“It’s true… Ross Roofing could convert to Piece Work tomorrow and we would make a lot more money by doing that. However, we won’t do it. We strongly believe in putting the client’s best interest at the top in terms of giving them the best possible roofing installation. Our six decades of roofing experience shows that paying our men by the hour accomplishes that…”
~Mike Ross, President of Ross Roofing
~Mike Ross, President of Ross Roofing
QUESTION: What does a Piece Working roofing installer call his nailing gun?
He calls it his MONEY MAKER!
If nails aren’t flying out of his Money Maker at super sonic speeds, if he isn’t moving faster than a blur, if he isn’t giving himself maximum exposure to carpal tunnel syndrome… he is NOT reaching his absolute making money piece working potential!
You are trying to choose a roofing company right now. What does this mean for YOU?
The information below will explain just that, but first I’d like to ask you a more important question:
QUESTION: How can there be thousands of dollars of difference between the roofing bids you are looking at right now?
There are a couple of ways Roofing Installers are typically paid by their companies. Some roofing companies pay their installers by the hour. Other roofing companies pay by how much square footage gets installed in a day, in essence, being paid “by the roofing square”. A roofing “square” is a 10’ x 10’ area or 100 square feet on the roof. The more squares a roofer can install in a day, the more money the installer will make. Sounds great, right?
What you need to know is that there is incentive for the Piece Work installer to move as fast as he can… at an often times unrelenting pace. This pay scale can result with your installer having little patience if his company miscalculated or missed any roofing detail crucial to giving you the maximum roof performance you deserve. Short changing a quality install becomes more likely in this scenario as quality gets sacrificed for volume.
Piece working has always been set up to have the roofing company’s and the product installer’s best interest in mind…. Not yours. The roofing company owner is protected from lazy roofing installers and the installer is protecting his earning capacity by burnin’ rubber on your roof with his Money Maker.
Some piece workers have a less than stellar reputation in the roofing industry for cutting corners and doing shoddy work. We see creative alternatives to roofing details done by the Hurry Up Roofing Crews.
Here are some examples we see every year:
1. Safety hazards to those in your home and building. There simply is NO TIME to secure the bundles of materials correctly in the piece worker’s world. It’s always a roll of the dice that is “good enough”. Bundles and tools falling off roofs without proper slide guards are a big safety hazard to you and your loved ones!
2. Wild or missed nailing resulting in “pinched product” or future product blow off. You should know that the product nailing lines on the material are set in a certain spot by the manufacturer FOR A REASON. Wild nailing causes roof failure.
3. Damaged or scarred material from foot traffic across the new roof on a hot day (they take the shortest route to the truck… across your brand new materials. Product damages due to scarring can take up to two years to show up),
4. “Stretched” material. Yes! You actually CAN stretch concrete or wood! (but you void the warranty really quick doing it)
5. Due to time restraints; Pieceworkers often perform without enough material such as Nails, Underlayment, Flashing, Caulking, Paint, Roof felt. they can leave the project with stretched coursing or under secured roof product creating SAFETY HAZARDS, wind blow offs, and roof details with open gaps exposing the roof felt to decay from UV exposure, and bucking water underlayment or flashing situations.
6. Unprofessional looking/ non functioning (leaking) details, coursing, flashing and reglets.
7. Installation of felt underlayment with sloppy hammer tacker staples that can sit crooked on the roof and leave you vulnerable to wind damages while the shingles get installed. (Hammer tackers are quicker, thus the pieceworker makes more money using them). Hammer tacker staples can back out over time and cause damages.
8. “Rainbow Roofing”. Products waggle out in an unpleasant rainbow fan because there is NO TIME to chalk a line or make the best effort to lay the courses straight.
9. Poorly ventilated attic spaces, missed venting, or completely wrong (or non-existent) application of current building code venting.
10. Disappearing courses. Wait. What? Are Roofing installers magicians? Don’t laugh… they can be! We have seen many bewildering and unnecessary hat tricks out there that have cost homeowners thousands of dollars. This magic trick is usually found in crucial “offset” or dormer applications. You want me to chalk a line?… and measure it out?… That means I gotta put down my MONEY MAKER.. and you know I can’t do that!
So, remember the beloved Money Maker? Here is a rare recon photo we recently captured of it in it’s wild habitat… using high speed Mazda Raceway photography skills of course!
You can’t expect the best practice roofing techniques to show up in a Hurry Up Roof Installation where there is literally no time to do them.
Eventually you will decide on which roofing company to choose, if imagine them working on your home what would you prefer:
-Do you want a focused, sharp and conscientious installation or a hurried, “there’s just no time”, wild eyed stressful installation?
-Do you want to be able to ask your installer questions that are important to you about your project without getting brushed off by him?
-Do you want to be able to ask your installer to redo an edge metal detail he installed or a rake detail you think is just a tad crooked?
-Is your newly installed ridge cap sticking up and bothering you… do you want to be able to ask him to change it?
We believe that you want the best roof installation a roofing dollar can buy.
There is a problem… and it’s the unsuspecting Homeowner’s problem. It one of the reasons that the California State License Board gets so many complaints from Roofing companies. You might not see the problem for awhile but, chances are, it is there regardless.
So, you are about to sign up with one of the cheapest roofing bids… and that contractor says they will give you a guarantee on the roof for ten years but some major flaws show trouble at year 10, when the roofer’s warranty expires or they are no longer in business.
In the end, there is a fine balance line between straight piece work and straight hourly wage earners. To remain competitive, hourly wage shops establish a “par” for production. Usually, this is much less than what is actually humanly possible. But certainly there is more leeway allowed to get to the finer details that require attention and finesse on your project.
Of course, not all piece-workers produce shoddy workmanship, and those that are diligent have repaired or attempted roof leak repairs when needed. However, we have seen damages left to be resolved at the property owner’s expense time and again.
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