Dealing with the Unusual

When the storm of the century hits, will your roof be ready?

By Richard L. Fricklas

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    A blocked roof drain is never a welcome sight. Is your in-house maintenance staff prepared to respond?

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    An in-depth understanding of the building envelope is vital for your team, so make sure they’re prepared to scope out damage after inclement weather.

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    Are you training new team members? Make sure they have access to important resources, such as repair guides, continuing education classes, and trade shows.

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    Staying on top of inspections and repairs likely helped the Denver Art Museum keep this leak from destroying the priceless items inside.



Richard (Dick) L. Fricklas was technical director emeritus of the Roofing Industry Educational Institute prior to his retirement. He is co-author of The Manual of Low Slope Roofing Systems, and continues to participate in seminars for the University of Wisconsin and RCI Inc., the Institute of Roofing, Waterproofing, and Building Envelope Professionals. His honors include the Outstanding Educator Award from RCI, William C. Cullen Award and Walter C. Voss Award from ASTM, the J. A. Piper Award from NRCA, and the James Q. McCawley Award from the MRCA. Dick holds honorary memberships in both ASTM and RCI Inc.

Building personnel, including building managers, need to have an in-depth understanding of the building envelope that protects their workplace. Communication with in-house personnel and outside contractors requires a common language.

If in-house personnel are new to their positions, attending the programs offered by RCI, Inc. Click here to find subjects and schedules. Key personnel should also be encouraged to attend roofing trade shows.

An Entirely Different Approach
Another option is to prequalify a reputable roofing contractor and hire that contractor to fill both the maintenance and emergency response roles.

Ultimately, no matter how hard a building manager tries to delegate roofing responsibility, he or she is accountable. In the case of embracing single-source roof management, questions will arise as to the cost effectiveness vs. competitive bidding. In order to defend single sources, managers must have a deep understanding of what the options are and whether the decisions made are the best for their firm.

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