Florida Roofing Magazine - February 2022

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FRSA-Florida Roofing Magazine Contacts: For advertising inquiries, contact: Keisha Martinez at: advertise@floridaroof.com (800) 767-3772 ext. 127

14 | FRSA – 100 Years Strong 18 | When Reroofing, the Choice to Recover or Replace May Not Be Yours 22 | The Importance of Cover Boards in Roofing Assemblies

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26 | New Year – Safety Minded 28 | Preventing Cuts in the Workplace

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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Joe Byrne

FRSA Updates The holiday season is over and as we get back into the swing of things, we are still looking at material shortages as well as a labor shortage. Hopefully, all phases of business will get back to some type of “normal” soon as more people are beginning to re-enter the workforce. The construction industry has been especially hard hit and has seen declining numbers of available workers for more than a decade. With an aging workforce and labor shortages, it’s more important now than ever that we focus on training and promoting the industry as a viable and profitable career choice instead of just a job. Mike Silvers, FRSA’s Technical Director, along with members of the Codes Subcommittee, continue to work on changes for the upcoming Florida Building Code 8th Edition. Under time constraints, Mike has been working diligently to enter code amendments and modifications prior to the February 15 deadline. It’s hard to believe they’re already working on a new version of the building code that will not go into effect until the end of 2023. Financial contributions are coming in to the Political Action Committee and will allow Chris Dawson, FRSA Legislative Counsel and the FRSA Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired by Tammy Hall, CFS Roofing Services LLC, Ft. Myers, to make contributions to legislators that support construction-friendly legislation and, in particular, items of concern to the roofing industry. One of the items being closely watched is a new Chinese-linked insurance start up, VYRD Insurance Company, backed by SiriusPoint Ltd. and China Minsheng Investment Group (a Shanghai based organization), which is seeking to acquire more than 40,000 property insurance policies for the statebacked Citizens Insurance Company. This may not be in the best interest of Florida-insured homeowners. More to follow. For more information on important legislative updates, please see Chris’s column on page 8. Maria Armas, FRSA Director of Member Services, has left the Association after eight years and is going back to college to complete the final semester of her Psychology Degree. Membership under Maria’s direction has grown and I’m pleased to say that she exceeded budgeted dues revenue for the year, nine months early! We wish her all the best and hope to see her back in July for FRSA’s 100th Annual Convention. Anna Torres, FRSA Office Manager, has been promoted as the new Membership Director. Many of you may have met Anna during last year’s Convention and Expo while she was handling registrations onsite (or if you called late looking for a golf spot or hotel room). We’ve always hired from within first and are pleased

that Anna is up to a new challenge. Also new to the FRSA staff is Keisha Martinez, who will fill the revamped role of Ad Sales Manager and Marketing Specialist. In addition to selling ads for Florida Roofing, Keisha will be updating all of our social media platforms, creating video and marketing content to promote all FRSA brands – the Association, Credit Union, Self Insurers Joe Byrne, FRSA President Fund and Educational Owner, Byrne Roofing Inc. Foundation. We plan on celebrating our 100th Anniversary in a big way, so keep an eye out for new material. If you’re not already following us, please visit our website, www.floridaroof.com and click on social media links at the top of the page. We welcome Keisha and look forward to where she’ll be taking us virtually. And speaking of our website, staff is working on redesigning the site and hope to be able to relaunch it by next month. New features include a revised consumer search section, a payment portal and an updated job posting section. Exciting changes for FRSA coming soon. Kennedy Carriuolo also recently joined the Credit Union staff as a Member Services Representative. Not a member of the Credit Union? Call Kennedy at 407657-7212 and let her explain the services they can offer you, your employees and family members. If you’re not an FRSA Member, please give Anna a call to see what benefits you’re missing. As always, God Bless,

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FRSA GENERAL COUNSEL Trent Cotney, CEO, Cotney Attorneys & Consultants

Should Florida Move to a State-Run OSHA Plan? Over the last few months, with the increase in vaccine mandates and the OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19, many elected officials, including Governor Ron DeSantis, have suggested forming a Florida State OSHA plan rather than the current federal OSHA framework that governs the state. This suggestion raises many critical issues for consideration that will be discussed in this article. First and foremost, FRSA and its members have always been concerned about employee safety. All roofing contractors are aware of the emotional and financial impact of a work-related injury on their company. However, one of the biggest concerns for roofing contractors is the expansion of federal government regulation and enforcement through OSHA, especially as it relates to COVID-19 protocols. Over the last twenty years, OSHA has changed drastically. The number of citations, the dollar amounts of those citations, the increase in safety standards with residential fall protection and the targeting of roofing contractors have all increased exponentially. As a result, roofing contractors who are already seeing smaller profit margins are faced with business-ending citations. I am asked almost daily what can we do as a roofing industry in Florida to change things? Obviously, safety and enforcing safety are of paramount concern. However, many would argue that OSHA currently lacks local accountability because OSHA is a federally-based program. Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 provides that states can develop and operate their own safety and health programs in the workplace, which allows those states to opt-out of federal OSHA enforcement. There are currently 22 states operating complete state plans, including California, Washington, Michigan and Oregon, and five other states with safety plans that cover public employees. For Florida to establish itself as a state-sponsored program, there is a set process and procedure for assuming OSHA’s responsibilities. The state must have effective safety guidelines and enforce and inspect them pursuant to set OSHA benchmarks. Once the accreditation of the state plan is obtained through OSHA’s final approval, OSHA will relinquish its authority to cover health and safety matters in the state. Generally speaking, any state plan must be at least as stringent as the guidelines established 6

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federally. Therefore, the idea that a Florida State OSHA Plan could eliminate burdensome federal OSHA regulations is misguided. For example, the Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions shows OSHA’s intent to decertify Arizona’s State Plan and it is in the proposed rule stage of that process. The reason for the proposed decertification is Arizona’s alleged failure to conform to COVID-19 standards and reluctance in adopting the new silica rule. If the decertification passes, Arizona will revert to a federal OSHA plan. Should Florida move to a state plan? Ultimately, a move to a state plan could be both a blessing and a curse for roofing contractors, depending on who is in the Governor’s office. Still, the one certainty is that there will be greater accountability because the elected officials responsible for maintaining and implementing the plan will be in Florida and not Washington. As additional regulations are promulgated, we should anticipate further discussion on this issue in the months to come. FRM Disclaimer: 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 Board Certified in Construction Law by the Florida Bar, an advocate for the roofing industry and FRSA General Counsel. For more information, contact the author at 866-303-5868 or go to www.cotneycl.com.


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FRSA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL Chris Dawson, Attorney, GrayRobinson Law Firm

2022 Legislative Session The Top Five Issues The Florida Legislature kicked-off the 2022 Regular Session on January 11 amid another surge in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, unlike last year, COVID is not expected to be a dominant force in Tallahassee this time around. From a policy perspective, the Legislature handled the majority of its COVID-related business during a November 2021 Special Session. Operationally, the doors to the Capitol are fully open this year and the halls are bustling once again with citizens from across the state. Look for the following big issues to shape the headlines and outcomes of the 2022 Regular Session.

Redistricting

The Legislature must tackle the once-in-a-decade process of legislative redistricting this year. The politically-charged map drawing contest will see legislators redraw districts for Florida’s congressional delegation, including a new seat driven by Florida’s population growth.

Redistricting will also impact all state legislative seats for the Florida House and Florida Senate. A byproduct of the redistricting process is that every member of the Florida Legislature will be up for re-election this November. The process will play a large, behind-the-scenes role throughout the 2022 session.

Another Blockbuster State Budget

Florida saw its first-ever $100B-plus state budget last year, bolstered in part by substantial amounts of federal COVID recovery dollars. This year, we will see

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another mega-budget driven by better-than-expected tax revenues and continued federal support. Governor DeSantis has proposed a $99.7B spending plan for the state’s upcoming fiscal year beginning July 1, 2022. His top priorities are education spending, the environment and increased pay for law enforcement officers. The Florida Legislature, however, gets the final say on crafting a spending plan. Legislators will advance a number of their own priorities and look to deliver to constituents back home before the November elections.

Immigration Reform

Friction between the State of Florida - particularly Governor DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody - and the Biden Administration has been growing over issues of border security and immigration enforcement. In recent weeks, Governor DeSantis again called on legislators to tighten state laws on immigration enforcement by expanding a law targeting so-called “sanctuary cities” and utilizing the E-Verify system to check workers’ immigration status. The prominent state business lobby has expressed concerns on the latter issue in the past but support for reform from Florida voters may push some type of compromise this year.

Education Reforms

Following a tumultuous couple of years with the pandemic, public education will continue to take center stage during the 2022 legislative session. The Legislature will take up several priorities advanced by Governor DeSantis, including a revamping of the state’s school accountability system from standardized testing to progress monitoring. The Governor has also requested another round of bonuses for teachers and school administrators. Legislators will take up

priorities of their own as well, led by an effort from House and Senate Republicans to assign party affiliation to school board races. They argue that allowing school board elections to go partisan will give parents a better understanding of what their vote means for their child’s education on issues ranging from critical race theory to testing and mask mandates.

Election Year Tax Cuts

A favorite bill of legislators as of late is the annual tax cut package. With elections looming, the Florida Legislature is expected to take up a number of tax cuts and tax policy shifts. Popular sales tax holidays, such as the back-to-school holiday and the emergency preparedness holiday, are almost guaranteed. The Governor has also called on legislators to suspend the state’s portion of the gas tax to provide relief to Florida families from recent spikes in gas prices. The proof will be in the final numbers but the Legislature is certain to afford Floridians some election-year tax relief. 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 Expansions and New Hires at Tri County Metals

For 14 years, Tri County Metals, a Floridabased company, has serviced the residential, commercial and architectural metal roofing markets throughout the state. As Tri County Metals (TCM) business continues to grow in the Southwest Florida market, they have hired Sheri Hocknell as Business Development Manager. Her duties include working directly with contractors to grow their market share, simultaneously growing TCM’s Southwest market share and contractor loyalty. To bolster the servicing of Sheri’s Southwest market, TCM has also added a new branch in Winter Haven. Sheri will develop TCM’s contractor service platforms of one-day service on exposed fastener projects and five days or less on standing seam

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projects. She brings 13 years of experience servicing contractor development, with her most recent position with paint industry giant, Sherwin Williams. Sheri will be covering Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee counties. Tri County Metals would like to extend a sincere thank you to Andrea Simon for her dedication over the past several years with the company. She was instrumental in developing contractor business in Seminole, Orange and Volusia counties. Best of luck to Andrea on her recent move to Tennessee. David Grimes will succeed Andrea in developing the growth strategies set forth in those areas as Business Development Manager. David is a long-time resident of the DeLand area. He has served 28 years in the Army National Guard and continues to serve our country. He has owned and managed a post frame supply business as well as his own contracting company. David joined Tri County Metals in 2018 as the Certified Corporate Trainer where he led the Contractors Edge training program throughout the state. Paul DeLellis has been hired as TCM’s Regional Sales Manager. Paul has owned and managed a general contracting company and was also General Manager of a building materials supply venture in the Southeast. He brings 26 years of knowledge from the post frame/metal roofing industry, managing multiple sales teams and regions throughout the Eastern U.S. He currently resides in Northern Florida with his wife Tina and looks forward to using his knowledge at Tri County Metals.


Gulfeagle Supply Expands U.S. West Coast Presense with R & S Supply Acquisition

Gulfeagle Supply announces the acquisition of R & S Supply, resulting in 24 new locations. The acquisition will further expand Gulfeagle’s footprint to the West Coast. Gulfeagle Supply has grown to over 100 locations across the United States. “Gulfeagle Supply has grown over the last 48 years by conscientiously acquiring like-minded companies that value relationships like we do with both their employees and customers,” said Brad Resch, President of Gulfeagle Supply. “We look forward to welcoming R & S Supply to the Gulfeagle family and continuing their legacy.” Founded in 1977 by Alan Shufelberger in Redding, Ca., R & S Supply employs a team of over 200 people. Shufelberger grew the company strategically to 24 locations and became the largest independent roofing supplier servicing the western states. R & S Supply’s principles for success focus on people and service, which align with Gulfeagle Supply’s core values. The acquisition will allow Gulfeagle to enter six new states including California, Nevada, Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. The additional branches will fall under the leadership of Doug Stringfellow, Vice President of Operations.

TAMKO Chairman Emerita Passes Away

Ethelmae Humphreys, 94, considered the matriarch of the roofing industry, died December 27. Ethelmae is the daughter of TAMKO-founder E.L. Craig and she had worked for the building products manufacturer since 1948. She had been a consistent presence in the roofing industry for nearly three-quarters of a century. Ethelmae worked in the roofing shingle manufacturing business most of her life, starting by sacking nails in a Kansas City shingle plant and concluding with 73 years of service as Chairman Emerita at the company her father started, known today as TAMKO Building Products, LLC. Ethelmae was named Executive Vice President and took control of the dayto-day operations of TAMKO in 1950, at the age of 23, after her father suffered a stroke. She succeeded in a predominantly male industry, confidently leading a major corporation as a young woman in 1950s America, setting an example for women in the manufacturing and roofing industries. Ethelmae left full-time work at TAMKO in the late 1950s to care for her children, with her husband, J.P. (Jay) Humphreys, taking the lead at TAMKO. She served as TAMKO’s Chairman of the Board beginning in 1972 and returned to full-time work at the company in 1985. Ethelmae served as CEO after her husband’s death in 1993, until the couple’s oldest son, David, was named President and CEO the following year. In 2019,

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Ethelmae became Chairman Emerita, passing the reins of Chairman to her son, David and, in that same year, TAMKO celebrated 75 years in business. In 2021, she celebrated over 73 years of service with the company, having continued to work on mostly a daily basis until the time of her death because, as she said, “TAMKO is like my home and I love my home. The office is where I feel the most comfortable. It’s where I was the closest to my father and then the closest to my husband Jay. It’s been a major part of my life. I get the feeling of family closeness here and I’m proud of the organization and amazed by its growth and success.” David Humphreys, TAMKO Chairman and CEO and son of Ethelmae said, “Throughout her life and career, my mother showed by example that family was the most important thing to her and that family values were foundational to the culture she helped to build at TAMKO. She was universally loved and revered by her family, employees and in the communities and circles of influence where she lived and worked. She was a measure of true grace and her compassion for others

was unmatched. We mourn for our loss but we remain forever grateful for her presence in our lives and the lives of all those that she touched.” Ethelmae and later her husband, Jay, helped grow TAMKO from a small, local shingle manufacturer with two plants in Joplin, to one of the largest privately-owned roofing manufacturers in the U.S. and one of the top four asphalt shingle producers in the nation with more than a dozen plants in nine states, a nation-wide distribution system of warehouses and a diversified array of building products. Even more exceptional, however, were her pursuits outside the business. Some of her greatest accomplishments during her long career include the creation of TAMKO’s employee profit sharing plan in 1954 and the creation and management of both the E.L. Craig Foundation and J.P. Humphreys Foundation: charitable organizations that she funded and directed to donate millions of dollars for the support of individual rights, free enterprise and civil society. She also focused much of her charitable giving close to home, supporting both Mercy and Freeman Hospitals as well as academic institutions in her four-state-area community, including stepping forward to provide significant funding to expand Freeman Hospital and to help rebuild Mercy Hospital after it was destroyed in the historic May 2011 tornado that ravaged her hometown of Joplin, Mo.

McElroy Metal Publishes E-Book

McElroy Metal, an industry leader in metal roofing and other building components, has published an E-book for architects, specifiers and metal roofing installers called 18 Ways to Reduce Risk When Specifying Standing Seam Metal Roof Panels. With its long lifespan, high uplift values, ease of recyclability and ability to reduce energy consumption, metal roofing continues to grow in commercial, residential and institutional markets. The E-book is designed to ensure the best installation. It walks you through all design and spec phase considerations, highlighting risks to avoid so you and your building owners obtain a roof that can last for decades. To download this new E-book from McElroy Metal, visit the E-books library on the website, www.mcelroymetals.com. 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. “Every Member Get a Member” was the slogan for the Association after its first meeting 100 years ago. It wasn’t easy in those competitive days to get the various shop owners to recruit others. As one founder recalls, many contractors felt any competitor was “a low down so and so and not fittin’ to be a member of such a fine organization.” Instead, our young Association relied heavily on the Florida wholesale house salesmen (suppliers) to spread the word about the group. These salesmen received the credit for the increase in membership that gave the Association strength in its early years. Jim Anderson, owner of Eagle Roofing and Art Metal Works of Tampa (known today as Gulfeagle Supply) was a wholesaler who was among the first to dive headlong into enthusiastic membership recruitment. According to FRSA Past President, Frank Tack, Anderson acquired his company from Mr. Zabo, who had apparently founded it with Oscar Worrals as Manager. Zabo soon sold it to Anderson and reportedly returned to his native Hungary “to open a bank with good old American dollars he had stashed away in Tampa.”

Anderson, with George Grisson, who was also from Eagle Roofing, set the pace for membership recruitment in the Florida west coast area. On the east coast, Matthew J. Bohnert was a key booster. Bohnert was one of the leading roofing and sheet metal contractors in a small city of 25,000 located on the sand dunes between the gator-infested Everglades and the vastness of the Atlantic. The city was known as Miami and few predicted it would someday become the leading resort city in the state. Bohnert Sheet Metal & Roofing Inc. is still in business today. Bohnert was elected the Association’s second President, succeeding Charles Johnson of Jacksonville. Stephens continued as Secretary and Treasurer. In 1924, John Caldwell Sr. of Orlando became the Association’s third President. It was about this time that Frank Ault became active. He was associated with Sweat and Ault, Orlando, which was to become Ault Roofing and Heating Company in 1942. Ault was named a Life Member by the Association in 1965, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to FRSA and the industries it served. It is said that the philosophy of Ault and men like him made the Association what it is today. On becoming a Life Member, Ault made a speech about the early years. “If I were to try and sum up what this organization stands for in just a few words,” Ault began, “I would use ‘leadership’ and ‘service.’ As a leadership organization, the Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association of Florida, since its inception, has brought

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the combined wisdom and skills of its leaders to bear upon some of the industry problems. Now in the memory of a good many of you – there was a time when the roofing and sheet metal contractor occupied a rather low place on the industry totem pole. The reasons, of course, were many, but one of the principal reasons, I believe, was due to the lack of industrial and occupational pride. No doubt, you have heard people say, when they were visiting with strangers and talking about the occupation, the roofing and sheet metal contractors would make a statement similar to this: ‘Well, I’m just a roofing and sheet metal contractor’ – that word, ‘just.’ We did not properly evaluate the value of our skill and knowledge to the construction industry and especially to the general contractors. Now, since the Association has become a tool for the dissemination of knowledge, a good many of those faults have been corrected. In order to understand what I am talking about, let’s compare the position of most of you now with the position of those of us in the industry, say, 30 years ago. Then, the average roofing contractor enjoyed this low position for another reason, because he didn’t take much pride, not only in his own occupation, but he didn’t take much interest in what was going on around him. He played a very minor role in the civic and political responsibilities of the community. Let me say, as the result of experience and expertness of those who have occupied the role of leadership of this organization, we have not only made a great contribution to the construction industry, but we have made a place in the sun for ourselves. Trade associations are an essential part of the American free enterprise system and, as such, this Association has been very effective in fostering occupational pride, as well as industrial progress.

Memberships in some instances have come to be symbolic of occupational integrity. Who does the architect generally call when he has an unusual or intricate roofing or sheet metal problem? He calls the local sheet metal or roofing contractor who is best qualified to help him answer his questions. And, as a rule, I believe you will find that the person called is a member of this Association. At least, that has been my observation. Membership has, in some areas of the state, become almost synonymous with higher business ethics, fiscal integrity as well as educational, religious and political value to the community in which that particular person happens to reside. The evaluation and refining influence of any organization is evidenced by the fact, among other things, that some of you could walk into your local bank and borrow, say, up to $75,000. Well, you may say, that is no great achievement; perhaps it isn’t. Quite a few people in various departments or branches of the construction industry don’t do that as a rule, but there are some members of this organization that can do it. But it is the condition from which the loan is negotiated that is of importance. That is the test of integrity and character, when a man can borrow this kind of money without a nickel’s worth of collateral, not even a second signature on his note.” The speech was symbolic. It clearly revealed the character and ideals of the men responsible for the early development of the Association. Men who shared Ault’s philosophy, guided the Association into statewide prominence. FRM FRSA is looking for old industry pictures. If you have any you’d like to share, please contact Lisa Pate at 800-767-3772 ext. 157 or by email at lisapate@floridaroof.com.

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When Reroofing, the Choice to Recover or Replace May Not Be Yours Mike Silvers, CPRC, Owner of Silvers Systems Inc. and FRSA Technical Director

For many years, when a roofing contractor referred to a reroof it was understood that this meant to remove the old roof and then reroof the building. As the industry has transitioned to more recovering of existing roofs, the definition in the code was changed. As you can see in the definitions below, the code now considers either replacement or recovering as reroofing.

2020 Florida Building Code, Existing Building, 7th Edition

SECTION 202 – GENERAL DEFINITIONS REROOFING. The process of recovering or replacing an existing roof covering. See “Roof recover” and “Roof replacement.”

allows the contractor to complete more work each day. It also eliminates the need to immediately handle debris and to pay for its disposal. The previous statement said “immediately” for a reason. Eventually these costs will be incurred by the building owner, either when roof replacement has to occur (more on this later) or rarely when the building is demolished and the debris is disposed of. Recovering doesn’t eliminate the use of landfills or reduce the volume of debris disposed of; it just postpones it. A section of the existing building subcode shown below addresses recovering versus replacement. Some portions are in bold and underlined for emphasis.

SECTION 706 – EXISTING ROOFING ROOF RECOVER. The process of installing an addition- 706.3 Recovering versus replacement. al roof covering over a prepared existing roof covering New roof coverings shall not be installed without without removing the existing roof covering. first removing all existing layers of roof coverings down to the roof deck where any of the following ROOF REPLACEMENT. The process of removing the conditions occur: existing roof covering, repairing any damaged substrate and installing a new roof covering. 1. Where the existing roof or roof covering is water soaked or has deteriorated to the point Recovering has its advantages and is particularly that the existing roof or roof covering is not appealing in Florida where, during the summer, the adequate as a base for additional roofing. chance of rain is probable almost every day. Protecting the building from water intrusion during roof removal 2. Where the existing roof covering is wood shake, can be challenging. Recovering reduces labor cost and slate, clay, cement or asbestos-cement tile. 18

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3. Where the existing roof has two or more applications of any type of roof covering. 4. When blisters exist in any roofing, unless blisters are cut or scraped open and remaining materials secured down before applying additional roofing. 5. Where the existing roof is to be used for attachment for a new roof system and compliance with the securement provisions of Section 1504.1 of the Florida Building Code, Building cannot be met. Exceptions: 1. Building and structures located within the HighVelocity Hurricane Zone shall comply with the provisions of Sections 1512 through 1525 of the Florida Building Code, Building. 2. Complete and separate roofing systems, such as standing-seam metal roof systems, that are designed to transmit the roof loads directly to the building’s structural system and that do not rely on existing roofs and roof coverings for support, shall not require the removal of existing roof coverings. 3. Reserved. 4. The application of a new protective coating over an existing spray polyurethane foam roofing system shall be permitted without tear-off of existing roof coverings. 5. Roof Coating. Application of elastomeric and or maintenance coating systems over existing asphalt shingles shall be in accordance with the shingle manufacturer’s approved installation instructions. Let’s address several areas in this section. The first sentence tells you that you cannot install new roof coverings without removing all layers down to the roof deck where 1 through 5 occur. Number 1 states that if the roof is “water soaked” or the existing is “not adequate as a base for additional roof covering.” Possible issues could involve fastener corrosion or deck or insulation deterioration. Such conditions can also interfere with proper bonding when using adhesives. Presence of liquid water turning to vapor can impact the long-term viability of the new roof covering. Granted, this language is subjective but when taken as a whole, the intention seems fairly clear. If there is moisture present that could affect the performance of the recover, then the roof should be replaced. Number 2 simply says that you can’t recover over certain steep slope roof coverings that will not provide an appropriate substrate for a roof recover. Number 3 makes it clear that if there are two or more roof coverings present, then all existing layers of roof coverings must be removed down to the deck. This requirement has the potential to have major 20

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consequences when a recover has been done over an existing high R-value roof system and the building now needs to be reroofed again. The opportunity to install a new roof covering and cover board over the existing high R-value insulation may be lost. Because two or more roof coverings exist, you would need to remove all layers “down to the deck.” This requirement does not allow for more than two roof coverings and requires that all the material will eventually be removed and end up as debris. It may actually increase the amount of waste that is generated by forcing unnecessary insulation replacement. Number 4 addresses the presence of blisters in the existing roof covering and how they should be addressed. This condition is being encountered less often than when bitumen (asphalt and coal tar) based systems were the predominate existing roof systems.


Number 5 is very important because it pertains to the options available for both new construction and the ability to meet the uplift requirements of the code. reroofing. When “reroofing” – both replacement and All new roof coverings must meet the wind uplift rerecovering of existing roof systems – these code resistance requirements called for in the code, currently quirements should always be taken into account. ASCE 7-16. If the new system is being mechanically FRM attached (screwed or nailed) to the deck, the manufac- Mike Silvers, CPRC is owner of Silvers Systems Inc. turer’s installation instructions or product approval will and is consulting with FRSA as Director of Technical provide the proper fastening patterns for a recovery. Services. Mike is an FRSA Past President, Life Member However, if you plan to adhere your new roof system and Campanella Award recipient and brings over 45 to the existing roof covering, the existing roof covering years of industry knowledge and experience to FRSA’s attachment method must be considered. The uplift team. resistance requirements of the code have steadily increased over the last several decades. A mechanically attached roof system or an adhered roof systems that uses spaced ribbons of adhesive installed under the previous editions of the code, most likely wouldn’t comply with the current code. Using that existing roof covering as part of the load path for the new roof covering by adhering to them would, in most instances, not meet current requirements. I said likely wouldn’t comply in most instances because there is a small chance that the existing roof applicator added additional fasteners or adhesive. But we know that isn’t very likely. Visit Rooforders at Booth 2748 So, it is best to accept that it most at New Orleans IRE 2022 likely will not comply and plan for a sweet deal. accordingly. You may be able to add additional mechanical attachments before adhering to the roof covering. However, unless the manufacturer’s product approval Accurate – a 3d CAD model is created for every roof, reducing errors or recommendations describe how to accomplish this, you would need Affordable – single or multi family residential roofs for only $25 regardless of size or complexity site-specific engineering. Keep Awesome – friendly customer service, reliable overnight delivery, easy to use PDF reports in mind that if the roof system and free XMLs to load into your applications such as Acculynx. was set in continuous adhesive (e.g., mopped to a concrete deck), If you aren’t using Rooforders now, you should be. the uplift resistance may be high enough to act as part of the load path. Verifying the quantity and quality of the existing adhesive may prove difficult. This section applies to all roof coverings that use the existing roof system as part of the load path. Yes, even to sprayed polyurethane foam and liquid applied roof systems. A maintenance coating does not constitute a roof covering. The advent of new or improved Visit https://www.rooforders.com or call 888-386-8384 cover boards, adhesives and fasteners have greatly increased

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The Importance of Cover Boards in Roofing Assemblies Derrick Hutchinson, Product Manager, USG Roofing Solutions

When designing a roofing assembly, many factors need to be taken into consideration. Performance attributes, product quality, aesthetics, price and quantity must be carefully examined. One key product often overlooked during this process is a cover board. Using cover boards is an integral part of creating a roofing assembly. A cover board is a thin substrate to which a roof membrane is adhered. However, the use of a cover board far exceeds that of a substrate – it also serves as a critical component that helps to extend the life of a roof. Without a cover board, the roof is missing added durability: the building is more susceptible to hail, fire and wind damage. Hail is damaging to insulation, but by using a cover board, the impact is minimized. Insulation damage results in a reduction of the roof’s thermal resistance or R-value. R-value is the measure of heat flow through a material. The higher the R-value, the greater the resistance of heat flow through it. Hail damage on a roof without a cover board can easily pierce the insulation, which will increase the heat flow through it, thereby increasing the energy cost of the building. Cover boards also serve as a fire barrier protecting the roof from external fire. Insulation is very flammable and cover boards offer a layer of protection that prevents the insulation from igniting in the event of a fire. This in turn makes buildings safer as fires are less 22

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likely to spread from one building to the next. Additionally, cover boards help to increase the wind uplift value of a roof assembly by providing a strong, high-performing layer of protection. However, strict adherence to the recommended fastener spacing is key to wind uplift performance. This prevents potential damage that may occur during unfavorable weather. According to Factory Mutual, a global property insurance company, wind uplift results show that including a cover board is extremely beneficial to the building. They can double the wind uplift of certain assemblies or achieve the same rating with fewer fasteners. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has endorsed the use of cover boards in all low slope roofs due to the insulation’s negative attributes like facer delamination, powdering, shrinkage, cupping and edge cavitation. Cover boards help to support the insulation in the event of these failures. All of these uses of cover boards provide added security and lower cost of ownership for the building. Just as cover boards are used to protect against various potential threats, they come in a variety of compositions tailored to an array of applications. With so many options for cover boards, selecting the appropriate product may be challenging at first. By keeping the desired result in mind, the process becomes easier.


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to allow the roof to withstand hail impact, windstorms and foot traffic. It is essential to understand which There are many types of cover boards that are suitable cover board is the best match for each individual application. for an assortment of applications. Each has features and benefits suitable for a desired result. The most Determining Which Cover Board is common are:

Different Cover Boards Have Different Physical Properties

■ Gypsum Fiber: A fiber-reinforced, uniform composition cover board that can be used in most roof applications. Gypsum-fiber cover boards typically provide unmatched wind uplift and hail performance, higher than any other cover board, with no risk of facer delamination. This product also protects against moisture and mold. ■ Gypsum: A gypsum core and a glass-mat facer provide protection from moisture and mold. This product is usually available with a coated or uncoated glass facer. The coated facer allows for adhesion of the membrane, while an uncoated facer is typically used for a mechanically attached single-ply application that doesn’t require adherence to the membrane. ■ Cement: Typically, cementitious-based with a reinforcement mesh for added strength, these products are typically water durable and will not rot, warp, delaminate or disintegrate. They may also be noncombustible, providing a great fire barrier for any roof assembly or parapet wall. ■ Wood Fiber: Typically made from wood fiber and bonded together with a resin. These cover boards are typically used in hot mop and torched applications. ■ High-Density Insulation: Fairly new to the market. These boards are typically composed of a compressed polyisocyanurate core with a coated glass-mat facer, making it a lightweight product. ■ Perlite: Consists of expanded perlite, cellulose binder and mineral aggregate. This cover board is typically used in hot mop and torched applications. ■ Asphaltic: Made of a mineral fortified, asphaltbased core with fiberglass facers. These boards are typically used in an asphaltic roof system. ■ Mineral Fiber Board: Consists of rock wool or mineral fiber. These boards provide good sound properties and are typically used in asphaltic roof systems. Most of the aforementioned boards can also be used as a thermal barrier that is placed directly over the roof deck. In this application, the cover board provides a fire barrier in the case of an internal fire. This significantly increases the time required to melt the insulation, which adds fuel to the flames. The cover board also serves as a substrate for a vapor retarder in this application. Cover boards are ideal because most will provide excellent fire properties and the necessary strength 24

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Right for the Job

Typically, the membrane materials and necessary roof functions determine which type of cover board should be used. For example, if a building is on the Florida coast and a 300 psf rating with a single-ply membrane is needed, a gypsum fiber cover board may be the best option due to its high strength, wind uplift performance and durability. When selecting a cover board, it is important to keep in mind which properties are most crucial for the job and the type of roof system desired. Knowing the properties of each cover board helps when selecting the one that will provide the best value for the building. Some building codes may also dictate the necessary fire and wind uplift properties the roof should achieve. Including a cover board may help achieve these requirements. After selecting the proper cover board, correct installation is essential to ensure the cover board will perform as expected.

Installing Cover Boards

Cover boards are installed directly under the membrane and above the insulation. Many are fastened directly down into the deck or they can be adhered to insulation with low-rise foam adhesive or hot asphalt. To ensure cover boards are installed correctly: 1.

Stagger the cover board and insulation joints.

2. Install using approved fasteners with plates or adhesive and follow manufacturers’ directions for fastener spacing. 3. Only install what can be covered by a final membrane system within the same day. Selecting and installing the appropriate type of cover board can lead to energy efficiency and other benefits for the building. This in turn creates a higher performing building which is beneficial to the building owner and all occupants of the space.

Cover Boards Continue to Impact the Life Cycle of a Building

Cover boards were first used as a barrier board for hot-applied and solvent-based adhesive to prevent damage to the insulation and blisters in the membrane system. These original cover boards were weak and low performing as their only job was to serve as a barrier board. Over the years, the industry has collected more detailed information about roofs and how storms and normal roof maintenance can damage a roof. As a result, additional properties have been added to cover Continued on page 28


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New Year – Safety Minded Kevin Lindley, Safety Consultant, FRSA Self Insurers Fund There is always so much going on at the beginning of a new year, that it can be difficult to make sure you cover all your bases. In addition to all the other administrative burdens, there is also the requirement by OSHA to update, verify, log and post the OSHA 300 log and 300A form. The OSHA 300 form must be posted in a visible location at the place of business from February 1 through August 30. It is recommended that individual employee names be removed from the copies posted in the facility. A digital copy of the OSHA 300 log, 300A form and the OSHA 301 form are available on OSHA’s website at www.osha.gov/recordkeeping/forms. Let’s start with a description of what the OSHA 301 form, 300 log and 300A form are. The OSHA 301 form is an Incident Report document for job-related injuries and illnesses. This form helps you record what happened at the time of an injury or accident and will be beneficial when it comes time to enter the information into your 300 log. The OSHA 300 log is a record keeping document used throughout the year to list and track any recordable injury which occurs at work to an employee throughout the calendar year. Information about the individual involved in the incident, date of incident, location, classification of the injury/illness, type of injury/ illness as well as total number of days, both away from work and return to work, on light duty or transfer are to be entered on the log. The OSHA 300A form is the Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses. It must first be determined if an injury or illness that occurred at work is a “recordable injury.” NOT ALL INJURIES ARE. An injury or illness meets the general recording criteria as a recordable injury if it results in any of the following: death, days away from work, restricted work or transfer to another job, medical treatment beyond first aid or loss of consciousness. A case must also be taken into consideration for the general recording criteria if it involves a significant injury or illness diagnosed by a physician or other licensed health care professional, even if it does not result in death, days away from work, restricted work or job transfer, medical treatment beyond first aid or loss of consciousness. There are many basic requirements used to determine 26

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if an injury is a recordable injury, too many to list in one article. For a complete list of basic requirements go to www.floridaroof.com/osha-1904-7. Classes are also available online for a complete understanding of OSHA recordkeeping requirements that employers may attend or research. A common mistake on the OSHA 300 log is to enter the number of days in the incorrect column. The only location the actual number of days is entered on the OSHA 300 log is column K or column L. All other columns for classification and type of injury/illness are a check mark. Once the information for each injury/ illness is entered onto the OSHA 300 log, the final row at the bottom of the page is totaled for all categories, types and days away from work and job transfer/ restricted workdays. If the company is requested to share information from the OSHA 300 log, it is recommended that all individuals names and personal information be removed from view on the log prior to sharing. Once the OSHA 300 log is complete, the OSHA 300A form can be correctly entered. The OSHA 300 log totals entered at the base of the page are then referenced and entered into the first half of the OSHA 300A form. Additional information is required about the company, number of employees, total time worked by all employees, as well as a general description of work and a signature by a company executive. For companies who are required to electronically submit their OSHA 300A Summary form online, it is recommended that two individuals within the company have the profile information and log-in code once the establishment information has been created within OSHA’s Injury Tracking Application (ITA), www.osha.gov/injuryreporting/ita.


There are also injuries/illnesses that are not only “recordable” but also “reportable.” All fatalities, hospitalizations, amputations and loss of an eye as a result of work-related incidents are REQUIRED to be reported to OSHA either over the phone or through their website within a stated period of time. You must report the fatality to OSHA within eight hours after the death of any employee as a result of a work-related incident. Within 24 hours after any in-patient hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye as a result of a work-related incident, you must report the case to OSHA. Companies with ten or more employees are required to keep a record of work-related injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 log and 300A form for a minimum of three years. Those companies with a peak employment of twenty or more employees are also required to submit their OSHA 300A form to OSHA on an annual basis using the injury tracking application (ITA) online. Just a reminder; 2021’s OSHA 300A form is due prior to March 2, 2022. All employers, regardless of number of employees, must follow the OSHA reporting requirements listed above. OSHA has expectations and requirements for employers. The OSHA 300 forms play a vital step in the process of an OSHA investigation as well as providing statistical data to OSHA for guidance on indicators where more training and attention is needed. The

OSHA recordkeeping and reporting process has not changed since August 2017, when they implemented the electronically submitted injury tracking application. The number of employers who are still unaware of their requirements is alarming. Employers must not only submit the information online but also maintain their OSHA logs and forms. Now is the perfect time to begin the logs and forms if you are not already completing them. They may never be needed; however, if they are ever requested, attempting to complete them at a later date is always more difficult and could prove very costly. For additional details on any claims that your company may have had, you should contact your workers’ compensation insurance carrier or agent to request your loss runs. However, workers’ compensation reports are not a complete record of injuries required to be entered on the company OSHA 300 log because many injuries are not reported and days of light duty are not tracked. It is best that the OSHA 300 log be maintained and updated regularly throughout the calendar year by a designated company employee. Remember, those 2021 OSHA 300A forms are due to be electronically submitted to OSHA on or prior to March 2, 2022. FRM

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Preventing Cuts in the Workplace Matt Savin, Safety Consultant, FRSA Self Insurers Fund Most of us think that the most common workers’ comp claims in the roofing or sheet metal industry is falls but that is not always the case. Cuts and saw accidents account for a larger number of claims than you might expect, especially since these are usually some of the most preventable injuries. From the employee cutting a shingle while resting it on his leg to removing a safety guard on a saw, you might be surprised how these injuries happen. Of course, the most obvious answer is lack of training. While it is difficult to train every employee in proper use of the tools required for the job and even more difficult to impart common sense usage, it is incumbent on the employer to make sure the employees receive training on how to properly do their job. Properly training your employees to perform their daily tasks can take time but it shows your employees that your company has a standard that must be adhered to. You want to avoid a new employee bringing bad habits from prior employment and always take the time to show them the proper and safe way to perform a task. You must never use your leg or foot in place of a sawhorse or cutting board and always cut away from your body (not towards it!). There are also certain forms of personal protective equipment (PPE) that can be used to help prevent many of these injuries. The most obvious answer to prevent certain cuts is Kevlar. PPE manufacturers have started producing gloves with Kevlar woven into them to help prevent cuts. They also make these gloves with a rubber coating to help with grip as well as to make them water or chemical proof. Of course, next to using proper PPE and training, the use of the proper tool for the job, for instance a sharp blade when cutting material, is also very important. When an employee uses a new blade, it takes less effort to cut the material and there is less of a risk of the material slipping while they are working. To prevent cuts with handheld blades: ■ Train your employees properly on the use of the tools they will be using. ■ Provide employees with the proper and necessary PPE for their task. ■ Keep extra blades on the site or have a way to sharpen the blades you have. ■ Store blades properly, either retracted or in a sheath. ■ Repeatedly stress the importance of a safe and clean work environment.

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To prevent cuts with saws: ■ Wear proper PPE, gloves, hard hat and safety glasses. ■ Never tamper with safety guards. ■ Disconnect the power supply before adjusting or changing the blade. ■ Properly secure the item being cut so that it does not move or shift. It’s important that employers stress safety practices, encouraging employees to take their time and focus on the task at hand. Work safe and stay safe. FRM Cover boards, continued from page 24

boards making them stronger and thereby increasing the life span of a roof. Additionally, building codes have played a role in the development of cover boards. The need for higher fire and wind uplift performance has driven innovation resulting in higher performing cover boards. It is expected that cover boards will continue adding value to the roofing system and the building owner. Even though using a cover board is an additional step, it has enabled contractors to create a long lasting, more durable roof. The desire for buildings that are energy efficient, high performing and sustainable continues to drive development of products that achieve these ratings as well. As cover boards are becoming more the norm in roofing systems, there is an ongoing challenge to identify what else they can do. How can cover board functions increase? Can they help make roofers work more efficiently? Can cover boards provide more value to the building owner, and if so, what is it? These questions will drive innovation and product development in the years to come. FRM Article reprinted with permission from United States Gypsum Company – USG. For product information, please visit www.usg.com.



COTNEY CONSULTING GROUP John Kenney, CEO, Cotney Consulting Group

Six Strategies for Quickly Making High-Quality Hires part of the job description. This should take priority over education or years of experience. Just because a job candidate has experience in a particular field does not necessarily mean they are good at it. Always use a mobilefirst application experience. More than 90 Referrals, Resumes and Interviews Are No percent of job seekers use Longer Enough Conduct pre-hire assessments to get the most predic- their phone to search for tive insights and how making changes to your process a new position, so mobile-first is an absolute can save your company money and time. Take a fresh look at your job descriptions. This can must. In addition, candidates are likely to give up if they cannot complete a increase the odds of you making those great, longjob application on their smartphone, so it needs to be a term hires. The best job descriptions are not those friendly experience rather than a frustrating one. of yesterday. Job roles, too, have changed. Job candiDo not force candidates to re-enter information dates are looking for diverse, flexible career paths they that is already on their resumes. It is aggravating, to can participate in creating. put it mildly. Instead, check to see how much time it Capture on-the-ground competencies needed to takes to fill out the job application. succeed in the role you are hiring for. Team up with the hiring manager, staff and, if possible, an industrial Always make sure the information you are presentorganizational psychologist. Conduct a job analysis of ing is accessible for a job seeker to digest quickly. For some of the most critical roles in your company. example, use bullets and subheads and make informaEmphasize the ideal competencies for a position as tion easy to scan. You may want to use short testimonials from other employees sharing their positive experiences at your company. This can help motivate job seekers to follow through on an application. Re-evaluate your sourcing pool. So many people through the course of the Coronavirus pandemic have switched gears and are re-evaluating their career choices. While many were too scared to leave their jobs during the height of the pandemic, they also realized how much they did not love their jobs. As a result, some ended up quitting even without a new job, preferring to freelance until they found the job they wanted. Finding these new, less traditional job candidates requires more than posting ads on job sites. Finding great talent at a time when there is so much tumult in the working world can be exasperating but moving too quickly may be something you come to regret. Instead, move strategically and carefully by identifying the best candidates, what they care about and the best way to recruit them, get them to accept an offer and stay awhile. There are some proven ways to increase the odds of making good quality long-term hires.

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Most will begin their job hunt on Google, so Google Job Search is a great platform to reach job candidates before moving on to Indeed, Monster or other sites. Find active and passive job seekers on sites like Reddit by joining in the community conversation. If seeking candidates right out of college, visit WayUp, a job board for recent graduates. You may also expand your candidate search to college campuses or trade schools. Set up social media with campaigns targeting specific groups of candidates. As remote work has skyrocketed, your employees know a broader number of job candidates. Use your employees’ connections through a referral program to seek out candidates early in their job search. You may even offer a bonus to employees who refer a winning candidate. Consider using contract workers or freelancers. While there is pressure to hire quickly, consider changing the job parameters to include contractors or freelancers. You may eventually decide to bring such workers on full-time, so there is less training involved, you will already be acquainted with their work and they will be familiar with your company culture. Use reliable and valid pre-employment assessments. Screen out poor candidates quickly by using such a process. That way, you are free to focus on the best candidates. Multi-measure tests provide objective data on the candidate’s on-the-job performance, in addition to

seeing what they have on their resume or how they do in an interview. Any applicant who is serious about a job will happily take the employment assessment. Candidates who refuse likely were not that interested. Assessments can allow candidates to enhance their experience by demonstrating their capabilities. Therefore, tests that take 10 to 30 minutes are viewed as fair and more valuable than shorter tests. It is a new day, so it is a perfect time to reassess your hiring practices to branch out and find the best candidates possible to fill your vacant or new positions. Be open to new ways of operating so you will not miss out. 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

when she was 17. She came back with her father, who had to sign for her. After she had gained five pounds to meet the minimum weight requirement, West Mary West an 86-year-old Navy veteran, received a new roof on her Citrus Hills home thanks to the Owens joined the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Corning National Roof Deployment Project and Alan’s Emergency Service) and trained at the Class A hospital corps school at Great Lakes, Ill. After her training, Roofing. Owens Corning donated the materials and she continued at Great Lakes, serving as a nurse in the Hernando County-based Alan’s Roofing donated the men’s ward at the hospital. labor. “As a 17-year-old girl, seeing what came back from Mary West woke up as excited as any child on Korea was really life changing,” she said. “Some were Christmas morning. When her son called her, she told missing limbs; some had totally lost touch with reality. him, “I hear the reindeer on the roof!” The “reindeer” It was quite an experience.” She also worked in the were roofers from Alan’s Roofing, putting on a new hospital for military dependents. During her time there, roof for the Korean War-era veteran, as part of the she met a Marine, John, from Ottumwa, Iowa, who Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Project. became her husband. West and her husband moved to “This is so exciting; I just can’t believe it,” West said North Carolina, where she worked in the emergency from inside her house as work was going on above her. room at a local hospital and also did private duty nursSince the National Roof Deployment Project began ing. They relocated to Florida and she worked at Citrus in 2016, more than 300 military members have reMemorial Hospital, Inverness in the same-day surgery ceived new roofs. “This is a way for us to give back to unit until she retired at age 65. someone who served our country, and this is the least As for the roof on her home, West said the last we can do,” said Charlie Higdon, Commercial Project new one was installed in 1995. “This house has lots Manager for Alan’s Roofing. “And how can you say no of skylights and they started leaking and I had to put to someone as appreciative as Mary West?” West has buckets out to catch the water,” she said. “I knew I had lived in her Citrus Hills home since 1989 when she and to do something but I didn’t have the money to replace her late husband, John, moved from the New England the roof.” She said she was having a hard time coping area. with it and finally reached out to the Female Veterans As a teenager, West wanted to be a nurse and after Network, of which she’s a member. That started graduating high school in Worcester, Mass., she and a a snowball of help, with Mission United and Citrus friend applied to nursing school. “At that time, they had Habitat for Humanity getting involved. Owens Corning too many applying, so they told us we had to wait for stepped in with their Roof Deployment Project, offerthe next class to start,” West said. “We didn’t want to ing to replace the entire roof at no cost to West. “This wait, so we went to the Navy recruiting office to join.” is the best Christmas present ever,” West said. “I live She was 16 at the time and too young to enlist, but the on a very limited income and there’s no way I could recruiter took her information and told her to return afford a new roof. I’m so blessed and so grateful.”

Local Veteran Gets New Roof Thanks to Nationwide Roof Deployment Project

FRSA Member Had a Big Surprise After the Holidays BFARR Contracting, Orlando, had signed up to be part of Angel Tree, a Salvation Army program that gives gifts to needy families and seniors for Christmas. The owner and founder of the company, Brian Farr, decided to get 32

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involved by adopting and sponsoring 100 percent of all the special needs Angels. One year earlier, his daughter Maddie passed on Thanksgiving Day, right before what would have been her 10th birthday. Adopting these special needs Angels and using funds from his new 501c3, the Maddie Farr Foundation, and from his contracting company was his way to give back. Brian Farr and Brian Walton, General Manager and Partner, met with local leadership of the Salvation Army Command in Orlando and WKMG Local 6 News who connected them to the Angel Tree Program. Farr, Walton and the entire BFARR team helped with corporate donation pick-ups, manned a 10-hour phone bank, became a collection site and even distributed gifts to needy families for the distribution day. Meeting the families and hearing their stories, Walton and Farr followed up again with the Salvation Army. Every Tuesday, BFARR Contracting employees deliver meals to the homeless, hungry and food insecure. They developed a new plan to donate $50 from every roofing and window contract with a 100 percent match of up to $200 if the homeowner would like to add $150 to their contract, which includes a donation to the Salvation Army. Currently, they are developing a similar plan for all commercial roof repair, replacement, coating and new construction roof installation contracts. When Brian Walton called his mother after the

holidays and told her about the Angel Tree experience, weekly food distribution and financial donation strategy, his mother Robin gave him the biggest surprise of all – he and his siblings were recipients of Angel Tree. Year’s ago, Walton’s mother became a single mom, and struggling to make ends meet, signed up for the Angel Tree program for two years. This program changed what would have been a sad Christmas into one that made joy possible because of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. 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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Catching Up With Previous Scholarship Winners – Cole Springer John Hellein, FRSA Educational Foundation Director In 2010, Cole Springer graduated from Lakeland High School. That fall, he entered the freshman class at University of Florida in Gainesville, graduating from the M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Construction Management in 2014. For three of his four years at UF, Cole applied for and received a $1,000 scholarship from FRSA’s Educational and Research Foundation. “It was cool to be an award recipient and to have the help while at school,” Cole remembers. “I also appreciated the opportunity to give back after I graduated and was working in the industry.” In the years following his graduation, Cole donated three $1,000 contributions to the Foundation, making the funds available for future scholarship recipients – his part of paying it forward.

Bernie Little Beer Distribution Center in Sebring

After graduating, Cole worked in Central Florida at PCL Construction, participating in amusement park projects. Then in 2017, he joined Springer Construction Company in Lakeland. The company builds and maintains industrial, retail and commercial projects. One current project is a Bernie Little Beer Distribution Center in Sebring (see photo). The facility is a 100,000 square foot climate-controlled warehouse. Cole currently serves as Vice President at Springer Construction. Cole married in 2019 and his wife, Sydney, welcomed a daughter in May 2021. Congratulations, Cole and Sydney, and thank you for your support of the Foundation’s scholarship program. The Foundation is currently receiving applications for 2022 scholarships. Students entering or continuing their education at the college or trade school level are encouraged to apply. Students from FRSA member companies, including employees and their families, are eligible. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2022. For more information and to download an application, please visit www.floridaroof.com/scholarships. FRM

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