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Leadership is a Responsibility We All Bear

May 26, 2020

As we begin to wrap our minds around living in a world that exists with COVID-19, a return to a “normal” way of life for Americans will come at a gradual, methodical pace. Opening retail, restaurants and similar establishments, according to guidelines directed by state and federal governments, will dictate the pace to recovery. And just like there are risks associated with virtually every aspect of everyday life, elected officials must accept that bold leadership will come with taking some chances. Even the consumer will have to take a leadership role by working hard and contributing their share to help our country return to a more “normal” way of life.

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HR Standards of Success

May 18, 2020

There are certainly multiple components that lead to the success of an organization, but it can be argued that effectively managing the human resources of a company is the most important determinant of that company’s long-term success. And the effective management of the HR function depends on more than just the HR department. Getting it right takes an active team approach that includes the HR department as well as supervisors and managers all the way up to the CEO. And just like on any successful team, members each have critical roles. It’s important to note that all of these functions are ongoing, interrelated and should be conducted in as near to “real time” as possible.

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We Will Recover

May 12, 2020

Today, a great many industries world-wide are suffering steep losses and they will likely get worse before they begin what will be a long road to recovery. These business losses are already being felt by millions of American workers at all levels—executive, professional, blue collar, and service workers. However, while recovery may not feel possible, Americans are resilient. And like we have many times before, we will work together, and we will move forward. We will recover.

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Community Service

April 27, 2020

Standard is committed to serving others and supporting our community, it’s one of our firm’s five Core Values. We believe that a life lacking in service to others and to one’s community is a life unfulfilled.

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These Uncertain Times

April 13, 2020

During times like this, many of us can find ourselves getting stuck inside our own heads with racing thoughts of fear and anxiety. Over the years, I have found ways to cope and move forward by turning something off and other things on.

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Roof Maintenance vs. Roof Replacement

March 30, 2020

There has never been a better time to weigh the investment of maintaining your roof vs. replacing your roof. Standard can help you objectively assess your existing roof and perform any minor repairs through our roof maintenance program. These efforts could give you many more months or even several more years before the entire roof needs to be replaced.

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Roofing and Building Envelope Customers

March 19, 2020

Standard Commercial Roofing and Envelope Solutions is committed now more than ever to our core values. These values include a relentless focus on the safety of our job sites, and we will be taking additional safety and security precautions throughout this pandemic along with additional steps to minimize interruptions to the schedules of our contracted projects. All of our work is performed outdoors and has a certain amount of social distancing built in to the performance of the job; however, adhering to the guidelines outlined below will help keep everyone safe and healthy and help keep your business running as smoothly as possible.

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Leaks in Commercial & Industrial Masonry Walls

March 16, 2020

There are several reasons why masonry walls might leak, such as holes in the exterior walls or abandoned pipes that have not been properly sealed. Whatever the cause, it’s important to address it as quickly as possible to ensure minimal damage to the building envelope. Let’s take a deeper look into some of the most common causes of masonry wall leaks and define some terms that may be unfamiliar to you.

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Understanding Roof System Warranties

March 2, 2020

It's certainly preferable for building owners to understand the manufacturer’s warranty of the roofing material that is being proposed for any reroofing project prior to signing the contract. However, if your reroofing project has already been completed, it's still a worthwhile exercise to request and then read through the warranty for the roofing material that is now on your building. Building owners can request a sample of this roofing material manufacturer’s warranty from the roofing contractor being considered; or who was contracted to install your building’s roof. You should ask questions and request any clarifications in writing for any warranty terms that are not completely clear to you. Here are explanations of various roofing material warranties that are available and several important items you need to look for when reviewing your warranty.

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Steep-Slope Roof Systems, Part 3

February 14, 2020

In addition to minimum slope ratio, sufficient ventilation and proper application of metal flashings, selecting the right underlayment is literally and figuratively “the foundation” of a well-designed and properly installed steep-slope roof system. While organic asphalt felts were popular products for this application in the past, they are no longer the preferred underlayment for steep-slope roof systems.

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Steep-Slope Roof Systems, Part 2

February 4, 2020

In addition to maintaining proper ventilation, proper application of flashings is integral to the installation of water-tight, steep-slope roof systems. There are a variety of flashing conditions to consider, and requirements vary among roof systems. Here are just a few examples.

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Steep-Slope Roof Systems, Part 1

January 22, 2020

There are a variety of roof systems suitable for steep-slope roofs including asphalt shingles, metal roof panels, clay tile, concrete tile, slate, as well as metal shingle systems. Our firm has installed all of the above systems, primarily on institutional facilities, including K–12, 2-year colleges, 4-year universities and colleges, and government buildings. In our experience, there are 4 components that make for a successful roof replacement project on steep-slope systems: maintaining the recommended minimum slope, ensuring sufficient ventilation, proper application of metal flashings, and installation of the underlayment.

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Understanding a Contractor’s Accounting System

January 3, 2020

Contracting can be a complicated and risky business. If a contractor doesn’t know its true financial position, then trouble can’t be far away; and when trouble arrives (and it will), no owner wants to be impacted by the fallout caused by a financially-stripped contractor. For this reason, it’s important that owners not only thoroughly vet contractors before awarding a project, but also understand which accounting and billing methods the contractor adheres to.

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Life Insurance: Insuring Your Future

December 24, 2019

If you own and run a business and you have a family, one of the most important things you can do to protect your family is to purchase as much life insurance as possible, as early in your career as possible. I was given two pieces of advice many years ago which have served me well. The first is to accumulate enough insurance coverage to support your family if you are not around. The second, to buy Term Life insurance early and to maintain a practice of accumulating life insurance over the course of my career.

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It’s Raining Inside

December 11, 2019

Reroofing projects are major renovations that can entail hazards for owners and contractors alike. One of the most serious risks for building owners undergoing a reroofing project is what is known as an “open-roof” event. These events are usually the result of a contractor’s crew removing more roof at a time than can be made completely water-tight before risk of a shower or rain storm develops. In the case of an open-roof event, some contractors may simply walk away from the job. Here's what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

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Occupied Facility Safety Planning

November 12, 2019

While the rooftop presents contractors with its own set of safety hazards to be addressed in a safety plan, the grounds around a building present hazards as well. And if the building is occupied—as is often the case in reroofing and building exterior restoration projects—one of the most important components of a site-specific safety plan is the “traffic control plan”. The building’s occupants and visitors entering and exiting the building along with the safety of the contractor’s personnel on the ground are the primary considerations when developing the “traffic control” portion of the site-specific safety plan. 

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The Importance of a Solid Insurance Program

October 23, 2019

In high-risk industries such as construction services, the importance of a well-rounded, solid insurance program cannot be overstated. Construction insurance programs are not only intended to protect the contractor, but to also protect the owner's property, personnel and affected third parties. Owners are well-served to verify in writing that the contractor selected to do the work has the following 4 types of primary coverages in place.

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Surety Bonds For Projects

October 15, 2019

Sometimes referred to as Payment Bonds, Surety Bonds are posted by a contractor to guarantee that its subcontractors, material suppliers and other vendors will be paid in-full. They provide insurance in the event that a general contractor declares insolvency or is otherwise unable to complete the project they're engaged in. When our firm found itself subjected to a general contractor declaring insolvency during the construction of a large high school project in Atlanta, the Surety Bonds put in place at the project's onset helped ensure that Standard was issued payment for the backlog of unpaid invoices.

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Protect Yourself: Licensing, Permits and Codes Matter

October 1, 2019

Whether it’s for a roof replacement, waterproofing project or masonry tuck/point/seal, building owners must protect themselves and the building occupants by ensuring that the contractor awarded the work is appropriately licensed, has the proper permits, and fully understands federal codes affecting the project.

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Establish a Clear Scope of Work

September 17, 2019

​​​​​​A commercial roofing, reroofing, building envelope exterior repair, or restoration project is no small undertaking. It can be a complete success for your organization or turn out to be a disaster. But, if you follow these 3 steps, it is more likely to lead to success, and your extra effort in the beginning will save your organization a lot of heartache in the end.

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Inclement Weather Planning, Part II

September 3, 2019

Follow these safety measures to keep your roofing project running on schedule in the event of inclement weather conditions and to help avoid equipment failure, employee injury and property damage.

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Inclement Weather Planning, Part I

August 20, 2019

Mid-way through another hurricane season, now is a good time to review the benefits of having an established Inclement Weather Plan. Mother nature can be unpredictable, and in the event you are having a commercial roof repaired or replaced, damage resulting from severe weather can add both cost and time to even the most well-planned re-roofing projects. For this reason, your roofing contractor’s policies and procedures should include an “Inclement Weather Plan”. And to protect your commercial property investment, you should request this plan from your commercial roofing contractor in advance of signing a contract for any roof work.

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Certified Fall Protection Systems

July 17, 2019

An industrial manufacturing client recently inquired about our firm’s ability to furnish and install a certified fall protection system for the roof of a building at one of their Gulf Coast manufacturing facilities. In this case study, we discuss what it took to make this happen and take a look at the fall protection system that was best-suited for their roof.

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Beetles Can Bore Holes In Your Building Envelope

July 8, 2019

Over thirty years ago, our company installed the roof on The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. Just before the museum's grand opening in 1987, we encountered an unforeseen obstacle — beetles had bored into the uncured EPDM material and died under the flashing, creating devastating leaks. Read our case study on what we learned, how we addressed the issue and how it informed our processes moving forward.

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Do All Flat Roofs Leak?

June 18, 2019

On occasion, roof system components have manufacturing defects that compromise the integrity of a low-slope roof. In these cases, roof system defects are often not known until a leak is visible inside a building. However, if you have a roof maintenance program in place, roof system failures due to manufacturing defects can often be caught and addressed before water makes it through the building envelope into the building’s interior.

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Selecting a Roof System: The Case for TPO

June 4, 2019

There are no “one type fits all” roof systems. So, when faced with a new construction project or re-roofing an existing facility, owners should be fully informed as to the type of roof system best suited for the scope of work. Along with a pre-bid evaluation, selection of the proper roof system is one of the most important steps owners can take to help avoid future, long-term problems. Here, we explore the TPO roof system and discuss when it's the best option for your re-roofing project.

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Communication is Key to Re-roofing Project Success

May 23, 2019

It’s a fact; commercial re-roofing projects are very different and are many times more complex than new construction roofing. Because of this, one of the most important components to a re-roofing project’s success is a healthy and productive line of communication between the owner, the roof architect/designer and the contractor throughout the life of the project. Here, we share what a good communication process looks like and offer up a case study that examines how open lines of communication helped mitigate unforeseen complications and ensure project success.

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Pre-Qualification of Bidders

May 3, 2019

When selecting a contractor for your reroofing project, it's important to follow an established set of guidelines to ensure that your contractor is indeed qualified to handle the scope of work. In this article, we share a list of best practices for selecting the right contractor for your needs.

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Selecting a Roof System: Modified Bitumen

April 15, 2019

With the waning popularity of gravel surface and asphalt built-up roof systems as well as the complete disappearance of coal-tar pitch roof systems, the use of modified bitumen roof systems has gained wide popularity. As to the building types to which modified systems can be applied, the use of adhered and self-adhered modified bitumen systems is nearly limitless. And by incorporating “liquid flashing” systems into modified bitumen applications, almost any type of roof detail can be addressed effectively.

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Why Is Roof Maintenance Necessary?

April 3, 2019

When roof systems are inspected on a regular basis, issues related to roof drains, roof penetrations, flashing and trim can be identified early, and subsequent damage and down-time as a result of leaks can often be avoided. A consistent roof maintenance program will more often than not prevent leaks by identifying and resolving potential problems before they penetrate the building envelope and disrupt your operations.

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The Pros and Cons of Exterior Gutters

March 6, 2019

Never having been a fan of using exterior gutters for roof drainage/water diversion, we typically advise our manufacturing, education and healthcare customers to avoid the use of gutters altogether. The reasons for such recommendations are numerous. But in instances like the one analyzed here, sometimes the soundest solution is to improve existing gutter systems to stave off possible water damage to the building envelope.

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The Building Envelope: Excessive Negative Pressure

February 21, 2019

No matter how a building in constructed, the key to minimizing excessive negative pressure (and mitigating leaks in the roof, walls and other components of the building envelope) is the proper design and control of a building’s HVAC system.

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Helipad Headaches: The Importance of a Properly Installed Vapor Barrier

February 13, 2019

A few years ago, our firm undertook a large roof replacement project on several sections of one of Pensacola, Florida’s leading hospitals. During the course of our work, the hospital began experiencing leaks in an another area of the facility – an area that was not part of our original scope of work. The hospital’s engineer asked our firm to investigate the source of the leaks. This is what we discovered.

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Chase Perfection, Achieve Excellence: Core Values

February 4, 2019

At Standard, we are committed to providing quality roofing, roof maintenance and leak repair services to our clients that surpasses the standards of our competitors. We are able to provide this level of service because we aspire for perfection on a daily basis.

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Your Culture Is Your Brand

January 31, 2019

Our company focuses relentlessly on safety. And over my many years in this business, I've heard from so many facility managers, engineers and roof consultants that Standard is actually most known and respected for our focus on the safety of our employees and the occupants of facilities on which we are working. So, because of this focus on a safety-first culture, safety has become our brand.

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Defining the Building Envelope

January 14, 2019

Addressing problems related to the Building Envelope requires specialists fully familiar with all components of the Building Envelope and the measures required to address problems with each component. And to ensure that each bidder is fully familiar with the requirements and special applications necessary to execute a successful project, all bidders on Building Envelope repair/remediation projects should be thoroughly vetted.

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