5 Ways a Good Roofing Contractor Makes Your Job Easier
The job description for a facilities/plant manager is long and diverse; a valued partnership with a roofing contractor that makes training, quality workmanship, and customer service a priority can save time and headaches. Rely on their expertise and partnership in managing your roofing assets. Here’s how that relationship can ease your mind and your workload.
No. 1 Roofing contractors know how to prevent an injury.
It can be tempting to DIY a simple repair or inspection, but do your employees know how to work safely on the roof? Roofing professionals are aware of – and understand how to comply with – OSHA’s safety regulations. Beyond authorized user or competent person personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) training, most roofing crews are trained on common hazards associated with a roofing construction job as well as CPR, first aid, bloodborne pathogens, ergonomics, and the proper use and requirements for personal protective equipment (PPE). Vigilant roofing contractors train continually as policies, procedures, and regulations change.
A roofing contractor will evaluate working conditions, assess hazards, and implement temporary fall protection to ensure that the work being performed at your facility does not put individuals at risk for injury. Working in a high-risk environment means loads of regulations. Today’s roofing crews get more training, wear better personal protective equipment, and have more fall protection equipment than ever.
No. 2 Roofing contractors make asset planning a snap.
Years of experience and knowledge mean you can get advice, guidance, and information that is critical to managing your roofing asset and the associated expenses that come along with it. An experienced roofing contractor can inspect your inventory, assign an asset health value to each roof area, and help you predict expected wear-out dates.
Your roofing contractor can help you determine whether maintenance issues are urgent or can be deferred, provide a budget for repairs, and assist with long-term maintenance planning. They can even help you consolidate your roof’s history and documentation. Paper documents – including warranties – are often misplaced. Employees leave and often take the roof history with them. Your roofing contractor can help you use online roof asset management software to manage and maintain an accurate record of the roofs under your care, as well as the work performed on them throughout their history. Knowing what happened in the past, the roof’s condition, and its projected life, makes scheduling a program of repairs and reroofing – and budgeting for it – easier.
No. 3 Roofing contractors can help you meet corporate sustainability goals.
Whether it’s energy reduction, waste minimization, reclamation, or alternative energy, your roofing contractor has ideas on how the roof can contribute to your sustainability initiatives. Aggressive corporate sustainability goals won’t just change the materials used, but also how the roof system is designed. It will also impact how the project is performed. Share these priorities so that on your next project, the contractor can, for example, identify salvage, recycling, and reuse resources.
No. 4 Roofing contractors understand your warranty, even if you don’t.
Whatever the nature of your project, a professional roofing contractor can make sure you comply with warranty requirements. Work needs to be performed by a trained, authorized applicator of the particular roofing system you have installed.
Repairs will be performed with compatible materials according to manufacturer specifications. If a modification needs to be made to the roof (e.g. new penetration), they’ll make sure it’s flashed correctly. There’s no need to worry that an improper repair will void the warranty.
Your roofing contractor can even help you with your maintenance obligation. The manufacturer’s warranty requires that you take reasonable care of the roof system over its life (i.e. regular inspections, cleaning, and repairs). As noted earlier in this article, your roofing contractor can help you set a schedule of regular inspections and general preventive maintenance.
No. 5 You don’t need to babysit a professional roofing crew.
You do your job. They’ll do theirs. There’s no need to manage the project. After you spend a few minutes observing, you’ll have all the assurance you need to return to other job responsibilities. They know how to manage a project, so you don’t have to.
Contact D. C. Taylor Co. at 319.731.4118 to schedule roofing services today.