By Dani Sheehan.
TUBOS Inc. is owned by a very innovative gentleman named Kevin Morris out of Largo, Florida with his partner Rick Maddox. They are represented by Delta Rep Group, a manufacturer’s representative throughout the state of Florida. Recently, Heidi J. Ellsworth caught up with Wayne Heironimus, a managing partner of Delta Rep Group, to discuss some of the products he represents and his unique role in the roofing industry. The prefabricated vent pipe extensions from TUBOS are one such product he not only represents, but firmly stands behind.
Wayne gives us some background on Kevin and Rick’s company. “They were sheet metal people, and they identified a problem on a roof. And that was, when you add insulation to a roof to bring it to code, there’s pipe stacks, pipe vent extensions that need to be extended further. The code says that soil stacks have to be eight inches above the roof, but if you add four inches of insulation, they’re no longer eight inches above and have to be extended.”
Before TUBOS came along, the roofer would come up with any solution they could think of, buying materials from Home Depot or a plumbing supply store and essentially fabricating your own pipe extension on the roof. Not only does this mean that every extension was engineered differently, but it cost time and money to find a solution. Kevin and Rick came up with a brilliant solution and now we can count on TUBOS across the industry. Wayne continues, “TUBOS are prefabricated plumbing vent pipe extensions. They’re user-friendly, they’re quick and the quality is assured in each one that they’re all the same. They ensure that you comply with local building codes and they’re easy to install. They have design simplicity and they’re very, very economical.”
Wayne has had the opportunity of being with TUBOS since Kevin began developing the product. He tells us, “I watched it from the very beginning, and it moved from selling them to roofers and as a fix to coming up with patents, specifications, detail drawings, product data sheets. They’re available at over 550 roofing distributors throughout the country... [Roofing contractors] love them because it standardizes what they’re doing, and they can make the fix and reduce callbacks.”
Dani is a writer for the Coffee Shops and AskARoofer™. When she's not writing or researching, she's training for trail races and working on her yoga teaching certification.
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