It's not often you find a customer willing to pay top dollar for
a roof system. It's even rarer to find a customer who asks for a
roof similar to one he saw in Italy, Japan or France. But that's
exactly what is happening to contractors who cater to customers
with unique demands.
Increasingly, some contractors are finding customers who desire
tile roof systems made with foreign tile (most imported tile comes
from Western Europe, Japan and China). But procuring and installing
foreign tile presents unique challenges. Professional
Roofing talked to two contractors who install foreign tile and
asked them about the challenges they face.
According to Frank Lawson Jr., president of The Lawson Roofing
Co. Inc., San Francisco, owners often want a specific type of tile,
perhaps to remind them of a certain place or vacation.
Dan Cornwell, president of CC & L Roofing Co., Portland,
Ore., agrees: "Often, owners who have traveled abroad and admired
the architecture they have seen during their travels will want to
build or remodel a home or business to resemble a certain
architectural style. Some common requests are for a Japanese garden
environment, Italian villa, French country home...
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