A quarter-century of building Central Illinois
Removing a roof can be messy. Traditionally, large trucks and equipment have to be parked near your home, on your lawn and on your driveway. This can potentially damage the landscaping on your property.
To reduce this risk, Blackhawk Roofing has invested in the Equipter RB4000. This specially-designed roofing equipment eliminates most of the mess involved with removing your roof, without requiring placement of heavy equipment onto your lawn. Your property won’t have ruts, and your shrubs won’t be ruined.
The major benefits of the Equipter include:
From roof to tarp, from tarp to wheelbarrow, and from wheelbarrow to dumpster. Debris removal and disposal are labor-intensive, requiring roofers to handle the same material multiple times. The Equipter lets our crew members push nails, old shingles, or packaging directly into the container. When it’s full, our jobsite operator lowers the unit and drives it to a conventional dumpster, where it can be easily emptied via a powered tailgate.
The Equipter was designed by roofers who understand exactly how difficult and stressful it is to protect a homeowner’s property, using conventional material handling processes. The Equipter includes a roll-back feature that extends the container up to four feet backward. This allows roofers to position the container directly over landscaping and external heating and cooling units. As a result, the job becomes less physically demanding because the portable dump container reduces the need to lug, manhandle, and hoist material and debris over a homeowner’s property. The roll-back feature also reduces mental stress. Overshooting the standard tarp when moving debris over the roofline is no longer a concern, so roofers will not spend hours picking up stray debris strewn across a customer’s lawn. This helps tour crews maintain their focus on production (installing your roof), and not end-of-day cleanup.
A roof tear-off and replacement is messy work, and roofers have learned to deal with the reality of littered yards and scattered debris for generations. With the Equipter, professional roofers no longer need to deal with these time-consuming setbacks. Many unique capabilities allow our crews to create significantly less of a mess on the ground, and potential damage to windows, doors, siding and landscaping. A 12-foot lift means the container creates a closer “target,” and gives debris less distance to fall. This means our roof installation crew has greater control over where the tear-off trash lands. With the swinging lid doors open, the unit has a ten-and-a-half-foot catch area, which is angled to channel the debris into the main dump container, instead of scattered across lawns or on top of flowerbeds.
Roofing is a physically demanding job—one fraught with the potential for injuries — including strains, pulls, punctures, and long-term lower back discomfort. And while many roofers take pride in how hard they work, nobody likes to feel broken down by the end of the week. The Equipter has made a difference in the physical health of our crews, since there is less debris to clean up. We still complete a thorough cleanup of your property at the end of the job, but the Equipter reduces the time and effort substantially.
The Equipter is especially important for helping roofers get new material onto the roof. For example, our operator can lift several bundles of shingles, or 3-4 sheets of plywood to repair roof rot we may encounter in the decking. The result is a more positive working environment. Installers don’t get fatigued, and they’re able to work more efficiently.
The ability of the Equipter to boost productivity also means roof replacement projects are finished more quickly. Roofing is a physically demanding job, so anything that makes the job easier and allows our roofers to do something more efficiently is better. Equipter-assisted roofing streamlines material handling and cleanup, eliminating hours of work from each project. As a result, rather than working well into evening hours, roofers can wrap up and clock out at a reasonable time—and that’s a morale booster no matter how much pride our crew takes in hard work.
Thank you for placing your trust in Blackhawk Roofing. We look forward to serving you.
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You can be certain that quality workmanship, attention to detail, aesthetics, and efficiency (balanced with safety), are the focus of your roofing project, from start to finish. We know the success of your project depends upon our ability to employ the best people available. That's why we hire employees who take tremendous pride in a job well done. We offer our employees top pay, comprehensive training, and respect. Our employees understand that the race for quality has no finish line.
Blackhawk Roofing uses only full-time employees, to maintain excellent quality. Our foremen and installers have received extensive training in the latest roof installation techniques. We adhere to all OSHA requirements and regulations. An unconditional warranty is provided for labor and materials.
While many roofing contractors rely on subcontractors, we don't. Everyone you see on your project works for Blackhawk Roofing. Our employees share our philosophy of always going the extra mile. Owner Dan Schnell is often cited as the reason why customers choose to recommend us, again and again.
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