to our success.

What should I know about your warranty coverage?

First, do not judge any system by the Warranty; look at the physical system itself as the source of protection. Historically, product failure costs have been borne by the owner through the warranty. Fortunately, WeatherWeld system warranties do not burden you with the typical decreasing value pro-ratings, exclusions for repairs and standing water or requirements for costly factory maintenance. Rather than using the Warranty as a way to escape liability and get rid of unsatisfied customers, WeatherWeld offers instead a system that works and a warranty that builds customer peace of mind.  WeatherWeld has the best warranty.  The one you never have to use.

How environmentally sound are your products?

No other roof product has a lower environmental impact or offers more sustainability for the life of the building than WeatherWeld. All of our raw materials are delivered to the job site in bulk reusable containers, and the raw fiberglass reinforcement we use has 30%-50% post-consumer recycled materials. In addition, our asphalt emulsion is protected by inorganic bentonite, which, during aging, blocks chemicals from leaching to the surface. All of the materials pass NSF clean water standards under ASTM E 729-96. If you review our Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEEDS) matrix, you will see    the opportunity to apply for extra points for which other systems could not possibly qualify.

Why is WeatherWeld not a household name?

When a company is totally driven by short term profits, it will unleash a product as widely as possible to make the most money as fast as it can, even at the expense of its long term reputation. Our seamless composite advancement was too important to the future of construction to have its growth permanently stained by the quick profit approach of allowing any contractor to use the system on any project – at any price he could get. So WeatherWeld spent the first product life cycle building a spotless track record with the most demanding clients in the country, like the Military, Federal GSA, State DGS, Caltrans, local school districts and large management companies. We proved ourselves on the most difficult projects our clients had, the ones where no one else had achieved a watertight seal. Today, 25 years later, that top level track record has established our process as the industry’s premiere value, and it has made the system the unequaled performance leader going into its second product cycle. If you are reading this now, you are part of that growing recognition toward establishing household name status for our advanced technology.