Questions


What is CRI?

What are Construction Resources areas of expertise?

Answer:
Our areas of expertise are in roofing, masonry, stone, siding, EFIS/Dryvit systems, curtain walls, windows, storefronts, doors, and below grade waterproofing.

What services do you typically perform?

Answer:
Construction Resources will typically survey the exterior components to determine there current type and condition, make a recommendation for repair and/or replacement, then prepare specifications and scaled drawings. We can even help you solicit bidders for the project, make a recommendation for the contractor, and can watch the remediation of the exterior component work to ensure it meets with your quality control needs and products and procedures specified in the construction documentation.


Extending Your Building's Lifespan

Could steps be taken to extend the life of a buildings exterior weather tight condition?

Answer:
Yes. Most people do not think about the outside of their plant, office, or building unless water is staining the ceiling or walls. By the time you see water on the inside of the building, you probably have passed the point of easy reparability, and spending repair dollars maybe throwing good money after bad. If reasonable maintenance is done, you will definitely extend your buildings weather tight life and postpone repair/restoration dollars for as long as possible. Construction Resources provides a service that reviews exterior building components on an annual or a timeframe determined by the building owner to help maintain current building components and limit the amount of dollars wasted on unnecessary repairs.


Warranties

What does a roof warranty typically cover?

Answer:
Roofing warranties typically do not warrant that the roofing system is appropriate for the building in question; nor do they warrant that the roof will not leak. The best warranties normally cover repairing leaks that may occur, and normally exclude leaks caused by: natural disasters, acts of God, structural movement, failure of components involved with, but not part of, the manufacturers' system, alterations made to the roof or effecting the roof, substrate failure, change in building's use, roof traffic, lack of roof maintenance by the building owner, roof ponding, environmental or chemical fallout, any repairs made not using the manufacturers' products, fire, abnormal weather conditions, falling objects, other trade damages, vegetation or insect damage, etc.

Should warranties and the length of warranties be the primary reason for choosing a roofing system?

Answer:
No. The correct roof design is, and will always be, the most effective way to choose the system type. Specifying manufacturers with a proven track record and financial stability will always be the best choice of roofing products. Construction Resources can assist you in understanding the warranties and help you to avoid products that have yet to prove themselves in the industry.


What is Coming For My Building

Spring is coming, what should I expect?

Answer:
Those of us who live in the Great Lakes Region experience a great diversity of weather conditions. During the spring thaw and the typical rainy weather during that time, our buildings are attacked by the most moisture statistically possible during the weather cycle. We also experience significant “freeze-thaw” conditions during this same season, more than any other place in the United States. When the spring thaw arrives, it does not become warm all at once. Normally we have weeks of above freezing temperatures during the daylight hours, and below freezing during the nighttime hours. The spring weather cycle is harder on your building exterior than the freezing winter conditions.


Leak Identification

Should I always call a roofer if my ceiling tile gets wet or my walls get stained?

Answer:
No. Not everything that leaks from above is roof related. The ceiling leak may be the HVAC unit, an upper wall, a metal flashing component, or maybe an interior water line. Since your building is made up of many exterior components that work together to help make things weather tight, calling any one contractor maybe the wrong choice for the job. The most cost effective call may be to a full service, full exterior, building consultant such as Construction Resources.


Why A Consultant

Are all consultants able to consult on waterproofing systems and masonry restoration?

Answer:
No, not all consultants are experienced in waterproofing systems and masonry restorations. Waterproof products vary and installation costs make it harder to choose materials and contactors wisely. Masonry restoration is also complex and finding qualified masons is becoming increasingly difficult. Construction Resources, after 20 years in the consulting business, has worked with and maintained professional relationships with “Grade A” quality contactors and installers in each particular field.

What consultants are not.

Consultants are not registered engineers or architects. They are not licensed by the state to take professional liability for the design of the exterior building component. Although, consultants, more than many engineers or architects, are better educated in most exterior component systems and/or product applications. As a matter of fact, many engineers and architects hire consultants to prepare the Division 7 Section of their specifications.

Why hire a consultant?

To avoid the chance of having an inappropriate system or product specified and/or installed poorly. With the help of a consultant, you no longer need to guess what exactly needs to be done with your exterior building components. With Construction Resources you get objective recommendations because we are not connected with any contractor or manufacturer. We will recommend a system that best conforms to your building requirements and budgets.