Coale Roofing and Rice Roofers have been serving satisfied customers in the Southwest Houston area for years.
In 1927, Bob Coale moved to Houston and began the legacy of Coale Roofing. Hailing from Beaumont, Bob and his brother bought a lumber company, but it wasn’t able to support two families, so Bob came to Houston and began to install and repair roofs. Bob, Jr., who was born in 1928, took over and ran the business successfully until 1995. Some of the repairmen working today are the third generation to work with the company. Rice Roofers was founded in 1979 by John Stroman.
John Stroman, a native Houstonian, went to Sharpstown High School and played football at Rice University. One summer, his Aunt called him and told him she had a leak in her roof. John went over and fixed the leak. That summer the leaky roof led to John being called by neighbors asking him to fix and replace their roofs. Calling on his roommates while he was attending Rice University, they called themselves Rice Roofers, and climbed on many roofs around Houston.
While John was fixing roofs, he was also working at the Kinkaid School, which is where he met Bob Coale, Jr. and they began a friendship. In 1990, Bob and John worked out a contract for Rice Roofers to purchase Coale Roofing. It was 5 years later when John actually finalized the purchase with Bob Jr, and they worked together for 22 years.
What made this a perfect match is that Coale Roofing specializes in River Oaks, Tanglewood, and Memorial, and Rice Roofers works in Bellaire, West University, and Braes Heights. These two companies lived well together under one roof.
Jose and Cesar Alvarez, owners of Rain Proof Roofing, recently met John Stroman, who was looking to sell both Coale Roofing and Rice Roofers. Jose and Cesar are now the proud owners of Coale Roofing and Rice Roofers.
Because of the history of both companies, they will keep the companies separate, just as John has done for the past 25 years. They are so happy that John will be staying on to help them, just as Bob did for John. Coale Roofing and Rice Roofers love all their customers and know that although this story has taken a winding road, they will continue to offer the same great customer service and high-quality materials.
Coale Roofing and Rice Roofers are insured, so customers can feel perfectly secure with their service.
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