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
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