RICOWI data disputed

The article "Small components, big effects," November 2008 issue, page 36, written by Lisa McIlvoy, director of marketing for W.P. Hickman Co., Asheville, N.C., quoted an excerpt from an RSI article published in November 2005 regarding the Roofing Industry Committee on Weather Issues (RICOWI) Inc. hurricane investigations.

The RSI article made the following statement about Peter Garrigus, vice president of engineering for Trufast Corp., Bryan, Ohio: "In nearly 95 percent of the cases studied where roofing system failure was seen, the problems were because of poor workmanship and substituted materials, explained Garrigus, who had made similar observations during inspections conducted after Hurricanes Hugo and Andrew in years past."

This statement is not attributable to RICOWI, and Garrigus does not recall making this statement. Although workmanship was noted as a problem, RICOWI investigators determined far less damage occurred when contractors installed roof systems according to manufacturer specifications and latest building codes.