b'resident \' sArticle DealingClosed Specs With Greetings and salutations.atethe contractorfrankexchange ofviewsonal I dispu between Just got back from theand ainamicableindustry practices, including those NRCAmanufactureran conventionin Orlando. It was amanner.which we believe provide adissergood lime and it was educational.Manufactu snot usevice tor curer shouldou stomers. Next month, orclubourrevF me it was great, because Bobtheir legal department as atowe\'ll beginin-depthiew of and Barbara Dalsin are&.bully roofing contractors into Tremco. Mr.Mrs subNRCA this year. They a tru amissive silence.racrelyRoofing contclass act. Bob handled all of h torsonpublic-fundedprojectsThirty-Year Warrantyis official functions flawlessly, inter should definitely voice theirRe,risited opinjecting along the way that excellention on closed specifications. MyIthe above wouldall thoughtbe sense of humor. They made bothopinion isthereuld neverfor this month, until thatsho the faxes and the NRCA and MRCA proud.bea public-fundedp thatp llscontractors began rojecthone ca from WhenattheNRCANationalexcludes any responsible biddercoming in regarding Garland\'s 30-".encourage aLegalResource breakfast,I wasoffering comparable m rials andyear warranty.Interestingly,the weatefair and frankinformed by MRCA member, T&Kservices. It is simply not inthen one topicconversation umberof RoofingInc.,Gar school district constituents\' bestwas the statementby Richard exchange ofonCompany,thatmade views landhadsuedT&KRoofingforfinancial in J. D cco: " tis that all industry practices,terest.eBa The bes part allegedlylousslanderousRoofingcontractorshavetheGarland does not charge the cuslibe and including those whichstatements included in letters writ right (a pe aps the civic duty) totomer for the warranty as does our ndrhwe believe provide aten to two schoolts objectingaddress legitimate concerns thatcompetition." districto allegedly closed specifications.they may have w closedThis is aamazing statedisservice to ourithspecsmost customers."The specifications were written byon public-funded projects. In somement, as Garland has been known Garland as aconsultantstates,specs violate statutesto$180 per square for its technicalclosedcharge to the school district.orregulationsgoverningtheStress Ply, membrane plus freight! We believe contractors are enti awardingbids. When fightingF that kind of money, perhaps ofor tled to call concerns of this natureclosedspecsonpublic-fundedS GAF,Firestoneand chuller, to the attention of the public bodyprojects, be sure the information isTAMmight also throw in thKOeir awarding the contract, so long ascurrent. Your presen ion must bewarranties for "free."Heck, they tatthey state the facts fairly and accu fair,and professional.m t evenwild and thfactualigh go hogrow rately. Oneof theMRCA\'s mostMy message in the Decemberinfreight for "free" too. Seems the important functions is that of beingissue of Midwestexpressedreasonableme. Rooferto the Contractor\'s Advocate.takeconcerns about the 30-yearMr. DeBacco inguest article Weguar his thisigation very seriously.antee offered by two manufacturers,also stated,Garland does nobl Our"thatot position is to help in any mannerGarlandand Hickman. Garlandwarrantthe roof will discolor or that possible. Inpast,responded and provided an articlechangein appearance fromdirt the MRCA\'s involve defending its 30-year guarantee.streaking or other airborne materIn menthasthe interest of fairness, we haveial."That\'strue,b it en ly uttiresometimespublished Garland\'s ar cle. Othermissesthepoint,asGarland\'s tibeenhelpfulinmanufacturers - and contrac guarantee statesthat the guarantee resolvingtors- are welcometoshall not beicable if in the sole applexpresstheirviewsinjudgment of the Garland Company thesepages. Just asthere is: weshalldefendtheD loration or change in the iscorights ofvisual appearance ofroof memroofing con the tractors toexpressbrane or Garland top coating due to the objectiontoacceleration or streaking of dior irrt closedspecsonother airborne material. pub ic projects,The above article from this guarIwe encourage airContinued on page 8 fa and'