Taylor, chief executive officer and chairman of
the board for Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based D.C. Taylor Co., with his
wife, Julie; daughter, Lauren; sons (from left to right), Ben,
Brent and Tyler; and dogs (from left to right), Stella, Riley and
Professional Roofing: What is the most difficult
roofing project you've performed?
Taylor: Sea World of Texas, San Antonio. My 12-member crew
installed a fabric roof system over a whale pool. Unfortunately, by
the time the general contractor told us we could begin roof system
installation, the pool had been filled with water. The crew
installed the roof system working from a flat-bottom boat! The
prefabricated membrane was made of PVC coated with Teflon® and
stretched over cables attached to columns. The crew had to tension
the cables to 14,000 pounds (6300 kg) using hydraulic jacks without
pulling down the columns. The roof system resembles a tall sailing
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
After my sophomore year in college, I was working on a roofing crew
learning to mop. During a beautiful Iowa summer day, I looked
across the horizon at the trees and adjacent buildings' roofs and
could not imagine why I would want to be an accountant, which is
what I was studying at the time. I loved constructing and being
able to see my work result in something tangible.
What was your first roofing experience?
I was the "brush man" on a crew that sprayed emulsion on a
smooth-surfaced saw-tooth roof system. My job was to brush the
emulsion with a 36-inch (900-mm) soft-bristled broom. We had a
contest to see how much area we could complete each day. The
camaraderie was fantastic. After several months, I really...
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