It’s No Secret That There Are Multiple Variables to Consider When Deciding on Which Roofing Material Is Best for Your Home
Color, longevity, cost and materials all play a role in what could be one of the most costly decisions regarding your home build or renovation. This is especially true for those who have allergies to materials, specifically those with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) allergies. VOCs are gasses that certain products release into the air. These gasses carry harmful effects, from attacking the respiratory system to causing cancer.
People living with these allergies have to meticulously screen everything they buy or take into their home for specific chemicals. This is especially true when choosing your housing materials. After all, you have to live with the decision. This is the reality for people sensitive to VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), like our client, Julie, who was severely allergic to VOCs and had a history of hospitalization. We were able to provide a beautiful, functional roof without sacrificing her health. If you have allergies, or other health circumstances that may be privy to your roofing conditions, we can help! Call 877-926-9966 or contact our team of experts for your consultation »
So you’re allergic. What’s next?
Our Team at Guardian takes immense care and pride in choosing the perfect product for our customers. At Guardian, we preach that we make customers for life. After requesting a consultation, Our experienced team then searches our product base to find the exact materials for you.
For our clients with special circumstances such as VOC allergies, we pay special attention to the composition of the material as well as the installation process to guarantee that you and your home are safe from hazardous materials. Have questions or concerns? Our team has answers! Call 877-926-9966 or contact our team of experts for your consultation »
In particular situations where customers have allergies, our experts know that there are three primary sources of VOCs in building materials: paint, finishes, and sealants. For example, metal roofs use advanced paint systems to reflect heat and retain vibrant color. They also use sealants as a secondary adhesive, specially made to match the color. We work to find materials such as Oxford Shingles and installation techniques to ensure your health is a top priority in addition to reliable roofing.
Look at how we were able to help Julie!
Guardian’s expert installation team created a custom roofing solution for Julie. They took extra time to understand her VOC allergies and carefully identified and employed VOC-free materials, monitored the jobsite VOC levels, and integrated multiple roofing materials.
Not only were we faced with an allergy challenge, we were also faced with a challenging roofline. Knowing that we were going to be using Oxford Shingles due to the need to have zero VOC’s., with a flat roof required precise skills in order to have it look nice, lay flat, and to insure seams are welded in a manner to never let water in. We know that most flat roofs involve chemical compounds, the welding off gasses, and many of the glues and solvents used can be toxic. so identifying a safe option was crucial. Guardian experts identified that Tuffdeck was going to be the most successful strategy. They carefully integrated the flat section to the main slope of the roof by correctly overlapping and waterproofing the transition.
Our biggest challenge during installation was removing the old roof. Tearing off the old asphalt filled the air with dust and particles, so Julie relocated for a few days while we finished.
If you have roofing needs that require extra expertise, skills, and precaution, we understand! Call 877-926-9966 or contact our team of experts for your consultation »
It’s more than business for us, it’s personal!
Mike Hernandez, a sales technician at Guardian, developed a great relationship with Julie during the project. Here’s Mike’s story in his own words:
“Julie’s project is one of the most detailed and specific systems I have ever built for a customer.
Julie is allergic to VOCs, and her allergies are so severe that she has been hospitalized in the past. So when she began her research, understandably, she had done a lot more than the average homeowner. By the time I visited her home, she was very aware of which products would not work for her.
So, I started by getting a better understanding of her allergies and what materials she was sensitive to. Then, I read the Material Safety Data for several Isaiah Industries products to find the right fit for Julie. Since the coatings used on their products are baked on, most VOCs evaporate before the shingles are stamped, further reducing any possible exposure.
One unforeseen roadblock was checking the sealants, another potential source of VOCs.
Our biggest challenge during installation was removing the old roof. Tearing off the old asphalt created filled the air with dust and particles, so Julie relocated for a few days while we finished.
Often at Guardian, we preach that we make customers for life, but I can’t think of anybody who exemplifies this more than Julie. She is almost like an extra grandmother or auntie to me at this point!”
The roof geometry was particularly challenging, with a flat section connected to the main slope. Integrating the new Oxford Shingle roof with a flat roof required some serious skill. Most flat roofs involve chemical compounds, so identifying a safe option was crucial. Once Guardian found the right one, they carefully integrated the flat section into the main roof.
The entire Guardian team went above and beyond, monitoring on-site VOC levels throughout the installation process, from tear-off to sign-off.
Our team is filled with caring members such as Mike. For your roofing needs and inquiries, call 877-926-9966 or contact our team of experts for your consultation »
This project, although challenging, was incredibly rewarding! We saw this as an opportunity to give Julie the roof she wanted without sacrificing beauty or functionality for health and safety. The result is something we believe everyone deserves, a solution that will last. The team at Guardian is proud of projects such as this. If you have special circumstances that are as important as your roofing needs, Guardian is here to help. Call 877-926-9966 or contact our team of experts for your consultation »