Services We Provide
RC Lichy& Associates provides the following roofing, waterproofing, and building envelope consulting services:
- Building envelope evaluation - Visual inspections of the roofing system, waterproofing system, exterior wall system, and related building envelope components
- Non-destructive moisture surveys (infrared and capacitance)
- Energy analysis
- Design development and preparation of construction documents and drawings for roofing, waterproofing, and exterior wall systems restoration and replacement projects
- Project management and construction administration
- Field quality control inspections
- Preventive maintenance programs
- Warranty claims assistance
- Failure Investigations
- Leak traces
- Expert Witness
Survey & Inspection Services
We provide the most extensive survey and inspection services in the industry. Our survey and inspection services include the following:
- Visual inspection of the roof, waterproof, and building envelope components
- Investigation of reported and discovered roof and wall leaks
- Non-destructive moisture scans, including a contour map of the roof and walls that indicates areas of moisture containment, migration of moisture, and moisture entry points
- Destructive exploratory investigation are used if the cause of the problem requires further investigation
- Laboratory analysis of roofiing, waterproofing, and building materials
- Photographic record of existing conditions of the roof, waterproof, exterior walls, and associated building materials
- Detailed report of roof, waterproof, exterior wall survey or inspection findings
- Recommendations for all necessary corrective actions
- Cost estimates for repair or replacement
- Plot plan of the building envelope component for phase repair or replacement, including budget projection
- Energy analysis
Any one or combination of the above services may be included in a project depending on the scope and purpose of the project. For example, one project may be limited to a simple leak investigation while a failure investigation project could include most of the above services. Our most common survey includes only a simple visual inspection of the roof/waterproof system and related or connected materials. A well-trained and experienced technician always conducts our surveys. Once the survey is complete and the data is analyzed a senior consultant prepares the report
Specifications and Drawings
Our full time involvement in the roofing and waterproofing industry enables us to keep current with the many advancements and new products being introduced by product manufactures. We maintain an ongoing program of testing and analyzing new products and procedures in in order to evaluate their usefulness to our clients needs. This knowledge of the industry enables us to provide the most applicable specifications for our clients.
In addition to providing the best specifications, our experienced roofing and waterproofing designers design the most appropriate and effective details for our client's projects. These designs are communicated by means of plans and details. Specifications are prepared using Microsoft Word, plans and details are prepared using AutoCAD software. Our specifications, plans, and details are suitable for bidding purposes as issued. We also conduct the pre-bid conferences with bidders and prepare supplemental drawings, addenda, and bulletins, if required.
No matter how extensive the survey or how applicable the specifications and drawings, the success of the project is largely dependent on the execution by the contractor. Because of the importance of the execution, we encourage our clients to utilize our on-site quality control inspection and other Contract Monitoring services. Our contract monitoring services include the following:
- Reviewing and making recommendations of bids
- Conducting the pre-construction conference
- Reviewing and evaluating change orders
- Reviewing and approving contract invoices
- Observing and evaluating in-progress work
- Conducting final inspections
- Preparing punch lists
- Participating in meetings
Preventive Maintenance Programs
In order to make your roof preventive maintenance program as effective as possible we provide the following four essential parts. These parts are well thought out and meticulously followed so that you can fully realize the benefits of your preventive maintenance program:
- The Initial Audit Inspection - The audit inspection is a detailed inspection of all components of the roofing system and other related or connected building systems. The purpose of the audit inspection is to identify any condition that may be the result of or lead to roofing damage. The data that is collected during the audit inspection becomes the base upon which the preventive maintenance program is based.
- Timely Performance of Required Maintenance Tasks - Once the inspection is complete and defects have been identified, we work with your maintenance personnel or roofing contractor to make sure the proper repairs are made.
- Follow-Up Inspections - Follow-up inspections are to be performed at least two times per year. Other inspections can be done after severe weather, or when there has been excessive foot traffic or when other conditions that may cause roof damage have occurred.
- Record Keeping - Record keeping begins with organizing the information that is gathered during the audit survey. This information includes the original construction data when available. It also includes dimensions, penetrations, observed defects, and other notable features observed during the audit survey. This information is noted on a roof audit inspection form and on a small scale drawing of the roof. The information is then updated and added to after maintenance tasks have been completed and after each follow-up inspection. All records are kept in a computer database.
Basic Components of a Typical Visual Roof Survey:
- An overall inspection of the roof membrane to ensure proper construction and integrity
- Examine the membrane base flashings and sheet metal cap flashings, copings, perimeter-edge flashings, and trim
- Inspect all rooftop equipment, projections, and drains assemblies
- Examine the underside of the roof deck and ceiling and walls for signs of moisture infiltration
- Examine all other connected or related building systems or materials.
- Report of survey findings with recommendations for all necessary corrective actions, cost estimates for repair or replacement, roof plan showing locations of all deficiencies, and a photographic record of existing conditions.
What is Benchmarking?
The Webster's New World Dictionary, Second College Edition defines a benchmark as:
A surveyor's mark... a standard or point of reference in measuring or judging quality, value, etc.
David T. Kearns, chief executive officer, Xerox Corporation, where benchmarking was first developed said:
Benchmarking is a continuous process of measuring product, services, and practices against the toughest competitors or those companies recognized as industry leaders.
A working definition of benchmarking as it relates to you and your roofing practices is:
The process whereby an organization compares their own roofing management practices against those organizations that are known to have the best roofing management practices so that they can become the "best of the best".
Our full time involvement in the roofing and waterproofing industry allows us to keep current with the many advancements and new roofing and waterproofing products being introduced by product manufacturers.
PMMA liquid-applied roofing can tackle your thorniest roofing problems
Around the country, facility managers are solving difficult roofing problems by using polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) cold, liquid-applied roofing systems. PMMA roofing systems have been successful in Europe and on the east coast of the United States for several years, but now are seeing increasing use all over the country. The product is capable of performing well under adverse conditions.