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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 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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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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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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