Roofer, Have you seen Pete ?

The following I will consider the first short blog of a series called WITABAR short for “When I think about being a roofer” So welcome to my mind and my memory as a roofer.   WITABAR- “When I think about being a roofer” Story number 1, “Have you seen Pete?” I couldn’t tell you exactly how I became so rich. I lived in a big house, about 6000 square feet all brick and it looked like me.   I remember waking and looking over the grand foyer in amazement of what I had accomplished. Although beautiful in spatial feature it made me feel doomed. I had dealt with a tumultuous time over the last few years attempting to challenge an understanding of the trauma I had experienced. Miles of hills I felt I climbed trying to reinvent myself falling right back to lower than where I started. I was back in roofing , the jobs were smaller, the men were troubled , less talented, and I was just scared to death every waken and sleepful moment. I pushed myself each day because I loved my children but there were tears behind my eyes as i struggled with it all. On… Read More →

Angel Investors Roofers

Can a Roofer be like Angel Investors? Yes ! So there is this guy ( Angel investors ) that invested $500,000 in Facebook and cashed out at well over $300,000,000 , that is millions for you roofers. His investment came right when you were buying that $60,000 dollar truck that was going to last you ten years and continue making you money for the next ten years. I guess I am talking about the big “what if” here. What if you were one of the Angel investors? At the time of his investment he already knew that there were other investors behind Facebook. He evaluated the scheme and jumped in. The rest is history. I guess you are thinking right now that it is a lucky thing that Facebook started because now you have 32 likes on your page, although they are just from other roofers. Then came Yelp, now here is a company that had a real innovation. They decided to let customers review small businesses like yours. The harder you work the more money Yelp makes. Their software development at my guess probably cost $40,000 to put together and another $250,000 in marketing effort. Yelp is now worth… Read More →

Gutters size matters

There are a few papers written on the size of gutter that should be used. I never have these papers in hand when I determine that a gutter is the wrong size. I live by a simple rule when it comes to gutter size. Some may argue but most houses will agree. Bigger is Better! Gutters size   Let me make it simple for you. How to find the right gutter size? 2×3 leaders should be used with 5 inch gutter on houses with roof square footage under 2500 square feet. 3×4 leaders can be used with 5 inch gutter that have have runs greater than 40 feet and are collecting water from roofs 1500 square feet and greater 4×5 are generally used for commericial flat roofs with areas greater than 1500 square feet. 5 inch gutters use these on small houses with small fascias. 6 inch gutters Large profile these gutters are not aesthetic on small houses at 1 story but that can work on smaller houses above 20 feet from the ground. These gutters are large and can carry water from roof areas 2000 square feet to 6000 square feet with a number of large leaders at least… Read More →

Social work for Roofers

The roofing industry is scarred with dysfunction.  I recall my first days at Lawrence Brothers construction in Crystal Lake, Illinois. The crews were always marred with at least some alcoholic or recent ex-convict. You would think that roofing attracts the desperate but I have different theory. The nature of a roofer is resilience, a roofer requires stamina.  The mental conditioning is the most critical element a roofer must attain. Many question if this is something that is born into people. I claim that most likely it was kicked into most roofers.  Speaking for myself I am the survivor of extreme childhood abuse. I learned to take pain and handle it with a smile. My most recent hire is a former drug addict and just released convict. We use him for commercial works only and are very cautious and attentive to his behavior. We know not to believe a word he says and to keep a distance as to not let our guard down. The men that have been around more than ten years with me say that he is tranquil but we still watch. I am not interested in being a social worker and I despise the weak that suck… Read More →