Silicon Collar looks at machines and humans at work in over 50 settings across industries and countries. On this blog I will excerpt many of those settings over the next few weeks. On Deal Architect I will excerpt more of the policy parts of the book.
“It started with a truck equipped with a conveyor belt which rapidly moved shingles and other materials to the top of the roof. A crew stripped off the old roof and tossed the materials into another truck, which took the stuff to be recycled.
The modern roofer works with a Stanley staple gun, wears Cougar Paw shoes which help keep him from sliding on debris on sloping roofs, and uses Husky magnetic sweepers to keep the work site tidy. Our contractor, Magyar Roofing, diligently documented every step of the way with over 90 images on digital camera.
The humble shingle is designed these days for aesthetics, energy efficiency, and algae resistance. Also, and importantly for us in Florida, they are meant to handle winds up to 130 mph that accompany some hurricanes. It's not just the shingles -there are layers of moisture barrier, under-eave ventilation, and insulation that supplement the shingle protection.
As I said, I was impressed. The Magyar crew did the work over two days, and could have squeezed the job into one day if we did not have a two-tiered roof. A couple of decades ago, that work took much longer, was much less safe, and was not nearly as well documented.
The digital documentation that the contractor provided us and the inspection they arranged also helped us get a significant discount on our home insurance. Pixie dust, indeed.”