with the Head of Green Air’s Roofing Division
What is your experience in the roofing industry?
“I’ve been roofing for 32 years. I started roofing when I met the man who would become my future father-in-law. While he was serving in Korea, he came down with a Raynaud’s disease, a condition that causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. This prevented him from working in the winter so as a youngster he took me out in the winter time and put me on the roof to teach me how to roof. And to get him back for it I ended up marrying his daughter!”
“I didn’t learn to roof like everyone learns today, where a buddy who learned to roof last year teaches their buddy how to roof this year. I learned from people who had been roofing for 30 to 40 years. Overall I had 5 guys teach me how to roof and the youngest one was 60 years old. I’ve paid for my experience. Every mistake, I’ve paid for, so by the end of the day I typically owed the guys money when I first started roofing.”
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Are there specific types of roofing shingles that you recommend more so than others?
“It’s more specific to what the homeowner wants. If the homeowner really wants a good shingle they want to pick a thicker shingle, one that has more aesthetics and lasts longer. Longevity is based on how long it takes for things to wear out, so the more asphalt and the thicker the composite of the shingle the longer it’s going to last. In the San Francisco Bay Area, thinner shingles typically last, when installed correctly, 20-25 years; that increases an average of 5-10 years with a thicker shingle. Of the current GAF shingles we offer, I’d recommend at least a Timberline Ultra and preferably a Grand Canyon or thicker.”
Explain the relationship between roofing and solar panel installation.
“The average roof in California last 15-17 years. If your roof is 10 years or older, you most likely need to install a new roof before installing solar. The reason for this is because the life expectancy of the solar panels will be more than what is left in that existing roof. You should have a minimum of a 25-year life expectancy on the roof when you are placing solar.”