NFRA President Jim Westbrook, P.E.
The National Foundation Repair Association began over 27 years ago in an effort to establish a non-profit organization among a small group of foundation repair contractors. Since the profession has been typically unlicensed, this began as an effort to achieve professionalism, honesty, credibility, and integrity in a field of construction/repair that is extremely important to both the residential and commercial public. The foundation, by its very nature, is the most important aspect of a building or house because it supports the entire balance of the superstructure, which includes the structural, architectural, electrical, and mechanical components. Everything above the foundation can be adjusted/replaced in some manner as desired or required. However, replacement of the foundation is not very likely, so design, construction, and maintenance of the foundation is very important to the longevity of the building.
The concept of the Foundation Repair Association (FRA) soon began to spread and ultimately became the National Foundation Repair Association (NFRA). With the vast differences in soil conditions, weather, and types of construction across the United States, the many companies that comprise the NFRA, pool their resources of experience and education to continually improve the quality of their services. This continued increase in knowledge of the trade is further promoted with technical presentations at the annual national conference, and the trained and tested Certified Foundation Repair Specialists (CFRS).
Because of the paramount importance on integrity, membership into the NFRA is carefully screened among the companies applying. We welcome inquiring companies that display great track records, high moral standards, and ethics. However, in like manner, members that do not maintain these standards, are addressed with admonishment and/or dismissal from the professional society.
The members of NFRA are continually reminded that, particularly when considering a residence, the subject building may well be the largest financial investment that the homeowner may ever encounter. Therefore, sincere consideration must be given to identifying the source (not just the symptom) of the unwanted structural movement, after which, the most appropriate remedy must be provided with economic considerations for the homeowner. The appropriate design can then be accompanied with a reasonable warranty that the homeowner can rely on for many years.
We are extremely proud of our growing National Foundation Repair Association (NFRA) and will strive to constantly improve our products, services, and relationships with our valued customers. Please contact our association if you have an interest in becoming a member or have questions as a possible customer.
Jim Westbrook, P.E.