Planning a Successful Commercial Roofing Project: The 5 Most Critical Steps

February 20, 2014

Without thorough project planning, the likelihood that a roofing project will be successful is small. There are many project planning and pre-construction activities that must take place; these five are the most critical.

No. 1: Conception

Roof project conception happens long before a service provider is contacted. The facility professional needs to verify funds are in the budget and gather specifications and information about the roof. This is especially important as it prevents you from wasting time planning a project there’s no money allocated for. Collecting information to provide to your roofing contractor can also shorten the duration of the project, decrease project costs, and will enable them to identify the most effective solution.

No. 2: Development

At the beginning of project development, it’s critical to identify all of the stakeholders in the project. Not only will the plant/facility manager need to be involved but representatives from procurement and maintenance, as well as a Corporate Risk Manager may need to be as well. Stakeholders must be aligned. A roofing solution that does not meet all project team members’ requirements and objectives is not a success.

No. 3: Planning

During this stage, a roofing contractor will determine how best to execute the project, such as planning site access, fall protection, interior protection, and communication. Without this planning, project execution would be poor and unorganized.  Additional costs or change orders would be likely.

No. 4: Proposal and Estimate

With all of the information required for your contractor accumulated, a proposal can be created. Remember to tell contractors what format is required by decision makers for the estimate. Without a solid estimate, there may be questions and rework.

No. 5: Pre-Construction Activities

After the contract is awarded, your roofing contractor will begin a series of activities to plan execution of the project. This includes communicating with their team, setting up subcontractors, sending submittal documents, etc. If these activities are not performed adequately, you can expect delays, mistakes, compromised quality, incorrect materials or quantity, etc.

This article was written by Todd M. Kaska, Senior Vice President Technical Services in D. C. Taylor Co.’s Atlanta office. This content is based on a recent 30-minute webinar given by Todd and held by D. C. Taylor Co.

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