Canadian Design and Construction Report
Crawford Roofing Corporation is featured in this months issue of Canadian Design and Construction Report.
Crawford Roofing succeeds with diverse services, emergency response capabilities and solid safety practices
Family-owned Crawford Roofing, based in Downsview, has grown since its inception in 1983 into a competitive industrial, commercial, and institutional roofing operation.
General manager Nelson Rites says customer satisfaction has always been integral to the company’s operation and is part of its success and growth. The company has grown over time to more than 70 employees, including multiple production and service roofing crews. It has a large yard and warehouse space, where it stores a range of key equipment and handles job preparation.
The company’s services have also grown with time to include in-house disposal, craning, vacuuming, and sheet metal fabrication.
“Our focus is on re-roofing applications for multiple types of buildings of varying uses,” says Rites. “We work closely with building owners, property managers, as well as REITs (real estate investment trust).”
He says the company’s emergency leak services, reroofing, and sheet metal flashings help clients maintain
their building envelope for better building lifecycle. Crawford’s emergency response ensures damage is contained and repaired quickly and efficiently.
“Our clients rely on our quick response time, appreciate that we are detail orientated, and value that each and every one of our projects is completed within budget and on schedule. We work with the individual needs of each building and occupant to ensure the work is done with minimal disruption and according to their requirements.”
He says for their own employees’ wellbeing, and their client’s peace of mind, safety is always a high priority. “Everyone gets home at the end of the day. No exception. That focus is there no matter how small, how routine, or how complex the job.”
Rites says Crawford is approved and audited quarterly by third party safety agencies such as ISN, Contractor Check, Browz, and Certisync who help confirm and ensure the company’s safety practices are top notch.
The company also works with multiple public sector organizations, focusing its crews and efforts in the GTA and Golden Horseshoe areas, but also travelling as far north as Sudbury and east to Kingston.
Rites says Crawford, under the guidance of highly tenured, skilled roofing foremen and management, is able to handle projects involving sensitive building operations including food processing, manufacturing, hospitals and schools. These, he says, require special care both for the activities within the building, but also for occupant and visitor safety.
Crawford has been involved, for instance, on projects at the Waterloo WWTP (waste water treatment plant), The Hospital for Sick Children, and Thornlea Secondary School. The company has worked with clients including the City of Vaughan, the City of Oakville, the Town of Whitby, the Simcoe School Board, the District Municipality of Muskoka, the York Region District School Board (YRDS), and the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).
The company has been a member of Ontario Industrial Roofing Contractors Association (OIRCA) for more than 20 years. Its employees belong to Local 30 Sheet Metal Workers and Roofers Union (SMWIA). The company also supports the Roofing Consultants Institute (RCI), and the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO).