Client Spotlight: Baker Twins Real Estate

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The Baker twins, Andy and Chad Baker, own and operate multiple businesses within the real estate and pet care industries. Their first venture, Baker Twins Real Estate, is a portfolio of residential and commercial properties in the Nashville area. Five years after starting in real estate, the Baker twins opened a pet daycare, The Dog Spot, and a pet supply store, Spot’s Pet Supply

Baker Twins Real Estate began with flipping foreclosures throughout Nashville. The company grew quickly into the twins’ three separate businesses, as they found a need for a pet daycare in the neighborhood of one of their properties. As the company continues to grow, the Baker twins have maintained the small-business culture that their employees and customers have come to expect and love. The entrepreneurs now have more than 50 employees between the three locations.

Though they don’t flip houses as often as when they started, Andy and Chad now spend their time managing their properties and focusing on their petcare ventures. 

“We are all in the pet business because we love animals, so it’s pretty hard to have a bad day around here,” says Andy Baker. 

The Opportunity

 The Baker twins own multiple properties around Nashville and needed help managing the roofs on their commercial buildings. After a friend in the real estate business recommended Maxwell Roofing & Sheet Metal Inc., Baker Twins Real Estate became a Maxwell customer over a decade ago. 

“We have been using Maxwell for years. They have installed new roofs at several of our commercial buildings, replaced roofs, and made repairs. Regardless of what they are doing for us, they are professional and always responsive,” says Baker. 

The Solution 

As the company’s full-service commercial roofing partner, Maxwell provides Baker Twins Real Estate with new roof construction, roof repair and maintenance, and roof replacements. Baker Twins Real Estate finds that Maxwell’s work saves them money in the long-term. 

“Using the best materials has allowed us to reduce our HVAC costs and will require us to replace the roofs less frequently, saving us a lot of money in the long run,” says Baker. “We know Maxwell will provide the best materials with expert installers and will be around to stand behind their work if there are any issues,” he adds.

Baker finds that Maxwell’s responsiveness and overall dedication to a quality job well done is what sets our service apart from the rest. “You can count on Maxwell to do things right, and there isn’t a better place around for all your roofing needs,” he affirms.

Skylight Replacement Tips for Commercial Properties

Skylights offer unique benefits for commercial buildings. They bring in natural light and improve conditions for people who spend their days inside. But, skylights are complicated roof penetrations that require careful installation and maintenance. Older skylights and skylights that were not properly installed can cause roof damage and may need to be replaced.

When to Replace Skylights

 Acrylic skylights last between 7 to 10 years, while higher-end skylights will last much longer with regular inspections. Still, bad weather or improper installation could mean that your skylights need to be replaced much sooner. Here are a few signs that you may need new skylights:

  • Leaks—Check skylights for discoloration, bubbling, or peeling near the skylight. This can indicate that the skylight seals are broken.
  • Cracks—If there are visible cracks or chips in a skylight, it means that it is definitely time for a replacement. Skylight cracks can cause leaks and drafts in a building.
  • Discoloration—Old and low-quality skylights will degrade over time, changing the glass color to yellow or brown. Typically, this is caused by corrosion in the sealant.

What to Look for in a New Skylight

Skylights have come a long way over the years and can now last longer and do more for commercial buildings. Here a few new things to look for in a new skylight:

  • Condensation Channels—High-quality skylights will have condensation channels built in. These help direct water away from the frame of the skylight to help prevent leaks.
  • Impact Modified Acrylic—This stronger material has replaced traditional acrylic as the industry-standard for skylights.
  • Polycarbonate—This material is found in high-end skylights. It is stronger and more UV-resistant than acrylic.
  • Photovoltaic Film—Some skylights now incorporate photovoltaic film that allows building managers to control the amount of light coming into the building.

Choosing a Roofing Company for Skylight Replacement

Regardless of what features you choose for your skylight, it’s critical to use a professional roofing company for the replacement. Only quality roofers know the proper way to seal skylights and prevent leaks.

Maxwell Roofing’s roofers are specially trained to remove and replace skylights. We have an in-house fabrication department to make any custom materials that you may need to properly install skylights, and our industry-leading maintenance program will ensure that they will last. To learn more about Maxwell’s skylight replacement services, contact us today.