Is Your Wood Shake Roof Worth Not Getting an Insurance Payout?

Wood shake roofs look nice when new, but cause major problems as they get old. Most people assume that they are covered in the event of a storm or other damage, but with this type of roof, they may not be.

Wood roofs are becoming extremely outdated by other technology and styles, and insurance providers are doing everything they can to avoid covering them. The reason for this is because they bring inherent risks and hazards along with what was once a trendy style.

When you replace your wood shake roof with a roof system that is approved by your insurance carrier, you will see the cost savings almost instantly. In fact, these old roofs cause so many problems, that home buyers are often requiring they be replaced BEFORE they'll purchase the home. 

We definitely recommend that you call your agent if you currently have a wood roof and it's on the older side to make sure you don't get left in a lurch. Below are some things to check on.

You should also check to be sure that you have a "full replacement policy" with a fixed deductible, rather than just a percentage of the home's value. Many insurance companies are moving away from fixed deductibles, but have plans that still offer it. Plus, there are many companies that offer crazy good rates if you have just replaced a new roof - which will help start to offset any cost incurred.

If you need help finding an agent to talk to, we'd be happy to refer you to one of our trusted partners throughout the metro area. As always, we want to do our best to make sure that your biggest asset, along with the irreplaceable values inside, are protected.

Based in the Nation’s Heartland, JR & Co. Roofing Contractors have been serving clients across the country since 1986. Our experts are certified and fully insured in multiple states throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Contact us today. We’ll help you determine which roof system will work best for your needs.

JR & Co. Top Rated in the U.S. and Kansas City! - the leading publication for the roofing industry in the United States, released its list for the top 100 roofing contractors in the U.S. Not only did JR & Co. make the list, it's the top rated Kansas City company! We're working hard in 2016 to make this rating even better. 

Why Commercial Roofs Fail...

Know the What, Why and When of Your Roof

As a property manager or building owner, it’s often easy to take the roof for granted, especially if there are no obvious leaks or failures. This is one of the top reasons that we offer our Commercial Roof Reports. These reports not only check the health and condition of every inch of your roof, but they also give you estimates on any future needs or repairs so you can avoid surprises and plan accordingly. While others charge upwards of $500 for a Commercial Roof Report, we give it to you for free.

So Why Do Commercial Roofs Fail?

There are several things that we look for when doing inspections. Below are some common issues that we see. If you have these types of roofs and don’t have a report, call or email us today so we can get you some peace of mind.

If you have a Modified Bitumen roof, then the greatest opportunity for failure is due to seam failures and penetrations. There are lots of vertical and horizontal seams - which means more opportunities for issues. In a perfect environment, these failures are unlikely. Unfortunately, the vast majority of the work for this type of roof is done in the field, where lots of variables can affect the quality of the install. Because of this, getting back on the roof to track potential problem areas is extremely important. One seam failure can wreck whole sections, or worse.

TPO, which stands for thermoplastic polyolefin, and PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) come in huge sheets. If you have this type of roof and it was installed properly, you will have fewer seams and possible failure points. In addition, most of the work is done in the manufacturer’s facility which minimizes the variables that can affect install quality. If and when TPO fails, it typically happens in the field, which means it’s easier to find and repair.

Built-Up Roofing Systems is made up of several layers of felts or fabrics that then are saturated. When installed properly, these are typically low maintenance. Because of the materials in play though, they can be susceptible to wind and water damage. It often requires a trained eye to spot potential problems BEFORE damage occurs below.

Liquid or Foam Coatings are by far the most problematic when it comes to protecting the building below. The reason for this is that the application process is very labor intensive and very susceptible to mistakes that often lead to expensive repairs. If you have a roof with this material and don’t have a roof inspection report, we strongly encourage you to call or email us today.

Based in the Nation’s Heartland, JR & Co. Roofing Contractors have been serving clients across the country since 1986. Our experts are certified and fully insured in multiple states throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Contact us today. We’ll help you determine which roof system will work best for your needs.

Kansas City Trusts JR & Co. with Bartle Hall Re-Roof

JR & Co. re-roofs one of KC's Most Recognizable Landmarks

Bartle Hall is an eight square block convention and special-event facility located in the heart of downtown Kansas City. Comprising 450,000 sq/ft, the facility offers column-free exhibit space on one floor, 48 state-of-the-art meeting rooms and an arena that seats more than 10,700. Bartle Hall boasts the largest “green” ballrooms that have achieved LEED silver certification.

In 2014, management began the process of accessing options to deal with a leaking roof assembly which was at its “end-of-life” cycle. Initial consultant recommendations included full tear-off at a budget of over $5,000,000.

However, as the city’s trusted and proven repair contractor, JR & Co. recommended a more cost-effective, wind-vented solution. Working closely with an outside design professional, the city selected and then specified a wind-vented roof replacement system - the same system which has been successfully utilized on many buildings in Kansas City.

Through a competitive bidding process, JR & Co. - a WindSmart Approved Applicator - provided the winning bid with a cost savings of over $3,000,000 while exceeding all of the owner’s stated goals.

The new roof assembly was designed and installed to achieve:

  • Code compliance with wind uplift resistance engineered to ASCE standards

  • Continual moisture mitigation through an engineered process of controlled air exchange

  • A high level of environmental stewardship which avoided roof “tear-off”, thus allowing 100% recycling of existing air barrier and insulation materials

  • Fast-track construction

Based in the Nation’s Heartland, JR & Co. Roofing Contractors have been serving clients across the country since 1986. Our experts are certified and fully insured in multiple states throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Contact us today. We’ll help you determine which roof system will work best for your needs.


JR & Co. 2016 Open House

Join us for a day of fun games, good food and great companies. 

We are hosting a lunch and open house at our facility and would love for you to join us. We will have lots of delicious food as well as some roofing demos and representatives from other partner companies that specialize in protecting your assets. We hope you can join us! Please use the form below to RSVP for the event. 

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Innovation in “Green” Roofing Sector

New Environmentally Friendly Roof System

There are some people out there that just can’t seem to sit still. Luckily for us, one of those people works in the roofing industry. The same person that developed the Wind-Vented Roofing System has something brand new! If you’re not familiar with Wind-Vented Systems, JR & Co. installed one on Bartle Hall, saving Kansas City millions of dollars. So we’re pretty excited about this.

The Kelly Green Boards

 The Plain Board

The Plain Board

 The Naked Board

The Naked Board

The Kelly Green Board is a designed for use where one would normally use OSB, ISO, and Plywood today. It is made from 100% recycled tetra paks and plastic bottles. In addition, there is no formaldehyde glues, water or hazardous chemicals used in the process - which means even production is environmentally friendly.

Below are just some of the benefits you get when using this system:

  • Recycled and recyclable Green Board can be used to gain LEED and NGBS certification.
  • You eliminate the tear off & renew existing insulation so nothing goes to the landfills.
  • Green Board used instead of plywood and other materials made from non-sustainable materials.
  • Green Boards have a white membrane version which is reflective and reduces the head load on the building and surrounding area - which means energy savings for you.
  • If you use this cover board in conjunction with the Wind-Vented System then you have exponentially larger cost and environmental benefits.
  • The cost is tax deductible in the first year.

If you’re interested in seeing just how much you can benefit from this and other recent innovations to save you time and money, please feel free to contact us. We’ll provide you with a free roof inspection and evaluation report.

Based in the Nation’s Heartland, JR & Co. Roofing Contractors have been serving clients across the country since 1986. Our experts are certified and fully insured in multiple states throughout the U.S. and in Canada.

Join us for some BBQ and Roofing...

We finally have our new office to the point where we are ready to entertain some guests! 

We are hosting a lunch and learn / open house at our new facility (new to us) and would love for you to join us. We will have lots of delicious BBQ and roofing demonstration for your viewing pleasure if you would like to see what is it is that we really do! 

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How We Saved One Client Nearly $1.4 Million

If you think you know what roof replacement costs should be for your commercial property, you might want to reconsider. Even if you have experience with roofing contractors on previous projects, new technology is changing the commercial roofing industry almost daily. Here’s a true story that illustrates this point in nearly 1.4 million ways

We recently received a bid request from an experienced property manager who works for a well-established owner of a large number of multi-structure properties. He had seven upcoming projects with 18 individual roofs in need of replacement, at a total of 573,341 square feet.

Based on his prior experience with roofing contractors (which was fairly significant), he was very confident the cost would range from $6.25 to $7.00 per square foot, which calculates to a total of $3,583,381.00 to $4,013,387.00 for the entire project. He was fully prepared to pay it too, and was only hoping it would come in closer to the lower end of the scale. What he wasn’t thinking, was that there might be a new way to reduce the cost.

Fortunately, he was wise enough to get more than one bid, because as expected, every contractor immediately agreed with his estimated budget instead of taking time to look for innovative solutions. Except one.

“It was like getting 7 of my 18 roofs done for free.”

Now just imagine what a shock it was when JR & Co. Roofing Contractors came back with an average bid of $3.84 per square foot. And we did it without cutting any corners or compromising quality and longevity, thanks to the revolutionary “2001 Wind Vented Roofing System .”

This ground-breaking roofing technique is known by a variety of names, the most common of which include wind venting, wind ballasting, wind smart, and negative pressure roofing. It uses the familiar single-ply membranes like EPDM, TPO or PVC, but instead of installing it with the usual fastener or adhesive methods, we use strategically placed equalizer valves that create a vacuum effect. The 2001 Wind Vented Roofing System  harnesses the power of the wind to create negative pressure that secures the membrane to the roof. Instead of the usual concerns of damage by strong winds with this system, the harder the wind blows the tighter the roof holds.

Another great thing about using “wind smart” roofing technology is that it can do away with the need for a tear off, which means less labor and less expense. The negative pressure naturally creates a self-drying effect, removing moisture from the existing insulation. In fact, it can actually restore up to 90% of the R value, giving new life to the insulation. Not only does utilizing this technology save on fees associated with insulation replacement, but it also creates less waste — a big bonus to the budget as well as the environment. 

Of course, JR & Co. Roofing Contractors won the project. We delivered another innovative roofing solution, and we earned another loyal client. The moral to this story? Even if you deal with something on a regular basis, unless you’re an expert in the field, making assumptions can cost a lot of money. Your best move is to call a reputable and innovative specialist who’ll ask the right questions, give you real answers and find the best solution, which isn’t always the most expensive option out there.

Based in the Nation’s Heartland, JR & Co. Roofing Contractors have been serving clients across the country since 1986. Our experts are certified and fully insured in multiple states throughout the U.S. and in Canada. Contact us today to find out more about our professional roofing services, and which roof system is best suited to fulfill your needs. 

Santa, Reindeer, Blizzards and Roof Repair?

Six days until Christmas. Chances are your tree is lit and decorated with an assortment of colorful bulbs and ornaments, your stockings are hung, and your children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of that jolly, red suit clad, merry gentleman that will bring them their heart’s delight neatly wrapped in a bow. 

Sure, it’s fun to join in the festivities and joke about what Santa may or may not bring, and we all know that no matter how late we stay up, we won’t see him sneaking down our chimney or through a window. And we all wonder whether or not he really enjoys those cookies and milk that we left out for him (we’re all guilty of leaving him the slightly burnt edged ones that no one else would eat). But we’re ignoring the darker and more serious side of Santa’s little joyride with his sleigh and reindeer. 

“Up on the rooftop, click, click, click!” That’s right. Santa lands his sleigh and all those reindeer right on top of your house every December 24th. Do you have any idea what kind of damage those steel runners and reindeer hooves can do to your roof? There’s the issue of loose or ripped shingles, cracked wood, sagging beams—not to mention the mess that those reindeer leave behind! 

All kidding aside, the winter season can be extremely tough on your roof system. Both residential and commercial roofs can develop issues from the added stress of  heavy snow, frigid temperatures, and ice dams. (If you would like to learn more about ice dams click here to read an excellent article about the subject) 

Then when the temperatures rise and all the snow melts, the leaks begin to pop up. Please remember that roof repair is not something you want to put off. Minor leaks can turn into serious and expensive issues if they are left unattended. And if this winter is anything like the last 2 years then we are in for some brutal blizzards here in Kansas City and the surrounding areas... Return of the Snowpocalypse! 

If at any point during the winter season you have some concerns or issues with you roof please don’t hesitate to give us a “jingle” and we will be happy to help out...  The pun is definitely intended :) 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours! 

From the Entire JR & Co. Team 

The Boys Are Back In (North) Town!

After spending a few years in Riverside we decided it was time to move back to North Kansas City  and I firmly believe it is where we belong.  There are many reasons why I believe this, but the most important reason fits in nicely with the upcoming holiday season... Togetherness.  

At our old location we had the office and the warehouse in 2 separate buildings. While they were only 1 mile apart I believe that it still created a disconnect between office and production. Before, there was rarely a need for the production guys (The Roofers) to ever come by the office. It sort of split the company into 2 teams... Production and Office.

Now that's not to say that it was Production vs. Office (Except for the Christmas fundraising contest we had last year.) But, sometimes when you don't interact with a group of people for long periods of time you tend to forget that we all fill a different piece of the puzzle here at JR & Co. and that we are all important to the success and growth of the company.  

You can't have one without the other. Without the roofing crews we wouldn't have a service to sell. Without sales there wouldn't be any projects to work on. Without Administrative support from the office it would be impossible to keep track of everything. And without Accounting and HR our bills wouldn't get paid and neither would we. Now that we are all under the same roof I am hoping that it will help remind us that we all play for the same team.

Below are some pictures of the new building. We have only been here a month and are still getting settled so you will have to excuse the blank walls and disarray. I will make sure to post an update after we get things spruced up a bit more.

Regardless, it is quite exciting to be in a new building and location and we are all looking forward to growing into our new space and coming together as a stronger company!  

(New Video) Commercial Roof Leak Have You Frustrated?

When you live in Kansas City, you tend to get used to the topsy-turvy weather, not knowing what to expect from day to day. For the most part, it doesn't even phase us... That is unless you are a commercial property owner or manager and you have been dealing with a leaky roof during this more than average rain fall for the past month or so. 

Average rain fall for June in Kansas city is right around 5.5 inches but this year we received over 8 inches of rain! (That's why I have had to mow my lawn so often! )

This was the inspiration for the new video that I put together. (That and I have been dying to test out my new video creation software) It's a short and fun little video about an unhappy business owner and how he solved his problem. 

Hope you enjoyed the video. I try to get right to the point without dragging on and on. I know you are busy and have important things to do!

Thank you for watching and if you are interested in scheduling a  professional rooftop evaluation be sure and click the button below. 

The #1 Biggest Mistake Business Owners/Property Managers Make When Dealing With A Commercial Roofing Hail Damage Claim ...

When it comes to commercial roofing, remember you are talking about a $50,000 - $400,000 investment or more depending on the size of your building. Hail combined with high winds can damage your roof and drastically reduce its lifespan. 

With a high dollar investment like this, every year that you can extend the lifespan of your roof equals thousands of dollars in savings. On the flip side, every year that the lifespan is shortened, that means you’re costing your company thousands of dollars.

This is why the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your roof inspected after every major storm event, (and twice a year). Which leads us to the point of this article: the number one biggest mistake you can make when dealing with a commercial hail damage claim is….

… Allowing just any old commercial roofing contractor to inspect your roof after a major hail storm.

Always make sure to have your roof inspected by a professional who is specifically trained and has extensive experience in identifying storm damage and is also familiar with the insurance claim process and working with adjusters.

There is a major difference between a commercial roofing salesman who can write the scope for a roof replacement or repair versus someone who specializes in identifying storm damage. Sometimes storm damage can be subtle or very difficult to spot and it takes a trained eye to be able to identify it. Other times the damage may be visible but the sales rep does not fully understand what constitutes the need for an insurance claim.   

To give a real life example, a client’s building was hit by a major hail storm and had numerous leaks that needed to be attended to. The property manager contacted a well-known contractor to come out and provide an inspection and put together a proposal based on their findings.

The contractor found 5 major leak areas and their recommendation was to repair the leaks using a variety of different methods. The proposed cost for these repairs was not to exceed $1,950.
There was an optional recommendation to install 72 sq ft of TPO membrane over the top of a PVC membrane using Butyl Tape where the areas of numerous hail strikes were identified.  This additional work would cost an investment of $450.

***This is a perfect example of the type of solution a sales rep comes up with who is not specialist when it comes to identifying storm damage and knowing how to move forward with the proper course of action.***

Luckily for the client they decided to get a second opinion before signing off on the repairs ….
Enter JR & Co. Roofing Contractors and our Storm Damage and Restoration Specialist TJ Stuebs. He informed the client that it was a terrible idea to install a different type of membrane over the top of the hail strikes and adhere them together with tape. This is an ineffective and improper way of dealing with this damage.

Instead, if the rep had been experienced with storm damage claims he would have known that there was more than enough damage to warrant an insurance claim. With the amount of damage that roof had sustained from the hail, a new roof was completely necessary, which would be covered by the insurance company.
By working with a specialist who has extensive experience in dealing with storm damage, the client achieved the following:

  • They went from possibly spending up to $2,400 to getting awarded $337,897 to replace their roof
  • Improved their roof impact rating to a class 4
  • By choosing to use wind vented roofing technology they were able to reroof their building with no business interruption saving them close to $250,000 a day if they were unable to operate
  • Increased the wind warranty to 100 mph vs. standard warranties which are 35 to 55 mph
  • Upgraded their warranty from a 15 year to a 20 year, non-prorated, labor & material

The moral of this story is twofold: First off, don’t neglect your roof top after a major storm. If it has been damaged and is left unattended you could be costing yourself thousands in the long run.

Second is always make sure to have a well-trained individual with proven experience in dealing with storm damage claims examine your roof. Sometimes damage can be very difficult to spot. It could mean the difference in thousands of dollars for your company!   

If your building was hit by one of the recent storms blowing through the area and you would like a Free inspection of your roof performed by someone who has over 34 Years of experience in dealing with storm damage and has helped clients get awarded over millions of dollars, please call 816-587-6148 or fill out the form below. 

5 Questions That Dishonest Roofers Hope You Don’t Know To Ask...

Whenever a major hail storm comes through Kansas City you can bet within just a few days it will also bring a swarm of hungry roofers that are looking to make some easy money.  

We have all heard the horror stories of shady and unethical roofing companies; poor workmanship, always behind schedule, skipping town and leaving you with a junky roof,  as well as all sorts of other complaints. 

Any time you hire a contractor to work on your home it’s important to do some research and ask a few key questions to make sure you are working with a company you can trust.  The following is a short list of questions that will help you weed out any unreliable or dishonest contractors. 

  1. How long have you been in business under your current name? This might seem like an obvious question, but pay attention to how it is worded.  If you simply ask how long have you been in business they may tell you 20 years, but they neglect to mention that they have changed company names 8 times.  I wonder why? 
  2. Where is your office located?  Many roofing contractors operate out of the back of their truck. While this lack of overhead expense may allow them to quote you a really low price. Do you really think you can count on them to be there for you if something goes wrong down the road?
  3.  What kinds of insurance do you carry? Any responsible contractor will carry a minimum of $1,000,000 worth of general liability insurance as well as workman’s comp and insurance for all their vehicles.  Don’t accept any excuse why they are not insured. If something goes wrong you will not be protected. 
  4. Are you an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau? What is your rating? Being an accredited member of the BBB with a high rating is a good indicator of a reputable company. There is NO reason to work with a company that isn't listed, or has any rating less than an A when there plenty of good ones out there.      
  5. Can you provide me with a comprehensive list of references? Most companies will provide 3 references for you… Their Mom, Dad, and Brother. It’s much harder to fake a long list of references with similar projects to yours.

When it comes to putting a new roof on your home your choice of a  roofing contractor is an important one.  Don’t be afraid to ask to see any of the above documentation. They should be ready and more than willing to produce it for you. If they hesitate that is a major red flag.

Don’t settle for lip service or fall for slick salesmanship, make sure everything they promise is in writing.  Ask these questions and do a little homework and you can be sure that you are working with an honest roofing contractor that will be around to back up their word and the work. 

If your home was hit by one of the recent hail storms and you would like a Local Roofer with an A+ Rating and 28 Years in business to give you a free roof inspection give us a call or fill out the form below. 

Modified Bitumen Vs. Wind Vented Roofing... Cost and Warranty Comparison

Longstanding Relationships or Preconceived Notions
Can End Up Costing You Serious Money In The Long Run…

Just because you have always worked with a specific vendor or used a particular product doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily the best choice. We all have a "go to guy" or a favorite product and there is nothing wrong with that, but it’s important as a business professional to step outside of our comfort zone, do some research and make sure that we are truly finding the best solution to whateverissue we are facing. 

Below is a case study about a situation that many of you may have been in before. For a long time it has been a common belief that a standard Modified Bitumen rooftop is the cheapest solution when it comes to a to a roofing project.  For some this may even be considered “common knowledge,” but as you will see below that is not always the case. 

Modified Bitumen Vs. Wind Vented System… Cost Comparison

Modified Bitumen: 

•    Tear off existing roof, replace insulation, and install modified bitumen system. 
•    12 year prorated warranty. 
•    Cost is $3.50 a square foot. 

For this project total cost to include parapet walls = $308,829.50  

Wind Vented System 60 mil TPO:

•    Installed over the top of existing system (no need for a tear off)
•    Patented wind vented technology will dry out existing insulation and restore R value
•    20 year non-prorated warranty
•    Cost $3.40 a square foot  

For this project total cost to include parapet walls = $300,028.08

So right out of the gate the 2001 system is a cost savings of $8,801.42
Next we need to take a look at the differences between the 2 warranties. This is a very important piece of the puzzle and should not be overlooked. 

A roof system is a long term investment and you want to get the most out of it.  There are many important points to consider when comparing warranties and below you will find a few charts that will help illustrate the major differences between these two.

Modified Bitumen vs. Wind Vented System …Warranty Comparison

Just at a quick glance, you can see that the Modified Bitumen warranty pales in comparison to the 2001 Warranty. Here are a couple of the major points to consider… 

If you take the total cost of the project and divide by the number of years the roof is covered by the warranty you will get your, “annual warranted cost.” Notice that there is over a $10,000 difference between the two. When you add up the cost of the Modified Bitumen roof warranty over its 12 year lifespan you end up spending an extra $128,817! 

Also, you will notice that there is a sizable difference in the length of 2 warranties. If you were to go with the Modified Bitumen roof system your warranty would expire 8 years sooner. Think about the cost for un-warranted maintenance over 8 years or possible replacement.

Warranty Coverage for 20 Years

Cost of Ownership for 20 Years

It’s really easy to just, “go with what you know”, but when it comes to a sizable investment like your roof system. It pays to take a little extra time and explore all of your options.

Would you like to save $699,250 on 123,877 Square Foot Roofing Project?

Wind Smart technology and JR & Co. help save a client almost $700,000 and prevents 1,083 tons of waste for ending up in the landfill...

Gypsum Deck Removal - Case Study

The following is a real life case study of a food grade facility that had lightweight concrete over the top of a gypsum deck. Due to the age and condition of the modified bitumen the lightweight concrete was completely saturated and the gypsum was flaking.  This is completely unacceptable in this type of facility and need to be fixed as quickly as possible.

Most commercial roofing contractors would recommend a complete tear off and removal of the gypsum and then replacing it with steel decking followed by new taper system and a mechanically fastened single-ply sheet. This is an outdated way of thinking and is not in the best interest of the client.

By embracing an innovative roofing technology know as a wind vented roofing system and allowing for some creative thinking the client was able to save almost $700,000 and dramatically lessen this project’s impact on the environment.

Option # 1 - Complete Tear Off and Replacement (Outdated Thinking for a Commercial Roofing Contractor)

This roof was 123,877 square feet, so to perform a complete tear off and removal it was going to take 8 men approximately 2,477 hours. Just this portion of the project alone comes to $92,910 then if you add that amount to the cost for the new steel decking, new taper system, and roof membrane you are looking at a…

$1,320,927 Grand Total for Tear Off and Replacement!

Then take a moment and consider the amount gypsum waste that this would produce on a project of this size? At 17.5 pounds per square foot times the total square footage of 123,877 you are looking at 2,167,847 pounds or 1,083 TONS of waste. To haul all of this away it would take 154 thirty yard dumpsters.

That's a lot of waste! 

Next up is installation of new steel decking, taper system and the new roof membrane. This portion of the project would take approximately 3,609 hours. When you add that that to the waste removal hours and divide it by 8 men working 50 hour work weeks that brings the length of the project to 15 weeks. That’s almost a 4 month business interruption.

Please note that this business interruption is NOT factored into the price. With a tear off, operations would have to cease in the section that is being worked on throughout the entire project. This is going to throw off the entire production process and would potentially cost the company hundreds of thousands of dollars

Option # 2 - Wind Vented Approach (Innovative and Creative Thinking Commercial Roofing Contractor)

When utilizing a wind vented system the roof is held in place by using negative air pressure that is created by the wind blowing over the top of the building. This low pressure system also causes the moisture in the saturated concrete to vaporize and escape through the strategically placed wind vents which dries out and restores it.

There is still the immediate issue of the gypsum flaking into the building. This is where the creative thinking comes into play. By using a spray polyurethane closed cell foam on the underneath side of the gypsum a water tight, monolithic vapor barrier was created. This not only strengthens the entire structure, but also adds an R value of 10 R’s per inch of SPF.

The time taken to apply the SPF and install the wind vented roof system was approximately 782 hours. Using the same math as before we come to a project length of just under 2 weeks. This is huge benefit in terms of business interruption.

Cost for Installation of Wind Vented Roof System - $331,823 + Cost for SPF Application $289,835 = Grand Total of $621,677  which is a Total Savings of $699,250

Side by side comparison between both options

As you can see from all of the data above, there are numerous advantages to using a wind vented roofing system and working with a company that is not stuck in an outdated mode of thinking. With a savings of $699,250 and reducing the impact on the environment by 1,083 tons there isn’t really much of a contest between to two options. Not to mention, the unknown loss of profit from the lengthy business interruption due to the tear off process.

Discover How You Can Reduce Your Roofing Cost from $12.73 to $6.88 a Sq.Ft.

Below is a case study for a project with 7 buildings and a cost comparison between a traditional tear off and wind smart roofing technology which ends up beingover a $1.8 million difference!

I would like to take just a moment to introduce you to a great product for distressed properties or any building that needs a  cost effective roof without compromising quality. This system has the ability to dry out existing wet insulation and renew it's R value. This eliminates the need for a costly tear off making it extremely cost effective and Eco-friendly. 

The science behind this system seems like it would be complicated, but the principal is actually very simple. When air blows over the top of your roof a low pressure condition is created. As the low pressure system begins to vaporize the moisture within the insulation and rise to the surface is it pulled out through one way vents placed around the perimeter. This is the same phenomenon that happens when a low pressure system forces moisture out of the ground. 

To learn more about this innovative roof system Click Here... 

This system has a proven track record with over 94 million square feet installed across the US. It carries up to 150 mph wind riders, Non-prorated material and labor warranties ranging from 15 - 25 years from the factory. The warranty is completely transferable for a re-inspection fee of $250. 

Kansas City Roofing Contractors... How To Choose One?

When it comes to sorting through all the Roofing Contractors here in the Kansas City area, you have lots of options. A quick Google search brought back over 600,000 results and had 369 companies listed! So that leaves you with a few important questions. Where do I start? Who can I trust to get the job done right and give me a good value for my money?

Notice that I said good value and not cheapest price. Roofing is like just like many other things in life: you get what you pay for. Now that is not to say that you need to pay some sort of outrageous price to get a quality finished product. Just keep in mind that if you have one bid that is drastically lower that the others, you might want to do your homework and check up on them.

Many times they will have a bad record with the Better Business Bureau or they are simply using laborers that are not as skilled. Highly skilled roofers cost more to keep on staff and therefore the company has to charge a bit more for their services.

 Where Can I Find a Good Kansas City Roofing Contractors?

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s get back to those questions. Where do I start and who can I trust? A great place to start is the National Roofing Contractors Website.  On the home page there is a spot to select the type of roofing project that you have and a place for your zip code. The results that come back will be registered members of the NRCA and it will tell you how far away they are and the city in which they are located.

In addition to this, they also offer many resources to help you evaluate contractors and plan out your roofing project to ensure you get a fair price. In addition to the NRCA, it’s always a good idea to check out the BBB. There are plenty of companies with excellent ratings to choose from so there is no need to use a contractor with a questionable or non-existent record.

Here at JR & Co. Roofing Contractors we developed a guide that covers many of the important standards to look for in a quality roofing contractor. Click here to receive your free copy of Roofing Contractors Standards Guide.

If you take a little time to do some research and take advantage of the many free resources at your disposal, you will be well on your way to finding the perfect roofing contractor for your next project.