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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Bayonne NJ praying on the roof

Lets put it this way . When you roof you might as well rock climb. Here is a job in which we need to remove 3 layers of roofing and then climb mount Everest. Now I have reported from other compoanies jobs but this is the way I work. Notice the safety belts. This completely gives new confidence.and it is the best thing any contractor can do for safety and their men. The best roofers are real roofers. The only real roofer is a safe roofer. And the boss should buy lunch too.    

Jersey City Roofers , Deal with Blown off Shingles

When it comes to storms , Sandy was a doozy. What we are finding are many roofs that have had their shingles blown off. Not too surprising we are finding roofs that are three layers thick and nailed into old wood shake shingles. Through the years in urban areas countless small contractors try to survive. The neighborhoods are full of recent immigrants that just try to get by, The city of Jersey City is historic, It has been here for 100’s of years. Neighborhoods were ethnic and it has been a city of corruption. Any city is corrupt usually because its people are corrupt. The roofers that try to make it in these areas always are conditioned to serve people by bringing them the lowest cost that will do the job. It is usually a market condition and the customers rarely give the opportunity to explain the quality differences . A storm often uncovers many secrets and Sandy was no different. Countless roofs have been hiding the extra weight from cover overs, Countless roofs have been put down just barely to code. It is time for Jersey City to step up to quality and start top listen. The Irish, Germans… Read More →