A good roof over your home or business protects your investment in many ways. A healthy roof shelters you from the elements along with preventing unwanted rot and mildew. Using quality products to assemble your roof that provide ventilation and insulation adds value to your property along with saving money on heating and cooling costs. Your roof is something that may be rarely thought of but is one of the most important components of any building you own.
Jeff Butler is the President of Commercial Roofing in Grain Valley. He’s been in business since 1992. Butler is proud that his address and phone number has stayed the same during the duration of his business over the last 27 years. Clients originally sought out Butler as a construction consultant until they also kept asking him to do the roofing work as well. Butler eventually decided to go the construction route and the rest is history.
Commercial Roofing provides services to the perimeter of the Greater Kansas City Metropolitan Area. From St. Joseph and Chillicothe to Marshall, Sedalia, and Warrensburg along with Jackson County, Butler has done numerous jobs in many areas over the years. Butler and his family call Eastern Jackson County home.
“This (Eastern Jackson County) is home. It would be better for us to be centrally located in downtown Kansas City. I like the small-town feel though. I grew up in a small town near farm fields in State Center, Iowa. The Blue Springs and Grain Valley area is home and makes sense. I’m not a big fan of traffic either. It’s nice to have ten-minute drive to work,” Butler said.
Commercial Roofing emphasizes value and purpose. Cutting corners to attain being the lowest price offered is not of interest to Butler. He also does not want to be the highest bid either. Understanding the purpose of delivering what people pay for is a goal Butler has for his team. Doing the job right the first time and leaving the structure better than it was initially or something that will last is what Butler strives for with his business.
Underscoring that you get what you pay for is the message that Commercial Roofing shares with its customers. Butler cited Duro Last, GAF Corporation, John Mansville Roofing, and Atlas Shingles among products of value used by his business.
“Atlas Shingles contain more copper than limestone filler. Atlas has also teamed up with 3M and added Scotch Guard to their product to help protect against some of the weathering marks or stains you see on roofs from limestone filled shingles,” Butler said.
Any business venture that has lasted for nearly three decades has faced its share of successes and challenges. Commercial Roofing is no exception. Butler indicates that finding room for expansion and the economic downturn of 2008 as challenges they have had to overcome.
Butler credits the City of Grain Valley for being cooperative in supporting expansion of his business after considering the Blue Springs area as a place for growth. “We ran into the logistics of just not having enough room and Grain Valley was accommodating in allowing us to purchase land behind us and the building next door so we could expand. Making sure you have the room you need to grow is important,” Butler said.
“Business was good prior to 2008. Even 2008 and 2009 were not that bad for me. The recession then kicked in and caused the coffers to dwindle. Luckily, we had saved and were able to get through that period prior to the business getting back to growing.”
Commercial Roofing’s longevity and success have been built on hiring quality people. Butler does not hesitate in the slightest when describing how important they are to the wellbeing of what he does. “You try to do right by your clients. Word of mouth is the best advertising. If you do something poorly, people are going to talk. Ten percent of people will compliment for what you do well. Ninety percent of people aren’t going to hesitate to talk if they have a bad experience. You don’t want people in your community, family, and church to be talking about a bad experience with their roof,” Butler said.
“We want to treat people like family. How you treat people matters. I tell our team members all the time to be aware that they are wearing our shirts and driving our trucks whether they are on or off the clock. We emphasize who you are and how you act matters. Do the job like you are doing it for a member of your family. Hopefully, we have delivered what the customer has paid for. That’s important.”
Not ignoring leaks and taking preventative measures are two ways to make your current roof last according to Butler. He encourages people to keep their gutters clean as well as being aware of any vegetation growing in or around their gutters. Trees overhead left untrimmed can provide a bridge for animals to have access to your roof as well. Annual inspections of your roof, especially if you’ve experienced a storm with hail or high winds, are also a way to avoid costly headaches later on.
Commercial Roofing Services is located at 315 James Rollo Dr. in Grain Valley, MO. You can reach them via phone at 816-228-5588 or www.commercialroofingsvc.com.
Jeff Butler, President of Commercial Roofing Services, has served customers from his Grain Valley location for the past 27 years.
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