A Great Article About How We Became JNT Developers

Our “people-first” priority sets us apart from other roofers and contractors. JNT thrives because of the people, aspirations and culture that make us special. Check out this article featured on Construction News.

Jorge and his family for their Dallas Roofing Story Article

DALLAS/FT WORTH – Jorge Abreu moved from Miami to Dallas 11 years ago, but he still enjoys incorporating a bit of his birthplace into his work. Customers who are put on hold when they call him at JNT Developers hear Cuban music rather than elevator tunes. He serves catered Cuban food at the annual holiday party, and cooks similar fare for his employees at an event he calls “Cuban Night.”

“I miss my family there, and I miss the beach, but not the every day living. I definitely like Dallas for that,” he says.
He says Dallas has also been better for his business.
“The economy is great here and also the clients. Everyone is really personable,” Jorge says. “As long as you meet [customers’] expectations, you’ll get referrals, and our business was built on referrals.”
Jorge, who earned an electrical engineering degree but began buying and selling real estate in Miami, moved to Dallas in 2007 to do the same. With the help of then-girlfriend-now-wife Tasha Abreu and childhood friend Eric Bodiwala, his plan was to invest in and remodel properties. However, they soon learned that buying was the easy part.
“We started doing that full time. We had a lot of properties, but were having trouble finding a good contractor that was reliable, so I opened my own contracting company,” Jorge says. “I thought I had enough experience.”
His experience was gleaned from observing his father and uncle, who owned a commercial blind installation company and a general contracting company, respectively. Jorge once worked for his uncle as the CEO’s assistant and absorbed as much information as he could. Even with his industry knowledge, however, Jorge says he still had reservations
“I had a plan, but I wasn’t sure at the time if [the company] would be what it is today,” he admits. “I had to locate a lot of subcontractors to get the work done, and learn how to handle the cash flow and operations. When we started, it was mostly just remodels for investors. Now, we’re actually working off of plans, designing and building.”
In 10 years, CEO Jorge, CFO Tasha and chief sales officer Bodiwala have grown the company to two divisions: Commercial and residential roofing and turnkey general contracting services. The company now employs a team of more than 20, who enjoy working and playing together.
“We always have a quarterly outing,” Jorge says. “We’re actually doing a team building event at Group Dynamics soon, and we’ve done Top Golf and bowling. We also just registered as a kickball team and everybody on the team is going to participate. We try to do different things as a team; it’s a lot of fun.”
Although Jorge hasn’t officially made fun plans to commemorate the company’s 10th anniversary, he does have other plans.
“We have a goal this year to open our first branch office in Colorado and then, as soon as we get that set up, have more follow. We also have Houston and San Antonio on our radar,” he says. “I’d definitely like for the company to expand.”
Subcontractor JNT Developers is located in Dallas. –mjm

This article originally appeared on http://www.constructionnews.net/dallas-fort-worth/industry-news-df/14323-from-miami-to-metroplex.html

How To Hire A Dependable Contractor

A dependable contractor provides different home improvement services, from designing/ building to various repairs. Therefore, if you are looking to update your electric system, redesign your bathroom or change your kitchen cabinets, a dependable contractor has the necessary skills and experience to do what needs to be done, in an efficient way.

The most important task is to choose a reliable contractor – and this can be challenging and time-consuming, but it will make the difference between the success of your home renovating project and a disaster.

People with experience in home renovation may attempt to be their own general contractors, to save money, but homeowners with no experience should definitely hire a specialist for such a complex and time-consuming job.  Especially when it comes to roofing Dallas homes professional contractors should be hired.

Here are tips on how to hire a dependable contractor:

  • Get references from multiple sources and make a list with a few contractors
  • Interview all these contractors and find out anything you need to know about them: credentials, insurance, professional experience in similar projects, talk to previous clients, read online reviews and ask for free estimates etc.
  • Discuss every detail of the contract before signing it and be prepared to negotiate
  • Make sure that the contractor gets the proper permits – otherwise, the local codes will be violated and you will pay the price.

Which Are The Most Durable Roofing Products?

A solid roofing installation certainly requires durable roofing products, says the experienced roofing professionals busy roofing Dallas TX homes. You should expect to pay more for them than for regular products, but remember that paying to have a good roof above your head is an investment in quality and peace of mind for a very long time – even for a lifetime!

Here is a quick look at the most durable roofing materials that currently exist on the market.

Metal

The main options are aluminum, steel, zinc, tin and copper. Metal roofs are resilient, waterproof and fireproof, they last for 50-70 years, withstand very bad weather and require very little maintenance. Metal is also a reflective materials, which translates into better energy-efficiency for your home.

Clay

Clay is considered the most durable roofing material – it can last for over 100 years, in various weather conditions.  It is a heavy materials thus it has some structural requirements. Clay also comes in different shapes and colors, having a positive aesthetic impact.

Slate

Slate roofs are not just naturally beautiful, but also very resistant. In many cases, a slate roof can outlast the buildings it is installed on, at least if it is properly installed and maintained. Slate is also a fireproof and eco-friendly material.

Dallas Construction Trends – From Residential Growth To Improved Infrastructure

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex is one of the fastest growing in the US. This growth is mainly due to the increasing number of population and is visible at different levels:

Residential
In Dallas-Fort Worth, there are currently about 10% of the new apartment units under construction at the national level. The exceptional roofers Dallas TX companies employ can tell you there is no shortage of work. Suburbia keeps growing and evolving as well, from single-family houses to mixed-use or multi-family, which reflect the current demands. In some areas, there are many projects related to the development of mega-complexes that include their own recreation areas, shopping areas etc. This fresh perspective on suburban opportunities seems to attract many investors, so the suburban future will definitely continue.

The office sector
New construction trends can also be seen in the office sector, where employees seem more and more preoccupied about improving workspaces, redesign them in a way to offer the best condition for improved productivity.

Parking
Considering that statistics show that people tend to drive less, the existing parking system may start to represent a suboptimal use of land, in the future. Therefore, there will be changes in this sector too.

Improving infrastructure
Urbanization and population growth come with new challenges related to repairs and maintenance. This requires new and creative solution to improve the existing infrastructure and the transition to green options – which is likely to happen during this second half of our decade.