Independent Roof Consultants offer value-add services. They evaluate
the condition of a roof using a combination of roofing skills and the
latest technology. Roofing experience, visual techniques and advanced
technologies are the tools required to accurately identify roof related
problems, make repair & maintenance recommendations and forecast
Services range from annual survey's & due dilligence inspections to planning
maintenance and forecasting expenses. Professional Roof Consultants may offer
long term Roof Management Solutions for continuous return on roof system
investment analysis, asset life-cycle and/or TCO (
Total Cost of Ownership) tracking.
A Roof Consultant is your single source of information
on roof maintenance management. Value-add services help
Real Estate Investors
and Property Managers
understand roof asset investments and navigate complexities of the
Roof Management Cycle.
Product manufacturers have national networks of Account
Representatives that offer free roof consulting services.
These Account Rep's may be employed by the
manufacturer or work for a local Manufacturer's
The difference between Independent Roofing Manufacturers
Representative and Independent Roof Consultant
is an important distinction.
Manufacturers Rep's have experience with an isolated
list of materials, manufacturers and types of roofing.
If your building includes multiple types of roof systems,
you may need to consults with several local account
Manufacturers Rep's understandably promote thier products
and they may not be prepared to advise on local regulations.
- Contractors: General & Roofing
Roofing Contractors have long offered free roof evaluations
and consulting services. Contractor expertise is usually
isolated to a particular technique and such recommendations
may not fall in line with the property owners investment
Contractors offer access to a wider list of products and
solutions than a Manufacturers Rep's but thier proficiency
in any particular material or type of roofing may be hidden.
Buildings and real estate portfolios with multiple types of
roof systems usually require several roofing contractors.
The sales rep objective is promoting thier solution as the best
and least expensive. Its important to separate solution selection
from pricing decision so contractors are best consulted with during
roof solution selection for comparison of technical details.
General Contractors who guarantee quality roof solutions contract
Independent Roof Consultants to assure the lowest bidder doesn't
compromise quality. Other general contractors relay on a roofing
contractor to recommend a solution.
Hybrid Roof Consultants combine professional and trade services
under a single umbrella to offer turn-key roof inspections,
maintenance and repairs.
There are two types of Hybrid Roof Consultants:
- Hybrids originated with Roofing Contractors who added Roof
Consulting Services as a marketing tool to funnel maintenance,
repairs - subsequently resurfacing and replacement to the
contractor side of the business. Vendor companies may have the
same or different names but the primary principles share ownership
- Professional hybrids emerged where an organization of independent
vendors offer full turn-key solutions managed under a common Roof
Consultant. Professional hybrids offer full turn-key
Roof Management Cycle
Roof Repair Contractors also offer roof consulting services
as a marketing tool to drive maintenance and repairs
to the trade side of the company. Since Repair Contractors
do not resurface or replace roof systems, they tend to prolong
- Property Managers run the risk of prolonging roof replacement
and subsequent damage to the substrate.
- Repair Contractors tend to recommend maintenance intensive
solutions like foam roof systems that increase annual cost.