The VacAttack Story
Years ago, when VacAttack Services started prepping re-roofing sites by mechanically removing gravel and other debris, the clientele was limited. There were a small number of progressive companies that were willing to re-consider some entrenched work procedures that hadn't been modernized in generations.
Concepts like 'sustainable,' 'green', 'energy efficient' and 'environmentally sound' were looked upon as theoretically desirable but expensive. They were handy for buzzwords and mottos, but standards, where they existed, were vague. Then, about fifteen years ago, new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system provided the impetus for a revolution in the construction industry.
Suddenly there was huge demand for the services of VacAttack and similar suppliers. Not only did the vacuum process represent a cleaner, safer, more efficient solution, there were significant reductions in labour and disposal costs.
Just as the hydraulic concrete pump transformed construction sites by eliminating a centuries-old methodology based on pushing heavy wheelbarrows up through a maze of scaffolding, VacAttack's trailer-mounted vacuum units and heavy-duty accessories represented a whole new approach to site preparation when roof retrofits were scheduled.
At one time, highly trained, well-paid journeymen and apprentices were diverted from their main skillset to sweep and shovel tons of gravel, load it into wheelbarrows, and then dump it down chutes. It was dirty, tiring work that negatively affected productivity when the real roofing started. It was also an aspect of roofing that made it difficult to attract workers to the trade.
With the increased emphasis on worker health and safety in recent years, contactors quickly realized that mechanical gravel removal could eliminate hundreds of man hours on the dangerous outer perimeter of their elevated job sites. In addition, it quickly became evident that the new process was contributing to a decrease in compensation claims for musculoskeletal injuries. VacAttack's crews were smaller, and with their advanced equipment, almost all heavy lifting was eliminated. With the long-handled vacuum head, there was no need for any work at the dangerous perimeter. As for reducing labour costs, on larger projects the time savings could be measured in days.
When Vancouver and area contractors discuss recent advances in site preparation, their only question is "What took us so long?"
VacAttack: Fast, Safe, Clean, Cost-Effective