Respect a Currency that crosses borders or into life.

    I told you I am an old roofer many times before. I am just now after 35 years beginning to figure out why I am a roofer. Yes I am driven and I am good at what I do. In search of a reason for being on the roof all this time I recognize that all I ever wanted is respect. I think most of the people up on the roof are looking for respect as well. People say I am crazy as a loon, cause i get up on the roof and find peace. You know I ain’t asking nobody for nothing, I cannot get on my own, except what I am about to tell you.   Nobody can give themselves one thing, a little respect This is a true story no one’s name has been changed to protect the guilty. This is the behavior quite standard in the construction industry. Take note of this or pay the price. Location: Allied Building Products route 17 East Rutherford NJ, 12:00 pm January ?, 2014. Task :Pick -up 1 can of Sonoguard waterproofing for use on a box gutter that we were sealing in Jersey City, NJ . Time… Read More →

Green Roofs for Urban Sprawl. Great roofs Green roofs

Green roofs an Urban dwellers experience. For months I’ve informed my landlord on all the benefits of a green roof. Last year during a heavy rain season, the gutter pipe burst, flooding the entryway of my basement apartment. I woke up to find my living room three inches deep in rainwater and my landlord screaming at the sky in Spanish. “The pump, it was supposed to be strong!” he wept. We had to replace the floors, the area rug and some of my electronics. The problem with living in an urban landscape is that most of our surface area is not at all absorbent. With our bricks and hard pavement, water runoff enters the sewer system all at once in great volume. The water levels down there rise and this is why during a rainstorm, the city begins to smell foul. Romantic movies forget to mention that unsavory detail as the urban couple runs out into the rain and kisses. If we had more green spaces, there would be no issue. A green roof retains water rather than deflect it onto the streets. Rainwater hits the vegetation, seeps into the engineered soil and like a gigantic sponge, it soaks up… Read More →

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 →

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 →

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 →

My toughest leak.

When it comes to roof leaks even the old guys can sometimes get it wrong. I am posting here because I do truly care about my workmanship. It keeps me up at night and it is never good enough for me. I insist on working with people that have knowledge and patience. Sometimes like in this case I really needed a patient customer. I can only say thank you to this elderly woman in this home. It took me months to figure this one out. I wish I just wrote he a check when I came to this job but sometimes that is just the way it goes. One lesson I learned on this is just tear off the roof and start over when there is a super tricky leak. We thought we had it here. But we did not. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqRi2VUUuWg&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Finally after full tear off we got it right finding that the leaks were indeed coming right through the brick and finding its way to the bottom of the plywood. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyrnLc8HoFY&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] Thank you

Take a Dump on Allied Building Products

Nothing can upset me more than going to a restaurant that sells highly digestive food and does not have a bathroom. I often startle people when I ask the local restaurant and walk out after I find out that they have no bathroom. I have been known to stay up on the roof and keep banging away regardless of my intestinal pains knowing that I would be stopping in at the supply house so I could let loose of some fury in a comfortable location. My favorite store as a matter of fact is Home Depot. I like Home depot not for their prices on roof shingles. I like Home Depot for their clean bathrooms and the fact that I do not have to deal with some salesman behind a high counter that does not really know the products or the roofing business. I will keep this quite simple. I am currently listening to a marketing guru Anthony Sarno former Lucent executive. He has been kind to me in leading me through the maze of internet marketing. We discuss marketing and sales and we were chatting about what I was recently pissed off about. No pun intended. I explained how… Read More →