How dif you get started?


#1

I was just curious…How did everyone get into the roofing business? Did you start as a laborer, salesman, son or son-in-law? I would like to hear everyone’s story!


#2

3rd generation pitch installer.


#3

i also am the third generation by marriage,
it is the only thing i have ever done. Been fortunate enough to learn from one of the best .Hope to pass it on down,not to many good roofers left
people care more about production than craftsman ship


#4

Third generation here as well. Father is 50 and still roofs and can keep up with any 20 year old. His two brothers are in the bussiness as are a couple of there cousins.

My two brothers are roofers, one works for the other and we have a couple cousins also in the business.

From time to time you’ll see 4 or 5 of us on a roof. My homeowners love the fact that it’s all family operated.


#5

I just wanted to boss around a bunch of illegal mexicans.

Actually after Gulf 1 I went to EL Toro and Project managed a 700 unit reroof project at MCAS El Toro. We put on 18000 sqs of Decra Bond and 4000 of APP. Then Clinton shut down the base 4 years later. So 700 units with a 50 year roof were vacant in 4 years and torn down after 15. Our Taxes hard at work.


#6

Presidents don’t shut down bases without Congress as an accomplice.

Really, some of y’all need to go back & read some constitutional law. Yes, Bush got us into our current mess but it wasn’t without Congressional funding & approval of the process (both elephants & donkeys alike).

Me: construction background from just after high school in surveying (helps for a bit of an engineering touch to roof diagrams & sketching). Got into roofing specifically via the sales route & found that if I was contrting on my own, I could be petter positioned to provide a better product & make a bit more money @ it.

The co. I worked for was only interested in making money & the basic premise was “if it doesn’t leak after 6 months, then it probably won’t leak in 6 years… so let’s give a 5 year warranty.” I can’t do that kind of work & found it was much better if I took hold of the process start to finish by myself.


#7

Ok… when Clinton was first elected one of the first things he did with his majority of donkeys in both house and senate was He made sweeping defence cuts to balance the budget and shut down the base after they just finished spending 8.5 million dollars reroofing with a 50 year roof. Instead of 3 tab shingle which would have been done for 2.4 million. Id be just a pissed off if it were the elephants. I hate wasting money. especially taxes. since it represents 50% of my income.


#8

2nd generation started while still in high school on weekends.worked for father for about 10 yrs.got the fill for apartment installs then went to major roofing co.to do all repair work call backs.got tired of making everyone else money and jumped into my own business.and been very satisfied since.since then father retired and now running all my jobs since i cant be on job due to selling all day.so if you play your cards write you to can make a good living roofing.


#9

Hi,

Was living in my car and needed a job 15 years ago, the rest is history.

Working by the square for 9yrs got me my speed.

Working by the hour for 6yrs by the hour got me my detail.


#10

My friends brother was a 3’rd generation roofer and I started from the bottom as a laborer. He knew his stuff, and he was a 300lb mean azz bastard, so I learned to move quick and do it right :smiley:


#11

many of my relatives are in the Roofing and Sheet metal trade. I started out working for a union shop in Boston and learned every aspect of the trade and worked with some great guys who took a lot of pride in there work.


#12

i drank a 6 pack and bought a hammer… :smiley: …isnt that all it takes to be a roofer?


#13

LOL ! for some it really is


#14

I didn’t know you couldn’t say that word. I think you can on T.V.


#15

you forgot the coke spoon :smiley:


#16

I don’t get it.


#17

i started working for my uncle as a shingle flipper on reroofs for a winter when i was 15.
I continued with him on weekends when i wasnt in school. In the summer i worked with him until i was in a ATV accident. Left me with in the hospital for about a month. After i got out of the hospital i wasnt able to walk on my left foot for about nine months.The had to amputate my left for foot due the injury. I went back to school a year later. After grade tvelve i had to do summer school so i couldnt work. After that i went to the ALberta college of art.
I did a semester there and never went back. School at the time was a waste of time for me.
I went back to roofing for my uncle. He bought me my first Hitachi nailer and i nerver looked back.
After working for him for about a year i left him because he wasnt paying me enough for me to survive in the city. We only did the show homes for this company called Geransky Exteriors. So i learned everything i needed to ever know. After that i left and created my own crew and the rest is history.


#18

[quote=“roofing buster”]i started working for my uncle as a shingle flipper on reroofs for a winter when i was 15.
I continued with him on weekends when i wasnt in school. In the summer i worked with him until i was in a ATV accident. Left me with in the hospital for about a month. After i got out of the hospital i wasnt able to walk on my left foot for about nine months.The had to amputate my left for foot due the injury. I went back to school a year later. After grade tvelve i had to do summer school so i couldnt work. After that i went to the ALberta college of art.
I did a semester there and never went back. School at the time was a waste of time for me.
I went back to roofing for my uncle. He bought me my first Hitachi nailer and i nerver looked back.
After working for him for about a year i left him because he wasnt paying me enough for me to survive in the city. We only did the show homes for this company called Geransky Exteriors. So i learned everything i needed to ever know. After that i left and created my own crew and the rest is history.[/quote]

got do what ya gotta do right.


#19

Spent 16-7 years in a home a roofing company was ran out of… At 16 I met this guy who my dad taught the trade to. By 19 my boyfriend was working for one of the top rated companies and got assulted at work by a coworker with a tear off shovel this coworker ended up in prison for childporn on the net and crystal meth. The Boyfriend decided to walk away from this job and get a different one this is when I got involved. We started together for Cornerstone roofing (ran by a christian pastor) I started out at $8.00 an hour as a laborer and boy did I earn that 8 bucks an hour! He spent the next few years teaching me every trick he had learned from the various places he worked. After 5 years that company was out of work (we went to fast I guess) at this time I was makin like 10 bucks an hour. We moved on we got beat around and screwed out of pay for a few jobs then we found Union work new construction paying 25.65 an hour. We learned more shortcuts then we ever knew could exist. We objected to most of them but some of em were pretty usefull and didn’t effect the finished product. This is when I learned how to guage shingles and do it without lines straight and where I learned how to flip my shingles to cut em on the rake. I also learned this way to cut arc’s where u don’t have to use as many cuts that’s to complicated to explain though.

After that I got prego went on to be a mom and office girl for a while but the roofing itch is one that must be scratched!


#20

Was living in my car in Arizona and it was either starve or find work. Simple as that.