Athletes , Teammates and Roofing

February 26, 2015 New Orleans: Sometimes you get to play with the big boys. Sometimes you become the old wise roofer and you get to be looked up to. The International roofing expo was a great chance to get a birds eye view of your peers and for me an opportunity to share and perhaps mentor. Like other industries that are traditional small business industries the roofing industry can be a great place where you can support a family if you put in enough effort. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has shown a concern for the image of the industry. Worried that the image of what a roofer “is” could be in jeopardy, they have begun to create a campaign to inform more potential roofers of a profile that fits. Earlier today when speaking with Bill Good President and Chairman of The NRCA we discussed how roofers tend to be either athletes or outdoors people. Here is an example of some new people that are in the New roofing industry. I randomly had the opportunity to meet Juan and Phil partners in a roofing business. Two former College Basketball Stars who become good friends that they can trust on… 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 →

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 →

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