On 10/04/2019 a group of roofing professionals came out to EVIT (East Valley Institute of Technology) to demonstrate installation methods and techniques to the students. Being our first time making this presentation, none of us were sure what to expect, but one thing we did agree on was that it was going to be a lot of fun. Watching the kids build the mock-ups. And take an interest was very rewarding to me personally, and I am sure everyone else as well. Some of the kids wanted to be more hands-on than others, and that was OK. Anyone of them was welcomed to step up and get their hands on the materials if they wanted to.
We started by installing asphalt shingles to the first mock-up. Jesse Kinion from Gorman Roofing and a few of his guys went to work installing the underlayment, flashing, and the shingles, explaining in detail what they were doing and why as they went along. We even had the pleasure of Chuck Adair's presence to talk to the kids about overdriven fasteners and how they affect the structure. Chuck makes his living in the construction defect world, and he offered the kids his perspective on things.
We moved from there to a concrete tile roof mock-up, using materials donated by Gorman and Eagle Roofing Products. The installer explained each step along the way, telling the kids what they were doing and why they were doing it. From there, we moved over to the low sloped mock up the kids made, with two leading edges, one parapet, and one headwall. The installer cut in a scupper, installed a scupper flashing. Vent flashing and edge metal. Jesse Kinion explained to the students the importance of proper flashing installation. Once the flashings were installed, the foam applicator came along and started spraying the foam, which got the student's attention and mine to be honest. Jesse continued his lecture about what spray foam is, how it works, and why it must be right.
And then we were done, the students went back to their projects. Curtis Ruhl, the instruction, was pleased with the kid's reactions and interest in the presentations and said he would be glad to have us back again. You better believe we will be back too, our industry needs good people stepping into the industry and if we don't reach out to them. If we are not willing to get out of our comfort zone and make an effort, we can expect they will.
"How can I get involved," you ask?
- Share this site with as many people as you know, part of the reason for this site is to produce enough income for me, to justify volunteering more of my time to reaching out to the kids. While you are doing that, share your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions for the site. The more, the better.
- If you have a product or service of interest to the Roofing and waterproofing industry, place an advertisement with us.
- If you are a good contractor and can pass a vetting process, get listed on our site.
- If you have materials to donate, we always need materials.
- If you have time to donate we need speakers from every segment of the industry
- If you are a contractor and want to add to the list of contractors willing to do demonstrations, we need as many as we can get.
- And of course, you can always share our site and social media links as often as possible.
- If you have any ideas, call me (480) 265-1613. I am always open to any idea.
Special thanks to:
Jesse Kinion of Gorman for bringing your guys out and providing the demonstration and hands-on experience for the kids. www.gormanroofingservices.com/wordpress/
Dave Skierkowski Southwest Regional Director Eagle Roofing Products for donating materials www.eagleroofing.com