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Succession Planning

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.”

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What is Roof Maintenance?

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.

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12 Rules for Work and Life

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.

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Budgeting For Major Roof Renovations

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.

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

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.

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Taking Ownership

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.

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Delayed Reaction—COVID-19 Effects

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.

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Recruiting

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.

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Customer Service

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.”

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Leaks in Commercial & Industrial Masonry Walls

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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