Bill Chambers, President of Bill Chambers Roofing located in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., started the company in 1994 with a kettle, a pickup truck and his tool bags.
“Since then we have grown to be a good size company with 80 employees and a great management staff,” said Chambers, who is co-owner along with his wife, Kara, the secretary and treasurer of the company.
“We do residential and commercial work in surrounding (Arizona) cities of Bullhead, Kingman, Parker, and Laughlin, Nevada.”
For commercial work, the company travels to many places in Arizona and Nevada. “Our company’s motto is ‘When Quality Counts,’ and we all work very hard to provide that quality - and not only with our workmanship and materials used in the field. We also provide a quality experience to our customers by providing a showroom with a knowledgeable staff for color selections as well as roof design,” he said. “Our estimating system is state of the art, providing Cad drawings of the project, complete stocking reports for ordering materials as well as labor costs for payroll.”
The company has experienced an upsurge in commercial work since 2007, and while the percentage of residential projects is down, they have diversified to find more opportunities. “Some of the work is new construction, while most of it is in the re-roof market,” Chambers said. “Lake Havasu is a resort town and there is no industrial work.”
The economic downturn has been difficult to deal with, noted Chambers. “We have been forced to scale down every aspect of our company and we have had to change the focus of our company’s residential aspect from strictly doing new construction to getting into the re-roof market as well as service and repair,” he said. “I have also expanded the commercial work to include government projects. The stimulus funds and grants have created a lot of work for us on schools and other commercial projects.”
Chambers said the company has reached a point where they are no longer downscaling, so he’s hopeful the economy is beginning to rebound. “So far every month of 2011 has been better than any month we have had since 2006,” he said. “We have also expanded the list of systems we use to doing pretty much anything when it comes to waterproofing, including built-up roofs, below-grade waterproofing, between slab and even sundecks around swimming pools.”
A recently completed company project featured a Duro-Last 60-mil single-ply membrane specification over Duro-Tech Insulation with over three layers of cement board on a steel deck.
“This project consisted of two phases,” he said. “The first phase being the addition to the existing Bullhead City Library, and the second phase will be re-roofing of the existing building.”
Chambers said he has been using the Duro-Last PVC System since 2004 and the company has reached their Elite status with the manufacturer for excellence in installation and workmanship, which provides the company with access to Duro-Last corporate account roofing projects.
“We just finished two Auto Zone Auto Parts stores in Las Vegas - projects that we would not have been able to bid without that Elite status,” Chambers said. “We also just signed a contract for the largest project we have ever had: 100,000 square feet of Duro-Last.”