What’s In A Roofing Training Day?
The entire company staff comes together once a year to hold it’s “Training Day” and every year it’s a little different and always an improvement from the last. A team is formed with employees from different departments and preparation is started months in advance. The training includes the sales, production and administration aspects, with the goal of having all employees gaining a better understanding of areas outside their typical daily duties. It unifies our team as a whole. You can see Training Day at The Roofing Company is a rather important event!
One part of the event that has become a favorite, is held in the warehouse around our in-house hands-on training center. The planning team decides what topics will be covered and designates which staff will teach it to the rest of us. Stations are set up with either one or two teachers and the rest of the staff rotates in groups to the various stations.
Here’s what we learned from our Production staff “teachers” at our last Training Day:
- DecTec. This product is a high-quality, heat-weldable waterproof membrane with a textured surface, designed for foot traffic. Adrian and Ziggy were prepared to demonstrate their skills using a heat gun. This fantastic product has virtually no maintenance, other than periodic washing and removal of leaves and debris. It is also fire and slip resistant!
- Overview of Mortar. Mortar is what you put between the masonry units. Mike explained there are different materials used to make it, however, the formula is always the same, binder + sand = mortar. The binder can be anything from mud to lime to cements (made with lime plus hydraulic setting agents). Our main takeaway from this station is that limestone works best and has played a significant role in masonry construction for over thousands of years. One such structure is the Great Wall of China. Wow!
- Drip Edge. Have you ever heard of a “Builder’s Gap”? If you haven’t, neither did I, until Kris and Travis explained it to us at their station. This is where the roof deck doesn't come down far enough to the roof line. Some builders believe this helps with ventilation, however, more than that, it’s a welcoming invitation for squirrels, rodents, and snakes. Drip edge can be used to seal the gap and keep the critters out.
- Slate shingles. A hit at every Roofing Training Day is to practice cutting slate. Juan and Phil have mastered this, making it look so easy. I can tell you from experience and having attended several training days, it is not.
- Safety. This is a topic covered at every meeting at The Roofing Company, so Training Day was no exception. Nito and Theo talked about the parts of a ladder, proper use and even had an old rusty ladder as a prop to show one you shouldn’t use.
Thank you for taking a little tour with me into our last Training Day at The Roofing Company. If there’s a topic about your roof you’d like to know more about, please feel welcome to ask us. Our team is highly informed, educated and skilled at what they do.
Shout out to Adrian, Ziggy, Mike, Kris, Travis, Juan, Phil, Nito and Theo on a job well done informing us of the topics above! View the images to see them in action.