Downtown Self Storage, Portland, Ore.
Roofing Contractor: Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal, Tualatin, Ore.
The Columbia Roof Advantage is Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal’s initiative to help its commercial roofing clients keep their roofs in tiptop shape by following a simple, yet structured ongoing maintenance program.
Already 38-years old, the roof on Downtown Self Storage is expected to last another decade because it is part of the Columbia Roof Advantage. “Columbia has placed this roof in the Gold level of Columbia Roof Advantage service,” says Mark Carpenter, Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal’s CEO. “This is a twice-a-year service of cleaning, inspecting, fixing minor issues and writing a report with recommendations on upgrades needed along with other building components that affect the performance of the roof.”
The building’s owner, Al Solheim, says Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal is a vendor he can depend on. “I think that Mark took a real interest in helping us sustain the life of the roof on our 100-year-old building,” he asserts. “Roofs with TLC last like anything you stay reasonably on top of; it will respond. A lot of commercial roofs are flat and they require a different level of care. It’s more challenging. Mark’s company does a good job dealing with those challenges.”
Each year, Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal services about 10 million square feet of roofs, which is equal to 230 acres. The Downtown Self Storage project not only illustrates the roofing contracting company’s commitment to superior customer service, but also demonstrates its efforts to sustain a roof for as long as possible.
“This roof will be on the building protecting people’s personal belongings with a watertight roof,” Carpenter notes. “It is the pinnacle of sustainability; keeping what is in place working and not throwing a roof away or buying a new one—success with protecting both the environment and the economic value of the roof and the building.”
Photo: Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal