SIMA Company Vs. General Contractor

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Winter is upon us, and Montgomery county has started experiencing the menace of some icy mornings and a couple small “snow removal” events. If the past is a good indicator of the future, then we believe there will be more to come before this winter is over.  While snow adds beauty to your business exterior, it also increases the risk of accidents on your property.

You may decide to undertake snow removal on your own or can hire a general contractor who owns a plow truck and a spreader. Doing this may save you money in the short run but exposes your company, staff, and tenants to unnecessary risk and litigation over the long term.

Snow accumulation worsens during a blizzard, and nothing can help you here except a professional snow and ice management company. When the weather takes a turn for the worst, like during a snowstorm or a blizzard, DIY snow plowing or a general contractor aren’t going to help. You will need reliable snow and ice management service, which has the required training, equipment, and staff to deal with heavy snowfall and ice.


Here are some reasons why you should opt for a specialized snow and ice management service company as opposed to a general contractor who also deal in snow removal.


Response Time

Time is of the essence when you have accumulated snow outside your business or residential premises. If you decide to tackle snow plowing on your own, you will have to start hours before you plan to open your office and will have to stay on your toes, shoveling snow and removing it if it snows during the day. This isn’t ideal as you aren’t equipped to deal with snow and ice management. Therefore, you are likely to increase your business’s slip and fall liability.

On the other hand, a company providing professional snow and ice management services are trained and outfitted to handle the volatile weather conditions. They will have your space cleared before you and your team arrive at the office and will also be better equipped to deal with fresh snowfall as it falls.  Weather monitoring programs are utilized and trained individuals track the Doplar radar throughout the weather events.


Manpower Availability  

In winters, the most dreaded outcome of an accident is a lawsuit. Business owners hire snow removal services to reduce their risk of slip and fall liability. This risk-minimizing strategy is defeated if you hire a general contractor who deals in snow removal. A general contractor will most likely be working solo and thus will not have the employee strength required to clear multiple locations at the same time. Therefore, despite paying for snow plowing and removal, you will not get the necessary level of service simply because of to the limitations of the solo operations.

This is where a professional snow and ice removal service comes into play. A specialized service provider will have multiple employees that can cater to different location simultaneously as well as backup subcontractors in blizzard scenarios if need be.


Backup Equipment 

Not only do specialized snow and ice management service providers have a strong employee base, they also have backup equipment required to cater to multiple locations at the same time. A general contractor will have a snowplow but will not have backup trucks and other specialized equipment required to deal with a snow emergency. This makes hiring a general contractor risky as they are unreliable.


Expert Training and Certification

A specialized snow and ice management service provider will have trained and certified employees from SIMA. The Snow and Ice Management Association (SIMA) is a North American trade association for professionals working in the snow and ice management industry. SIMA conducts the Certified Snow Professional (CPS) certification for business owners and executives working in the snow management industry. CPS certification is the recognized standard for professionalism and excellence in the snow and ice management industry.


For optimal snow and ice management, a specialized agency is what you need. Winter is tightening its grip on Montgomery County!  You need a reliable snow and ice management service to help you deal with the snow and ice.


BAM’s Landscaping is your answer to finding a specialized snow and ice management company near you. At BAM’s, we provide the entire spectrum of snow removal and ice treatment services. We are SIMA certified and thus have a fleet of equipment and employees that are well trained to deal with the volatile weather. We are insured and covered by a $2 million liability insurance policy with another $1mil blanket policy.


Contact us TODAY and enjoy the benefits of winter without experiencing its nasty side.


So, don’t let the winter season catch your business by surprise!