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How to select a contractor like a professional

Learn how to vet a contractor as the professionals do

Hiring the wrong contractor can be a costly and frustrating problem. In this article, we will discuss some of the things the professionals do when selecting and vetting a contractor. While there is no foolproof guaranteed way to make sure you don't get ripped off, the steps described in this article can help you change the odds in...

Bid Day Surprise

Bid Day Surprise OR SHOCK!

By Henry Staggs, RRO


Getting a new roof, whether you are a homeowner or a commercial building owner, is a huge undertaking and very expensive. Especially when its done wrong, and you don't get the right roof or roofer. Most people on the buying end of the deal know very little about roofing, so they lean on what they know, which is cost...

What is the hardest part of roof maintenance?

What is the hardest part of roof maintenance?


The hardest part of maintaining a roof is getting up there and doing it. Not the "doing it" part, that is pretty easy. It's the "getting up" there part that seems to be the problem with most building owners. Out of sight, out of mind, right? Until there is a leak, and then suddenly, the roof is the only thing on the building owner's...

Minimum elements of a contract

2010 Arizona Revised StatutesTitle 32 - Professions and Occupations32-1158 Minimum elements of a contract

32-1158. Minimum elements of a contract

A. From and after December 31, 1992 until December 31, 2007, any contract in an amount of more than one thousand dollars and less than one hundred fifty thousand dollars entered into between a contractor and the owner of a property to be...

Read this BEFORE hiring a roofer

I found this article the other day and could not resist adding my own two cents, having been a contractor for nearly three decades, I know how the game is played. This article is a great learning tool to help owners understand why these “how-to” articles on the subject of hiring contractors are not as good as they seem.

The simple fact is that this is marketing, the contractor who...

Roof Drainage

Roof Drainage  You'd be very shocked to learn how little attention is paid to the "possible drainage" on a low sloped roof in Arizona.  To be blunt, unless a good consultant is helping with the original design, you've got water on your roof.    A Safeway had standing water, it rained, and then it rained again. More water added to the load and the roof caved in. Broke a gas line, and the building...

A case for financing your HOA roofing project

A case for financing your HOA roofing project   I am not a financial advisor; this article is not intended to be financial advice, always seek advice from a qualified professional.   Since I am a qualified expert on the topic of roofing and reroofing projects, this article will be about the advantages of doing a large roof project at one time as opposed to phasing it out over several years.    It...

Bid Rigging

What is bid Rigging?


Call me crazy, that honesty is good business, in my opinion. I realize that the word "honest" is subjective, and there are all sorts of grey areas that people travel in and around. At the end of the day, we all have a basic understanding of what is right and what is wrong. "Its just business" is the thing the guys say in the mobster movies just before he...

Thermal Imaging

Thermal cameras are a great tool to help find leak sources, trapped water, and latent moisture in the system. But it's not magic, and there are a few things you should know to understand better why it works and how to use it.

Here are some quick facts

   1. During the day it's hot, and the sun is shining

   2. Water will heat up and retain that heat more than the...

OSHA fall protection standards right here.

By Standard Number


1926.501 - Duty to have fall protection.   Part Number:


Part Number Title:

Safety and Health Regulations for Construction


1926 Subpart M

Subpart Title:

Fall Protection

Standard Number: 1926.501 Title: Duty to have fall protection. GPO Source: e-CFR 1926.501(a)