Gustafson, president and owner of Gustafson
Industries Inc., Boynton Beach, Fla., with his sons Michael (left)
and Ryan after winning first, second and third places at a Florida
Roofing, Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association
fishing tournament in Orlando, Fla.
Professional Roofing: What is the most difficult
roofing project you've performed?
Gustafson: The guest house at a residence in Palm Beach, Fla. My
six- to 10-member crew installed 225 squares (2025 m²) of
Vermont slate on a roof with a 10-in-12 (40-degree) slope. The
guest house features 25 large windows that were covered with
lead-coated copper dormers we fabricated in our shop. In addition,
the guest house has 75 squares (675 m²) of low-slope roof
systems on which we mop- and torch-applied various modified bitumen
roof systems. The main and guest houses now are on sale for $75
Why did you become a roofing contractor?
My father, Tom Gustafson, was a painting contractor, and I went to
work for him after college. Soon after, my father started a roofing
division because it was an extension of what we already were
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