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 →

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 →

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 →

Fat guy leads in a roof drain and why?

I am not sure how many of the roofers across the country know how to lead in a drain. I am also not sure how many actually lead in modified bitumen roofs but they certainly should. I would like to hear from roofers across the country to determine what methods they are using when installing modified roof systems . Below please find an informational video that should help you all with the basics. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R4qcC7sl_E[/youtube]   Please post your comments

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 →

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

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 →

Monmouth County Roofers

In Monmouth County , NJ there are few contractors in the roofing business that focus on roof repair. Mark  732-995-3914 prefers to do roof repair. Mark has over 35 years experience in commercial and residential roof repair in New Jersey. Mark Started in NYC back in 1978 and has been up on the roof ever since. Now his focus is on roof repairs saving home owners thousands of dollars and buying them years of watertight time for their homes , factory, and office. An expert on water flow , Mark feels there is a solution to every problem. Other services that Mark provides are: drainage waterproofing gutters   skylights attic vents  

Google invents the roofing robot, perfect roofs.

Google with all their money from Adword’s has stepped up to get involved with the roofing business.  Google has created roofing robots, all nameless and not necessarily evaluated by the customers they serve.  Now don’t get too excited especially you roofers that worry about the pounds of sweat you have given to performing top quality workmanship. Google with all their money has simply turned you into a robot. You see Google has decided that you rogue men do not deserve to receive reviews published by your customers or to have your customers rate your work . Hmmm you see Google Adword’s and its novelty has worn off. Contractors no longer get the return they used to get from running Adword’s as most customers want to find someone that is in the meat of the search. they don’t want paid for ads of contractors boasting about how great they are. Customers, your customers, want to know what other customers are saying, Did you return if there was a leak, was the work done on time, did your men pee in the bushes? You know stuff like that. Did you know that none of the geniuses at Google have ever made pee… Read More →