Duro-Last®, Inc. & EXCEPTIONAL® Metals Expand Manufacturing Footprint to Carrollton, Texas

Duro-Last®, Inc. and EXCEPTIONAL® Metals have expanded operations by adding a new manufacturing facility in Carrollton, Texas. This expansion showcases Duro-Last’s commitment to our growing customer base by continuing to provide a convenient venue for roofing products and services.  Strong business growth positions Duro-Last to provide roofing and edge metal products closer to the markets they serve.

“Texas is the strongest market for the single-ply industry, and Duro-Last continues to grow in that area”, said Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last, Inc. “We want to make it easier for our customers in the region to conduct business with Duro-Last and our EXCEPTIONAL Metals division, and Texas is the ideal location.”

The Carrollton plant is Duro-Last’s fifth manufacturing location in the nation, and the fourth location to offer full-service production and support for roofing and edge metal products.  The facility will be fully operational this fall and brings new employment opportunities to Carrollton and surrounding communities. Duro-Last is known for their prefabricated roofs, custom curbs and stacks, renowned quality assurance and technical field services, as well as industry leading warranties.

Vision, Dedication, Integrity

Exactly 10 years ago today my Grandfather died.  I think about my grandfather a lot, but I don’t always think about the day that we buried him.  The reason I thought of the day that we buried him is the weather in Saginaw today.  It is miserable here.  Cold, rainy, and windy.  I was walking outside just a bit ago and I thought, “geez this weather is bad?  What’s the date today?  When’s the last time the weather was this bad this late in the year?”  Answer.  The day we buried my grandfather, April 2003.  As long as I live, that is one of the days that I will never forget.  I remember standing at the graveside memorial getting pelted mercilessly by the wind and rain, and I muttered to my brother, “only a roofing salesman likes a day like today” to which my brother responded, “that’s what he was.  He probably ordered it up!”


Now is as good a time as any to look back on what we’ve accomplished over the last 10 years, and we’ve accomplished a lot.  A lot of people in the industry thought, “That’s it.  They’re done.  The old man was the whole show.”  I can assure you that my grandfather loves the fact we showed them that wasn’t the case.  He loves the fact that we’re offering more products for sale, and that the company remains financially strong, continues to grow, and sales are increasing, although to be candid he’d say “you can sell more!”  He loves the fact that we have so many long time, loyal contractors, sales reps and employees and that we’ve added in more contractors, more sales reps and new employees to grow the company.  He loves people like Tom Saeli and Bill Carroll, people that  are going to take us to the next level.  My grandfather loves these companies and he takes tremendous pride in the products and the people.  You’ll notice I use the present tense.  That’s because my grandfather is still here.  So many of us still think about him and what he’d do, what he’d say.  That’s a powerful impact to have on people and a company, any company, even your own, ten years after your death.  So all I want to do today is ask you to do two things.   First, promise yourself that you will take pride in what you do.  Take pride in what you make.  Take pride in the products that we sell.  Take pride in the Duro-Last that you install.  Give your best.  Second, think about John Burt for a moment or two.  If you never met him, grab a copy of the John R. Burt story.  It will make the weather today seem like just another great day to get out there and sell!


Jason P. Tunney
General Counsel & Executive Vice President,

Duro-Last Inc., and
John R. Burt Enterprises

Duro-Last® Gets Connected With New Mobile App

Duro-Last Roofing, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of its new mobile application for both the Android and iOS operating systems.

            The Duro-Last Reference Application is designed to be an information source for various market segments, including roofing contractors, commercial building owners, facility managers, architects, consultants, and specifiers. Several specific building types are also addressed.

The application provides an overview of the commercial roofing products and systems offered by Duro-Last. It also highlights key marketing advantages, including our Edge to Edge & Deck to Sky™, Time Off the Roof™, and cool roofing initiatives, as well as our quality assurance operation and industry-leading warranties.

The Duro-Last Reference Application is available for download now from Google Play and iTunes.


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Don’t Be Afraid to Say “Merry Christmas”



It’s all right to say “Merry Christmas”.  Yes, Christmas is still a Christian holiday that celebrates the birth of the savior, Jesus Christ.  You should not be afraid to say that to your friends or acknowledge that in public.  As a matter of fact, Christians are encouraged to spread the good news of Jesus Christ.  If you’re not a Christian or you don’t believe in Jesus Christ as the savior, I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that if you’ve lived anywhere in America in the last year or so, that you’ve heard of this fellow named Jesus Christ and that a lot of people believe that he is the son of God and that he was sent to this Earth to die for their sins.  Kind of a neat concept, even if it does sound a little far-fetched to a non-believer.  If you don’t believe this, you have the absolute right to say so.  The great thing about this country is that there isn’t any punishment for you for not believing and there isn’t any punishment for the merry well-wisher either.  We’re free to express our beliefs here.  But Christmas isn’t about freedom.  It’s about hope.  Hope is good.  We need hope.  Hope for a better world.  Hope for an end to hunger.  Hope for peace.

We HOPE that you and your family have a MERRY CHRISTMAS and we HOPE that you have a HAPPY, HEALTHY & SUCCESSFUL NEW YEAR.


–          Jason Tunney, Shawn Sny and the Duro-Last® Board of Directors

Rewarding American Success

It’s right around the corner! Is your travel arranged and hotel room booked? The Duro-Last® National Sales Seminar is being held Sunday, January 27 through Tuesday, January 29, 2013 in San Diego, California, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt.

The theme for this year is American Success Stories. At Duro-Last, we’re proud to be a company founded on the American principles of innovation, hard work, manufacturing know-how, and quality.  We also know that we wouldn’t be where we are without the hundreds of roofing contractors whose successes have inspired more than three decades of leadership, and we invite all of them to come and share this experience with us.

During Seminar breakout sessions, conducted by Duro-Last subject matter experts, our contractors will get valuable product, marketing, and installation information that will help them to be more efficient and productive. Each session is designed around a topic that we have identified as key to our contractors’ success. Topics include: installation and layout techniques, a Duro-Last product review, OSHA compliance, web marketing, construction law contracts, and our new and improved spec generator.

One of our General Session keynote speakers Rick Barrera, Wall Street Journal Best Selling author of How To Design A Branded Competitive Advantage And Deliver Extraordinary Customer Experiences, will share components of his book including ideas on branding that will help all of our attendees generate new marketing ideas in 2013!

Our other General Session keynote speaker, Captain J. Charles Plumb, a 28-year retired veteran of the United States Navy, will share his experiences in achieving success despite being held captive as a P.O.W. for over 2,000 days after his plane was shot down in North Vietnam.

Our Seminar will culminate when we recognize our authorized contractors’ 2012 sales achievements, plus honor our Contractor of the Year at the awards banquet.  This evening is a night where we celebrate the bond between our company and each contractor that sells and installs the Duro-Last roofing system. It’s recognition that we are more than a manufacturer for our customers and that these relationships are instrumental to the position we hold as leaders in the commercial roofing marketplace.

We’re looking forward to welcoming all our authorized contractors to the best three days in the roofing industry: The Duro-Last National Sales Seminar!



2012 I-Code Revisions

During this year’s International Roofing Expo held in Orlando, I attended a seminar regarding the 2012 International Codes and how they will affect the roofing industry. There are several revisions throughout the codes that need to be addressed, not only in the International Building Code (IBC 2012), but also the International Fire Code (IFC 2012), the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2012), and the International Residential Code (IRC 2012).


  • IBC 2012 – minor changes
  • IFC 2012 – new requirements
  • IRC 2012 – minor changes
  • IECC 2012 – new requirements

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NRA 2012

This year’s NRA (National Restaurant Association) Show was a success for Duro-Last®. With a 6% increase in attendees over 2011, the show was busy and Duro-Last had a very full booth all four days. Over 1,900 exhibitors and 61,000 attendees flocked to the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois where new products and services of all kinds were introduced.

The entire Chicago-area sales team for Duro-Last was in attendance. Regional Sales Manager, Mark Van Dorn gave new independent sales reps Scott Gaviati, Troy Osbourne, and Jeff Deneberg the ins-and-outs of the restaurant industry and how the Duro-Last roofing system can benefit restaurant owners. Having our local independent reps at the show made a great impression as many attendees already knew Troy and Jeff.

Duro-Last Sales Coordinator Ken Claes and National Account Representative Jason Dark demonstrated the long term benefits and energy savings that can be realized with the Duro-Last system. This included our new line of Duro-Guard™ insulation products. With four full days of exhibit time, they saw attendees return numerous times to the booth with additional questions. This increased our exposure to decision makers throughout North America.

Duro-Last will be attending NRA 2013, scheduled for May 18-21 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.


In February 2010, The Center for Environmental Innovation unveiled RoofPoint™ to a select group of roofing industry stakeholders at the International Roofing Expo.

RoofPoint is a sustainability guideline developed exclusively for roofing systems. It is similar to other familiar building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Build Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, but it embraces important differences that offer unique value to building owners and the green-building community.

RoofPoint evaluates a roof system in five categories: energy management, materials management, water management, durability/life cycle management, and innovation.

Since the beginning of 2011, RoofPoint projects have been certified in over 30 U.S. states as well as Canada and Mexico.

The January 2012 issue of Interface provides a complete overview of the program as well as the RoofPoint guideline, which is a comprehensive checklist of all critical environmental aspects of modern roofing systems.

Have you used RoofPoint on a project? Leave us a comment about the projects you have worked on that incorporate RoofPoint.

War of the Worlds – The Exploding Sun – Part 2

In my previous post we discussed the most common type of solar module utilized today, crystalline silicon panels, which are encapsulated in glass. Another type of rooftop power generation that produces electric energy is Concentrated Solar Power, or CSP. CSP uses lenses or mirrors to concentrate solar thermal energy onto a small area such as a tower. Typically, the mirrors are positioned on the roof to reflect sunlight to the tower mounted on the ground at one end of the building. The tower houses an engine (usually steam), to drive an electric generator.

CSP requires very clear skies to work most effectively, and steam generation requires a fair amount of water which can be an issue in hot, dry climates. Compared to PV, more maintenance may be necessary due to the moving parts in trackers and generators. But focusing the sun in this way also has several advantages.

First, less space is required for the collection units; so less land or rooftop space is required. The cost per watt for CSP is currently par with PV, but has the potential to be half that of PV. CSP steam generators produce AC power so they can integrate directly into existing infrastructure without power inverters. With natural gas back-up or molten salt heat storage systems, CSP has the potential to operate continuously in the event of extended periods of cloudiness or shading of part of the array. CSP is projected to have a larger share of solar power generation within 10 to 15 years due to its efficiencies and potential reduction in cost (and by extension – the ability to generate power more cost effectively) due to technological advancements.