Spring is right around the corner and that means peak roofing season. So you might be asking yourself, when is the best time to initiate your roofing project? The answer to that varies based on the size of your project and the backlog of the contractor you are using.
There are also multiple variables that impact the timeline of your project. These variables include items such as permits and safety plans to the weather and size of crew the contractor is using. Your contractor should review with you the timeline of your project from when the project is awarded through completion so you have a full understanding of your project’s start date and potential completion date.
A good contractor who has consistent business typically has about a six week backlog. After the project is awarded, your contractor starts with getting materials ordered, obtaining permits, reviewing all necessary safety plans and loading the materials on your roof. Once all that is completed then the actual construction will begin. Your contractor should be communicating and working with you through all these steps.
Once construction begins, the size of your project and the weather are the two main factors into how long the project will take. A typical roofing crew can install about $75,000 - $100,000 of roof per week. So on average a $500,000 project will take 5 – 7 weeks and a $1 Million project may take 10 – 14 weeks. These averages again are dependent on the weather.
Now that spring is here, it is important to take a look at your roofing needs to determine the best date to initiate your roofing project. Based on the averages, you’re looking to start your project mid-April with completion around May or June depending on the size of your project. Beat the rush and get your projects scheduled now.
When choosing a flooring product, the major factors to consider are appearance, environment and usage. So how do you determine if polished concrete is the best option for your business? There are many different answers to this question, however; keep in mind polished concrete is a very durable floor that can handle most environments and withstand high levels of traffic. There are two requirements most environments have that polished concrete is suitable for.
Concrete becomes highly durable and abrasion resistant once it has been polished. By removing the microscopic highs, continuing the refinement process with finer and finer diamond grit tooling, and chemically treating it with a hardener densifier, the amount of ongoing concrete damage will be minimized. This is because the surface has become microscopically flatter and smoother. The densification process transforms the still “soft part” of the concrete that would typically dust for the lifetime of the slab. In other words the densifier hardens the concrete making it more durable.
Refining, flattening and densifying allows for less dirt to collect in the small pores of the surface, and for the surface to become more dustproof. The outcome is polished concrete, a highly durable floor with a long in-service life and easier maintenance.
Polished Concrete floors improve illumination inside buildings by making better use of the available light from both natural and artificial sources. By becoming a reflective surface, shadows from large machinery, stacked goods and tall racks are reduced.
Increased visibility and employee morale from improved illumination are just two important outcomes every building owner will appreciate. In addition, the reflectivity of light from the floor surface will reduce the requirement levels of both fixtures and lighting. This improved illumination will create inherently safer facilities for manufacturers, processing centers, distribution centers, warehouses, schools and retail environments alike.
What is the ROI of Polished Concrete?
Let’s look at an example to help quantify the ROI. For the example, we will use a grocery store with 35,000 square feet of floor surface of which 28,000 square feet is in use (not underneath gondolas or cases).
If this store was VCT it would cost $105,000 ($3.00/square foot by 35,000 feet) initially to install, and then $2.00/square foot/year to maintain (28,000 x $2.00 = $56,000/year). Over a ten year period the total cost to maintain the VCT floor surface would be $560,000. When it comes time to replace the VCT, removal and replacement will be $4.50/square foot x 35,000 = $157,500. The total ten year cost of this VCT floor is $822,500
If the store had a polished concrete floor, it would cost $175,000 (35,000 by $5.00/square foot) for the initial install. Maintenance would be $1.00/square foot/year (28,000 x $1.00 = $28,000) multiplied by ten years is $280,000. For this example let’s assume they will need to rejuvenate the floor during year ten. Since there is no removal and the concrete has already been flattened and refined, the cost will be $52,500 (35,000 feet by $1.50/square foot). This rejuvenation will bring the floor back to looking like it did when it was initially installed. Therefore, the total ten year cost for a polished concrete floor is $507,500. Using polished concrete saved this one store $315,000 over a ten year period.
Polished concrete that is mechanically refined and densified is where you will see the largest ROI due to the ease of maintenance. Not all flooring contractors will do this. So your contractor selection will play into the ROI of your polished concrete. You are better off to choose an experienced polished concrete flooring contractor who backs up their work with a gloss and dust-proof warranty. This will ensure they have the proper equipment, training and maintenance support.
Your parking lot or parking deck is often the first impression of your business to your customers. Are there cracks, pot holes or areas that are heaving? Did your surfaces sustain any damage from the winter weather or snow removal equipment?
With QuestMark Traffic Solutions you can now have your lot or deck patched, repaired and resealed. QuestMark’s Traffic Solutions are engineered to last longer and help preserve your parking lots and decks. With superior protection and durability, it is specifically formulated to:
• Protect asphalt and concrete against UV, water and chemical damage
• Prevent cracking and deterioration
• Allow flexibility in cold temperatures
• Keep pavement and exterior environments cooler with solar reflective colors
• Provide superior slip and skid resistance
• Renew existing asphalt or concrete areas
• Protect heavy traffic areas with high mil thickness
• Provide a water-based alternative that is safer for the environment
On average, typical pavement reseal solutions last one to two years with the need to re-mill parking lots within ten years. With QuestMark’s Traffic Solutions you are looking at resealing every three to five years for parking lots. This will also push the re-mill expense out past ten years. With the patch and repair work completed prior to resealing, your lot and deck will save you money and allow you to maintain a safe environment for your customers and employees, all while minimizing business disruption.
In addition to protecting your surfaces, ensure your investment is protected through our Single Source coating warranty for up to five years. We not only stand behind our work but we provide you with a preventative maintenance program that will help prolong the life of your investment.
Don't delay scheduling your parking lot or deck repairs. Spring is a busy repair time so it's important to have your facility's needs reviewed and solutions discussed soon. QuestMark is even able to complete a free demo so you see the product first hand and make an informed decision.
Due to the recent tariffs imposed on steel and aluminum, prices will escalate until the United States plants are able to produce the needed supply. We are expecting these tariffs to impact the roofing industry as many of our components are made from steel or aluminum, not to mention our tools and equipment.
April 19, 2018 is a celebratory day at CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, PA. It’s the 50th anniversary of the day that Chairman and CEO Edward B. Dunlap founded a small janitorial supply company, Northern Chemical Company, that eventually became CentiMark - the largest commercial roofing and flooring contractor in North America.
On behalf of Ed Dunlap (Chairman and CEO), Tim Dunlap (President and COO) and all of our CentiMark associates, thank you to all of our customers for your business. It’s because of you and our dedicated, hard-working associates that we have attained our success. We are proud to work on your roofs and floors. We value you - we offer value to you - and we take great pride in our safety, workmanship, quality materials, warranties and customer service.
50 Years of CentiMark Trivia:
• After a $1,000 investment in his company in 1968, Ed Dunlap had first year sales of $98,500. By 1974, CentiMark had $1 million in sales. Now, 44 years after that $1 million sales year, we had 28 roofing projects in 2017 that each exceeded $1 million!
• In 1984, CentiMark had $10 million in sales and, by 1994, $100 million in sales. What happened during that ten year period that were game changers for CentiMark’s growth and success? Ed Dunlap and CentiMark made their “Mark” on the roofing industry with the introduction of a new EPDM rubber roofing product offering and the company started a National Accounts program that was also the first in the construction industry. In addition, CentiMark’s “Mark” in the roofing and flooring industry from the 1970s and 1980s included: Single Source Warranties, 800-toll free customer service numbers, telemarketing and geographic expansion.
• Today, CentiMark’s “Mark” continues with all of the above offerings as well as our expansive customer service program, separate crews trained for re-roofing production and for roof repair service, comprehensive flooring services including online products for do-it-yourself and technology for customers to review all aspects of their roofing and flooring assets from their electronic devices. We have 85 local offices in North America and 3,500 associates to meet the needs of our customers.
• In 2017, we completed 6,000 roofing jobs - that’s 83,437,480 square feet of roofing installed. We completed 41,000 non-warranted roofing repairs and documented over 477,000 roof defects/repairs that we identified with over 300,000 photos! We have over 4,000 National Account customers who use our customer portal - MyCentiMark.com - to access their roofing/flooring information.
Roofing and flooring is our business. We take great pride in our work and value our customers, vendors and associates. We appreciate your business, support and contribution to our 50 years of success in the roofing and flooring industry. We share this success with you, and we look forward to working for you as we achieve our next goal of $1 billion in sales!