Tips for Signing Roof Maintenance Contracts with Building Owners

commercial roof maintanenceWith economic conditions remaining tight, building owners are more selective than ever about whom they let on their commercial roofs. That is with good reason, of course. Roofing is a big expense, and if a roof service is done poorly or improperly, the expense can easily become bigger.

In lieu of this reality, many roof contractors may find it difficult to get roof maintenance contracts with building owners. But that does not mean that roof contractors should refrain from pursuing them. Maintenance contractors, after all, are an ongoing source of revenue. Because a roof has maintenance demands throughout a year’s time, the contractor who obtains the contract will have ongoing work. In turn, ongoing work means more gross revenue coming in.

Below, we examine some ways in which commercial roof contractors can better position themselves for getting maintenance contracts from building owners.

How to Get Maintenance Contracts

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    1.      Do research on the building owner you are targeting before the approach. The Internet is a powerful tool nowadays, and it is a prime resource for learning more about a customer prospect. Carefully research the prospect online via his or her business website (if applicable), on social networks such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and any other places where information can be found. Ask friends who are in the building owner’s social circles or local marketplace more about him or her. Knowledge is power, and leveraging any information you can find out can be the deciding factor of whether you land the contract.
     
    2.      Be aware of the importance of the image you are projecting. In all facets of life, first impressions are critical. That applies just as strongly to the roofing industry and business world in general. Showing up for interaction with a building owner, whether the interaction is planned or on-the-spot, with the appearance of a professional will strengthen your chances of landing the contract. Make sure you have professional-looking sales materials to represent you and your company in the best light.
     
    3.      If the building owner is a current or previous customer, build upon the goodwill you established in the first stages of the relationship. Even though it may be obvious, it is worth mentioning: seeking out maintenance contracts with customers who have engaged your services in the past, or are in the process of doing so, skyrockets your chances of signing a contract. To that end, make sure you keep in touch with your previous customers so you can explore contract opportunities in the future. A satisfied customer from yesterday is worth his or her weight in gold tomorrow, both as a testimonial source and for an ongoing business relationship.
     
    4.      Demonstrate to the building owner the value that you offer. Because maintenance contracts are more long-term than other roofing projects, what you bring to the table becomes even more critical. Take efforts to show the building owner that both of you will benefit from an ongoing business arrangement. Take time to answer all of the prospect’s questions and elaborate upon any points that will showcase your value in greater detail. Be mindful of how much you use the word “I” and “you”, and do not refrain from using language that is service-minded but professional. Be genuine but demonstrative in how both you and your prospect can benefit from your servicing his or her roof.
     
    5.      Come prepared with materials and testimonials that show your quality. Because any contractor can claim to be able to perform a roof maintenance program well, you need to have in place resources that help you stand out. The best way to do so is to come prepared with materials that demonstrate your value: namely, documentation of your workmanship from previous projects, such as pictures, and customer testimonials. If you are able to give a building owner a testimonial from a satisfied customer that is proximate to his or her business focus, building specifications, and day-to-day concerns, your chances of signing the contract become even greater. If you want to strengthen your long-term chances for landing maintenance contracts and jobs in general, join roof contractor support groups or professional trade associations for greater credibility.

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    6.      Be prepared to negotiate. Contractual terms such as frequency of maintenance, the times at which you come back to make sure the roof is performing up to par, and other areas will be open to negotiation. Should you get to this stage with the building owner, remain decisive about fundamentals such as service pricing range, but also remain flexible. If you are too inflexible or intangible in your objective of getting the contract, you will likely walk away empty-handed. Being aware that you are a provider in a service industry, and remaining aware of the dynamics of that reality, will strengthen your chances for success.

    These are just a few of the many ways to land maintenance contracts with building owners, helping you be a step above other contractors in your area. 

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    The Truth about Spray Polyurethane Foam Roofing Problems


    foam roofingToday, we discuss one of the highest-performing and most affordable roof systems in commercial roofing, spray polyurethane foam.

    For building owners who seek reliable, lasting roof protection that offers long-term cost-effectiveness, spray polyurethane foam roofing offers a great solution. But despite the fact that it has been around for 50 years, some members of the public have strong negative impressions of it. That is certainly understandable, given that over these past few decades, careless or less-than-savvy commercial roof contractors have incorrectly or poorly installed this energy-saving roof system.

    Because this roof system has such great energy-saving and cost-cutting potential, below we examine some of the “myths” behind this system and how it offers substantial value.

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    • Spray polyurethane foam technology does not have a solid track record for commercial roofing. Because a number of commercial roofing companies have installed this roof system poorly or incorrectly, this misnomer is one of the greater misperceptions to emerge in the commercial roofing industry. Multiple studies, including longitudinal studies or studies done over time, confirm spray polyurethane foam technology’s efficacy for commercial roof protection. For one, the National Roofing Foundation performed a study at Arizona State University in 1995 that showed high customer satisfaction and durability were strongly tied to SPF roofing. Texas A&M University famously has over 7 million square feet of spray foam roofing installed on buildings across its campus, which has performed well for over periods ranging 15 to 40+ years or even more.
    • Spray polyurethane foam may be suitable for other applications, but not for roofing. Despite this fairly popular notion, spray polyurethane foam actually has shown a great track record for commercial roof application. When it was first distributed commercially in the mid-1950s, spray polyurethane foam was used in refrigeration and industrial insulation applications. As the foam technology became more specialized or harnessed for other industries, however, the foam emerged as a proven solution for commercial and residential applications alike. Today, SPF is used for roofing and insulation needs the world over, and enjoys recognition by the National Building Code as well as for its efficacy in sealing a building envelope.
    • Spray foam roofs are far too expensive. This notion is perhaps one of the strongest held by the public today. In reality, though, spray foam roofing is actually one of the most affordable and reliable roof systems available today, especially when you factor in the cost savings and avoided costs it generates. For illustration, consider some of the following cost savings you can see with this roofing when it has an elastomeric roof coating applied on top of it: reduced roof maintenance and repair costs, heavily reduced annual energy costs, federal tax benefits and advantages, reduced cooling and heating equipment-related costs, and so much more. In fact, Texas A&M found that its spray foam systems paid for themselves in around 4-6 years with their huge energy savings.
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    • Spray polyurethane foam roofing does not last. Actually, when elastomeric roof coatings are reapplied at strategic intervals on top of it, spray foam roofing has been shown to last up to 50 years. Conklin elastomeric roof coatings, in fact, may only need to be reapplied once to strengthen that possibility. Plus, multiple independent studies have confirmed the long life expectancy of this highly durable roofing.
    • This foam roofing cannot be walked over or on. When applied correctly, an SPF-treated roof actually can hold up to 40 pounds per square inch or even higher. That is according to data from the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance and National Roofing Contractors Association. It is fully capable of supporting a wide weight range. However, a sharp object could create a hole that can penetrate the building envelope. Care is needed in that area.

    With Conklin spray foam roofing, building owners could see up to 30% savings on their annual energy costs, and receive non-prorated warranty coverage for their roof that covers labor and material costs for 18 years.

    Call us at 800-670-5583 to learn how we can give you long-term security and cost-saving power.

    9 Steps for a Commercial Roof Inspection

    Many roofing companies offer free commercial roof inspections. These inspections are oftentimes no-obligation and give commercial roof contractors the opportunity to show building owners their expertise and value.

    foam roofingHowever, where many – if not most – contractors differ from each other is the quality of the free inspection they offer. Fly-by-night or less-than-stellar roofing companies may perform roof inspections that are quick or hardly comprehensive in order to increase their number of bids within an area or seemingly maximize their time. But any roof inspection that is done too quickly or anything less than the utmost awareness and precision can spell disaster for a building owner’s needs. After all, if a roof’s issues or developing problems are not identified, then what will prevent those issues from arising in the short-run or long-run?

    Below, we cover 9 steps for how Choice Roof Contractors complete in-depth roof inspections with building owners’ needs in mind.

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      1.      Determining if the roof has any guarantees that are active. Before performing any work, a reputable contractor will determine whether or not a roof has an active guarantee. After all, the guarantee’s terms may spell out key details that can influence any work the contractor would perform, such as the types of roofing products that can be or cannot be used on an existing roof. Should a roof contractor not abide by these terms, the guarantee would very likely be invalidated.

      2.      Closely examining building records and interviewing the building’s occupants. As is common sense, any existing plans of a building’s layout will be tremendously helpful in assessing a roof’s condition. A savvy roofing company would therefore seek out any original plans and specifications. Additionally, another key component of interacting with the building’s occupants and asking if they know of any current or prospective issues. Do they know of any leaks? If so, how often does the roof leak? In what weather conditions does the leaking appear? How long has the leak been taking place? Asking as many questions as possible to gauge the situation is crucial.
       
      3.      Carefully inspecting the roof’s interior system. Having completed the second step, a reliable commercial roof contractor would then closely examine and evaluate the roof’s interior system. Among other things, he will be looking for signs of rust or water stains, structural defects, noticeable corrosion or weaknesses, and the type and condition of mechanical fasteners that come from the roof deck. Known roofing leaks should also be examined inside of the building for determination of the leak source or presence of any issues such as roof splits. Aside from this inspection component’s value in the possible early identification of any issues, this step will also let the contractor know of which areas he should be careful traversing.
       
      4.      Inspecting the building envelope. Before proceeding to the roof’s top deck, a commercial roof contractor should make a general inspection of the building envelope. The presence of out-of-the-ordinary defects, such as pre-cast panels tilting or cracks in building features around corners, window openings, or doors may be evidence of structural movement or structural problems. These features will vary from building to building, of course. Any indicators of water entry along the building features such as the building’s masonry should also be taken note of for determining if anything may be wrong with the building’s gutters, down spots, or other relevant building features.
       
      5.      Inspecting the rooftop. Now is the time for the contractor to switch his efforts to the top of the building. The information he gained from the original plans and specifications will be invaluable here. A close inspection of the rooftop will begin with a general lookover of the rooftop for any debris, standing pools of water, signs of abuse or wear-and-tear, or even vegetation, as these can be indicators of long-term problems.
       
      6.      Inspecting the roof perimeter and then the roof field. Once the general overview is finished, a contractor should examine the roof perimeter as that is where most leaks and other roof problems occur. In this stage, things such as counter flashings, base flashings, coping, and coping joints will be closely examined. A roof contractor will also examine the gutters. Once the perimeter check is complete, the roof’s main body is next. Pools of water can be indicators of poor roof design or construction. Should the roof be a membranous roof like an EPDM roof, the contractor will examine the membrane’s surface for its condition. Are there any signs of debris or dirt build-up? Any signs of excessive or lacking amounts of surfacing layers such as gravel? A careful contractor will take note of all small details, as they can be clues to any issues at play.
       
      7.      Inspecting roof-based accessories and equipment. Sometimes leaks can come from equipment or accessories that have been poorly installed or are in poor condition. A careful roof contractor will examine areas including drains, seals, flashing, and other key areas as is relevant to that particular roof’s type.
       
      8.      Determining multiple options for action. Once a contractor has completed all of these steps, he then comes up with solutions that are tailored toward the roof’s specific needs. A customer needs-focused contractor will present the building owner with multiple options that can fit his needs, make suggestions as to which are the best, and offer that advisement with the building owner’s budgetary concerns in mind. This is where the roof contractor can show the building owner what he can bring to the table.
       
      9.      Submitting a proposal for the agreed-upon roofing solutions. Should the building owner be impressed with the roof contractor’s assessment and expertise, the contractor can then move forward with a proposal for action. The solutions agreed upon will include quotes for work to be done, estimated times of project initiation and completion, and other key details.
       

      Choice Roof Contractors abide by these strict quality standards in their roof inspections as well as all other facets of their commercial roof services. Call us today at 800-670-5583 to learn why one of our standout network members can be the perfect fit for your needs and wallet.

      The Benefits of Spray Foam Roofing

      foam roofingHaving been around in the United States since the 1960s, spray foam roofing has emerged as a popular, energy-saving roofing solution for many building owners. Particularly, they have been of great value to building owners who had built-up roofing systems (BUR systems) or single-ply roof systems.

      However, despite its reputation for being the leading commercial roof system on the market today, this roofing is regarded with suspicion by many building owners. That is understandable, given documented cases in which roof contractors failed to properly prep a rooftop for proper spray foam application. There are also cases in which another contractor-related problem arises: the roof contractor sometimes incorrectly applies the spray foam roof system’s surfacing layer, an elastomeric roof coating. For example, one of the most common improper applications of this roof system layer is the inconsistent application of the roof coating, or the application of it at differing levels of thickness across a rooftop.

      Despite these troubles, we turn today to a notable case study (link) that shows the efficacy and benefits of this well-performing roof system.

      Spray Foam Roofing in Action: Texas A&M University Case Study

      One of the most well-known universities in the south, Texas A&M University is also one of the most recognizable institutions to benefit from this system. As of today, the university campus has over 7 million square feet of spray foam roofing. Back in the 1970s, the university had grown dissatisfied with the poor performances of their traditional tar and gravel BUR systems. These roofs were experiencing constant leaks after an average of 5 years of servicing. Additionally, the leak sources had proven excessively difficult to locate on each occasion of roof servicing. To quell this ongoing, costly headache, the university’s physical plant team began searching for answers.

      That is when the physical plant team turned to spray foam systems; these systems stood out on account of their energy efficiency, easy installation, long life expectancy, and cost-efficiency. The systems were then installed over a number of buildings to stop the leaky troubles and expenses.

      Almost 10 years later, efforts were taken to track the spray foam systems’ energy efficiency on 27 different on-campus buildings. The results were noteworthy, as they showed the university was able to recoup all costs of the roofing application through energy savings in an average of 4.5 years.

      Building on the success stories of the spray foam applications over the BUR systems, Texas A&M University then had spray foam systems applied to its metal roofs. To this day, the university notes that the treated BUR roofs require little maintenance and upkeep and are still providing seamless, trouble-free protection. As for the treated metal roofs, on which the spray foam applications were done about 10 to 15 years ago, the university says these roofs perform as well as they did on their day of installation.

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      Noting the impressive track record of Texas A&M University’s spray foam systems, we now consider the efficacy of Conklin’s own line of spray polyurethane foam roofing (SPF roofing). Putting it shortly, Conklin SPF roofing stands out from other roofing materials on multiple accounts:

      • Up to 30% cost savings on annual cooling costs
      • Huge energy savings in heating and cooling year-round
      • Industry’s only 18-year non-prorated warranty
      • Spray foam’s energy-saving properties backed by premium-grade elastomeric coating
      • Resistance against hurricane-force winds, bad hail, and other natural disasters
      • Savings on avoided roof replacement costs
      • Best roofing protection on the marketplace
      • Greatly reduced sound transmission

      Should you be interested in discussing how a Conklin SPF roof system can save you money and trouble, please call us today at 800-670-5583.

      Contractors who want to learn proper application and purchase the necessary equipment should reach out to our partner Intech Equipment & Supply at 706-474-1657. They are one of the premier spray foam equipment providers in the United States with 6 full-service branches across the country. Mention Choice Roof Contractor Group for special discounted pricing.

      Types of Commercial Roofing Materials

      Today, we cover the different generic types of commercial roofing materials that are available for flat roofs and low slope commercial roofs.

      According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, there are five common commercial roofing materials. These include: built-up roof membranes, metal paneling, modified bitumen sheet membranes, single-ply membranes, and spray polyurethane foam roof systems.

      Different Commercial Roofing Materials

      • Built-up roof membranes
        According to the NRCA, these roofing materials have been used in the United States for over a century. The public more commonly knows them as “tar and gravel” roofs. A finished product of this membrane typically has a makeup of alternating levels of bitumen and reinforcing fabrics. These “reinforcement” fabrics are also referred to as “roofing felts” or “ply sheets”. If a BUR system is mechanically fastened, it may feature a foundational ply sheet. BUR membranes are often applied directly to insulation or the roof deck. The bitumen used is often asphalt, coal tar, or a cold-applied adhesive.
      • Metal paneling
        When it comes to low slope roofs, the NRCA lists one thing being available for application: structural metal paneling. There are many metal materials which can be used for roofing, which we have taken a look at before in our commercial roof systems overview: corrugated galvanized steel, aggregates of zinc, aluminum, and silicon-coated steel, metal tile sheets, stainless steel, copper, aluminum, stone-coated steel, lead, and tin. Because metal paneling may be compromised by harsh weather conditions or from long sun exposure, certain kinds of metal roof materials, especially steel, are often “treated” with defect-inhibiting surfacing layers. It is not unusual for a metal roof system to be treated with a surface layer acrylic roof coating for long-term durability and protection value.
      • Modified bitumen sheet membranes
        These membranes are similar to built-up roofing, but feature additional tensile strength and durability with rubber-based polymers incorporated into the material. They are installed in multiple layers for reinforcement. Generally speaking, there are two types of modified bitumen roofing membranes; SBS polymer-modified bitumen membranes and APP polymer-modified bitumen membranes. The APPs typically leave behind a plastic-like quality to asphalt, and SBSs leave behind a rubber-like quality.
      • Single-ply roof membranes
        These membranes are factory-made and classified into two groups: thermoplastic materials (which include PVC and TPO materials) and thermoset materials (which includes EPDM or rubber roofing). The thermoplastic materials stand apart from thermoset materials in that they do not have chemical crosslinking. There are five subcategories of thermoplastics, but the most common are PVC and TPO materials. Alternatively, thermoset materials have polymers that have chemical crosslinks, or have been “vulcanized”. The most common thermoset membrane is EPDM material, which is derived from ethylene and propylene.
      • Spray polyurethane foam roofing
        This material is foam-based and features a two-part mixture which is applied as the system’s base layer. Thereafter, a surfacing layer is applied on top, which can be membranous but is often roof coating-based. The base layer of spray polyurethane foam insulation is applied at different levels of thickness for greater insulation value, or R-value. The surfacing layer serves as the protection against damaging agents such as harmful ultraviolet rays or powerful storms.

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      Each commercial roofing material type has its advantages and disadvantages. Some perform better than others in certain climates or weather conditions typical for a given area. But in the end, all commercial roofs are prone to wear-and-tear, being compromised, or leaks.

      A roof restoration can reinforce an existing commercial roof’s life, bring the roof back to its prior performance ability, and even give building owners strong energy benefits, among other things.

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      5 Tips for Hiring a Roof Contractor

      Whether a building owner requires simple roof repairs or a complete roof restoration, it is obvious that roofing is an expensive investment. With the economic pressures placed upon businesses by today’s economic climate, it might be tempting to go with a roof contractor who offers a below-cost bid, but the long-term consequences of doing so can be brutal. Many contractors who offer below-cost bids are actually “fly-by-night” contractors who are uninsured or use less-than-ideal materials. Choosing a roof contractor solely on the basis of his bid is hardly a good idea.

      Of course, the other concern that guides business owners’ decisions on whether to hire a particular contractor is guided by their intent to receive the best service possible, but not at the highest cost. Determining which roof contractor to hire then becomes a balancing act of settling between a contractor’s pricing and service quality.

      To help building owners and business owners navigate this often-difficult field, we offer a few tips below for consideration.

      Advice for Hiring the Right Roof Contractor

      1. Complete in-depth research.

      There is no more important thing to do than engaging in discerning research. Carefully consider each of the contractors who are in the running for your needs. Is there evidence of their having a permanent business address? Do they freely offer their licensing numbers? Is the contractor registered to do work in your area? Do the contractors offer testimonials from past satisfied customers, and are they willing to share past customers’ phone numbers for references? How do the contractors portray themselves? Are they part of any professional associations or trade membership organizations? Ask tough questions and learn as much about the contractors bidding on your job as possible. Knowledge is power, after all, and it will be of tremendous assistance in your decision-making.

      2. Narrow down the bidding contractors to a few candidates.

      While research is the most important step, there is nothing quite like getting in front of someone to get a handle on him or her. Most roof contractors, regardless of their business’ size, offer free roof estimates or quotes before commencing work. Many of these contractors’ estimates or quotes will be free, no-obligation offers. Take advantage of this offering, and use the opportunity to gauge the contractor’s knowledge and ethics. Does he appear to be trustworthy? How does he or she handle product defects or poor cases of installation? What sort of warranties does the contractor offer? Again, question-asking is key to discerning more critical information for your needs.

      3. Get a few estimates based on the same specifications and materials.

      This is largely an extension of the first step. It is also one of the greatest methods for determining a contractor’s quality and ethics. Do not hesitate to receive 3-5 bids from different contractors who use the same roofing materials, and who would take care of the job according to the same specifications. Ask for estimates of how much time you think the job will take to complete. Doing so will allow you to get an idea of cost range, service efficacy, project efficiency, and other critical information.

      4. Steer clear of contractors who use high-pressure sales tactics.

      Should your roof have undergone major damage or need major repairs, it may be a temptation to turn to the first contractor who appears on your doorstep. Contractors who offer the greatest “cost efficiency” may be more attractive than established, proven roofing contractors as well. Contractors who use these sort of tactics are often not trustworthy, straightforward, or, at the least, respectful of your needs. Do yourself—and your wallet—a favor, and steer clear of them.

      5. Make sure to have everything in writing.

      When engaging someone for roofing work, make sure to have everything clearly spelled out and in writing. The person’s name, address, license number, and phone number should be included in the proposal. Do not sign anything before you have read it in its entirety and made sure you understand all of the agreement’s terms. Ensuring that everything in the proposal is clearly labeled and broken down is a good sign that the contractor is organized and efficient; good signs for the service you will receive. Turn to the advice of trusted friends for assistance should you find any part of this stage challenging.

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      With our nationwide contractor network, our members have been carefully vetted and confirmed to be quality service providers by a board of veteran roofers. Each member, regardless of how experienced he is in roofing, also goes to Conklin roof systems training for expert, in-depth instruction in proper application of commercial roof systems. All members of Choice Roof Contractor Group also agree to abide by strict quality standards upon becoming members as well.

      Because our members hold themselves to high standards of excellence, building owners and business owners can be sure that they are getting quality service from topnotch roofing professionals. Our members also use Conklin roofing products for all commercial jobs. Conklin roof systems have been shown to enhance an existing commercial roof’s life for decades, and they provide seamless, leak-proof protection, tremendous energy savings, and great resistance against inclement weather and extreme conditions. They have been a leading choice for commercial roofing for 40+ years, as they have been installed on over 2 billion square feet of roofing across the United States.

      Call us today at 800-670-5583 to learn why a Choice Roof Contractor can be the best fit for your needs.

      Conklin Roofing Systems Complaints

      Just take a quick glance over the Internet, and it is clear that there is no shortage of complaints for all roofing products, regardless of the manufacturer. Products that are poorly installed, break down, or do not perform as specified; these are just a few examples of problems that customers can encounter.

      Although it can be very difficult to find complaints on the roofing systems provided by Conklin, they are not fully exempt from them, either.  Where the difference arises from some other roofing product brands, however, is not in the quality or makeup of Conklin roofing products themselves, but the circumstances of their installation.

      Conklin’s overall track record gives a clear idea of these roof systems’ efficacy. Conklin roofing systems have been shown to last more than three decades, a long lifecycle for any product in the building industry but especially for coating systems. Plus, there are countless business owners who advocate the Conklin brand. Since 1977, these roofing materials have been installed on over 2 billion square feet of roofing in just the United States alone.

      Why Are Conklin Roofing Complaints Around?

      Here are a few reasons for why customer complaints arise against Conklin materials:

      • Conklin roof products may be improperly installed. This is the most obvious reason for why a roof system would fail. If a roof contractor fails to install the product properly, the consequences can very quickly become evident. For example, before he applies a Conklin roof coating, a roof contractor must fill all cracks that are less than 1/8 in. by 1/8 in. with Kwik Kaulk acrylic latex caulk as a base. He must also apply joint tape to all remaining cracks, joints, and flashing detail. Should the contractor neglect to do this, the reinforcement against the cracks these products provide will be absent. As a result, the crack will persist, and over time weather conditions or wear-and-tear can make the crack become more pronounced.
      • Sometimes the contractor does a poor but “proper” installation of Conklin products. If a contractor does not apply a system with care and precision, there is a chance the roof system will fail in the long run. For instance, a base coat of the third-generation Conklin acrylic roof coating, Rapid Roof III must be applied to a spray foam application no later than 72 hours after the spray foam was applied. If applied later, the foam surface will likely bear damage and need to be replaced with a new layer of foam.
      • A roof system might be applied in the wrong conditions. Some Conklin roof systems, such as our modified PVC material, Flexion can be applied at all times of the year without consequence. But other roofing materials, such as Benchmark require application in specific weather conditions. For instance, Benchmark must not be applied at temperatures less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit or in inclement weather.

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      With Choice Roof Contractor Group, building owners avoid these pitfalls and receive service with industry-leading products from reliable roofing professionals. Choice Roof Contractors are required to undergo comprehensive, direct factory training in proper application of Conklin roof systems. Plus, when he applies for endorsement, a roof contractor is very carefully vetted.

      On top of our group’s careful vetting process and comprehensive, proper roof systems training, our members also have around-the-clock access to our group’s most successful and experienced roofers. These “senior mentors” serve as a reference point for any question a new member might have, and they are available through picture text messaging, social media, telephone, or other forms of communication. This around-the-clock access ensures that building owners receive first-rate service from truly professional contractors with exceptional reference sources and support.

      For more information about how a Choice Roof Contractor can help you with your needs, call us today at 800-670-5583.

      Conklin Roof Contractor Advantages

      Conklin_RSWith commercial roofing reaching up to $5.3 billion in sales in 2014, there are a lot of opportunities for roof contractors to strengthen their businesses’ competitiveness. The reputation that a contractor already has, the products that he uses, and the overall quality of his workmanship will have a strong bearing on how far his business can go in terms of growth potential.

      Because they use such high-quality products, Conklin roof contractors have many opportunities to take advantage of this market-wide growth. Among other things, Conklin roofing stands out with a non-prorated, fully renewable warranty, a rarity for any product in the building industry, and the fact that these systems have been installed on over 2 billion square feet of roofs throughout the United States since 1977. That, along with energy benefits, seamless and long-lasting protection, and certified fire and category four hurricane wind resistance, makes this roofing really stand out among the many available today.

      However, while Conklin roof contractors can benefit strongly from their product quality and reputation, there is even more growth potential for contractors who are part of Choice Roof Contractor Group. Why? Because this nationwide contractor network builds on top of Conklin, adding further value to something that has already proven itself to be highly reputable.

      Advantages to Joining our Network of Conklin Roofers

      Conklin_mentorFor one, all members of Choice Roof Contractor Group go to Conklin roof systems training. This in-depth training program demonstrates to experienced and new contractors the ins-and-outs of proper Conklin systems application. Savvy building owners know the importance of product-specific training and it’s the only way you will be able to offer the industry-trusted Conklin warranty.

      When they have finished, members of our nationwide group benefit from our lifelong support program from veteran roofers. Should a new member have a question about anything at all – closing a tough sale or applying a certain roof material, for example – he can reach out to these veteran contractors for in-field advice on the spot. Our group’s most experienced members will also offer to fly out to a new contractor’s area and help with the application of his first roof systems.

      Additional Benefits for Qualified Members

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        All people who apply to Choice Roof Contractor Group are carefully vetted before being considered for membership. Once someone has joined, he agrees to carry out his business with the highest professional standards, as the entirety of our membership body has agreed to do. This shared commitment to excellence and quality results, in turn, strengthens our reputation and increases our contractors’ overall bidding competitiveness.

        Aside from our strong reputation and roof systems training, members also benefit from a slew of other exclusive benefits. These include:

        • Commercial lead opportunities
        • Compelling sales material for closing sales
        • Proven marketing strategies for professional imaging
        • Discounted pricing on high-performance Conklin roof products
        • Shared marketing strategies other contractors are using with great success
        • More!

        The Key to Finding a Good Roofing Sales Job

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        Today’s job market is suffering from stagnation, and many professionals are looking for new opportunities to build up their income potential or just searching for employment.

        For professionals who are committed, there are great job opportunities within the building industry, especially commercial roofing sales jobs. Industry estimates for commercial roofing sales in 2014 are expected to balloon past $5 billion nationwide. With the demand for commercial roofing increasing and contractors everywhere working to take advantage of that growth, there is truly no limit to what a committed salesperson can accomplish.

        But exactly what factors should you look out for when searching for a quality roofing sales job? We cover a number of factors to keep an eye out for below.

        Key Questions to Ask when Searching

        • Do the sales personnel and employees in the company in general appear happy? A great company will have achieved a balance between its employees’ goals and satisfaction being met and its own business objectives being completed. The balance between the company’s commitment to its employees’ well-being and the pursuit of its own goals will be clearly present in the workers themselves. For instance: Are they productive? Do they give off a sense of cheerfulness or enthusiasm when you engage them? Keep these questions in mind when looking at a company you are considering.
        • What sort of training and support does the company offer its sales team? Whether you are new to commercial roofing or a seasoned building materials sales professional, there is always a learning curve when stepping into a new role. Pay close attention to whether a company offers good training for new sales personnel, how comprehensive that training is, and the support current sales team members enjoy in their daily sales efforts.
        • What sorts of income opportunities are available? This factor is an obvious one, as well as the factor by which most people looking for a sales job evaluate a particular company’s value to them. When it comes to roofing materials, depending on the size of a business, it is not unusual for a full-time contractor to buy anywhere from $250,000-1,000,000 worth of roofing product. With sizable commissions, those can be great opportunities for income-building. Clarify what the payment structure of the job is, too. Is there a base salary with commissions? Are the commissions one-time or residual (recurring)? Notably, commission-based jobs may offer very strong earning potential, as there is no income cap to what you can earn.
        • What is the company’s reputation in its local area, or the areas which it covers? Whether you are working for a roofing contractor, a building materials distributor, or on an independent basis, it is important to know the reputation of the company with which you are partnering. When you work with a company over time, you build up your own reputation. If a company’s ability to offer value is limited, or it has taken some hits for faulty services or poor-quality products, it is best to start searching for new opportunities. Do not even consider the possibility of letting a company’s poor reputation tarnish your own.

        Great Opportunities with Nationwide Contractor Network

        sales-opportunityChoice Roof Contractor Group offers a variety of ways to get involved in commercial roofing sales. The income potential is tremendous, and we are a company that has an across-the-board commitment to everyone’s success. More about our opportunities can be found on our commercial roofing sales page.

        Are you interested in going further? Then contact us today for more information, including on how we can help you achieve your long-term objectives.

        Conklin Roofing Systems Warranty Coverage

        Because a roof is a critical part of a building’s structure, any breakdown in its performance can be detrimental. Commercial roofing is also one of the most expensive investments a building owner can make, and with many warranties in the roofing industry proving to be less-than-clear or less-than-upfront, customer concerns over the specifics over a warranty’s coverage are definitely understandable.

        Below, we cover Choice Roof Contractor Group’s use of Conklin roofing products, warranty details, and how these offer value to building owners throughout the United States.

        Conklin roofing systems and their non-prorated warranties

        callAs a leader in the commercial roofing industry, Conklin takes its customers’ needs and expectations very seriously. Since its products have proven their ability to give a building strong, long-term protection for decades, the company offers generous non-prorated warranties.

        A non-prorated warranty is a warranty that will not lose its value overtime – issues are covered 100% over the entire duration of the guarantee. This type of warranty is very rare in the roofing industry. Furthermore, Conklin roof systems have a reported warranty claims rate of less than 1/2 of 1 percent, and Conklin’s non-prorated warranties can be transferred to new building owners. These factors give building owners greater flexibility and peace of mind compared to other roofing systems available on the market.

        Building owner-friendly and renewable

        Under Conklin’s non-prorated warranties, typically the roof contractor warranties his workmanship and Conklin warranties the roofing materials. Consequently, if any problems arise during the warranty period, there are zero out-of-pocket expenses for the building owner to pay.

        Conklin’s warranties are also renewable, which can be valuable for Conklin roof systems that have stretched past the guaranteed period. For instance, suppose a roof starts having problems 10 years after the warranty runs out. After a strong power washing with Wac II™, a roof contractor could apply a strong, durable and fully compatible elastomeric roof coating for the building owner to enjoy the high-level benefits of a Conklin roof restoration for an additional 18 years of guaranteed performance at minimal cost.

        Highly cost-effective

        callWhen fully applied, all Conklin roofing systems leave behind a white, highly reflective surface. These “white roofs” are capable of reflecting up to 85% of the sun’s energy, making a rooftop’s temperature as much as 80° cooler to generate up to 50% cost savings in A/C costs. With these heavy cost savings, one of these roof systems can pay for itself in just a short 5 to 7 years, therefore ultimately giving building owners a great long-term investment at competitive rates.

        Conklin’s great reputation

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        Our professional commercial roof contractors provide:

        • Roof maintenance & repair
        • Inspections & leak detection
        • Energy efficient roof systems
        • Complete roof replacement
        • Roof life-extending solutions
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        Since 1977, Conklin roofing materials have been installed on over 2 billion square feet of commercial roofs across the United States. This extensive track record has given Conklin a strong, hard-to-beat reputation in the commercial roofing industry.

        Choice Roof Contractor Group builds on top of Conklin’s proven success by offering business owners and property managers with trusted contractors in their local communities. Because all Choice Roof Contractors receive professional training in Conklin roofing products, should a member of our group be unable to service a building owner’s needs, another Choice Roof Contractor can step in and take over the owner’s needs with the same distinct quality and precision.

        Building owners who are looking for roof contractors who stand behind their work, are fully trained to install these high-quality roofing products, and offer great customer value through trusted services, can count on a Choicer Roof Contractor to do the job correctly the first time—and keep up that same level of quality.

        Contact us today, and you will see how our qualified members can offer you the best long-term roofing protection available, while being easy on your wallet.