-By Kathy Jonas – Although metal roofs are becoming ever more popular atop schools, commercial buildings, agricultural structures and homes, they are not really a new invention. The Romans placed copper on the Pantheon in 27 BC, and metal roofs were used on barns in the United States in the late 1800s. Wayne Wingard opened his Elkhart, Indiana, business, Master Steel Roofing, in 1998 because of the increasing popularity and versatility of modern steel roofing.
How did you get into the steel roofing business?
I was previously in the remodeling industry doing roofing, siding, windows and doors. We saw a need in the area for a steel roofing contractor, so we directed our business that way. My employees loved installing steel roofing, and more and more customers were asking about it. I started the business in my home and four years ago expanded it to our manufacturing facility in Elkhart.
Tell us about your company.
We have 12 employees. We specialize in the manufacture of standing-seam steel roofing for commercial customers, schools, churches, offices and restoration projects. We also install metal roofs in a 100-mile radius of Elkhart. We have a wide customer base that includes government entities, commercial contractors, business owners, residential contactors and homeowners. Our product line has grown to include nine different roof panel profiles, soffit panels, flush wall panels, dry under-deck systems and 5-, 6- and 7-inch gutters.
What is the value of a steel roof?
I’d highlight the 30- to 50-year warranties; minimal maintenance; energy savings on cooling bills; use of recyclable materials; protection from high winds and hail; and prevention of snow buildup.
Why did you join NFBA?
We’re interested in doing more post-frame construction work. I went to the 2016 Frame Building Expo in Indianapolis and loved the atmosphere there. It was very professional and informative. I’m interested in post-frame construction because of ease of building, cost savings, labor savings and energy efficiency.
What is the best part of your job?
I really like the freedom of being self-employed and providing high-quality products that I can be proud of.
What is the most challenging aspect of the work?
Solving the day-to-day problems that keep me in the office when I’d rather be out on the job sites, which I try to do every day in the afternoon.
What hobbies do you have?
Mainly hunting and doing things outdoors. I hunt elk, deer, coyote and bear and take trips out west as far as Colorado. I also hunt on land I own in Missouri. My wife, Corinna, and my four daughters spend their time with our 10 four-legged creatures, including horses, donkeys and ponies.
What is your business philosophy?
We are dedicated most of all to satisfying our customers and building lasting relationships with them.