For building owners and managers in the Garden State, winter weather not only refers to the white stuff that falls out of the sky—but rather, the white stuff that collects in a building’s lobby and is also deposited on their many sidewalks, roadways and parking lots. But luckily for these owners and property managers, a variety of services and products exist that can eliminate the headaches caused by the various forms of winter precipitation.
John Fedele of Star Products in Carlstadt says building owners usually utilize their own crews during winter storms, rather than outsourcing to a third party company. However, things like parking maintenance and snowplowing are often outsourced to outside companies due to crew availability.
“Usually the crews have to come in and do some overtime rather than hiring extra crews,” Fedele says. “But the properties and buildings are very large and can be hard to maintain, so they’ll outsource the parking lot part of it.”
However, outsourcing portions of winter weather removal can leave a building owner at the mercy of a third party company’s schedule. Jason Teigman of Hackensack-based GT Dawn Brite says crews can often get backlogged in times of harsh weather.
“Most buildings use their own crews, but many outsource their landscaping or snow removal to an outside company,” Teigman says. “However, it’s more expensive and you may not have immediate service depending on how many clients they have—if they have ten clients, they can’t be there all at the same time.”