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Impact of the Coronavirus on the Roofing Industry

Corona Virus Roofing

COVID-19 is a global threat. It is affecting health, living, and the economy. It is also affecting the roofing industry, so contractors need to be ready.

As with the medical field, prevention is the key. As the virus spreads, employers need to take preventative measures. The number of cases is rising which means you need to be prepared. Employers must have procedures in place for their workers to maintain health and well-being. The trouble is there is not much case law to go by for guidance, as dealing with pandemics is not a common issue.

OSHA has taken initiative to remind employers of their existing standards, focusing on OSHA’s Personal Protective Equipment standards. The Bloodborne Pathogens standard does not apply to coronavirus but it can serve as a helpful framework to put standards into place. There is also an OSHA webpage that provides employers with all current information on the virus. This is to help them establish guidelines and procedures for their workplace.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s advisory is also a great resource. This features a “Pandemic Preparedness” guide for employers. One key feature is that employers have a broader scope for questioning their employees on health issues. This is normally prohibited. They can request information about travel or when employees are showing flu-like symptoms. They can request for employees to have their temperature taken and can send them home at their discretion.

These measures can only be taken however when an employer feels the employee is a direct threat. There has to be a risk of substantial harm to the health of the individual or the other employees. Employers have to be careful not to violate employee rights and these guidelines are provided. Any information gained cannot be shared and adverse actions such as termination cannot be done.

The Impact on the Supply Chain

The impact of the virus in China is impacting the world in terms of production. Global markets and supply chains are feeling the strain. Mass quarantines, curfews, and travel restrictions are crippling Chinese shipping. This is affecting the roofing industry too. Specifically, the most drastic effects can be seen in the supply of solar roofing. Production has almost come to a stop as China is where 70% of these panels are produced.

Other materials are also seeing a decline in production. Aluminum, plastic, timber, and rubber have all declined. The lack of workforce has been the driving reason. Currently, manufacturing plants in China are believed to only be operating at 30%. This will continue to hit the roofing industry until the situation improves. U.S. roofing companies can expect to begin feeling higher costs and price fluctuations, material shortages, logistics breakdowns, order cancellations, and extended delays in product fulfillment and shipping.

Ultimately, project completion will slow which affects suppliers and project managers. Roofers are advised to begin preparing for these effects now by evaluating their own supply chains from end to end to pinpoint vulnerabilities. You need to identify potential alternative supply sources, preparing for costs to soar, and making sure you have adequate provisions to protect against increased costs, supply chain delays and interruptions.

Include Force Majeure Clauses

This needs to be in your contracts. This allocates the risk of performance if performance is delayed indefinitely or stopped as a result of circumstances outside of a party’s control. It also provides notice to the parties of the types of events that would cause a project to be suspended or that would excuse performance such as coronavirus and supply issues.

The party impacted by the force majeure is protected by temporarily suspending or terminating the contract due to unexpected and unavoidable events. The event must be beyond the control of the contracting parties, it cannot be anticipated, foreseeable, or expected, and the event must be unavoidable. At this time, the coronavirus pandemic and its global economic impact are covered under this.

The following elements should be addressed in a force majeure clause:

  • What events are considered force majeure?
  • Who is responsible for suspending performance?
  • Who is allowed to invoke the clause?
  • Which contractual obligations are covered by the clause?
  • How is the inability to perform determined?

What happens if the event continues for an extended time period?

If your company already has this clause in place, it would still be wise to review those provisions to make sure they are clear. Make sure terms such as “widespread epidemic,” “pandemic,” and/or “public health emergency” are added. Since courts will interpret the clause based on the wording, these key phrases need to be included.

Price Acceleration Provisions

Contractors need to consider adding terms to their contracts to protect themselves from labor and material price increase. A price acceleration provision allows the roofing contractor to adjust the contract price to reflect the revised actual cost of the labor and materials. The price acceleration clause is usually limited to increases in materials over the course of a single project.

The contractor also needs to provide the prime contractor or owner with evidence supporting the claim for additional compensation. Price acceleration clauses also sometimes contain a termination for convenience provision. This will enable the contractor to escape a contract if the cost of materials has increased too much.

A roofing contractor may find it difficult to include a price acceleration clause in its contract with a prime contractor because both the owner and the prime contractor are looking for fixed prices initially. In this situation, the roofing contractor should consider buying and storing materials prior to construction to avoid any potential increases later on.

Requesting a deposit to purchase the requested materials is also a good idea. The subcontractor should consider requesting that the prime contractor also add a similar provision in its contract. This way the prime contractor can seek additional funds from the owner for any labor or price acceleration that occurs throughout the project.

Conscientious Bidding

Roofing contractors should also be cautious when providing firm bids for projects. Especially, if they will not begin construction for a few months. In these cases, the contractor faces additional exposure for any increases in the costs of labor and materials caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Estimating these jobs thoughtfully, and conservatively can potentially make or break a roofing contractor. Especially since the extent of the repercussions of the coronavirus on the market is not yet known.

Since there is no current vaccine for the coronavirus and the number of infected individuals continues to rise, there is no way to know when the economy will normalize. Roofing contractors need to take steps to mitigate their risks and protect themselves. As the virus remains at large, there will be impacts to the U.S. construction industry, after the shock wave from China’s supply lines spreads.

 

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Are You A Roofing Contractor? This Is How You Should Bid A Job

Tips To Choose The Best Roofing Contractor (a-one)

Greater than 90 percent of roofing contractors underbid for the work, according to “Roofing Contractor” publication. The issue, it says, is that many service providers cost a task per roof square– market terminology for a 100-square-foot block– without considering the inconsistencies of the task. Hips, valleys, roof height, and other information increase the time essential to finish the job as well as misshape the per-square average rate. By associating overhead costs to time, instead of squares, you can accurately value a task as well as win bids that make you cash.

Step the Roof covering

Action the outside measurements of your house in square feet. Divide the measurement by 100 to give you a variety of ground-level squares. Next off, take into consideration the roofing pitch. For reduced roof covering pitches– those with a 5:12 ratio or much less, which suggests the roofing increases 5 feet for every 12 feet of straight length– multiply your ground degree squares by 1.15 to 1.25. For medium-pitch roofs in the 6:12 to 9:12 slope variety, several your squares by 1.24 to 1.4. For shrill slopes, increase your squares by 1.4 to 1.7. This offers you the variety of squares you will mount.

Study the Roof covering

Examine the roofing and also note the number and problem of the eaves, ridges, air vent heaps, valleys and also blinking where the roofing system deck fulfills chimneys or walls. Roofing systems that require a full tear off as well as cleaning of existing products will certainly call for more materials as well as take more time to complete than tasks in which products can be reused. Check building codes prior to you start. Several codes restrict the number as well as kinds of materials, such as asphalt shingles, that you can overlay and reuse.

Compute Material and Labor Prices

Call your provider for current materials prices. Accumulate the price of all the materials you need. Consist of various other tools, such as a dumpster, as well as include sales tax obligations as well as distribution costs. Next, include labor prices. If you pay your contractors by the square, multiply the number of squares by the paid price. If you pay by the hour or day, approximate the variety of hours or days the job will take and increase this by the paid price. Utilize your experience to establish the factors that make the task hard and also, consequently, even more time consuming, such as steep pitches and roofing system elevation. Add the labor cost to the cost of products. Commercial Roofing contractors will have more margins to work with.

Include the Extras

Consist of expenses in your pricing. For instance, consist of employees’ settlement insurance based on your expected payroll as well as workers’ comp rate. Include a portion of your general expenses, such as workplace lease and also utilities. Lastly, add in your markup. Either multiply your total expenses by the portion markup you require or add in a buck quantity of profit. Separate the final proposal rate by the variety of squares the roof covering needs to offer you a per-square proposal rate.

Create Your Proposal

Write a letter to the customer that includes your quote. Your objective is to encourage the consumer that you are the most effective roofing professional for the job. Detail the industry-proven products you will utilize and also show that they are premium quality. Include images of any issues with the roof covering and describe thoroughly how you will certainly repair them. State any kind of warranties you use and include information on your state service provider qualification as well as responsibility insurance coverage. Testimonials are a great touch, as they verify that you can be ending up work on schedule and also on budget. Ultimately, discuss your start and conclusion dates.

 

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Checking if Your Flat Roof has a Low Spot

low spots on flat roofing

Low spots in flat roofing are common and can cause damage and expensive repairs if not taken care of. But how do you know if you have any low spots? There are signs to look for to identify a low spot, so you can contact a roofer to help get it taken care of before it causes too much damage.

Checking if Your Flat Roof has a Low Spot

Pooled water: Flat roofing is not completely flat and has a small incline. This allows water to drain off to the gutters away from the roof. Water that has pooled or accumulated is one of the first signs that you have a low spot, as it prevents water from its natural flow down the gradient. These pools will weaken the roof and eventually cause leaks and even structural damage to the roofing system.

Clogged drains: When drains or gutters are clogged, they collect water. The strain of the backed-up water weight can cause a low spot. You need to check your drains regularly and clean them out if you notice clogs. You should then check to see if water runs off, if not, then you may have a low spot.

Collected dust: Low spots provide protection from the wind for leaves and debris so piles on the roof could indicate a low spot. Collected dirt and debris can also become heavy like water causing damage to roofing materials. You need to clear these out and get the low spots repaired right away.

Concentric sediment circles: Unless you are on the roof directly after it rains, then you may not see any puddles. They do leave tracks though. Puddles will leave concentric circles after the water has evaporated that indicate there was once a pool there. These circular deposits let you know that you have low spots.

Moldy smells: Pooled water can collect bacteria which can increase chances of mold growth and odd smells. Black mold growing on your ceiling or strange musty smells can indicate that water is collected on the roof in a low spot.

Changes in the ceiling: If your ceiling is sagging, stained, or dragging, then you have a low spot in the roof. Low spots collect water which becomes heavy and causes leaks into the building. The signs will be apparent on your ceiling before you even identify the spots on the roof.

If you know what to look for and you check regularly, low spots are easy to identify. Once identified contact us right away to help get them fixed. We use a number of different methods to fix low spots so we guarantee to find a way to get your roofing repaired right away.

 

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California Laws on Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

Business engineer contractor who contracts to supplies consulting about working their job at construction site office headquarters.The state of California has very strict laws in place to prevent the use of an unlicensed contractor in any building works. There are stiff consequences for both the unlicensed contractor and the person who hired them. More detail about these laws and how to stay on the right side of them can be found below.

California Laws on Hiring Unlicensed Contractors

Underground Economy

The issue of unlicensed contractors is dealt with by the California State Licensing Board (CSLB). They consider unlicensed contractors to be part of the underground economy and this is something that they are very much against. It is not just the fact that the contractors are unlicensed that it is the problem, they may also be hiring people who are not qualified for the job they are carrying out. This is particularly important when it comes to building work as there is a danger that this work could be unsafe.

The Contractor Could Face Criminal Charges

The CSLB was set up at the request of the construction industry in 1929. It helps to protect customers by ensuring that there are strict regulations that contractors should adhere to. It also looks to raise the standards of construction in California. It has the power to investigate contractors that are suspected of not being registered. They are also able to carry out sweeps of construction sites to make sure that everyone who should have a license does have one. They will also make sure that all other regulations are being adhered to. Misdemeanor charges can be bought against anyone who is operating without a license. The maximum sentence for this charge is a $5000 fine or six months in prison. An administrative fine may also be given and will be added to the total. These fines can range from $200 to $15000. The penalty becomes more severe if the contractor continues to operate without a license. If they are bought before the court a second time then they will face a mandatory 90-day jail sentence. Their fine could also be increased to 20% of the total contract price if this is more than $5000. If another contractor’s license is used illegally then this will be classified as a felony charge. This will also apply to a contractor that has misled any potential client that they have the correct licensing in place. If this person is convicted of a felony charge then it is possible that they will serve any custodial sentence in state prison.

No Legal Rights In Cases Of Nonpayment

As well as the legal implications of not having a license, there are also financial concerns that can arise out of not being properly licensed. The CSLB has a number of free tools that contractors can use if they are dealing with a client that is reluctant to pay what they owe. Unlicensed contractors will not have access to any of these and therefore it can be quite difficult to get back any money that is owed. Unlicensed contractors also have no legal rights when it comes to suing for the money that they are owed.

Homeowners Can Be Considered At Fault

It is not only the contractor themselves that may face consequences for not having a license. If you suspect that your contractor does not have a license then you may be able to get some legal assistance. You will have to prove that to the best of your knowledge the contractor did have a license.

How To Report An Unlicensed Contractor?

If you suspect that a contractor does not have a license then you can report them to the CLSB. The state of California has very strict laws in place to prevent the use of an unlicensed contractor in any building works. There are stiff consequences for both the unlicensed contractor and the person who hired them.

 

 

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More About The National Roofing & Union Contractors Associations

 

NRCAOne of the strongest roofers’ association in the roofing industry in the US is the National Roofing Contractors Association. This union, even as a nonprofit body, has grown to a big voice in the roofing industry, offering its members information, education, technology, and advocacy. The association, since its establishment in 1886, has strongly backed all segments of the roofing industry, especially commercial & industrial. The association boasts of a strong membership base of more than 3500 members, all remarkable from 50 states and 53 countries and is affiliated with 97 local, regional, regional, and international roof workers associations.

The NRCA Membership

The membership of the NRCA is open to all bodies that are in the roofing industry, ranging from the most conventional roofers/contractors, manufacturers, distributors, architects, consultants, engineers, building owners, and the regional, state and national government agencies. 

Qualification for Membership

Insurance and License

To become a member of the NCRA, the roofer must be licensed as a professional roofer. Also, to avoid cases arising from liabilities in accidents at work, the roofer must have liability insurance coverage before becoming a member of the NCRA.

Head office

Every roofer ought to have a permanent physical business address, a telephone number, and a tax identification number.

Benefits for Membership

  • Continuous and up to date education: the NRCA keeps its members abreast by providing steady and up to date information for all its members. By virtue of being a member, you stand to enjoy free access to up to date training programs ranging via monthly webinars to special reports discussing technical, risk management, safety, and legislative developments that affect the roofing industry.
  • Regulation and legislation: The NRCA create a strong voice, by synergizing the opinions of its members, the union creates a strong influence to various regulatory and legislative issues that is related to the roofing industry, such as tax reform, incentives, labor and personnel training, energy efficiency.
  • Improve public relations: being a member of the NRCA is a sure thing to be proud of as a roofer. This no doubt improves the general image and influences on potential client perception of the roofer.

Aside from those mentioned above, there other numerous bodies established solely to fight for and protect the interest of roofers. Some of them are;

The Union Roofing Contractors Association

The URCA prides itself in the continuous upgrade of the working standards and conditions of its members via assiduous workshops organized for its members with the most key target been safety. Also, the union maintains a vigilant stance on California and Federal issues that directly affect the performance of its member as it relates to roofing, waterproofing, and contracting. URCA provides member contractor employees with up to date safety training of all kinds.

Bottom Line

To excel as a roofer, you can’t possibly rule out the impact of roofers’ union/association. The earlier you consider joining one, the better. The amazing part is that irrespective of where you stay, there’s always a roofers association available close by.

 

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Understanding Roofing Estimates and Roofing Proposals

Understanding Roofing Estimates and Roofing Proposals

When it comes to getting a roof installed or getting regular roofing maintenance it is important to know the difference between estimates and proposals. The two are frequently confused because there are similarities, but there are key differences you need to know when it comes to the work you need to be done.

Understanding Roofing Estimates and Roofing Proposals

Estimates

Estimates include the types of materials that will be needed for a particular project. It also includes the scheduled time for the project, cleanup, and the contractor’s liabilities and any relevant warranty information for the roof and materials. Estimates also include how the roof is to be paid for and if there could be any possible add on costs. Any potential add-ons will be explained in the estimate in full. There are some contractors that will try to use the estimates as a means of getting you to agree to and sign a contract, by acting as if it is a formal proposal. This is not what estimates are supposed to be used for. Estimates help you evaluate which roofer you may want to work with based on pricing, materials, and warranty information. A professional and trustworthy contractor will give an estimate to provide the specific details and costs that will likely be involved in your roofing project s you can make an informed decision.

Proposals

A roofing proposal sets the cost for a project that the contractor and building owner are bound to, like a contract. Most roofers will have set costs for materials and labor and will provide these costs in full, so you know exactly what to expect. They also give a detailed breakdown for each part of the project, including any additional costs. Proposals give a final price that cannot be exceeded regardless of what happens during the project. If the proposal numbers are not one that you like, then you do not enter into a contract with the roofer. Be sure to discuss every aspect of cost with the roofer upfront so you will be aware of exactly what you will be charged for. You will want to know exactly what you are signing and what you are agreeing to.

Not all proposals are the same and they differ by project, contractor, and consumer demand. Some proposals will also be lengthy while others are much shorter. Beware of proposals that are too short because they should contain details and critical information. Shorter proposals may be missing important and critical details. Your roofing is an investment, so collect your estimates to make an informed decision. Then, discuss a detailed proposal with your contractor before entering any contract so that everyone is on the same page.

 

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What Kind Of Contractor Do You Need?

(A-One) What Kind of Contractor do You Need

There are a number of contractors out there, so there are a few things you should know before hiring one for your next project. It is important to find a reliable and licensed contractor to avoid financial risk and problems or damage to your roofing, which may come with unlicensed and unprofessional workers.

What Kind of Contractor do You Need?

In the state of California, any contractor that performs work on a project expected to value more than $500 for combined labor and materials must have a valid and current license from CSLB. You are advised to call and verify licenses for any worker you are considering.

Unlicensed Workers

Unlicensed workers pose a serious risk to your safety and your finances. Should a worker be injured while on your property and they are uninsured and unlicensed, you will take the hit financially. The majority of unlicensed workers also perform work at a lower level of quality which can lead to serious damage and expenses. In the end, it is not worth saving a few dollars by opting for an unlicensed roofer, because you risk paying so much more if anything goes wrong. When you carefully plan your project in advance, it is easier to identify and hire the appropriate contractor. You need to clearly define what you need done before deciding who is the best for the job. You typically get to choose between a general and specialty contractor and understanding the difference is important to your decision.

General Contractors

General contractors oversee projects and coordinate specific licensed subcontractors for any particular job. Specialty contractors, on the other hand, are hired to perform a single job. When you need a roofing project completed, you will hire a specialty roofing contractor to ensure you get someone that knows the industry best. General contractors can also contract for specialty work, but they must hold a valid license for that specific type of work. The only exception to this is when the project has more than two types of work involved. In this case, a general contractor will oversee the combined efforts of the project. The general contractor can hire subcontractors that have specialties based on the work that is needed.

Final Thoughts

There are many contractors out there to help you with your various installation projects. Understanding the difference between general and specialty contractors can help make the decision and hiring process smoother, and you can get the best possible work for your project.

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What To Look for In Your Roofing Estimate?

(A-One) What To Look for In Your Roofing Estimate

Roofing estimates are not contracts and do not lock you into any deals with a contractor. These estimates are usually different and not universal in any way, which can be confusing. Some of them lack important information and others hide details that you need to know. Understanding what a roofing estimate should include will help you to make an informed decision.

What to Look for in Your Roofing Estimate?

To choose a reliable commercial roofing contractor and avoid any financial upset or budgetary issues, your roofing bid or estimate should have the following items:

  • Costs: Estimates need to spell out the projected overall cost of the job as well as give a breakdown of all expenses like materials, labor, and permits. There are some contractors that will omit some costs out so they can give you a low estimate and win your business. These unmentioned costs find their way onto the final bill and you end up going over your budget. If the estimate is inconsistent with the contract, then your prospective roofer has either made a mistake or tried taking you for a ride.
  • Products: Whether the project involves repairs, replacement, or new installation, the estimate should specifically say which materials will be used. It should also say what types of warranties will be included by the roofer.
  • Responsibilities: Your estimate should give you an idea about the services for which you’re going to pay. Many contractors will automatically add the fees for cleanup and debris disposal into the equation too. Manage your expectations when it comes to possible extra charges, as many roofers will charge extra for additional requests.
  • Start and Completion Dates: Bids are chiefly used for budgeting, but they can be helpful in scheduling, too. A good estimate will provide realistic roof replacement and repair project timelines, assuming there are no unexpected surprises during work.
  • Payment Terms: A reliable estimate explains how much the project will cost and how you can pay the bill. The contract will provide a more in-depth explanation, but the estimate should offer at least a brief description of how the proposed payment term works.

Entrust your roofing project to us and we will happily answer any questions about the estimate and the project at hand. We have many years in roofing and a reliable reputation. Contact us today to discuss your needs, get a free estimate, and get the best for your roof and wallet.

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Tips for Property Managers: How to Decorate Your Building for the Holidays

Commercial Building Decoration

There are so many reasons to celebrate in December, as Hanukkah begins the night of December 2nd, followed by Christmas on the 25th, Kwanzaa on the 26th, and of course, the New Year on the 31st. So how to share the holiday spirit with your tenants?

You may not be big on decorations, but if you don’t decorate your building or host a party, you may be viewed as a modern-day Scrooge. On the flip side, if you add too many holiday symbols (Christmas trees, wreaths, lots of tinsel, yards of lights, menorahs, and Kwanzaa’s traditional Kinara candle holders), you might be accused of going overboard.

How can you strike a happy balance? According to Ginny Decker, vice president of property management for Monument Capital Real Estate Services, Miami and Katherine Furniss, marketing manager at CFH Group, another property management group in Miami, founding the middle ground has helped them keep tenants happier and encouraged them to renew.

Question: What is your company’s approach to decorating so building owners or property managers show they care—without making the building look like Santa’s workshop?

Decker: We let the on-site staff at each building decide based on tenant demographics. You want to have some decorations but not so much tinsel—for example—that it makes it hard for prospective tenants to see the building and sign a lease. We encourage an “understated ” look.

Q: How does that translate into decorations?

Decker: Generally, we say you can’t go wrong with simple, classic, white holiday lights that make residents feel good when they return home from work or when prospective tenants drive up to the building. Lights always add cheer.

Furniss: We take the same approach of keeping decorations simple and using maybe one color of lighting so they look generic, and maybe light the entrance and corporate leasing office. We might also put a wreath at the front door. We refer to all the celebrations as “the holidays” rather than to specific events.

Q: Anything else you do beside lights?

Decker: Because we try not to celebrate one denomination, we like other generic symbols such as snowflakes, snowmen, silver colors, as opposed to red and green, a tree, menorah, or Kwanzaa symbols. We want to be inclusive, especially since we often don’t know which holidays our residents celebrate.

Q: Have you had tenants complain about too much or too little?

Decker: Not so far.

Q: Do you also host holiday parties this time of year on- or off-site?

Decker: We do, and they’re on-site. The specifics vary from community to community-based on the resident profile. For buildings with young children, we might bring in a Santa Claus for photographs with the kids. For other sites, we might have gift wrapping parties where we supply the gift paper. We’ve also organize pot-luck suppers where we provide a ham or turkey, and residents bring side dishes and desserts. At some buildings with mostly lower-income residents, we may give away turkeys. We try to find out what residents want most by doing a lot of surveys throughout the year.

Furniss: We’ll host a party in the common area of a clubhouse or maybe on a pool deck of a building. We might have a movie night and ask residents for suggestions, and if their movie is picked they’ll get a prize. We’ll set up “Santa’s workshop” at each building with all the supplies needed to wrap gifts–paper and bows, and make it available the entire month of December. Many of our managers have been with us for years so they tend to know what works and doesn’t.

Q: How about saying thanks with contributions to a favorite charity in your tenants’ honor?

Decker: We try to do something like that during the season, or ask tenants to donate canned foods and toys so we all give back to our community beyond the building. We also let tenants know where their community may be hosting dinners they can attend.

Q: When do you suggest taking down decorations?

Decker: Usually, by the middle of January.

Furniss: We’ll take them down right after Christmas.

Q: Do you decorate for any other holidays to build camaraderie and good building morale?

Decker: We try to do things consistently year-round and in each quarter such as Halloween decorations come fall and a pool/barbecue around July 4th or some time during the summer. Again, we ask for tenant feedback to find what they want.

Furniss: We decorate for Halloween, and sometimes the staff dresses up, often with a theme such as witches

Q: Do you set a budget for these types of expenditures, and if so would you share?

Decker: I can’t give you a dollar amount since it varies so much by community and the number of units and occupants, which influences the amount.’

Furniss: Our buildings tend to spend between $500 and $1,000 for such events.

Q: Any parting advice?

Decker: Yes, keep decorating and hosting these kinds of celebrations and polling residents regarding what they want so they’ll take advantage. If we get 30 to 50 residents at an event, we consider that a good turnout and a success. We find that by taking time to do these things residents tend to renew their leases and remain longer with us

Furniss: We often try to have an event that offers children an activity when we can.

Now we’d love to hear from you! What do you do at your buildings to keep spirits up through the holiday season and even into the long month of January?

The Importance of Roofing Insulation

(A-One) The Importance of Roofing Insulation

Insulation is an important part of any building and has been incorporated in construction for centuries. Regardless of the different styles and buildings, it was used for, the purpose of insulation has remained the same. Insulation has evolved over the years to keep up with changing times; it always keeps the heat in during colder months, and the heat out when it’s warm outside.

The Importance of Roofing Insulation

Larger commercial buildings spend a great deal on energy costs which makes their investment insinuation a necessity. Combined savings of larger buildings in the country totals over 9.6 billion U.S dollars. These companies save money and the amount of energy used to run these buildings is significantly decreased, which reduces the carbon footprint left behind. Insulation keeps money in your wallet and protects the environment.

When you are going to get insulation installed, you need to first find a reliable and experienced contractor. They can help you determine what type of insulation you need as well as evaluate the current status of your building. You must remember the impact of the local climate when it comes to choosing insulation, so it needs to be selected in light of the amount of sun, rain and snow exposure the building will get. Reflective roofing is a popular option for all building types and works great for areas both drenched in sunlight and those that are not. Many people do not realize that these systems are beneficial in all climates and provide effective protection and insulation for your building.

Regardless of the weather, reflective insulation contributes to a comfortable working environment. With machines inside generating a lot of heat, the insulation helps to make sure it never gets too warm for the people inside. You should always do some research before choosing an insulation system. The top five materials you will likely choose from include HD coverboard, tapered insulation, EPS, fiberboard, and polyisocyanurate. Each material has benefits depending on what you need. For example, HD coverboard is great for heavy hail while the tapered variety promotes downhill water flow, thus preventing pooling. Depending on your needs and the local climate, there will be an insulation system that works best for you.

Conclusion

Insulation saves you money and allows you to run your building more efficiently. You also reduce the carbon footprint on the environment which is an important part of a successful business today. Roofing is an expensive venture but it is a mistake to treat insulation as an option. Many places already have building codes in place that require insulation, so make sure you know what you need ahead of time to keep your building up to code. Reach out to us today and we will find the best insulation system for your building and get your savings today.

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