[quote=“dougger222”]My father and I partnered together when I was 19 and we ran as partners for 3 years when I went on my own. By 23 I was licensed, bonded, and insured something my father never taught me to do. He did however teach me to be a quality roofer and after a hundred or so roofs bundling for him I started laying shingles and the rest is history.
When My brother was 18 he started roofing for me and I taught him everything. He’s stuck with it and does good quality work and his home owners enjoy him so he will go very far in the years to come. Last year he did $80K in 11 weeks, as owner operator, kind of makes me proud!
At this point what he needs to learn is how to negotiate insurance work so he isn’t just giving the homeowner a price per square.
I’m more swamped then I’ve been in the past 10 years and just gave 10 tear offs to my brother, best part is I didn’t ask for a penny! Just want to see him succeed, which he already is. Every now and then he’ll say, “Just like you did, Doug”…
The best advice I can give you is to be polite and promp with the home owners. If you say your going to be there at 3pm don’t show up a half hour late.
My father has been working again and every time he climbes up the ladder on a tear off a short handle pitch fork is in his hands. I laugh at guys who try to bring shovels on my roofs. To prove a point I take my fastest fork handeler and ask for a show down, if the shovel works faster I’ll buy the whole crew one tommorrow, hasn’t happened yet. Only use the toothed shovels for pulling nails.
Honda 5.5 compressors, Hitachi nailers, Estwing 16oz hammers, Stanley 199 knifes, Speed Reels, and a leather tool belt are my tools of choice, inside a Ford 7.3 Super Duty of course!!! Tape measures seem to break so often still to find a good one.
Good luck on your venture and good luck with schooling. If you can make a go in the roofing business you will have something to fall back on. Most roofers I know make more than the teachers I know, but money may not be your main objective. Meeting new people daily and a different drive everyday is nice.[/quote]
Sounds kinda like me.
I work with my two brothers, One is seventeen and the other 25. I used to work for my uncle when i was younger but had tp part ways and do it big time. My other older brother also is a roofer so it kinda a brotherly love kinda thing.
Its good when you teach a family member how to make good money and to see them doing well. You always know that they well be alright becuase you taught them well.
Peace roofing buster.