Featured Employee: Roofing Foreman Jon HorstShare
Roofing Foreman Jon Horst loves seeing how a new roof and exterior work transforms an old building into something new and revitalized. When it comes to roofing Jon isn’t afraid to get dirty — hear how he describes tearing off a roof in the middle of summer. Read on to learn about Jon’s favorite roofing material and his hidden talent.
What is an average day like for you on the job?
In the morning, I make sure I have the proper materials and tools for the job. During the day I give oversight to the other guys that are working with me. At the end of the day or at the end of the job, I make sure the proper paperwork is finished.
Do you do commercial roofing, residential roofing, or both?
What do you like about commercial roofing?
Commercial is normally a bigger project, and doing rubber roofing isn’t quite as back-breaking compared to residential.
What do you like most about your work?
Working outside and the camaraderie of my co-workers is great. I really like being in the construction trade, working with my hands. That’s what I really enjoy about my job.
What do you like least about your work?
The hot and humid days in the middle of summer. It can be pretty brutal.
What’s it like tearing a roof off in nasty weather?
It’s horrible. When it’s hot like that, you get out of the truck in the morning, and it’s already 80. You’re sweating before you even start working. You’re sweaty, hot, and dirty. It doesn’t matter how much water you drink. At the end of the day, you’re just exhausted.
How do you learn to walk safely on a roof?
It’s something you’ve got to just do. I’ve been climbing around ever since I was a kid. The heights have never really bothered me. The skill is something you learn just by doing. After you do it a few times, you get comfortable.
Why do you like roofing?
Roofing is something that when I was getting into construction with Weaver, it’s where they had a need. Overtime, I’ve come to really enjoy working with the whole exterior — especially with an older building. if you take an older building that looks rough, and you add a new roof and exteriors, you can stand back and see a real improvement. That’s enjoyable — it’s very satisfying.
What’s your favorite roofing material?
I really like seeing a metal roof. It’s got to be one of my favorite things to do. It looks really clean and sharp.
Do you have a favorite project?
One of my favorite projects was a number of years ago. I didn’t run the job, but I helped out. We did a slate roof on an enormous house in the Conshohocken area. I really enjoyed putting on the slate and copper accessories.
What is it like to work at Weaver?
It’s one of the best places I’ve worked. You get to know the other guys on a personal level. Working for Ken and Randy is a blessing, too. They really care about their employees and the employee’s families.
What’s your family like?
I’ve been married for almost 15 years, and we have 5 children. A lot of my time outside of work is spent with my wife and kids. Our oldest two are girls. They are 12 and 10. We have three boys ages 8, 4, 3. We adopted the youngest two a year ago.
What’s your favorite restaurant?
Longhorn Steakhouse. I enjoy eating a good steak.
Where’s your favorite place to go on vacation?
I enjoy going to the mountains. I like going backpacking with some of my real good friends. We usually go once if not twice a year — either to the mountains of Northern PA or West Virginia.
The last couple of times, I’ve been taking my oldest son along. That’s been enjoyable to see him out in the woods, exploring and learning about the outdoors.
What’s your favorite book or favorite movie?
I don’t watch a whole lot of movies. For my favorite book, there are so many good ones. I don’t know if I have a favorite, but I just finished one called Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas.
It’s a biography on the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Dietrich Bonhoeffer grew up in Germany and became a theologian and pastor as the Nazis were coming to power — he began to oppose them publicly, and it led him into the resistance against Hitler. I enjoy history — especially the World War II era.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I enjoy music. I play some guitar and I lead worship music at our church about once a month. I really like that.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I’m a closet artist, I guess you could say. I used to draw a lot as a kid, but I haven’t done much with it lately. I enjoy getting my pencils out from time to time, and I’ve dabbled in watercolor too.
I should do some more with it, but at the end of a workday, it’s tough to get the creative juices flowing.