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PRESIDENT’S COLUMN Brian Swope, CPRC
I would like to start by saying that the fall Board and Committee meetings were a little different for me. Most who know me recognize that I have been around FRSA my entire life. I became active as a Board Member about 15 years ago. One of the main things I did not realize is how much work goes on behind the scenes by staff. Items that I had always taken for granted, I was now being asked my opinion on. I would like to thank all the FRSA staff for their help in making the meetings a success. I would also like to thank everyone who participated in the fall meetings. Attendance at Committee meetings through the Board meeting on Saturday was great. I would also like to thank my wife, August, for chairing her first meeting and not breaking this year’s Convention budget…YET. The PAC tournament was greeted with great weather and raised $6,500. I cannot remember a PAC tournament that had as much sponsored support as we had this year. Thank you to all who participated and supported the event. This money will be put to great use as we approach the state legislature to continue to drive issues that are vital to our industry and our association. Please see page 22 for a list of tournament sponsors and winners. As a member-driven association, the success of the FRSA depends on member participation. It is the ability to draw knowledge and ideas from so many into one force that helps drive our industry in the right direction. All FRSA members are eligible to serve on a committee. Come see what your association is doing for you, your company and your industry. To participate on a committee, please contact Lisa Pate by Cam Fentriss and Brian Swope. phone at 800767-3772 ext. 157 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. October 1 began FRSA’s new fiscal year and, with that, membership renewal dues invoices have been sent out. As of mid-October, 45 percent of members have already paid their dues. If you haven’t paid and would like to be placed on a payment plan, please contact Maria Armas at 800-767-3772 ext. 142 or by email at email@example.com. Membership directory update forms were also sent out. It’s important that you review these and make
any necessary changes. FRSA staff then updates the website so when consumers are looking for a contractor in their area, your information will appear. These changes are then incorporated into the FRSA Membership Directory available online and in print. As we near year-end for many businesses, now is the time to consider donating to the FRSA President FRSA Educational & Brian Swope, CPRC Research Foundation Vice President, Endowment. By donating Tampa Roofing Co., Inc. to the Endowment, you are supporting many of the Foundation’s programs: scholarships, educational seminars and industry research. Named Endowments begin at $5,000 with your choice of program support. If you’re interested in making a tax deductible donation, please contact Mike Reed at 800-767-3772 ext. 167 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. As we head into the fall season and upcoming holidays, I’d like to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving – we have so much to be thankful for. God Bless,
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FRSA LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL Chris Dawson
Tricks & Treats in Tallahassee The days are getting shorter and (hopefully) the temperature will begin to drop as well. It’s officially fall in Florida! That means a number of things, including college football tailgates, little ghouls and goblins running around the neighborhood and the commencement of fall committee weeks in Tallahassee. The Legislature is heating up for the 2020 session and it will be my honor to represent FRSA in the State Capitol moving forward. As you’ve likely heard, the venerable Cam Fentriss has decided to retire after 26 years representing FRSA (BOO!). I’ve worked with Cam for several years as a member of the Construction Coalition. She is a force to be reckoned with and leaves a tremendous legacy of outstanding advocacy on behalf of her clients. It truly is a personal honor for me to be able to carry on in her footsteps for FRSA. We won’t let her ghost us too soon, as she will be advising and assisting during this transition period. To Cam, thank you for blazing an exceptional trail and for your friendship and mentorship. We all wish you a very happy retirement! A little about myself: I am a sixth-generation Floridian hailing from the “Great Northwest” Florida Panhandle. My family has been in agriculture for generations and my grandfather also had a very successful boat manufacturing company based out of
Pensacola. Florida politics is in my blood as multiple kinfolk served in state and local government, including my late Uncle, Senator Greg Evers, who gave me my start in the political process. After spending my childhood hauling campaign signs across the Panhandle, I attended the University of Florida and earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering (Go Gators!). From there, a desire to be in public policy led me to the University of Alabama where I earned a master’s degree in civil engineering and my Juris Doctor degree (Roll Tide!). This will be my seventh session working with the Florida Legislature and Executive Branch, and I now split my time between Orlando, Tallahassee and wherever else I need to be in order to advocate on behalf of my clients. I am tremendously honored and excited to represent FRSA. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet leadership and members from
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all over the state. Further, Lisa Pate and her staff are absolutely wonderful and have helped me navigate the Association as I get up to speed. FRSA has an incredible team and I am thrilled to be a part of it. Thank you all for your hospitality and warm welcome! As I stated in the intro, the legislative process is picking up steam as we head towards the 2020 session. We have two more committee weeks in November plus one committee week in December left to go. Bills are being filed left and right and committee hearings are well underway. In the spirit of the “Spooky Season,” here’s a brief preview of some tricks and treats to watch for this session!
Deregulation of Occupations
A massive deregulation bill failed last year in the waning days of session, but the effort has been renewed again for 2020. Senator Albritton (R – Bartow) has filed the measure as SB 474, referred to as the “Occupational Freedom and Opportunity Act.” Of particular interest in the bill are provisions that would make it easier to get a Florida license if you have what is deemed to be a reciprocal license from another state. FRSA is working with the bill sponsor to address licensure concerns with the bill impacting the roofing industry. Further, the Governor recently announced his own initiative to continue lowering workforce entry barriers.
to the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, murmurs have been percolating on whether it’s time to take a comprehensive look at the Florida Building Code (similar to efforts undertaken following Hurricane Andrew). Advocates for strengthening the code point to the widespread destruction wrought by Michael, including the devastation of communities a significant distance inland from the coast, as well as the perceived heightened intensity of many storms in recent memory. The opposition, however, suggests that the code performed well during Michael, with many newer structures fairing substantially better than the plethora of older construction structures in the storm’s path. Further, a tightened code could significantly raise construction costs, disproportionately impacting the low-to-moderate income communities struggling for affordable housing. At this point, legislation has not been filed.
Construction Defects/Opportunity to Cure
Multiple efforts are swirling to reform Florida’s construction defects statutes, including the opportunity to cure afforded by Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes. Ideas range from simply cleaning up the process for handling defects claims under 558 to forcing all defects claims into mandatory, non-binding arbitration. Additionally, a parallel effort is ongoing that would place greater limits on causes of action for construction defects under Chapter 553. Workers’ Comp Reform The issues above are just a taste of what will lead This month the National Council on Compensation conversations in Tallahassee during the 2020 legislaInsurance (NCCI) recommended a worker’s comp rate tive session, which kicks off in January. Many more bills reduction to the Florida Office of Insurance Regulation will be filed, and Governor DeSantis will continue to (OIR) for next year. On its face, this is great news, but release his priorities, including his proposed FY 20-21 concerns linger as the markets continue to react to state budget, in the coming days. My top priority is to recent Florida Supreme Court decisions and industry ensure that FRSA has a seat at the table and a voice trends. Also, a deeper dive into the data supporting the on all issues that impact your businesses and employNCCI filing shows that attorneys' fees continue to rise ees. I very much look forward to hitting the ground running on your behalf and I cannot overstate my and claims are taking longer and longer to resolve. gratitude for your trust and confidence.
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Does the Building Code Apply to Mobile Homes? Clayton Osteen, Cotney Construction Law A mobile home, commonly referred to as a manufactured home, is a transportable prefabricated structure that is situated in one location and used as a permanent living accommodation. A common point of confusion for many individuals is what regulations govern mobile homes and who has jurisdiction over these structures. Many people assume that all buildings are governed by the Building Code, but that is not always true. So, in Florida, are mobile homes required to comply with the Florida Building Code? Florida Statute Chapter 553 provides Building Construction Standards which govern both Manufactured Buildings (Fla. Sta. §§ 553.35553.42) as well as the Florida Building Code (Fla. Sta. §§ 553.70-553.898). FLA. Sta. § 553 defines mobile homes as “any residential unit constructed to standards promulgated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).” The section states that this part of the statute does not apply to mobile homes. Thus, the manufacturing of mobile homes is governed by HUD. HUD provides for the regulation of mobile homes from the beginning of the manufacturing process, to the preparation and delivery to a specific site and until the installation has been completed. After a mobile home is manufactured, it must be transported to the site where it will be occupied and used as a residence. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) has jurisdiction over the transportation of mobile homes and sets forth requirements including the registration of the mobile home with the DMV. The Florida Statute Chapter 320 – Motor Vehicle Licenses also provides additional requirements for the transportation of mobile homes. This Florida Statute goes beyond just transportation because Section 320.8232 requires that standards for the repair and remodeling of mobile homes be established and these standards are set forth in the Mobile Home Repair and Remodeling Code and the Used Recreational Vehicle Code. Once a mobile home arrives at the location where it will be installed, the Florida Building Code – Residential (FBC) will have jurisdiction under certain provisions. Chapter 3, R322.1.9 of the FBC has jurisdiction over manufactured homes that are located within flood hazard areas and are subject to 8
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the applicable provision of the local floodplain management ordinance. Additionally, attachments or any appurtenant structures built on the mobile home site are required to comply with the FBC. In short, the manufacturing and installation of mobile homes are governed by HUD as defined in the Florida Statutes. When transported, these structures must also comply with the requirements for mobile vehicles which are governed by the DMV. The FBC – Residential comes into play when mobile homes are within floodplains and any attachments or appurtenant structures built onsite are required to comply with the FBC. Finally, repairs to damaged components are governed by the requirements of the Florida Administrative Code. Thus, mobile homes in Florida must comply with multiple state and national statutes and codes and are also governed by the FBC in specific circumstances.
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. Clayton Osteen is an attorney at Cotney Construction Law who practices in the areas of construction law, administrative law, licensing and business litigation. Cotney Construction Law is an advocate for the roofing industry, General Counsel of FRSA, NWIR, TARC, TRI, RT3, NSA, WSRCA and several other local roofing associations. For more information, contact the author at 866-303-5868 or go to www.cotneycl.com.
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Industry Updates Kelsey O’Hearne New Sales Representative for Florida Roofing Magazine
The recent growth of Florida Roofing Magazine and the FRSA Convention and Expo, has created the need for an additional full-time staff person and Kelsey O’Hearne, formerly FRSA’s Office Manager, will now head up advertising sales for the magazine beginning in November. “Over the past three years, Florida Roofing Magazine (FRM) has reinvented itself and gone from a struggling publication to a well-read magazine focused on industry-specific information. FRSA has always been a leader in the Florida roofing market, concentrating on building codes, legislation, legal information and research. These are the topics our industry partners are concerned about and we’re proud to bring up-to-date and relevant information to them. With the addition of Kelsey to our staff, we’ll be able to expand our editorial reach and advertising sales to support the future of the magazine,” stated Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director and FRM Editor. Kelsey will also assist with the FRSA Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo. Pate continued, “Kelsey will be replacing Heidi Ellsworth, HJE Marketing, who has done a tremendous job helping us realize our goals. Unfortunately, Heidi already has a full-time job, or we’d steal her away! Kelsey knows she has big shoes to fill and is excited for the prospect and challenges that lie ahead.”
Terracon Foundation Awards $98,538 in Grants
The Terracon Foundation has recently awarded $98,538 in community and university grants and was established as the community investment arm of Terracon with a goal to reach out and become a real part of the lives of company employees and the communities where they live and work. As part of an ongoing effort to support higher education, the Terracon Foundation presented university grants for graduate-level scholarships, fellowships and programs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year, the Terracon Foundation presented a total of $49,000 to eight universities. 10
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“The recent grants awarded by the Terracon Foundation represent a variety of local needs from a diverse group of nonprofit organizations where our employees are actively involved. These range from helping to build affordable housing to educating students about careers in STEM,” said Laura Campa, P.E., Chair of the Terracon Foundation and Manager of Terracon’s Baton Rouge, La., office. The Terracon Foundation also awarded $49,538 in community grants to 18 local, nonprofit organizations with an emphasis on education, and in the built and natural environment in which Terracon employees are actively engaged. For more information about the Terracon Foundation, visit www.terracon.com/foundation/.
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OMG Roofing Products Names Solar Business Manager
OMG Roofing Products has hired Kevin Kervick as Solar Products Business Manager, reporting to Adam Cincotta, Director of the company’s Adhesives/ Solar Business Unit. In his new role, Kevin is responsible for developing and implementing a strategic plan for the company’s solar business, as well as for managing solar sales, product development and profitability. For the past four years, Kevin has been a sales and marketing consultant, most recently working with the Spencer Brewery, a start-up venture. Earlier he was Owner and Chief Marketing Officer for the Bassette Company, a commercial printing and marketing company based in Springfield, Mass. Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College. For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at 800-633-3800 or visit www.OMGRoofing.com.
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What Dangers Lurk in the Attic (and Other Concealed Spaces)
in a continual horror film. But as a good friend told me once “When you manage people, their failures are your failures too. So, the first thing you should consider is: Did I give them the information they need to make good decisions and thereby succeed?" Great advice! Our industry provides training and information at every level and the need for some training is obvious. Safety, installation techniques and a basic knowledge of code requirements are a few examples, but there are other concerns that are not as obvious. There are items Mike Silvers, CPRC, Owner, Silvers Systems Inc., and that could cause contractors harm, physically or fiscally, FRSA Technical Director hiding in concealed spaces. I don’t purport to have a way to deal with them all, but I can at least make you aware Our industry provides training and of some of them and hope to help limit your exposure. I’ll start with fire sprinkler systems. The use of fire information at every level and the need sprinklers has increased tremendously over the last few for some training is obvious, but there decades. Almost all multi-family or multi-tenant buildings being built are sprinklered. Plastic pipes or lines are other concerns that are not as are very common. These systems are built to deploy obvious. when they sense a decrease in the water pressure I know, Halloween is over, but this year’s holiday brought within a given zone. This decrease in pressure is usually back a great commercial that goes something like this: If from an individual sprinkler being heated during a fire. When this takes place all the sprinklers in that zone will you’re in a horror film you make stupid decisions, that’s disperse water. This works great when there’s a fire, what you do. As roofing contractors witnessing (and dealing with) some of the decisions made by our person- but not so well when a line is broken. A simple misstep or a dropped tool or flashlight can fracture these often nel, you will sometimes make you feel like you’re living brittle plastic pipes. This can then cause major water damage in multiple units, such as a whole wing in a condominium building. While contemplating this scenario it may be a good time to check your liability policy for “per claim” or “per incident” coverage and deductibles (ask your agent). Water supply lines are routinely being routed in attics and concealed joist or rafter spaces. In attics they pose the same problems as described above, even if the potential damage is isolated to where the break occurs. In concealed spaces (like joist or rafter spaces), the damage will usually occur due to fasteners penetrating a concealed line. This occurs most often when lines are run too close to the underside of the deck. Gas lines obviously pose an even greater concern. As bad as water damage is, the potential for serious consequences are significantly greater with gas. Electrical conduit and wiring have the potential to cause harm or damage as well. These hazards are also present in attics and concealed spaces. A short that may result from damage can, of course, cause fires. Another concealed space where a roofing contractor can find conduit is under lightweight insulating concrete or rigid insulation. These are often encountered when using a roof saw to cut an existing roof covering. Driving fasteners can also cause a penetration in the conduit. In either case, there is the potential for electrocution. A code change is coming to the 2020 FBC that will prohibit this practice on new construction. Scared yet? Of course it’s not my intention to scare you, it is to remind you of these potential hazards and 12
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hopefully help you provide pertinent information to your employees. So, what steps can we take to minimize the potential for harm and help limit our liability? Adding language to your roofing contract’s terms and conditions can help protect you if damage from these hazards (or others) does occur. A sample of such language is included at the end of this article. One place that we have an exposure which may not be covered by our typical contract is when we are performing repairs or service work. Usually, the need to access attics is for locating leaks. You may want to consider a notice that your employees can provide to customers, requesting that any pressurized lines (sprinkler, water or gas) or conduit running through the attic be shut off before your employees are permitted to access the attic. It should also state that if they are not shut off you will not be responsible for any damage, consequential or otherwise. Please take some time to consider these hazards and to educate your employees to them as well. The language below is provided by Cotney Construction Law: Installation of a new roof requires nails and/or
screws to be inserted into the deck area. Electrical, utility, telephone, security, air conditioning wiring, conduit, pipes and/or plumbing lines should not be installed directly beneath the roof deck. If Customer is aware of these or any other such lines, Customer must notify Contractor prior to the start of work as the Contractor will not be responsible for the puncture of improperly installed lines or lines within three inches of the roof deck. Customer accepts full responsibility for any repair or replacement that may be necessary and shall hold Contractor harmless, indemnify and defend Contractor from any and all claims, actions, proceedings and complaints arising out of or relating to said repair or replacement.
Mike Silvers, CPRC is owner of Silver Systems Inc., and is consulting with FRSA as Director of Technical Services. 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.
DOL Addresses New Overtime Rule The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule will raise the overtime salary limit for workers from $455 per week to $684 per week, which is equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-time worker. In the current final rule, DOL declined to implement automatic updates for future salary thresholds and declined to set a fixed schedule for review. It also updates the earnings thresholds necessary to exempt executive, administrative and professional employees from the Fair Labor Standards Act’s (FLSA) minimum wage and overtime pay requirements and allows employers to count a portion of certain bonuses/commissions towards meeting the salary level. The new thresholds account for growth in employee earnings since the thresholds were last updated in 2004. In the final rule, the Department is:
■■ Raising the “standard salary level” from the currently enforced level of $455 per week to $684 per week (equivalent to $35,568 per year for a full-time worker); ■■ Raising the total annual compensation requirement for “highly compensated employees” from the currently enforced level of $100,000 per year to $107,432 per year; ■■ Allowing employers to use nondiscretionary bonuses and incentive payments (including commissions) paid at least annually to satisfy up to 10 percent of the standard salary level, in recognition of evolving pay practices. The final rule goes into effect January 1, 2020 and affects an estimated 1.2 million additional workers.
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Quality Roofing, Inc. Wins Shining Star Award The S.T.A.R. Awards – the Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing – highlighting the best of the best in FRSA member roofing projects, took place during FRSA’s 97th Annual Convention in Kissimmee. Forty-seven projects were reviewed and judged on a specific set of criteria and awards were presented in four different categories. The judges selected one submission as the overall outstanding project for work completed in 2018 and awarded it the Shining Star Award. Tampa-based Quality Roofing, Inc., won the Shining Star Award for its work on the Belleview Inn located in Belleair, Fla. The building consisted of over 29,000 sq. ft. of roof surface and took 18 months to complete.
The Belleview Inn project was everything you could ask for – except easy. Working on the 45-degree roof slope, Quality Roofing, Inc. tore off eight layers of asphalt shingles secured with tin tabs and framing nails. The original layer of cedar shakes was also removed down to the original space sheeting. After repairs, a new layer of 5/8-inch plywood decking was installed over the original space sheeting to provide a solid substrate. In addition, all new copper flashings, crickets, edge metals, valleys, chimney caps, gutters and downspouts were installed. The structure is surrounded by newly constructed townhomes and mid-rise buildings with Ludowici roof tile, standing seam metal roofing and Siplast flat roofs that were also installed by Quality Roofing, Inc. The winning team from Quality Roofing, Inc. included: Contractor – Rick Jenkins Estimator – Tanner Jenkins Project Manager – Jason King Foreman – Julio “Jr.” Romero Architect – Jim De Pross, BSB Design, Inc. Manufacturer – CertainTeed Corp. Supplier – Gulfeagle Supply Supplier Representative – John Zakzewski General Contractor – JMC Design & Development Project MVP – Julio “Jr.” Romero Congratulations to the team from Quality Roofing, Inc.!
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Ladder Safety, One Rung at a Time Jamie Wetherington, Safety and Health Manager, Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal, Inc. Even the thought of climbing a ladder can be scary for some people. The potential for falls and serious injury is enough for many homeowners to leave the gutter cleaning and holiday decorating to the pros. But if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, or you have to reach a high cabinet or replace a bulb in a ceiling fixture, you’re probably going to use a ladder. Falls are the third leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths and the top cause of nonfatal injuries, according to Injury Facts. In 2017-2018, 36,338 people died from falls at home or at work.
Choose the Right Ladder
Using the wrong ladder can be dangerous. Think about the task at hand, choose the right size and style and be sure to follow the directions on the ladder before you climb. Consider these aspects of the job: ■■ How high do you need to reach? ■■ How much weight will the ladder need to hold? ■■ What is the environment in which the ladder will be used? Are there any electrical lines overhead?
Start with a Firm Foundation
No matter what kind of ladder you’re using, place the base on a firm, solid surface and avoid slippery, wet or soft surfaces. ■■ Never lean a straight or extension ladder against a windowpane or other unstable surface; use a stabilizer and ladder leveler as needed. ■■ A straight or extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it’s resting on for every four feet of the ladder’s working length, the distance along the side rail from the ground to the top support point. ■■ Securely fasten straight or extension ladders to an upper support. ■■ Make sure stepladders are open completely before climbing. ■■ Block or guard doorways near any type of ladder so no one can open it and knock you off. ■■ Make certain the area is free of clutter, both at the base and top of the ladder. ■■ Never place a ladder on a box, barrel or other unstable base to gain additional height.
Climb with Care
When people use ladders frequently at work or at home, they run the risk of becoming complacent. Make sure every time you step on a ladder you are 16
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mindful of the task at hand, have reviewed the labels on the ladder and confirmed that the ladder is in good working condition. ■■ Avoid using the ladder if you feel dizzy or tired or are impaired. ■■ If using a ladder outside, do not use in windy or inclement weather. ■■ Make certain the ladder is free of grease, oil, mud and other sticky or slippery materials. ■■ Wear slip-resistant shoes with clean soles for maximum traction. ■■ Face the ladder and always grip the rungs, not the side rails. ■■ Always keep three points of contact with the ladder: Two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. ■■ Extension ladders should extend three feet above the roof or platform you’re trying to reach. ■■ Do not stand higher than the step indicated on the label marking the highest standing level. ■■ Don’t lean or overreach; reposition the ladder instead. ■■ Do not move the ladder while in use. ■■ Take your time when climbing down so you don’t skip any steps. ■■ Don’t climb while carrying tools; use a tool belt. ■■ Never have someone climb up to bring you something while you are on the ladder; only one person should be on a ladder at a time. Being familiar with these ladder safety rules and not allowing yourself to become complacent even when you use a ladder frequently, will help keep you safe.
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Warranties: Keeping a Roof Over Your Head Jared Pearce, Technical Services Manager, Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing
After their new roofs are installed, customers enjoy the peace of mind that comes with a roof warranty. For contractors who install the roofs, warranties are vital to longterm customer satisfaction. At the same time, if the customers and contractors misinterpret the terms, warranties can lead to confusion. Warranties are contractual obligations from one party to another that specify certain conditions (such as the lifecycle of a product) will be met. In general, all warranties fall into one of three categories: express (conditions written directly into a warranty), implied (conditions required by law) and statutory (conditions required by local or state statute). The two standard roofing warranties — manufacturers’ and installation — both have provisions
and options that protect contractors and help customers. Together, the two warranties can provide comprehensive coverage. Let’s look at the differences:
Manufacturers’ (Product) Warranty
Most standard manufacturer’s warranties cover the roofing product for a pre-determined period of time. Roofing material warranties cover only material (e.g., asphalt shingles or metal) defects and vary in time and transferability. For traditional asphalt shingle roofs, the average warranty covers the primary material from 10 to 30 years. The average metal roof warranty covers the substrate and coating for 25 to 40 years. Roofs
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aren’t maintenance-free, so some warranties stipulate documented, periodic maintenance. Long-term warranties also cover claims on either a prorated basis, in which the warrantable value diminishes in the years following the warranty issuance, or a non-prorated basis, in which the original warrantable value remains the same. Manufacturers’ warranties cover materials if they fail, but do not necessarily guarantee the installation of the new materials. In most cases, manufacturers’ warranties do not cover ponding or standing water damage, acts of God (high winds, hail, tornado damage), interior damages caused by leaks, improper installation or repairs and installation by an unauthorized roofer.
Installation, or roofer’s workmanship warranties are usually much shorter in duration than manufacturers’ warranties. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), the leading trade group for roofing professionals, says that the average workmanship warranty provides coverage for two years after installation. Some states, including California, require contractors to provide a one-year warranty, but some contractors have been extending workmanship warranties for as long as a decade. Workmanship warranties only cover problems that arise as a result of poor installation and are
usually not transferrable. While some manufacturers offer limited workmanship warranties, they are only applicable when a certified contractor is used. More often, a contractor will combine the manufacturers’ warranty with their installation warranty. Because installation errors are more common than manufacturing defects, contractors should include warranty stipulations that limit their liabilities, covering damages or problems including: ■■ Improper long-term maintenance on the roof after installation. ■■ Alterations or damages by a third party (such as another contractor) to the roof after installation. ■■ Improper use of the materials other than the original intent. ■■ Normal wear and tear. In some cases, contractors include customer provisions that must be followed before a workmanship warranty can be activated, including: ■■ Proof of required periodic maintenance. ■■ Payment of service fees for replacement materials. ■■ Notification in writing of the problem. ■■ Contractor’s sole discretion between repairing or replacing damages.
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In addition, some contractors also include a callback provision in warranties to establish a timeframe for repair work. For example, some installation warranties include requirements that contractors must respond within 24 hours to a roofing emergency. For contractors seeking to provide the best warranties, NRCA recommends careful review of the quality of the products being installed. Some manufacturers, like Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing, provide multiple warranties to cover various aspects of their products. Gulf Coast offers two warranties for most of its panel systems: one
that addresses failure due to metal corrosion and the other that covers the paint system (if applicable) against chipping, peeling, cracking, chalking and fading. Consumers look favorably on roofing contractors who stand behind their work and warranties are a great way of demonstrating that commitment.
Jared Pearce is the Technical Services Manager at Gulf Coast Supply & Manufacturing. The son of a general contractor, Pearce has been around the construction industry his whole life. He is also a native Floridian and a Coast Guard veteran.
FRSA Hires Chris Dawson as New Legislative Counsel Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director After 26 years serving FRSA and the industry, Cam Fentriss has retired, leaving behind a legacy of protecting licensed contractors, supporting workers’ comp reform and taking on the bad guys. When Cam announced her intention to retire, FRSA asked for her support in finding a replacement – who better to know what the position entails than Cam herself? After six months of research and interviews, Cam endorsed Chris Dawson of GrayRobinson Law Firm. Chris was interviewed by staff and questioned extensively about his position within GrayRobinson, his field of expertise, clients and conflict resolution, in addition to fees, travel, unanticipated expenses and participation on FRSA’s committees. Chris then met with the Executive Committee and staff for a faceto-face interview. Once completed, the Executive Committee voted to hire Chris to replace Cam Fentriss. He officially started on October 1 but attended the September Board and Committee meetings to meet committee members and learn first-hand which issues are important to our industry. Chris is a senior advisor, attorney and professional lobbyist in GrayRobinson’s Orlando office, 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, as well as before political subdivisions of the state, including counties, cities, airport authorities, transportation authorities, port authorities, school districts and water management districts. 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. 20
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Chris is a sixth-generation Floridian. He was born in Pensacola and raised in nearby Santa Rosa County. He graduated from Pace High School, where he served as Student Body President. Five years later, he received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. While at UF, Chris was active in student government, Florida Blue Key Dance Marathon benefiting Shands Children’s Hospital at UF and Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Upon graduation, he passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam and received the designation of Engineer in Training (EIT) from the Florida Board of Professional Engineers. In 2013, Chris graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama School of Law. He pursued a joint degree at UA, obtaining his master’s degree in civil engineering with a focus on construction methods and management. While at Alabama, Chris was active in the Student Bar Association, Competition Trial Advocacy, Law School Ambassadors and Alabama’s Journal of the Legal Profession. In spring 2012, he served as a legal intern in the D.C. office of Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart. Additionally, he was a summer associate in the Legal Services Bureau of the Alabama Department of Transportation. Chris also worked as a graduate assistant in the University of Alabama College of Engineering and served as adviser to the University of Alabama Dance Marathon benefiting Children’s Hospital of Alabama. Though a Gator at heart, he has occasionally been known to utter “Roll Tide!” FRSA is pleased to welcome Chris Dawson to the team!
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FRSA’s Fall Golf Tournament Raises Money for PAC Lisa Pate, FRSA Executive Director FRSA’s fall Golf Tournament took place on a pictureperfect afternoon at Saddlebrook Resort, Wesley Chapel as part of the Board and Committee meetings. The tournament is the annual fundraising event for the Political Action Committee (PAC) and is supported by
contractors and suppliers alike. Funds raised enable FRSA’s Legislative Counsel to support candidates who support the issues that are important to the industry, such as the elimination of a specialty residential roofing license and assignment of benefits reform.
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A True American
Chis Bossler, owner of Bossler Roofing, Boca Raton, Fla. is a true American, a veteran who never forgot his fellow veterans. Over the years, Chris has donated several free roofs to fellow veterans in need. He proudly displays his veteran status on his trucks and in other communications. There is no doubt he and his family have a special place in their hearts for veterans. Chris is also a true roofer. He is up on the roof, side-byside with his crew, doing the work. His son works with him on the roof and his wife carries materials on the ground; a true roofing family. When the Palm Beach County Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association put out the call for roofing companies to participate in a charity job, the first at the site was Bossler Roofing. A special thanks to a true American.
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Steven C. Wadding RRC,RRO,CDT, Corporate Special Projects Manager, Polyglass USA, 15 Years How did you get started in the roofing industry? I am the third generation in the roofing and waterproofing industries and started as a young teen doing miscellaneous roofing work with my father. As a young adult, I started a small business that progressed into manufacturing in 1992. Since then, I have been in the consulting or manufacturing side of the industry. What’s your favorite part of the job? Continual ability to learn new elements of the industry as it evolves. What’s the most unusual roofing project that you’ve been a part of? In Phoenix, the drive up ramp of a parking garage. It was a concrete deck, bonded faced fiberglass insulation, torched SBS base sheet, torched copper foil faced SBS cap. It was egg shaped and the owner wanted each row to look symmetrical so we had to find the center of the driveway ramp, mount a chalk line and use it to line up each row of the SBS foil faced cap. Each piece had to be cut into a pie shape and torched so the dimple lines of the cap always faced the center of the building. What do you consider a waste of time? Downtime: when weather prevents you from doing anything constructive. What’s your favorite vacation? Driving through the mountains of the Continental Divide in Colorado. What is your dream job? Retirement. Actually, I would say I am doing it. I love consulting and designing, but enjoy the technical side of manufacturing almost as much, and I do get to design sometimes. If you could spend time with three people (living or not), who would they be and why? Abraham Lincoln – He has always struck me as a wise and fascinating person. Nikola Tesla – A unique mind who
was visionary. John Wayne – I have always been a huge fan and to know him personally would be awesome. How long have you been involved with FRSA? On and off for more than five years. What do you personally find most rewarding about being involved with FRSA? The unification of contractors working for the greater good. Arizona has a good group and FRSA reminds me of that. I came from a generation in construction where you helped your fellow competitor if he needed to borrow equipment or even manpower. It was not all about one person; it was about the industry. What advice would you give to someone interested in joining the roofing industry? Don't limit yourself or your thinking. There are many options in our industry, so open your mind and learn as much as you can. What’s your favorite pastime activity? Spending time with family and friends. What would be your ideal place to live and why? I love the home we have in Reno, Nev. now, hopefully our forever home. Would love a smaller cabin or similar in the wooded mountains of northern Arizona or Colorado. What other activities and organizations are you involved with? Asphalt Roofing Manufacturer's Association, International Code Counsel, Cool Roof Rating Counsel, American Standards and Testing Materials, Single-Ply Roofing Institute, International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (formerly RCI) and Construction Specifications Institute. What would surprise others to learn about you? I was very athletic in my youth as well as a desert racer (motorcycles).
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