Warren Yutzy, the owner of Seamless Roofs LLC, uses Conklin spray foam products on roofs. Which begs the question: are they painters or roofers?
Dmitry Lipinskiy and the Roofing Insights team recently caught up Yutzy and his crew in Sparta, Wisconsin, a small town located three hours southeast from the Twin Cities.
It was there that Yutzy showed Dmitry around one of his jobsites where they were applying Conklin’s patented coatings to a large building.
It was business as usual for Yutzy and his team, but one thing in particular stood out to Lipinskiy.
Yutzy’s team is not comprised of traditional roofers. Instead of wearing harnesses and tool belts, they tote around containers of spray coatings and then lather the sealants onto roofs.
This begs the question:
Are they even roofers?
To be fair to the guys at Seamless Roofs, the projects they do are not of the common variety, but Lipinskiy couldn’t help but poke a little fun at the Seamless Roofs crew.
“If I met that guy on the street,”
Lipinskiy asked, pointing at one of Yutzy’s employees,
“and I asked him what he did for a living, do you think he would say that he’s a roofer or a painter?”
“Go ask him,”
Yutzy encouraged Lipinskiy.
the employee responded when Lipinskiy asked him the same question.
“You look like a painter to me,”
“They [traditional roofers] are working harder and we’re working smarter.”
As Lipinskiy walked around the roof, he asked a few of Yutzy’s other employees for their thoughts regarding their job title.
“I’m a painting roofer,”
chuckled another employee.
“What do you do? It looks like you’re just holding a hose,”
Dmitry asked a third employee.
“Painters just paint. We do more than that,”
responded the third employee while a hose was strapped around his shoulders.
The responses drew laughs and scoffs from a seasoned roofing veteran like Lipinskiy, but right now, public opinion is split.
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Are Warren Yutzy’s employees painters, roofers, or some combination of the two?
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