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R&A Contracting cover boards St. Louis

Sometimes the most dynamic improvements happen under the surface. This includes the popular use of cover boards under commercial roofing solutions, notably flat-roof systems. Cover boards are often composite material boards that are layered over a roof surface for added protection. They were first used in commercial roofing with hot mopped and torch-applied asphalt roofs and are now industry-wide standards for flat-roof application.

There are several unique benefits that cover boards provide:

  • Cover boards are energy-efficient – Cover boards are designed to be installed over roof joints. This helps insulate against thermal loss or conduction throughout the seasons.
  • Cover boards help with wind and fire resistance – roofs with cover boards tend to score higher in wind and fire resistance testing.
  • Cover boards extend the life-cycle of a commercial roof – Most roofs age out because of the wear and tear of foot traffic and weather elements. Cover boards give added strength and protection for your roof to achieve its maximum life expectancy.

Cover boards can also be reused or recycled by removing them from on top of thermal insulation. Reused cover boards can be applied over a new roofing solution on the same roof or recycled onto a new roofing solution. The ease of recycling a cover board is much more advantageous than replacing both the cover board and any thermal insulation underneath.

Cover board availability has skyrocketed over recent years with a wider variety of material and board thickness capable of being as little as 1/4″ thick. Some of the greatest variety is available in foam cover boards, including fan-folded polystyrene and high-density polyiso boards. Orient stranded boards (OSB) are gaining popularity for high-performance roofs scoring well on wind and hail resistance.

If you’re considering a new flat-roof solution, our R&A Contracting team can share more about the benefits of adding cover boards to your installation. Easier recycling and reusing, greater resistance to wind, fire, and hail, and a longer life-cycle for your roof are just part of the greater return on investment.

I’d be an idiot if I did not take this opportunity to communicate to you how much we appreciate the way in which you conduct business and take care of our facility. In my experience you, and your team, are at the top of the list of all the roofing companies I’ve dealt with over the years. Thank you!

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

Eric and crew were really nice to have around. They were courteous, careful and caused little if any disruption. Their work looks good too! To be honest… a good experience with a product that I initially had misgivings about. I’m a convert because of Bubba, Sam and Eric. Thank you.

Jim Lowry - Bissinger's Handcrafted Chocolatier

“I want to thank the crew at R&A for a job well done on our very leaky roof at the shop. It is certainly nice to have the drips and rivers gone from the shop when it is raining. I also wanted you to know how much we appreciated that the guys were able to stay out of our way and allowed us to do business as usual without any problems or interruptions. The roof looks great and the clean-up after the job made it so we couldn’t even tell you’d been here. Thanks for doing what you do so well!”

Jay Moore, President of Safe Way Tire and Auto Center

“My wife and I were on vacation when water pipes burst in our house. We got a hold of Craig and the R&A crew was able to start evacuating the water immediately. The best part was that they were able to start work before we even returned home. It was a very fast turnaround considering the extensive amount of water damage.”

Will from Dardenne Prairie, MO

“Craig and Mike came out in a timely fashion when we needed the work done. They did a reliable and quality job.”

Jerry from SLR Properties

“Craig helped us out tremendously with the insurance process. Timely and very professional.”

Lindell from Greater Missouri Builders (GMB)

“We purchased a house and there was some damage to the roof. Very impressed with the thoroughness of Mike’s inspection. Very comfortable with their explanation of what needed to be fixed. Most impressive was the way they protected our landscaping. Really liked the way they treated me as a valued customer, even though it was only a small project.”

Ross from Troy, MO

“I use R&A Contracting when my commercial roofs receive storm damage. They work on our behalf through every step of the insurance claim process. They perform all of the work and complete the insurance process, making our roofs better than they were before the storm.”

Director of Facilities for a large Property Management Company

“The team at R & A Contracting responded immediately when notified of our water disaster. They removed water-damaged materials and property quickly and restored our home even before the final settlement from our insurance company. They minimized how long our family had to live in a hotel and got us back to normal as fast as possible.”

Will from O'Fallon, MO