The older roofer and heat.

Yeah most of you guys…. that read these blog posts are really not the audience I am trying to reach. I prefer to write for  the guys I usually share shade with behind a wall or a compressor up on job during lunch.  I would like to talk about some safety issues for older roofers and all in general. We are in high heat weather and high humidity weather now. So just like you take care of your dogs  at home you need to pay attention to the older roofers still banging away. I am going to give you a few tips on what you can do to make these guys more comfortable on the job. You want to get some productivity out of them , and basically save your insurance company a shitload of compensation payments to prevent a heart attack or death.  Hey these guys are up on the roof because they have to be so have some f…ing respect. Here is my list of suggestions for you Mark’s top suggestions for saving your men and your ass from the heat. Buy the ice Mr Big Shot Keep a clean cooler on the job and yes buy the… Read More →

Hombre I kill you now. You work for me.

As a Mexican-Arab American I have a few viewpoints and sometimes they are cross eyed. This gives you a rare view from inside the tamale.  I always have one foot in and one foot out.  Today I am writing from the perspective as a Mexican that has stood on the streets of New Jersey for a days pay of about $75 when I barely had $3.45 for my chicken and rice the night before. I actually have done this a few times during periods of my attempts to get out of the roofing business. I write to you today with concern. Immigration reform is lining up its pawns, 11,000,000 million of them. For those of you who play chess you know that the pawn is useful to a certain extent. They really will move forward and bring your strategy to light. Chess is a powerful game of war. Politics is also a game of power and not much different than chess. Today’s political  chess game is lined with the newest pawn, the Hispanic worker a month ago considered illegal today considered undocumented.  The government and the associated press changed the term not long ago. They made it officially a term… Read More →

Green Roofing the Job Creator

How responsible are we for the future of our own country? If you were to ask me we are all responsible to do what we can. If you are an American and reading this blog you know the dire situation that exists regarding employment and opportunity for Americans with great work ethic but average education. Too many media outlets pitch us on the need for better trained and better educated workers. They claim that America cannot fill complex jobs that require advanced skills. The media also claims that there will not be more manual labor jobs in the coming years for America. I strongly disagree based on the surge in interest in sustainable construction and the payback I see that can yield from Green roofing. Green roofing is not about anything more than putting vegetation on a roof surface. The paybacks are huge measured by cost savings in cooling and in heating. It works like this. You create a great waterproof membrane . Can you do that? Can you do it on flat and sloped surfaces? Yes, of course you can. Now the next thing you have to do is think about how you would go about protecting that membrane… Read More →

Management style and Roof Leaks on the computer.

So I just had a programmer quit on me because I told him about a problem and  used an analogy of “you have a roof leak ” regarding a malfunction of the software that they he was writing with a team of programmers. Basically I was testing the software that is supposed to make the roofing industry easier to manage and well It did not work. When I am given money to fix a roof it is personal. I take pride in my work and when something goes awry I am on it. If I have a leak at anytime at any hour I am there to fix it or I move my resources to that event in a rapid response. Now I know that the audience response here from some of you is that if you do the job right the first time therefor you do not have any leaks. I can only say to that …..who cares ….. you are the perfect roofer… not me I am human. Now getting back to these programmers and my history with software. In 1993 I had the idea of starting an internet auction . Yes long before Ebay. I took the… Read More →

If I had the courage.

Roofers tend to carry a heavy load far past the trucks and up the ladder. It seems these guys always have something on their mind. I am no different even though I must seem spectacular and perfect to you. I have my issues, no no I am not lying . I do have issues.  I face challenges like everyone does. Sometimes I think that roofing is my purgatory, sort of a community service for something I did that I cannot remember. I remember a guy named Dale came into my office one day with another guy they nicknamed Batman.  They called him Batman because he had an old Cadillac with those huge fins on the back and he had hand painted a formerly yellow car Black. Back to the story. Dale came in and basically said that the two if them were great roofers. Torch down was their specialty. I was jammed with work so I figured what the heck hiring people was just such a crap shoot I might as well give them a chance.  They both came to work and I assigned them a truck and ordered rolls and propane and had the material delivered to the roof…. Read More →