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Subcontractor spotlight: C.J. Swickey

by: Kirsten Land on July 17th, 2018 about Land Enterprises Roofing

As a roofing company and general contractor that handles every aspect of your insurance claim, we work with a lot of talented subcontractors who handle things like fencing, gutters, painting, and much more. It’s all part of restoring your home to its pre-damage condition, and we wouldn’t be able to do that for our customers without our trusted subcontractors.

Today, we want to introduce you to C.J. Swickey, owner of New Creations Painting. He has done interior and exterior paint for us on many jobs, and he also does custom woodworking and home remodeling projects for customers.

What drew you to your business and your line of work?

I grew up remodeling and building houses with my parents. Later in life I did a lot of work on my own house and everyone kept asking me why I hadn’t started a business doing it. Until then I thought everyone grew up doing this type of work on their house and knew how to do it. I didn’t realize that people needed home remodeling as a service. So, I decided to take what I loved doing and turn it into a business, and now I’ve been doing it for twelve years.

What is your favorite part of your business?

Honestly? I like payday. Anyone who owns a business and says their favorite part is not payday is not telling the truth. But my next favorite part is seeing the transformation of a house from outdated to new and current. I especially love when the homeowners go out of town and we get to do a reveal for them and see the looks on their faces.

What makes your company unique?

I would say the most unique thing about what we do is the fact that we go beyond basic job training for our employees. They are apprentices until they have a good understanding of what they are doing and how the whole project comes together. We also train employees on personal finance and communication skills to help them in all aspects of their life.

A few people even started their own companies after training with us. Many would think that would be a bad thing, but we see it as a compliment. In this day and age when many contractors are unskilled and make us all look bad by being less than honest, we welcome newcomers who have skill and integrity and know how the project should run. There’s plenty of work out there for all, and it’s nice to have other contractors in the business who know what they are doing and will do quality work for a fair price.

We also now have a low-mess system for refinishing popcorn ceilings that utilizes a HEPA vac system to remove the popcorn from the ceiling and bag it. This allows us to keep the dust to an extreme minimum in a house, which is a huge improvement over the old way of popcorn ceiling removal.

What do you do outside of New Creations Painting?

I volunteer to work natural and man-made disaster sites all over the world and am certified in the USA and in Israel. I am certified as a suicide intervention instructor and am certified in critical incident stress management (CISM). CISM skills come into use almost daily.

I own one of only two certified organic Aquaponics system in Oklahoma, which combines raising fish and raising plants in the same water system. We are also working with partners to take this system into third-world countries and low-income areas in the United States to help with their need of water and soil conservation when growing food.

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You may be wondering, “Why would I need a roof maintenance plan?” And that’s certainly a valid question. It’s not something that many roofing companies offer or many homeowners are familiar with. But just about everyone is familiar with car maintenance, such as regular oil changes, brake inspections, and checking fluids.

A roof maintenance plan is pretty much the same thing. Just like regular car maintenance, it can help fix small issues long before they become major problems. Even brand new cars need regular maintenance, and the same is true for brand new roofs.

Here’s what you can expect with our roof maintenance plan.

Thorough inspection

For each roof maintenance visit, we conduct a thorough inspection of your roof. This includes checking the shingles, decking, gutters, skylights, attic vents, and rubber plumbing boots for any damage or other concerns. This helps us identify any problems related to incorrect installation, storm damage, or just wear and tear over time.

Routine maintenance

The routine maintenance we perform helps minimize risk to your roof and keep it in great condition. This includes cleaning skylights, trimming back trees or bushes that are too close to the roof, and removing debris from the gutters. That’s right, we’ll clean your gutters! Gutters play an important role in protecting your roof by moving water away from it. Clogged gutters can allow water to back up under your shingles, which can shorten the life of your roof.

Written report

Every roof maintenance plan visit includes a written report that details what we inspected, any maintenance we performed, and any additional repairs that are needed. It’s a great way to keep a history on your roof and show proper maintenance if selling your home.

Discount on repairs

If any additional repairs are needed above and beyond what’s covered in the maintenance plan, we offer a 10% discount for roof maintenance customers. That means a roof maintenance plan saves you money in two different ways: by preventing major problems and by offering a discount on needed repairs.

Call us to schedule your first roof maintenance plan visit and start protecting your home today.

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In the early years of Land Roofing Enterprises, we only offered roofing services. Brian did the labor along with roofing crews we hired. However, that created a challenge in managing the day-to-day duties of the business plus overseeing roofing crews plus estimating new jobs. Many other roofing companies were using subcontractors for their labor, so we decided to look into that option.

Helping with more than just the roof

As our business grew, clients also began asking for help with other aspects of their insurance claim, such as guttering, siding, windows, painting, and fencing. Our clients trusted us and valued the quality of service we provided. They wanted us to help them with more than just their roof.

We wanted to provide the highest quality of service to our clients, so we began developing relationships with companies who could provide the other services that often went along with an insurance claim. Instead of the customer having to work with multiple different companies on different pieces of the claim, we began offering a one-stop-shop approach to clients.

We communicated with the customer and their insurance company, and then we handled all of the subcontracting for other services. It made the process much easier for our busy clients!

That’s the business model we still use today. It’s a smart move for our business, since we can tap into different subcontractors as needed for specialty jobs or high-volume periods. Plus it’s the right thing to do for our clients.

Maintaining high standards

We have high standards for quality at Land Enterprises Roofing, and we expect those same high standards from all of our subcontractors.

We require that they hold a specific level of general liability insurance and worker’s comp insurance as well. That protects us and our clients, plus the subcontractor’s employees. We also stay in close communication with our subcontractors on any job to ensure they provide quality work. If a problem arises, we work with them to correct it and ensure we always meet the client’s expectations.

Many of our subcontractors have been working with us for a long time. Our roofing subcontractor has been working with us for more than a decade! We take good care of them and they take good care of us by providing the best possible service for our clients.

Oklahoma is known for its wild and unpredictable weather. From the wind sweeping down the plains to pouring rain to blazing hot sun to snow and ice, Oklahoma weather can be rough.

We often take for granted the buildings that protect us from the elements. Consider for a minute that your home may be your biggest financial investment and housing your greatest asset. Now consider that your roof is the best protector your home can have. Wouldn’t you want to do everything in your power to keep your roof in great shape?

Many new homeowners are under the impression that because they have a brand new roof, they don’t need a maintenance plan. That’s a scary thought! Think about when you buy a new car-you still need to change the oil. If you neglect oil changes, you’ll be stuck on the side of the road waiting for help to arrive. If you want to keep your roof looking new and prevent leaks, you have to maintain it as well.

Can’t I just inspect it myself periodically?

There’s come a point in time where most homeowners realize it’s been a while since they’ve really looked at their roof. While it can be tempting to grab a ladder and check it out, we recommend leaving roof inspections to the professionals. First, they know exactly what they’re looking for in terms of damage or other concerns. Second, they know how to safely navigate the roof.

How do I protect my investment?

Taking care of the small issues before they become large (and expensive) is the best way to protect your investment. A lot can happen to your roof if no one is paying attention. A small issue like a slow leak in the attic can become an emergency when it becomes a major leak and damages priceless belongings.

If a small leak goes undetected for a period of time, it can easily turn to mold and cause your family to become ill. To protect your roof and everything underneath it, every repair is important, no matter how small. If getting to a small issue before it becomes a bigger issue is good, imagine getting to a teeny tiny issue before it becomes even a small issue. That’s even better.

While it’s true that many roofing companies only replace roofs, there are many companies, including Land Roofing, that happily complete repairs of all sizes.

What is a maintenance plan?

Having a maintenance program is a bit like having roof radar. Experienced professionals will be your eyes in the sky looking for any existing or potential issues to protect the overall life of your roof.

A good roof maintenance program should offer twice yearly inspections for damage from environmental factors, like high winds or trees rubbing against your roof. The maintenance program also helps identify and fix any gaps or entry points where animals could burrow into your attic and cause a significant amount of damage.

Our roof maintenance program also qualifies you for discounts on any necessary repairs. We know that small problems can turn into large problems if they aren’t addressed quickly. If you’d like to request a small roof repair or have questions about our maintenance program, give us a call.

Need an emergency roofer?

by: Kirsten Land on April 19th, 2016 about Land Enterprises Roofing

Handsome young man speaking on smart phone at sunset in cityWe know that when spring storms hit, your family’s safety is your first priority-and it should be! After the storm, though, you’ll take stock of any damage. Any downed tree limbs? Was your car protected from hail damage?

You may need to wait until the next day to see if your roof is damaged. If it’s damaged enough to open up a leak, though, you won’t need to wait to see the damage. You’ll know. Who do you call in that situation?

We hope you’ll consider giving us a call. In fact, we expect to get calls in the middle of the night this spring. It’s just a part of the service we provide. We have an emergency roofer on staff that can tarp your roof for you quickly.

After we get your roof tarped, we can work out the necessary details. First and foremost, we want your family to be safe and dry, and for you to avoid any further damage to your belongings and your home.

We can help you take care of paperwork, including insurance paperwork. We’re not looking to gouge anyone on pricing here. But if we are going to repair your roof in case of damage, it makes a lot of sense to us that we would be the people to help you stay dry in the meantime.

If you have questions about our emergency roofing services, be sure to give us a call.

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Meet the crew at Land Roofing

by: Kirsten Land on January 19th, 2016 about Land Enterprises Roofing

Land crewDo you have questions about your roof and want someone you can actually talk to? At Land Enterprises Roofing, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service!

Our customers aren’t just people who need us to work on their roofs. Realtors, insurance agents, and property managers are also our customers. Part of excellent customer service is making sure your customers know just who they’re dealing with, and the roles each person plays along the way.

We consider ourselves a team. When you call our office, 1 of 5 people may answer the phone. All of our team members are well-trained and more than capable of answering your questions. So, without further ado, meet the Land Enterprises Roofing crew!


 

Brian LandBrian Land is the Owner. He founded the company in 1986 and is a certified residential HAAG inspector (HCI 201305329).


 

Kirsten LandKristen Land is Vice President of the company and handles office process. She makes sure everything is flowing well so that your project is handled properly along the way.


 

Paula BufordPaula Buford is the Office Manager. She handles contractors, insurance and mortgage work, scheduling inspections and day-to-day work. Have a question about your insurance claim? Need a roof inspection for closing? Paula has you taken care of!


 

Kyle BeltKyle Belt is also a HAAG Certified Inspector. He can let you know whether or not your roof has damage and needs to be repaired or replaced.


 

Todd DavisTodd Davis is our Project Manager. He handles job sites and speaking with customers before the job starts to answer questions and to make sure they understand the process.


 

Now that you’ve met the team, give us a call if you want to see if we're a good fit for you! We’d love to have a conversation and help you discover if we can help you or not.

You can always reach us by calling the office at 405-359-3951 and one of us will be happy to speak with you. If you have no immediate need, but would like to connect with us online, you can find us online on Facebook, or subscribe to our email newsletter.

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Scott Dycus Pics3Every year we hear from customers that they want to hurry up and have their roofing project done before winter or wait until the spring when the weather is warmer. Of course the customer can choose the best time for them to complete projects on their home but they don't have to wait until spring. In Oklahoma we are fortunate to have more mild winters than other states in the Union and therefore we roof many homes during the winter under specific guidelines that we are always careful to follow.

In the colder months we will only start a complete re-roof if it is going to be a sunny day and the temperatures will get up to 50 degrees. Our crew will tear off shingles in the morning and attach the underlayment to the decking. Before heading to lunch they will place the shingles on the roof to allow them time to warm up. Depending upon the color of the shingle chosen, on a 50 degree day the shingles will warm up to a toasty 70 degrees. Once the crews return from lunch the shingles are ready to be secured to the decking. The warmth of the sun will help the shingles to lie down and seal into their permanent position.

Great news! Now you don't have to wait for the season to change, call and schedule your roof inspection or project today!

Copper Cupola

by: Kirsten Land on October 11th, 2011 about Land Enterprises Roofing

Recently we installed a cupola onto the roof of a customer’s home. A cupola is a piece of architecture that is placed on top of a home or other type of building. Sometimes they serve as a lookout or to allow air or light into a space. In this case the cupola was added for the beauty of its architecture.

The copula can be created in many different styles and colors to suit any design esthetic. This one was made of an untreated copper. The customer requested this so he could enjoy watching the patina change over time. This particular home had three installed, one larger piece for the longest part of their roof and two smaller pieces for the turrets. Adding these to the home gives it a unique and stately appearance. The end result was beautiful!

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Brand New Commercial Roofing Project

by: Kirsten Land on March 28th, 2011 about Land Enterprises Roofing

These are the pictures of the beautiful First Church of the Nazarene in Chickasha! They chose the StormMaster Slate shingles manufactured by Atlas. The color is “Weathered Slate” and it is a class 4 impact shingle that has a lifetime limited warranty, 130 mph wind warranty and is also algae resistant! Some insurance companies offer a discount if you choose this shingle for your roof.

On this project we added additional ventilation to the church which saves on energy costs. We also combed the air conditioning units which were damaged by a hail storm. Combing the vents simply straightens the fins that were dented due to the impact of the hail. Straightening the fins helps the units to operate at their optimal level.

The best part of all is that the congregation of the First Church of the Nazarene now has a beautiful new roof that everyone in Chichasha will enjoy seeing everyday!

For more information about the StormMaster Slate shingle or other Atlas products visit the “Materials” sections of our website.

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Win 2 Tickets to the OKC Home Show!

by: Kirsten Land on March 25th, 2011 about Land Enterprises Roofing

Between now and 5pm on Monday, March 28th “Like Us” on Facebook and you will be entered to win 2 tickets to the OKC Home Show, April 1-3. The winner will be announced on Tuesday morning.

The OKC Home Show tickets are $11.00 at the door or $8.00 online (www.homeshowokc.com) for adults and children 12 and under are free. Chip Wade from HGTV’s Curb appeal will be there too! The OKC Home Show will be at State Fair Park and opens Friday, April 1st from 12pm – 9pm, Saturday, 10am – 9pm and close on Sunday, 10am – 6pm. Come by and see us at our booth!

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