The Importance of Summertime Safety for Commercial Roofing Crews

As a commercial roofing contractor with nearly a century of experience serving the Kansas City area, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal understands the critical importance of safety, especially during the sweltering summer months. Working on rooftops under the blazing sun poses significant risks, and prioritizing the well-being of our crews is paramount. Here are essential tips to ensure safety and prevent heat-related illnesses during summer roofing projects.

Hydration is Key

One of the primary risks during summer is heat illness, which can range from heat cramps to heat stroke. To combat this, staying hydrated is crucial. We encourage our crews to drink water frequently, even if they don’t feel thirsty. Electrolyte-replenishing drinks can also be beneficial to maintain the body’s salt balance.

Proper Clothing and Gear

Wearing lightweight, light-colored, and breathable clothing can help reduce heat absorption. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and sunscreen are also essential to protect against harmful UV rays. Additionally, utilizing safety gear designed to improve airflow and ventilation can make a significant difference.

Scheduled Breaks

Implementing regular breaks in shaded or cool areas is vital. We ensure that our roofing crews take frequent breaks to rest and cool down. These breaks should be scheduled, especially during the peak heat hours of the day, typically from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Recognizing Heat Illness Symptoms

Training our crews to recognize the early signs of heat illness can prevent severe outcomes. Symptoms like heavy sweating, weakness, dizziness, nausea, or headache should be addressed immediately by stopping work, moving to a cooler area, and hydrating. At Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, the safety of our crews is our top priority. By implementing these summer safety tips, we ensure that our workers stay safe and healthy, allowing them to continue providing top-notch roofing services across Kansas City. Remember, a safe crew is an effective crew. Stay safe this summer!

Learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal at or call 816-252-8300.

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal Celebrates Construction Safety Week

Since 1927, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal has been a steadfast name in the commercial roofing and sheet metal industry, serving businesses and property owners in the Kansas City region with dedication and expertise. As we gear up to observe National Construction Safety Week May 6-10, we reflect on our commitment to safety, a cornerstone of our operations.


Safety isn’t just a priority; it’s a value deeply ingrained in our culture. Our team comprises highly skilled trade professionals who understand the importance of safety measures in every aspect of their work. From installation to repair and maintenance, we adhere to strict safety protocols to ensure the well-being of our workers and the protection of our clients’ assets.


As we join forces with other industry leaders to observe National Construction Safety Week, we emphasize the significance of safety training and education. Our team undergoes regular training sessions to stay updated with the latest safety practices and regulations. We believe that investing in our team’s safety knowledge is an investment in their well-being and the quality of our services.


At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, safety isn’t just about compliance; it’s about care. We care about our team, our clients, and our community. That’s why we go above and beyond to implement safety measures that exceed industry standards. From conducting regular safety audits to providing our team with the best safety gear, we leave no stone unturned in ensuring a safe working environment.


As we observe National Construction Safety Week, we renew our commitment to safety and invite others in the industry to join us in prioritizing the well-being of our workforce and the success of our projects. Together, we can build a safer, stronger future for the construction industry. Learn more at or call 816-252-8300.

Spring Seasonal Roofing Maintenance Tips for Commercial Buildings in Kansas City

Spring is upon us a little early this year. Now is the time for commercial building owners in Kansas City to turn their attention to essential maintenance tasks, particularly regarding their roofing systems. With over 95 years of trusted service, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is here to provide expert guidance on spring seasonal roofing maintenance.

Inspect and Repair Winter Damage:

  • The first step in spring maintenance is conducting a thorough inspection to identify any damage caused by winter weather. From snow accumulation to freezing temperatures, the harsh conditions of winter can take a toll on commercial roofs. Look for signs of leaks, missing shingles, or damage to flashing and seals. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent further damage and extend the lifespan of your roof.

Clean Gutters and Downspouts:

During winter, gutters and downspouts can become clogged with debris such as leaves, twigs, and ice dams. This obstruction can impede proper drainage, leading to water pooling on the roof and potential leaks. Ensure gutters and downspouts are clear of debris to allow for efficient water flow away from the building.

Trim Overhanging Branches:

Overhanging tree branches can pose a risk to your commercial roof, especially during spring storms with strong winds. Trim back any branches that hang over the roof to prevent them from causing damage or puncturing the roofing material.

Schedule Professional Maintenance:

While DIY inspections are essential, nothing beats the expertise of a professional roofing contractor. Schedule a maintenance visit with Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal to conduct a comprehensive inspection and address any issues before they escalate into costly repairs. Contact us now to set up an appointment today or call 816.252.8300.

Spring is the perfect time to assess and address any roofing issues that may have arisen during the winter months. By following these maintenance tips and partnering with Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, commercial building owners in Kansas City can ensure their roofs remain in top condition for years to come. Schedule your spring maintenance today and experience peace of mind knowing your roof is in capable hands. Learn more at or call 816-252-8300. 

Celebrating Women in Construction Week: Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal’s Legacy of Empowerment

As the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) gears up to celebrate its 26th Annual Women in Construction Week from March 3-9, 2024, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal proudly joins in honoring the remarkable achievements of women in the construction industry. Established in 1927, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is not only a pillar in the Kansas City commercial construction sector but also a shining example of women’s leadership and empowerment in a traditionally male-dominated field.

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal has embodied the spirit of Women in Construction Week by championing inclusivity, diversity, and excellence in the workplace. Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and the company’s owner, Mary McNamara have not only shattered glass ceilings but also paved the way for future generations of women in the construction industry.

One of the hallmarks of Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal’s success is its commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment where women can thrive and excel. From the administrative office to the job site, women at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal are leading by example, showcasing their expertise, and making invaluable contributions to the company’s growth and success.

As we celebrate Women in Construction Week, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal proudly salutes the trailblazing women who have played a pivotal role in shaping the construction industry. Through their dedication, passion, and unwavering determination, these women have not only transformed the face of construction but also inspired future generations to pursue their dreams and break down barriers.

Women in Construction Week is a time to celebrate the remarkable achievements of women in the construction industry and to recognize the invaluable contributions they make every day. As Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal looks to the future, we remain committed to empowering women and ensuring that they continue to play a vital role in shaping the future of the construction industry.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit or call 816-252-8300. 

Working with Trusted Suppliers: The Key to Quality and Sustainability

Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, a stalwart in the Kansas City commercial roofing market since 1927, stands as a testament to the enduring importance of using high-quality, durable materials in roofing projects. As the backbone of their services, Cornell Roofing places a premium on sourcing materials from trusted suppliers, a comprehensive list of which can be found on their website at


In the challenging and dynamic world of commercial roofing, the selection of materials is a critical decision that reverberates throughout the lifespan of a structure. Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal understands that durability is not just a buzzword; it’s a commitment to long-lasting, reliable solutions. Utilizing premium materials ensures that the roofs they install withstand the diverse weather conditions of the Kansas City region, from scorching summers to icy winters.


One key benefit of high-quality materials is their ability to resist wear and tear, ultimately reducing the frequency of repairs and replacements. This not only translates to cost savings for clients but also minimizes disruptions to their businesses. Cornell Roofing’s dedication to using top-tier materials is a cornerstone of their customer-centric approach.


Moreover, investing in durable materials is an eco-friendly choice. By minimizing the need for frequent replacements, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal contributes to sustainability efforts and reduces the environmental impact of roofing projects. It aligns with the company’s commitment to responsible business practices, showcasing a forward-thinking approach to commercial roofing.


Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal’s nearly 100 year-long legacy of success in the Kansas City market is intricately linked to their unwavering commitment to high-quality, durable materials. Through meticulous material selection and a roster of trusted suppliers, Cornell Roofing continues to shape the skyline of Kansas City with roofs that stand the test of time, embodying the essence of reliability, resilience, and customer satisfaction.


To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit or call 816-252-8300. 


Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal Co. Announces Promotion of Lenny Austin to President

Kansas City, January, 25, 2024 – Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, a leading commercial roofing company with a legacy dating back to its establishment in 1927, proudly announces the promotion of Lenny Austin to the position of President. Owner Mary McNamara will continue to serve as CEO, ensuring a seamless transition and continued success for the company.

Lenny Austin brings nearly 30 years of invaluable experience to his new role. He began with Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal as a Roofing Project Manager and advanced to Vice President. His extensive background in the roofing industry encompasses product manufacturing, project management, and technical services. Lenny has been a registered roof observer (RRO) since 2007 and is a certified Solar Roofing Professional (CSRP), showcasing his commitment to excellence and expertise in the field. Lenny’s wealth of knowledge and exceptional management skills have played a crucial role in the continuous growth of Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal.

Owner and CEO Mary McNamara, who acquired Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal in 2007, expresses confidence in Lenny’s ability to lead the company into its next chapter of success. Mary is a seasoned executive in the roofing industry who brought a  wealth of knowledge when she joined the company in 2006. Under her leadership, the company has consistently grown year over year, solidifying its position as a top competitor in Kansas City and the Midwest market.

Mary McNamara is not only dedicated to the success of Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal but is also actively involved in leadership roles within business, industry, and community organizations. Her vision and strategic guidance have been instrumental in shaping the company’s trajectory, and her continued involvement ensures a strong foundation for the future of the company as it nears its 100th year in business.

As Lenny Austin assumes the role of President, the leadership team at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal remains committed to delivering exceptional roofing solutions and maintaining the company’s reputation as an industry leader. The combination of Lenny’s expertise and Mary’s visionary leadership positions Cornell for continued growth and success in the years to come.

Lenny Austin, President of Cornell Roofing 2024

Building a Stronger Tomorrow: The Enduring Value of Local Support

As a locally owned commercial roofing contractor with nearly a century of service in the vibrant Kansas City community, the team at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal understands the intrinsic link between a thriving business and the community it calls home. Supporting local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community initiatives isn’t just a feel-good sentiment during the holidays; it’s an investment in the collective well-being and future prosperity of our beloved KC Metro that should be carried throughout the year as you look ahead in 2024.

Local businesses are the backbone of any community, contributing to its economic growth, creating jobs, and fostering a unique identity that sets it apart. When you choose to support local enterprises, you’re not just buying a product or service; you’re investing in the heart and soul of your community. As a commercial roofing contractor deeply rooted in Kansas City, we’ve witnessed firsthand the positive impact that local support can have on businesses, large and small.

Nonprofit organizations play a pivotal role in addressing the specific needs of our community, from education and healthcare to the arts and social services. By supporting local nonprofits, we contribute to the betterment of our community and ensure that essential services are available to those who need them most. Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal’s commitment to local nonprofits extends beyond our business operations, with a dedication to actively participate in initiatives that uplift the community we’ve been proud to serve for nearly a century. We encourage our vendors, customers and colleagues to engage with their favorite nonprofit missions as well.

Community organizations are the threads that weave together the fabric of our society. By fostering a sense of belonging and connection, these groups create spaces for collaboration, cultural enrichment, and shared experiences. As a business ingrained in the local landscape, we recognize the importance of contributing to the initiatives that strengthen the bonds within our community, including our local Chambers of Commerce, Rotary Clubs and multiple other civic and service organizations.

In conclusion, supporting local businesses, nonprofits, and community organizations isn’t just a choice; it’s a responsibility we all share. As a roofing contractor deeply embedded in the history and growth of Kansas City, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal takes pride in our role as not just a business entity but as a dedicated member of this community. Together, through local support and collective efforts, we can build a stronger, more resilient tomorrow for generations to come.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit or call us at 816-252-8300. 

Elevating Excellence: The Paramount Role of Safety in Commercial Roofing

In the dynamic world of commercial roofing, safety isn’t just a priority; it’s a cornerstone of our commitment to excellence at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. Serving the Kansas City region since 1927, we understand that a secure roofing project is a successful one, and that’s why we prioritize safety protocols that set industry standards.

Safety, Our Topmost Priority:

At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, safety isn’t an afterthought; it’s woven into the fabric of our operations. Our unwavering dedication to the well-being of our team and the success of our projects is evident in every safety protocol we implement.

Compliance and Certifications:

Adhering to stringent safety regulations and industry best practices, we proudly boast an array of certifications. Our team undergoes regular safety training, ensuring that every member is equipped with the latest knowledge and skills to navigate potential hazards effectively.

Protecting Our Team:

Our roofing professionals are our greatest asset, and their safety is paramount. From fall protection systems to proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE), we leave no stone unturned in safeguarding our team members throughout the project lifecycle.

Minimizing Project Risks:

Safety isn’t just about protecting our team; it’s about safeguarding your investment. Rigorous safety measures mitigate project risks, ensuring that timelines are met, and budgets are adhered to. This commitment to safety not only safeguards your commercial property but also enhances the longevity and durability of your commercial roofing solution.

The Cornell Advantage:

Choosing Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal means choosing a partner dedicated to the highest safety standards. Our commitment to safety isn’t just a promise; it’s a reflection of our values, ensuring that your commercial roofing project is executed with precision, efficiency, and the utmost safety.

In the unpredictable world of roofing, one thing remains constant – the importance of safety. At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, we don’t just meet safety standards; we elevate them, ensuring that every project reflects our unwavering commitment to excellence.

For more information on how we prioritize safety in our commercial roofing projects, visit our website: or call us at 816-252-8300. Choose Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal – where safety and excellence converge for your commercial roofing needs in the Kansas City heartland.

The Essential Role of High-Quality Sheet Metal Fabrication and Installation in Commercial Roofing

As a seasoned commercial roofing contractor with decades of experience, the team at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal can attest to the pivotal role that high-quality sheet metal fabrication and installation play in ensuring the longevity and performance of commercial roofing systems. When it comes to protecting your business investment, the importance of getting the details right cannot be overstated.

Sheet metal serves as the backbone of many commercial roofing systems, and its quality is paramount. Here’s why:

Durability and Longevity: Commercial roofs are subjected to harsh environmental conditions year-round. High-quality sheet metal fabrication using materials such as stainless steel or aluminum ensures resistance to corrosion, rust, and other elements that can prematurely degrade your roof. A well-constructed sheet metal roof can last for decades, reducing long-term maintenance costs.

Leak Prevention: The watertight seal provided by expertly fabricated and installed sheet metal flashings and components is critical for preventing leaks. These components, such as flashing around roof penetrations and seams, act as the first line of defense against water infiltration, keeping your interior dry and your assets protected.

Energy Efficiency: Energy-efficient roofing systems are a top priority for many businesses. Sheet metal can be used to create reflective or cool roofing surfaces that reduce heat absorption, decreasing energy costs by maintaining a cooler building interior.

Customization and Aesthetics: High-quality sheet metal allows for customization, enabling commercial property owners to choose from a wide range of finishes and designs that complement their architectural aesthetics. Well-designed sheet metal details enhance the overall look and curb appeal of the building.

Weather Resistance: From heavy snow loads to strong winds and hailstorms, commercial roofs must withstand various weather challenges. Quality sheet metal installations can withstand these pressures, ensuring the integrity of your roofing system during extreme weather events.

Maintenance and Repairs: Proper sheet metal installation minimizes the need for ongoing repairs and maintenance, saving you both time and money in the long run.

Using high-quality sheet metal and an award-winning sheet metal contractor like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal with proven expertise is critical. It’s the difference between a roofing system that provides reliable protection for years and one that requires constant attention and costly repairs. As a commercial roofing contractor, we’ve seen firsthand how investing in quality sheet metal pays off in terms of durability, efficiency, and aesthetics. If you’re planning a commercial roofing project, make sure you partner with experienced professionals who understand the significance of precision in sheet metal fabrication and installation. It’s a choice you won’t regret when your roof continues to perform flawlessly year after year.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and our award-winning sheet metal team, visit or call 816-252-8300.