Roofing costs can be a major concern for building owners and property managers, particularly since commercial buildings can house several tenants or businesses. Experts agree that the best way to maintain a commercial roofing system is to call in experts to conduct regular inspections and maintenance work on the roof. Anthony Vross writes in buildings.com about what a commercial building owner or manager should consider when looking for the right roofing maintenance company.
Surprisingly, weather is not the most common threat to a roof’s durability. Approximately 40%[iv] of all roof problems occur because of human error due to workers going on your roof for window washing, HVAC repair, etc., faulty maintenance or poor installation in the first place. Therefore, proper training, experience and consistent performance are all essential when choosing a roofing provider.
Having quality management systems in place, such as ISO certification, is also important. An ISO-based quality management system demonstrates that the provider has implemented clearly defined, proven processes to deliver consistent service. Unfortunately, only 12% of the entire service industry has ISO certification[v].
Safety is another component of quality. A provider is only as good as the technicians who do the work, so you should be sure they conduct extensive, ongoing training in safe work practices and continually assess work methods to bring even greater safety to jobsites.
Austin, Texas is one of the busiest cities in the United States, with numerous buildings housing a growing number of businesses, as well as residents who move to the city for the employment opportunities. Vross’ article suggests that to keep commercial roofing systems in good condition, building owners and facility managers need to work with a professional Austin roofing company that can provide cost savings by delivering services that offer good value, rather than simply offering the lowest per-project quote. Good value includes proactive maintenance that comes from regular, scheduled inspections and repair work.
An effective Austin commercial roofing service, like Willi Roofing Services, should also be able to analyze and pinpoint where potential problems may arise. The roofing company must be knowledgeable about building codes and roofing systems in order to help the owner or manager make an informed decision between roof repair or restoration, and roof replacement. In relation to this, Vross says a roofing company that can perform repair work along with replacement can better come up with an economical roofing maintenance and replacement plan.
(From Commercial Roof Maintenance: A Proactive Approach, www.buildings.com)