Jeff Petrucci remembers how he became an insurance restoration contractor. The owner of Bloomfield Construction, in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., stumbled on an insurance estimate five years ago at a prospect’s home and realized that it was “a complete breakdown” of the job he was there to sell. Today at least half Bloomfield Construction’s business is insurance restoration, which involves renovating a house in the aftermath of a fire, flood, or other calamity. Twenty-four-hour service is mandatory. If a tree falls on someone’s roof on a Saturday night, Petrucci says he has to be there.

Companies that specialize in insurance work either “mitigate” (i.e., clean up), restore the house to its original condition, or both. Since the company insuring the house is paying the bill and the goal is to restore the house to its previous condition, the sale is about how quickly and effectively a company can do the work. Operations such as $1 billion–plus Belfor — and even smaller regional players such as Statewide Disaster Restoration — are set up almost along military lines to mobilize and respond to homeowners in emergency situations.

Steady work made insurance restoration tempting to some remodelers during the recession. Petrucci found that he had to reinvent his business to get good at it because of the extra skills required to be successful.


1Belfor HoldingsMI (Birmingham)$1,187,851,45595,000$10,000
2Paul Davis RestorationFL (Jacksonville)$499,673,140111,887$4,351
3American TechnologiesCA (Orange)$108,932,28110,276$10,000
4Statewide Disaster RestorationMN (Southfield)$30,123,0001,200$16,200
5Best Choice Roofing and Home ImprovementTN (Hendersonville)$27,700,0003,957$7,000
6Giertsen CompanyMN (Golden Valley)$23,096,9401,280$18,044
7Infinity Roofing & SidingTX (Houston)$21,400,0001,600$13,375
8Mellon Certified RestorationPA (Yeadon)$19,635,4812,106$9,324
9South River RestorationMD (Upper Marlboro)$14,053,4092,621$5,186
10A&I Fire and Water RestorationSC (Myrtle Beach)$12,363,095759$16,288
11United Cleaning and RestorationCT (Middlefield)$12,000,000525$25,000
12Acumen Contracting GroupCO (Littleton)$8,000,000500$16,000
13Menold Construction and RestorationIL (Morton )$7,415,2681,260$6,043
14Cameo ServicesPA (York )$5,925,275274$8,953
15Calvalry Construction Co.TX (Houston)$4,910,687169$29,057
16United Services by PermacoIL (Lake Bluff )$4,027,704344$15,073
17Wadden ConstructionVA (Herndon )$3,800,368228$16,668
18Bowles ConstructionGA (Augusta )$3,677,352320$11,150
19Kowalski ConstructionAZ (Phoenix)$3,556,796546$6,518
20USPRO/United ServicesIL (Mahomet)$3,547,308119$12,352
21Capstone General ContractingMA (Worcester)$3,500,00018$120,000
22RestorAid Remodeling and RestorationOH (Cincinnati)$2,872,354502$2,728
23Arizona Fire & Water RestorationAZ (Phoenix)$2,626,270512$5,230
24Buffalo RestorationMT (Bozeman)$2,617,225510$4,900
25Bloomfield ConstructionMN (Bloomfield Hills)$2,580,649112$10,685


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2012 Revenue* may include commercial insurance restoration revenue

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