The Best Parts of Working As A Roofer

Roofing is one of the more difficult trades in the maintenance field. Not only is it one of the most physically demanding, but it is one of the most dangerous, especially when working with commercial roofing. However, MaintenX roofers often tell us they wouldn’t trade their jobs for any other because of the satisfaction they experience from this unique line of work. 

If you are interested in becoming a roofer, below are just a few of the reasons why our technicians chose this career path and continue to choose it every day: 

Active lifestyle

Roofers work hard to install and repair commercial roofing for our clients. This job requires a great deal of physical labor, which makes it easy for our technicians to stay in shape. If you’re someone who can’t sit behind a desk, the trades are a good way to stay active and fit throughout your career. 

Freedom 

As an independent contractor, you aren’t just a cog in the machine. You have the freedom to grow your career, work your own hours, and take charge of the work you do. And, if you do so with integrity, you can eventually own your own business and be fully in charge of your career. MaintenX is an excellent stepping stone for those who want to become self-made and learn as much about their craft as possible from experts in the field. 

Recession-proof careers

No matter what the economy looks like, people will still need roofs over their heads. Roofing repair and installation is a recession-proof career that can support your family even in times of need. This is argued as one of the most important benefits of working in the trades. 

Competitive salaries

Roofing is one of the more dangerous trade jobs and is, therefore, higher paid than many other contractor positions. Roofers also do not need to go to college or trade school, which means they can begin their careers without any sort of student debt. 

Making a difference to your customers

When the roof leaks or is damaged by a storm, it can spell disaster for an entire building. As a roofer, you have the power to turn your customer’s day around by providing a simple solution to their massive problem. This is one of the greatest joys of working with MaintenX and one of the reasons our contractors stay with us for so long. 

If you are interested in the benefits of working with MaintenX, visit our Careers page to find roofing positions in your area. 

The Best Parts of Working As An Electrician

The electrical field is one that is slowly declining in popularity as more and more high schoolers choose the college route over the technical school. While some will go into electrical engineering, there are fewer and fewer young electricians to replace those retiring in the field. In recent years, this has put pressure on many trades. MaintenX sees fewer recruits every year and competes with many other maintenance brands to find the best technicians in a much smaller workforce pool. 

While there are certainly many benefits to going into higher education, at MaintenX we want to encourage those who want an alternate career path to consider electrical work. Below are just a few reasons why our electricians love what they do, and want to continue working with MaintenX: 

Active lifestyle 

Electricians don’t work regular 9 to 5 jobs. They are always on their feet and working with their hands making an active lifestyle easy to lead in this line of work. Electricians are not only physically active but are required to problem-solve and think quickly on the job. This makes electrical work both physically and mentally engaging, and perfect for the worker who can’t sit still. 

Working in a recession-proof career

Our homes and businesses require electricity to operate. This means that no matter what the economy is like, there will be work in the electrical field in both residential and commercial sectors. 

Never-ending growth opportunities 

Electrical work is one of the more difficult technical vocations to master, which means those that are successful in the field are highly valuable. The electrical field is always changing with new technologies, so if you put in the work and stay up-to-date on industry trends, there will always be opportunities for career growth. 

Competitive salaries

Electrical work is one of the most lucrative trades to go into because the work is so highly specialized and can be dangerous without the right training. Many electricians can make comparable to someone with a four-year degree if they work hard and continue their professional development. This is not true with all trades and makes electrical work all the more appealing to some. 

Finding meaning in your work

As an electrician, you have the opportunity to turn your client’s day around every time you visit a job site. People come to us when they’re in need – when they’ve lost power or are struggling with a major appliance that doesn’t work. We can help them return to business-as-usual and ensure that their livelihoods are secure by helping on a job site. This makes electrical work something you can be proud of every single day. 

If you are interested in becoming a MaintenX electrician for these benefits and many more, visit our Careers page to find available positions near you. 

The Best Parts of Working in HVAC Repair

MaintenX wouldn’t be the same if it weren’t for our incredible HVAC technicians. They work hard to go above and beyond our client’s expectations, upholding our reputation and ensuring that every customer leaves the interaction satisfied. We are constantly impressed by the hard work our technicians put in, especially for the difficult vocation they are in. But, we hear from many of our HVAC technicians that the hard work is well worth the payoff. 

Below are five of the most-cited reasons why our HVAC technicians love working for MaintenX: 

Active lifestyle

HVAC repair, especially when you are an independent contractor, isn’t like other 9 to 5 jobs. Instead of being stuck behind a computer all day, you are constantly moving or driving from place to place. Our technicians have an easy time staying in shape and leading an active lifestyle because their job doesn’t require them to sit in place. 

Working with your hands

For those that love fixing things and working with their hands, HVAC repair is the ideal vocation. Our technicians are problem-solvers and highly skilled with their hands, meaning they are not only physically active but mentally engaged on the job. 

Camaraderie on the worksite

Not every workplace is lucky enough to have a genuine culture of camaraderie, but at MaintenX we believe it is what makes our service one of the best in the nation. Because our contractors are independent, they are able to work with teams that function the way they see fit. We hire both highly experienced technicians and recent technical school grads to ensure that the younger technicians can learn from those more experienced. And, we give our technicians full trust, so that they can relax and get their work done without external pressures that cause tension on the job site. 

Competitive salaries and benefits

One of the primary reasons people go into the HVAC repair field is the earnings. HVAC technicians make competitive salaries, especially for a vocation that requires only two years of schooling. Plus, at MaintenX we offer competitive bonus packages, paid holidays and sick days, overtime, and many other financial incentives to ensure our technicians are paid what they’re worth to us. 

Being your customer’s hero

While the salaries are great, there is nothing better than knowing you made a difference in your client’s day after an HVAC repair. We all know how miserable it is to go without heating and cooling, and as an HVAC technician, you have the ability to make someone’s business an enjoyable place to work again. 

MaintenX wants as many qualified, enthusiastic HVAC technicians on our teams as possible. If you are interested in applying for a job in your area, visit our Careers page for more information.

Prepping Your Business for the Holidays

The holiday season is just around the corner, which means one thing for most businesses – it’s time for annual sales. Retail, travel, and entertainment businesses have some of their biggest months of the year around the holidays. However, this also means it’s the season with the most heightened competition in your industry. If you want your business to come out on top, now is the time to start preparing your building and your staff. 

If you want your business to be able to handle the intense competition, heavy foot traffic, and frantic customers this year, here are 15 tips to help prepare: 

  • Spruce up your landscaping to create an inviting outdoor environment and front entrance
  • Renew signage as needed to ensure your business is visible from the street
  • Paint or pressure wash your building exterior
  • Invest in tasteful holiday decor that enhances the season without looking tacky to customers
  • Hire additional staff in September so they are fully trained before the holiday rush
  • Begin holiday marketing in September to create top-of-mind awareness by November and December
  • Plan for inventory increases ahead of time
  • Get a head start on end-of-year bookkeeping, taxes, and other tasks so you’re not overwhelmed in December after the shopping rush (and can actually enjoy some vacation days)
  • Plan preventative maintenance services in September and October to prevent breakdowns during the holidays
  • Plan sales and price changes early to roll them out seamlessly during the shopping season
  • Budget ahead for holiday bonuses paid vacation time and other expenses during the holiday season
  • Schedule downtime so you can clean and organize your storefront and maintain a professional appearance even as foot traffic increases 
  • Set clear expectations for hours and vacation allowances for employees to ensure everyone is on the same page and can plan holidays accordingly
  • Discuss 2023 business goals with your departments so you can come into the new year with a fresh start
  • Celebrate success as you enter the New Year!

MaintenX can help you get through the holiday season with preventative care, repair services, and exterior maintenance before and during the holiday rush. To learn more about our maintenance and cleaning services, contact your local MaintenX team today!

Ways to Improve Business Curb Appeal

As business owners, we spend a lot of time perfecting the look of our brands. The color, the storefront, the packaging of products, and everything in between are meticulously planned to ensure our customers get the same experience every time. Branding is arguably the most important element of marketing as a whole, and it doesn’t stop at the doors. Creating curb appeal for your business can help your brand stand apart from the rest and entice customers to stop even before they know your business’ name. 

At MaintenX, we work hard to ensure our clients’ buildings are in tip-top shape. Part of this is exterior maintenance, including landscaping, roofing repair, exterior HVAC maintenance, and more. We’ve learned a thing or two about curb appeal for businesses, and can help you make your building stand out on your block. 

Below are ten different ways you can instantly improve your curb appeal with the help of the MaintenX team: 

  • Invest in eco-friendly landscaping to improve the look and function of your outdoor environment
  • Schedule parking lot maintenance to get rid of potholes, repaint faded markers, and improve the overall appearance of your parking lot
  • Clean up exterior HVAC units to prevent your building from looking old or worn
  • Invest in roofing maintenance annually to ensure your building looks new and well-maintained
  • Repair concrete sidewalks and hardscape as needed
  • Paint your front door and exterior every few years to keep it looking fresh
  • Pressure wash the exterior annually to prevent dirt buildup
  • Clean and replace signage annually to prevent fading and build-up
  • Update fencing as it ages
  • Clean and upgrade to energy-efficient windows

With these tips, you can make your building’s exterior shine. For more help with landscaping and exterior maintenance service, contact your local MaintenX team or visit our Resource Center.

Eco-Friendly Landscaping Tips for Your Business

MaintenX strives to offer our clients eco-friendly options for their HVAC, plumbing, roofing, electrical systems, and even landscaping because we know how big a difference it can make for our communities. Even small acts of energy savings can make large-scale impacts on our environment, and even help our client’s bottom line. And, the best part is, that eco-friendly design can be easy to implement for almost any small business. 

How Eco-Friendly Landscaping Benefits Your Business

Eco-friendly landscaping is a priority to many businesses because sustainability is a part of their mission and core values. However, many businesses soon discover that their eco-friendly mission is also good for their bottom line. Sustainable landscaping can help your business: 

  • Save money on water and energy costs
  • Improve curb appeal with easy-to-manage foliage
  • Help your brand become a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified business 
  • Reduce lawn service costs overall with plants that are designed for hardiness in your zone

Eco-friendly landscaping removes traditional assumptions about what is and isn’t needed for commercial lawn care, and makes it easier for you to create a beautiful, sustainable outdoor environment for your business. 

10 Ways to Create Eco-Friendly Landscaping 

These ten changes can make your commercial landscaping eco-friendly and inviting to visitors: 

  • Choose eco-friendly sprinklers and irrigation systems to reduce water consumption
  • Plant pollinator-friendly flowers to help support bee and wildlife populations in your area
  • Choose drought-resistant groundcover over traditional lawn grass to reduce water and herbicide use
  • Purchase organic fertilizers or compost rather than chemical fertilizers to reduce chemical pollution in your landscaping
  • Reduce herbicide and pesticide use with natural alternatives and pest-resistant varieties 
  • Choose native plants that are easy to care for and require less maintenance in your hardiness zone
  • Switch to battery-powered machines for lawncare to reduce fuel consumption
  • Choose sustainable materials for hardscapes such as bamboo and stone rather than plastic or certain hardwoods
  • Use solar or LED lights for outdoor use
  • Design your outdoor space to be used by employees (such as an outdoor lunch area or walking park) to allow them a space to recharge and encourage active lifestyles at work. 

These ten tips can make all the difference when designing your business’s landscaping. For more tips and ideas for sustainable landscaping design, visit our Resource Center.

The Best Generators for Florida’s Hurricane Season

In Florida, hurricane season falls between July and November, with the most intense storms usually coming through in September and October. During these months, it’s important for businesses to prepare ahead of time to ensure their property and employees are safe. This preparation should include evacuation protocols, plans for safely storing merchandise, and an emergency plan for boarding up the building. You should also include a post-hurricane plan for your business to allow for easier reopening if your business isn’t damaged in the storm. 

When everyone returns from evacuation after a storm, there are four things you should be prepared to face: 

  • A lack of power, cell service, and internet citywide
  • Limited road access due to fallen trees and debris
  • Flooding due to storm surge
  • Exterior building damage including broken windows, roof damage, and other signs of wear and tear from hurricane-force winds

If you want to be back in business soon after returning from evacuation, you should invest in a backup generator to ensure you have power regardless of the grid. Many businesses and neighborhoods will be without power for weeks, but if you are able to open, you can help your community recover much more quickly. 

Typically, we recommend one of the four brands for commercial generator installation: 

  • Generac
  • Commins
  • Briggs & Straton
  • Kubota

Each of these brands has a specialty line of commercial generators, both portable and installed. They are the top-rated generators in the country, and all MaintenX technicians are familiar with maintenance for these brands. We offer generator installation, repairs, and preventative maintenance to ensure that if the lights go out, your generator is ready to go. 

If you are interested in installing a new generator for your business or are in need of repairs before this hurricane season, contact your local MaintenX today for help!

Ways to Easily Improve Your Building’s Flooring

Commercial flooring takes quite the beating on a day-to-day basis. It receives much more foot traffic than your home flooring and therefore needs a more involved care and maintenance plan than what you do at home. While this may seem like a low priority to most businesses, there are several reasons why investing in your flooring can be good for your bottom line. 

Flooring that is well-cared for will last longer, leading to fewer maintenance and repair expenses. If you have wood flooring, it also pays to take care of it so you don’t ever deal with rot, mold, or mildew problems. Flooring can make a good impression on guests as well, just as dirty floors will make people hurry for the door. All of these factors combined make flooring maintenance much more important than it may seem at first. 

If you want to improve the look of your commercial floors, these three tips can make maintenance much simpler: 

  • Sweep and mop on a regular schedule – Depending on how much foot traffic your business sees, you may have to sweep daily and mop several times a week in order to maintain your floors properly. Bathroom floors and front entrances are most important because their cleanliness will make the greatest impression on customers. 
  • Invest in the right supplies – Certain floor cleaners only work for certain surfaces, and using the wrong one can damage your flooring over time. For example, wood needs a specific cleaning solution that won’t cause rot or water damage with repeated use. Make sure to look at the labels of your cleaning supplies and use the right products for everyday cleaning. 
  • Invest in deep cleaning – Even well-maintained floors will need periodic waxing, spot treatment, and other deep cleaning services to preserve their freshness. Make sure to talk to your MaintenX technician to determine a proper cleaning schedule for your flooring type and business traffic. 

MaintenX offers flooring repairs, installations, and general maintenance services for businesses across the U.S. If you’re looking for an alternative to flooring care in your area, contact us today to schedule a consultation!

Ways to Improve Your Reception Area or Foyer

A great deal of time is spent designing most front reception spaces for businesses. A waiting room or reception area should be a place where customers can relax, unwind, and learn about your business while they wait for service. Whether you’re operating an auto service center or a medical facility, the reception area should be a place where you spend a great deal of time planning and designing for the optimal customer experience. 

Follow these four tips to make your waiting area a comfortable, relaxed, and inviting environment for all visitors: 

Add fresh scents. 

Your reception area makes the first impression on customers, and you can make it a memorable one with a fresh scent. Many memories are made in association with smells, so if your front entrance has a plug-in air freshener or candle, you’re likely to make a positive memory every time with customers. 

Spend time decorating. 

The decor you choose should not only make your reception area more functional, but also more beautiful. Don’t be afraid to add color, works of art, and decorative elements such as flowers or sculptures to make your waiting area inviting and pleasing to look at. While a plain reception room will serve its purpose, it won’t make the positive impression on your guests that a well-thought-out one will. 

Provide comfortable seating. 

Arguably the most important element of a waiting area is its seating. Your guests don’t want to wait in uncomfortable chairs, so invest in quality seating that is well-spaced out for guest comfort. 

Add signs for restrooms and important departments within the building. 

Many customers will not want to wait to find areas of your building such as a returns counter, restrooms, or service desk. You can help direct them with obvious signs for these various areas of your store, thus expediting the experience for them and reducing demand on your reception staff. 

These principles can apply to any building, whether you’re designing a medical center, restaurant, or retail store. If you’d like more tips and tricks for commercial interior design, visit our Resource Center. 

Ways to Improve Your Business’ Front Entrance

The front entrance is one of the most carefully planned and designed areas of any business facility. It makes the first impression on customers and can be the difference between making a sale and giving one away to your competition depending on how you approach the design. While some storefront design principles are shared across the board, others will make your business stand out from the rest and help you make a more successful storefront. 

Below are four ways MaintenX can help you improve your business front entrance with minimal cost and maximal returns. 

Paint your storefront an inviting color.

Your storefront should instantly welcome your customers with an inviting ambiance. The colors chosen for the front entrance should be on-brand and visually appealing. You can also add décor elements, depending on the size and type of business you operate. Be sure to schedule paint retouches with MaintenX if your colors aren’t as fresh as they used to be. 

Add obvious signs for restrooms and various departments. 

Most customers in today’s day and age don’t want to immediately talk to a sales associate to get information such as where your restroom is or how to find a certain item they want. Make the shopping experience easily manageable with signs for important areas in your store such as your restrooms, returns desk, and other various service areas. 

Keep your front entrance squeaky clean. 

Even if you offer the best service in town, your clients will likely be unimpressed if you have a dirty, humid, or otherwise unpleasant front entrance. If they can see dirt, cracks in the drywall, or other signs of deterioration, they will assume this is not a quality place to shop. Call your MaintenX team to fix any obvious signs of degradation near your front entrance to make your first impression a great one. 

Organize cart corrals, sale signs, and other common front entrance displays. 

There are certain things customers will expect to find at your front entrance, such as cart corrals or shopping baskets. They’ll also be looking for your current sales, specials, or other deals your business is offering currently, which should be the very first information they can find at your front entrance. These elements gracefully encourage customers to stick around and shop without being too “in your face” and counterproductive to the consumer experience. 

MaintenX offers both interior and exterior maintenance services to ensure your front entrance makes the right impression every time. To learn more about our general maintenance services, contact your local MaintenX team today!