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protected roof membrane assemblies
Nov 20

Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies: A FREE Webinar Dec. 9

By VanRoof | News

Published by Vancouver Roofers on Nov. 20, 2021 at 7:07am

The demand for rooftop areas is growing, as are the materials required to make the overall roofing system as efficient and sustainable as possible. Protected Roof Membrane Assemblies (PRMAs) and vegetative roofs are two recent developments that impose high demands on the components under the surface, from waterproofing to insulation and everything in between.

In a special live webinar on December 9 at 2 p.m., Roofing Contractor and Owens Corning will partner together to assist contractors examine the energy-saving benefits and high-performance qualities of PRMA components.

Join Tiffany Coppock, an Owens Corning commercial building systems specialist, as she delves into the time-saving and ecologically beneficial features of this revolutionary breakthrough. She discusses the influence of Owens Corning’s FOAMULAR-NGX, which was introduced earlier this year, on the commercial roofing industry in this video.

Coppock will also outline the building code/performance requirements and best specification procedures for this and other products to fulfill fire, wind, thermal, and moisture performance throughout the webinar.

“We’ll speak about protective membrane assemblies… and we’ll go into some of the nuances on how to use them to their full potential,” Coppock added.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work on the following learning objectives:

Determine the differences in physical properties of XPS, EPS, and Polyiso foam plastic insulation.
Recognize the special needs of PRMAs and Vegetative Roof Assemblies (VRAs).
Recognize the most important building code requirements for PRMAs and VRAs.
Identify optimum installation procedures for the PRMA roof type to prevent frequent problems during design, approval, installation, and maintenance. is currently accepting free registrations.

roofer sees prison cell block
Nov 20

Texas ‘Con Man’ In Prison for Scamming Friends-Bogus Roofing Contracts

By VanRoof | News

Published by Vancouver Roofers on Nov. 20, 2021 at 6:55am

After swindling friends with bogus roofing contracts, a Texas ‘con man’ was sentenced to prison.

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana — After stealing more than $39,000 from his buddies via fictitious roofing contracts, a Texas “con guy” was sentenced to 33 months in jail.

Glenn Lee Dobbs, Jr., 51, of DeBerry, Texas, was sentenced to 33 months in prison on wire fraud charges, followed by three years of supervised release, according to a release from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana. In addition, Dobbs was ordered to pay $391,241 in reparation.

Dobbs was charged with wire fraud by a federal grand jury and pled guilty on April 15, 2021.

According to the press release, Dobbs informed his victims — two of his buddies — that he owned and managed a commercial roofing company. He informed one of his victims in March 2017 that his firm had a contract to roof its facility with Roadrunner Rubber Company, a tire and wheel manufacturing in Houston, Texas. Dobbs requested for money to pay for the contract’s supplies, and in exchange, he promised to divide the earnings with his friend. The victim paid Dobbs $212,348 because he thought he had the contract.

Dobbs approached a second victim for money for a roofing contract he had with the Tomball school system to cover a structure about a month later, according to the FBI. Dobbs, like the previous victim, agreed to share the earnings if the buddy paid for the materials. He was believed by the second victim, who paid him $178,893.

“While already under federal indictment in the Eastern District of Texas for carrying out a similar scam there, Dobbs deceived the victims in the Western District of Louisiana,” according to the announcement.

The FBI was in charge of the investigation, while Assistant US Attorney Leon H. Whitten was in charge of the prosecution.

roofing and construction woes
Nov 20

Inflation Has Had A Toll On Construction, Especially Roofing

By VanRoof | News

Publisged by Vancouver Roofers on Nov. 20, 2021 at 6:37am

Anyone building anything larger than a doghouse can expect cost overruns, some of which are significant enough to jeopardize the construction industry for houses and commercial structures

The cost of basic supplies has risen dramatically in recent months.

Marshall Bone, a lifelong DeLand general contractor, described it as “insanity.”

Bone told The Beacon, “I’ve been at this since I came out of the Air Force in ’73, and I’ve never seen such inflation in building supplies.” “Lumber is the worst.” CDX plywood, five-eighths: you could get it for $22, $23 at the start of the year. It was $66.95 as of yesterday.”

We spoke with Bone on May 25 and those pricing are for 4-foot-by-8-foot sheets.

Contractors and their clients are often eager to spend more, as prices do not appear to be leveling down.

According to Bone, the constant and rising demand is currently hurting supplies.

He stated, “We’re running into shortages.”

Lumber is a commodity that is vulnerable to dramatic price and supply volatility.

“Everything is in limited supply, including electrical wiring, switches, plugs, and meter boxes.” Bone explained, “Air-conditioning equipment.” “Some roofing supplies are up 40% in price if you can find them.”

“PVC pipe – that’s rocketed up,” he continued.

Building supplies are in high demand, with purchasers eager to pay whatever the market requires.

“It’s difficult to obtain almost anything. “Suppliers aren’t keeping stock,” Bone explained.

The greater cost of transferring them as completed items to wholesalers and then to retailers, he added, is one element influencing costs.

“Diesel costs are rising,” stated Bone.

Truckers pass on greater expenses to end users when they have to pay extra to pick up and deliver products.

Not to mention, on top of the rising spiral in material costs, Bone claims there is a “serious labor shortage,” which he attributes to many people’s unwillingness to work.

“It’s hot out there, and they’d rather stay inside and play video games while the government pays them to sit on their tails,” Bone remarked.

All of these negative aspects, according to Bone, may have an impact on the construction and real estate markets, as delays in project completion may put off potential purchasers.

“I believe there will be a lot of disgruntled purchasers,” Bone said. And there seemed to be no end in sight. “I’m not sure when the building madness will end.” It’s taking an eternity to build something. That cost is still being borne by the owner.”

It will take awhile to recover from the 2020 economic lockdowns.

“When the pandemic occurred in January of last year, we had over $900,000 ready to go, and the owners phoned up and put everything on hold,” Bone explained. “We’ve done roughly $310,000 since then.”

He concluded, “It’s insane.”

roofer falls through roof window to death
Nov 20

Death Of Roofer Caused By No Experience & Training

By VanRoof | News

Updated by Vancouver Roofers Nov. 20, 2021 at 10:pm

The coroner has written to the corporation to express his displeasure with the company’s health and safety policies.

An inquest jury determined that an unskilled roofer died after he fell through a glass roof light.

Despite not finishing the required health and safety training, Adam Brunskill, 22, was sent to work on the roof of a warehouse in Walsall, West Midlands.

He was not presented a risk assessment, had no authorized training, and no safety barriers or nets, according to the inquiry.

The cause of death was ruled to be accidental.

Mr. Brunskill’s company, Wayne Clarey Roofing and Cladding, said in a written statement that the death was a “tragic event” and that “any future works would have a far better standard of safety precautions in place, with more rigorous monitoring.”

Mrs Joanne Lees, the Black Country’s district coroner, concluded that the roof Mr Brunskill was requested to work on had considerable areas of wired or Georgian glass, which were unstable and dangerous to walk on.

After falling through one of the rooflights and landing 8 meters (26 feet) below, Mr Brunskill died of head trauma.

The circumstances behind the fall were unable to be determined by the inquiry.

The coroner’s concerns

Mr Brunskill’s lack of experience, a Construction Skills Certification Scheme card, and health and safety training have all been raised by the coroner in a letter to the firm.

She was also concerned that there was no proof on the job site of a designated supervisor in charge of him.

Mrs Lees highlighted that a main contractor had committed to teach any future untrained personnel, but there was “no indication of any clear designated organized training program in place,” according to Mrs Lees.

She also found no indication of a Wayne Clarey Roofing and Cladding assessment system or supervision mechanisms, she said.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the fatality but has declined to comment until it determines whether additional action is required.

Wayne Clarey Roofing and Cladding claimed it was fully cooperating with the probe.


BBB roofing award story
Nov 19

Texas Vets Roofing Receives National Award From The BBB

By VanRoof | News

TopLine Roofing — Nov. 18, 2021 — The BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust, the Better Business Bureau’s foundation, revealed the recipients of the coveted BBB International Torch Award for Ethics on October 28, 2021. Texas Vets Roofing is the Category 1 winner for 2021!

The BBB International Torch Awards, which have been given out annually since 1996, honor firms in North America who have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustaining ethical business practices and encouraging consumer confidence. An impartial team of judges chooses the winners and finalists.

Leadership commitment to ethical practices; communication of ethical practices; leadership practices to unify the organization; organizational commitment to performance management practices; organizational commitment to ethical human resource practices; and organizational commitment to the community are among the criteria used to assess businesses.

A firm must first be a winner of their local BBB awards program to be eligible for admission into the BBB International Torch Awards for Ethics. The BBB Serving North Central Texas 2020 Torch Award for Ethics was given to Texas Vets Roofing.

Since February 2012, Texas Vets Roofing, a woman-owned company, has been operating in DFW and East Texas. They are happy to provide top-notch roofing services with a commitment to offering high-quality craftsmanship and exceptional customer service to their loyal clients.

The firm installs complete roof systems and educates its personnel to prioritize customer satisfaction over profit. A free, no-obligation expert roof examination by a professionally qualified specialist is supplied to every customer.

The Texas Vets Roofing crew gathers for a “Family Meeting” at least once a month to encourage and redefine the standard that is required in the field and in the office. In addition to helping its consumers, the firm also cares about the neighborhood.

Texas Vets Roofing gave back over 20% of company revenues to the community last year. Through the Roof 4 Vets initiative, they donate their time and money to help veterans. The company’s objective for 2021 is to give a veteran or a veteran’s family in need one free roof per month.

breaking vancouver roofers news
Nov 19

The 2nd GAF roofing facility, near I-80/Route 15 intersection opens

By VanRoof | News

NEW COLUMBIA – The second factory of North America’s largest roofing producer has started operations in Union County.

GAF announced the 250,000-square-foot factory in New Columbia at the Route 15-Interstate 80 junction this week.

It’s near to a 275,000-square-foot facility that’s been producing commercial thermoplastic polyolefin and Cobra Ridge Vent products for residential applications since 2017.

GAF’s EnergyGuard range of products uses polyisocyanurate (polyiso) insulation, which is manufactured at the newly finished factory.

According to the corporation, the production line is around the size of two and a half football fields.

“Given the competent workforce in the region and its closeness to major roads and trains, this is a perfect location for the new polyiso insulation facility,” stated plant manager Michael Widerquist.

“While supply chain issues exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic have created industry-wide shortages in the raw material needed to manufacture polyiso,” said John Altmeyer, executive chairman of GAF Commercial Roofing, “our investment in this new facility enables GAF to maximize manufacturing capacity to meet demand and puts us in a prime position to increase capacity as soon as supply is restored.”

A total of 100 people are employed by the two factories.

GAF, based in Parsippany, New Jersey, also maintains factories in Myerstown and Wind Gap, Pennsylvania.


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