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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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