The Cornerstone of Success: Quality Materials in Commercial Roofing

At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, we’ve been proudly serving the Kansas City market for nearly a century, and our longevity is no accident. Throughout our history, we’ve built a reputation as a trusted commercial roofing contracting company, and a key part of our success lies in our unwavering commitment to using high-quality materials from the most trusted manufacturers in the industry. Today, we want to share the importance of this practice and how it contributes to the longevity, sustainability, and performance of commercial roofing systems.

1. Longevity:

A commercial roof is a significant investment, and one that should last for decades, not just a few years. By using high-quality materials, we ensure that our roofing systems stand the test of time. Quality materials are built to withstand the harshest weather conditions, including the extreme heat and cold we experience in the Kansas City area. They resist deterioration, cracking, and fading, giving our clients peace of mind knowing their roofs will protect their properties for years to come.

2. Sustainability:

Sustainability is a top concern in today’s construction industry, and commercial roofing is no exception. High-quality roofing materials not only enhance a building’s energy efficiency but also contribute to its overall sustainability. Durable materials mean fewer replacements, reducing waste and environmental impact. Additionally, many reputable manufacturers are now offering eco-friendly options, such as cool roofing materials that reflect sunlight and reduce the urban heat island effect.

3. Performance:

Performance is paramount when it comes to commercial roofing. A well-constructed roof should provide exceptional insulation, minimize leaks, and require minimal maintenance. When you choose quality materials from reputable manufacturers, you’re investing in performance. These materials are rigorously tested to meet industry standards, ensuring that your roof performs flawlessly year after year.

At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, our nearly 100 years in the business have taught us that the cornerstone of a successful commercial roofing project is the materials we use. We take pride in partnering with reputable manufacturers that share our commitment to quality, longevity, sustainability, and performance. When you choose us for your roofing needs, you’re choosing a legacy of excellence that spans generations.

To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and the products we use in our commercial roofing and sheet metal projects across the Kansas City region, visit or call 816-252-8300.

Winter-Ready Roofs: Essential Fall Maintenance Steps for Commercial Property Owners

As the vibrant colors of autumn leaves start to paint the landscape, commercial property owners must shift their focus towards ensuring their roofs are ready to weather the upcoming winter months. As a seasoned expert in the commercial roofing industry, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal understands the critical role that proactive maintenance plays in extending the life of your roofing system and safeguarding your property’s value. Here are essential fall maintenance steps that every commercial property owner should take to prepare their roofs for winter’s challenges.

1. Thorough Roof Inspection: Begin by conducting a comprehensive roof inspection. Look for signs of damage, such as cracks, punctures, loose flashing, and deteriorating seals. Identifying and addressing these issues now can prevent more extensive damage during harsh winter conditions. The expert eye of an experienced and professional commercial roofing contractor, like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal is recommended to ensure all issues are identified and addressed properly.

2. Clear Debris: Falling leaves, branches, and debris can accumulate on your roof, clogging drains and causing water to pool. Regularly clear debris to prevent water from seeping into your building and causing leaks.

3. Clean Gutters and Drains: Clogged gutters and drains can lead to ice dams and water backup, resulting in roof leaks and structural damage. Clean them thoroughly to ensure proper water drainage.

4. Address Repairs Promptly: Any identified damage or issues should be addressed promptly. Repairing minor damage now can prevent it from escalating into major problems that are more challenging and expensive to fix during winter.

5. Insulation Check: Adequate insulation is crucial for energy efficiency and preventing ice dams. Ensure that your roof’s insulation is intact and properly installed to keep your building warm and prevent heat loss.

6. Seal Gaps and Cracks: Check for gaps, cracks, and openings in your roof’s structure. Properly seal them to prevent drafts, leaks, and even unwanted pests from infiltrating your building.

7. Trim Overhanging Branches: Overhanging branches not only drop debris onto your roof but can also pose a risk of falling under heavy snow loads. Trim them back to prevent potential damage.

8. HVAC Inspection: Have your HVAC systems inspected before winter to ensure they’re not contributing to moisture buildup, which can damage your roof and promote mold growth.

9. Document Maintenance: Keep a detailed record of all maintenance and repairs performed. This documentation can be valuable for warranty claims and future reference.

By taking these proactive steps, you’ll not only enhance the longevity of your commercial roofing system but also protect your property from the challenges that winter brings. If you’re unsure about any aspect of your fall maintenance routine, consider consulting with a professional commercial roofing company like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. Our expertise can help ensure that your roof is in prime condition to face the winter ahead with confidence, safeguarding both your investment and the people within your building.
To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and our commercial roofing maintenance and inspection programs, visit or call 816-252-8300.

Eight Tips for Protecting Roofing from the Heat

Here in the Midwest, we see our fair share of scorching temperatures during summer months. At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, we use products built to withstand extreme temperatures, but ongoing maintenance is essential to get the most out of your commercial roofing and minimize wear and tear. Proper care and maintenance can extend the lifespan of your commercial roof and help prevent costly repairs. Here are some tips to maintain commercial roofing in high temperatures:

  1. Regular Inspections: Schedule routine inspections by a professional roofing contractor, like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. We are skilled in identifying any signs of damage or deterioration caused by heat exposure, such as cracks, blisters, or loose seams. Early detection allows for timely repairs.
  1. Clean and Clear: Keep your commercial roof clean from debris, leaves, and branches. Regularly remove any accumulated dirt or debris, as they can trap heat and contribute to premature deterioration. Ensure gutters and drains are clear to prevent water accumulation that can damage the roof’s integrity.
  1. Roof Coatings: Apply reflective roof coatings that have high solar reflectance and thermal emittance properties. These coatings help reduce heat absorption and keep the roof surface cooler. This, in turn, lowers the overall temperature of the building and reduces energy costs.
  1. Proper Insulation: Ensure the roof is properly insulated to minimize heat transfer into the building. Adequate insulation helps maintain a consistent internal temperature, reducing the strain on the cooling systems and preventing excessive heat from affecting the roof structure.
  1. Maintain Ventilation: Proper ventilation is crucial to dissipate heat and moisture from the roof. Ensure that vents, fans, and exhaust systems are functioning correctly. Adequate ventilation prevents the buildup of heat and moisture that can cause roof damage and compromise the building’s integrity.
  1. Address Repair Needs Promptly: Any signs of damage, such as leaks or cracks, should be addressed promptly to prevent further deterioration. High temperatures can exacerbate existing problems, leading to more extensive damage if left unattended.
  1. Professional Maintenance: Engage the services of a professional roofing contractor like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal to conduct regular maintenance and repairs. We will work with you to ensure that potential issues are identified and addressed before they escalate.
  1. Be Mindful of Foot Traffic: Limit unnecessary foot traffic on the roof, especially during the hottest times of the day. Excessive walking on the roof can cause damage to the surface, especially when the materials are already affected by high temperatures.

By following these maintenance practices, you can effectively protect your commercial roof from the damaging effects of high temperatures. Regular inspections, proper cleaning, insulation, and ventilation will help ensure the longevity and performance of your commercial roofing system even in challenging hot weather conditions.
To learn more about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and our commercial roofing maintenance and inspection programs, visit or call 816-252-8300.

Warning Signs for Summer Heat Safety

In our line of business at Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, we are accustomed to dealing with extreme weather conditions. The safety and well being of our crews are our number one priority. Midwest summer heat is no joke. Whether you’re roofing a skyscraper or out mowing the lawn, there are important warning signs you should heed when working in the summer heat. The following are heat-related illnesses symptoms to take seriously.


Heat Exhaustion:

  • Profuse sweating

  • Fatigue or weakness

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Headache

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Pale, cool, or clammy skin

  • Rapid or weak pulse

  • Muscle cramps


Heat Stroke (a medical emergency!):

  • High body temperature (above 103°F or 39.4°C)

  • Hot, red, and dry skin (no sweating)

  • Rapid and strong pulse

  • Throbbing headache

  • Confusion or disorientation

  • Dizziness or loss of consciousness

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Seizures


Heat Cramps:

  • Painful muscle cramps and spasms, usually in the legs or abdomen

  • Sweating

  • Heat Syncope (Fainting):

  • Feeling lightheaded or faint

  • Loss of consciousness, usually brief

  • Pale, cool, and moist skin

  • Sweating


Heat Rash:

  • Skin irritation or redness

  • Small, red bumps or blisters

  • Itching or prickling sensation

  • Often occurs in areas of the body covered by clothing


It’s important to be vigilant about these symptoms and take immediate action if you or your co-workers experience any signs of heat-related illnesses. Prompt attention and proper medical care are crucial, especially in cases of heat stroke, which can be life-threatening.

If someone is showing signs of heat stroke, call emergency services immediately and take immediate steps to cool them down while waiting for medical help. Move the person to a shaded area, remove excess clothing, and apply cool water or ice packs to their body.


Regular training, awareness, and a proactive approach to heat safety can help prevent heat-related illnesses. Communicate any discomfort or symptoms and make an effort to look out for yourself and your co-workers.

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

National Safety Month: Safeguarding Workers and Excellence in Commercial Roofing

As we stop to recognize National Safety Month each year in June, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal notes that it is crucial for commercial roofing companies like ours to emphasize the significance of workplace safety each day of the year. The roofing industry inherently carries risks, making it vital to prioritize safety measures to protect workers and ensure successful project outcomes. Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal aims to highlight the importance of National Safety Month for our company and our partners, and explore practical steps we can all take to enhance safety protocols and create a culture of safety throughout the year.


Prioritizing Safety: Protecting Lives and Assets:

At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, we recognize the value of safety in protecting our most valuable assets—our employees. Roofing projects involve working at heights, handling heavy materials, and using specialized equipment, making safety a paramount concern. By prioritizing safety, we work together to not only prevent accidents and injuries but also protect our  reputation, reduce financial risks, and enhance project outcomes for our customers. A safe working environment promotes employee well-being, job satisfaction, and overall productivity, ultimately contributing to the success of the company.


Creating a Culture of Safety:

National Safety Month offers an opportunity for commercial roofing companies like Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal to reinforce their commitment to safety by establishing a culture that values and prioritizes it. At Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, we achieve by conducting regular safety training programs, toolbox talks, and safety inspections. Encouraging open communication channels for reporting potential hazards or near misses is vital. By fostering a culture of safety, we empower our crews to actively participate in identifying risks, implementing safety measures, and continually improving safety practices.


Compliance with Standards and Regulations:

Compliance with safety standards and regulations set forth by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to ensure a safe working environment is vital in our industry. This includes conducting regular inspections, hazard assessments, and providing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers. Compliance not only mitigates legal risks but also demonstrates a commitment to worker safety and professionalism. Staying up-to-date with safety guidelines and regulations is an ongoing process that companies must prioritize.


National Safety Month serves as a reminder for all of us in the commercial construction trades to review and reinforce our safety practices. By prioritizing safety, creating a culture of safety, and complying with relevant standards and regulations, we can protect workers, enhance project outcomes, and set new standards for success. Safety should be a continuous focus, not just during National Safety Month, but throughout the year, ensuring a secure and productive work environment for all.

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

What’s Trending in Commercial Roofing

Commercial roofing is an essential aspect of building construction that requires proper planning and execution to ensure durability, longevity, and sustainability. Over our 96 years in business, Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal has been a leader in staying up on the latest technologies to give our customers the best possible results. Our industry is constantly evolving, with new trends emerging to address current needs, challenges, and demands. Here are some of the current trends we’re seeing across the nation in commercial roofing:


Sustainability: The push towards environmentally-friendly roofing materials and methods is gaining momentum. Many commercial building owners are opting for sustainable roofing solutions that are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and environmentally friendly.


Cool roofs: Cool roofing systems are gaining popularity as they can reduce energy costs by reflecting sunlight and heat away from the building. They are made of materials that have high solar reflectance and thermal emittance, such as white or light-colored roofs, metal, and tiles.


Green roofs: Green roofing systems are becoming more popular as building owners look for ways to improve their environmental footprint. These roofs are covered with vegetation and can help to reduce stormwater runoff, mitigate the urban heat island effect, and improve air quality.


Flat roofs: Flat roofing systems are widely used in commercial buildings due to their low maintenance costs and ease of installation. They are particularly useful in urban areas where space is limited.


Coatings: Roof coatings are increasingly being used to extend the lifespan of commercial roofs. They are applied on top of existing roofs to provide a protective layer that can help to prevent leaks, improve energy efficiency, and enhance the overall appearance of the roof.


Technology: Advancements in technology are being incorporated into commercial roofing to improve safety, efficiency, and quality. For instance, drones are used to inspect and map commercial roofs, while software is used to monitor and analyze roof performance.


Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and our colleagues in the commercial roofing industry are evolving to meet the changing needs and demands of building owners. Sustainable, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly roofing solutions are gaining traction, while technology is being used to enhance the lifespan and performance of commercial roofs. As the industry continues to grow, it is expected that more innovative and advanced roofing solutions will emerge. For information about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal and the types of roofing systems we offer, visit or call 816-252-8300.

Risky Business: Slacking on Roof Maintenance

Maintaining the roof of a commercial property is an essential aspect of building management. In our nearly 100 years in business, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal has seen (and repaired) just about every roofing issue you can imagine. Aside from selecting a knowledgeable and reliable contractor in the first place, regular preventative roofing maintenance can save you a lot in the long run too. Scheduled maintenance can help prolong the lifespan of the roof, reduce the risk of costly repairs, and provide a safer environment for occupants. Here are a few reasons why preventative roofing maintenance is crucial for commercial properties.


Firstly, regular roofing maintenance can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems. A small crack or leak in the roof can quickly worsen if left unaddressed, leading to water damage, mold growth, and structural issues. By regularly inspecting the roof and fixing any issues promptly, property managers can avoid more significant and expensive repairs down the line.


Secondly, preventative roofing maintenance can extend the life of the roof. A well-maintained roof can last significantly longer than one that is neglected. Commercial roofs are a significant investment, and regular maintenance can help property owners maximize the lifespan of their roofing system, ultimately saving money in the long run.


Thirdly, regular roofing maintenance can provide a safer environment for occupants. A damaged or poorly maintained roof can pose a safety risk to employees, customers, and visitors. By ensuring that the roof is in good condition, property managers can mitigate this risk and provide a secure environment for everyone.


Lastly, regular roofing maintenance can help property owners comply with building codes and regulations. Many municipalities require commercial properties to undergo periodic roof inspections and maintenance to ensure that they meet safety and environmental standards.


Signing up for a program, such as Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal’s Roof Maintenance Program is highly recommended for mitigating risk. By proactively maintaining their roofing systems, property managers can prevent minor issues from becoming major problems, extend the life of the roof, provide a safer environment for occupants, and comply with building codes and regulations. Ultimately, this can save property owners money and protect their investment for years to come.

For information about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit or call 816-252-8300.

Women in Construction

Each year in March, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) designates a week as Women in Construction Week™, to promote the role of women in the construction industry. As a woman-owned and operated company, Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal knows first-hand the value and importance women play in our industry.

Overall, women accounted for 14% percent of the entire U.S. construction workforce in 2022, per the Washington Post. This number has been steadily growing over the past few years. This growth can be attributed to several factors, including the industry’s increasing demand for workers, industry-wide efforts to remove hurdles and actively recruit more women, as well as expanded skills training and education.

The construction industry is also leading the way for pay equality. On average, women in the U.S. generally earn 82.9 percent of what men make. In construction jobs, the gender pay gap is significantly smaller, with women earning 95.5 percent of what men make on average.

To learn more about events and activities happening during Women in Construction Week™ March 5-11, 2023,

For information about Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal, visit or call 816-252-8300.

Commercial Roofing 2023 Outlook

2023 is underway and we’re ready for a busy year ahead at Cornell Roofing and Sheet Metal. We are working on and planning out commercial roofing projects in academic, industrial, healthcare and government sectors to fill the calendar. Despite ongoing challenges with inflation, staffing and the supply chain, the commercial roofing industry overall is booming. In fact, industry research indicates the global commercial roofing market is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 6.2% and reach $15.15 billion by 2027. 

This continued growth path for commercial roofing is likely a big reason the Associated Builders and Contractors’ Construction Confidence Index increased from 56.8 to 59 for sales projections and from 50.5 to 52.3 for profit margin expectations in last month.


Like many other colleagues in the industry, here at Cornell Roofing and Sheet metal, we are planning out 2023 with plenty of optimism. We’ve weathered many economic ups and downs over the past 96 years. With our strong leadership, smart business practices, and commitment to our customers and crews, we are confident in our ability to continue to rise above well into our 100th year and beyond.


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

NRCA: A Voice for the Roofing Industry

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has been a central source for roofing industry professionals for information, safety, education, advocacy and technical resources since the organization’s beginnings in 1886. Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal is a proud member and knows the value they bring for giving our company and trades professionals a voice in our industry.


The NRCA has over 3500 roofing industry members spanning all 50 states and 53 countries worldwide. To ensure they are addressing critical issues impacting the industry, as well as the concerns of manufacturers, distributors, consultants, and contractors like Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, the NRCA recently launched their One Voice initiative. The ultimate goal of this effort is to unite and support the long-term success of the industry and NRCA members.


Organizations like the NRCA are driving advances in the roofing industry. Here at Cornell Roofing & Sheet Metal, the resources and support we receive from the NRCA helps us in our efforts to continually improve safety, quality and service to our customers. We believe by working together, we can continue to drive improvements that will sustain our industry for generations to come. 


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