What to Know About the Maxwell Roofing Experience

Unlike other basic roofing companies, Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. is a one-stop shop for all commercial roofing needs. We do everything from design and fabrication to construction and maintenance, and we do it all with the most professional and quality-focused team of roofers. Here’s what our customers can expect for every step of their roof’s life with Maxwell Roofing.

Fabrication

Sheet metal is a critical component of any commercial roof. While most roofing companies buy pre-cut sheet metal, Maxwell fabricates its own. Our fabrication shop allows us to create custom materials to fit any roof design. While other roof companies limit their customers to mass-produced components, Maxwell can create the best components for the job. On top of it all, Maxwell’s design services are free.

Construction

With more than 60 years in business, Maxwell Roofing has installed just about every type of roof system and design you can imagine. We can do everything from traditional single ply to specialized green roofs and patios. Maxwell has all the certifications and skills you would expect in a good roofing company, but what we really pride ourselves on is our service to customers. All of Maxwell’s employees are trained not only to do their jobs right but to explain their work to customers in a clear and professional manner.

Maintenance

For Maxwell roofers, a roof’s construction is just the beginning of a long relationship. All commercial roofs should be maintained properly in order to last, and Maxwell has the best maintenance plan in the business. MAXCare® allows property managers to track the maintenance schedules and inspections of all of their roofs in one easy-to-use online portal. Maxwell inspectors use industry-leading reporting to inform building managers about exactly what is going on with each roof. The program has forecasting tools built in to limit surprise expenses and help a roof last for its full expected life.

Emergency Service

Even with the best materials, construction, and maintenance, roof accidents are still bound to happen every once in a while. MAXCare® customers have 24/7 access to a dispatcher in case of an emergency. Fast repairs can prevent further damage to a roof in an emergency.

Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. isn’t just a roofing company; they are a partner throughout the entire life of a commercial roof. To learn more about how Maxwell can help with your commercial roofing project, contact us today.

The Importance of Reporting During Roofing Maintenance

Everyone knows that making a commercial roof last requires persistent maintenance and regular inspections. But, equally as important as the roof work itself are the reports that come from those inspections. Facility managers often overlook quality reporting as a desired quality in a roofing company. 

Here are a few reasons why you should care not just about maintenance but also about the reports that commercial roof inspections yield:

  • Proof and Understanding—Inspection reports provide detailed proof about what is happening on a roof. Top-notch inspection reports will include imaging—that may be photos, infrared moisture images, or drone footage—to show exactly why a roof needs repair. The best inspectors will walk building owners and property managers through exactly what the report says and explain why a problem needs fixing. The best roofers understand that not everyone understands how a commercial roof works, and they will ensure that their customers understand why they should spend money on this important part of their building’s structure. 
  • Preparation for the Future—Forecast assessments are used to determine a roof’s condition and predict what sort of maintenance and repairs will be required in the future. This type of assessment allows property managers to plan ahead and budget for roofing expenses instead of being caught off guard by an accident or emergency. These assessments are useless without a quality report that lays out a maintenance schedule and estimates a cost for future repairs.
  • Managing Warranties—All quality roof systems have warranties, but getting them fulfilled often requires a lot of work. A manufacturer is not simply going to hand out a refund. Instead, they will want proof and a report of an inspection. Professional roofing companies keep their employees up-to-date on warranties and ensure that inspectors are aware of the implications of their reports. A poorly done inspection report could cost your company thousands in a lost warranty.
  • Juggling Multiple Properties—Worrying about a commercial roof can be stressful, and property management companies often have dozens of roof maintenance schedules floating around on their calendars. Roof management programs like Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc.’s MAXCare® allow property management firms the ability to track all of their roofs in one online portal. Maxwell’s industry-leading reporting is at the center of MAXCare, informing all the maintenance schedules and budget planning.

Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc.’s roofers aren’t just trained to conduct thorough inspections, but they also learn how to make the best reports in the business. This is why Maxwell is consistently considered an industry leader in reporting. To learn more about what Maxwell can do for managing your commercial roof, contact us today.

Resolve to Improve Your Commercial Roof’s Performance in 2020

Making resolutions for a new year has been shown to improve personal performance and to help people more effectively reach their goals. With all the 2020 offerings from Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., businesses can also make a resolution this year: to improve their roof performance with new commercial roofing.

Here are just a few ways that a new commercial roof can help your business in 2020: 

Better Energy Efficiency—Energy-efficient materials have come a long way during the last decade. Commercial roof new construction allows building owners to install top-of-the-line insulation or other materials to help reduce energy costs. A new commercial roof can also be equipped for hardware like solar panels.

Improved Weatherproofing—New commercial roofs are better at resisting weather like rain and snowstorms. Old roofs may not hold up against hail or strong winds. Aging materials may not be up to the job of securing equipment on the roof, and outdated roof membranes and other roofing materials may start to lose their waterproofing qualities.

A New Look—A change in roof design can completely change the look of a building. Altering the roof pitch or material can give a business a whole new style, while also improving performance. Additionally, the design of a roof can help with everything from weatherproofing to energy efficiency.

Preventing Leaks—Leaks are the biggest concern when it comes to a commercial roof. Not only can a leak damage a roof, but it can also create problems in other parts of a building. With a new commercial roof, your business can get the best leak protection. If a new roof isn’t in the budget for 2020, your business can still improve leak performance by fixing penetrations and other problem areas on a roof. It’s not just the roof itself that protects against leaks but also all roof accessories.

Starting Strong with a Maintenance Plan—No matter how good a new commercial roof is, without a regular maintenance plan, it won’t make it to its expected replacement date. Commercial roofs are complicated systems and need regular inspections and repairs. Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. offers a no-hassle maintenance plan called MAXCare®. With MAXCare, companies can easily schedule inspections and plan for upcoming repairs. Going into 2020 with MAXCare will ensure that your company’s roof performance greatly improves. 

To learn more about how a new commercial roof can set your business up for success in 2020, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today.

How to Avoid Ice Damage on a Commercial Roof

Considering it’s only frozen water, ice is surprisingly adept at causing damage to a commercial roof. Left unprotected, a roof can emerge from winter much worse off than it was going in. Here’s some helpful information regarding what ice can do to a commercial roof and what to do to prevent damage.

Ice Damage to Commercial Roofs

When it gets cold, any water that is already on a roof may freeze and expand. This ice can block drains, buckle flashings, and expand gaps in the roof. Storms can also dump ice directly onto a roof. The weight of this ice can stress roof structures and, in some cases, even cause collapse. Even small amounts of ice will eventually melt, possibly causing water damage.

One of the most common problems is an ice dam on a roof. Ice dams occur when commercial roof ice melts and flows to the edge of a commercial roof. When this water re-freezes, it creates a wall, or dam, that can prevent future ice melt from leaving the roof. 

Preventing Ice Damage

Preventing ice damage on a commercial roof begins before winter even starts with an inspection in the fall. During this inspection, a roofer will examine the roof for moisture that may later freeze into ice. The inspector will also identify any clogs or blockages that will prevent ice melt from leaving the roof. For some roofs, the inspector may recommend a commercial roof ice system, known as an ice shield or ice guard.

Once winter is underway, some roofs may require regular de-icing. Chemical de-icers can prevent ice buildup during a storm and help clear a roof before ice buildup becomes a problem. It’s important to make sure that any chemicals used on the roof won’t damage the building materials and also comply with local environmental regulations.

Commercial Roof Ice Systems

Roof ice shields or ice guards are a protective coating that sits on top of a commercial roof deck. The membrane protects the roof from leaks as the ice melts. Once ice has melted, the water that doesn’t leave the roof will leak down to the ice guard, which will catch it and direct it toward the gutters. Installing this type of system in problem areas prevents standing water on a roof and ensures that ice doesn’t accumulate.

To learn more about how to protect your commercial roof from ice and snow, contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today.

Employee Spotlight: Jackie Sprout

Jackie Sprout grew up in Hendersonville, Tennessee before heading to Middle Tennessee State University. After college, she launched a career in service and sales and eventually worked as an install coordinator for multiple HVAC companies. After more than 20 years in these industries, Jackie decided she wanted something new and started a job at Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. as a service coordinator. She has now been at Maxwell for almost two years.

Current Role

As a service coordinator, Jackie works with a team of 16 other people in the service department. She works every day to create and schedule service tickets for commercial property owners, managers, and contractors. After the roof work is done, Jackie also creates reports and bills companies for the work. 

Why Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Stands Out 

For Jackie, it’s her coworkers at Maxwell that really make the company stand out. “We genuinely like working with each other and are a happy team,” says Jackie. She enjoys the challenge of busy days where lots of service calls come in. Though demanding, Jackie says that these busy days show why her department is so special. “Our department is unique because of our ability to multitask during extremely busy service days,” she adds. 

Personal

In her free time, Jackie enjoys painting and works in both acrylic and oils. She has a grown son, Drew, and an eight-year-old bulldog and chihuahua mix named Tic-Tac. Jackie hopes to travel more in the future, but she has plenty of hobbies like skydiving, kayaking, parasailing, roller skating, and hiking.