Boak & Sons Takes Advantage of Summer Weather to Catch Up on Backlog

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With a stretch of beautiful summer weather, Boak & Sons has been hustling to finish the backlog of residential roofing, siding, and insulation projects before the change in seasons.

Sam Boak discussing progress on a commercial roofing project with a foreman while work is being completed.

With only six weeks left of summer, Boak & Sons’ exterior contractors will continue to work through the backlog of customer projects so the business can start fresh in the spring.

Exterior contacting is a fickle business; much of the work relies on fair weather, which is fleeting in Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania. After a rainy spring, Boak & Sons had a buildup of projects they were anxious to start work on. With the rain finally breaking in early July, it means there are only a few months of sunshine before the weather turns again in the fall. Boak & Sons’ crews are hard at work around the area, making the most of good weather for roofing, siding, gutters, and even insulation projects.

“There was a point when we had a backlog of two weeks just to get out to provide an estimate,” says Chris White, Vice President of Operations at Boak & Sons. “This isn’t optimal for our customers and we understand that. We had a very rainy fall season, a long winter, and an exceptionally rainy spring that seemed to run halfway through summer! It was quite a setback for our residential and commercial roofing and siding departments, but we’re committed to getting the job done for our customers.”

When it rains, Boak & Sons roofers are grounded, and no roofing projects can be completed. Shingles are slippery when wet making it dangerous for crews to continue working. Not only is it dangerous, but professionals know that wet shingles do not adhere as well to roof decking, which can cause problems later.

Roofing professionals aren’t the only ones affected by rain. All exterior contractors halt projects when faced with rain and poor weather. The means new construction is also affected, which rippled into Boak & Sons insulation department as well.

“We have been busy catching up on residential and commercial roofing projects this summer,” says Sam Boak, President of Boak & Sons. “Crews in all of our departments have been doing an amazing job staying on top of projects and working overtime to keep our customers happy. I am very proud of their hard work this season.”

With only six weeks left of summer, Boak & Sons’ exterior contractors will continue to work through the backlog of customer projects so the business can start fresh in the spring. “The weather has been a set back to us the past couple of years,” says Sam Boak. “Hopefully this year we’ll have a dry fall season that allows us to continue to service our area and get everything wrapped up timely in preparation for a new start in the spring!”

If you have any questions about commercial or residential insulation, roofing, or Sam Boak, please contact Kellie Daley at 330-793-5646 or

About Boak & Sons:

Boak & Sons, Inc. was founded by Sam Boak in 1974 as an insulation contractor. With the high energy costs of the 70's, Boak & Sons expanded early on into the roofing business. They offered economical roof installations through cutting edge technology and equipment, allowing customers to recoup even more in energy savings. Today, Boak & Sons is a residential and commercial contractor for roofing, insulation, sheet metal, windows, siding, and gutters. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, the company serves customers in surrounding areas from Cleveland to Pittsburgh. For more information on Boak & Sons, visit their website at:

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