David Frost

Professional Roofing: What is the most unusual roofing project you've performed?
Frost: The Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tenn. The roof is mainly large skylights. We roofed a series of small areas about 2 inches (51 mm) to 3 inches (76 mm) wide and more than 60 feet (18 m) in the air with tapered insulation and adhered EPDM.

Why did you become a roofing contractor?
I graduated from State Technical Institute at Memphis during a recession and tried to find a job as an estimator with a general contractor. A professor of mine, who also was an architect, helped me find a job with a waterproofing company. That eventually led to roofing.

What was your first roofing experience?
While in high school, I worked summers as a laborer for a home builder. One of my jobs was carrying shingles up a ladder. It was good work because I got in shape for football, but I thought it would be a tough thing to do every day.

What are your favorite items on your desk?
A small fan because I'm so hot-natured. Also, I like to see a stack of completed work.