4 Secrets to a High-Performing Roof

The four secrets to a high-performing roof aren’t such a secret. We love informing our customers about the best ways to get the most out of their roofing investment. We’re sharing the key elements of commercial roofing that you should look out for—whether it’s to extend the life of your current roof or a new installation. 

1. Durable, High-Quality Materials

The durability of your materials is one of the most essential elements to ensure that your roof has the longest life possible. Commercial roofs typically last between 10 and 30 years, depending on installation and your maintenance schedule—both of which are crucial elements. Metal roofs, on the other hand, can last up to 70 years. For the maximum lifespan possible, ask your contractor about a metal roofing option.

Cheaper materials may be enticing at first. It’s tempting to pay less upfront. However, consider that you will be spending more in the long run when your roof needs to be replaced prematurely. A reputable contractor should recommend the highest-quality materials; however, remember to do your due diligence and discuss the materials’ durability and warranties prior to the installation process.

2. Proper Installation

Installation is a crucial step in the process and has a significant impact on the lifespan of your roof. Ensure that the roofer you enlist to complete your roofing project has a reputation for quality and a long history of satisfied customers.

If you have already had your roof installed and suspect poor workmanship, contact a reputable roofing company to inspect and correct any installation issues to avoid more severe issues down the road. Faulty installation will, unfortunately, significantly increase the potential for commercial roof problems, ultimately affecting your roof’s life expectancy.

3. Consistent Maintenance

At Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc., we frequently talk about commercial roof maintenance. The lifespan of your roof is directly linked to how often you have your roof inspected and maintained by your contractor, who can identify and solve small issues before they snowball into larger problems.

Routine inspections are a must. Procrastinating on your inspection or proactive maintenance can cost you financially while also potentially putting your employees’ safety at risk.

4. A Reliable Roofing Partner

At the end of the day, you have a business to run. Even if you are responsible for facility management, there are many moving parts to your job. A reliable roofing partner will be there to help you manage roof maintenance so that it’s at the top of their minds, not yours. Work with a contractor that will make it easy to keep up with inspections, maintenance, and replacements. 

Our MAXCare® Program Helps You Extend the Life of Your Roof

Commercial roofing inspections and maintenance are vital pieces of the puzzle when it comes to extending the lifespan of your roof. Maxwell Roofing has made it easier than ever to keep track of your maintenance schedule, invoices, and other essential information. Try the most comprehensive roof management program in the industry—MAXCare®.

If you’re looking for a full-service commercial roofing partner, don’t hesitate to contact Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. today! We’re here to help.

A Fall Checklist for Commercial Roofs

Fall is often a welcomed season by all, as the summer heat can leave us anxious for cooler weather—not to mention the changing leaves and all things pumpkin. But, no matter the season, preparations must be made—especially when it comes to roofing. For commercial roofs, having a service and maintenance checklist for fall is just as important as it is for winter and summer.

So, as we enter the fall season with its changing temperatures and weather, here’s our team’s list of commercial roofing maintenance must-dos.

If you have a low-slope commercial roof…

1. Inspect areas around HVAC units.

Low-slope commercial roofs are often helpful for keeping HVAC units off the ground and out of sight. However, heavy equipment atop a flat roof can cause breakage in the roofing membrane and lead to leaks or moisture infraction. Thus, inspecting these areas is highly recommended each season.

2. Check for organic debris build-up.

Low-slope commercial roofs can be prone to organic debris build up in gutters, around roof drains, or any other drainage points. If organic debris is not removed from the roof system, it can be the cause of water infiltration into the building. Draining points need to stay clear of debris to promote positive drainage and allow water to clear off the roof, rather than building up and backing into the building. Preventative maintenance calls are great to visually inspect the roof and remove such debris from the system.

3. Monitor roofing around skylights or diffusers.

Many low-slope commercial roofs have rooftop penetrations like skylights and diffusers that allow for more natural light and balanced ventilation in large facilities. If your building has these fixtures, be sure to monitor any flashings or seals around them to ensure there are no leaks or potential damage.

4. Review any high-traffic areas.

As many flat or low-slope commercial roofs are friendly for walking—and some can even have rooftop bars or decks—it’s important to monitor any high-traffic areas to make sure there are no cracks, deterioration, or compromised areas. 

If you have a sloped commercial roof…

1. Carefully assess roofing materials.

Depending on the material used for sloped commercial roofs—including asphalt, metal, shingles, or tiles—it’s important to assess your commercial roofing materials for any erosion or damage. If shingles or tiles are used, look for any that might be missing from heavy winds. You’ll also want to be on the lookout for any damaged or corroded panels on metal roofing.

2. Inspect any seams or flashing.

Sloped commercial roofing will obviously have seams and flashing. As these areas can be a magnet for where water will make its way to gutters, it’s imperative to inspect seams regularly to ensure they’re working properly and are leak-free.

3. Investigate the roof deck.

Almost all sloped commercial roofs will have a roof deck underneath the roofing materials, and this is essential to be inspected on an ongoing basis. Issues with the roof deck can lead to rusty support beams, interior mold and mildew, and even water drips during rainy weather.

4. Examine inside areas close to the roof.

Especially with a sloped roof, it’s essential to carefully examine the interior areas where your roof is sloped to ensure there are no cracks, leaks, or issues that can allow moisture to make its way inside. Pay careful attention to potential water spots, wet insulation, or damaged ventilation.

Don’t Fall Victim to Roofing Woes

Is your commercial roof in need of a fall check-up? Our team of professionals at Maxwell Roofing is here for you! Contact us today to schedule a roofing assessment or inspection.

Employee Spotlight: Ray Ferguson

A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, Ray Ferguson attended both Walter State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University, where he studied Criminal Justice. Prior to joining the Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. team, Ray was a sheet metal apprentice and then spent 21 years working for the government. While Ray was looking to retire from the government in 2017, he stumbled upon the opportunity to apply for Maxwell’s Service Account Manager/Estimator role. He officially retired from his government role in November of 2017 and never looked back, as he believes his role at Maxwell was a timely God-given blessing for him and his family.  

Current Role

Ray now serves as Maxwell’s Construction Manager/Estimator, in which he manages a team of  one safety/quality control manager, 5 superintendents, 11 foremen, and 39 field employees. On an average day, Ray spends his time answering questions and finding solutions from superintendents who are in the field supervising roofing construction and sheet metal crews. “I prepare estimates for projects that are assigned to me and field any questions or problems that come up throughout the day from our field crews and managers,” Ray says. 

Additionally, Ray oversees and works with superintendents, estimators, and project managers to come up with the proper planning for each project to ensure it comes in on time and under budget. Perhaps one of his most important duties, though, is reviewing applications and hiring the right team members to ensure the success of Maxwell’s team. Ray enjoys working with a variety of clients, including building owners, property managers, general contractors, architects, and consultants. 

Why Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Stands Out

When it comes to the company culture at Maxwell Roofing, Ray appreciates the shared family atmosphere and core values. He affirms, “We are a very close-knit team who works hand-in-hand with each other no matter the division. That is what I love most about this company.” As the largest division within the company, Ray says, “What makes us successful is that we communicate very well, work hard, and hold each other accountable. We focus on quality, safety, and professionalism in everything we do.”

Regarding the unique factors of his work environment, Ray believes his department sets the standard for being professional industry leaders who know all the ins and outs of their job. He says, “We work with large nationwide general contractors who put a lot of faith in our team to not only provide quality work but safe quality work. That is what sets our team apart.” Ray’s team is also accountable to building owners who trust him and his team with tearing off their roofs and installing a new one—all while keeping them dry. Though the team has such a huge responsibility, Ray is confident that they can handle anything that comes their way.


Beyond the office, you’ll find Ray with his family. “I am a big family man who loves spending time with my wife, daughter, and son,” affirms Ray. “We love to travel to Disney parks and the beach, and we are a pet family who enjoys days by the pool and family movie night,” he adds. As a hobby, Ray is an avid shooter and loves shooting sports. He’s also a firearms instructor, teaching new and experienced shooters. Among Ray’s lifelong goals is to be the best Christian role model for his family and friends. “That will always be the main goal I’m striving for,” affirms Ray.