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Commercial Roof System Scope of Work

The importance of defining a Scope of Work should not be under estimated because this is where Diminishing Returns begin.

The Scope of Work (SOW) defines a full set of parameters for work that will be completed by contractors invited to bid on the project. It also assures all bidders1 have written details of the buyers expectations for everything from performance rules to quality levels that determines the new roof systems' longevity (ie: Serviceable Life and Return on Investment).
 
RISK
  • Undefined Expectations
  • Minimum Enforceability
  • Ownership & Accountability
  • Poor Installation
    • Shorter Roof Life-Cycle
    • Reduced ROI (ie: Higher Cost)
    • Increased Annual Maintenance Expense
  • Little Legal Recourse
  • Unknown End Product
    • Bare Bone Bids
    • Vague and Ambiguous
  • Finger Pointing
  • Open to Last Minute Change Orders
BENEFIT
  • Clear Expectations
  • Maximum Enforceability
  • Ownership & Accountability
  • Great Installation
    • Longer Roof Life-Cycle
    • Increased ROI
    • Reduced Maintenance Expense
  • Definable Legal Recourse
  • Known End Product
    • Detailed Bids
    • Clear and Precise
  • No Room for Finger Pointing
  • Minimize Change Orders
 
Who Should Write the Scope of Work?
Professional Roof Consultants with Prior Roofing Experience.

Non-Roofing Professionals, Property Managers & Owners:
Outlines the overall objectives, goals and project limitations (usually financial).

Why Use Independent Professionals:
A roof system is an integral and integrated part of the building envelope. The waterproof system of a roof is shared with other trades (ie: Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing, Sheetmetal, Telco, etc.) and must incorporate and waterproof those portions of these trade components that penetrate the roof. It requires a lot of attention to detail to prevent water intrusion. And, each component is a maintenance item that has the potential to consume discretionary funds if not addressed correctly during the installation of a roof system.

Risk of Non-Independent Professionals:
Its necessary to understand the agenda each advisor has and how that may affect the end product, solutions and budget. Read more about your potential advisors here...
1Bidding assures the best price - not the highest quality.
High quality roofs require a complete Bid Specification where the Scope of Work Section defines what contractors are bidding on - better said, contractors are bidding on the same thing. Combined with a Pre-Bid Walk-About, the Scope of Work leaves no room for ambiguity - items contractors can later claim were not covered.
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