German Duarte


What is your position within your company?
I am president and co-owner of Florida Quality Roofing Inc., Miami Gardens.

What is the most unusual roofing project of which you have been a part?
The most unusual roofing project of which I've been a part involved working on a 6,000-square-foot low-slope roof that was going to be outfitted with photovoltaic panels. My company had to seal and waterproof more than 1,100 penetrations created by the stands for the railings on which the photovoltaic panels would be mounted. We performed more than 6,600 cuts through two layers of insulation and four plies of polymer-modified bitumen. The project took more than four months to complete.

Why did you become involved in the roofing industry?
My dad was a tile subcontractor during the mid-1980s through the early 1990s, so I was exposed to the industry as a child. When I was 19 years old, I decided to start my own company, and here I am.