Tyler Canaday

WHAT IS YOUR POSITION WITHIN YOUR COMPANY? I am estimator/project manager for Madsen Roofing & Waterproofing Inc., Sacramento, Calif.

WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL PROJECT OF WHICH YOU HAVE BEEN A PART? We completed a reroofing project on a historical train station in Sacramento. Being part of the complete retrofit of a historical building presented unique roofing and waterproofing challenges I have yet to see again.

WHY DID YOU BECOME INVOLVED IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY? While attending Sacramento State University, I worked as a draftsman specializing in tapered insulation design. I was able to work closely with many respected roofing contractors to meet all their tapered insulation design needs. This led to opportunities after graduation.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST ROOFING EXPERIENCE? My first roofing experience was visiting a job site to see the installation of a tapered insulation system I helped design. At that point, I had only been able to see the conceptual design in a two-dimensional format.

PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ... I have played guitar in blues, jazz and metal bands.

WHAT IS YOUR ROOFING INDUSTRY INVOLVEMENT? I currently serve on the board of directors for the Western States Roofing Contractors Association. I also am enrolled in NRCA University’s Future Executives Institute—Class 10.

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB? My first job was watering plants all day at a nursery during summer. Brutal.

WHAT QUALITY DO YOU MOST ADMIRE IN A PERSON? Authenticity. I appreciate when a person’s personality is able to shine through in a professional setting where one is supposed to be on his or her best behavior.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER A WASTE OF TIME? Trying to mold yourself into something you’re not. As I get older, I believe it is important to discover your strengths and work to enhance and highlight them.

WHAT’S THE MOST EXCITING/ADVENTUROUS THING YOU’VE DONE? I used to race road bicycles competitively. After getting tired of road rash, I currently only ride for stress relief and fitness.

IF YOU COULD HAVE ANY SUPERPOWER, WHAT WOULD IT BE? WHY? Telepathy because it would save a lot of time during the sales process


MY FAVORITE PART ABOUT WORKING IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY IS ... I enjoy being in a niche industry with a reasonably high barrier to entry. This creates a group of intelligent and passionate people who want the best for their industry. I also take pride in furnishing a product that is tangible.

WHAT IS THE MOST HIGH-TECH ITEM IN YOUR HOUSE? My espresso machine and other coffee brewing equipment. I have an obsession with all aspects of coffee.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE ROOFING MATERIAL TO WORK WITH? WHY? I enjoy getting involved with urethane coating/restoration projects. I believe it is important to keep as much roofing material out of landfills as possible if a situation allows for it.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE? Getting married and building a nice life together with my wonderful wife

WHAT SONG ARE YOU LISTENING TO OVER AND OVER? “Slow Motion Hurricane,” by Jamestown Revival


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