CASE STUDY OVERVIEW
Commercial roof replacement isn’t limited to buildings that house Fortune 500 businesses. Unfortunately, whether you operate a large, medium or small business, at some point, the roofing system will need to be replaced. And when that time comes, TEMA Roofing Services is your go-to, experienced commercial roofing contractor.
TEMA has clients that operate business locations over 200,000 sq. ft. in size, but those same trusted roofing materials and services are available to business owners operating 2000 sq. ft. commercial buildings, too.
In 2019, TEMA partnered with iSynergy, a small business located in Canfield, OH for a full roof replacement. The combination of TEMA’s design-build processes and capabilities allowed for the project to be completed quickly, while iSynergy employees and clients continued to occupy the building throughout the workweek.
In 2017, iSynergy purchased their Canfield, OH commercial property knowing that roof repair (and likely, roof replacement) was in its future. Over the span of the next couple of years, the company used TEMA for regular roof maintenance, but eventually got to the point where roof replacement was the better investment.
Common Signs That the Entire Roof Needs Replacement Services
As a business owner, it’s important to watch for signs that your commercial roofing system needs to be replaced, especially if repair services are frequent and the type of roof that is currently on the building is nearing the end of its useful lifespan.
The following common issues can signal the need for full replacement:
- Visible sagging in the roof line.
- Frequent leaks/water damage inside the building that continue after roof repair
- Warping interior door frames
- Noticeable cracks on interior walls and ceilings
iSynergy utilized TEMA’s extensive knowledge and experience to come up with a plan for the best roof replacement options. The small business was able to address short-term and long-term goals for the new roofing system, and established an ongoing working relationship with TEMA Roofing for peace of mind moving forward.
After TEMA completed iSynergy’s flat roof inspection, it was determined that roof replacement was necessary, due to the age of the roof and the significant ponding and damage present.
However, before the roofing project could begin, the roof replacement plan needed to address iSynergy’s short-term and long-term goals:
Short-Term Goal: Implement a quick replacement timeline while keeping employees (and clients) safe and working inside the building during roof replacement.
Long-Term Goal: Establish a plan moving forward for future upkeep and maintenance of iSynergy’s roofing investment.
Addressing the Building Owner’s Roofing Needs
As a design-build commercial roofer, TEMA was uniquely positioned to address iSynergy’s short-term goal of completing the project within a tight timeframe. Additionally, TEMA’s experience and industry knowledge paved the way for their Roof Asset Management program, which would help iSynergy stay ahead of upkeep with cloud-based facility management and preventative maintenance.
Design-Build Roof Installation
With design-build, essentially the designer and the builder are on the same team. It eliminates the middleman, reduces costs, expedites service and results in a better overall experience.
The Right Roofing Company for the Job
After assessing iSynergy’s roofing needs, TEMA’s design-build team of professionals installed a system consisting of built-up insulation, scuppers and black rubber roofing.
Built Up Roof Insulation
The importance of a commercial building’s insulation can’t be overstated: it limits the effects of outdoor temperatures on the indoor environment and is key to reducing heating and cooling costs.
Scuppers (Drainage System)
Scuppers are openings that are incorporated into the walls at the edge of the roof. They sit slightly above the roof surface, and are typically only needed during times of heavy rain because they direct water down the side of the building. Other common drainage solutions include gutters, siphonic drains, and gravity drains.
Rubber Commercial Roofing Options
Rubber roofing is made of rubber or plastic polymers or a combination of both. TPO is the most commonly used. It is durable, flexible, and can be easily customized for your roof. PVC is known to be longer lasting and is also flame resistant, strong, and doesn’t affect energy efficiency. EPDM roofing is a great solution for cooler climates, as it has a durable rubber layer.
With its design-build philosophy, TEMA Roofing not only addresses roofing projects quickly and without conflict, but also speeds up delivery (by over 33%). Design-build allows TEMA to anticipate change orders, because the designer and roofing contractor are on the same team, and simplify the project timeline (by eliminating the bid and contract selection process) to get done quicker.
These aspects were extremely important because, as a small business, iSynergy did not want to disrupt day-to-day operations while the roofing project was being completed.
Preventative Maintenance and Future Roof Repair AFTER Commercial Roof Installation
In order to address some long-term initiatives for iSynergy, TEMA suggested preventative maintenance to maximize the lifespan of the company’s new commercial roof. In recent years, the roofing industry has helped consumers recognize the importance of regular up-keep when it comes to a roofing asset.
Preventative maintenance also ensures that roofing system warranties remain intact. This service can be implemented for any type of roofing system (EPDM, metal roofing, PVC, TPO, shingle, etc.) and includes access to TEMA’s Roof Asset Management (RAM) online client portal.
Built from 20 years of maintenance experience, the Roof Asset Management program is all-encompassing:
- Roof leak response 24/7/365
- Custom-designed preventative maintenance programs for every roof in your asset portfolio
- Cloud-based roof asset management program
- Redundant and secure server for data storage and backup
- A team of professionals with more than a century of combined experience to be your go-to contractor and advocate
RAM Client Portal – Easy Access to Commercial Roofing Services
Advancements in cloud-based portfolio management software have revolutionized the commercial roofing industry and are a major factor in boosting productivity and effectiveness, not only for property owners but also for commercial roofing companies themselves.
With TEMA Roofing’s RAM Client Portal, clients are always connected and have information about their roofing asset(s) at their fingertips. Plus, any future commercial roof repair services can be scheduled with the click of a button.
24/7 access to information and service is imperative, whether you’re a large corporation managing multiple roofing assets or a small business with a 2000 sq. ft. commercial roof. In the end, iSynergy knew that TEMA was the commercial roofing contractor they could trust with their small business commercial roof replacement.
Location: Canfield, OH – iSynergy
Date: May 2019 – current
Existing Roof: Built-Up Roof (BUR) System
Material Used: EPDM Black Rubber Roofing
Coverage: 2933 sq. ft.
Solution: TEMA Roofing utilized its expertise to quickly complete a full commercial roof replacement for this small business, while also enrolling the company in an on-going Roof Asset Management program for future needs. The project was completed within an extremely short timeframe and allowed iSynergy to continue conducting business while the replacement was in progress.