Contractors who operate within the underground construction economy possess an unfair advantage over lawful contractors. These unscrupulous contractors are winning jobs by offering lower project bids made possible by paying employees under the table or intentionally misclassifying workers as independent contractors. To restore fair competition, federal and state agencies now are increasing their efforts to combat the underground economy.
by Greg Hayne
Since the mid-1990s, a majority of commerce in the U.S. economy has shifted from hard goods to information and services. As a result, customers now expect instant service, such as receiving itemized invoices for purchases at grocery stores. Taking a cue from supermarkets, contractors can provide exemplary service to their clients by implementing methods to quickly provide repair invoices.
Visitors to the Science Pyramid at Denver Botanic Gardens can explore the world of plants and ecosystems using interactive technology. The unique 3,800-square-foot space was designed to mimic nature and includes a complex roof system installed by United Materials LLC, Denver, that encompasses hexagonal concrete-composite panels resembling honeycombs across 16 roof planes in varying slopes and degrees.
Roofing contractors often must adapt to changes in the roofing industry while continuing to install quality roof systems safely, on time and on budget. Those who can adapt quickly usually are the most successful. Understanding best practices for business managementincluding business literacy, people management, business growth and leadership developmentcan help roofing contractors adapt to changes and increase profitability within their companies.
Slate has been a defining feature of historical architecture since it was first quarried in the U.S. during the 19th century. Used as a roofing material, slate is beautiful and reliable but must be installed properly. Roofing contractors should be aware of the five most common mistakes made while installing slate roof systems to help ensure their own installations are performed correctly.
The May issue features how federal and state governments are cracking down on the underground construction economy; recommendations for roofing contractors who want to provide exemplary customer service; and an explanation of best practices for business management, among other topics.
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