Up On A Roof For Repairs

The roof material is two types of asphalt, Milton Johnston said. The first type is asphalt three and the second is rubberized asphalt. Both are hot, wet and slippery.

When Johnston is working with vats of the material on the ground, he wears a long sleeved shirt to protect his arms. If he’s working in a different area, he will wear a short sleeved T-shirt.

They can’t be washed and dried in the conventional way but Geschwill said he has turned hot pants inside out and washed them. He hangs them on a clothesline to dry. They aren’t made to dried in a clothes dryer, he said.

The roof sections will have a base layer of asphalt and three layers of fiberglass paper and the final layer is the rubberized asphalt. “The layer of base is just as thick of the three (paper) layers together,” he said.

The roof material is solid and should last many years, Geschwill said.

“It’s a tough job,” Geschwill said of working with hot material on roofs.

The material is sticky and hot which means, “you just gotta keep moving,” Geschwill said of the heat beneath his feet.

“When it’s hot, it’s slippery, as it cools down it hardens,” Geschwill said of roofing material. Cooling down means the material is only about a couple hundred degrees instead of the 525 degrees.

When Geschwill first started working on roofs he was employed with a different company he got heat stroke because there weren’t enough chances to drink water and cool down. They’re up on a roof at Hancock School | Morris Sun Tribune