Insurance Coverages & Claims

November 15, 2021

It is imperative for the long-term health of your business to review your insurance policies annually with your providers. A review should include a confirmation that your coverage levels are satisfactory to adequately accommodate for an unexpected, large claim.


Four Keys to a Safety-First Culture

November 4, 2021

Safety training is a vital part of every business regardless of the industry. However, with Standard, safety training can be the difference in life or death for one or many people, if poorly implemented. It is crucial to train our team on safety protocols. The team as a whole must have a clear understanding that these protocols not only protect themselves as individuals, but the group as a whole.


The Key to Constructability is Communication

October 18, 2021

As we all have learned by now, communication is a key component of any product or service industry. At any part during the execution of the agreed scope of work, details have to be communicated from top to bottom from owner to designer, to the contractor, and so forth. Every detail counts, especially the small ones. Communication will make the difference in the overall composition of your work while project deadlines, expenses, and client satisfaction will speak volumes as a result of the success of the constructability structure.


Accelerate the Adoption of Efficient Building Technologies

October 5, 2021

During the next few years, with energy efficiency and alternative energy sources a high priority for the federal government, adopting efficient building technologies will be imperative. Learn now how to implement best practices and leverage building envelope resources to ensure the longevity of your work and your client expectations. 


Accountability Mentality

September 20, 2021

Delays in shipments, extreme weather, family emergencies, and a myriad of other things can delay a project and in turn delay a clients satisfaction. Though these things happen often and are out of our control, it is important to take accountability for the results that we promised, but were not met. An “accountability mentality” is the only path that will lead to a high level of success. 


How Building & Roof Maintenance Saves Money

September 7, 2021

Whether you manage a healthcare, industrial or institutional facility, a maintenance program will save your organization money. The most obvious benefits of building envelope maintenance programs are extending the service life of existing roof systems and preventing minor roof issues from becoming major roof repairs. However, by taking advantage of a comprehensive building envelope maintenance program, you are much more likely to head off potentially costly and unplanned facility downtime due to preventable building envelope failures.


Traits for Success

August 25, 2021

Being a leader is about more than just being in charge. It’s about being humble no matter the circumstance and audience. It is about being open to your employees and clients in difficult situations and it’s about being your authentic, true self every day to everyone. To be a successful leader means having respect and empathy for your team and understanding that leadership does not place you above them, but beside them in every obstacle and triumph.


Control Your Re-Roofing Experience

August 9, 2021

Starting a new project can be an exciting process. Watching a good idea come to fruition from start to finish can give you a great sense of pride in your work, and all who had a part in it. However, before the idea can become a reality, your first job is to find the most qualified contractors and verify their competency with a pre-qualification process as well as provide them with the correct information to ensure they understand every detail of the project and the part they will play in it all. Here at Standard Roofing, we take pride in our detailed process to find the best candidates to ensure client satisfaction as well as to uphold our standard of quality work and service.


The 95:5 Rule

July 26, 2021

Managing a successful business is all about hard work, determination, quality products and timely service. However, the work doesn’t stop there. Genuine customer service, clean work environments and having a positive attitude, among other things, all contribute to the success of the business as well. The 95:5 rule is a concept that 95 percent of your business thrives off of the services or products your business produces. The remaining 5 percent comes from the integrity, compassion and care your customers experience when interacting with you and your employees. 95 percent certainly trumps 5 percent, however that 5 percent is what will retain your customers’ loyalty and your reputation in the long run.


Testing Metal Edge Systems

July 12, 2021

Wind resistance testing is becoming a requirement for Edge Systems used with Low Slope Roofing Systems. Wind resistance testing is carried out to simulate the planned wind environment of the product and tests for the ability to withstand high winds, tunneling, and peak pressure loading caused by storms. It is important to ensure that roofing contractors are adhering to best practices including adherence to the ES-1 standard.


Your Attitude

June 28, 2021

Life is full of learning lessons, but the best lessons learned come from the hardest experiences. We all know that most things happen out of our control and usually at the worst time, but over time you realize there is one thing you can always control no matter the situation or issue: your reaction. Keeping a good attitude in the face of hardship is not always an easy task, but a necessary one that will benefit you, and your business, in the long run. 


Supply Chain Disruption Solution

June 14, 2021

Supply and demand are important components of every functioning business. However, during the recent pandemic, supply chain disruption has become another difficult hurdle to climb and conquer. Interruptions in your supply directly affect your demand, and in turn, your customers. At Standard, we understand how we can help our customers manage through these times.


Communication is Key

June 1, 2021

For banks and surety providers, open communication is the key to a contractor’s success.


Facility Resilience

May 17, 2021

Implementing resilience strategies for your building is beneficial for all facilities. And, when building replacement is an option, owners should ask designers of the new facilities to incorporate measures based on the principles of resilience into facility designs.


Community Service

May 3, 2021

Immersing your business into a community is more than offering great services and products. It is about being a pillar of doing good deeds and leveraging your resources to make the community better as a whole. We have over 75 years of experience getting up, getting out, and investing our time and talents in the communities we serve! “The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves.” — Helen Keller


3 Truths of Customer Loyalty

April 19, 2021

Customers are sometimes fickle–they like to explore new things, products, and places when shopping for the best deal. But what makes a customer loyal to a business when they have plenty of similar options? Customers appreciate a business with honest and realistic feedback as well as exceptional customer service. They want to know that they are in good hands and feel confident in your services. Customer loyalty, like your reputation, should be a key goal in the everyday operations of your business. Without it, your business will become a revolving door of inconsistent opportunities.


Earning Your Reputation

April 5, 2021

A reputation is a widespread belief that someone or something has a particular habit or characteristic for either something amazing or unfavorable. Great reputations are built by businesses that employ great people who are truly dedicated to the clients they are serving. On the other hand, reputations are fragile and need to be protected at all times. One wrong experience can send your business’s reputation in a downward spiral. Reputations should be protected at all costs, after all, they are your business’s first impression to new and potential customers. 


Know Your (Cash) Position

March 22, 2021

Being aware of your financial standing is important regardless of the industry you work in. However, being proactive in intently managing your accounts payable and accounts receivable is what truly matters. To do this, two of the most critical responsibilities of a prudent contractor are managing cash flow and knowing their cash position.


Maintaining an Orderly Jobsite

March 8, 2021

A roof replacement project on any facility is a major undertaking. Issues such as jobsite safety hazards, noise and proper communication among stakeholders are just a few of the many items that must be managed. How neatly a jobsite is being maintained is a direct reflection of the attention to detail a contractor is paying as they undertake the job at hand.


How Building Envelope Maintenance Saves Money

February 22, 2021

Whether you manage a healthcare, industrial or institutional facility, a building envelope maintenance program will save your organization money. The most obvious benefits of building envelope maintenance programs are extending the service life of existing roof systems and preventing minor roof issues from becoming major roof repairs. However, by taking advantage of a comprehensive Building Envelope Maintenance Program, you are much more likely to head off potentially costly and unplanned facility downtime due to preventable building envelope failures.


Document, Document, Document

February 1, 2021

IT has made a substantial impact on many of the disciplines associated with the construction industry including building owners, developers, designers/architects, construction managers, and product manufacturers/vendors. However, many construction contractors—especially small and even some large general contractors as well as trade subcontractors—still run their businesses using the same practices their firms have used for decades.


Happy Employees = Happy Customers

January 18, 2021

It only stands to reason that if your employees are happy, they will work to make your customers happy. By maintaining an open-door policy, following through and having your employees' backs, you can ensure the happiness of both your staff and customers.


Life Insurance: Insuring Your Future

January 4, 2021

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.


Succession Planning

December 7, 2020

A succession plan is vital to the sustainability of any organization. It's fairly simple to put on paper, but executing the plan is not easy. There’s an old saying, “People are like tomatoes in one respect; the best ones are home-grown.”


What is Roof Maintenance?

November 6, 2020

The purpose of a roof maintenance program for healthcare, industrial and institutional facilities is to help extend the service life of an existing roof system. A re-roofing project is a big capital investment, and a solid roof maintenance plan is a small investment by comparison that will save building owners money in the long term.


12 Rules for Work and Life

October 26, 2020

In Stephen Schwarzman’s recently-released book, What It Takes: Lessons in the Pursuit of Excellence, he lists 25 Rules for Work and Life. We selected 12 of these rules that we believe can be harnessed to improve work life and personal/home life.


Budgeting For Major Roof Renovations

October 13, 2020

Every commercial facility renovation project should start with a sound pre-construction budget. Here are some key factors to keep in mind when creating a realistic budget for roof replacement on an industrial, institutional or healthcare facility.


Reroof, Recover, Resaturant, & Coating—Roof Replacement & Restoration Options

September 29, 2020

While a solid building envelope maintenance program will extend the ability of your roof and the rest of your building envelope components to keep their contents safe and dry, the fact is that each of these components has a limited effective service life. Depending on the type and the quality of the original installation, for roof systems this effective service life is typically 20–25 years.


Taking Ownership

September 15, 2020

There's a reason Standard’s company name now ends with the word “Solution.” Customers frequently come to me with a problem that is not necessarily related to the building envelope. Whatever a customer’s commercial facility problem is, Standard is committed to taking ownership of that problem and helping them solve it.


Delayed Reaction—COVID-19 Effects

September 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused delays on many commercial roofing projects. Shortages in the supply chain have played a big part in those delays and causing projects to not run on a timely schedule. As we worked with our distributors, two major issues seem to have collided to cause this havoc in what has been a relatively stable supply chain for decades.



August 19, 2020

Recruiting in any market today presents unique challenges for every business. To maintain the strongest team we possibly can, Standard adheres to a four-point strategy for recruiting and retaining the best employees. “Take care of your employees and they will take care of your business. It’s as simple as that.” —Sir Richard Branson, Founder, Virgin Group.


Customer Service

August 3, 2020

At Standard, there are 4 areas in which we consistently strive for perfection to achieve excellence in customer service: in the office, in the field, through project management and in close-out. Our customer service is inspired by and rooted in the words of the great NFL coach Vince Lombardi, “In our pursuit of perfection, we will catch excellence.”


Leaks in Commercial & Industrial Masonry Walls

July 20, 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.


Risk Management: Inexperienced Employees Accessing Roof

July 7, 2020

Too often we see facility owners request that their maintenance employees perform roof repair work to help mitigate costs. However, lack of familiarity with roof-top hazards and lack of documented training (required by OSHA) exposes an owner to enormous risks. Trained professionals should be the only persons accessing the roof of your building. Safety is the key to life and of your livelihood.


Turning Obstacles into Opportunity

June 22, 2020

A positive attitude can go a long way. This piece of advice should be applied to both your personal and professional life. Standard is committed to overcoming obstacles with a positive attitude–it’s part of our Core Values. Finding the opportunity to overcome a challenge ultimately makes you stronger. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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