About Albert's Roofing
I have been roofing since 1967 (with time out for
Military service '69-'72). Albert's Specialty Roofing has been in business since Jan.1988.
I have Class B (# 2705-084608) contractors license for roofing
and Remodeling projects in Virginia. I primarily
work alone, though I occasionally team up with other professionals for larger
projects. My preference is the difficult small job deemed too small for
most contractors. I post on numerous Roofing and
Construction forums and my online 'handle' is tinner666.
And no, it's not for any religious or satanic reason. It was the only available
'tinner' that wasn't taken when I registered on line many years ago.
I had to drop my yellow pages ad because I couldn't keep up with the
workload. Other than this website, my business comes from referrals. As it
is, I still have a hard time keeping up with the workload.
Occasionally, I'll do a shingle roof with GAF/Elk
Dimensional shingles. My own house has Elk shingles and fully weaved valleys.
The roof was also fully weaved in 'Dutch-Lap' fashion for a distinctive look. It looks 'rough' and has
lots of dimensional appearance. I can also handle smaller EPDM and Self-Adhered
Bitumin roofing projects....
Here is the article from
The Roofer's Coffee Shop
RCS'er of the Month November/December 2008
We would like to introduce you to Mr. Frank Albert, aka on
the RCS, as Tinner. He does the type of projects that only
a craftsman will touch. He needs "Service to the Industry"
award for his posts on our site. We are honored to
feature him as our RCS'er of the month.
Frank has been in the roofing industry since 1967, with a
brief time-out during the 69-72 eras to service in the
Army. He started in commercial working on many built-up
roofs over the years. The companies he worked for also did
residential flat and steep roofs. He became the trouble
shooter for several companies and was the repair
specialist on flat and steep roofs. He currently owns
Albert's Specialty Roofing (albertsroofing.com) in
Richmond, Va. He specializes in Slate and Metal roofing,
primarily installing Copper. He now has 2-5 projects going
at any one time.
RCS - How long have you been contributing to the
FRANK - 3 to 4 years? Time flies when you're
RCS - So, How's business?
FRANK - Steadily picking up. The website and referrals
keep me busy nonstop.
RCS - Who taught you to roof?
FRANK - J.H. Smith and Joe Blunt taught me a
lot. J.H., after seeing me use a caulking tube for the
first time suggested I either learn to caulk better or be
a real good roofer. He thought I was a natural and
promoted me to foreman in about 3 months. I never learned
to caulk. I learned to roof instead. Luther Caudle Sr. of
Roofing and Supplies must also be mentioned. (The whole
family is knowledgeable and are great people to know.) He
and I still discuss techniques that we've seen and analyze
them to this day. He has been a mentor to me and I assume
many others. We often discussed techniques and
concentrated on roofing skills. R.W. Harper and W. Murphy
deserve mentions also.
RCS - What was the most valuable lessons you learned about
FRANK - To spend as much time as necessary to do
it right the first time, every time. And a part of that
was to take the time to diagnose every failure/leak I
found and find out why, not just where it is.
RCS - What was the most valuable lessons you
learned about being in business?
FRANK - To be honest and true to myself, and my
customers. Honest dealing will create more business than
any advertising. My clients and I have become friends and
many friends have become clients.
RCS - What is the best thing you ever did for your
FRANK - Paying in full for trucks, breaks, and other
equipment. Keeping overhead manageable.
RCS - What are your biggest concerns being in business in
FRANK - The economy in general. Corporate lay-offs affect
me and others by creating "uncertain employment" concerns
for our clients. Many of whom work for large corporations
in my area.
RCS - In one word describe the most important trait in an
FRANK - Integrity
RCS - The best boss you ever had taught you what?
FRANK - How to think for myself and how to analyze each
roof separately, to realize that a juncture of 4-7
different roof planes, and corners still had 4-7 aspects
that could be handled separately, in order, to become a
single workable whole. And that "roof" cement has no place
on 90% of roofs.
RCS - Any other hobbies besides roofing?
FRANK - I'm glad you put it like that! Roofing is a major
hobby of mine. I also like fishing, welding, auto
bodywork, wiring, plumbing, mechanics, racing, and
RCS - What makes you smile when you think about your job?
FRANK - When I get a "complicated" repair or redesign that
others have failed to waterproof, and I get it right the
RCS - When you were 10 years old what do you think you
would be doing?
FRANK - Racing
RCS - What are your goals for the future?
FRANK - To stay healthy and keep roofing, building,
racing, fishing, etc. until I die.That might sound silly,
but I want to go out doing what I love doing, not sitting
in a chair counting the days and watching time pass by.
RCS - Any tips for the new guy starting out?
FRANK - Learn your trade! Don't be a hack! Be the best you
can be and I don't mean to be a good salesperson, but a
craftsman. The rest will come natural.
Albert's Specialty Slate Roofing
and Window Flashing Co., Richmond, Va.
Albert's Roofing Construction Partners