Observation from the Roof Consultants Institute convention

The roof consultants institute is holding their annual trade show and educational seminar. 63 new registered roof observers this year, no one passed the roof consultants test this year. The RCI organization reported that they had 9 new registered waterproofing consultants in a year. 13 new registered exterior wall consultants, 9 building envelope consultants in the entire year. The RCI has now over 3000 members, 1200 of the 3000 are consultants the balance are contractors or manufacturers. What I observed most about the attendees of the convention was the following: 1. The group is very professional 2. The group is very sincere and interested in good roofing. 3. No one seems competitive because the demand for their services is so high. 4. Professional engineers and Architects respect the none degree holding Consultants equally as peers. 5. The industry does not have a twitter account and has not embraced data mining from the massive roofing industry 6. Thankfully suppliers are absent from the convention and have little influence over the RCI institute 7. The RCI convention has very few supporting contractors attend the event. 8. Most attendees of the convention comment that nothing seems new nd that innovation in the industry… Read More →

Roof Consultants job help wanted RRO “roofers”

Sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. I am reporting to you from the roof consultants convention. I recently attended the Roof Consultants convention. I also attended region 1 meeting for roof consultants in which details of important issues are discussed. I had mentioned to the group that I was a contractor and the discussion of RRO registered roof observers came up. Registered Roof Observer RRO big money The consultants were discussing the shortage of Roof observers more often called RRO’s . Apparently the roof consultants institute has a test to for observers to actually be designated as an RRO . The RCI has managed to get the requirement of having a designated RRO requirement written into the specs for government and some large companies.For the RRO approval there is a test. The test requires a discussion of all roofing systems. The concern of the consultants is the shortage of educated tested and available observers. Many of the roof consultants have supposedly used college students with zero experience in roofing or have been forced to use their design staff. My comment was simple “I never met an RRO that was worth a damn” and further more since… Read More →

Women in Roofing

I have a question. Which one of you roofers would like to talk about WOMEN? Now lets talk about them in the roofing industry. There are so few women in roofing that at a roof consulting or roofer convention I want to look away because hey I am staring. I mean what the hell, women stand out in the roofing industry. I am reporting to you from the Roof Consultants convention in San Antonio. So far I have seen two real deal women in the consulting role. They were on their game but not 100% there. They seemed to gather data well but you could tell they had zip hands on experience and have not faced the physical challenges of the roof. Other women I have meet here have been rather attractive women in sales. It seems like the roofing industry has caught on to the fact that men do not like to say no to women. The pharmaceutical industry has used this technique for years. Pretty woman shows up and says lets do lunch and by the way use these drugs for your patients. The doctor mouth open shakes his head YES and the rest is history. You will… Read More →

Roofing from the Roof Consultants Convention

Be sure to check in for observations from the Roof Consultants Convention. For now I will be reporting and blogging on individual subjects. Roof Consultants Convention It is critically important for all of you that are roofers and customers of roofers to pay close attention to all details if you have an interest in keeping a dry home or building. Why? Because water infiltration causes mold. Secondly as home inspectors and mortgage companies become tougher on the condition of properties they will demand that you credit the buyer for remediation of the water damage or they will make you fix the leaks and prove the condition to the mortgage company . I believe strongly in hiring a roof consultant if they are qualified. Careful to understand that most Architects and engineers have little University training when it comes to roofing. You should check the reviews and references on all consultants just as stringently as you check the reviews on a contractor. You need satisfaction in managing the shelter that you have invested in. The Usual Subjects slick roof consultants A contractor doing the work should not be considered a roof consultant. A roof consultant goes beyond the roof , They… Read More →

@roofingexpo roofing observations from the show

The solar industry is taking on a form of its own. They are not with the roofing industry and they will be the root cause of a great deal of repair work. Gaf is recommending all roofing contractors prepare to work with Solar companies. Solar is more of a Wall St play as they prepare to bundle SREC’s and create a new financial instrument for trading. Insurance is a problem and an opportunity for Wall St.if they actually participated in risk management someone will make a fortune. The fact is the entire industry is seriously under insured. More and more companies are calling their workers subcontractors. Two reasons for this: 1. Hard working illegal immigrants that can work legally as independents. 2. Insurance industry completely out of touch and lazy. GAF finally admits that Asphalt formulations have been a problem. Asphalt is on it way out as a waterproofing agent Venting is a consideration causing many problems all over the country yet the science of venting is rarely Known. The NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) has fallen short for all roofing contractors. The NRCA is losing its punch and way too expensive. The attendance of the @roofingexpo was dominated by… Read More →