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Cheryl Sulock Hired As Director of Convention and Trade Show In September, FRSA hired Cheryl Sulock, CMP, CSEP, as the new Director of Convention and Trade Show and she attended the fall Board of Directors and Committee meetings as her first assignment. This event was no small task, involving three days of meetings, budget presentations, 2013 Convention and Trade Show review, sporting events and meeting many of those active in FRSA. Cheryl was well prepared for the
meetings.She is no stranger to FRSA events. She came to us from the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando where she handled our Trade Show for a number of years. She also holds industry designations as a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) and a Certified Special Events Planner (CSEP), so we’re in good hands. Along with Cheryl’s responsibilities for the Convention and Trade Show, she will also work with the FRSA Board of Directors, the Public Relations and Marketing Committee, the Ladies’ Committee and head up social media for FRSA. We are pleased to welcome her to our team!
Now’s the Time to Reserve Your Trade Show Booth and Sponsorship The 2014 FRSA Convention and Trade Show is set for July 10-12 at the Orange County Convention Center and the Hyatt Regency Orlando (formerly The Peabody). Booths and sponsorship opportunities are still available and offered on a first come, first served basis so now is the best time to reserve your company’s place at the Show.
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Rob Springer, CPRC ◆ Scouting Report
Investing in Training and Education An important priority in the roofing industry is the recruitment and retention of qualified workers. Roofing professionals can take a few lessons from the baseball world when it comes to employee training and developing their own industry all-stars! Most businesses today look at training as an expense when it really should be viewed as an investment. Prior to the start of their season, baseball teams go through rigorous training camps to ensure players are fit and ready. Individual players go through numerous assessments during camp to see where they need to improve before games begin. Just like baseball, your employees are your players and they need you, their coach, to give them the time, resources and support they require to perform optimally on the job. Most employees have some weakness in their job skills. Providing the necessary training creates a more knowledgeable staff with employees who have developed skills that make it possible for them to pinch-hit for one another as needed, work as a team or work solo without needing signals and signs from co-workers in the dugout. Training and upgrading team skills makes sense and it should begin for the employee on day one, starting with their new hire orientation. All employees need to be made aware of the expectations and procedures within your organization. These include safety, compliance and job skills training. Like all business activities, finding the time and resources to implement training efforts can be difficult, particularly in these tough economic times. While cutting back or eliminating training may be a tempting way to cut costs, in exit interviews, employees site lack of skills training and lack of growth potential (employee development) as major reasons for leaving their job within the first year of hire. Faced with this scenario, employee turnover then becomes quite costly for you and burdensome for your remaining team players, often resulting in diminished team spirit. Fortunately, there are numerous training opportunities available through the major roofing industry product manufacturers. The FRSA is another under-utilized professional resource available to you. FRSA membership benefits include members only access for code and technical inquiries and the FRSA Library offers free usage of educational material covering topics from basic roofing and safety through advanced courses. There’s no question that training can reduce errors or defects, increase productivity, reduce on-the-job accidents and injuries, improve customer service and reduce employee turnover. Additionally, training can boost employee confidence and job satisfaction. Like a ball player being cheered by his fans in the stands, your employees experience similar satisfaction when they feel valued and appreciated. They become more committed to their employer as a result.
Typical training topics address: ♦♦Communication skills ♦♦Computer/technology skills ♦♦Customer service ♦♦Human relations ♦♦Crew management
♦♦Problem solving ♦♦Project planning ♦♦Quality initiatives ♦♦Safety ♦♦Job documents and reporting
I try to approach my job from a coaching perspective. As a manager, I use coaching techniques to give guidance, feedback and reassurance to my team (employees) while they practice new skills. Most baseball fans tend to focus their attention on the player hype surrounding spring training, but I would argue that what happens in the off season is equally, if not more, important. The noted quote from high school coach Tim Notke encapsulates my personal philosophy: “Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.” To be a leader and a strong competitor in the roofing industry requires competent employees. Continuous training keeps your employees on the cutting edge of industry developments. After all, learning truly is a life-long endeavor, whether it takes place in everyday life, in baseball and especially in the workplace! Extra Innings Information The 2014 FRSA S.T.A.R. Awards applications are due May 31, 2014. Now is the time to begin collecting photos of your most unique or challenging projects for entry. Remember, all FRSA member contractors are eligible to participate, regardless of the size of your company or project submission. Please consult the FRSA website for more information regarding entry qualifications. Major League Baseball League Champions American League National League Boston Red Sox St. Louis Cardinals
FRSA Board and Committee Meetings Update By Lisa Pate, CEM, FRSA Executive Director During the fall Board and Committee meetings, members hit the ground running, looking forward to a new year with new plans. Not only did members have plenty of great ideas for improvements, they made solid commitments to help move these projects along. S.T.A.R. Awards The most talked about program change came from the Convention Committee, who reviewed surveys and comments following the Convention and Trade Show with great satisfaction at the replies they received. Comments included positive feedback on show-floor traffic, the S.T.A.R. Awards presentation and the new shorter format. Attendees and exhibitors alike asked for shorter hours on Saturday and the committee agreed. By all accounts, the S.T.A.R. Awards – the Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing – dinner and presentation impressed those who participated; a definite highlight. Now is the time to review your unique roofing projects and take quality pictures to submit for the 2014 S.T.A.R. Awards. Look for submission forms next month. President Rob Springer selected “Developing Industry All-Stars” as his theme for the year focusing on Safety, Training and Education, Association Participation, Relationship Development and Service to Your Community. Each month ROOFING FLORIDA Magazine will focus on one of these topics and ways for you to become more involved.
Dr. Miller’s Sealed Attics Presentation The Codes and Regulatory Compliance Committee and the Roof Tile Committee held a joint four-hour meeting to view a presentation by Dr. William Miller, Ph.D, from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratories. Dr. Miller, along with Dr. Sudhir Railkar and Willima Woodring of GAF Corporation, shared research information on sealed attic systems with the committee. Members were encouraged to ask questions and participate in the discussion and were enlightened by the testing data and other information the team shared. Dr. Miller’s presentation certainly provides the industry with insight into the use of sealed attic systems. FRSA members can access Dr. Miller’s presentation slides on the FRSA website, www.floridaroof.com. Click on the “member’s login” section in the upper right hand corner of the page. Once logged on, click on “Files”. You’ll find the link under the “Codes Information and Updates” header. Continued on page 11
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Cam Fentriss ◆ FRSA Legislative Counsel
The Answer is Not Always “Yes” Lately, there seems to be a lot of effort on the part of contractors licensed in a certain category to get into the sandbox of other contractors licensed in different categories. What is that all about? My guess would be it’s about getting more business and/or trying to save money by not having to sub out portions of a job. Okay, we all understand that finding more business and reducing your costs are both good, but there is something else at work here, and it’s called “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s also called you can’t have it both ways. You cannot claim you can do everything and at the same time, claim your trade requires special skills where no one can do it without your same license. Licensure categories in Florida are well established and have been in place for many years, certainly most more than 20 years. Although a few tweaks here and there have been needed, any change should be considered only with a lot of thought, deliberation, and negotiation. Despite that, it seems that in the last year or two, some people have felt like sudden changes are necessary, and they do not want to make them through the regular process that includes providing some evidence and making a case for the change. Instead, they prefer a sort of bureaucratic bullying to get it done. Is it that desperate times make for desperate moves? I think there is certainly an element of that, but it is mostly about competitive advantage. All of this is not news. This effort by some contractors is just business as usual. Plenty of contractors do not even try to change the rules – they just cheat. But there are two twists that make things today just a little different than usual. First, it appears that the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) is acting as an ultra liberal enabler by rubberstamping these requests. Second, there is the indication that at least one of these efforts was initiated and underwritten by a supplier using licensure restrictions to cripple its competition. Here is the example: if you are manufacturer A and you sell your product only to blue contractors, and your competition, manufacturer B sells a competing product to yellow and red contractors, then your business would be greatly enhanced if you could get the government to say that only blue contractors can install this type of product. A manufacturer cannot just ask the CILB to restrict the qualification of a type of contractor, but it can find a blue contractor (probably for pay) willing to ask the CILB for a ruling that yellow and red contractors can no longer do the task. That is a slick and greedy plan that should not work, but it did work because the CILB thought it was a good idea to just say yes.
This effort by some contractors is just business as usual. Plenty of contractors do not even try to change the rules – they just cheat. But there are two twists that make things today just a little different than usual. Manufacturer A is behaving badly, but it is getting away with it because the referee (CILB) is not calling a penalty. If there is a game with rules that call for a penalty, and there is a referee to make sure the rules are followed, call the penalty! This is not about being Mr. Nice Guy. Licensure laws were adopted before the days of big and senseless government. They exist to make sure that people doing certain types of work are actually qualified to do it. The CILB exists to make sure that licensees play by the rules. It does not exist to change the rules or allow anyone to ignore the rules to make sure the unqualified player can win just because. This isn’t a preschool competition where every child should get a prize for something. If the CILB is trying to avoid behaving like today’s big and senseless government, we applaud that. But there needs to be a balance between government for the sake of government and government that oversteps its authority to relax the well founded rules it is there to enforce. After all, there is no reason to have a government if the rules will be tossed out just for the asking. Put another way, the government deciding to unilaterally waive the rules is just as bad as unilaterally adopting more rules – it’s all big government that is also bad government. No one, including the contractors asking for the rules to be waived, is interested in making Florida the Wild Wild West, so we cannot support the CILB’s efforts to get us there. We all need to insist that the CILB follow the rules, do its research, including getting better input by those affected, and be brave enough to say “no” when the request is to make a mockery of the rules that should be enforced.
–RFM– Anna Cam Fentriss is an attorney licensed in Florida since 1988 representing clients with legislative and state agency interests. Cam has represented FRSA since 1993, is an Honorary Member of FRSA, recipient of the FRSA President’s Award in 2002 and received the Campanella Award in 2010. She is a member of the Florida Building Commission Special Occupancy Technical Advisory Committee, President of Building A Safer Florida Inc. and past Construction Coalition Chair (1995-1997).
Fall Protection Violations in OSHA Crosshairs RFM Staff Of the top ten most frequently cited OSHA standards specific to the roofing industry, fall protection citations account for more dollar penalties than all others, combined. Out of a total of $8.17 million in roofing industry citations, $4.16 million involved fall protection. In fact, fall protection citations in construction are OSHA’s number one most cited violation across all regulated industries. Focus on Fall Protection Looking at the numbers, OSHA’s mission against fall related injuries and deaths seems evident. Of the top ten roofing industry citations, one-third of the citations are fall protection related. Also, the average fine is $3,000 per citation while the average fines for the other top ten citations is almost half at $1,525 per citation. OSHA’s rationale for emphasizing fall protection citation appears clear when you consider that falls account for more than a third of all construction fatalities (254 out of 721 in 2011) and more than a fifth of all injuries AND illnesses in construction. People who survive falls often face long term injuries and disabilities.
On the business side, falls result in expenses including workers’ compensation, medical costs, loss of productivity, replacement costs, non-compliance penalties and lawsuits. With the goal of preventing fall related injuries and fatalities, OSHA requires, with few exceptions, for employers to provide a fall protection system (or systems) to employees working at a height of six feet or more above the next lower work area. The three “conventional” methods include: ♦♦Guardrails ♦♦Safety nets ♦♦Personal fall arrest Fall Protection Plans, The Exception to the Rule OSHA presumes that the use of one or more of the above systems is feasible. It does permit an exception for employers involved in residential activity (as defined by OSHA in 29 CFR 1926.501(b)(3)) but requires the employer to demonstrate that OSHA’s presumption of feasibility does not apply for a specific site or Continued on page 19
FRSA PAC Sports Tournaments Successful On September 27, FRSA held its annual fundraiser for its Political Action Committee (PAC) at Mission Inn Resort on a picture-perfect day. The tournament, which is held each fall in conjunction with FRSA’s quarterly Board and Committee meetings, raises funds to support candidates who support the industry. This year a skeet shoot tournament was added for those who don’t play golf. Through the tournaments and sponsorship participation, FRSA raised approximately $5,000 for the PAC. First place went to the team Tampa Roofing team of Cory Ewert, Adam Swope, Brian Swope, CPRC, and Keith Swope, CPRC, with a score of 56. First place in the skeet tournament went to Eric Hunt from ABC Supply Co and second place was a tie between Charlie Kennedy of Gainesville Roofing and David Mull of Hanson Roof Tile. FRSA would like to thank all the sponsors and players who contributed to the success of both tournaments: ABC Supply Company ADCO Roofing Products Advantage Roofing Inc. Atlas Roofing Corp. Beldon Roofing Co. Bradco Supply Cellofoam North America Co. CertainTeed Corp. Collis Roofing Duro-Last Roofing Inc. Edwards Roofing Co. Inc.
Participants in the first annual FRSA PAC Skeet Tournament give the residents of Mission Inn a few minutes of quiet while posing for a photo.
FRSA Self Insurers Fund Gainesville Roofing Inc. Gulfeagle Supply Gustafson Industries Hanson Roof Tile IKO Imperial Roofing of Polk County Inc. J Register Co. Inc. Johns Manville J.W. Edens Insurance Phillip Lane Mark Kaufman Roofing Nations Roof of Florida Inc. Bill & Terry O’Brien CPCU’s O’Hagin Mfg. Petersen Aluminum Corp. ProRep REF/Garlock Rigid Systems LLC Springer-Peterson Roofing & Sheet Metal Sunniland Corp. TAMKO Building Products Tom Tanenbaum Inc. Trent Cotney, P.A. Triangle Fastener Corp. Universal Roofing & Contracting
Cory Ewert (left) and Brian Swope receive the first place prize for the FRSA PAC Golf Tournament from President Rob Springer. Adam and Keith Swope completed the foursome.
Kennedy Construction Group: Using FRSA Credit Union Roof Loans to Increase Sales By John Hellein, RFM Editor Talking to professional roofing contractor Gene Kennedy, owner of Kennedy Construction Group in Sarasota, it’s clear that he’s a sharp businessman looking for ways to increase his company’s bottom line. He had heard about the FRSA Credit Union loan program; however, since he was not already an FRSA member, he hesitated. “I really didn’t want to,” he says about joining the Association to have access to the program. Looking back on his success with the loan program since June, Kennedy says, “I wish I had done it before.” Kennedy Construction has traditionally offered financing options to its customers. However, the current economic realities meant that mainline banks have been turning down a lot of prospects. “The banks are really tough,” Kennedy says, noting that applicants with a Beacon score less than 750 are unlikely to be approved for a loan by the banks. “People with more marginal scores seem to get turned down.” The FRSA Credit Union, on the other hand, offers better approval ratios for a group of consumers who still need their homes re-roofed. After starting to use the program, Kennedy Construction has even been able to revisit customers who were unable to sign a contract for roof work because of a lack of financing. “We went back and got old business with [FRSA Credit Union] loans.” Kennedy says. A Competitive Rate and Preferred Treatment While there are other possible financing sources available when banks turn down applicants, Kennedy says that the interest rate they offer are higher than the loans offered by the FRSA Credit Union. “It’s a very competitive rate,” Looking back on his success he says. “I don’t with the loan program since feel like I’m sticking someone with a June, Kennedy says, “I loan they can’t pay back.” wish I had done it before.” Another advantage of the roof loan program is the perception of preferential treatment a customer receives because of the contractor’s relationship with FRSA. Kennedy notes that even his local bank, whom he does considerable business with, offers his customers no special attention or consideration; they might as well have walked
Adrienne and Marissa at the FRSA Credit Union offer contractors’ customers preferred loan service they’re not likely to receive at a big bank.
into the bank off the street. In contrast, customers that he sends to the FRSA Credit Union understand that they have access to financing because Kennedy Construction is an FRSA member. Applicants receive preferential treatment regardless of the size of the contractor. Ease of Use and Customer Service The ability to easily apply for a roofing loan online means that Kennedy has been able to equip his sales people with a tool that they can use in the field during the sales process. He says that the loan program has become a part of their “sales vocabulary”. He also appreciates the personal service his customers receive from the Credit Union. While using the FRSA Credit Union Roof Loan Program may not rise to the level of a trade secret, Gene Kennedy does feel that it gives him a competitive advantage over another roofing company that can’t send its customers to the Credit Union for financing. A secret he did share was that he covers the $25 loan application for prospective customers. If the loan is approved, it costs him nothing. Covering the application fee, along with offering the FRSA Credit Union roof loan program that offers financing to customers who might otherwise fall through the cracks, is another way to position his company as a full service, professional roofing business.
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FRSA Board and Committees Update, Continued from page 6
The FRSA Educational and Research Foundation reviewed current and suggested seminars for the coming year including the Convention, noting that 2014 was a continuing education renewal year for most licensed roofing contractors. The Foundation discussed research on fastener corrosion, a topic that the Florida Building Commission Roofing TAC is currently considering. Although many contractors have discussed problems with fastener corrosion, very little has been documented throughout the industry. FRSA continues to request documentation and pictures from contractors who have witnessed fastener corrosion issues in the field. Please send any information, including photos and explanations, to Mark Zehnal, CPRC, FRSA’s Director of Technical Services (firstname.lastname@example.org). The Membership Committee is focusing on retention, developing more incentives and expanding the contractor coupon book provided to members who have paid their dues in full. Currently the coupon book has an estimated value of $9,000. Using just one coupon could more than cover the cost of your membership dues. The Committee will work this year to better promote member benefits. The Public Relations and Marketing Committee is focusing their efforts to create new social media outlets to promote not only the benefits of membership but information on events happening throughout the year. The FRSA website will feature a new ROOFING FLORIDA page, highlighting each issue and publishing articles online. The Unlicensed Activity Taskforce will be working with members, FRSA affiliates, other construction industries and associations, DBPR and the Division of Financial Services to find ways in which we can help combat unlicensed activity and contractor brokering.
FRSA’s Affiliate Council, which consists of the president and affiliate representative from each affiliate, met to discuss common issues. Participation at a local level and the challenge of retaining quality speakers for affiliate meetings were some of the problems noted. FRSA will begin tracking available speakers and share them with each affiliate. Increased communications will be of primary importance. You’ll also notice a new “Affiliates’ Corner” on page 21 of this issue. The page features recent and upcoming events and news submitted by the affiliates. If your affiliate has something you’d like to highlight, please send it to ROOFING FLORIDA’s editor John Hellein (email@example.com) FRSA Headquarters Relocation Plans are underway for FRSA to relocate to another facility, not far from our current location, that will include classroom and hands-on training space. FRSA leadership is currently working on ways to provide more membership services and having a facility large enough to accommodate training and meeting space will help to move us toward that goal. This facility will also be open to industry members, manufacturers, suppliers and others looking for indoor training space. There are many FRSA committees that members are welcome to join. These committees develop projects and programs, represent FRSA at various levels with legislative and governmental bodies, set goals for FRSA and work to implement changes that affect our industry. If you are interested in participating on any of these committees, please contact FRSA Executive Director Lisa Pate at (800) 767-3772 ext. 157 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Code Happenings FRSA Director of Technical Services Mark Zehnal, CPRC, attended International Code Council meetings in New Jersey this month. The few number of eligible voters present when key issues are decided continues to be an issue. According to ICC rules, only building officials are permitted to vote (not other stakeholders such as FRSA). Often, fewer than fifty ICC members vote on issues that will affect much of the United States. FBC Considers Fastener Corrosion Issue The Florida Building Commission is scheduled took up the issue of research of fastener corrosion issues in the State. It decided to allocate funds toward a survey designed to isolate and better understand the issues that are occurring. To date, the evidence of fastener corrosion remains largely anecdotal.
Another topic that will be reviewed by the Commission’s Product Approval POC is a request for a declatory statement regarding the use of manufacturers’ product approvals by other entities to produce metal roofing panels (DS2013-046). This topic was discussed in last month’s ROOFING FLORIDA article on the two classes of manufacturers that currently exist in the State (see page 17 of the September issue). Brian Swope Appointed Roofing TAC Chair Brian Swope, CPRC, of the Tampa Roofing Company has been named the chair of the Florida Building Commision Roofing Advisory Committee (TAC). Brian is a third generation FRSA member and CPRC designate. He is entering his second year as an FBC Commissioner and serves as a voice for the roofing industry on the Commission.
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Manufacturer’s Perspective: Contractor Relationships and a Single-Ply Roof Inspection By John Hellein, RFM editor
Contractor-manufacturer relationships promote a win-win-win (customer too) atmosphere. A recent metal roof to single-ply retrofit project provides an opportunity to better understand what a manufacturer looks for when developing a relationship with a roofing contractor. Roof system guarantees are a means for manufacturers to stand behind their products, providing peace of mind for end users faced with an investment in a building and improved industry standing for the manufacturer. In order to provide such a guarantee, however, manufacturers must insure that the roof system is properly installed. This is where roofing contractors who can assure a manufacturer that they can competently install roof systems according to their standards allow the manufacturer to confidently issue guarantees backing their products. In return, the contractor typically receives manufacturer support including training, project support, on site inspections and the ability to offer manufacturer guarantees to his customers. Recently, Core Roofing Systems of Orlando retrofitted a single-ply TPO membrane system on a warehouse
originally equipped with a metal standing seam roof. We spoke to Edwin Del Carmen, the Johns Manville Southeast Technical Manager, about manufacturer expectations for contractors and the inspection process. ROOFING FLORIDA also visited the work site to understand firsthand the inspection process for this type of roof. Looking for the Right Contractor One of the first things a manufacturer looks for in a contractor is a proven track record of quality work. Edwin says that they want someone with three years of roofing history. “We look at past records and works-in-progress,” he says. During the interview process, a manufacturer may visit a current installation to see what type of work they can expect from a contractor. “What do we find on
Above: The adjacent warehouse provides a glimpse of what the retrofitted warehouse looked like before the project began: a standing seam metal roof with ridge vents and recessed skylights. With the improved energy efficiency of the new roof system that includes insulation and higher reflectivity, the ridge vents were no longer necessary. 14
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Manufacturer Training For the contractor, a relationship with a manufacturer means the opportunity to receive training on the roofing system that manufacturer offers. The training may occur at a manufacturer’s facilities. This typically will Insulation involve multiple days of training and travel unless you boards Original metal roof are fortunate enough to live in the city and state where the training is conducted. This training may provide the most thorough introduction into a manufacturer’s best practices but it may not always be immediately feasible. A diagram of the metal standing seam retrofit roof system. Manufacturers will also visit a contractor’s yard to con- Courtesy Johns Manville. duct all-day training. Manufacturers may also provide on ♦♦Installing loosely-laid insulation boards between site training during an installation as another alternative. the ribs of the standing seam roof Successful Projects: Manufacturer Support and ♦♦Laying cover board over the insulation and the ribs Inspections ♦♦Mechanically fastening the cover board to the Communication between the manufacturer and the conmetal roof structure tractor for a specific project typically starts well before a contractor is awarded the job. Determining what materi♦♦Rolling the TPO single-ply membrane over the als will be needed, what type of guarantee is available and cover board any special situations that need to be accounted for are vi♦♦Securing the membrane to the cover board tal to make sure a project starts and continues smoothly. fasteners Without such communication, Edwin cautions, a project can “go wrong quickly.” Once a path for the job has been ♦♦Hot air welding the seams of the roof membrane mapped out, Edwin says he will conduct a pre-site inspecwith a robot welder tion at the contractor’s request to resolve any issues that ♦♦Hand welding the “starts and stops” of the seams require special consideration. Once a project has started, a technical representative ♦♦Installing and welding flashing around roof will visit the site to make sure that the work is proceeding penetrations and patches well. For a manufacturer, “well” means that the roofing ♦♦Installing the edge detail system is being installed according to its guidelines. These installation guidelines are in place to help make sure that On site, Core Roofing Systems Director of Operations the roof system will perform as promised, protecting the Daniel Imboden and Johns Manville Central Florida building at least as long as the warrantee period stipulat- representative Todd Page provided insight into what an ed by the manufacturer. inspector looks for during the installation process. During the in-process inspection, the technical representative will generate a punch list for the contractor Proper Attachment covering any items that need attention before he returns. The first item of concern during an inspection is making If issues that generate a punch list during the first in- sure that the roof system has been properly attached. The process inspection are corrected along the way, the final Florida Product Approval for this project calls for inducinspection may be a simple walkthrough to make sure ev- tion welded fasteners at 18 inches on center (O.C.) for erything is in place. Edwin says that if he finds items that the field portion of the roof, 12 inches O.C. for the perimstill need attention during what is supposed to be the final eter and 6 inches O.C. for the corners. Following these inspection, he will be sure to return to the site again to specifications means the roof system will provide codemake sure those issues have been taken care of. compliant wind uplift resistance. Conventionally, the Overall, the inspection process provides the manu- single-ply membrane seams follow the purlins, every five facturer and the contractor with an assurance that the feet on this roof. A new induction welding system allows system has been installed consistent with the manufacthe seams to run independent of the fastening system turer guidelines. and welds the membrane to the fastener plates without penetrating the membrane. As a result, the roof does not TPO Roof System Inspection The warehouse was originally built with a metal stand- require either special membrane widths or wasted meming seam roof. The re-roofing project involved a single-ply brane that overruns the purlins. After verifying proper TPO system specifically designed to retrofit the metal fastener attachment, the inspector turns his attention to roof, including: the single-ply seams.
Above: The seam shows the difference bewteen a robot weld (left) and a human weld (right). It’s pretty easy to see the difference between the two. Below: a tool is used to probe the seam where two sheets of TPO have been welded together.
Above: Penetration flashing and patches are hand welded to the main membrane sheet. Below: The edge detail.
Starts and Stops When the seams of a TPO roof are welded together where two sheets overlap, most of the run is performed by a robot that welds very consistently. The first and last two feet of the seam, however, must be welded by a person using a hand welder. It is these “starts” and “stops” that are more closely scrutinized. “The [technical] rep is going to look at anything that is hand welded,” Daniel explains. A cotter pin extractor or similar tool is used to probe the seams and make sure nothing was missed. In addition to the hand-welded seams, any flashings and patches that are required must be hand welded and will tend to receive extra attention. Working Together Cut Edge Sealant The TPO is reinforced with a scrim that runs throughout the membrane. Factory edges are sealed, however, anytime the membrane is cut, the scrim becomes exposed. As an extra precaution against moisture intrusion into the scrim, a sealant is applied to the edge of the seam. This sealant is typically a liquid polymer compatible with the membrane. The technical representative will look for any membrane cuts in to make sure that they have been properly sealed.
By working together, in training, installation and inspections, manufacturers and contractors are able to deliver a well designed roof system that has been properly installed. The result is a roof that withstands the elements and offers the owner peace of mind with a manufacturer’s guarantee that helps them protect their long term investment.
FRSA Attends Annual State Workers Compensation Hearings FRSA representatives attended the annual workers’ compensation hearing in Tallahassee in October. The hearing is held before deciding if there will be an increase in premiums and, if so, how much an increase will be. FRSA is a perennial participant in the hearings, and the only industry association to regulary attend. It looks as though there will be only a small increase in rates although the final decision is still pending.
Immediate Past President Brad Sutter testifies at the annual workers’ compensation hearing in Tallahassee.
Important Changes to Polyisocyanurate R-Values Take Effect January 1, 2014 By Mark Zehnal, CPRC, Director of Technical Services On January 1, changes in the way R-values for polyisocyportion thereof shall not be altered such that ...contractors should anurate insulation are calculated will take effect. Roofing the building becomes consider how changes contractors need to be aware of these modifications beless safe or energy efcause they may change the thickness of polyiso insulation ficient than its existing in the way R-values for needed for a project. Moving to thicker insulation may condition. not only affect the cost of the insulation, it may also affect polyiso insulation are labor costs to construct a roof that will accommodate the Be aware that because the determined may mean thicker insulation. R-value per inch will be reduced by these changes, additional insulation Change in How R-Value is Determined using the same thickness of will be required The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers existing insulation may not and may result in Association (PIMA) reported the changes in determin- be code compliant. ing R-values based on an update to ASTM C 1289-11. The For both new con- additional labor costs standard is used to certify long term thermal resistance struction and reroofing, (LTTR) values. As a result of these changes the R-value remember that, with the reper inch of polyiso has decreased from approximately duction of R-value per inch of polyiso, special attention a value of 6 to 5.67. For example, 1.5-inch thick polyiso should be given to perimeter attachment height, vent and had an R-value of 9 under the “old” ASTM C 1289; that chase attachment height, interior roof drains, wall scupvalue has been reduced to 8.5 under the “new” ASTM C per and emergency overflow height. Also there may be an 1289‑11. So, if you need to provide an R-value of 9 for a occasional access door to the roof that might need to be project, the 1.5-inch thick polyiso will no longer meet the considered as well as electrical, plumbing and mechanical requirements after December 2013. This change does not equipment. It may be prudent to contact the insulation reflect a change in the composition of the insulation, only manufacturer and/or design professional of any estia change in the way the R-value of polyiso insulation is mated or contracted work that may be affected to discuss determined. possible options. In summary, contractors should consider how Code Changes? changes in the way R-values for polyiso insulation are deThe changes shouldn’t impact the 2010 Florida Energy termined may mean additional insulation will be required Conservation Code since the code is based on prescribed and may result in additional labor costs. Doing so will put performance requirements (resistance values) of the in- them in a better position to properly bid on a project insulation. With that said, they may impact the amount of stead of eating any extra costs. material used to achieve the required thermal resistance. You can visit PIMA’s QualityMark/LTTR webpage Extra labor costs may also be involved to accomodate (www.polyiso.org/?page=LTTRQM) for more informathicker insulation. tion. That page includes links to PIMA manufacturer In the case of existing roofs, the 2010 Florida Existing members where additional information can be found for Building Code is clear (italics added): their brand-name products. 601.2 Conformance. An existing building or
FRSA Petitions FBC for Fifth Edition Tile Manual In September, FRSA requested that the Florida Building Commission open rule 61G20-3.015 “equivalence of standards” to approve the FRSA/TRI Florida Fifth Edition Roof Tile Manual as an equivalent standard to its Fourth Edition counterpart. The issue will come up at the next FBC meetings scheduled for December 12-13 in St. Petersburg. According to FBC staff, Commission approval of this
request would mean that tile manufacturers would be able to modify, for a nominal fee, existing product approvals to reference the updated Fifth Edition. FRSA’s request to re-open the rule followed the Commission’s decision in August to delay the implementation of what is now being called the Fifth Edition Florida Building Code (2014) until at least the end of 2014.
Beware of Employee Homework By Raleigh F. “Sandy” Seay, Jr. Ph.D. Tales from O’Seay’s Fables Hilda and Milton are non-exempt, hourly paid workers. Ethyl is an exempt, salaried worker. Hilda was a pretty good worker and the management team held her in high regard. But she was a stickler for detail and some would say she was a perfectionist. When Hilda did work, it had to be “right.” To make sure it was “right,” Hilda often took work home with her at the end of the day, unbeknownst to her employer. Hilda didn’t expect to be paid for this time, she just did it to make sure her work was “right” and that she had everything under control. It made her feel better and more comfortable. Milton was not the company’s best worker. He was slow in completing his work, was always behind and made frequent errors. One of his co-workers commented that his service tray was not always in the full, upright and locked position. On the other hand, he had a pretty good attitude and really wanted to do a good job. To catch up, Milton often took work home at night, mostly work that he was unable to do during his regular workday. He felt that if he could get his work done at home, his boss wouldn’t find out that he was behind. Ethyl was an exempt manager and understood that she was paid to get the job done and not for the number of hours she spent on the job. Ethyl took work home at night and often worked on the weekends. She was a conscientious, good and effective manager. One day, the Wage and Hour investigator knocked on the door and began to question employees. “Ever take work home at night,” he growled? “Yes,” said Hilda. “Yes,” said Milton. He didn’t even bother to talk with Ethyl. What is the Problem? According to Wage and Hour regulations, “work time” for non-exempt employees is any time an employee is working, even if the employer hasn’t approved it and even if the employer doesn’t know about it. So, in the cases above, both Hilda and Milton were engaged in working time, time that should have been recorded and paid for, even though the employer did not know they were working at home and would not have approved it. Hilda was a good, conscientious worker and was taking work home in attempt to do a better job for the company. Milton was taking work home because he wanted to do a good job but was unable to complete his assigned work during his workday. One could argue that, in both cases, these employees had an admirable objective, which was doing a good job. However, in the event of a Wage and Hour investigation, the company would have had a huge “working time” exposure that would include back wages and penalties going back for 2 or 3 years. Ethyl, however, was an exempt employee, so her compensation was not tied to her hours of work in any way. Exempt employees are paid for the job itself, not for the 18
hours of work spent on the job, so the Wage and Hour regulations on “working time” would have no impact on her and the company, if she took work home at night or on the weekends. Recommendations on How to Avoid “Working Time” Exposure. First, recognize that this is a major red flag for a Wage and Hour investigator. In the case of our friend Hilda above, she did not want to be paid for this time and did not expect to be paid for it. However, I have often said that employees love us until they don’t love us anymore. If Hilda gets upset with the company, or if a Wage and Hour investigator tells her the company owes her $1500, things might change. Second, you should have a written policy, included in your employee handbook, that clearly states, “Employees are not allowed to take work home at night, nor to work more than 40 hours per week, without express authorization from their supervisor, in advance.” If employees violate this policy, we still have to pay them for the time worked, but they are subject to disciplinary action and, if it continues to occur, perhaps even dismissal. This policy needs to be clearly communicated to employees. Third, in some way, we have to monitor this situation by making sure employees are not taking work home at night. We can do this by observation, talking with employees and generally monitoring their work. I suppose it’s possible that an employee might “sneak” some work home at night, but in our experience, this is rare. If we let employees know that our policy prohibits homework, unless authorized, and if we include this policy in our employee handbook, the odds are very high that we will have resolved homework issues, in very large measure. Fourth, we should include a clear definition of “exempt” and “non-exempt” classifications in the company’s employee handbook. Language like this would be best: “Exempt employees are those who do not keep a daily time record, do not receive overtime compensation and are paid by a salary, regardless of hours of work. Nonexempt employees are those who maintain an accurate record of their hours worked each day, who receive overtime compensation for all hours worked in excess of forty per week, and who are paid an hourly rate.”
–RFM– At Seay Management, our philosophy is that our employees are our most important assets and we will only be as good as our employees. Please call your Seay Management consultant if you have any questions about unions or their impact on your business. We will be delighted to talk with you and help you achieve your HR objectives. You can find out more at www.seay.us or (407) 426-9484.
Top Ten Roofing Industry OSHA Citations Description
Duty to have fall protection
Eye and face protection
General safety and health provisions
Fall protection systems criteria and practices
Fall protection related citations result in higher dollar penalties than the other eight categories listed. The number of citations is higher than the number of inspections because some inspections result in multiple citations. Fall Protection, Continued from page 8
that using a conventional system creates a greater hazard. For such an exception, the employer is directed to “develop and implement” a fall protection plan. The requirements of a fall protection plan are listed in 29 CFR 1926.502(k): ♦♦The fall protection plan shall be prepared by a qualified person and developed specifically for the site where the leading edge work, precast concrete work, or residential construction work is being performed and the plan must be maintained up to date. ♦♦Any changes to the fall protection plan shall be approved by a qualified person. ♦♦A copy of the fall protection plan with all approved changes shall be maintained at the job site. Personal fall arrest systems like the one in this photo are one of three conventional fall protection methods that OSHA presumes are required for roofing applications.
♦♦The implementation of the fall protection plan shall be under the supervision of a competent person. ♦♦The fall protection plan shall document the reasons why the use of conventional fall protection systems (guardrail systems, personal fall arrest systems, or safety nets systems) are infeasible or why their use would create a greater hazard. ♦♦The fall protection plan shall include a written discussion of other measures that will be taken to reduce or eliminate the fall hazard for workers who cannot be provided with protection from the conventional fall protection systems. For example, the employer shall discuss the extent to which scaffolds, ladders, or vehicle mounted work platforms can be used to provide a safer working surface and thereby reduce the hazard of falling. Low Slope Roofs In addition to the residential exception above, low slope roofing (4:12 or less) includes the option of using one of the three conventional systems, with or without a “safety monitor” or the combination of a “warning line system and safety monitoring system” (29 CFR 1926.501(b)(10)). This section also states that for low slope roofs fifty feet or less in width “a safety monitoring system alone [i.e. without the warning line system] is permitted.” The use of a safety monitor is covered in section 1926.502(h): ♦♦The employer shall designate a competent person to monitor the safety of other employees and the employer shall ensure that the safety monitor complies with the following requirements:
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♦♦The safety monitor shall be competent to recognize fall hazards; ♦♦The safety monitor shall warn the employee when it appears that the employee is unaware of a fall hazard or is acting in an unsafe manner; ♦♦The safety monitor shall be on the same walking/working surface and within visual sighting distance of the employee being monitored; ♦♦The safety monitor shall be close enough to communicate orally with the employee; and ♦♦The safety monitor shall not have other responsibilities which could take the monitor’s attention from the monitoring function. ♦♦Mechanical equipment shall not be used or stored in areas where safety monitoring systems are being used to monitor employees engaged in roofing operations on low-slope roofs. ♦♦No employee, other than an employee engaged in roofing work [on low-sloped roofs] or an employee covered by a fall protection plan, shall be allowed in an area where an employee is being protected by a safety monitoring system. ♦♦Each employee working in a controlled access
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USF Safety Florida Consultation Program The University of South Florida Safety Florida Consultation Program offers free help to small businesses in Florida. They are ready to work with employers to review and improve safety management systems. The program: ♦♦Provides confidential on-site consultation services upon employer’s request ♦♦Assists businesses with identifying workplace hazards and training needs ♦♦Offers guidance to help mitigate hazards or potential hazards. USF Safety Florida helps small businesses become OSHA-compliant in fall protection and other health and safety areas. They do not issue citations or penalties but can help you isolate and reduce or eliminate areas for which you might receive a citation from OSHA. You can contact USF Safety Florida at (866) 273-1105 or visit them at www.safetyflorida.usf.edu.
CILB Vacates Plumbing Contractor Decision Last month, ROOFING FLORIDA reported on the Construction Industry Licensing Board’s (CILB) June decision to allow plumbing contractors to install rooftop solar water heating systems without a roofing contractor. In response, FRSA initiated a challenge headed by its Legal Counsel, Trent Cotney. Along with FRSA contractors, Trent appeared at the August 16 CILB meeting to plead the case. 20
CILB vacated its previous decision, returning the industry to the status quo prior to June under which plumbers are required to subcontract work that falls in the domain of roofing contractor license. It is possible that this issue will re-appear before the CILB at some point in the future. Thanks to Trent Cotney, P.A. and the FRSA members who volunteered their time to protect Florida’s roofing contractors.
CRSA Raises $2,500 at Annual Casino Night
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The Captital City Roofing and Sheet Metal Association’s “Casino Night” in Tallahassee at the end of September raised $2,500. Proceeds will be used as part of of the affiliate’s annual roof giveaway to an in-need charity. CRSA announced the Ronald McDonald House of Tallahassee as this year’s roof recipient. The charity has provided a place for over 5,000 families to stay during their child’s medical crises. Left to right: Brian H. Fairweather Jr., Brian H. Fairweather Sr., Mike McManus and Alicia Suarez-Solar at CRSA’s annual Casino Night.
Share Affiliate Happenings As you work on your affilate’s participation in community events and fundraisers or other noteworthy items, remember to take pictures and write some details for submission to ROOFING FLORIDA (email@example.com).
November Will Feature “Thank You Giving Back” In honor of Thanksgiving, the November issue will feature a look back at the past year of affiliate community involvement. Be sure to send in information on events from the past 12 months.
Visit www.floridaroof.com/affiliate-council for affiliate contact information Volusia/Flagler Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association
North Central Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Contractors Association
Next page: SWFRCA Works with Blessings in a Backpack to Feed Hungry Children
Congratulations! In grateful recognition of many years of faithful, devoted and outstanding service to the roofing, sheet metal and air conditioning industries and to FRSA, Bob Mahoney (B&Z Custom Sheet Metal )received FRSA Life Membership.
In recognition of exceptional service by an FRSA Associate Member, Mike Fulton (O’Hagin Mfg.) received the Earl R. Blank Memorial Heart Award.
SWFRCA Feeding 120 Elementary School Children... Every Weekend By John Hellein, RFM Editor Remember the challenges of elementary school? Making sure to keep your “i”s in front of your “e”s, reading, fractions, finding friends and fitting in. No wonder it’s a full time job. That’s the world of a young child. Now imagine having to navigate that world on an empty stomach: showing up at school Monday morning having had too little to eat over the weekend. If early school memories are a bit hazy, take a moment to consider how the quality of a roof install would suffer if your employees hadn’t eaten much the day before. For a child, it means difficulty focusing, learning and perhaps a sense of isolation from other children who haven’t a clue what it means to miss a meal or two. David Mull of Hanson Roof Tile can’t imagine a more pressing issue than children in Florida not having enough to eat; nor one more worthy of attention from FRSA affiliate Southwest Florida Roofing Contractors Association (SWFRCA). Other SWFRCA members agree and have made feeding in-need elementary school children the sole focus of the affiliates fundraising efforts. For the past two years, SWFRCA has partnered with the Lee County chapter of Blessings in a Backpack (www.blessingsinabackpack.org) to provide food to hungry children every weekend during the school year. In 2012, SWFRCA fed 100 children and in 2013, thanks to money raised from the Danny Carson Memorial Golf Tournament and the SWFRCA Redfish Classic,
SWFRCA member volunteers packing backpacks at J. Colin English Elementary on a Wednesday morning: Bill Strong (front – Sunniland Corporation), George McMahon (left – Dan’s Custom Sheet Metal D.C.S.M.), Chris Rakos (behind Bill – Colonial Roofing) and Ali Spingler (right – Eagle Roofing Products). 22
20 more children are taking home backpacks David Mull of on Friday packed with food and bringing the Hanson Roof Tile empty packs back on can’t imagine a more Monday. Chris Rakos, pressing issue than who sits on both the children in Florida SWFRCA and Blessings not having enough in a Backpack boards says that the county- to eat; nor one more wide efforts have made a worthy of attention noticeable difference in children’s performance from FRSA affiliate at school. “Attendance Southwest Florida goes up,” he says, “and Roofing Contractors grades typically jump and the children get Association better [standardized] (SWFRCA). test scores.” Of course, bringing food home for the weekend is about more than improved academic achievement. It’s about facing the challenges of life without having to walk around hungry. “We have found that the children taking home backpacks receive more respect at home,” Rakos says, “they are seen as a ‘bread winner’”. Throughout Lee county, Blessings in a Backpack facilitates organizations like SWFRCA to feed 3500 children in total. Every Tuesday, Blessings in a Backpack volunteers purchase the food for the children based on menu items set by the organization. On Wednesday, SWFRCA volunteers gather to pack that food into the backpacks that are taken to the J. Colin English Elementary School to be distributed on Friday. In order to keep the effort running smoothly, SWFRCA has developed a volunteer schedule so that people know when it’s their turn to pack the food. Before the schedule, too many affiliate volunteers were showing up every week – a wonderful indicator of the enthusiasm generated by such a worthy cause. It takes $80 per child to provide food on the weekends throughout the school year. To support the effort, SWFRCA raises money during the spring golf tournament, in its tenth year, and the fall redfish tournament,
Three fishing boats from the 2013 SWFRCA Redfish Classic.
Hawk Kinney of Eagle Roof Tile and Joe Hrabak of Colonial Roofing showing off the traveling first place trophy from the Seventh Annual SWFRCA Redfish Classic.
Matt Gordon of Team Colonial Roofing hauls in a nice redfish from Pine Island Sound.
in its seventh year. The annual redfish tournament took place in September. Anglers from as far away as California showed up at the Tarpon Lodge, an old fishing lodge on Pine Island off of Fort Myers, the weekend of September 21 to compete. “It’s one of those things where roofing execs from California, Tennessee, North Carolina and all across Florida showed up,” Rakos says. “It’s turned into an event you certainly want to be a part of: manufacturers, distributors, contractors, everybody comes together.” This year, 23 boats with 84 anglers competed. Top prize went to Team Eagle Roof Tile, comprised of Hawk Kinney (Eagle Roof Tile), Joe Hrabak (Colonial Roofing) and Duane Swanson (Raymond Building Supply) along with Captain Corey McGuire. The team took home a combined prize of close to $3,000 at the Saturday evening awards dinner. More importantly, the tournament raised $4,500 to benefit the Blessings in a Backpack effort. That will keep the SWFRCA packing backpacks full of food and help keep otherwise hungry children free to focus on reading, writing and arithmetic.
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