Hiring A Commercial Contractor

While you might not think so, there are many things in life that could require you to ask for the services of a contractor. Although you might be wary of approaching one at first, there are plenty of benefits as to why you should get your work done by a contractor. On the other hand, there are plenty of horror stories regarding contractors and the horrors their employees had to suffer at their hands. Luckily, not every case has to be that way. You can easily pick out a contractor and have a fruitful work relationship with them with the help of these tips:

Identify Your Need

First of all, when you’re looking to get a contractor, it’s best to identify your need for getting one and use that to guide your decision. For example: if you need a new paint job, you’ll need a painting contractor. If you need a new pagoda in your garden or need any renovation work done, then you’ll need to focus more on contractors for building and architectural work. By using your need as a guideline, you can narrow down the contractors to one field and look through them for one that suits you.

The Ability to Listen

This is really a rather insignificant thing that gets overlooked a little too much. The ability for a contractor to listen and process what you are telling them is the glue that will bind your work relationship together. While all your suggestions or requirements may not be feasible, seeing that the contractor is focusing on what you want rather than what he thinks looks good is important. Make sure to take your time and discuss your project and the plans you have laid out.


It is necessary to have a contractor who is flexible in his work routine. This flexibility is to make an allowance for unforeseen circumstances that may hinder or delay the project by a day or two. Try to stress this point both when discussing the project verbally and when getting the contract written. This will ensure that the contractor does not baulk or leave you with a half finished project at the first sign of disruption in the work routine.

Project Management Skills

Never assume that all commercial contractors have excellent project management and time management skills. These are rather hard skills to master and while you may encounter some contractors who are excellent in these skills; many are still clambering up the ladder and making their way towards reaching that level of excellence in these skills. Therefore, look for signs that indicate towards poor, good or excellent skills.

Project management skills will help determine how swiftly and carefully the project will proceed, what amount of materials will be required and consumed without being wasteful, how much man power will be required etc. If he is a good project manager, rest assured he will be a good time manager too, since he’ll understand his team and the nature of the project well enough to deduce the duration.

Things To Look For In A Roofing Contractor

Things to Look For In a Qualified Roofing Contractor

A roof can protect you from the elements but a leaky or damaged one can prove hazardous to your health and your home. Rather than doing the repairs yourself it’s better that you contact a professional roofing contractor to re-roof your home or to install a new one. However before hiring anyone, you need to thoroughly analyze your choices by keeping the following things in mind during your search:

Roofing License and Insurance

Professional roofing contractors possess an official license proving their authenticity to their clients regardless of the kind of roofing services they provide. This also includes adequate insurance that protects you from facing legal charges in case they get injured while working for you.

Testimonials from Reliable Resources

If the roofing contractor is a part of a larger organization than that means they know what they are doing. Such entities put a great deal of importance on professionalism and quality services. Look for one that has a high client rating to ensure you get your money’s worth.

References – As A Roofing Contractor

Don’t be shy.  Ask for a roofer’s references as soon as you approach them. This is a great way to find out how many customers they have served satisfactorily. Make sure you ask for a number of these so that you can make an informed decision. This includes asking for short and long term projects they worked on that were particularly challenging and how they tackled them. It may be a lot of work, but gathering such resources will help you pinpoint the best roofer for the job.

Roofing Skills and Knowledge

Professional roofers have to have a specific set of skills that are essential for their craft such as:

  •  Knowledge regarding constructing and repairing different kinds of roofs.
  •  Knowledge regarding different roofing materials and which one is suitable for your needs.
  •  Ability to decipher building plans.
  •  Awareness of the local building codes and common roofing practices.
  • Awareness of health and safety regulation including safety equipment.

Roofing Warranty

Last but definitely not least, make sure that the roofing company or service comes with a clear warranty regarding both their workmanship and materials they use. If they have this document in their possession, you can correctly assume they use only the best materials and services at their disposal. This will help you save time and money that may otherwise be wasted on a shoddy roofing service.




A Word From Your Dallas Roofing Contractor – What’s Involved In Roof Replacement

In Dallas, roof replacement is a not if, but when situation.  The weather here is rough.  Blistering summers and springs full of rain and hail wreak havoc on roofs in Dallas.  That’s where we come in.  Here’s a very brief synopsis of what goes into a typical Dallas roofing job.

What Goes Into a Roof Replacement

So you need to have your roof replaced. Has it sprung a leak? Got damaged in a storm? The main reason for the damage may be because it’s time to have the entire structure replaced. Regardless of the reasons, you need to have one professionally installed if you want to save your money and increase the value of your home if you plan on selling it later.

The following are some considerations you need to be aware of if you want to secure your family from the elements:

Roofing Material

First of all, not many people are aware that most residential roofing shingles are made of asphalt. That’s because they are extremely durable but this also depends on the reinforcing mat and its quality. These differ by the type of matting used; some contain an organic fiber base (also known as a paper mat) while current ones are comprised of matted asphalt. Fiberglass is also popular because it is very hard to tear apart or break.

These are the main reasons why 85% of all residential homes have asphalt based roofs installed. However different types can also differ from each other in the number of layers they have, their weight, wind resistance and the annual warranty they have along with their coloring. These affect their price range and their resistance to certain elements.

Roof Replacement Terms and Charges

The cost of replacing a roof depends on the kind of damage it sustains along with the kind of roofing material you prefer to have installed. This also includes the fee for the roofing contractor, the pitch or the steepness of the roof, the area that is to be covered and others. All of these can amount to a sizable investment for most homes.  However, this is one area of your home where cheaper is definitely a relative term.  Saving money by selecting the lowest cost bid usually ends up costing substantially more in the long run because multiple repairs will likely be necessary if it’s not installed perfectly.

When discussing your new roof it’s good to know some basic terminology.  Some of the terms that will prove useful are:

  • A ‘square’ – This is a unit of measurement which measures 100 sq/ft.
  • A ‘vent’ – This is the area that runs along the rim of the roof and is responsible for preserving heat and vapor in order to prevent the roof from deteriorating too fast.
  • ‘Composition’ – The material of choice for your new roof.

The Roof Installation Process

A moderately sized roof can take a mere 1 to 2 days to install and will undergo the following process:

  • Old shingles will be removed.
  • Minor repairs will commence in order to make the roof durable during installation. This includes repairing decking and the sub surface.
  • Dam protection will be installed. This will prevent melted ice or snow from accumulating.
  • Asphalt paper will be laid down.
  • Flashing will be applied on all areas that might spring leaks.
  • Roof shingles will be installed.

In addition to these steps, JNT Construction will thoroughly clean up your home and outdoor area.  We magnetically sweep the ground for any leftover nails and leave without a trace of every being there.

Except for you perfect new roof, of course.