By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: June 2013
Owner and founder David Harris and his son-in-law Michael Boles are actively launching the Black Hat Cleaning Services Roofing Division.
Black Hat was founded in 1977 when David E. Harris began passing out informational flyers about the establishment of their new chimney cleaning business. In doing so they became one of the few chimney sweeps in our state. Over the next 36 years, the Harris family would build a successful and respected business serving Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma. In 1983, the business expanded to include air conditioning and heating air ducts and dryer ducts. Today Black Hat serves Tulsa and surrounding cities with chimney cleaning and repair, air duct cleaning, and dryer vent cleaning and repair.
“It just seemed a natural progression to us,” said Michael Boles, the son-in-law of David. “We’ve spent a lot of time on roofs over the past 36 years, and with my 25 years of experience in the roofing industry we decided to expand services with the addition of Black Hat Roofing Division.”
Michael has done his share of roof applications as well as serving in management and sales areas. He says Black Hat plans an aggressive approach in promoting the new Roofing Division. They offer free roof inspections of residential and commercial properties and provide insurance claim assistance to home or business owners who they believe could qualify for roof repairs or replacement due to damages. If you’re intimidated at the thought of going through the claims process and dealing with your insurance company, Black Hat Roofing assures you that they will be at your side doing most of the claims process for you.
“No project is too large or too small for us,” says Michael. Customer service has always been at the forefront with Black Hat and will continue to be throughout the Roofing Division. “We make it a point to offer the highest standard of professional care to each customer,” said David.
"Now with the addition of a Roofing Division, we will give our customers the same peace of mind with the assurance of a professionally installed roofing system," says David.
Many roofs suffer with leaks due to improperly installed or bad step flashing around chimneys, skylights, and dormers. Black Hat has been assisting with these types of leak issues for years, especially around chimneys. So the step to evolve into a company offering full roof replacement just makes good sense. "Many roofing companies are only concerned with the big ticket items," says Michael. "But at Black Hat, we are about solving our customers' problems, hence the phrase, 'no job too small.'"
Regardless of your roofing needs, Black Hat wants to assist you, and at a price that is reasonable and fair. Oklahoma roofing companies do a lot of work every year in Oklahoma due to hail storms. Everyone in the Tulsa metro area has seen what these unwanted balls of ice can do, causing hundreds - even thousands - of dollars in damage to their personal property, especially to their homes' most costly covering, their roof. Remember, Black Hat specializes in assisting home owners in the claims process when these unexpected balls of ice show up.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.