COVID-19 and the Construction Industry

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  1. Check Off These 3 Items Before Doing Roof Work

    There are countless roofers out there who want nothing more than to get to work without having to worry about the red tape of roofing insurance and licensing. Although there’s nothing more admirable than a desire to work, failure to abide by local, state, and federal law could result in you being barred from working. That’s the last thing we want to see happen. That’s why we put together this handy checklist to ensure that…

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  2. Understanding Fall-Related Deaths by the Numbers

    As we’ve discussed throughout 2020, construction firms that can combine time-tested practices with new technologies and research will see the most success in the industry moving forward. One such way roofing contractors can create a safer workplace is by reviewing recent database information and implementing this intel into their safety plans. A recent database system created by researchers analyzed 33 years worth of fatalities in the construction industry, and the information compiled from this study…

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  3. What Are the Roofing License Requirements in Illinois and Chicago?

    Becoming a licensed contractor is an important step for any roofer. Not only does it help homeowners and commercial property owners find your business, but it also helps to ensure that you are operating lawfully in the state of Illinois. Unfortunately, Illinois and Chicago’s licensing requirements are complicated, to say the least. In this brief article, we’ll discuss the licensing requirements in Illinois as well as the Windy City. This article is for educational purposes…

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  4. What Hazards Can Outdoor Construction Workers Encounter?

    Summer is in full swing here in Florida. Contractors can expect scorching heat and heavy rain in the coming months. In addition to these widely known perils, construction workers will have to contend with those that are less known but no less hazardous. Hazards like poisonous plants, venomous animals, and disease-carrying insects, for example, can pose just as much of a threat to your workers. Below, we discuss some common and uncommon hazards that outdoor…

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  5. Installation Guideline Tips For EPDM

    History EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) was first introduced in the US Market in 1962 by Carlisle on a section of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and in Europe in 1965 by HERTALAN in Kampen (Netherlands). The Middle East oil embargo of the early 1970s drove up the price of asphalt-based roofs and lowered the quality of available asphalt, so the demand for EPDM roof systems skyrocketed. The popularity continued to grow as EPDM became known…

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  6. What If An Employee Refuses to Return to Work?

      Unfortunately, the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has presented many challenges to all industries, including roofing professionals. Along with needing to comply with safety guidelines, employers will also be tested when it comes to navigating difficult employment law decisions. There’s a real potential that many workers may not return to work if they feel they are unsafe.  In this brief article, a roofing lawyer in Florida will discuss an employer’s legal rights if…

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  7. General Liability Considerations and Potential Exposure in Reopening Your Roofing Business

    As Illinois enters phrase three of the state’s reopening plan after a stay-at-home order that lasted more than two months, construction businesses that didn’t remain active during the shutdown are gearing up to reopen with significant modifications. Along with the added challenges of project delays and compliance complaints, employers must be prepared in the event that an employee gets sick on the jobsite, leading to anything from workers’ compensation filings to wrongful death lawsuits. Below,…

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  8. Fall Protection and Liability

    As roofing lawyers, we are committed to providing roofing industry employers with the legal advice they need to grow and protect their business. We often discuss fall restraint systems and other forms of roof protection, including fall protection anchor points, because we know that the proper use of these resources can protect the workforce, save lives, and protect employers from liability. In this article, a roofing lawyer will discuss the main types of litigation an…

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  9. Installation Guideline Tips For TPO

    Thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) is the fastest-growing segment of the commercial roofing industry. These membranes are used for mechanically attached, adhered, and induction welded roofing systems. Manufacturers continue to work on improving the formulations of their products for the best possible performance in our industry. Still, the essential component of TPO’s long-term performance is proper TPO installation techniques by Roofing Contractors. Hot-air welding of the seams was identified by manufacturers as the practice where most significant…

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  10. Calculating Gross Profit and Developing Your Selling Strategy

    In Part I, we discussed how the estimating process begins with a comprehensive understanding of your project’s scope of work and a knowledgeable and well-trained estimating following solid processes and procedures that must be implemented into your Estimating Department.  In Part II, we covered how to gather your costs, properly mark up your estimate, and develop a consistent and dependable review process. In this last section, we will learn how to apply gross profit margins…

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