The roofing industry is filled with hot topics that incite great
passion in many people and require more than a Magic 8-Ball® to
provide guidance. A topic that has infiltrated every industry
segment is proprietary specifications.
Professional Roofing discussed proprietary specifications
from a legal standpoint in "How to combat proprietary
specifications," June 2000 issue, page 14, and "States and
proprietary specifications," August 2000 issue, page 18. Background
information about the topic is available in those articles. But
now, the magazine will explore the issue from different
Professional Roofing asked Thomas W. Hutchinson, an
architect with Legat Architects, Palatine, Ill.; Deryl Kratzer,
president of Tremco Inc.'s Roofing and Building Maintenance
Division, Beachwood, Ohio; J. Dudley Miles III, president of J.D.
Miles & Sons Inc., Chesapeake, Va.; and Sherri Miles-Foley,
vice president of J.D. Miles & Sons, to discuss proprietary
specifications from their perspectives. Following are the authors'
opinions about the subject.
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