Hail Damage – Commercial Roof

The impact of hail damage on a commercial roof can be disastrous. While hail damage can vary in severity depending on the type of roof membrane you have, any damage should be assessed and attended to promptly by a professional roofer.

How Commercial Roof Types Stand Up to Hail

Each type of commercial roof has its strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to withstanding hailstones, some commercial roof types are more prone to sustaining damage than others, succumbing to hailstones as small as a half-inch in diameter or even smaller. Other types of commercial roofs have a more robust resistance to hail damage.

Here is a breakdown:

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  • BUR: Built-up roofing (BUR) that features gravel surfacing to protect the roof membrane is very hearty in standing up to hail. BUR systems installed in smooth-surfaced configurations are more susceptible to hail damage.
  • Metal: Metal roofing commonly becomes dented when pelted with hail, but the damage is typically cosmetic. However, hailstones can impair a metal roof’s water-tightness if the roof panel finish is chipped or cracked by the hail, which can then lead to the development of rust.
  • EPDM: Ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roofing, also known as rubber roofing, is flexible and usually stands up well to hail up to 2.5 inches in diameter. If an EPDM roof does sustain hail-related damage, it usually manifests as surface cracking. EPDM roofs are most susceptible to hail-caused fracturing at the roof perimeter or in areas where equipment has been installed. Additionally, if the roof substrate isn’t solid, hail can puncture the membrane.
  • Modified Bitumen: Modified bitumen roofs are generally able to withstand even very large hail. Granule-surfaced BUR is the heartiest type of modified bitumen roofing, but the underlying reinforcement can sustain fracturing from hail, and hail can also displace the granules. The most vulnerable parts of a modified bitumen roof are unsupported areas where there is ridging or blistering.
  • Thermoplastic: Thermoplastic roof membranes, like PVC and TPO, can hold up against hail that is approximately 1 ¾ inches or smaller, but fracturing and other kinds of damage can occur from even very small hailstones if the membrane is old and has deteriorated.

Finding Expert Help in Your Area

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Our group works together to provide:

  • Larger Base of Knowledge
  • Group-Wide Accountability
  • Set Standards for Service
  • More Peace of Mind
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No matter what type of commercial roof you have, when hail damage assaults it, you can find a roofer through the Choice Roof Contractor Group. One of our members would be happy to take care of all problems resulting from the hail using industry-leading products and practices with the aim of restoring your roof to full functionality.

Our nationwide roofing association is composed of reputable roofing professionals throughout the United States. Before they are given endorsement status, applying roofing contractors must meet the following criteria:

  • Possess insurance
  • Provide proof of happy references
  • Attend an advanced training
  • And more

When you decide to work with a Choice Roof Contractor Group member installing Conklin, you can rest easy that you are in the right hands.  All contractors have gone through Conklin training and are dedicated to continuing to provide expert roofing services to clients in their local area.

To located a Choice Roof Contractor Group member in your area, give us a call at (800) 670-5583 or visit the contact page of our group’s website.

Accountable Commercial Roofing Contractors

accountable commercial roofersThe saying “When the cat’s away, the mice will play” is one of the oldest adages around, and it has been around for so long because it’s true. It is human nature to slacken one’s efforts when the pressure is off and no one is watching, such as when a boss or supervisor is temporarily away. But, thanks to the Internet, in today’s business world “the boss” is always watching.

This has definite application within the roofing industry.

The Web has made it possible for consumers to hold companies accountable like never before, in every field of service. Today, if you want to know whether a roofing contractor is reliable, for instance, you can simply Google the company and check out their online reviews to find out what kind of experience other people have had with them. On the flipside, if a contractor cheats you or does a poor job, you can similarly jump online and tell the world all about it, so other consumers can be forewarned when considering hiring that roofer. Of course, the opposite is also true, so reliable professionals can be well-rewarded for their great service.

For commercial roofing customers, there is also another avenue of accountability that helps ensure the contractors they hire have good reason to provide great service.

Accountability in Numbers

accountable commercial roofersWithin the roofing industry, there is a nationwide association composed of some of the best commercial roofing contractors across the United States known as the Choice Roof Contractor Group. Our trusted association has a stellar reputation in the industry, and its members are well-rated among their own customers. Group accountability is one of the factors that makes this so.

Within this group, members are can only join when sponsored by someone already in the group. This helps ensure that only desirable contractors are ever affiliated with the group. Further, endorsed members must meet stringent requirements in order to gain admittance, including:

  • They must be fully licensed and insured.
  • They must have a strong service record with their customers.
  • They must provide references we can verify.
  • And more.

commercial roofing guaranteeOnce someone joins Choice Roof Contractor Group, group accountability helps ensure they will continue providing outstanding service to their customers. The reputation of the group must be safeguarded, and each member is diligent in ensuring that it is. If for some reason a contractor part of the group fails to honor their word or provides substandard service, he or she will be given one chance to address the situation. If the situation remains unaddressed, that contractor loses all the benefits of being part of the group.

In addition to holding one another to the highest standards, group members are available to help and advise each other whenever a particularly perplexing roofing problem crops up—further ensuring that customers can get proper service and knowledge. The association also hosts special training opportunities to further foster excellence among its membership. Overall, being part of the group strengthens each member, which bolsters the association as a whole, and customers greatly benefit from this standard of excellence and reliability.

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Our group works together to provide:

  • Larger Base of Knowledge
  • Group-Wide Accountability
  • Set Standards for Service
  • More Peace of Mind
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Find a Trusted, Accountable Roofer in Your Area

To find a Choice Roof Contractor Group member performing work in your area, simply give us a call at (800) 670-5583 or visit the contact page.

You’re also more than welcome to check out reviews and testimonials. We’re committed to helping improve the commercial roofing industry and have taken great effort to build this network. Our goal is make sure building owners across the nation no longer have to worry about whether or not their local, independent roofing roofing contractor will get the job done!

 

Reasons to Choose Conklin Roof Coatings

When it comes to white roof coating reviews, one company stands out from the rest in terms of customer satisfaction, quality and overall performance excellence. It’s no wonder thousands of roofing professionals, including the experts belonging to the Choice Roof Contractor Group, put their trust into our preferred manufacturer.

Unparalleled Excellence

conklin coatingWe speak, of course, of Conklin. For more than 40+ years, the Conklin company has offered innovative products that have revolutionized the roofing industry. Among these are Conklin’s exceptional roof coatings—a technology the company helped pioneer back in the 1970s and has gone strong ever since.

Roof coatings are incredible, restorative solutions that revitalize old roofing systems and greatly extend their functional life. Anyone who has lived through (and paid for) a roof replacement knows just how expensive, time-consuming, business-disrupting and labor-intensive it is. If you could have your roof restored rather than replaced (and at a fraction of the cost), wouldn’t you do it? The answer, of course, is a resounding “Yes!” And that has been the answer from countless customers for decades.

Conklin Coating Benefits

conklin coatingConklin roof coating systems are fully adhered, seamless membranes that are applied right over top of an existing roof. These coatings not only cost significantly less than replacing a roof, they fully restore an old roof to like-new condition and boast a host of other impressive benefits, as well. After perusing the list of assets these innovative systems offer, it’s easy to see why roof coatings have continued to sweep the roofing industry ever since Conklin was part of introducing them!

Some of the standout benefits of Conklin roof coating systems include:

  • ENERGY STAR® certification
  • Extends the life of an old roof
  • Much less expensive and disruptive than roof replacement
  • Elastic properties allow roof coatings to expand and contract with changing temperatures
  • Heat and UV reflectivity helps reduce utility costs
  • A coating system that helps pay for itself in terms of utility cost savings
  • Industry-leading, non-prorated warranty options
  • Roofs can be recoated for indefinite life extension
  • Coatings help reinforce building structure
  • Can be installed in any climate in the U.S.
  • Major code approvals
  • And more!

The question for every building owner is: “Why replace a roof when you can restore it?” And the obvious answer is: “You shouldn’t!”

A Nationwide Crew of Roof Coating Experts

conklin coatingChoice Roof Contractor Group is a nationwide professional roofers association comprised of commercial contractors throughout the United States. By linking arms with Conklin, our group members have access to exclusive training opportunities and a first-rate mentorship program. Our members also have the unique benefit of groupwide expertise and accountability. Contractors in the group work collaboratively with one another to help ensure customers throughout the United States receive the very highest quality workmanship and expertise!

Expert Services Are a Click or Call Away!

To find a Choice Roof Contractor Group member your area, give us a call at (800) 670-5583 or visit the contact page of our website. We’ll connect you up with a trusted, verified roofing expert you can count on!

 

Choice Roof Contractor Group & Conklin Offer Win-Win-Win Scenario

For Cory Stone of Ultimate Choice Commercial Roofing, being involved with the Choice Roof Contractor Group and Conklin has been an opportunity in which everybody wins: Roofers win, customers win and mentors in Conklin win.

“It’s a win-win situation,” Cory said. “That’s why it’s a no-brainer.”

A Win for Roofers

cory quoteFor roofing contractors, the benefits of Choice Roof Contractor Group membership are multifold.

Contractors belonging to the group receive professional training through Conklin to ensure they know how to expertly install today’s industry-leading products. Not only are roofers able to offer their customers some of the best roofing solutions in the market, but they also have access to expert education regarding those products.

“The training is real good,” Cory said. “They want to make sure we’re certified and trained the right way before we just go out there and start installing the roofs.” 

Of course training on its own isn’t enough. That’s why group members also value other inherent benefits of association, including shared national reputation, qualified roofing leads, discounted pricing on roofing products, exclusive training and networking opportunities, and a pool of expertise to draw from when they need advice on a perplexing job.

For Cory, other standout benefits of belonging to the group have included the ability to bring on extra labor when he needs it for a project. He has been able to hire other members of the group to assist in installing roofs from time to time.

Though the group members are essentially competitors in the roofing business, this association lets them enjoy synergy rather than rivalry.

“You grow when you form strategic partnerships and do it as a team,” Cory said.

“You’re not going to land every sale anyway,” he added. “You can’t be everywhere at once, so you’ve got to get over the fact you’re never going to land every sale. So, you do it as a team and you help each other do more business. The end result is there’s a lot more work for everyone in the group.”

Additional Income Opportunities

contractor commercial helpingAnother benefit of working with Conklin that Cory is striving to take full advantage of is the opportunity to help other roofers join the Conklin family. Introducing new contractors to Conklin’s products not only gives those new roofers access to high-quality roofing solutions and training, but it benefits the Conklin contractor who made the referral and helps the new roofer succeed—another win-win.

Conklin is structured to reward contractors rather than salespeople, so when a contractor refers another roofer to Conklin, the referring contractor receives a commission for the products his recruit purchases from then on. As a result, the referring contractor is incentivized to share their trade secrets and do everything they can to make the next contractor as successful as possible.

“When you become part of Conklin and get trained, you’re a distributor and an installer,” Cory said, “So I’m a distributor, too, and I’m recruiting/helping other roofers. What’s so special is that we all get support/advice from people actually out there marketing, selling and installing roofs every day – not those that only know how to sell product. Product reps are in a totally different business than ours so they don’t really even know how to help us properly.”

The residuals that result from recruiting new contractors to Conklin continue as long as the referred roofer continues using Conklin’s products. This can mean a life time of sales commissions, Cory said.

This system not only gives Conklin mentors like Cory an additional revenue stream while they are active in the roofing business, but it can serve as an ideal retirement income when they are no longer able to climb up on roofs and do the labor. They can continue working with new roofers who are entering the industry and introduce them to Conklin’s outstanding products and solutions well into their retirement years.

“That’s a big part of what Choice Roof Contractor Group is,” Cory said. “We’re all together to certify and support the new roofers that come onboard.”

A Win for Customers

customer winWithin the Choice Roof Contractor Group, group accountability is a key focus, and members are held to a high standard of excellence—something their customers definitely benefit from. This means if they bring the name down, they get kicked out and lose all benefits. Choice Roof Contractors also have a vast network of roofing professionals to call on when they encounter a complicated roofing job, which further helps ensure clients their chosen roofers always have countless years of experience to tap into. They no longer have to rely on the expertise of just one company.

A key focus for Cory is helping his customers navigate the insurance process to get the repairs they need when their roof has been damaged. His company offers claims help and also advocates on a client’s behalf when an insurance claim has been denied.

Additionally, if a client can’t afford the high insurance deductible to have repair work done, Conklin’s roof coatings are excellent and affordable options Cory is able to offer his customers.

“We’re in it to help the client restore their building,” he said.

Find Out More About Choice Roof Contractor Group & Conklin

cory stoneCory is actively spreading the word about Conklin and the Choice Roof Contractor Group, and he is happy to share the information with other roofing contractors who want to do more commercial this year.

“If they have any questions and want to join the best team in Conklin, they should call us,” he said.

To find out more about how your roofing business can benefit from Choice Roof Contractor Group membership, contact Cory at (817) 876-6253 or [email protected] He will be glad to speak with you about this commercial roofing association and the many benefits of working with Conklin.

Contractor Achieves Great Success in Commercial with Help from the ‘Google of the Roofing Industry’

andrew near empireFor Andy Near, President of Empire Contractors, becoming part of the Choice Roof Contractor Group in 2015 has had a direct and significant impact on his business.

“It has definitely played a key role in our growth, and is probably the single reason we are now doing large commercial roofs consistently” he said.

During 2017 alone, Empire completed dozens of large commercial jobs, and more than half of those jobs were the result of marketing help he obtained through the Choice Roof Contractor Group. Empire achieved year-to-date sales of $1.75 million during the last week of 2017.

Beyond the impact the group has had on his own company, though, Andy sees huge value in what the group offers to the roofing industry in general.

“I think it’s going to be the Google of the roofing industry in a few years,” he said. “It’s going to be that important and that big and an industry changer.”

Betting on a Winner

For Andy, one of the standout benefits of Choice Roof Contractor Group membership is the availability of valuable resources. When he encounters an unfamiliar roofing problem or scenario, he can get help from various contractors within the group who have encountered that kind of situation before and can advise him.

Though Andy has been in the roofing business for 20 years, it wasn’t until he found Choice Roof Contractor Group that he discovered the wealth of knowledge a coalition like the group can offer. In the past, his limited resources included social media and product manufacturers, and neither source could answer questions like:

  • “What kind of pricing should I use?”
  • “How should I hire?”
  • “How should I structure the programs and agreements/contracts within my company?”

quote box“Certain things you just can’t ask other roofing contractors that are kind of your competition,” Andy said, “and you can’t ask your manufacturer, because they don’t know—they are a totally different type of business than you are.”

“I like the fact that Choice Roof Group has filled a void,” he said. “They’re taking the hand of a manufacturer and contractors, and then contractors across the board are reaching out and taking each other’s hands to say, ‘We’re all in this together, and we’re going to share all of our experiences and give access to new contractors so that they can grow faster. We can keep them accountable.’ I think the idea is so fresh and new that it’s just going to take a little while to get people to grasp it, but it’s one of the purest forms of mentorship in the roofing industry that I’ve seen so far, so that’s why I’m a huge advocate of it.”

Andy is a paying member of Choice Roof Contractor Group and doesn’t receive any kind of compensation through the group. Nevertheless, he has thrown his time and energy into helping the association grow. He will host a national workshop for the group at his business this month, and he has set a personal goal to help the group’s membership grow to 300 members.

“I believe in the program so much,” Andy said, adding, “I do it all from my heart and also from the idea that I know we’re onto something big, and I know I’m betting on a winning horse with Choice Roof Group.”

Big Rewards

big commercial roofing rewardsAndy greatly values his membership in the Choice Roof Contractor Group, and he says the annual membership fee he pays to be part of the association is nominal in comparison to what he gains from the group.

“The value that I get back is tens of thousands of dollars more than my initial investment, so that’s really peanuts compared to the value I’m getting back,” he said.

In addition to the many benefits of group membership, such as receiving qualified leads through the association, exclusive training opportunities and having access to shared knowledge among the contractors, Andy and other group members have also received incredible sales bonuses through Conklin. In 2017, Andy won not just one but two trips to Branson, MO, through the Conklin company and was able to take his wife with him on those vacations at no additional cost.

Our Group of Contractors Can Help You Succeed in Commercial, too!

Like Andy, you, too, can benefit from membership in the Choice Roof Contractor Group. Many contractors throughout the United States are discovering the various advantages of membership, such as:

  • Off-site and on-site assistance from veteran roofing contractors
  • Commercial roofing marketing strategies
  • Our popular roofing lead generation program after qualification
  • Helpful support from strategic partners and suppliers
  • Additional credibility due to our nationwide reputation for excellence
  • Professional commercial roofing training
  • Discounted pricing on energy-efficient, long-lasting roofing products
  • Job referral opportunities through connections in our network
  • And much more!

If you would like to talk to Andy about these benefits and the best things he learned since joining in 2015, call him directly at (231) 578-4760. He would be glad to speak with you!

Commercial Metal Roofing Prices

If you’re on the lookout for information about commercial metal roofing prices, whether to replace an existing metal roof or for new construction, you’ve come to the right place.

Metal roofing is an incredibly durable roof product, known to last, on average, 40+ years or more before it needs replacing (although ongoing maintenance is required and such quality comes at a cost, of course).

Metal Roof Pricing

metal roof pricingFor 2018, the average cost of a metal roof in the United States can range from about $4 per square foot (installed) all the way up to $13 per square foot. The economy of the area in which you live can, of course, play a part in the final price for your building.

Here is a breakdown of costs for an installed metal roof:

  • Corrugated steel panels range between about $4 to $5.65 per square foot.
  • Metal shingles run between about $7 and $9 per square foot.
  • Stone-coated metal roof tile costs between about $8 and $9 per square foot.
  • Standing seam metal roofing is between about $7 to $13 per square foot.

Again, these are final, installed prices—not just the costs for materials. In addition to the roofing materials, a contractor’s costs can include things like removal of the old roof, if needed; repairing the roof substrate; debris removal; ventilation; flashing; building permits; and more.

As demonstrated, the type of metal roofing you have will play a factor in the final cost. Some of the most common types of metal roofing include:

  • Standing seam metal
  • Corrugated galvanized steel
  • Steel coated with a mixture of zinc, aluminum and silicon
  • Stainless steel
  • Copper
  • Aluminum
  • Painted or stone-coated metal sheets

A Better Alternative to Replacement

metal roof replacement alternativeMany building owners aren’t aware that an outstanding alternative to roof replacement exists, costing much less than roof replacement and greatly extending the life of an existing roof. This solution is called a roof coating, and older metal roofs can be good candidates as long as they are not rusted or corroded to the point that it isn’t safe to walk on them.

There are many incredible benefits to a roof coating system, including but not limited to:

  • Fully restores an existing roof to like-new condition
  • Addresses all leaks and other problems
  • Can add decades to the life of your old roof
  • Significantly less expensive and labor-intensive than roof replacement
  • No expensive roof tear-off and landfill fees
  • ENERGY STAR® certified roofing solution
  • Fully waterproof solution
  • Requires less maintenance and upkeep
  • Can be re-coated later for even greater roof life extension
  • Totally seals your roof from the elements
  • Non-prorated warranties covering total labor and material costs
  • Rated to withstand some of Mother Nature’s worst—even hurricane-force winds!
  • Can lower your roof temperature by as much as 80 degrees
  • Helps cut down on utility costs, possibly paying for itself within 5-7 years in terms of energy savings

If roof coating sounds like an incredible solution, that’s because it is!

Finding a Reliable Roofer

Need a Local Expert?

Our group works together to provide:

  • Larger Base of Knowledge
  • Group-Wide Accountability
  • Set Standards for Service
  • More Peace of Mind
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Among the members of the Choice Roof Contractor Group, a trusted nationwide professional roofers’ association, commercial building owners can find verified roofing contractors serving their area. Members are carefully screened, must be fully insured and licensed and have an exemplary track record, and they are held to group standards of excellence, so you can rest easy that the contractor you hire is held accountable.

When you work with a contractor for a project of any size, we highly recommend continuing that relationship with them for the lifespan of your roof.  A reliable roofing contractor can put together a regular inspection and maintenance program, and help you get the most out of your roof.  

To find a trusted roofing contractor in your area, call the Choice Roof Contractor Group today at (800) 670-5583, or visit the contact page of our website.

 

Exciting Achievements of 2017

Twelve months may not seem like a very long time, but when you have a nationwide group of roofing contractors laser-focused on growing their commercial pipeline, there is a whole lot that can happen!

Although it takes many hours to go through everything that happened, we do a recap every year to remember how big of an impact we’re making across the country. To see how our group did last year, feel free to read the previous recap “Strong 2016 Success Builds Powerful Momentum for 2017”.

Every year just keeps getting bigger and better!

Key Stories and Highlights

Many New Success Stories Added
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The “What Our Contractors Are Saying” page now has 20 examples of videos, recorded calls or articles featuring contractors across the country that experienced strong commercial growth after joining the group. Highlights include Rufus Hostetler starting at 22 years old and is now full-time in commercial, Andrew Near who closed 14 jobs in his 1st year, and John Miller who went from a struggling contractor to landing an 80,000 sq. ft. job (among other commercial projects) with expectations of doing twice as well next year.

427 Roofing Leads due to Multiple Website Upgrades
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We spent more money on our website than ever before, which is possible because of the expanded budget resulting from successful events and an increased number of endorsed members. Not only are we on a dedicated SSD server, but site-wide improvements led to faster speeds, better messaging, and added features to increase everyone’s success.

Co-Founder Shares Story with Audience of Nearly 1,000
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Sam Hostetler, one of the two original co-founders, was invited to share his story to hundreds of people in Branson, MO. If you haven’t heard it before, his framing business was devastated during the great recession of 2008, which nearly took him under. But, after his cousin introduced him to roof coatings and helped him get started in commercial roofing, Sam ended up closing $1.3 million in signed contracts just 18 months after starting his marketing strategy. View the recording yourself here: Convention Recording.

Three Members Independently Host Monthly Trainings
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Andrew Near of Empire Contractors, Amos Byler of CV Roofing Systems, and Sam Hostetler of ECO Commercial Roofing early this year started putting on local hands-on training events at their businesses on the first Saturday of each month. They went all out with life-like mockups of actual roofs and everyone who attended learned a lot. We absolutely love the incentivized mentorship program in place to reward members who help others get into commercial! View pictures: Facebook Gallery.

29 New Contractor Relationships
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The size of our group continues to expand! This is good for everyone since it means more experience, greater connections, larger market presence and more contractors to help complete jobs. Nearly all the relationships were made because endorsed members and supported contractors in the group told others about what we’re achieving as a nationwide team.

Workshops Keep Getting Better and Better
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Word spread fast from the prior workshops we did! Our January workshop in Cleveland was quickly sold out and we did another one just weeks later in Tyler, TX. There’s simply no other commercial roofing event this comprehensive that is led by successful commercial roofers. There is no better way to receive hands-on training and insider info on sales and marketing than from the ones who are doing it successfully themselves. For more info, visit: Nationwide Workshop & Forum page.

Top Cover Story of CoatingsPro Magazine
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Over the year’s we’ve enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Stephanie at CoatingsPro Magazine. In the latest edition, co-founder Jonathan Keim’s article was the most prominently featured in the roof coatings supplement released back in October. The article was written to help contractors consider a few important items before accepting work on a large roof. Having the right resources and proper preparation is key to ensure things go well. To read the article visit: October 2017 Digital Magazine.

197 Blogs, 263 Comments, and 1000+ Subscribers
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As everyone knows, content is king and so we’ve always made it our core focus! This year we put up lots of new content and the community keeps amazing us with their engagement. Our group literally has hundreds of comments from others on various blogs and now delivers the weekly newsletter to more than 1,000 contractors across the nation. We’re excited to see where some of the new relationships will take us in 2018!

2018 is Expected to be Even Bigger!

We’ve never had so many pages on the first page of Google, so many contractors who further the group cause, or the amount of experience that we do today. At convention in February, we’re going to announce something big that is expected to unlock a new level of opportunity for our members! Stay tuned as we continue to find ways to improve the commercial roofing industry for both contractors and building owners.

If you would like to learn more about joining the group or receiving service for your commercial building, you can reach us at (800) 670-5583 or use our Interactive Member Directory to talk directly to a member.

Contractor Finds Big Success with Help from the ‘BBB for Commercial Roofing’

The old adage says, “There is safety in numbers.” For the endorsed members of the group, however, there is much, much more than that.

For John Miller of A-1 Roofing Systems, belonging to our respected roofing association has provided credibility, support and resources that have made all the difference in his business, helping him evolve from being a struggling roofer just surviving from job to job to doing large commercial projects. Even with the fantastic year he had in 2017, John expects to double his revenue next year.

“The Choice Roof Contractor Group is like a Better Business Bureau for commercial roofing,” John said, “and clients like that.” The peace of mind makes a huge difference and building owners also value the knowledge resources of the group that back every project.

A Foot in the Door

commercial roofing postJohn was one of the earliest members to join Choice Roof Contractor Group. Prior to belonging to the group, he was struggling to gain traction in commercial roofing and to make ends meet, getting only small jobs for small buildings in a small town. He ended up taking some residential roofing work just to help generate cash flow.

“You were always busy, but it seemed like the profit margins weren’t nearly big enough,” he said. “There was a lot of hustle. There was a lot of fast-paced activity and not enough leftover time.”

For John, joining the Choice Roof Contractor Group made all the difference. It was through the group that he got the breakthrough opportunity that marked the start of his success in commercial roofing.

John had previously cold-called a branch of a large national company but without success. A couple of months later, however, that same company contacted this website looking for a price quote on an 80,000-square-foot roofing job, and John ended up getting the request. That job was his big break.

“They trusted us because of our affiliation with Choice Roof Contractor Group,” he said.

The group’s credibility, accountability and commitment to excellence helped get a foot in the door with a major client. Many other roofing contractors have also gained solid footing doing commercial work and landing big jobs they wouldn’t otherwise have gotten.

 “That would not have happened without the Choice Roof Contractor Group,” John said.

Another benefit of group membership is that quote requests received through the group are quality, prequalified leads. The customer gets to see what the group is about and what its members offer as a nationwide team.

“I get quite a few leads from the group,” John said.

 “Choice Roof Contractor Group is regularly at the top if you start Googling commercial roofing keywords,” he added.

Advice for Success

successWhile prequalified leads, respected training, group credibility, shared knowledge and the other many benefits of membership can be game-changers for a roofing contractor, John advises that it is up to the individual to become successful.

“If you want to succeed in business, your focus has to be on servicing your customers rather than just seeing what you can get,” he said.

John said he was initially intimated by the commercial roofing market because of the largeness of the projects. He had to work on personal development, finding confidence, learning how those in the business world think and operate, and how to “speak the same language” to show business owners that they could trust him.

“I had to learn the skills and the mindset to learn how to perform in that market,” he said.

When meeting with a prospective client, John said, it’s a mistake to “sell yourself” and tell them everything you can do for them. Instead, he leads out by questioning a client and truly listening—finding out what they need, what their past experience has been with roofers, and how he can help them. He asks to take a tour of the facility so he can see where the issues are, and then after looking at the roof he generally proposes two or three options that he feels will best fit what the building owner needs.

Above all, benefiting the customer and truly providing service should always be a roofer’s aim.

“It’s so fun once you’ve learned your communication skills with your customers,” John said. “You can sell a couple hundred-thousand dollars in sales very quickly just because they sense that you’re servicing them. They don’t feel like you’re just taking money.”

Passing the Torch

sonJohn has certainly seen success since joining the Choice Roof Contractor Group. He foresees bringing in millions of dollars in revenue in the coming years. He counts himself blessed that instead of being out in the cold working just to make it through, he is now able to strategically use the winter months to prepare for next season and to line up spring jobs.

John’s five-year plan is to pass on his business to his oldest son, who is now 16 and whose ambition is to go into roofing like his dad.

“He loves what we do, and he has a passion for that,” John said.

Once the torch has been passed from father to son, John wants to become a consultant and a coach for roofing businesses—something Conklin, our preferred manufacturer, will pay him to do.

“It’s a mentorship program that is unequalled anywhere in the industry,” he said.

Because the manufacturer places high value on ensuring its contractors are properly trained, John can enjoy the experience of working with other roofers and helping them succeed. He will be able to do this at no cost to the contractors, as Conklin will use sales commissions to pay him for the mentorship instead of a traditional sales representative (a program that has been in place since the company entered the market in 1977).

Sweet Success

flat roof repair needBecause A-1 Roofing Systems achieved a large sales volume this year, John earned a free trip to Cancun, Mexico, through Conklin—a vacation he and his family recently returned from. This is yet another achievement he said would never have happened without the group.

“We ended up taking our whole family,” John said. “We’ve got seven kids, and we took the whole family down. We’d never, ever been to a beach anywhere in the world.”

He said a factor that made the vacation even better was there were about a hundred other Conklin families there, enjoying a similar reward for their sales success.

“You start keeping company with people who are used to success in what they’re pursuing, and that, in itself, is a big boost in continued success down the road,” John said.

John and the Rest of the Group Can Help You Succeed!

John emphasized the unique and tremendous benefits Choice Roof Contractor Group offers to roofing contractors like him.

“If you want to change your lifestyle and you have a commitment to stick to it until you succeed, we have something to offer here,” he said. “There’s no other group out there that offers what we do.”

For roofing contractors throughout the United States, CRCG provides numerous perks, including:

  • Offsite and onsite assistance from veteran roofing contractors
  • Commercial roofing marketing strategies
  • Our popular roofing lead generation program after qualification
  • Helpful support from strategic partners and suppliers
  • Additional credibility due to our nationwide reputation for excellence
  • Professional commercial roofing training
  • Discounted pricing on energy-efficient, long-lasting roofing products
  • Job referral opportunities through connections in our network
  • And much more!

If you’re interested in learning more about how your roofing business can benefit from Choice Roof Contractor Group membership, give John a call at (608) 487-1500. He would also be glad to share details regarding how he has been able to grow his business so quickly.

Commercial Flat Roof Repair Solutions

flat roof repair needFlat roofs are prone to a common set of problems, any of which will require flat roof repair solutions administered by an expert commercial roofer.

Any roof repair work performed by a knowledgeable roofing technician will first be preceded by an in-depth inspection of your roof asset, during which the roof contractor will identify all problems and trouble areas on your roof. Once the condition of your roof and any damage have been assessed, a roofer can identify the appropriate courses of action and needed repair solutions to correct existing problems.

Flat Roof Trouble Signs

There are many indicators that a trained roofer will look for to identify flat roof issues, including:

  • The presence of debris on the roof
  • Ponding water, or water that remains on a roof for longer than 48 hours
  • Visible signs of drainage problems
  • Exterior building damage that has resulted from roof leaks
  • Structural roof deformation
  • Evidence of leaking on interior ceiling tiles and drywall
  • Visual signs of buckling on the roof
  • Presence of holes, punctures, cracks, curling, blisters, etc.
  • And more

Flat Roof Repair Options

commercial flat roof coatingSome common repair solutions administered to flat roofs to address problems include replacing metal flashing, caulking protrusions and repairing seams. One of the best roofing solutions available in the industry is a roof coating, which can effectively address all of a roof’s problems and add years to the life of a flat roof. This is the choice is a viable option approximately 80% of the time (if the roof’s condition is too far deteriorated, full replacement will be required).

Roofing companies belonging to the Choice Roof Contractor Group (CRCG) specialize in Conklin roof coating systems, which have proven to be some of the best roofing solutions in the industry. Conklin coating systems offer a variety of prime benefits, including:

  • ENERGY STAR® certification
  • Available class A fire resistance on both combustible and noncombustible roof decks
  • Up to Class 4 hail protection and certified resistance to hurricane-force winds
  • Up to 85 percent solar reflectivity, helping reduce cooling costs
  • Up to 18 years of non-prorated warranty coverage, covering both materials and labor
  • Coating forms a fully adhered, seamless, waterproof membrane
  • Product expands and contracts with changing temperatures
  • Fully restores an existing roof to like-new condition
  • Incredible flexibility, offering ongoing resistance to bubbling, cracking, chipping and other forms of roof damage
  • Roof can be recoated years in the future for even greater life extension
  • And more!

Find a Choice Roof Contractor Near You

Need a Local Expert?

Our group works together to provide:

  • Larger Base of Knowledge
  • Group-Wide Accountability
  • Set Standards for Service
  • More Peace of Mind
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It can be stressful and difficult to find a reliable roofing contractor. Fortunately, within the membership ranks of the Choice Roof Contractor Group, building owners can easily find verified roofing contractors throughout the United States!

Prior to successfully joining CRCG as endorsed members, contractors must meet requirements, including possessing full licensure and insurance, maintaining good track records with their customers, and signing a membership agreement stating they will maintain the highest standards in the industry.

You can rest easy knowing that you have a Choice Roof Contractor on your side!

To find a Choice Roof Contractor in your area, give our association a call today at (800) 670-5583.

 

Reputable Commercial Roofing Services

commercial roofing servicesHiring a commercial roofer can be a real crapshoot, unfortunately. There are many scammers out there looking to make a quick buck at a building owner’s expense. There are also many inexperienced roofers who claim to have expertise but aren’t knowledgeable about commercial roofing and, therefore, don’t perform the work correctly. Having work performed by either type of roofer almost always leads to huge problems down the road. By the time the issues begin to rear their heads, however, a scammer or an amateur will likely be long gone, leaving the building owner with no recourse.

When you’re looking for reputable commercial roofing services, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a roster of verified, tried-and-true companies with a knowledgebase that you know you can trust? Well, it just so happens there is. But more about that later.

Choosing a Reliable Roofer

When you’re shopping for a roofing company, the answers to these key questions will help you determine if you are picking a reliable one:

  • Does the company have a good track record with local customers?
  • Are the company’s online reviews positive ones?
  • Is the company properly licensed and insured?
  • Are the company’s technicians professionally trained?
  • Does the company belong to and have endorsements from reputable industry associations?
  • Does the company use good safety practices?
  • Is the company certified by the manufacturer that makes its roofing products?
  • Does the company offer non-prorated warranties?

 If you think finding a roofer that meets such stringent criteria is impossible, keep reading!

An Entire Directory of Reputable Roofers

You can find a reliable roofing company right in your area that has a stellar reputation and guarantees you can trust. How? Through the Choice Roof Contractor Group, a nationwide association that consists of some of the best roofers in the United States.

Need a Local Expert?

Our group works together to provide:

  • Larger Base of Knowledge
  • Group-Wide Accountability
  • Set Standards for Service
  • More Peace of Mind
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Choice Roof Contractor Group is a by-invitation-only group. In order to gain admission, prospective members must be sponsored by someone already in the group. Contractors wishing to join the group as endorsed members must also satisfy strict requirements, including:

  • Possessing adequate insurance
  • Having an excellent online track record with customers
  • Providing references from past commercial roofing clients
  • Having a commitment to providing top-quality service
  • And more

What’s more, members of the group are among the best in the nation. So what are you waiting for?  

Find an Expert Near You!

When you’re looking for a roofing contractor, you don’t need to randomly pick someone to do the job.

Give the Choice Roof Contractor Group a call today, (800) 670-5583, or visit the contact page of our website to find an expert, dependable roofer in your area!