Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling Inc.
- Written by: Tom Faunce
- Produced by: John Carioti
- Estimated reading time: 4 mins
A family-owned and-operated business since 1972, Bachman’s Roofing, Building & Remodeling Inc. was founded by Tom Bachman. Once his son Eric reached the age where he was able to swing a hammer, the company became a father and son team. Located in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, Bachman’s Roofing is a residential, commercial and industrial contractor serving southeastern Pennsylvania and surrounding areas. The company also has a siding, windows and doors department.
Bachman’s roofing has been a family venture since the beginning. When a back injury sidelined the elder Bachman, Eric stepped into the leadership role. Since then, Eric’s brother Peter Niven has become vice president of the company. Niven’s wife Sheri is involved with marketing and Eric’s mother is the controller for Bachman’s Roofing.
Although the company primarily serves Berks County, the operation is licensed in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland. “We even did a job in West Virginia for previous clients,” says general manager Carl Rost. “We do whatever we can to accommodate our customers.”
With 70 full-time employees, Bachman’s Roofing takes pride in producing quality workmanship and enduring customer relationships. “We do the job right the first time,” says Rost. “If there is a problem, it’s corrected before the job is done.”
Safety is one of the company’s top priorities as well. “Nobody approaches a project with as much caution as we do,” adds Rost. “Quality, safety, protection of property and customer satisfaction are what sets us apart from other companies.” Bachman’s Roofing provides a 20-year workmanship warranty on all services and products.
Historic preservation and restoration
As a residential, commercial and industrial contractor, Bachman’s roofing has always maintained a wide range of capabilities. Recently, the company has taken on numerous projects involving churches with slate and tile roofing. “We’ve always done specialty roofing jobs but never to the amount that we have been lately,” explains Rost. “We’re very proud to say that we are doing at least one specialty job per week.”
When working on specialty roofs, especially churches, there is always a historical restoration and preservation element to consider. “It’s really great when you have the opportunity to work on the roof of a church that’s more than 200 years old, and we install a ludowici tile roof on it,” says Rost. “When they have all the bells and whistles it can really be breathtaking when you step back and look at it.”
Bachman’s Roofing is very conscientious of regulations regarding preservation when working on a historic building or in a historic district. “We follow all the guidelines of any historical committee,” explains Rost. “We go to their meetings and submit packets of what we plan to do.” Rost points out that the employees at Bachman’s Roofing enjoy working with historical preservation committees. “We want to restore the structure to its original appearance as much as we can. We look forward to that kind of challenge”
A multi-talented company
This past year, Bachman’s roofing worked with Berks Technical Institute (BTI) in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, after the facility suffered severe hail damage to its flat roof system. Having recently become certified in Carlisle product installation, the company opted to use the brand’s rubber for the roof at BTI. “It was very rewarding for us,” notes Rost. We were very excited to put that project under our belt with our new certification with Carlisle.”
Bachman’s Roofing often works with The Caring Foundation, a substance abuse treatment facility in Wernersville. “We did some synthetic slate work for them as well as a standing-seam metal roof,” says Rost. “It came out beautifully and we’re very proud of it. It’s right by our shop so we get to see it every time we drive by.”
A bright future
Rost is excited about several upcoming projects for Bachman’s Roofing. “We’re starting on a condo association in Lansdale, Pennsylvania,” explains Rost. “It’s called Center Point Farms and there are 32 buildings in that development.” The company will be working on numerous jobs involving thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) roofing systems with O’Neill Properties/MLP Builders, a private development company based in Malvern, Pennsylvania.
Rost loves his job. “Just being a part of this Bachman’s Roofing team and witnessing the quality of work that we do is enough to motivate anyone to come to work here,” says Rost. “With the management team that we have here and the growth as a company that I’m witnessing, it makes me excited to come to work every day.”
The future is bright for Bachman’s Roofing. The success the company has experienced the past few years will allow the company to expand into new markets. In any market that Bachman’s Roofing, Building, & Remodeling Inc. serves, safety and customer satisfaction will always remain the company’s top priority.
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