Gary Pelton

Gary Pelton is the Technical Specialist at FiberTite Roofing Systems in Wooster, OH. Gary brings over 20 years in roofing experience, from project management and installation to quality control  As a Technical Specialist, Gary focuses on training and education of FiberTite Associates and Authorized Applicator personnel in the use and installation of FiberTite products and roofing systems. He also works on process development, product testing for building code approvals, field trials, training, specifications & details, and product quality. Gary also performs roof inspections nationwide. Gary has completed training with the Roofing Industry Education Institute: Roofing Technology and National Roofing Contractors Association. He holds a certification in drafting and design and a B.A. in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

Recent Posts

Comparing FiberTite® to the Competition – Part II

Posted by Gary Pelton on Jul 2, 2018 2:02:00 PM

In a recent blog post, 4 Facts About FiberTite and How It Compares to the Competition, we did a high-level comparison of FiberTite to polyvinyl chloride (PVC), thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) and polymer modified bitumen roofing systems, also known as Mod Bit. Your roofing system is vulnerable to several different environmental influences. Ponding water, wind and hail are among the top threats. Here’s a breakdown of how FiberTite is superior compared to those other roofing products when faced with these threats.

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FiberTite Contractor Quality Assurance Training

Posted by Gary Pelton on Apr 25, 2017 4:39:48 PM

Proper training is essential for quality single-ply roof installation.  If you think you know everything about FiberTite single-ply roofing, think again!

Unlike low-cost commodity-driven roof systems, a high performance FiberTite roof is part of an overall roofing system that requires a higher level of product knowledge. Even the most experienced FiberTite single-ply roofing contractor can benefit from a refresher course.

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Due Diligence Part 2: The Necessity of a Good Foreman for Your Commercial Roof

Posted by Gary Pelton on Aug 24, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In Part 1 of our Due Diligence series, we discussed four overarching questions to ask before hiring a commercial roofer. The goal of this post is to dig into a deeper layer of questions such as:

  • Who will be on my roof completing the physical assembly?
  • How long has the crew been employees of the company?
  • Does the contractor have a formal quality assurance-training program for installers?
  • Does the roofing manufacturer support the contractor in quality assurance training?
  • Last but not least, what about the lead personnel and foreman, is there a foreman-only training program specifically for them?
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Preparing Your Roofing System for Hurricane Season

Posted by Gary Pelton on Aug 17, 2016 8:25:34 AM

Hurricane season occurs between June 1st and November 30th every year. While not all hurricanes are as devastating as Hurricane Katrina or Hurricane Sandy, hurricanes still leave a good amount of damage in their wake. This includes damage to roofing systems. These incredible wind events can tear roofing systems apart and take an incredible toll on both your building and your wallet. Luckily, there are several steps you can take before, during, and after a hurricane to help protect your roofing system.

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Due Diligence: 4 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Commercial Roofer

Posted by Gary Pelton on Aug 3, 2016 8:30:11 AM

More often than not, building owners or facility managers seek the assistance of a commercial roofer when installing a new roofing system. Not all commercial roofers are alike however. There can be serious financial implications if a low quality roofer is chosen for the job. So how do you ensure you are getting the best commercial roofer for your project? Start by asking the following questions.

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Windstorm Protection Tips for Your Roof

Posted by Gary Pelton on Jun 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

High velocity winds can damage your roof and property in a matter of minutes. After all, it's impossible to predict the timing, strength, and potential damage of any storm. However, there are a few preventive measures you can take to help lower the risk of damage to your property as well as save yourself money in repairs and lost productivity. Below, you will find a few tips regarding preventative measures geared to help you prepare your roofing system for the unexpected.

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7 Habits of Highly Effective Quality Assurance Contractors

Posted by Gary Pelton on Mar 30, 2016 9:32:32 AM

Most people have heard of Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. The book went viral in hard copy, and it truly remains a great book 23 years later. Covey’s seven habits are: be proactive, begin with the end in mind, first things first, think win-win, first seek to understand then understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw. While FiberTite contractors can surely benefit from implementing all seven of the habits, the most important is to sharpen the saw.

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Don’t Trust Your Roof Installation to Just Anyone

Posted by Gary Pelton on Nov 18, 2015 11:20:25 AM

Generally, all manufacturers provide some sort of training for their contractor base. This training is designed to ensure that the manufacturer’s roofing system is installed seamlessly time and time again. Obviously, hiccups occasionally occur with installations, but the idea is to give contractors the resources they need to prevent them as much as possible and help them create a better quality product for the end customer. 

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What Happens When Your Current Roof System Fails?

Posted by Gary Pelton on Sep 16, 2015 9:30:00 AM

If you have a roof leak, regardless of roof type, you have a problem and an immediate need to solve it. Roof issues are always a pain and, if not addressed, can quickly turn into a large expense. Behind many common roof problems lie errors in design, materials and maintenance.

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8 Essential Questions to Ask During a Roof Inspection: Part 2

Posted by Gary Pelton on Sep 10, 2015 10:30:00 AM

As highlighted in Part 1 of our 8 Essential Questions to Ask During a Roof Inspection, there are many situations that can harm your valuable roofing system. By uncovering these failures prior to an entire system failure, you will be able to make the appropriate repairs and maintain the integrity of your roofing system. Outline below are the last 4 questions you need to ask in order to get the most value out of your roof inspection. 

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