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Monday, March 21, 2011

The Job of A Roofing Contractor

My job as a roofing contractor has changed considerably since the roofing company began in 1979. What you saw was what you got, the owner installer, and I believed that because I put the roof on with my own loving hands that my clients received better roofing jobs on their homes.

On repairs I was mostly right but not always. My abilities had not grown to look for underlying causes like humidity, ground movement, and the dreaded bad ventilation design. But nobody knew ventilation like a handful of us know today. Bernoulli, Venturi, Torricelli, and the other fluid dynamic greats were responsible for those weird pipes some of your dorm mates had in their rooms for experimental reasons and now allow me to ventilate your attic properly.

Training the installers and sales staff constantly to keep up with the new technology and the relevant statistics that have been amassed by the manufacturers and trade organizations is part of my new regime as a roofing contractor. We just won a training excellence award from GAF Roofing Materials Corporation. We also won Angie's List Super Service Award for our category in our region because our customers felt comfortable that we knew what we were doing. Plus the installers need regular safety training to keep them from acting like the pilot who, as a passenger, refuses to put on his seat belt.

Training leads to certification, which requires more training, in order to offer the new massively improved manufacturer's warranties that only certified contractors may offer. We can eliminate the proration of the material and add a fifty year labor coverage to material coverage. On top of this we can also issue a twenty year leak coverage backed by the manufacturer.

Insurance is difficult to get and it requires a lot of shopping. The manufacturers also require that their roofing contractors have insurance or they'll be booted from the program. We also carry completed operations and product liability in case something goes wrong later. Huh? A nail in a gas line, allergic reaction to the products, electrical shorts, and an entire slew of roofing mishaps that only one's imagination can come up with until they do. Fact is really stranger than fiction when it comes to roofs. We minimize these possibilities with our attic inspections that very few roofers do.

The peace of mind that your roofing contractor will be there is always important because when things do go wrong, and they can, you'll want to know that an ethical company is there standing with you to protect your home.
Jon Alan Wright
Jon Wright Roofing, Siding, and Windows
1915 Peters Rd., Suite 310
Irving, TX 75061
972.251.1818 Office
214.718.3748 Cell
972.554.8090 Fax
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