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Old 08-03-2007, 07:59 PM   #1
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I was curious as to how you got into the roofing industry. I'm not trying to marginalize the roofing industry, but it seems like you should be working as a product development specialist or equivalent. You seem to have a really good grasp on concepts like ventilation, proper roofing procedures, and industry practices. It just seems like you go above and beyond what people in your industry strive to learn. I was wondering if you had it all over to do again, would you stay in the same industry or choose a different career path? I know you are the one who made me aware just how important ventilation is. That is the last thing on peoples minds when doing roofing. Well, I can at least say it was for me. There are so many steps in the roofing process that it is often overlooked more often than not. After reading just how many problems can arise from poor ventilation, it should warrant just as much attention as to which brand shingle one chooses.

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I was curious as to how you got into the roofing industry.

I'm not trying to marginalize the roofing industry, but it seems like you should be working as a product development specialist or equivalent.

You seem to have a really good grasp on concepts like ventilation, proper roofing procedures, and industry practices. It just seems like you go above and beyond what people in your industry strive to learn.

I was wondering if you had it all over to do again, would you stay in the same industry or choose a different career path?

I know you are the one who made me aware just how important ventilation is. That is the last thing on peoples minds when doing roofing. Well, I can at least say it was for me.

There are so many steps in the roofing process that it is often overlooked more often than not. After reading just how many problems can arise from poor ventilation, it should warrant just as much attention as to which brand shingle one chooses.

Thanks for the help...

Malcolm


Malcolm,

Once again...Thank you for the positive feedback.

It is comments like yours that make putting in the extra effort to assist people even more worth-while.

I got into the roofing industry in 1978 when I had left College after only one semester. I was too young and into too much fool-heardiness to put in the proper effort that school deserved.

I worked as a helper and then a machinist in a steel factory and saw no chances of advancement after 1 1/2 years, so I requested a friend to ask his dad, who was a superintendant with a large union roofing company to give me an opportunity. He did, and 7 years later, I felt I could do better on my own. I always paid attention to the most micro-cosmic of details for job production, so I knew what I could expect.

I started out as a hot tar roofing contractor and soon was requested to take on various single ply membrane installations for all of the work I was taking on. I even got my little company listed right in the blue print specifications from Hardees Restaurant Corporation, as one of only 3 approved roofing contractors who were allowed to install their roofs.

I got tired of traveling around 7 states to service these national account franchises, so decided to go more aggressively at the residential shingle market.

I love being closer to home and my family, which is a 4 1/2 year old boy and my wife.

I absolutely love every piece of information a I can get ahold of and even if it is contrary to my beliefs, I value someone who put in the effort to attempt to prove their point in a proper presentation of their interpretation of the facts.

Other interests are Weather, Insurance Forensics, and in particular the Law.

If I had to start and do everything from scratch, I probably would have studied to be an attorney to fight for the little guy who has been taken advantage of. I like to find different ways to look at the same thing and come to alternative conclusions than the popular mainstream beliefs.

I continually compile and save all information about every single aspect of contracting and roofing in particular, so that I may some day provide a very detailed introspective in the contractors mind set that a home owner should be aware of.

Things don't always go as envisioned, and there is always the low ball cheap azz scum-bag contractor out there who will lie to every home owner and do anything at all just to get the job. I do not believe in that. I feel that all Home Owners are initially handicapped by a lackm of vital and important crucial information about all asoects of the decision making process.

No matter how many cruddy contractors go out of business repetitively, there are always hoards more of them waiting to take their place in line.

Industry standards and regulations should be stricter and contractor designation should be more difficult to acquire to be able to service the public. From what I see on these forums, such as on the Contractor Talk and Roofing dot com and JLC Online, there are many contractors out there who take similar pride in doing things the Right Way. But alas, although we have a significant forum presence, we are only a drop in the bucket compared to all of the inept or corrupt slime practicing on a daily basis on how to do only or less than the minimum standards and still feel good about how they make a living.

Sincerely,

Ed

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