As All American Enterprises Inc. approaches nearly 50 years in business, owner Bob Buzzard reflects on the 15 million to 20 million square feet of residential and commercial roofing the company has installed since its inception in 1968.
“We’ve been around for a long time. Same owners. Same location,” says Buzzard. “I like dealing with people. You know, solving their problems. The majority of homeowners don’t know much about roofing and you have to educate them and sell them on the best way for them to go for their situation.”
All American Enterprises Inc., which employs more than 40 workers, can install any kind of roof — sheet metal, tile, tar and gravel, foam — but specializes in thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) single ply and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) membrane roofing.
TPO is available in white, gray and tan, although using white roof material could help reduce the “heat island effect” and solar heat gain in a building, notes Buzzard. “TPO seam strengths are reported to be three to four times higher than many other roofing systems and it is a popular choice for green building because no plasticizers are added,” he says. “Also, TPO does not degrade under UV radiation.”
PVC, also known as vinyl roofing, also provides an energy-efficient roofing option due to its inherently light coloring. “While the surface of a black roof can experience a temperature increase of as much as 90 degrees under the heat of the full sun, a white reflective roof typically increases only about 10 degrees,” explains Buzzard.
Local homeowner Edwin Shepperson recently hired All American Enterprises Inc. to replace his tar and gravel roof with a TPO roof. He says several roofers had recommended the TPO roof to him and he wanted something that would last a long time.
“The All American Enterprise’s estimator and supervisor was very helpful and gave us a lot of good information, and the crew was very efficient,” recalls Shepperson. “My roof has three levels and so the work they did was pretty extensive, but they did a really excellent job and I’m very happy with the roof.”
Buzzard says it usually takes three to five days to install a new roof and that All American Enterprises offers free on-site estimates. “An estimator will examine the roof and measure it, then help the homeowners make a decision on which way they would prefer to go,” he explains.
If a roof that needs to be replaced contains gravel, the gravel must be removed before any sort of preparation for the installation of a new roof can begin, notes Buzzard. For a roof that doesn’t have gravel, the roof can be removed entirely or it can be covered with a heavy density piece of material and then topped with either a TPO or PVC roof, he says.
If a home contains two roofs, Buzzard suggests both be torn down in order for a new roof to be installed. “Our TPO and PVC roofs are guaranteed to last for 15 to 20 years,” he adds.
All American Enterprises Inc. are also experts in foam roofs. Buzzard says that spray polyurethane foam has been used as a roofing and insulation material for over 45 years and has proven to be dependable, long lasting, and very affordable. “Some of the foam roofs we installed 45 years ago are still in existence and still keep the water out,” he adds.
Buzzard notes that foam roofing has many advantages over traditional roofing methods because it is applied as a liquid, creating a single monolithic membrane that covers the entire roof — which means there are no seams or joints, the source of the majority of leaks in traditional roofs. “Foam roofs are also lightweight, typically weighing around 40 pounds per square, versus 600 pounds for a built-up roof and 1,000 pounds for ballasted single-ply roofs,” he explains. “Further, foam roofs require a minimum of upkeep, creating little waste and have an indefinite lifespan.”
Additionally, Buzzard says that it’s not difficult to convince his customers to consider purchasing a foam roof because they are usually less expensive that most other styles, with the exception of tar and gravel.
All American Enterprises Inc. is a member of the National Roofing Contractors Association and the Western States Roofing Contractors Association. Some of company’s commercial jobs have included the Albuquerque Sunport, Santa Ana Star Casino, the Verizon call center, the Albuquerque Convention Center, and Bernalillo County Courthouse.
For more information, contact All American Enterprises Inc. at 298-8686 or visit www.allamericanroofingnm.com.
All American Enterprises Inc.