FARMINGTON – Each year, local homeowners looking to remodel or residents looking to build new homes attend the San Juan County Home Builders Association Home Improvement & Building Expo.

The annual event serves as an opportunity for people to meet with contractors, banks, insurance agents, landscapers and other professionals in the field, as well as to see the products offered.

Jennie Alcon and Oscar Medina of Javier Construction were among those answering questions Saturday during the expo at McGee Park east of Farmington. They said their company has seen more remodels and very little new construction in the past year and a half.

"They're fixing up the houses they've got," Alcon said.

Medina said this decline in construction is due to a slump in the oil industry. He explained that people don't have the money they used to have.

That also can be noted in their choices for flooring. Medina said people tend to remodel their kitchen and bathrooms because those two rooms get more use than other rooms in the house. He said a few years ago, people usually wanted marble and natural stones when remodeling those rooms. Now, many of them are opting for a less-expensive material — ceramic tile, which can be purchased for 99 cents a square foot, as opposed to a couple of dollars per square foot for marble or natural stone.

Kevin Lucero, the principal of Magic Roofing, said his business has actually seen an increase in the number of new roofs it has built. While he said this could be partially due to a storm in August 2015 that led to a lot of roof damage, he does not believe that is the only factor behind the demand.

Lucero said there has been a lot of new construction of restaurants and chain stores, which has created demand for roofs. Magic Roofing also has replaced several roofs that were just worn out.

"Roofs are like tires," he said, explaining that they wear out and have to be replaced.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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