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Roof Management Strategies to Mitigate Risks for Food Processing Facilities

Roof leaks and associated contaminants can have a devastating impact on food processing facilities as well as long-term impacts on overall capital and expense budgets company wide.

Observation From The Field: Misdiagnosed Replacement

Taking a closer look for leak sources to remedy deficiencies and avoid unnecessary replacement.

Observation From The Field: Preventing Interior Damage

Troubleshooting unexpected deck openings to protect interior activities.

Observation From The Field: Proper Securement at the Perimeter Edge

Preventing blow-off with proper perimeter securement.

Observation From The Field: Final Inspection

Covering your behind on a bad coating job.

Observation From The Field: Temporary Roof Failure

Keeping installations watertight at the end of the workday.

Metal Roofing: Repairing Leaks the Right Way

Plans for repairing metal roofing should begin with a comprehensive inspection from an objective third-party roofing consultant like Benchmark.

Observation From The Field: Damaged Materials

Keeping the best interests of the Owner in mind and holding the Contractor responsible for a quality installation.

Observation From The Field: Inadequate Details Result in Roof Leaks

The devil is in the details, quite literally, when it comes to a watertight roof.

Observation From The Field: Tack Welding TPO Membrane

Preventing problematic TPO membrane securement tactics when installing in windy conditions.

Observation From The Field: Final Inspection Reveals Deficiencies

Performing a final inspection is essential for identifying installation issues prior to project completion.

Observation From The Field: Cold Seam Welds

Probing of seams identifies improper welds and insufficient welder training.

Observation From The Field: Safety – Shock and Fire Risk

Identifying job site safety hazards reduces risk of injury and loss.

Observation From The Field: Rotted Wood Nailer

Ensuring specification compliance at the perimeter prevents improper nailer installation.

Observation From The Field: Quality Installation Starts With A Quality Installer

Successful installations start with being confident in your contractor selection.

Subcontracting in Roofing Projects

Curt Liscum, RRC, RRO, defines “Subcontractors” and explains why knowing what that means is imperative to building owners prior to starting a project.

Quality Control vs. Quality Assurance Testing of Construction Materials

Daniel Wilson, PE, explains Quality Control vs Quality Assurance testing and how both contribute to assuring construction materials are within specified tolerances.

To Repair or To Replace?

Ray Heisey, PE, RRC, outlines the factors that determine the potential longevity and repairability of standing seam metal roofs.

Observation From The Field: Unstable Subgrade and Moisture

Providing solutions for soaked subgrade stabilization.

Observations From The Field: Proper Material Quantities

Keeping track of contractor material quantities.

Observations From The Field: Structurally Compromised Drainage Structure

Addressing issues during construction to avoid future repairs.

Observations From The Field: Expired Adhesive

Construction oversight prevents expired product application.

The Real Value of a Commercial Roof Evaluation

A commercial roof evaluation by an independent, objective roof consultant is the first step in identifying deficiencies.

Observations From The Field: Improperly Stored Adhesive

Paying attention to manufacturer instructions when storing temperature sensitive materials.

Effective Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) in Roof and Pavement Management Programs

The roof and pavement industries are increasingly adopting UAV technology as part of the process to cost-effectively manage roof and pavement assets.

Observations From The Field: Quality Control and Specification Compliance

Quality assurance provided by Benchmark project oversight prevents inferior workmanship and ensures a sound installation.

Taking Drone Technology to New Heights for Benchmark Clients

Staff Consultant and Chief Drone Pilot Ben Fiedler answers some of the most frequently asked questions about UAV technology at Benchmark and explains how it benefits Benchmark’s clients.  

Observations From The Field: Proper Subgrade Soil Compaction and Density

The importance of taking the proper steps and using best practices during placement of a new pavement system over a filled substrate in order to prevent failure.

Observations From The Field: Roof Replacement Deferral

Having a third-party roofing consultant like Benchmark conduct a detailed roof evaluation can determine if roof replacement is able to be deferred, reducing impact on facility operations and delaying expenditures.

Observations From The Field: Full-time Observation Prevents Contractor Short Cuts

Learn how having on-site observation was essential to prevent a contractor from installing wet insulation over a corroded and damaged steel deck.

Observations From The Field: Temporary Bypass Roadway

Learn how a temporary bypass roadway solution during pavement project helped keep shipping dock operational and project on track for budget and time.

Observations From The Field: Inadequate Welds

A comprehensive roof evaluation can identify potential causes of defects, as well as improvements to increase the roof’s service life.

Observations From The Field: Paying Attention to Details

Learn how overlooking details in roofing construction can have deadly ramifications—and potential liability issues for the owner.

Observations From The Field: Improper Design and Installation

Learn how having a third party roofing consultant like Benchmark can help reveal key design elements that could shorten the life of a commercial roof.

Prioritize To Reduce Long-Term Pavement Costs

Prioritization is the key to improving overall condition of your asphalt and concrete pavements and reducing the long-term costs.

Commercial Roof Warranties: Installment 3 of 3

Wrapping Up: Relationships, Cost, and Planning

Steps to Secure Funding for a Capital Paving Project

Be prepared with funding requests and consider these three steps.

Benchmark, Inc. is Growing: Employees Help Replace Trees

Benchmark employees planted 57 trees to replace flora destroyed during the derecho that hit the Cedar Rapids area in August 2020.

Supply Chain Shortage Update

Special Bulletin 2021 – UPDATE

How You Can Reduce Change Orders and Control Costs on Future Paving Projects

Learn real world practical steps you can take to reduce the risk of change orders on your next pavement construction project.

Essential Elements of Quality Pavement Rehabilitation Design

Essential elements for the development of a quality pavement rehabilitation design.

How Can Your Next Roofing Project Help Fight Smog Pollution

Smog, or air pollution, is a silent killer present across the globe. Using this sustainable roofing material your next roofing project can help fights this global killer.

2021 Webinar – Roofing Material Shortage and Pricing Volatility: A Facility Manager’s Dilemma

During this educational webinar titled, Material Shortage and Pricing Volatility: A Facility Manager’s Dilemma, you will learn about the conditions impacting the material supply chain and hear real life stories …

Rooftop Solar Webinar

Is your commercial rooftop solar ready? From modifying an existing roof to preparing for new construction, learn what you you need to know.

Why Should You Have A Management Plan For Your Pavements?

To ensure you are managing this asset and related costs effectively, consider executing a pavement management plan for your site.

Labor-Saving Roofing Products

With a skilled labor shortage and roofing systems becoming more technical in nature, what can we expect in the future?


It’s important to understand the impact change in building occupancy use has on the building’s roof system and structural elements.

Why Is My Metal Roof Leaking?

Are you responsible for a problematic metal roof and are struggling with differing opinions on the cause of the problem?

Rooftop Solar. Is Your Roof Solar Ready?

Rooftop Solar Webinar Benchmark President Ron Harriman and Joe Cain of Solar Energy Industries Association discuss the growing use of rooftop solar, changes to the I-Codes, and real-world experiences in …

Professional Roofing Mechanics…How do you know?

Are the mechanics installing the materials are trained and qualified to install the specific products in your roofing assembly?

FM Global: Very Severe Hail (VSH) Update

New Product development vastly expands number of qualified assemblies

FM Global Loss Prevention Data Sheets Update

Summary of several revised roofing-related Loss Prevention Data Sheets (LPDS).

Reduce the Risk for Roof Collapse: Planning for Snow Removal

Reduce the risk of a roof collapse caused by excessive snow loads

Pavement Asset Management Town Hall

Mike, Elise, Jason and Troy answer questions submitted by facility managers.

6 Root Causes of Pavement Failure

Elise Schmidt and Troy Kaiser discuss 6 of the root causes of pavement failure. Both asphalt and concrete pavement is discussed.

Roof Design: The Critical First Step

Join Andrew and Ben as they discuss how roof design is the critical first step to long term roof performance.  

Pavement Rehabilitation and Design Goals

Elise and Troy discuss ways to extend the service life and reduce the risk of total reconstruction for your pavement assets.  

Benefits of Construction Phase Services

Any pavement rehabilitation project, regardless of size, can benefit from employing a construction observation professional.

Roof Asset Management Town Hall

Andrew, Mike and Jennifer participate in a town hall discussion about roof asset management.

Strategies to repair and maintain roof assets during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Learn a few tips to maintain your roof assets during COVID-19

Roof Evaluations: Reduce cost, extend asset life, and manage risk

Eric and Brad discuss roof evaluations and strategies to reduce cost, extent asset life, and manage risk.

Are you at risk of missing building your projects due to COVID-19?

Eric, Andrew, and Troy discuss the impacts of COVID-19.  

Pavement Management – Three strategies to manage your pavement assets.

Troy Kaiser and Elise Schmidt discuss pavement management and three strategies to best manage your pavement assets.

2020 Benchmark, Inc. Announces Additions to Ownership Team

Three partners join the company’s ownership team.

Paving Projects and the Benefits of Winter or Early Spring Bidding

Designing and bidding your pavement project early in the year is essential to ensuring a successful outcome.

Roofing Industry Recollections

Reflection of 42 years in the roof industry

Roof Design and Building Codes: Making the Pieces Fit

Good roof design starts with identification and evaluation of the project-specific criteria.

Steps to Fast-Track a Late Season Project

Cost benefits to planning ahead.

Making the Right Decision

The importance of a timely and consistent preventive maintenance plan or a structured pavement rehabilitation program.

Is Roof Recover an Option?

Factors considered to determine the best past to restore roof.

Benchmark, Inc. Announces Additions to Ownership Team

Four partners join the company’s ownership team.

Steps to Developing a Five-Year Pavement Management Plan

Managing your pavement assets is the same whether you manage one site or multiple sites.

When Roofs and PV Solar Installations Collide

What strategies can be employed on roofs with solar arrays already in place, or when considering addition of PV over an existing rooftop?

Post-Construction Audits

There are a number of variables that play an important role in constructing a proper pavement.

Two Critical Steps to Ensure Long-Term Pavement Performance

Some common mistakes owners make to ensure pavement performance.

Five Steps to Choosing the Right Contractor

Choosing the right contractor is critical to success of any paving project – as well as an impact on the long-term performance of your new pavement.

Pavement Management Programs

The earlier a PMP is begun, the greater the benefits a facility manager will experience when maintaining their pavements.

Subgrade Impact to Pavement Performance

Geotechnical failures are often the result of not recognizing or adequately evaluating conditions prior to construction of a pavement system.

The Pitfalls of “Corporate Roofing Design Standards”

Roofing Design Standards can be a good starting point, but…

Asphalt Leveling Course

Installation, Utilization, and Long-Term Benefits

Being a Healthy Organization

Healthy organizations have minimal politics and confusion, high morale and productivity, and low turnover among good employees.

Benefits of Unit Price Bidding on Pavement Projects

There are many ways to competitively bid projects – we have found over the years unit price bidding has many advantages.

Metal Roof Inspections Part I of II

When you inspect or reinspect a metal roof or investigate a roof leak to determine the source and potential solution, where do you start?

Webinar – Low Quality Asphalt: How to Avoid Problems Down the Road

Understand the components of asphalt and best practices in installation.

Hurricane Preparedness

As the hurricane season approaches, it seems appropriate to review some basic roof-related preparedness activities.

2017 Roof and Pavement Seminar: Getting Better Results

Roof and Pavement Management Seminar

Roofing Contractor or Labor Broker?

Is subcontracting of roof-related work bad or out of the ordinary? Are you experiencing more subcontracting on your roofing projects?

The Specification Process

The following article outlines the procedures Benchmark follows in developing roof specifications and bidding documents.

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