Here are three things metal roof manufacturers can do to help the architect
Roof manufacturers can help architects by training the roof contractor on the installation of the standing seam roof system to be used on the project. Photo: Flickr.
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In my last post, I discussed a couple of things roof manufacturers can do to help the architect make sure the finished standing seam metal roof is properly designed, installed and provides long-term performance. In this post we’ll look at three additional, specific things roof manufacturers can do.
- Roof manufacturers can train the roof contractor on the installation of the standing seam roof system to be used on the project. Hands-on training for roof contractors on how to install a product the manufacturer knows so well is invaluable. This knowledge will make the installation process smoother, quicker and ultimately more successful, which is what the contractor, architect and end user all want.
- Roof manufacturers can provide periodic inspections during roof installation. It’s one thing to train someone to do the right thing; it’s another thing to make sure the right thing actually gets done. The accountability that comes from inspections is key to ensuring a roof is properly constructed. Having the manufacturer on hand to spot check provides not only the ability to identify deficiencies, but also to recommend appropriate remedies before the problem is too far gone.
- Roof manufacturers can provide a viable weathertightness warranty. The best warranty—one that will truly benefit the architect and the end user in the long run—is one in which the manufacturer inspects the roof to ensure compliance with approved drawings AND warranties the roof from the date of substantial completion. This differs from the standard warranty that is based solely on a review of the shop drawings, without requiring an inspection. Again, specs of what should happen do not guarantee what will happen.
In a standard warranty, the architect or general contractor has to make sure all details of the shop drawings are followed, because if they are not, the warranty is invalidated. Furthermore, the roofing contractor would be responsible for any leaks that occur within 24 months of completion. If the roof leaks after only 23 months, the roofing contractor’s 24-month period starts over. As Richard L. Cook Jr. mentions in his article (with the purposely misleading title), Standing Seam Metal Roofing: The Next Big Disaster in the Roofing Industry?” it is not uncommon for reported roof leaks to “disappear for a period of time after ‘repairs’ had been completed, then reappear at a later date.” If these repairs don’t last at least two full years straight, the manufacturer will never bear responsibility under the standard warranty.
Whew. Now, armed with this knowledge of what is needed, the architect is in pretty good shape, right? Well, not so fast. The architect has to ensure that he or she gets all the aforementioned items from the manufacturer on every project. How does the architect do that? For the answer (drum roll please)….stay tuned for my next post.