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A Retired Roofer’s Perspective I ran into a retired roofer the other day who asked me, “How’s everything going in the roofing industry?” As I looked at him, he reminded me of a friend of mine, Jerry Brown, who was a big coal tar pitch guy from back in the day. When you looked at him you could tell from his rough, wrinkled and tanned skin tone that he came from an era when, although you were the owner of a company, you worked alongside the men that you hired to work for you. I replied to the retired roofer, “Many challenges.” A lot of changes had taken place since he retired 40-plus years ago. Before I gave him an update, I said, “tell me about yourself.” He replied, “Well, I’m an old built-up guy, weaned on coal tar pitch and slag, not that ‘sissy stuff’ like shingles and wood. That was a carpenter’s job and on days when I was in trouble for something or other, the business agent would send me out to a slate job, which was a pain in the butt, but it was a day’s work that I was grateful for.” He continued, “You know, back then a few would grumble about the foreman, who wanted us to wear shirts and gloves when we were mopping in; I just wrote that up to him being jealous of all the muscles we had from swinging a double or triple hanker all day long and then turn around and slag in for the night. The work was tough, but the pay was good. Starting out as a laborer, you could earn $1.65 an hour until you became a journeyman, where the real money started around $8 to $10 an hour with two coffee breaks and a lunch break.” I was amazed at the passion this retired roofer had for his job. He continued, “We used to aggravate the sheet metal guys because we weren’t allowed to install metal edging or flashing and the like, but it was okay. After work, we would head to the Tap Room and shoot billiards, throw darts, fight (for no reason) and then go home to the wife and kids, only to start all over the next morning.” He then asked me to tell him about myself and the industry, “Well, I am proud and honored to serve as the President of the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association during our 100th year. Our organization started back in 1922 and I’ve been involved in the industry for over 51 years, with no retirement in sight. The industry has labor problems as well as material shortages. There are a lot of different types of roofing these days, including PVC, EPDM, self-adhered, spray foam urethane, coatings and” – he stopped me and said, “what about roofing?” I guess a lot has changed in our industry from our humble beginnings in 1922 till today. I hope to see everyone in Daytona Beach, July 19-22, to celebrate our 100th Anniversary and be sure to bring roofers along

who will share their journey and stories from the past. It will give us a lot to talk about. In the center of this issue, you’ll find the Convention Brochure, which details all the events that will be taking place during the four days of the Convention and Expo. Be sure to register for the event on FRSA’s website, www.floridaroof.com. As always, God Bless everyone,

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FRSA GENERAL COUNSEL Trent Cotney, Partner, Adams & Reese, LLP

New Ban on Arbitration Agreements for Sexual Harassment Claims President Biden is expected to sign and approve a new bill prohibiting pre-dispute arbitration agreements for sexual harassment and sexual assault claims. On February 7, the House approved the bill. Although several states, such as New York and California, already have similar laws on the books, the bill would apply nationwide. Flowing from the tide of litigation that ensued during the Me Too movement, the ban’s intent is to allow victims of sexual harassment or sexual assault to not be silenced through contractual mechanisms such as arbitration. It allows victims to speak publicly about their issues. The ban only applies to pre-dispute claims, meaning before a claim is filed in court. Therefore, a party alleging sexual harassment or sexual assault can file a claim in court or choose arbitration. If the matter is filed in court, then the employer can enforce arbitration. Post-dispute arbitration is allowed in almost all circumstances. So why would an employer or an employee want arbitration? There are a variety of factors to consider. Arbitration does not involve the use of a judge or jury to resolve disputes. Instead, the arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators decides the dispute after each side presents their case. Like litigation, the arbitrator(s) decision is binding.



There is no right or wrong answer to the question of whether arbitration or litigation is the better choice to resolve a dispute. Each dispute has to be evaluated on its own set of facts and with the parties involved. The reason many employment cases are decided in arbitration is the greater likelihood that it avoids the disclosure of allegations to the public. There is no way for the public to search for the filings or orders in an arbitration proceeding. Generally speaking, it is less expensive to arbitrate a case rather than litigate a case. There is typically less discovery in arbitration than in litigation and it is easier to obtain limits on discovery in arbitration than it is in litigation. For example, the rules governing American Arbitration Association (AAA) limit the amount of discovery parties can take in arbitration. Discovery includes things such as depositions of witnesses, requests for production of documents, interrogatories (questions directed to the opposing party) and requests that parties admit or deny certain facts in the case. Although in litigation there are some limits to discovery, discovery is liberally allowed by courts, thereby increasing the time and expense an attorney has to devote to pursuing and/or defending a case. Because arbitration limits the amount of discovery parties can obtain, the cost to arbitrate can be less than the cost to litigate. But, without discovery, it is more likely that a party will be surprised at the arbitration hearing by an undisclosed document or witness. In addition, arbitration often allows a dispute to be resolved in less time than litigation through the court system. Normally, arbitration from start to finish takes a year or

less, while litigation is rarely concluded in less than a year and may take several years before the dispute is brought to trial and appeals are concluded. An advantage of arbitration is that the arbitrator(s) are usually knowledgeable in the field relevant to the dispute. For example, if the dispute concerns an employment issue, then the arbitrator will generally have some experience with employment law. In the court system, the judge that is assigned to your case and the jury usually do not have a construction background and may not be familiar with the intricacies of the construction industry as well as an arbitrator. If you are defending a claim, the benefit of having someone knowledgeable in the construction industry act as an arbitrator for your case also helps to prevent every contractor and subcontractor’s worst fear – the runaway jury (e.g., $40,000,000 jury award for the spilled McDonald’s coffee). There are certain types of cases such as sick building cases, which, if put in front of a jury, could result in extraordinarily high jury damage awards against the contractor or subcontractor that is ultimately determined to be responsible for the damage. Arbitrators generally are less likely to render an exorbitant award and are more likely to limit damages that are awarded to actual damages rather than damages for pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc. However, an arbitrator may award such damages if provided for in the arbitration provision. Technically, arbitrators are not required to follow the law. In litigation the court uses statutory authority, precedent set forth in case law and the rules governing evidence and court procedure, among other things, which act as guidelines for attorneys when pursuing or defending a claim. In arbitration, arbitrators are not required to adhere to any law, statute or rule other than the procedural rules provided by the arbitration association. In general, arbitrators apply the applicable law but do not strictly enforce the rules of evidence and court procedure. A final factor to consider before deciding on arbitration rather than litigation is access to the appellate system. If a party receives an unfavorable arbitration award, any appellate review is extremely difficult and limited. Appeal of an arbitration award is usually only granted where a party has been unduly prejudiced by the arbitrator’s administration of the arbitration or the arbitrator has engaged in some form of fraud or deception. Although the grounds for appealing a lower court decision in litigation are limited, it is much easier to appeal a trial court verdict or judgment than an arbitration award. To the extent allowed by state law, including arbitration provisions in employment agreements makes sense if you are an employer. However, be aware of state and federal laws such as this new ban that may prohibit certain types of arbitration. For example, California’s broad ban on arbitration is currently

being challenged – the ban extends not only to sexual harassment and assault claims but also state-based claims of discrimination and labor code violations. FRM The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation. Trent Cotney is National Construction Team Leader for Adams & Reese, LLP and General Counsel for FRSA. For more information on this subject, please get in touch with the author at trent.cotney@arlaw.com.

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FRSA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL Chris Dawson, Attorney, GrayRobinson

Legislature Approves “Tool Time” and Other Sales Tax Holidays The Florida Legislature’s 2022 taxation bill, HB 7071, includes the usual characters in regard to sales tax holidays: Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday, Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday and the Freedom Week Sales Tax Holiday. To consumers’ delight, all of these initiatives return in a similar or expanded form from last year. However, a new and exciting sales tax holiday will be joining the ranks in 2022. FRSA led the charge on an initiative this year to bring tax relief to skilled workers and skilled students. I’m thrilled to announce that the Legislature agreed with this effort and the “Tool Time” sales tax holiday – naming credit goes to the smash hit sitcom Home Improvement - has been born.


From September 3-9, coinciding with the 2022 Labor Day holiday, the State of Florida will not levy sales tax on a number of tools, clothing and instructional items utilized by skilled workers and apprentices/ pre-apprentices across the state. Significant credit for this effort is due to Representative Bobby Payne (R – Palatka) and industry partners FRSA and the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida (ABC). The list of approved items includes: ■ Hand tools selling for $50 or less per item. ■ Power tools selling for $300 or less per item. ■ Power tool batteries selling for $150 or less per item. ■ Work gloves selling for $25 or less per pair. ■ Safety glasses selling for $50 or less per pair or the equivalent if sold in sets of more than one pair. ■ Protective coveralls selling for $50 or less per item. ■ Work boots selling for $175 or less per pair. ■ Tool belts selling for $100 or less per item. ■ Duffel bags or tote bags selling for $50 or less per item. ■ Toolboxes selling for $75 or less per item. ■ Toolboxes for vehicles selling for $300 or less per item. ■ Industry textbooks and code books selling for $125 or less per item.



■ Electrical voltage and testing equipment selling for $100 or less per item. ■ LED flashlights selling for $50 or less per item. ■ Shop lights selling for $100 or less per item. ■ Handheld pipe cutters, drain opening tools and plumbing inspection equipment selling for $150 or less per item.

More Than Sales Tax Savings

The “Tool Time” Sales Tax Holiday will certainly lend a financial benefit to skilled workers, students and other consumers. However, the value in this effort is equally one of messaging. For years, Florida has celebrated a Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday for traditional students. This year, the “Tool Time” holiday celebrates the equal importance of skills-based education, which we know can often lead to more lucrative careers – and less student debt – than traditional education tracks. “Tool Time” represents the State of Florida putting its money where its mouth is in regard to skills education and the “essential” value of skilled workers. It’s enough to make Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor proud. FRM Chris Dawson is an Attorney and professional Lobbyist for GrayRobinson’s Orlando office and is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Alabama. He primarily focuses on lobbying and government relations for public and private sector clients at the executive and legislative levels of state government. He is credentialed as a Designated Professional Lobbyist by the Florida Association of Professional Lobbyists. Chris also holds two degrees in Civil Engineering and has experience in construction litigation and design professional malpractice defense.



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Industry Updates FRSA Launches New Website

FRSA is pleased to announce the launch of its new website, www.floridaroof.com, just in time to celebrate FRSA’s 100th Anniversary. “Members requested that we include additional features to our site so that consumers looking for a roofing contractor in their area can search by the company name, city or county in which a contractor works,” stated Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director. “This feature allows members to include a brief description of the types of roofing they perform and to include pictures with their listing. It’s one of the many perks of membership.” There is also a section where code-related articles can be found along with an archive of articles published in Florida Roofing. Additional sections include information for consumer education, industry professionals, items for sale and Convention and Expo updates. A new feature that has been on our wish list for a long time is the ability to accept credit card payments through the website. We are now able to take online payments for dues renewals, sponsorships, expo booths, advertising and training center rentals.

Adams and Reese Expands Its NationallyRanked Construction Group, Creates One of the Largest Construction Law Practices in the Country

Adams and Reese LLP announced the expansion of its nationally-ranked construction practice with the combination of Tampa-based Cotney Construction Law LLP, a full-service legal and consulting firm serving the construction and infrastructure industries with 16 attorneys and professionals located across the United States. These additions join Adams and Reese’s current roster of 59 construction attorneys and takes the group to 75, now one of the largest construction practices in the country. The combination strengthens Adams and Reese’s capabilities in high-stakes commercial disputes and transactions.



The combined practice now boasts eight Florida Bar board-certified construction lawyers, as well as two Florida certified general contractors. The list of Cotney Construction Law attorneys joining Adams and Reese includes: Trent Cotney Tray Batcher Ben Briggs Christie Coston Jacqueline Feliciano Roscoe Green Brian Lambert Benjamin Lute

Steven McCommon Hilary Morgan Brian Oblow Gabriel Pinilla Ashlee Poplin Kyle Rea Lee Tomlinson

“Our construction practice is a driver for the firm and client needs are fueling its growth. Our strategic plan calls for doubling down on existing areas of strength,” said Gif Thornton, Managing Partner of Adams and Reese. “Trent and the Cotney team are national leaders in the construction law space and their capabilities complement ours. This combination moves us toward dominance nationally and in the Southeast in particular, coinciding with the economic growth in the region.” The team joining Adams and Reese brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in serving publicly traded companies, private businesses and individuals in transactions and disputes nationally and internationally. Their singular focus is meeting an array of legal, business and consulting needs in the construction space, as evidenced by national rankings by Chambers USA, Construction Executive, Construction Tech Review, Finance Monthly, Forbes and U.S. News & World Report among others. “We are excited about this opportunity to add our already deep bench to a national firm like Adams and Reese, whose resources and platform will take us to the next level,” said Trent Cotney, who served as Chief Executive Officer of his firm and now becomes a Partner at Adams and Reese. “As advocates for construction clients in the U.S. and around the world, our combined team has a deep understanding of what we must bring to bear when providing the most comprehensive counsel to our clients and we can better meet their needs through our collective strengths. Our team shares Adams and Reese’s forward-thinking vision and commitment to diversity, which will exponentially grow our combined capabilities.” The new team of attorneys has relocated to Adams and Reese’s downtown Tampa office, located at 100 N. Tampa Street, Suite 4000.

“Every major city nationwide is seeing dramatic changes to its skyline and the country is ripe with new construction and infrastructure projects that require the experience of trained construction lawyers,” said David Toney, leader of Adams and Reese’s Construction Team and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. “This combination gives us the horsepower to respond to that need both now and into the future.” “As the complexity of business challenges increase in response to a more interconnected global economy, our clients are seeking sophisticated advice at national and international levels,” said Jeffrey Brooks, Chair of the Executive Committee at Adams and Reese. “The successful combination with Cotney will serve as a platform for our continued growth, as well as an exemplar of the partnership we seek in that mission.” Trent continues his role as FRSA’s Legal Counsel and you’ll see him and his team at Affiliate meetings and at FRSA’s Convention, where they’ll teach eight seminars.

BRAVA Roof Tile Acquires a Line of Sustainable Pavers

In an agreement signed in February 2022, BRAVA Roof Tile, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wildhawk Investments, entered into an agreement to acquire AZEK’s Paver assets. BRAVA, a manufacturer of beautifully authentic, high-performance synthetic roofing cedar shakes, slate and Spanish barrel tiles is on a mission to bring innovative and sustainable building products to market. Made with up to 95 percent post-consumer recycled rubber and plastics removed from the waste stream, BRAVA Pavers share the same commitment of responsibility to our environment. Sustainability doesn’t end with raw materials. BRAVA Pavers are manufactured using a process that requires 95 percent less energy and produces 96 percent less CO2 emissions than conventional concrete pavers. For design professionals and owners seeking to earn LEED certification, BRAVA’s synthetic pavers are a welcome new choice. BRAVA Pavers offer visual appeal, design flexibility, strength and durability. At one-third the weight of comparable concrete products and using a cuttingedge grid system designed to reduce installation time, BRAVA Pavers are perfect for driveways, paths, patios, rooftops, balconies and decks. “We are excited to bring our experience in the manufacture and sale of beautiful building products made from recycled materials to the paver market. Where others see post-consumer waste, we see the future of building materials. BRAVA Pavers reflect our commitment to high-performance sustainable products,” stated Adam Brantman, President, BRAVA Roof Tile.

Gulfeagle Supply Announces Regional Manager Promotions Gulfeagle Supply announces the promotion of Billy Quinley to Gulf Coast Regional Manager. Quinley joined Gulfeagle Supply in November 2020 as Branch Manager in Pensacola, bringing over 18 years of sales experience and industry knowledge. Joe Knippel will be taking on operational responsibilities in addition to his current sales role as Southeast Regional Manager. Knippel joined Gulfeagle Supply in March 2018 as a Regional Sales Manager. He brings 14 years of industry experience and leadership to the team. His past experience includes operational and sales positions including Branch Manager.

CIDAN Machinery Group Acquires Long Folder Producer Thalmann Maschinenbau

CIDAN Machinery Group, a world leading, innovative supplier to the sheet metal industry, has acquired Thalmann Maschinenbau, a world leading company in long folding technology. The company has a strong track record of bringing innovations to the market that lead to significant efficiency improvements, cost reductions and higher precision and flexibility of the folding process. With the acquisition of Thalmann Maschinenbau AG, CIDAN Machinery Group is adding yet another strong brand to its already strong portfolio that includes CIDAN, Forstner and NuIT. The acquisition marks a major step forward for both companies, creating a sheet metal equipment manufacturer and software developer that integrates all unit operation from de-coiling to folding that includes long folders. The acquisition and the combined strengths of both companies will bring additional benefits to customers. The strategy of CIDAN Machinery Group is to become a “One-Stop-Partner” for the sheet metal processing industry.

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Chandler Barden, President of CIDAN Machinery Americas said, “Within North America, CIDAN and Thalmann have been successfully building a great reputation and customer base. With the acquisition of Thalmann by CIDAN Machinery Group we have built a better platform for success and service to our customer. This is just the beginning and there is more to come.”

Gulf Coast Supply Names New Florida Regional Sales Manager

Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, the trusted name for metal roofing for 25 years, is pleased to announce that Pablo Mila has been named Florida Regional Sales Manager. He is an industry veteran with over 35 years of experience in the roofing and metal-building industry. “I am honored to lead such a pivotal team with a respected company that prides itself on safety and quality,” said Mila. “I look forward to partnering with our customers to continue Gulf Coast’s remarkable track record of growth and success.” In his most recent role, Mila served as the Chief Operating Officer for a metal roofing supplier in Miami and oversaw all sales, operations and purchasing. His international metal roofing experience aligns well with Gulf Coast Supply’s focus on organizational growth and providing the Southeast with the best value in metal roofing. Gulf Coast Supply President Harry Yeatman said, “We are excited to have Pablo join the Gulf Coast team and continue the momentum and explosive growth that we’re experiencing.” Mila will be developing and implementing an overall strategy for the Florida market, directly engaging with customers and leading the sales team.

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply Launches New Website

A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply, Aurora, IL, announced the launch of its redesigned website, www.metaldecksupply.com. The revamped website will bring an up-to-date platform and new features to make your metal deck experience one of a kind. “We’re excited to launch this new website to enhance the digital experience while continuing to educate the metal deck user and share this resource with the construction industry,” states Carm Termini, Marketing Director at A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply. “The new website provides an online metal deck proposal request, access to Metal Deck 101 videos, upcoming industry events and highlights of our 15 locations.” A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply invites visitors to the new website to enhance their knowledge about metal decks, metal deck accessories and to address frequently asked questions. The website incorporates a responsive and clean design with improved functionality, accessible on any device. FRM

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FRSA – 100 Years Strong Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director Throughout 2022, this column will recap some of FRSA’s rich history through accounts from minutes and a published book called FRSA The First Half Century.

Commission and self-insurance. Moorhead, as outgoing President, called the 1938 Convention session to order in West Palm Beach and soon after the routine business was finished Solomon Krauss, George Churchill and several other speakers were called upon Setting The Pace, 1932 - 1941 to discuss the pressing problems of insurance: particAs the Association began its second decade, America ularly, the difference in rates and claims in different was amidst the greatest economic slowdown of the localities. They also discussed the difference in rates century. Money was hard to come by and hope was al- for metal mechanics on inside versus outside work. most as scarce. Few records exist from the first three Several suggestions were made during the session years of the decade. Current Association records fail to address manufacturers selling roofing and metal to list officers for the years 1932 to 1935. products to lumber yards. The group asked manufacFred Falkner, Falkner Inc., Orlando, was President in turers to sell products applicable to the Association’s 1936, when surviving records indicate the Association trades to such trade shops only. They also discussed was truly alive and well. Falkner was a devout church concerns about general contractors’ licenses being member and a teetotaler, who had built a solid busicheaper in some localities than roofers’ licenses, entiness based on the golden rule – treating others as you tling general contractors to do any type of work in the building construction industry. would want to be treated. At Falkner’s Convention, Moorehead explained the new retail sales tax law some of the manufacturers and distributors financed a happy hour, perhaps signifying a return of jocularity as and a presentation was given on methods of payment of the tax. The second day’s session continued with The Depression began to lift. presentations from Ralph Davis, a representative Frank Tack recalled the happy hour was “off limits” at the Convention, “and the Four Horsemen attempted of the State Insurance Commissioner’s Office, who spoke on the statutes of compensation insurance in to take up the slack and the names of Bill Worsley, Bill Florida as well as other states, along with Banzi Currie, Fleming, Hal Bishop and Bill Alexander rang a bell of a West Palm Beach attorney. Walter E. Rountree fellowship and good cheer.” Bill Moorhead of Lake Wales was President in 1937. represented the Florida Industrial Commission at the Moorhead was manager of the metal and roofing meeting, making a presentation on the function of department of the Swartz Company and a part owner his agency. Frank Tack, Otto Krauss, Bill Palmer and in the operation. Moorhead is recalled as “a steady Joe Henderson were named to a Study Committee to plodder type, never in hurry, but a stickler for good explore the insurance question in greater detail and workmanship.” The 1937 Convention was held at the report back to the Association. Wales-Bilt Hotel, a six-story building in downtown Lake The 1939 Convention was held in May at the Wales. The subject of union labor problems dominated Suwannee Hotel in St. Petersburg, where the followthe meeting. John Stewart, West Palm Beach, was the ing manufacturers and supply houses helped defray Secretary. To build up the Association’s membership expenses of the Convention: in the wake of The Depression, Stewart volunteered Eagle Roofing and Metal Works of Tampa to travel throughout the state, taking time away from Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railroad Co., Birmingham, Ala. his business, to solicit memberships, with excellent Republic Steel Corp. results. Roofing and Sheet Metal Supply Co., W Palm Beach By 1938, the Association was concerned with industry insurance problems, retail sales tax, workers’ Revere Copper and Brass Co., Baltimore Horne & Wilson Co. Inc., Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville compensation, the workings of the Florida Industrial 14


The Barrett Co., Birmingham, Ala. Craighead Co., St. Petersburg (H.C. Little Furnaces) Aluminum Foil Insulating Co., Orlando Hart and Cooley Register Co., Holland, Mich. Bird and Son Inc., East Walpole, Mass. American Brass Co., Atlanta American Rolling Mills Co., Middletown, Ohio Ruberoid Co., New Orleans Ludowici-Celadon Co., Chicago, Ill. B. Mifflin Hood Co., Daisy, Tenn. Allen Turbine Co.

the group. When a contractor complies with the law, he has fulfilled every obligation to his employees and avoids common law litigation,” Heaton said. Heaton was asked if high rates for compensation insurance were due to the charges made by doctors. He replied, “There are so many small roofing contractors who pose undesirable risks, thus making high rates. If the commission considers the medical costs are too high, the laws provide for adjustment.” The significance of the discussion, a topic that would dominate Association meetings for a long time, was not fully appreciated until January 1, 1955, when Once again, Convention discussion centered the Association’s self-insurance plan went into effect. around the controversial question of workers’ comThe 1939 Convention program, however, placed the pensation. Wendell C. Heaton, Commission Chairman, wheels in motion and each succeeding year’s discusof the Florida Industrial Commission, said the rates sion served to underscore the need. for workers’ compensation insurance during the first While it appears the Convention was heavily orientyear of the law’s enforcement were “necessarily high ed towards business seminars for the men, the ladies as they were based on past experience of insurance present were well entertained. That evening, about companies and the rates in other states as regard100 people attended the banquet at the Suwanee ing the overhead of the carriers and the losses to be Hotel, where new officers were introduced and the claimed.” Heaton said the commission “has made an Convention Committee, the manufacturers’ represeneffort to reduce these rates, but in spite of the fact tatives and wholesalers present for the session were that it has been difficult to police or enforce the law, recognized. much progress has been and is being made. The origOrlando, the hometown of the incoming President, inal rate for the roofing classification was $10.13 per was selected as the 1940 Convention site. $100 of payroll and the sheet metal classification was The Convention opened on a light note provided by $3.77 per $100. Conditions were such that no chance the Mayor of Orlando, S.W. Way. Way, known and reshould have been taken by any sensible contractor,” spected for his wit, told the gathered delegates, “Enjoy the minutes recorded. yourselves and don’t worry too much about breaking The minutes reflected the results of the first two the laws of the city. Now is the time to get pleasure years of actual experience through July 1, 1937. They out of life.” As he concluded, he confirmed his belief by showed total wages paid in the roofing industry at stating, “I am going fishing.” $1,050,300 and total premiums paid at $91,000. The first topic of discussion concerned a slogan for Heaton said new rates effective July 1, 1939, would be the Association. Falkner suggested, “What helps our $7.08 per $100 for the roofing classification and $2.09 industry is bound to help us.” per $100 of payroll for the sheet metal classification. Karl Lehmann of the Lake County Chamber of He said, according to the minutes, that roofing indusCommerce and Chairman of the Publicity Committee try rates could be cut $2 more and said the Florida of Kiwanis International discussed “The Value of Industrial Commission was working toward that end Organization” during the opening session, using the and expecting cooperation from the contractors. word “PEP” as his keynote. He said the “P” stood for FRSA minutes from this time state, “Money could preparation and required faith in the products being be saved in two ways. One, by increasing favorable sold, a faith that is possible because of knowledge experience and two, by taking advantage of the proand the ability to talk and present that knowledge. vision in the law which provides for group insurance. The “E” stood for enthusiasm, “which comes from This requires a definite revolving program involving optimism.” He emphasized the value of cooperation in a clearing office and the fullest cooperation of all in the statement, “A pulling horse cannot kick. A kicking

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horse cannot pull.” The preparedness and the spirit of cooperation will cause optimism and enthusiasm. The last “P” stands for persistence. “This is a case of sticking to it like a postage stamp. Many people are better starters than finishers and, in the end, a closer must be brought in to finish a deal. A salesman must be a good closer,” he said. Lehmann said compulsory cooperation is no good, that cooperation must be voluntary. “In a civic organization, good fellowship requires cooperation, but in a business organization there must also be a spirit of cooperation to prevent cut-throat competition. Each contractor should get his competitor into the state organization. No two years are alike and conditions are always changing. Contractors must keep abreast of the time and hold on with a bulldog tenacity and stay with the job until done,” he said. Other topics of discussion included the fine qualities of a newly developed stainless steel for use in making gutters and drainage downspouts, workers’ comp, industry safety, the establishment of a monthly bulletin, improvements made in heating systems over the past 40 years and membership recruitment. It was suggested that some member or officer of the organization be permitted to travel and make contact with various shops in Florida in order to increase membership in the state Association. Another item of interest was the possible inclusion of air conditioning contractors into membership in the Association. No action was taken at the time. The annual banquet was held in the Angebilt Hotel in Orlando and copper electroplated menus and brass screw drivers were presented to the delegates by the American Brass Co. and spa water and cigars were sent by the Hetzel Roofing Products Company, Newark, N.J. In 1941, E. Mack Fillingham of Jacksonville was elected President and Jacksonville was unanimously selected as the location for the Convention, held in the Roosevelt Hotel. Once again, the topic of workers’ compensation rates played a prominent role in discussions. George C. Blume, Mayor of Jacksonville, then the largest city in Florida, was on hand to welcome the delegates and said, “This is ‘Hog Heaven’ in Florida

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and there should be more conventions here – for the future of the state, more people with money should be brought from the north to increase industry in the state to ensure the future of Florida.” Blume agreed to take care of any traffic tickets which might be received by anyone attending the meeting and urged everyone to enjoy themselves. Once again, though, serious business dominated much of the Convention. A report was presented to delegates that a legislative committee in Tallahassee was considering “changes in the present lien law which would be injurious to the interests of members of the building industry in the state.” The report said on April 16 a telegram had been sent to the Judiciary Committee in Tallahassee asking that the change in the lien law not be made. A Lien Law Committee, with Frank Ahrens of West Palm Beach, Otto Krauss of St. Petersburg and Ellard Kohn of Miami, was appointed to determine what action had been taken by the Judiciary Committee and report back. The committee reported the next day the change had been killed by the Judiciary Committee of the legislature and apparently would not be revived. L.A. Burgess, Secretary-Treasurer, then requested action by the delegates to assure continuing publication of the Florida Roofer, the monthly trade newsletter created during the previous year’s Convention. A motion continuing the publication was made, seconded and approved. Frank Tack suggested some individuals were interested in advertising in the trade letter. Ellard Kohn suggested advertising be solicited from the manufacturers and that the size of the publication be increased along lines of the special 1941 Convention edition which was sent to the assembly by the United Roofing Contractors’ Association. The discussion over advertising in Florida Roofer raged long and hard; however, the end result was a vote against changing the format at the present time. FRM FRSA is looking for old industry photos and memorabilia. If you have any that you’d like to share, please contact Lisa Pate at 800-767-3772 ext. 157 or by email at lisapate@floridaroof.com.

FRSA Receives 100th Anniversary Senate Proclamation During the Florida legislative session last month, FRSA members Adam Purdy, CPRC, Les Sims, CPRC and Ralph Davis, along with FRSA-SIF staff, Debbie Guidry and Michael Ricker, met with members of Congress and staff, guided by FRSA Legislative Counsel, Chris Dawson. The group had successful meetings with the following: Senator Broxson Rep. Williamson Rep. Andrade Senator Stargel’s Office, Chad Davis, Policy Director Senator Hooper Senator Baxley CFO Patronis’s Office, Michael Dobson, Policy Director Senator Perry

Rep. Payne Rep. Fernandez-Barquin Rep. Hawkins Senator Pizzo Rep. Ingoglia Rep. DiCeglie Rep. Renner, Incoming Speaker, Jennifer GuyHudson, Policy Director Senator Hutson Senator Boyd

FRSA member and Senator Keith Perry presented FRSA with a 100th Anniversary proclamation on behalf of the Florida Senate and Rep. Alex Andrade made a Tribute presentation on behalf of the House. The proclamation reads: WHEREAS, In the early twentieth century, the roofing and sheet metal industries in Florida were an unorganized arena of fierce competition where the lowest bidder would almost always get the job, often to the detriment of the building owner, while the ethical contractor would often be left on the sideline, and WHEREAS, in 1922, after seeing the need to protect and promote the integrity of the roofing and sheet metal industries, a group of like-minded company owners met in Daytona Beach, Florida, to discuss the

issues they were facing as ethical business owners in an extremely competitive industry. They decided to band together and form an organization representing the interests of legitimate contractors, suppliers and manufacturers as the face of the roofing and sheet metal industries, and WHEREAS, in 1922, the organization known as the Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Florida was formalized with the idea of creating an Association of members with similar interests and purposes that would foster and encourage a high standard of ethics among its members, and inform the public of the Continued on page 21

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Don’t Look Now, But the New 2023 8th Edition of the Florida Building Code is Already Taking Form Mike Silvers, CPRC, Owner of Silvers Systems Inc. and FRSA Technical Director Recently I was told of an apartment reroof project with multiple buildings where the contractor may be faced with reroofing them again. For many of us, this is one of the worst possible situations we can imagine. For the contractor, who would need the net profit from as many as 10 to 20 similarly priced projects to cover the cost of the second roof, it is a nightmare. The reason the contractor is in this predicament isn’t because his work is subpar, it is because they were not aware of changes in the building code and other pertinent installation requirements. Anytime I hear of a situation like this, regardless of the size of the roofs involved, I can’t help but feel a little ill. This is a hard business to survive in and no one should have this additional burden to overcome. Today, it’s just not going to work using the “but we’ve always done it that way” excuse. Or the old “we always do more than the code requires.” Are you sure? If you don’t know what is required how can you assume you exceed it? Like it or not, things in our industry and elsewhere are changing at a very rapid pace. We need to take advantage of available technology and the information it allows us to access to stay abreast of the changes. Fortunately, FRSA has many volunteers and staff members who are working hard to influence the changes that could negatively impact our members. We are also doing our best to inform you of both current and upcoming changes as well. The current 2020 7th Edition Florida Building Code (FBC) may have been one of the most impactful in several recent triannual code cycles. One of the primary reasons for this was the adoption of the then new American Society of Civil Engineers standard, ASCE 7-16, that added more roof zones (either 4 or 5 depending on roof configuration) and increased uplift

pressures. Another was the new underlayment requirements of the so-called sealed roof deck changes, as well as many others. FRSA offered multiple online and live seminars, in addition to many articles outlining those changes. We hope you have been paying attention. No sooner was the ink dry on the nine new code books, than we began working on the 2023 8th Edition of the FBC. This code cycle is different than the last several. It now has two separate phases: phase one brings in changes from the International Building Code (IBC) only. During that process, FRSA volunteers and staff accomplished the following: ■ Reviewed approximately 1,200 modifications (changes) brought over from the IBC looking for roofing-related content ■ Pulled 137 roofing-related modifications for the Codes Subcommittee to review ■ Tagged 47 of those modifications and rated them at three different levels of concern ■ The Codes Subcommittee took positions on 79 of the 137 modifications they reviewed ■ During FBC Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and Commission meetings, 65 out of 79 modifications achieved outcomes that favored our positions ■ Only 5 of the remaining 14 were originally tagged for concern and only 1 of those 5 was rated at a mid-level concern. None at the highest level of concern went against our preferred position. We are now in phase two of the 2023 8th Edition code cycle. This phase was open to anyone who wanted to propose a code modification. This is when FRSA had the opportunity to submit our code modifications. Volunteers and staff have recently: ■ Produced and submitted 29 modifications on 20 different subjects; all of these have now been verified by FBC staff ■ Started the process of reviewing 619 modifications submitted by other parties during phase two to pull any roofing-related modifications for Codes Subcommittee review ■ Began preparing new spreadsheets with pertinent information and FRSA’s positions taken by the Codes Subcommittee during their ongoing meetings



■ Began preparation to present our modifications and to advocate for our positions on modifications submitted by other parties during the numerous upcoming TAC and Commission meetings

A version of the manual containing our recent changes and the current ASCE 7-16 references and tables will be submitted to the FBC staff and members of the assigned TACs after a final review by our group. It will have an initial publication date of May Once again, we are faced with a new ASCE 7 2022, which is prior to the June TAC meetings. If ASCE standard. If it is adopted by the commission, we will this will become be working under the brand new ASCE 7-22. This time 7-22 is not approved for some reason, th Edition of the the 7 around this is good Manual. If, in the more news. The roof presFRSA Codes Subcommittee likely scenario, ASCE sure zones will be going Tyler Allwood Eagle Roofing Products FL LLC 7-22 is approved, we back to three zones Bill Boyer CPRC Duro-Last Roofing Inc will produce and insert for all roof configuraJoe Byrne Byrne Roofing Inc new ASCE 7-22 refertions and the highest Stephanie Daniels Atlas Roofing Corp ences, tables and wind pressures should be Sal Delfino Petersen | PAC-CLAD maps and a new initial reduced as well. We will George Ebersold Tom Tanenbaum Inc publication date. That be working to promote Cory Ewert TAMKO Building Products LLC will be followed by a fithe adoption of this Tom Gans TCG Roof Inspections nal review by our group. improved standard. If Tim Graboski Tim Graboski Roofing Inc This will allow us to adopted, it will offer Greg Keeler Owens Corning resubmit that version some relief from the Charlie Kennedy Gainesville Roofing & Co Inc of the manual. That onerous ASCE 7-16 Burt Logan CORE Roofing Systems Inc version’s initial publicaprovisions. We still have Lance Manson McEnany Roofing Inc tion date will be dated over a year and a half Manny Oyola Eagle Roofing Products FL LLC 8/22, which is prior to left working under the Mike Silvers CPRC FRSA/Silvers Systems Inc the next and final TAC current requirements Tonya Steele Millennium Metals Inc review. before the new code Trevor Switzer Gold Key Roofing LLC On a personal note, will take effect on Riku Ylipelkonen ICP Building Solutions Group I have now written over December 31, 2023. 50 of these articles The FRSA Codes for Florida Roofing. Subcommittee still FRSA-TRI Manual Review Committee My ongoing goal is to has a lot of work left Tyler Allwood Eagle Roofing Products FL LLC keep you abreast of the to do and the sacrifice Maury Alpert Polyglass USA Inc ever-changing techniof their time to the Joe Byrne Byrne Roofing Inc cal landscape in which industry is to be comTom Gans TCG Roof Inspections we operate. And, most mended. I often refer to Tim Graboski Tim Graboski Roofing Inc of all, to help you avoid this group as our “Code Greg Keeler Owens Corning the initially described Warriors” – they best Mark Moretto AAM Industries Inc predicament. My know the reasons why. David Mull Ad-Ler Roofing articles are available Thanks team! Paul Oleksak Westlake Royal Roofing Solutions on FRSA’s website, The potential for the Rick Olson Tile Roofing Industry Alliance www.floridaroof.com. If adoption of the new Manny Oyola Eagle Roofing Products FL LLC you have comments or ASCE 7-22 standard Tom Parker TCParker & Associates suggestions for future has created the need Mike Silvers CPRC FRSA/Silvers Systems Inc articles or have any to review the FRSAJay Vandewater Crown Roof Tiles technical questions, TRI Florida High Wind Riku Ylipelkonen ICP Building Solutions Group please contact me. Concrete and Clay Tile FRM Installation Manual. The

FRSA-TRI Review Committee has been hard at work producing the 7th Edition of the manual. I am very happy to report that due to the committee’s dedication to the task at hand, we have completed the current changes in an incredibly efficient and timely manner. I applaud their ability to compromise and reach consensus. My thanks to John Hellein for his hard work in the trenches. Great work by all!

Mike Silvers, CPRC is owner of Silvers Systems Inc. and is consulting with FRSA Technical Director. Mike is an FRSA Past President, Life Member and Campanella Award recipient and brings over 40 years of industry knowledge and experience to FRSA’s team. Mike can be reached at silvers@floridaroof.com.

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Providing Homeowners Peace of Mind with Adhered Tile Roofs Tom Parker, Owner, TCParker & Associates It’s challenging to find something that brings homeowners more peace of mind than a sound roof over their heads. For hundreds of years, tile roofs have been considered the time-tested, ultimate roofing system. A key concern with tile roofs is keeping the tile secure during wind events. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than the damage done by Hurricane Irma on Marco Island. Photo 1 shows a mechanically fastened tile roof where tiles were lost in the wind event. The damage is clear, as is the failure mode. Mechanical fasteners must be left a little “loose” or the tile will crack. In fact, inspectors will typically allow up to 1” of lift at the end of a mechanically fastened tile and still pass the job as meeting code. When the wind blows across the tile, it can lift the end of the tile, causing “chattering” to occur. As the chattering continues, the tiles are literally pried off of the roof, as seen in the ridge tiles hanging on at a 45 degree angle in the photo. In photo 2 (next page), we see a nearby home with an adhered tile roof that was subjected to the same Photo 1



wind event and shows no damage. Adhesives lock the tiles in place, eliminating the potential chattering and subsequent failures. Two types of polyurethane adhesives are available on the market. Both have similar chemistry with two main ingredients mixed together to form the polyurethane adhesive. In “single component” adhesives, the two main ingredients are mixed in the tank at the factory to form a “pre-polymer.” This reacts with moisture once dispensed to create the final product. These products “rise” very little once dispensed and the adhesive typically will expand a further 5-10 percent as it fully cures over several hours. In “two component” adhesives, the two main ingredients are taken to the job site in separate tanks and mixed together as they are dispensed. A chemical reaction takes place at that point to create the adhesive. The adhesive sprays out in more of a liquid state, then, as the reaction takes place, the adhesive “foams” and expands to three to four times its original volume, typically within a minute of spraying. Single component adhesives are generally available in disposable tanks weighing less than 50 lbs. and these can be used on wet surfaces since they are moisture cured. Two component adhesives are available in small disposable tanks as well as large refillable tanks. The large sizes can provide economy of scale in some cases. Manufacturers perform third party testing with their adhesive products in order to meet various code requirements. A Florida Product Approval can be obtained for inside and outside the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) based on the testing. The HVHZ is defined as Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Uplift values are listed in the Florida Product Approvals. Here is a link to the FPA search site: www.floridabuilding.org/pr/pr_app_srch.aspx Miami-Dade County has additional requirements for both the adhesive product and the tile “system” in which is it used. Notice of acceptance (NOA) are required for both the product and then each of the tile manufacturer’s profiles (the system). To be used on a job in Miami-Dade County, the adhesive NOA

and full covering clothing. Once polyurethane foam dries on a Photo 2 surface or skin, the only way to remove it is mechanically. So, a little preventative measure up front will pay off. Always consult the manufacturer safety data sheets for more details. These products are all packaged in pressurized tanks. Avoid leaving the tanks in direct sunlight when not it use as the temperature can exceed the manufacturer’s recommended maximum storage temperature and possibly over-pressurized. Other product-specific procedures may be required, review the manufacturers installation needs to exist and the adhesive needs to be listed instructions for all the details. with uplift values in the tile NOA. In general, Broward Adhesives are more expensive than fasteners, County also utilizes the Miami-Dade NOAs and perhowever, in the total cost of a typical tile roof, the mitting process. Here is a link to the MD search site: additional cost is in the 3-5 percent range. While use www.miamidade.gov/building/pc-search_app.asp of adhesive adds a small percentage of cost to a tile Manufacturers update their testing and approvals roof installation, isn’t it worth the peace of mind that it periodically, so it is recommended that approvals are pulled from these websites as needed rather than rely- provides to your customers? FRM ing on printed copies you may have in your files. Regardless of which type and brand of polyureTom Parker, owner of TCParker & Associates, a technithane foam adhesive you choose, the manufacturer’s cal sales agency representing TILEBOND roof tile installation instructions must be followed in order to adhesive. Tom grew up in the construction industry comply with Florida Building Code product approvals in his father’s residential construction company. He and Miami-Dade NOAs. later earned a degree in Chemical Engineering and Manufacturers are obligated by code to train and worked at Dow Chemical for 33 years prior to opening certify installers to ensure proper installation. From his agency in 2013. Tom is a Registered Professional a safety standpoint, minimum personal protective Engineer. equipment generally includes safety glasses, gloves Proclimation, continued from page 17

importance of doing business with competent and ethical firms, and WHEREAS, for the past century, the organization has maintained a sound focus on its founding principles. Today, the organization is known around the country as the premier state roofing and sheet metal contractor’s Association, the Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association, Inc., and WHEREAS, the citizens and contractors of Florida have been well served by the Association through its emphasis on and long history of providing consumers and others with information they need to make sound decisions when it comes to roofing-related information, knowing that a professionally installed roof protects not only a consumer’s investment, but also loved ones who reside in the home or place of business, and

WHEREAS, the Association is celebrating its 100th Anniversary on July 20, 2022, and WHEREAS, the Association continues to be a resource for consumers and other property owners seeking information on duly licensed, professional and ethical roofing and sheet metal contractors, NOW, THEREFORE, I, Senator Keith Perry, of Florida State District 8, do hereby recognize the 100th anniversary of the Florida Roofing Association on July 20, 2022. Many thanks to our volunteer members for attending meetings with the Senate and House of Representatives and for testifying before these bodies when needed. FRSA owes you a debt of gratitude for all you do! FRM

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Energy Saving Benefits of Tile Roofs Tyler Allwood, Director of Business Development, Eagle Roofing Products The topic of energy seems to dominate most roofing conversations these days. How can we save more energy on the roof? How much energy can be produced on the roof? Is it more important to save than produce? Whether we like it or not, energy is the future of our industry. This should not come as a big surprise. It is widely accepted that the roof often acts as the largest energy drain in a home or building. At the same time, roofs offer the greatest platform for innovation in energy savings and production. Concrete and clay tile roofs have a head start on energy savings due to their inherent thermal mass advantage. You or your customers may have experienced this firsthand. I also have heard from homeowners over the years who express dismay after removing a tile roof to install another roofing product with lower thermal mass. Their home is now warmer, and their HVAC system is running more often. These homeowners are experiencing, firsthand, what multiple studies over the years have shown about the energy saving benefits of high thermal mass products like roof tile. Thermal mass acts to store the sun’s energy throughout the day, slowing conduction into the attic space. Because of this, homes with tile roofs typically stay considerably cooler and their lower maximum temperatures occur later in the day. This means that the home will use less energy for cooling and that the period of maximum energy usage occurs outside of the more expensive and grid-taxing peak. The tile roofing industry is working hard to bring the inherent benefits of concrete roof tile to light while, at the same time, looking at ways to innovate and become as compatible as possible with energy production systems. Groups like the Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission have traditionally focused on the reflectivity of roofing products to determine their energy saving value. While reflectivity is a strong first line of defense against UV, it does not fully encapsulate the value of an energy saving tile roof system. As mentioned, roof tile brings the value of added thermal mass. Additionally, the airspace that exists between the tile and the roof deck, especially on higher profile tiles, can increase the ability of a tile roof system to resist heat gain in the attic. The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI) and its member manufacturers are working on several initiatives to make the public aware of these other sources of energy savings in a tile roof system. In the near future, TRI hopes to make it possible for homeowners to use details about their home and their energy bills to see how much they can save by choosing a tile roof. At the same time, one member manufacturer is 22


using temperature sensors in roofs around the US to gather data and quantify the temperature differences between high and low thermal mass products on the roof surface and in the attic. The results will be made available to the TRI and its members. The manufacturer members of TRI will also continue to look at ways to produce products that provide customers with higher reflectivity while maintaining the beauty and permanence that the market expects. However, they know that reflectivity – with its limits – cannot be their only focus. That is why they will continue to innovate with new technologies. Some are looking at ways to improve tile systems with more reflective underlayments or by creating more air space and movement under the tile. There are also advancements being investigated that would build more heat resistance into the tile itself. Beyond energy savings, the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance wants to make tile roofing systems the most compatible platform for energy production. Solar energy collection and storage continues to grow and become more accessible. The tile roofing industry believes that the best roof into which to integrate these systems is tile. It only makes sense to use a product that saves more energy in a home or building where the solar system is producing and storing energy. Additionally, the thermal mass of tile plays another role under solar systems. It helps to prevent the heat released by the cells from entering the attic below. There is no doubt that energy will continue to be a focus for our industry and that new technologies will be introduced regularly. Fortunately, tile will continue to provide an energy saving platform to integrate with new ideas while protecting homes and providing unmatched beauty and permanence. FRM Tyler Allwood is the Director of Business Development for Eagle Roofing Products and a member of the Tile Roofing Institute Alliance Government Relations Committee and FRSA’s Roof Tile and Codes Committees. Tyler was a roofing contractor in Florida prior to joining Eagle and served as President of the Sarasota/Manatee Affiliate of the FRSA.

Fall Protection: Focus on Personal Fall Arrest Systems Brad Mang, Safety Consultant, FRSA Self Insurers Fund Over the last 10 years personal fall arrest systems (PFAS) have become the most common and economical way for roofing contractors to protect their employees from falls. Fall hazards are recognized by OSHA as a leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry and have been the most cited safety violation year after year. In light of these facts, it is imperative that roofing contractors not only provide their employees with PFAS, but also provide documented training and job site inspections to ensure compliance of your company’s fall protection program. Let’s start by listing the required components of a typical PFAS: a full body harness, an anchor point, a lifeline and a lanyard (deceleration device). Some PFAS may have a retractable lifeline verses a lanyard, which is perfectly acceptable under OSHA standards. Many roofing contractors purchase what is called “compliance in a can” which has all the above components combined and costs between $120 to $500 depending on the system purchased. Every employee is required to have their own PFAS and contractors should not allow sharing of the components to ensure proper protection for everyone’s personal needs. Now that each employee has their own PFAS, the next and most important part is training your employees on how to use the system. OSHA standards require fall protection training to be conducted by a “competent person” in the standards associated to the topic and document each employee’s name attending the training. The following bullet points are a basic outline of what should be covered in the training. ■ How to wear and adjust the harness correctly for a proper fit

■ Limitations of the fall protection equipment ■ How to install the anchor and other tie-off points the company may use ■ Inspection and storage of the system ■ Methods of use (lifelines, lanyards, retractable lifelines, etc.) ■ Unique conditions at worksites that could affect the use of PFAS ■ Explaining “fall restraint” versus “fall arrest” ■ How to determine calculated clearance when using PFAS ■ Rescue plans Due to the serious nature of fall protection in roofing work and the many different aspects of using a PFAS, I strongly suggest that contractors contact a third-party for training to ensure all areas of the OSHA standards are met. As one of the safety consultants for the FRSA Self Insurers Fund, I can say that, by far, our most requested training program is on fall protection and, specifically, how to use PFAS properly. In my experience, the most misunderstood terms for roofing employees are “fall restraint” and “fall arrest” when using PFAS. The simplest way to explain “fall restraint” is that the PFAS will stop the employee from reaching the edge of walking/working area even if they lose their footing and slide. On the other side of the coin is “fall arrest,” which basically means the employee is in a position where he can fall from the walking/working surface. Roofing contractors must properly calculate the fall clearance distance to ensure that the employee will NOT contact the lower level in the event of a fall. The term most often used is the “calculated clearance distance.” The diagram at left is typically used to determine the minimum height requirement for an employee to use a PFAS in “fall arrest.” The last item I would like to mention is that every roofing contractor should conduct inspections of their projects to ensure their employees are following the safety policies of the company. Without documented inspections you are vulnerable to increased injuries, OSHA penalties and a multitude of other negative effects to your business. FRM

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The Wind Resistance Capabilities of Concrete Roof Tile Robin Anderson, Technical and Strategy Development Manager, Westlake Royal Roofing Solutions

Many regions of the United States, including Florida and the Southeast, are subject to high-wind conditions that can damage homes and buildings. The roof is highly susceptible to the wind damage due to its location on top of a home or building. Therefore, it is imperative when choosing roofing materials to select ones that can withstand severe wind events. Concrete roof tile is an option that provides substantial defense against the powerful forces of wind and helps prevent weather-related property damage. Wind can be complex. It is affected by temperature and pressure differences in the Earth’s atmosphere, as well as by variations in terrain and topography. However, when wind meets a home or building structure, it will typically perform in predictable ways. For example, wind meeting the side of the structure will travel up and over the roof edge causing varying degrees of uplift pressure.

Wind Uplift

As an integral part of the U.S. building codes, ASCE 7-16, or Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, outlines key wind uplift pressure considerations including: ■ The uplift pressures that affect a roof are highest at the corners of the roof (i.e., eave/rake corner, peak of the ridge at the rake edge) 24


■ The edges: rake and eave, are a close second in uplift pressures ■ As wind moves across a roof’s surface, negative pressure (suction) is created.

Factors Affecting Wind’s Impacts to a Roof

There are many factors that influence how wind may affect a roof, such as its speed and direction when it encounters the structure. Factors include: ■ The design of the roof. Steep slope gable roofs are more susceptible to wind uplift than low slope hipped roofs ■ Fastening methods. The number, style and frequency of fasteners such as nails, screws or foam adhesives can significantly change the overall wind resistance of the tile’s installation. ■ Local weather. The High Velocity Hurricane Zone region receives higher frequency of high winds.

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■ Incorrect Installation. Mis-aligned tiles, improper fastening devices or improperly installed underlayment can reduce the roof’s performance in high wind events.

Guidance for Tile Roofing

The Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI) also provides guidance and information on tile roofing – both concrete and clay – including wind resistance, stating: “In regions prone to tornadoes, hurricanes or extreme winds, roof tile provides one of the best defenses against wind-related property damage.” ■ Concrete and clay tile roofing helps to resist hurricane-force winds ■ Natural air ventilation under the tile, created by its high porosity and installation techniques, helps relieve wind stress ■ Independent testing sponsored by TRI Alliance shows that, with proper attachment, clay and concrete roof tiles can sustain winds in excess of 125 miles per hour.

Wind Resistance of Concrete and Clay Roof Tiles (Air Permeability Method) ■ TAS 100, 101, 102, 102A, 108, 110 and 112 are all standards of procedures for testing the performance of tile roof systems. Additionally, the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) in 1990 commissioned Redland Technology to investigate wind loads on roofing tile and to develop a code methodology. Redland performed two experiments to develop their design method. These include: 1.

Wind loads were estimated from wind tunnel tests where surface pressures on medium and high-profile roofing tiles were measured as wind was blown across a tile array and,

2. Wind uplift resistance was estimated from constant displacement rate uplift tests that quantified the uplift resistance of roofing tiles either loose laid or with a mechanical fastener (nail).

One recommendation from the Redlands study was to recognize the principal of the differences between roof wind loads and tile wind loads resulting from the Wind Testing & Building Codes air permeability of laid roof tiles and the presence of a To address wind concerns, concrete roof tiles are pressure resisting underlay or solid deck. subjected to various wind testing in accordance with The resulting method was incorporated into the performance standards to determine the resistance Standard Building Code, and later the Florida Building that a given installation method meets for the design Code and International Building Code as well. requirements in each region. Tests include: Some concrete roof tile applications are allowed in ■ ASTM C1568 - 08(2020) Standard Test Method wind speeds zones of up to 180 miles per hour when for Wind Resistance of Concrete and Clay Roof installed to industry and manufacturer guidelines. Tiles (Mechanical Uplift Resistance Method) When combined with a pressure resisting underlay■ ASTM C1569 - 03(2016) Standard Test Method ment, their true advantage in wind resistance is due for Wind Resistance of Concrete and Clay Roof to their shape and construction, which allows wind to Tiles (Wind Tunnel Method) freely travel and to greatly reduce stress. ■ ASTM C1570 - 03(2016) Standard Test Method for A roof option providing design aesthetics and curb appeal, concrete tile roofs are also extremely functional in the face of a subtropical climates and high wind regions. No roof is completely windA copy of the official registration proof; tile roofs perform very Educational & Research Foundation andhowever, financial information may be obtained from the to many other well when compared division of consumer roofing materials. Concrete tiles are services by calling sturdy, durable, toll-free within thelong lasting and can state. registration manage sustained winds, as well as does not imply greater wind gusts. endorsement, approval, or recFRM www.floridaroof.com/raffle

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Tile Hip and Ridge Attachments Manny Oyola, Jr., Technical Manager Eastern Region FL, Eagle Roofing Products The first official reference of instructions for hip and ridge attachment that I can recall was in the FRSA-TRI Concrete and Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual First Edition. As I look through all the manuals in my collection, it becomes apparent that the Fourth Edition, dated August 2005, was the first manual to bring forward the revised instructions for hip and ridge attachment. The foreword added from this manual is as follows:


These recommendations were developed after surveying the recent hurricanes and with input from the code, roofing and tile manufacturing community. They are designed to further clarify the current installation procedures as they pertain to the specific roof tile systems (mechanically fastened, adhesive-set or mortar-set). The following recommendations provide for only products approved by the FBC (Florida Building Code), tested according to SSTD-11 and verified by third-party independent FBC approved laboratories, to determine the wind uplift limitations of the various hip and ridge attachment methods or by installation methods currently recognized in the HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) section of the FBC. A joint subcommittee consisting of members from FRSA (Florida Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association, Inc) and the TRI (Tile Roofing Institute) drafted these recommendations and they were approved by consensus by the FRSA Roof Tile Committee. Fast forward to the 6th Edition tile manual and you’ll notice the new designation of SSTD-11 is SSTD-11-99 and its recommendations are only for the products approved by the FBC and tested via third-party independent FBC approved laboratories. They will determine the wind uplift limitations of the various hip and ridge attachment methods or by installation methods currently recognized in the HVHZ

section of the FBC. There are three basic attachment methods for hip and ridge tiles: mechanical attachment, adhesive-set and mortar-set attachment systems. The minimum headlap when installing hip and ridge tiles is 2 inches unless restricted by product design. Any exposed fasteners should be covered with a UV-resistant sealant.

Field Tile Cuts at Hip or Ridge

All cut field tiles adjacent to a hip or ridge shall be attached to the cap sheet and/or the adjacent tile with an approved adhesive, mortar or mechanical fasteners and adhesives.

Hip and Ridge Attachment ■ Metal Member – Set member in plastic cement or compatible sealant. Fasten 6 inches on center on each side of the metal flange with minimum 1-1/4 inch ring shank roofing nails. If mechanical attachment of the member is not used, install the member with foam per the manufacturer’s instructions. ■ Plastic Member – Install the member with foam per the manufacturer’s instructions. ■ Wood Member - Fasten 18 inches on center with four #8 screws per metal strap or H-bracket. Each attachment point shall have two fasteners on each side of the wood member. The fasteners shall be spaced evenly on the metal strap or H-bracket with the attachment holes parallel to the hip or ridge. The straps and H-brackets shall be a minimum of 26 gauge. All materials must be compatible with each other. If mechanical attachment of the wood member is not used, install the member with foam per the manufacturer’s instructions. ■ Mortar – When using foam or mortar field tile attachment, mortar can be used as a structural attachment. Place in a full bed of pre-bagged mortar under the entire tile. Each tile must be fully embedded into the mortar. The field tile secured to the underlayment along with the mortar on each trim tile creates the structural bond. The entire cavity under the trim tile should be filled with approved mortar.



■ Starter Tiles – All starter tiles must be secured at both ends of the tile either with mechanical fasteners, mortar and/or adhesive. When the field tile is installed with foam or mortar, the starter tile may be installed with an approved mortar.

Weather Blocking

Chose one of the following: ■ Mortar – pre-bagged or job-site mix is used to weather block the longitudinal edges of the hip and ridge tiles and provide aesthetics. A full bed of mortar is placed along the longitudinal edges of the hip and ridge tile either during the application of the hip and ridge tiles or may be packed in after the hip and ridge tiles are installed and the adhesive has cured. Install mortar to seal all voids between the field tile and the hip/ridge tile. Care should be taken to ensure enough mortar is used. The mortar should create a wedge to keep the mortar from dislodging from under the hip/ridge and the field tile junction. Ensure areas are sealed to prevent water entry. After the mortar is packed into place, then apply point up mortar to the desired finish.

■ Mortar, mastic, pressure-sensitive roll adhesives, polyurethane foam can be used (mortar is used on 99.9 percent of all roofs in high wind zone.) FRM Manuel “Manny” Oyola, Jr., Eagle Roofing Products, holds a roofing contractors license and is an active member of the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance (TRI) and the Palm Beach County Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association, the local FRSA Affiliate. He is also an active member of FRSA’s Codes Committee and Codes Subcommittee, serves as the Secretary-Treasurer on FRSA’s Executive Committee and participates on the FRSA-TRI Manual Review Committee. Manny teaches roof tile courses for TRI and FRSA.

■ Foam – is used to weather block the entire cavity of the adjoining planes of field tile to the sides of the structural support. This system uses foam as the weather blocking. There is no mortar placed along the longitudinal edges of the hip and ridge tile. Foam is placed where the field tile abuts the structural support. A bead of foam is placed parallel to the hip and/or ridge and the structural support to tile junction to act as a weather block and is applied prior to the attachment of the hip and ridge tile. Install foam to seal all voids between the field tile and the structural support. Care should be taken to ensure all areas are sealed with adhesive to prevent water entry. Apply a polyurethane compatible coating to protect the foam from UV exposure. Remember the following when installing weather blocking: ■ Mandatory in Florida on all profiles ■ Provides hip and ridge with finished appearance ■ Protects underlayment and flashings ■ Increases overall life and performance of the roofing system

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Considerations for Adhering Tile Roofs Using Adhesives Adrian Robledo, Director of Business Development, ICP There are different methods to adhere clay and concrete tile to rooftops as contractors know. Nail, screw, mortar and wire tie systems all provide advantages; however, adhesives can offer additional benefits to Florida-based roofers and remodelers along with various other concrete and clay tile markets. Chemical bonding solutions can provide superior water and wind resistance compared to mechanical fastening systems. Where driving rain and harsh winds threaten, roof tile adhesive can outperform other fastening systems in terms of performance, reliability and faster, easier application. When selecting and applying an adhesive, keep these considerations in mind for a great outcome for your next residential or commercial project.

sustained gale-force winds with gusts exceeding 100 miles per hour in extreme instances. Adhesives can offer additional wind uplift resistance compared to conventional mechanical fasteners. This extra holding power is provided by one- and two-component polyurethane formulations with optimized adhesive chemistries for bonding clay and concrete tile to common underlayments.

Adhesives Give Water Nowhere to Go

Adhesives Help Prevent Broken Tile

Mechanical fasteners like nails and screws create lasting penetrations into the waterproofing membrane or roof deck that can grow larger with time. Strong winds may induce tile “chattering” where individual tiles are lifted up and down as wind sweeps along the roof, much like a piano player performing a fast slide across the keys. This movement can enlarge mechanical fastener abrasions, giving water droplets a convenient place to divert. Tile adhesives negate this possibility by eliminating penetrations completely.

Adhesives Better Withstand Damaging Winds

As Floridians know, wind events can be routine and destructive at times. High wind regions like Florida – even parts of the Florida Panhandle – may experience

Many two-component polyurethane adhesives provide greater load-bearing characteristics for the tile. Here, the adhesive A and B chemicals combine to create a cushioned paddy under the tile, much like a pillow. This paddy can improve support strength by as much as 80 percent for individual tiles, making them less likely to break under stress or strain. Extra reinforcement also helps clay and concrete tile stand up to regular pressure washing and crews walking on the roof. Nails, screws and wire ties can also loosen or become dislodged, while two-component adhesives do not rely on a mechanical bond to resist shifting of the tile.

Know the Local Code

A two-component roof tile adhesive can provide the uplift resistance needed for high wind regions like Roofing adhesives are popular for their speed and simplicity, strong adhesion properties and sturdiness in high wind regions.

Nails and screws can puncture the roof deck or waterproofing membrane. Roof tile adhesives create no penetrations and provide added support underneath the tile to withstand walking, wear and weather. 30


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South Florida, especially for homes and structures built near the coastline. In other parts of Central and North Florida, a one-component adhesive can deliver suitable holding strength for less installed cost. MiamiDade ordinances and the Florida Building Code govern most of the state; however, variations exist across municipalities. Always consult local wind uplift resistance requirements and product values before work begins.

Training is Important for Installers

Adhesives may seem a simple and straightforward method for adhering roof tile but do not assume an untrained person can do the job. It is important to be trained and qualified to perform the correct application method. Many adhesive manufacturers offer rooftop training to their customers where a qualified specialist provides instruction or shadows crews while they become accustomed to the product and applicator tool. Many one-component adhesives use a beading method applied to different areas of the tile depending on its profile, while two-component systems produce a paddy under the tile that can vary in size. Bead and paddy placement and volume can significantly impact adhesive performance and durability. Proper training is paramount to avoiding costly mistakes and rework.

Take Your Adhesive’s Temperature

Before applying, make sure the temperature of the adhesive you are using is within an acceptable range determined by the manufacturer. Generally, a one-component adhesive should read 65 to 95°F or 70 to 90°F for most two-component adhesives. Extreme high or low temperatures can compromise adhesive performance, so be mindful of weather conditions, keep products correctly stored away until they are needed. Use an infrared sensor to determine the temperature of adhesive cylinders.

Safety Never Takes a Day Off

Manufacturer safety protocols for adhesives should be strictly followed in all cases. This tends to include the donning of long-sleeved shirts, professional nitrile gloves and safety glasses. Roof tile adhesives are formulated for incredible lasting strength – removing adhesives from the skin or fingernails can be surprisingly difficult compared to common household “super” glues. Crews should only work in outdoor or wellventilated areas and everyone performing work on the job site should be educated about proper storage, handling, application and safety for the adhesive being used. There are other considerations for contractors to keep in mind when using adhesives to adhere clay and concrete roof tile. Often, it is a methodical approach to detail that determines the success of a project. When looking at the bigger picture, don’t forget these small steps: ■ Always verify that the adhesive manufacturer has evaluated its product for use with the approved underlayment. Assuming a product will give excellent adhesion to the primary roofing surface is risky as material and chemical compositions can vary greatly from job to job. ■ Always clean applicator tools and dispensers immediately after use to prevent nozzles from clogging. Adhesives can harden in minutes, ruining a perfectly good spray tip. Hoses should also be purged every two to three days to prevent adhesives from curing. ■ A simple conversation can save time and money. Adhesive manufacturers constantly strive to help contractors improve their performance, be it a stronger bonding formulation, faster application method or improved bead control. Knowing the latest products and techniques can translate to hours and dollars saved. Continued on page 37 www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING


FRSA Volunteers Present Our Latest Program at the Future Builders of America Summit As it happens, the dates for this year’s FBA summit and FRSA’s spring Board of Directors meetings overlap. FRSA and the Educational Foundation decided that they still wanted to continue our Diamond Sponsorship of the Summit and, hopefully, would be able to present our roofing program for the students. With a relatively small staff, who are all needed at the Board and Committee meetings, this created a dilemma. A call went out to our member volunteers to help fill the void. Two extremely qualified veterans from our previous participation, Kenny Harp of Imperial Roofing of Polk County and Kim Wilson of SpringerPeterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, as well as first timer, Jose Escobar of Eagle Roofing Products, stepped up and agreed to teach 12 classes over the three-day event – a great commitment of time and energy. The classroom portion of their presentation is titled “Why Roofing.” This year’s hands-on portion will be on metal panels. The students will be in very good hands with a great presentation by some of the

Kim Wilson, Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, and Mike Silvers at the 2021 FBA Summit.

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Roofing Safety: Fall Protection Tips Equipter Roofing contractors should be able to focus solely on their jobs – not stress about their safety. But when it comes to installing a new roof, one wrong step could be a matter of life and death. All roofing company owners need to make sure their roofers are protected on the job, especially when working on steep slope roofs with little traction. These fall protection tips can help keep job sites safer for roofing crews and reduce the risk of workers’ compensation claims.

Invest in Fall Protection Training

The sooner the job gets done, the sooner the crew can move on to the next. But without the right safety precautions, you risk increased downtime from losing crew members to what could be fatal accidents. In the construction and roofing industries, OSHA requires fall protection for individuals working at elevations of 6 feet or more. OSHA also requires employers to provide training for all employees who may be around fall hazards. Crew members must go through fall protection training, including how to use the protection system(s) chosen by your company, before they begin the job. Roofers should also know standard emergency procedures as well as each person’s responsibility according to company policy.

Make the Crew Aware of All Roof Damage

Wood rot from water damage or mold can pose a severe safety risk. To avoid slipping or falling through a damaged roof, crew members need to be informed of any and all damage. Consider having your foreman review the results of each initial roof inspection with the crew prior to the start of any project. Make sure they know all the danger zones before they even climb the ladder.

Secure All Roofing Tools

Pry bars, shovels and other roofing tools must be secured when not in use. Trying to catch bumped tools as they slide down the roof can lead to devastating falls. For tools that may not fit in a tool belt, consider using rope or bungee cords to secure the tools to a tie-off system and keep them out of the way. Some contractors even store their hand tools in 5-gallon buckets that hang from roofing brackets to avoid getting weighed down by heavy tool belts and keep the smaller tools out of the way.

Store Extension Ladders and Other Tools Indoors

Even when using shoes designed for roofing, slippery extension ladders and scaffolding increase the chance of losing balance. Storing this type of equipment out of

the elements will prevent dew or frost from forming on the rungs, better protecting roofers when they use it again on the next job. Make sure the company’s roofing tools are checked and cleaned regularly to keep them functioning properly. This also helps prevent production delays – nobody wants to climb a ladder caked in dirt or work with a splintered tear-off shovel.

Utilize Smarter Roofing Equipment

Technology is always changing. Provide your hardworking crew with tools that streamline efficiency and virtually eliminate cleanup so they can complete each job sooner without sacrificing quality. One piece of equipment especially useful to roofers is the Equipter RB4000. This drivable dumpster reduces the risk of falling off a ladder by cutting the number of trips crew members make on and off the roof all day. The RB4000 features a hydraulic lift that raises materials and tools up to 12 feet, right to the eave of the roof and, after unloading it, crew members can shovel between 12 and 15 square of tear-off debris right into its 4.1-cubic yard container. Roofing fall protection practices should be implemented all year long. Any new employee should undergo fall protection training before stepping foot on a roof, regardless of his or her experience level. Share your roofing fall protection plan with all workers so they know the company’s policies, including what to do if someone falls on the job. Have the job foreman or safety coordinator review this plan with their team regularly. FRM Equipter, LLC, was founded in 2004 by former Lancaster County, PA, roofer Aaron Beiler. The company offers an array of drivable debris management equipment for roofers across the country, increasing professionalism one roof at a time. For more information, visit www.equipter.com or call 717-661-3591. www.floridaroof.com | FLORIDA ROOFING


COTNEY CONSULTING GROUP John Kenney, CEO, Cotney Consulting Group

Recruiting Gen Zs Into the Roofing Industry Recruiting Gen Z workers into the roofing industry might be a walk in the park compared to luring Millennials into the fold. Still, contractors need to know the ins and outs of hiring those born between 1997 and 2012. Unlike Millennials, who are considered by many to be entitled and job jumpers, Gen Zers are more interested in stability, a breath of fresh air for employers. With a shortage of tradespeople coming into the industry and with so many nearing retirement age, employers must figure out and turn some of their focus to Gen Z. The leaders in this age range are already graduating college and heading to jobs. There are 72.8 million of them and many are hands-on, entrepreneurial and financially prudent. After all, Gen Z is very different and in attractive ways. That means they are more likely to find construction and roofing work more appealing than older Millennials. Know the difference to attract this generation successfully. Millennials were brought up by Baby Boomers who wanted to protect them from suffering and to know their value as a worker. Unfortunately, Gen Z came up in an economic crisis where parents struggled to pay their bills, especially when the economy went south during the Great Recession of the middle 2000s. Because of that economic crisis, Gen Z children are grateful to have jobs and tend to be far less entitled, which is excellent for the roofing industry. Still, they are not going to work for low wages. The COVID-19 pandemic added a new spark, with people changing their work-life balance and expecting to get paid what they deserve for the training they have. Gen Z workers put money and job security at the top of their priority lists. Like Millennials, they want to make a difference in the world and make it better, but surviving and thriving takes precedence. Gen Z employees are more willing to stick around longer in a job to get the pay and security they desire. Those who take these priorities seriously are the contractors who will get the largest group of Gen Z employees.

Recruiting Gen Z

When working to recruit this age group, discuss opportunities. Figure out what your best value propositions are and move them forward. For example, while Millennials are more concerned with making a difference in the world than how hefty their paycheck is, Gen Z wants to hear about salaries and benefits 34


and their opportunities for advancement. They are a more traditional generation than Millennials, so they are eager to get more traditional benefits, including health insurance and a 401k. Some older managers may embrace this familiarity, but companies would be remiss if they don’t develop a more substantial incentive to promote loyalty. So, plan to pay them more and give them more opportunities if you want them to stick around. Focus also on giving them a career path or listening when they tell you the course they wish to travel. For example, Millennials worked to advance their career paths faster, laying the groundwork for Gen Z. This younger generation will continue to seek fast advancement, which should be based on performance rather than how long they have been on the job. To them, it should not matter if they’ve been with your company for a month or five years. Offer Gen Z employees or job candidates several experiences they can learn at once. Most want the opportunity to fill multiple roles. Gen Z seeks out customization, with most preferring to write their own job descriptions rather than being expected to follow a more generic path. In addition, they want to customize their own plan rather than having someone else write it for them. Figure out a way to offer Gen Z multiple career paths and expose them to as many roles in the company as possible. For example, consider rotation programs and cross-training. That will give Gen Z employees more confidence that they are assets to your company and have more flexibility. Unlike Millennials, Gen Z also expects to receive mentoring from more experienced workers since their parents have hammered home the message that they can learn a lot from others. Being the newest or youngest employee, they know they have to start at the bottom but can quickly move forward. They want to seek common ground with their managers and coworkers. They feel lucky to have the job and are willing to work their way up.

Disrupting in a Good Way

Gen Z, again unlike Millennials, plans to make an impact at work. They have already disrupted the country’s education system by realizing just going to college is not necessarily their only choice. That gives roofing an in with this generation. Offer them promising careers and good salaries and they’ll get on board. They want to create security for themselves at a younger age and are willing to work for it. Many start feeling the pressure in high school, so roofing companies need to develop ways to partner with high schools to get on students’ radar sooner. The use of technology is also more vital with this group and there is plenty of technology moving into the roofing industry, which is a plus. Gen Z members are “digital natives,” having grown up with tablets, smartphones and social media. That is the norm for them. Expect Gen Z to develop even more innovative ways to use technology in our industry. A vast majority of them say technological sophistication impacts their interest in specific companies. So, the youngest generation of workers will be the technology authority, which is a real plus for roofing.

An Entrepreneurial Spirit

Gen Z will bring an entrepreneurial spirit, constantly looking for better procedures, processes and ways to uncomplicate systems. They will look for ways to be more efficient, bringing the DIY mentality to work with them. This generation is a motivated group and one that will help solve the roofing labor shortage and move the industry forward. FRM John Kenney has over 45 years of experience in the roofing industry. He started his career by working as a roofing apprentice at a family business in the Northeast and worked his way up to operating multiple Top 100 Roofing Contractors. As CEO, John is intimately familiar with all aspects of roofing production, estimating and operations. During his tenure in the industry, John ran business units associated with delivering excellent workmanship and unparalleled customer service while ensuring his company’s strong net profits before joining Cotney Consulting Group. If you would like any further information on this or another subject, you can contact John at jkenney@cotneyconsulting.com.

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FRSA Members Giving Back to the Community

Boots on the Roof

Each FRSA Affiliate undertakes charity programs in the course of a normal year and projects vary by Affiliate. Some give back by supporting the projects of a local charity, others with an annual event named in honor of a member who has passed. And all, it seems, undertake a project or two on behalf of a military veteran or an elderly person in need. As the state Association, we often receive calls from these distressed individuals or their family members, asking for assistance. After vetting these calls, we are fortunate to be able to forward the information on a potential



charity project to one of our 13 Affiliate organizations throughout the state. The most recent one was sent to Ralph DeCicco, the Affiliate Executive Director of the Northeast Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (NEFRSA).

Get ‘er Done!

Working on a “Boots on the Roof” Charity Program referral by Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director, NEFRSA Directors Todd Brown and Ralph DeCicco inspected, photographed and presented to the NEFRSA Board of Directors a potential project. They received approval for the project and executed a series of roofing and maintenance repairs to the roof on the Jacksonville home of Navy veteran Thomas Everett and his wife Barbara.

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Thomas, who spent several years on active duty at Guantanamo Naval Base in Cuba, is in his late 60s and is now confined to his living room couch. Except for trips to the doctor aided by his daughter Angela, who had first contacted FRSA, neither Thomas or his wife leave the home. The Everett’s were ecstatic at the response and help NEFRSA offered, stating they were “at wits end” as contractors they asked for repair estimates to their 14-year old laminated shingle roof either failed to respond or did not offer anything other than a complete reroof that they could ill afford since they both subsist on Social Security. Many thanks to the NEFRSA Affiliate for their generous donation! FRM FRSA is proud of the volunteer work completed by members in the industry and would like to share those projects as often as possible. If you have a community service project you’ve completed, please send it to Lisa Pate at lisapate@floridaroof.com.

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Will Gerstman, MFM Sales & Marketing Independent Manufacturers Rep, 15 years How did you get started in the roofing industry? My stepfather, Park Adams, has been in the industry longer than I’ve been alive. I started helping him during the summers when I was in high school. In college, I worked part time for a two step distributor, Coast to Coast. After college, I went back to working with my stepfather as a full-time rep. I’ve been very fortunate to have a great mentor in Park and wouldn’t be here without him. What’s your favorite part of the job? Working with our manufacturer partners to market and finding the right fits for those products our distributor partners need. When it comes together, it’s rewarding for everyone. What’s the most unusual roofing project that you’ve been a part of? Not sure it was that unusual but a memorable one recently was a S.T.A.R. Awards winning project from a few years back, the GOAA Internodal Terminal Facility at the Orlando airport (pictured above). Architectural Sheet Metal was tasked with putting the roof on and it was a huge project. MFM Ultra HT was the underlayment used on the job. It’s fun to watch a project that big come together and Architectural Sheet Metal did a great job as always. What do you consider a waste of time? Traffic and commutes aren’t much fun. I live in a relatively small town and, luckily, don’t have to deal with much traffic. I do travel quite a bit and always try to plan my days to avoid heavy traffic or any long delays. A big time waster. 38


What’s your favorite vacation? My family and I enjoy beach vacations. We’re spoiled with some of the best in Florida. We enjoy the Panhandle beaches close to home in Tallahassee. What is your dream job? General Manager for a team in the NFL. I’ve always been a big football fan. Building a team as GM would be a good gig. How long have you been involved with FRSA? 15 years What do you personally find most rewarding about being involved in FRSA? FRSA has always been a first class organization. There is a wealth of industry knowledge and everyone involved is always happy to help. I’ve personally learned a ton from being involved with FRSA and think that it is a must for anyone in the industry in Florida. What advice would you give to someone interested in joining the roofing industry? Give it a shot. It is a big industry with lots of opportunities. If you’re willing to learn and apply yourself, you can punch your own ticket and go far. What’s your favorite pastime activity? I enjoy spending time with my family. My wife and I have a four year old daughter and a two year old son. They keep us busy and we’re having a great time watching them grow. FRM

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