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An architect, manufacturer and roofing contractors discuss proprietary specifications

by Thomas W. Hutchinson, AIA, RRC, Deryl Kratzer, J. Dudley Miles, III and Sherri Miles-Foley
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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 viewpoints.

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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