It’s just my opinion, but it seems to me the issue or question may be “Where did all the good roofing companies go?”
Nearly a hundred years ago, (not really – but a know a lot will think so), I was gaining an education in the building trades from my Grand Father, my Father, my Uncle and a lot of people that hat the same background and training from their heritage. One of the old guys was named Clint and he could build anything from welding to fine cabinets, roofing, supper easy! It looks like those days are gone.
Our market, in Texas, is filled with 1st generation crewmen who have little real training, no apprenticeship and the work is showing signs of it all the time. Guys who have been on the job for 6 months or one hail storm think they know everything about roofing and often go out on their own. If you own a truck and a trailer you must be qualified, right?
Today a lot of our work is replacing new, poorly installed roofs on million-dollar homes, that’s crazy, don’t you think! Roofs are failing right & left and the manufactures and roofing companies are making big bucks here!
Does anyone else see a problem with this???
If the crews don’t exist, who should be finding, coaching and training? How many roofing companies have a training program, an apprenticeship program?
I say, it’s time for us all to step up and get this going the right direction! Roofing companies working with trade schools to extend the training to 4 years with an opportunity for on-the-job apprentice training.
Here’s a question the begs an answer from above! Do most companies have well enough trained people to train or coach others?
Check out Matt Construction, they are soliciting people to train from high school and college campuses. They are successful, check them out! https://www.mattconstruction.com/ If they can do it, we all can do it!
It seems our greed causes us to short-cut to hire anyone and everyone we can, thinking they know enough and after all, we’ve got to do make a buck today and there’s just no time to train. Let’s become better in our industry! Let’s become a better industry!