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Chapter 1: Commercial Roofing Careers

Finding the perfect career that suits your natural abilities and interests can be a challenge. However, if you’re the type of energetic person who enjoys working with your hands and would rather be spending your days outside instead of sitting in an office or classroom, roofing may be a great option for you.

As part of our new post series, your ultimate guide to commercial roofing is right here on our blog to help you learn more about what it takes to properly care for these hardworking structures. We’re also promoting our industry by inviting new talent to join our tribe of skilled craftspeople.

Today we’re offering a closer look at what commercial roofers do, what they can expect to earn, and why you should consider roofing for your career, too.

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The Ultimate Guide to Commercial Roofing

If you own or manage a commercial building – a retail outlet, restaurant, distribution center/warehouse, or even a light manufacturing facility – you are also responsible for a commercial roofing system. This important structure may not always be top of mind, however.

When commercial roofs are performing as they should and protecting your business from extreme weather and the elements, they don’t typically command much attention from a building’s occupants, but unfortunately, your roof could have problems you don’t know about. Preventative maintenance (including regular, thorough inspections) is the answer to keeping your commercial roof from becoming a major frustration for your business operations.

Here at Heidler Roofing, we’re dedicated to installing the best commercial roofing systems, as well as keeping all types of commercial roofs protected over time so your business can thrive. We’re the most capable professional roofing contractor in the Mid-Atlantic region, and we want you to think of our name whenever you think of your flat or low-sloped commercial roof, whether your building is located in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, or Washington, D.C.

For that reason, we’re starting a new post series here on the blog to show you everything you need to know about commercial roofing, from what types of roofing systems are best to how you can begin a career in the industry yourself. We invite you to stop back often to browse our newest post chapters as we roll them out in the coming months.

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Answers to Your Top Questions about Energy Efficient and Eco-Friendly Commercial Roofing

Have questions about the energy efficiency of various commercial roofing options? Or wondering whether there are eco-friendly choices available to improve your building’s roof? You’re certainly not alone!

Here at Heidler Roofing, our customers seek our expertise on ways to cut regular business costs by installing better-performing and “greener” roof materials on both new and existing commercial and industrial buildings. There are many ways to create a roof that works for your building (especially if it has a flat or low-sloped roof) – and the environment – instead of against it.

Let’s answer some of the questions we’re asked most often about efficiency performance and eco-friendliness of various materials and systems. Continue reading

How to Winterize Your Commercial Roof

Now that days and nights have finally turned colder and summer is officially over, it’s clear that winter is coming once again. Is your commercial building’s roof ready for the snow, ice, and sub-freezing temperatures?

If you’re not sure, now is the time to take action and prepare your roof. Membrane damage, clogged drains, and ponding water, among other problems, could be waiting to cause leaks this winter, and without a thorough inspection, you may not have advance warning.

So, how can you winterize your building’s roof to assure that leaks (or worse) don’t threaten your livelihood or safety? Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

Top 24 Commercial Roofing Terms Explained

It’s true that the commercial roofing industry uses a lot of technical terminology that our customers probably are not familiar with. And we never want you to feel confused by specific terms we may mention as we give inspection reports or talk with you about problems on your commercial building’s roof.

That’s why we’re taking this opportunity to define 24 terms that we often use, but also commonly receive questions about here at Heidler Roofing.

Many have to do with various roofing materials. Some are simply abbreviations we use or words you’ve heard before, but that have different meanings in our industry lingo. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

How Commercial Roof Inspections Help with Preventative Maintenance

As a commercial building owner or property manager, you’re probably very familiar with the concept of preventative maintenance for various systems in your building. Did you know that your building’s roof should also be regularly maintained to prevent problems and help keep leaks from forming?

Even if your building is new and you’re not having issues today, you can protect the health of your roof in the future by beginning a regular, customized maintenance routine with an expert commercial roofing service contractor like us here at Heidler Roofing.

What can these professionals do for your roof that others can’t?

The answer is roof inspections. The preventative maintenance program for your commercial building’s roof needs to include a thorough and comprehensive inspection process that puts actual roofers onto your roof to look around for current issues and document conditions that may cause problems later. With regular inspections, you can safeguard your commercial roof’s integrity year after year. And when it’s getting to be time for repairs or replacement, you will have advance warning and be able to better budget and plan ahead. Continue reading

The Challenges and Rewards of Installing and Caring for Specialty Roofs

Have you ever admired a uniquely designed building and marveled at its interesting rooflines or unusual roofing materials? Often found on historically important public structures (think city halls or large, old churches), rooftop features like graceful parapets, finials, and other sculptural elements add visual interest that makes a building stand out from its surroundings. Because these roof features, along with distinctive materials like slate and copper, are much more costly to source and install, they’re not used in average homes or commercial buildings. However, like most conventional roofs, these specialty roofs also need ongoing care and repair (and the occasional total replacement).

Not just any roofing contractor can handle the complex challenges these beautiful roofs present. Here at Heidler Roofing, specialty roofs are a major focus of our business because while these roofs can be demanding, constructing them and keeping them in shape is also extremely rewarding for our craftsmen, as well as our communities. Continue reading

Why You Need to Consider Roofing for Your Career

Did you just graduate from high school or will soon and have absolutely no idea what you want to do with your life? You’re pretty sure that spending four more years in school at a traditional college is not for you, but a two-year trade program doesn’t sound like a great fit right now either. You’d rather be spending your days outside than sitting in a classroom. People have always praised your willingness and ability to work hard, too. Does this sound a lot like you?

As you begin to think seriously about your first “real job,” you need to consider what industry or field would be best suited to your talents and skills. Your parents, a favorite teacher, or your school’s guidance counselors may be able to help you in this area, but ultimately, you need to know what feels right for you. We’re here to give you some insight on what it looks like to work in an exciting industry that offers excellent pay, great benefits and the highest level of job security – roofing! Continue reading

Why the Kind of Roof Your Commercial Building Has Matters

Commercial roofs can come in a variety of shapes, colors, and materials. The roof you decide on has to be one that not only matches your budgetary needs, but the needs of your commercial building as well. While many of the most common roofing systems are single-ply, not all of them can weather the same conditions—from foot traffic to the chemicals vented through the roof. Understanding the nature of your commercial building and its effect on the roof will help you determine which one to go with.

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