What to Know When Hiring a Kansas City Commercial Roofing Contractor

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What to Know When Hiring a Kansas City Commercial Roofing Contractor

Commercial business roofs act as your building’s first line of defense against hazardous weather. Your roof is constantly being exposed to the elements, causing decay and deterioration, which can weaken your roofing system over time. All of this leads to the need for periodic repairs and maintenance and eventually, replacement, so having a quality roof installation is a must and a strong investment in your building’s performance over time.

So what do you need to know when it’s time to hire a commercial roofing contractor? You might want to start by asking yourself these questions:

  1. Who do you want to work with? Is the company honest and reputable? Do they have a tradition/past work that shows good craftsmanship completed in a timely manner?
  2. What work needs to be done? Is your roof leaking? Are there clogged waterways or downspouts that are causing water to pool? Or, do you think you might need a whole new commercial roofing system?
  3. What’s your timeline? When is the best time of the year to get your roofing issues solved? Are repairs immediate, or can they wait until the weather won’t be a problem?

Although there are plenty of commercial roofing contractors around, you want to be certain you get the best quality products, services and commercial roofing system for your money. When researching a roofing contractor, do background checks on the company, make sure they use trained professionals. Read reviews and do your homework.

Other things to keep in mind when choosing a commercial roofing contractor include:

  • Certification & Warranty. Check to make sure your prospective commercial roofing contractor is a certified installer of the roofing systems they offer. A team of certified professionals will give you the peace of mind that your commercial roof system meets warranty requirements.
  • Employee Training. Even though a commercial roofing business might be registered or certified, check to see that their team is as well. Safety is important, and you want to know your roof is in good hands with roofers that are trained in proper safety procedures.
  • Insurance. Insurance protects you and commercial roofing companies, so see that your roofing contractor is insured.
  • Referral. Online reviews are very helpful, but you can also ask business associates for recommendations. You want to make sure the roofing contractor you select is reputable and known for good work.
  • Years in Business. This is part of a commercial roofing contractor’s reputation. If they’ve been in business for a long time, that’s a good sign they’re doing things right.

Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal knows the importance of all these questions and concerns when searching for a commercial roofing contractor and makes sure to meet and exceed all expectations. If you’re interested in learning more about what Cornell can do for your roof, give us a call today at: 816-252-8300 or online at: www.cornellroofing.com.

Commercial Sheet Metal: Did You Know?

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Commercial Sheet Metal: Did You Know?

The roofing and sheet metal industry is growing in production rate, revenue and projects. Right now it ranks as the third largest U.S. manufacturing industry when measured by employment rates too!

With things on the rise, we wanted to share a few industry-wide facts that may surprise you about the commercial sheet metal side of Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal:

  • Sheet metal fabrication boomed from the 1990s to the mid 2000s, until a down time during the recession of 2009. After bouncing back, sheet metal drove revenues over $28 billion in 2015.
  • In 2015, there were more than 58,000 locally owned and operated sheet metal fabrication companies across the US.
  • Sheet metal employment is projected to grow by 7 percent by 2024, matching the average rate for all other occupation types.
  • In 2013, California, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin produced more than half of all the output of fabricated sheet metal products in the industry.
  • Also in 2013, 47 percent of shipments were from Alabama, Indiana Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.
  • In 2015, the highest paid 10 percent of sheet metal workers earned more than $80,000 a year.
  • The primary metals most often purchased in sheet metal are aluminum bar, tube, sheet or plate; hot or cold steel; and stainless steel.
  • The most common uses for sheet metal include:
    • Air conditioning ducts and furnace flues
    • Air cowls
    • Awnings, canopies, cornices, and soffits
    • Coal chutes
    • Culverts, flumes, and irrigation pipes
    • Electronic casings
    • Food vats and bins
    • Guardrails
    • Mailboxes
    • Roofs, roof drainage equipment, and gutters
    • Sheet metal flooring and siding
    • Ship ventilators
    • Stovepipes and hoods

With all this growth, now is a great time to be a part of the roofing and sheet metal industry! And, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is proud to be leading the way. If you’re interested in a career in the commercial sheet metal industry, your first stop is Sheet Metal Workers’ Union No. 2:  http://www.sheetmetal2.org/

Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, celebrating our 90th Anniversary in 2017! Visit us online at: www.cornellroofing.com

Find Us at the NRCA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas

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Find Us at the NRCA Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas

This year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will be hosting its 130th Convention and Trade Show in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada!  The NRCA has been the professional voice of its 3,600+ members in the roofing industry since 1886. NRCA is the leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technical assistance, advocacy, publications, programs and support that help businesses in this industry grow.

Members of the Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal team will also be attendance. During this week-long event there will be workshops and training for top staff; new products, equipment, and processes to review and much more! Cornell takes continuing education and certification seriously. As we celebrate our 90th Anniversary in 2017, we are dedicated to remain at the top as an industry innovator in the greater Kansas City area commercial roofing and sheet metal industry.

NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention will be held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas Feb. 27-March 3, 2017, in conjunction with Informa’s 2017 International Roofing Expo® (IRE).

“It is the premier event for roofing professionals and industry leaders to learn new strategies, discover innovative solutions and share best practices. The convention and expo offer cutting-edge educational sessions, inspiring messages from keynote speakers, and an exposition featuring the latest roofing innovations and networking events where attendees have the opportunity to build valuable contacts.”

You can learn more about the NRCA and the perks of membership by visiting their website, http://www.nrca.net/.

Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Celebrates 90 Years!

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Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Celebrates 90 Years!

It’s 2017! New year, new projects, new products, same Cornell tradition and pride in every job being done “The Cornell Way!” This year, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal celebrates our 90th Anniversary in the Kansas City roofing and sheet metal industry! We’ve come a long way since the Cornell began in 1927, thanks to our team of hard working, trained and skilled professional craftsman, strong and dependable management, and of course, our great Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal customers and suppliers.

Being in business for 90 years isn’t a cakewalk either. We’ve proven ourselves through our work on projects large and small, including new builds and replacements along with maintenance and repairs. Each job completed following our four guiding principles:

  • Integrity;
  • Dependability;
  • Quality;
  • Responsibility.

Our leadership team, headed by President Mary McNamara, continues to build on our momentum, ushering in some of the biggest projects in company history! Proving to our customers time and time again there’s a reason we’ve become one of the top roofing & sheet metal companies in the Kansas City metro area. As we say goodbye to 2016, we look forward to a year with even more exciting projects with new and returning customers alike!
We’ll continue to work hard to deliver on our promise on every commercial roofing project for many years to come! Happy 90th Anniversary to Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, and a big thank you to our team, customers and everyone who helped us become the best in Kansas City!
Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. Promises Made. Promises Kept.