“Know your Roofing Contractor” is a wise
and important warning for anyone contemplating a new
roof or the repair of an old roof. These words came
from Moses W. Powell, and early Chicago Roofing Contractor,
whose company formed in the late 1800's, and is still family owned and operated.
“Knowing your Roofing Contractor” is not
as easy to do as it seems. Moses Powell also wished
his customers “knew their roofing contractor”.
In the late 1800’s Powell was plagued by unethical
individuals who claimed to be from his company. These
cons applied inferior roofs, collected their fees, and
disappeared, leaving Powell to explain to irate customers
whose roofs had leaked or fallen on their heads.
The Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), was originally called the "Amalgamated Gravel Roofing Contractors Association. It was the earliest attempt on the part of the Chicago Area
Professional Roofing Contractors to raise the standard of quality,
service and reputation of Roofing Contractors. This concept was driven by people who chose
to be involved in their industry, with a passion to create long term relationships with their customers,
their industry and community.
Today, there are over 250 members of the Chicago Roofing
Contractors Association. CRCA Member Contractors apply a large percentage
of roofing, waterproofing and dampproofing in Chicago
and the Northern Illinois Area.
CRCA Members Offer the following advantages to their
customers, industry and community:
CRCA Member Contracting firms have been in business
continuously since the mid to late 1800’s. This
longevity of service brings stability to relationships
with customers. Additionally, newer firms who are
involved in CRCA benefit from Membership Meetings
where new knowledge of materials, technology and processes
are brought by industry leaders to CRCA Member Firms.
Licensed – Most
CRCA Member Firms are licensed by the State of Illinos Department of Professional Regulation.
CRCA Members worked with the State of Illinois to
develop this program Licensing Roofing Contractors
throughout the State to protect the consumer against unscrupulous contractors. The licensing process requires
testing of contractor firm personnel for quantifiable
qualification of the firm’s operation.
CRCA Member firms invest time and money into equipment,
processes and people to gain the best competitive
edge possible in all facets of the business. CRCA
Members, when bidding equal systems, are very competitive
in the marketplace.
Reliable – Many
CRCA Member Firms are 3rd generation family businesses.
CRCA Member firms know that the only way to stay in
business and preserve their companies for the next
generation is by consistently high quality workmanship
and standing behind their work year after year.
Educated – Whether
union or non-union, CRCA Member Firms educate their
people and companies through training in the classroom and in the
field on all types of roofing systems. Experienced firm employees pass on skills to
new employees year after year. Workers and contractors have years of experience in all types of roofing systems installation, including gravel and ballast covered, smooth surfaced, roof garden vegetative systems, as well as pavers, photovoltaics, and other overburden systems.
Involved – Many
CRCA Members are active in or leaders of Habitat for
Humanity, Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions
Club, Boy Scouts, Sports Teams, and other organizations.
Roofing and waterproofing suppliers can be categorized
in multiple areas:
- Manufacturers – These firms manufacture various
roofing and waterproofing products for use by professional
contractors and others. Some firms use a direct sales
and technical force to support contractors, distributors,
architects and consultants.
- Manufacturers Representatives – Some manufacturers
of products may choose to work with independent sales
representatives who support contractors, distributors,
architects and consultants.
- Distributors – Manufacturers may choose to
use local distribution to stock, support, extend credit
and technically support products in many cases.
Roofing and Waterproofing Consultants assist building
owners, contractors and architects in specification,
design and inspection of roofing systems.
Know your Roofing Support firm,
CRCA Associate Member
Many industries support the roofing and waterproofing
contractor. From insurance specialists, to decking and
lightweight concrete insulation suppliers, to vacuum
services, these firms are a vital part of CRCA.
Why use a CRCA Member Roofing, Waterproofing and Dampproofing
The benefits are clear cut. Experienced,
Licensed, Competitive, Reliable, Educated and involved
in the industry and community….are all important
characteristics that answer the age old question, “How
to Select a CRCA Member Roofing, Waterproofing and Dampproofing