About Columbia Roofing Incorporated

Since 1978, Columbia Roofing’s customers have relied on the Maryland-based contractor for expert service and reliability. In addition to offering residential and commercial roofing services, Columbia Roofing handles siding, soffit and fascia, window and door replacement, gutters and downspouts, gutter control guard protection, and metal roofing for residential, commercial and retail properties. Columbia Roofing’s customers include residential and commercial property owners as well as property management companies. Visit them at www.columbiaroofing.com.

The situation

Columbia Roofing began its relationship with Gross Mendelsohn in 1988. The firm’s Construction & Real Estate Group helped Columbia Roofing with quite a bit in the early stages of the relationship, helping the construction company lay good groundwork for solid accounting and operational practices. Gross Mendelsohn helped Columbia Roofing with bookkeeping, financial statement preparation and tax issues.

Gross Mendelsohn’s Technology Solutions Group installed and configured a Timberline Office construction accounting system to meet the operational and financial requirements of the business. The firm created custom job cost and financial management reports to provide up-to-date information on revenues, costs and profits by job, by market (customer categories) and internal departments.

Columbia Roofing also called on the Technology Solutions Group to setup their network infrastructure, including server, workstations and printers.

Today, Columbia Roofing has an in-house controller who manages the business’s day-to-day accounting needs. Gross Mendelsohn reviews the financial statements prepared by the company’s controller, handles the income tax preparation and ongoing tax planning for both the company and its owners, and helps Columbia Roofing with any insurance and banking needs that arise.

The firm’s Technology Solutions Group provides ongoing telephone and onsite support as well as assistance with report design. Columbia Roofing relies on the firm’s technology specialists to setup new workstations, printers and related computer hardware, and perform periodic maintenance on the server and workstations, including installing and configuring antivirus updates, installing Windows service packs, adding / removing network users, and monitoring disk space and event logs.

In our client's words

“We work with Gross Mendelsohn because they make a difference in our business. They handle all of our financial and tax needs extremely well. This allows my husband and I to do what we know best—run our construction business—and not worry so much about the numbers. Perhaps the biggest impact Gross Mendelsohn has had on our business is that they’ve helped us grow.

I like how the people at Gross Mendelsohn, especially Steve Ball and Chris Haiss, take a personal interest in our business. They want us to succeed. They get involved in our business. This, combined with their strong understanding of the construction industry, enables them to make relevant and practical recommendations. For example, they helped us automate our job costing system through Timberline. As a result, we have a much better handle on how much we make on our jobs. We use this kind of information to make good decisions for our business.

The knowledge base available through Gross Mendelsohn is outstanding. They hire quality people who are professional, pleasant, and thorough, and offer quick, logical responses to our questions.”

-- Kathy Christopolis, Co-owner