Fall 2015 Westchester Home Show

It was great meeting so many new people and many of our customers this past weekend @ The #Westchester #Home Show in White Plains! Thanks for stopping by our booth…Home show booth

2015 Qualified Remodeler Top 500!

Way to Go!

I’m so proud of the Franzoso Contracting team for making this prestigious magazine’s Top 500 list for 2015. It’s an honor to be recognized for our growth especially from one of the industry’s most respected publications – Mark Franzoso

Additional information is available in the August 2015 print issue of Qualified Remodeler and online.

 

Mark Franzoso and Drew Scott

Mark Franzoso bids farewell to Drew on the final show yesterday #propertybrothers

drew and mark

Who better can you trust for Solar?

Check out our new material created for home Solar solutions:

http://www.franzosoenergysolutions.com/trust.pdf

At Franzoso, we’re double certified as a roofing contractor and solar installer

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New Franzoso Energy Solutions truck

The sun arrived on this rainy day! Check out our new Franzoso Energy Solutions truck!

Go #Solar #Westchester! http://www.franzosoenergysolutions.com/solar.htmlfranzoso truck

Franzoso Energy Solutions Presentation

Mark Franzoso from Franzoso Energy Solutions addressing the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce on the advantages of solar energy recently in downtown Peekskill NY.

Pls Support the 92nd OLMC Feast Verplanck, NY

92nd ANNUAL OUR LADY OF MT.CARMEL ITALIAN FEAST

 

The Society of Our Lady of Mount Carmel invites you to our 92st Annual Italian Feast, Wednesday through Sunday,  July 16-20, starting nightly at 6pm.  Along with rides, food and games, there is musical entertainment every night at 155 Highland Avenue (Our Lady of Mt.Carmel Way) in Verplanck.  Free Admission & Free Parking.

Saturday at 6pm, the Verplanck Fire Department will be hosting a Firemens Parade through the streets of Verplanck, with the parade concluding into the Feast grounds.

Sunday morning at 11am, there will be an Italian Mass at St. Patrick’s Church on 11th Street in Verplanck.  A traditional procession through the streets of Verplanck, with the statue of the Madonna follows Mass. All are welcome to join in.

Sunday night at 11pm, our Grand Finale Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Garden State Fireworks, will cap the weekend’s festivities.

Discount ride bracelets are available every night with coupons found at area merchants. Nightly food choices include pizza, pasta, sausage and peppers, zeppole, Italian Ice, cannoli, gyros, seafood and more!
A traditional Procession with the Blessed Madonna Statue will take place FRI, SAT & SUN Nights along the Street of the Feast at 9pm.

Also appearing at the Feast will be Miss Italia – Hudson Valley.
There will be “Dancing in the Street” every night of the Feast.

Entertainment Schedule:
Wednesday- MIKE RISKO BAND at 7:00pm
Thursday- STREETS OF THE BRONX BAND at 7:00pm
Friday- DJ & DANCING UNDER STARS Including 6-8pm Country Line Dancing with WLNA, 8 PM – Peggy Izzo’s Dance Workshop performs, 9 PM – Couples compete for Best Dancers Prize,  10 PM – The Tarantella!
Saturday- DIRTY STAY OUT BAND following the Firemens Parade
Sunday- FDR DRIVE BAND at 7:00pm

Please bring Folding/Portable Chairs to relax & enjoy the music. Follow us on our FACEBOOK PAGE: Italian Festival – Verplanck, NY
For more information about the Italian Feast contact Joe Cosentino at 914-261-1719

Franzoso Contracting Receives GAF’s 2014 Prestigious President’s Club Award

Franzoso Contracting of Croton-on-Hudson, NY, has received GAF’s 2014 President’s Club Award. A GAF Master Elite(R) contractor since 1998, the company has three divisions, handling replacements, interior work, and solar and air sealing.

Croton-on-Hudson, NY – Franzoso Contracting, Inc., of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, has received GAF’s most prestigious contractor award: The GAF President’s Club Award. This highly coveted award recognizes Franzoso Contracting as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.

GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and only GAF Master Elite(R) Contractors can compete for its President’s Club Award. To qualify for this award, a contractor must demonstrate an exceptional level of excellence in their business, especially in the areas of installation excellence, consumer protection, and installer training.

Franzoso Contracting has been a GAF Master Elite(R) Contractor since 1998. To become a Master Elite(R) Contractor–a status that less than 2% of roofing contractors nationwide have achieved–a candidate must demonstrate proper licensing and adequate insurance, have a proven reputation and show commitment to ongoing professional training.

“Our commitment to quality products, superior craftsmanship, and renowned customer service make Franzoso Contracting the unparalleled leader in home remodeling in our region. Plus, our reputation is backed by 35 years of experience. We are proud to receive this elite industry designation for the fourteen consecutive year in a row–it separates us from our competition in a very meaningful way,” said Franzoso.

Since 1980, Franzoso Contracting has been serving customers  in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland Counties in New York State and Fairfield County in Connecticut, by providing siding, windows, doors, roofing (both new and repairs), and gutters.  In addition, Franzoso Contracting provides Roof Shampoo to clean dirty roofs and its Polar Vortex Steamer to remove ice dams in the winter. Franzoso Contracting also recently launched its solar division to accommodate the growing popularity for solar powered homes.

Franzoso Contracting supports a variety of business and non-profit groups and associations including: the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce, where Mr. Franzoso  served as Chairman of the Board; Rotary Club; The Friends Network, which supports children with special needs; Support Connection, a breast- and ovarian-cancer support group; Habitat for Humanity, which provides homes and home repairs for families in need of safe, warm and dry homes; and Purple Heart Homes, a veterans’ group that arranges for home repairs for wounded or disabled US veterans where Mr. Franzoso serves as Vice President.


About Franzoso Contracting

Starting in 1980 as a roofing and siding replacement contractor, Franzoso Contracting has grown to include three divisions: the replacement division, Franzoso Contracting; Franzoso Remodeling, for inside work; and Franzoso Energy Solutions, which handles solar and air sealing. A member of the Certified Contractors Network, the company maintains an A rating with the Better Business Bureau. Franzoso Contracting, Inc. is located at  33 Croton Point Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520 and can be reached at (914) 271-4572 or by visiting www.franzoso.com

The company is also available on Facebook, Linked In and Twitter:

http://www.franzoso.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Franzoso-Contracting-Westchester-Roofing-Siding-Windows-Gutters-Doors/263358425219
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/markfranzoso
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/franzoso-contracting-inc
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/franzosocontracting

About GAF

Founded in 1886, GAF has become the largest roofing manufacturer in North America. The company’s products include a comprehensive portfolio of steep-slope and commercial roofing systems, which are supported by an extensive national network of factory-certified contractors. Its success is driven by its commitment to Advanced Quality, Industry Expertise, and Solutions Made Simple for contractors, specifiers, and property owners alike. In 2011, GAF was the first roofing manufacturer to offer a Lifetime limited warranty on all of its laminated shingles and, in 2012, it introduced the GAF Lifetime Roofing System.

For more about GAF, visit www.gaf.com

 

Property Brothers Update

We finished our 3rd Property Brothers project, and Mark Franzoso checked out the 4th project yesterday!

We are scheduled to shoot at the end of this month! We will continue to keep you updated about this exciting experience and opportunity!

Mark Franzoso speaks out on hiring Contractors


courtesy of lohud.com, Ernie Garcia, elgarcia@lohud.com7:18 a.m. EDT April 17, 2015

Between April 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015, the Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection, cited 101 contractors for working without a valid license.

With warmer weather prompting thoughts of home improvements, some due diligence can prevent lots of heartache.

Anyone considering a new roof, kitchen or bathroom should ask contractors about licenses, insurance and worker safety. Homeowners should also check with county consumer protection offices to verify licenses and ensure that a contractor doesn’t have a checkered past.

Homeowners have good reason to be on guard. Between April 1, 2014 and April 1, 2015, the Rockland County Office of Consumer Protection cited 101 contractors for working without a valid license. Westchester County maintains a Renegade Renovators list on its website to warn homeowners about bad contractors who have lost their licenses or never had them.

As for safety, last year inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited 118 companies. Many of the safety violators were contractors, including Franco Roofing of Yonkers for its work at a private home in Katonah. Franco Roofing’s violations earned the year’s second biggest fine — $44,028.

OSHA holds employers, not homeowners, liable for worker safety violations. Still, it’s important to ask about safety plans.

“If you’re hiring a contractor, stay home on the first day. You should be able to tell what is dangerous,” said Terrence Cortelli, an attorney in White Plains who handled a case for a worker who fell and fractured his pelvis and wrist at a Rye home after his boss didn’t set up proper scaffolding.

Cortelli said every homeowner should ask a contractor to name them as an additional insured party in the company’s insurance policy, and if the contractor won’t show the homeowner a certificate verifying the addition, it’s a red flag.

Mark Franzoso of Franzoso Contracting in Croton-on-Hudson said his company adds homeowners as an additional insured party, and the company runs safety training for its workers.

“That’s something many homeowners do not take into consideration in choosing a quality contractor. They go right for the price and do not realize the jeopardy they’re putting themselves in if something happens,” said Franzoso.

Franzoso said another red flag is subcontractors with magnetic signs on their vehicles’ doors.

“That’s commonplace in our area. You want a company that has its own employees and trucks that are actually lettered to pull up to your job site. You don’t want a van with a magnetic sign,” said Franzoso. “If that particular person falls… you’re tied to a three-way lawsuit: the homeowner, the contractor and the subcontractor.”

Falls are a major cause of construction-related deaths, according to OSHA, whose most frequently cited violation in 2014 was fall protection.

OSHA cited Franco Roofing for 11 violations, including fall protection, improper worker training and head protection. Diana Cortez, OSHA’s regional director in Tarrytown, said workers on roofs must use some kind of fall protection, which can include rails at the edges of the roofs or, more commonly, harnesses tethered to an anchor affixed to the top of the roof.

More than a third of the local companies cited by OSHA last year for violations were inspected after someone complained about working conditions.

“Employees are really learning what their rights are, and understanding what is a hazard, and to report it if their employer isn’t rectifying it,” said Cortez.

Rachael Risinger, a State Farm spokeswoman, said that in general homeowners are protected under most home insurance policies if something goes wrong, whether the contractor is licensed or not. The lack of a license would become an issue if the contractor or worker were to sue the homeowner for liability, she said.

The Insurance Information Institute, a trade group, said that a homeowner or the contractor should have at least $1 million in liability insurance before a project starts.

Twitter: @ErnieJourno

Top safety fines

Home improvement contractors were among the 118 local companies cited and fined for violations in 2014 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s inspectors. The region’s top 10 fines went to:

1. AMB Construction $113,300

2. Franco Roofing $44,028

3. MPCC Corp. $42,966

4. I&P Home Improvement Corp $15,600

5. Nua Construction Corp. $15,000

6. MPCC Corp. $14,000

7. Bridge Metal Industries $13,860

8. Robert’s Gallery $13,600

9. E & W Group, Inc. $12,400

10. Northeast Landscape & Masonry Associates $12,400

Due dilligence

There are several government websites homeowners can visit to check a home improvement contractor’s record. Those websites include consumer guidance, lawsuits, liens and judgments, as well as OSHA’s establishment search page that documents safety violations.

OSHA establishment search: https://www.osha.gov/pls/imis/establishment.html

Putnam County consumer protection: http://www.putnamcountyny.com/consumer-affairs/

Rockland County consumer protection:http://rocklandgov.com/departments/consumer-protection-weights-and-measures/

Rockland County Clerk: http://www.rocklandcountyclerk.com/

Westchester County consumer protection: http://consumer.westchestergov.com/

Westchester County Clerk: http://www.westchesterclerk.com/