Informational Blog - Yutzy Construction Inc.
My name is Jason Yutzy and I’m the owner of Yutzy Construction, Inc. of Grove City, MN. We provide commercial and flat roof solutions throughout Minnesota and beyond. I plan to write a series of posts describing some of the services we offer, some of the projects we have done, and also try to answer some common commercial roof related questions that building owners may find interesting.
| Cold Spring Record
$1,753.80. One thousand seven hundred fifty three dollars eighty cents. That’s how much the tickets cost. No big deal, right?
My wife and I needed to attend a convention in Cincinnati with our 2 year old son. So I hopped on the trusty Orbitz app and checked out what was available. Hmm, prices are kinda steep for the date and time we want, but you gotta do what you gotta do. So I clicked buy and added the goodly sum to my beat up Discover card. All was well and good till a few weeks later when, due to unforeseen circumstances, we found we would not be able to attend the convention after all.
So, reservation number in hand, I called up the airline, a behemoth based in Atlanta whose name begins with a D and ends with an A. At 7:15 AM I was told I could leave my number in queue to receive a call back from a customer service representative “in more than two hours.” So I left my phone number and went on with my day. At 9:47 they called back, but I missed the call. So I had to call customer service again. And leave my number in the “more than two hours” queue again. At 11:43 AM they called back and this time I caught the call. After explaining what had happened, I asked the customer service rep if we could change the date for a fee. Or get a refund of any kind. Absolutely not, I was told. There is nothing we can do for you. We can’t change the date, change the destination, or get a refund or credit of any kind. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Zip. Nix. Zero. Nein. Nyet. And then she hung up on me.
Now, I don’t like to give up easily, so I called up Orbitz. At least they have real people answering their phones. Unfortunately, they could not help me either. “It’s the airline’s policy, sir.”
The money for the tickets is down the drain, and there’s nothing I can do about it. In this day of instant global communication, I can tell the airline that I won’t be making the flight two weeks ahead of time, but they keep my money just because they can. They’re a faceless behemoth with a near monopoly. They don’t provide personalized service because they don’t have to.
Now, you may be asking what does this have to do with roofing. Good question.
It’s all about mindset. This airline is an uncaring, faceless behemoth. They don’t care about my Discover card (unless they can park more charges on it) and that person on the “customer service hotline” is thinking about end of shift, not about helping some hapless roofer in Minnesota.
In contrast, I’d like to consider the mindset we have at Yutzy Construction. When you call us, you will talk to the owner--that’s me--and I’ll discuss your roof with you personally. After setting up a time to meet, I’ll come out to inspect your roof and make a recommendation for you. Should you hire us, I and/or my partner will be on the jobsite personally while the work is being done to ensure quality application. After the roof is complete, I will personally return to do an inspection periodically to make sure your roof is performing optimally. Should there ever be a leak or other kind of problem with your roof, you will have my personal cell number. You can call me direct and I will come out and figure out the problem and we will correct it. Because your roof is our roof. Your problem is our problem. I’m not thinking about the end of shift, but rather how can I please the customer. I have kids to feed and I want your business. We will make your flat roof or commercial roof stop leaking. We will take care of it because It Is A Big Deal!
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When snow warms up, it melts! Why is this snow melting in such an irregular manner? The sun melts snow more or less evenly; not in straight lines like this.
Recently I was on the roof of a brand new building, waterproofing around some AC units. This building had a low slope metal roof. It was steel frame with fiberglass batt insulation between the metal purlins and the roof steel. Now, fiberglass may be a cheap insulating material, but this photo shows a major flaw in it. Remember this is a brand new building, but already heat is melting the snow by each purlin. If a new metal and fiberglass roof performs like this imagine how bad a 5 year old roof or a 20 year old roof will be!
How to fix it? Do we really care if our heating dollars are spent heating the Great Outdoors? For those commercial roof owners who want to keep their money in their pockets, we offer Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF). Add an inch (or two) of SPF and keep your money for yourself! SPF also has the added benefits of waterproofing your roof and adding strength to your roof deck. Finally, SPF will eliminate icedamming, which is a common problem in our Minnesota climate where snow will partially melt in the day, refreeze at night and thaw again the next day, at last working its way into the seam and down into your building. Foam is a long term solution to a host of problems that plague low slope and flat roofs in our extreme climate. We offer very competitive warranties with these systems and when properly maintained can be expected to last for many decades.
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Guess which section of this roof has SPF on it! One building, one heat source, two different roof systems.
Cold Spring Record
Today’s project highlight was for the Cold Spring Record of Cold Spring, Minnesota. The building is an old Butler building constructed in the 1970’s and the roof is steel with about a 2/12 pitch. A number of the screws were leaking and there were a few pipes on the roof that leaked as well.
After inspecting the roof and discussing some options with the owner, we decided a coating system would be best suited for this roof. This system comes with a full 12 year nonprorated warranty covering both materials and labor.
The first step in this system was a complete etching treatment to kill any rust and then we pressure washed it at 4,000 psi. As you can see in the photo, there was a lot of dirt accumulated! Most roofs actually have more dirt on them than you would think, which is why we always make sure to do a thorough pressure wash job. Next we removed the pipe you see in the photo, since it was obviously leaking and no longer in use.
After all the prep work had been done, we started the application of the coating system. First, we applied a primer, which will block rust and also give better adhesion for the coating. In the next step we sealed all the seams in the metal, both horizontal and vertical, with Spunflex which is a military grade nylon fabric. Thirdly we sealed each individual fastener with sealer which is applied with the use of the redneck-engineered machine in the photo, which we built ourselves!
The final step is coating the entire roof with the Conklin company’s Benchmark coating, which is a high grade acrylic coating which goes on at 1.9 gal/100 square feet. Once this coating is dry, it will provide a seamless barrier that keeps out rain and melting snow while remaining flexible and pliable to deal with the extreme expansion and contraction that happens in our Minnesota climate. It is also highly reflective and provides good resistance to dirt buildup.
This roof turned out great and can be expected to last many years. The nice thing about this acrylic coating is that when its lifespan is complete, we can come in and wash it off and recoat it with another coat, making this system truly renewable and sustainable and building owner friendly.
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Central Minnesota Commercial & Industrial Roof Restoration
Yutzy Construction Inc. provides Roof Restoration and Coating Services for all of central Minnesota and the western Twin Cities metro area, including:
Brainerd, Brooklyn Park, Burnsville, Champlin, Edina, Elk River, Fergus Falls, Maple Grove, Marshall, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Ramsey, Richfield, Sartell, Shakopee, St. Cloud, Willmar and surround communites.