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Retrofit Systems with Metal Roofing

The increasing emphasis on sustainability and building energy performance will drive greater demand for the retrofit of existing buildings.  Metals sustainability and performance attributes make it the preferred choice for retrofitting existing roofs.  But not all retrofits are the same.  Join presenter DJ Highnote and Charlie Smith as they discuss the nuances of retrofitting over various roofing systems and facilitating the installation of photovoltaic systems. 

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the structure considerations in deciding to retrofit an existing roof
  2. Retrofiting over through fastened panel with standing seam to facilitate the installation of photovoltaic
  3. What you need to know about retrofitting over asphalt shingles vs metal

DJ Highnote

Executive Vice President, Roof Hugger

Born into the metal construction industry, with a grandfather that was a metal building contractor-developer and a father that was a 20 plus year district manager for Varco Pruden. D.J. Highnote’s career started at a young age in the field erecting pre-engineered steel buildings. He spent many years traveling around the country as well as in the Caribbean, constructing everything from shopping centers, structures for oil refineries and numerous metal over metal retro-fits. D.J. holds a Florida class “A” General Contractor’s License. His career with Roof Hugger began in 2013 as an estimator and he has since risen to become their Executive Vice President in charge of all operations. He has also contributed in his role in directing product research, testing and the design of multiple patents for their products. He is connected to the metal industry as the retro-fit committee chair with the Metal Construction Association (MCA), a member of the Metal Building Manufacturers Association (MBMA) and the Metal Building Contractors and Erectors Association (MBCEA). D.J. recently served on the committee that authored the Retrofit Roofing Video for the Metal Building Institute (MBI) and MBCEA. He is married to Michelle, his wife of 34 years, they have 4 children, 7 grandchildren and loves hunting and fishing in his spare time.

Charlie Smith

McElroy Metals

Throughout Charlie Smith’s career in the metal roofing industry he has been on a passionate mission to expand the use of metal roofing in non-conventional methods. Charlie’s efforts have made him one of the industry’s foremost authorities on recover systems utilizing metal roofing. Charlie holds several patents in the recover field including both metal-over-metal and metal-over-shingle solutions. Charlie co-wrote the two day IIBEC (RCI) Metal Roofing course and is a frequent presenter at IIBEC and other roofing industry events. In 2018, Charlie was presented the “Outstanding Educator Award” from RCI in recognition of continuous delivery of exceptional educational courses.

Ray Davis

Contract Warranty Inspector and Technical Advisor

1973 to 1975… Installer RBS Construction 
1976 to 1977… Employed by Berridge Manufacturing
1977 to 2000… Sub Contractor/ DBA  RBS Enterprises  & Innovative Sheet Metal
2001 to 2012… Technical Advisor/ Warranty Inspector    –  Architectural Building Components
2012 to 2021… Warranty Inspector – McElroy Metal Mills, Inc.
2022 to present… Contract Warranty Inspector and Technical Advisor