How Covid-19 Changed the Roofing Industry

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A Year Since Covid-19 Began: The New Roofing Industry Standards and Practices

It has been a year since the Covid-19 pandemic began in the U.S., and now experts can truly analyze the impact it has had on the roofing industry. As a leading commercial roofing company on the east coast, here are the changes and trends we have seen this last year.

Becoming an Essential Service

During initial state lockdowns, essential services were deemed satisfactory to continue operations. Roofing, of course, was among those industries. This meant ongoing and new projects could continue. More importantly, emergency repairs for other essential services could be made, including hospitals, schools, testing facilities.

Virtual Communication

Nearly every industry has seen a sudden shift to virtual communication because of the pandemic. We’ve certainly seen an increase in phone calls, emails, and, of course, Zoom calls. All project requests and updates are being conducted through these virtual methods. For any on-site interactions, wearing masks and social distancing remain the best practices.

Adjusting Services to Meet Client Needs

Across the board, roofing services haven’t changed. However, which services our clients need the most have. For example, maintenance and inspections are highly requested. Long-term protection, such as coatings, have also been in demand. Of course, planned and unplanned repairs are always needed.

The commercial buildings and facilities we service have faced operation challenges during the pandemic. As a leading roofing provider, we have remained available for our clients whether they are occupying their space or not.

Giving Back to Communities

The pandemic has undoubtedly revealed the importance of community. Many companies have shown support for essential workers like police officers, nurses, and doctors. For example, at PB Roofing, we revamped the Elmwood Park Police Department’s Pistol Range for our 2020 community give-back project.

Industry Leading Roofing Company

As we continue to see more roofing industry trends develop, PB Roofing stays on top of our client’s needs and provides expert services. If you need an emergency repair or service or are ready to take on a more significant project, contact us online.

What is the Roof Replacement Process? (For Commercial Buildings)

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Prepare Your Building and Business for the Roof Replacement Process

Often, a roof replacement is the worst-case scenario and is typically avoided if possible. However, there comes a time when every roof must be replaced for financial, safety, or efficiency reasons. Here’s how to prepare your building and business for the roof replacement process.

Step 1: Determine the Need for a Roof Replacement

In some cases, such as a weather event or natural disaster, it may be apparent a roof replacement is needed. However, there are a few things to consider when replacing a roof:

  • Cost: A replacement may seem like a huge financial undertaking. However, if your roof is experiencing several repairs throughout the year, it may be more cost-efficient to install a new roofing system.
  • Operations: Similar to above, constant repairs can disrupt business. Pausing operations for a one-time replacement is better than enduring reoccurring repairs.
  • Safety: Some concerns, such as holes or leaks, may be an easy fix. Yet, if larger pieces are falling apart or are causing damage inside of your building, a replacement may be the best option.
  • Efficiency: A roofing professional will be able to determine how well your roofing system is functioning. There are some issues that a repair cannot fix and therefore require a complete replacement.

Step 2: Contact Your Roofing Company

If you suspect a roof replacement is needed, get in touch with your roofing company as soon as possible. They will be able to conduct a complete inspection, pinpoint the areas of concern, explain the necessity of a replacement, and discuss viable options. Be sure to ask for a quote, project timelines, and business functionality during the process.

Step 3: Plan for a Roof Replacement

Before your roofing company starts tearing apart your building, there will be a planning stage to determine logistics. This includes materials, design, and blueprints for the new roofing system. This is also the optimal time to prepare your business to become a construction zone. Allowing your employees to work from home or in-person at a limited schedule can help keep operations running with little interruption.

Step 4: Installing the New Roofing System

The initial inspection will determine what is underneath your current roof and whether it requires a re-roof or tear-off method of replacement. At this step, there is nothing further for you to do. Simply leave the hard work to the professionals and be on call in case questions or problems arise.

Step 5: Invest in Roof Protection

Once your building’s new roofing system is installed, don’t repeat past mistakes. Be sure to schedule routine maintenance and inspections with your roofing company, and even inquire about roof coatings. It can help prevent damage and leaks while protecting and prolonging your new roofing system’s life.

Finding the Right Company for a Roof Replacement

Even if you have worked with a roofing company for previous projects, it’s best to get a second opinion (and quote) on a roof replacement. PB Roofing is experienced and trusted along the Northeast coast by dozens of commercial businesses. Our team will provide a solution that is best for your roofing system without exceeding your budget.

Reading a Roof Plan Drawing (Every Technician Should Know This)

Reading a Roof Plan Drawing (Every Technician Should Know This)

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The Basics of a Roof Plan Drawing: Dimensions, Materials, and More

Every roofing technician should know how to read a roof plan drawing. While working on-the-job can certainly teach this, it’s never a bad idea to refresh your skills. Especially if you are new to the industry, understanding the basics of a roof plan will be essential to your roofing career.

What is a roof plan?

A scaled drawing of a roof development proposal.

What is needed before drawing a roof plan?

A survey must be completed of the existing structure, land plot, or building plans to determine the project’s scope, the materials needed, and the type of roof plan to be used (a basic roof plan or a roof plan architecture drawing).

What are the roof plan details?

Dimensions of the entire roof structure, including shape, size, design, and placement of all materials, ventilation, drainage, slopes, valleys, and more.

Who uses a roof plan?

Apprentices, lead technicians, project managers, and anybody else involved in a roofing project.

What does a roof plan look like?

A 2D drawing from a bird’s eye view. Annotations are also used to explain specific aspects, such as ridges, slopes, the roof pitch, ventilation, and access points.

When are roof plans used?

During the planning stage of a new roof installation, renovation, repair, or extension work.

How are roof plans used during a project?

For some permits and permissions, client approval, and reference for all employees. Roof plans may also change throughout the project and should be updated as needed.

Basic Roof Plan vs. Architectural Roof Plan

As mentioned above, a survey must be completed before any roof plan can be drawn. This may be an inspection of the current roofing system and building, the land plot a new facility will be built on, or the new building’s plans. The survey results will determine the scope of the project and the type of roof plan needed.

  • Basic roof plan: Used for smaller projects and typically focuses on the roof shape and material placement.
  • Architectural roof plan: Used for larger projects and includes more details on various aspects, such as the design and material placement.

Where Can You Learn How to Read a Roof Plan

While some roofing technicians start their careers without formal training or education, others choose to complete trade school and an apprenticeship. Many companies even let their employees rely on on-the-job experience. However, PB Roofing chooses to be an industry-leading company by offering their employees PB University.

PB University provides professional development and personal growth to create the next generation of roofers and entrepreneurs. Every employee is eligible and encouraged to enroll upon hire. With a comprehensive learning plan, employees of all ages, education backgrounds, and experience levels can jump in and complete the university program.

If you’re interested in starting a career with PB Roofing, view our open positions online.

Looking at Roofing Sales Jobs? Here's What You Need to Know

Looking at Roofing Sales Jobs? Here’s What You Need to Know

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4 Tips to Ace Your Roofing Sales Job Interview

If you’re passionate about sales, the roofing industry can hold some serious earning potential. From being a sales representative to becoming a business development manager, the harder you work, the higher your earnings could be.

To ace your roofing sales job interview and career, follow these four tips from industry experts.

Tip #1: Understand the Position

While this may seem obvious, understanding the position is essential before an interview. It also gives you an opportunity to gather any questions you may have about the role. A roofing sales representative job description generally includes generating leads through direct selling tactics and converting them into appointments for business development managers.

Tip #2: Know the Responsibilities of the Role

As a sales representative, you will be the first point of contact a potential client has with the company. This means you’ll be making prospective calls and deciding who is best worth the business manager’s time. Having a thorough understanding of the company’s products and services, industry, and client needs will be essential for the role and will demonstrate your knowledge during an interview.

Tip #3: Sharpen Your Skills

While the most notable skill in a sales representative role is communication, there are a few technical skills you can sharpen that will surely come up during an interview. Being proficient in Microsoft Office, CRM software, and a prospecting application (such as LinkedIn Sales Navigator) are standard requirements. If you’re inexperienced in one of these, or it’s been a few years since you’ve used one, take the time before your interview to practice.

Tip #4: Research the Roofing Company

One of the most common interview questions is, “Why do you want to work for our company?” Doing some research about the company, reading their website, and looking through their social media will give you a good idea about their culture and environment. It can also tell you about the benefits they offer their employees.

PB Roofing is an industry-leading company that puts employees first. Upon hire, every employee is eligible to enroll in PB University, which provides professional development and personal growth opportunities to create the next generation of roofers and entrepreneurs. Beyond competitive compensation and premium benefits, PB Roofing offers a family-culture and many opportunities to get involved within the company and give back to the community.

If you’re interested in a sales representative job at PB Roofing, visit our careers page to learn more.

Going Green with a Living Roof [2021 Trend]

Going Green with a Living Roof [2021 Trend]

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3 Reasons a Living Roof is an Industry Trend Right Now

The roofing industry is seeing an incredible push to go green in 2021. Year after year, buildings are encouraged to be more environmentally friendly, especially in cities. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way schools and offices operate, encouraging outdoor spaces that create a safe place to gather while socially distancing.

Besides being industry-leading and incredibly innovative, here are three reasons a living roof is an industry trend right now.

1. They’re an Economical Choice

Having a living roof on your commercial building can be a long-term money-saver. They can reduce heating and cooling costs, stormwater runoff, and flooding potential. Additionally, by transforming your roof into a useable space, it will increase the property’s market value. Some cities and states even offer incentives for eco-friendly building developments.

2. They May Increase the Longevity of Your Roofing System

If properly installed and taken care of, a living roof can have quite a long lifespan. It is believed that the greenery protects the roof membrane from ultraviolet sunlight and acts as a barrier to weathering. There is also a root barrier that stops plants from rooting too deeply and damaging the building’s structure, acting as an additional level of protection.

3. They Can Increase Productivity

Whether you’re looking to install a living roof on a school or office building, it’s no secret that some fresh air and greenery increases productivity and can provide a mental boost. A green rooftop is the perfect space for holding an outdoor class for a change of scenery. In an office building, employees can enjoy lunch, host a meeting, or get a much-needed break in a refreshing outdoor environment.

Installing a Living Roof

These green roof benefits are essential to discuss with your roofing company. At PB Roofing, we can answer any questions or concerns you may have. We’ll work with you to design and install a system that is best for your building and satisfies its needs. After the installation process, our team is available for any repairs and routine maintenance your roof may need. Contact us to learn more.

How to Manage an Emergency Roof Repair with Ease

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3 Steps to Take During an Emergency Roof Repair

A roofing system protects everything inside your building: irreplicable employees, expensive equipment, valuable product, and more. In an instant, a flash flood or snowstorm could put all of that in jeopardy. How can you protect your building from an unexpected occurrence? That’s where emergency roof repair comes in. Follow these three steps the next time your commercial building finds itself facing a roofing emergency.

Assess the Damage and Protect Your Valuables

The first step during a roofing emergency is assessing the damage. Pinpoint the location(s) of the incident, such as a leak or fallen tree branch. If a professional needs to be called in, they’ll have a good idea of where to start their inspection. Sometimes, the interior of the building may suffer when there is roof damage. If it is safe, clear the area of any valuable items, equipment, or products.

Determine the Status of the Situation

While the situation can look overwhelming, it may not qualify as a roofing emergency. In some cases, it looks worse than it is. For example, a fallen tree may have landed on your building’s roof without causing damage. However, if there is water infiltration, the roofing system is compromised and will need immediate repair. The most likely culprit is the weather: extreme winds, the weight of snow, high rains, or a fallen tree or powerline.

If you are unsure if your commercial building requires immediate care, call a roofing company. They will be able to determine how quickly the response time should be.

Call a Roofing Emergency Response Team

Many roofers offer emergency roof repair services, often with 24/7 availability. The longer it takes for a response team to arrive, the longer your building will lose time and profits and be at risk for liabilities. Without a properly functioning roof, all parts of your building are at risk for failure.

Finding a reliable roofing contractor last minute can be a challenge. Instead, ensure you have a plan in place to increase your preparedness when an emergency occurs. PB Roofing provides dedicated response crews who are programmed and able to respond to a crisis within 4 hours. You can operate your facility with peace of mind knowing that your business is in the trusted hands of a professional. To learn more about having the PB Emergency Response Team on-call, contact PB Roofing today.

Winning Best Places to Work in New Jersey, 2020 [PB Roofing]

Winning Best Places to Work in New Jersey, 2020 [PB Roofing] 1500 985 PB Roofing PB Roofing

What Makes PB Roofing One of The Best Places to Work in New Jersey?

2020 has undoubtedly been filled with challenges and obstacles to overcome, especially for essential workers. Throughout the year, PB Roofing made strides to defy industry standards and better their employees. These efforts were rewarded when PB Roofing’s own employees ranked the company among the best places to work in New Jersey.

Every year, NJBiz magazine collects anonymous feedback from employees about their job (role, environment, culture, and more). So, how did PB Roofing make the NJBiz Best Places to Work 2020 list?

Employee Development and Training

No matter the seniority level, all new hires receive training on industry standards and protocols, safety guidelines, leadership development, and more. PB Roofing has created an educational program, PB University, for employees to further succeed in a current role or advance into a higher position. Every employee is automatically enrolled and encouraged to start taking classes. As a growing organization, we strongly value the importance of being educated and properly trained in the field—making this an excellent opportunity for those looking to learn, gain experience, and excel.

Competitive Compensation

Our salaries meet or exceed the roofing industry standard. Beyond a paycheck, we set our employees up for financial success throughout all life stages and careers. Some perks include a 401k with employer match, bonuses, profit sharing, incentive, and deferred compensation plans. Through these perks, we create happy and successful employees, furthering the success of PB Roofing.

Premium Benefits

Besides competitive compensation, PB Roofing offers premium benefits to every employee. Through our comprehensive employer-supported health care plan, we can support a happy and healthy employee and their family. We believe access to high-quality, affordable health insurance is a critical foundation for our business. Knowing that their family and self are safe and protected, our employees can work harder. We also provide a standard for all employee levels, including paid time off and paid holidays.

Building a successful company means building successful employees. PB Roofing gives employees every opportunity for personal and professional growth. It’s through this forward-thinking mindset that our employees ranked us as among the best places to work in New Jersey. Learn more about our open roofing positions or contact a team member today.

Employee Roofing Myths & Misconceptions

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4 Roofing Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Working in the Industry

The roofing industry, like other trade careers, often fall victim to stereotyping. For some companies, these clichés may be true—not at PB Roofing. We’re committed to creating long-term careers that go beyond the business of roofing. So, forget what you think you know about working in the industry and keep reading as we disprove these four roofing myths.

1. “Roofing leads to dead-end jobs.”

Many people believe being a roofer is just a tiresome, dead-end job, not a career. Thirteen years ago, PB Roofing changed this thought. We started offering career advancement opportunities for all of our employees. When we hire, we look for a person who is coachable, has excellent attention to detail, and is resourceful. Every position we offer is an opportunity for professional and personal development.

2. “Roofers don’t need formal education or training.”

This myth holds some truth. Some entry-level roofer positions will offer on-the-job training. Although many roofers choose to complete a trade school program and apprenticeship to gain experience and skills. At PB Roofing, we now offer our employees an opportunity to continue their education and training—PB University. Our employees of any seniority can complete courses and advance their career.

3. “Roofing has minimal benefits and compensation.”

Some roofers have to rely on unions or state benefits instead of their employer. To keep PB employees happy and healthy, we offer access to high-quality, affordable health insurance, generous paid time off, and paid holidays. Our salaries meet or exceed the industry and include perks such as 401k with employer match, bonuses, profit sharing, incentive, and deferred compensation plans.

4. “Roofing companies offer an unfriendly working environment.”

Some believe construction sites and on-site locations offer unsafe conditions with little support from the roofing company. While it certainly varies from company to company, PB Roofing prides itself on having safe work environments and putting their employees’ safety first. Off-site, PB Roofing has company events, charitable efforts, and networking opportunities to create a welcoming culture. In 2020, PB Roofing was named one of the best places to work in New Jersey by NJ Biz Magazine.

Jumpstart Your Career with PB Roofing

We’ve proven PB Roofing is more than the stereotypical industry misconceptions. Are you ready to join our team? We hire roofers and technicians for our teams along the Northeastern states. To learn more about what we have to offer, visit our careers page.

What Does a Commercial Roof Installation Involve?

What Does a Commercial Roof Installation Involve?

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Commercial Roof Installation Preparations and Requirements (You Need to Know)

Installing a commercial roof, whether from scratch or as a replacement, is an investment in your building’s longevity. An upgrade to your roofing system will protect your building against harsh weather conditions and potential leaks. With proper installation (and regular maintenance), your roofing system can survive decades.

Here’s a look at what you’ll need to know before undergoing a commercial roof installation.

  1. Find the best roofing contractor for the job
  2. Receive an estimate for the installation project’s cost
  3. Determine which roofing system to install

Get Started with an Estimate and Proposal

The first step is connecting with a trustworthy commercial roofing company. PB Roofing will provide an on-site analysis to determine the best course of action for the project. After this, a project estimate and timeline proposal will be provided. Keep in mind timelines are subject to change based on material availability, permit acquisition, and weather conditions. During this initial consultation, possible upgrades should be discussed, such as energy-efficient equipment, storage areas for heating and cooling units, and solar panels.

Choosing the Best Type of Roof

Commercial roofs can utilize several different materials and installation methods. Choosing the best type of roof will depend on the building’s physical structure and the project budget. PB Roofing conducts an inspection to determine whether a re-roof or tear-off method of replacement is necessary. Then, we recommend a solution and roofing system that is right for your business.

These are the top five commercial roof types:

  1. Built-Up Roofing (BUR) Membrane
  2. Metal Roofing
  3. Single-Ply Membrane
  4. Shingle Roofing
  5. Green Roofing

Learn more about each of these types of commercial roofs here.

The Commercial Roofing Installation Process

Are you ready to start your commercial roof installation project? PB Roofing communicates with you through every step of the process. Our team is excellent at spotting a potential roadblock and taking care of it before it hinders the installation. No matter your building type—retail, warehouse, industrial, new construction, or historic and landmark properties—we’re ready to transform your building.

Contact PB Roofing today to get started.

How Long Does a Metal Roof Last? Is It Worth Your Money?

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How Long Does a Metal Roof Last: Everything You Need to Know

Metal roofs have grown in demand over the last decade to become one of the most popular roofing systems among commercial buildings. They’re durable, long-lasting, and can add a tasteful visual appeal. So, how long does a metal roof last?

On average, a metal roof will last 40-70 years. However, proper care and maintenance can lead to 100 years or more of longevity. Now, if that’s not enough to convince you to invest in a metal roofing system, here’s more!

What is a metal roof?

A metal roofing system is made up of panels or shingles fastened to a frame. Steel or aluminum are the most commonly used materials, as they will bring durability to your roofing system. Metals are incredibly beneficial if your commercial building is located in an area with frequent weather alerts. Snowstorms, hurricanes, tornados, and high winds will have trouble damaging a metal roof.

What is sheet metal fabrication?

If you’re thinking about a metal roofing system, you must consider using sheet metal. It is resilient and stable, providing you with a maintenance-free, attractive option for your building. It represents a smart, long-term choice that helps you protect your investment. The fabrication process is complex, involving shearing, stamping, crimping, cutting, and more. However, custom sheet metal fabrication offers many lasting benefits for your building.

Can you customize a metal roofing system?

There are quite a bit of style options to choose from, including ribbed and tiled. However, unless you opt for standing seam, there will be exposed fastener pieces. Beyond the architectural build, metal roofs are available in an abundance of colors. From earthy browns to warm neutral to bold hues of red and blue, you’ll be able to match your building and company’s design.

Who can use a metal roofing system?

Commercial buildings excel with a metal roofing system. Any facility from a warehouse to an office building or a manufacturing plant to an aircraft hangar can utilize metal roofing. More so, entertainment-based buildings, such as shopping centers, resorts, breweries, and casinos, can take advantage of metal’s brighter color options.

How can you install a metal roofing system for your commercial building?

Finding a trustworthy commercial roofer is the first step to achieving a durable and long-lasting metal roof. At PB Roofing, we perform in-house custom metal fabrication and installation for coping, gutters, downspouts, fascia, etc. With an expert team of sheet metal specialists, we can provide you a roofing system with a long life expectancy and a visual appeal. Contact us today to get started.

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