Featured Employee: Roofing Foreman Mervin RiehlShare
Roofing Foreman Mervin Riehl feels a strong sense of accomplishment after a job well done. That drives hard work whether he’s tearing off an old roof or installing a new one. Read on to learn about Mervin’s favorite Weaver project, his favorite movie, and how it feels to tear off a roof during a rainstorm!
What is an average day like for you on the job?
I do tear offs and new roofing, a little bit of both.
What do you like most about your work?
I like the way Ken and Randy make Weaver feel like more than just a job. Almost everybody says it but it’s true. You’re not just a number, you’re a person that Ken and Randy care about. That’s what I like about my job.
I also like how they give God all the praise and glory for the success of the business—that’s a really big deal to me. I really appreciate that no matter how successful the business is, they’re praising God.
What do you like least about your work?
The guys I work with — JUST KIDDING!
Probably dealing with the weather. When we do tear offs, especially if it’s a rubber job, bad weather is a nightmare.
What’s it like tearing a roof off in nasty weather?
One time, I had a big section torn off I looked up and you could see that rain was coming. It was like, “oh my word!” You just freak out a little bit.
It’s no good. You know water’s getting in somewhere. You can’t do anything about it. So, you just work as hard and as fast as you can to get it done. It’s no fun at all.
How do you learn to walk safely on a roof?
You’ve just got to do it. I’ve been roofing for 10 or 12 years, so it’s like walking on the ground for me. You can’t be scared though.
We’re tied off now. We’ve always got harnesses on and ropes. So if you slip, there’s something there to catch you.
How do you work to get better at your job?
You can’t be satisfied with how you’re doing things. Every situation is different, so you can’t do everything the same. When I do my work, I want people to be able to come up and look at it and be like “this guy knows what’s up. This looks amazing.”
Why do you like roofing?
I just like the feel being up on the roof. It’s wide open. I hate being closed in with walls all around me. So being on the roof is pretty awesome for me.
Do you have a favorite project?
A cedar roofing project in Philadelphia. We redid the whole basement and put an addition out the back. The roof was steep. We did cedar shakes for that roof. But I loved that job. It was a hard job, but when you’re done, it looks sweet. You look back and you’re like wow. I love doing cedar shakes they’re great.
What is it like to work at Weaver?
It’s fun. It makes you feel good. I’ve worked at a bunch of different places, but the feel that Weaver has is good. I think it’s all because Ken and Randy are Christian men and give all the honor and glory to God. I think that’s why the feeling is there, because God is in everything.
What’s your family like?
I have two daughters and a son. In the summertime and in the fall, we play lots of sports. My daughter and son play baseball in the spring, and my son plays football in the fall. My daughter does piano, and I play fast pitch softball in the summertime. Usually for about four or five months out of the year, we’re a little crazy, but it’s loads of fun.
We also do a lot of camping. We love camping.
What’s your favorite campsite?
Spruce Lake in the Poconos. We try to go there once or twice a year. It’s definitely our favorite.
For softball, what position or positions do you play?
I’ll play the outfield or infield, but I usually play first base.
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What’s your favorite movie?
Braveheart. Best movie ever.
Do you have any other hobbies?
I just got my son some golf clubs so we can do some chip & putt. I try to golf when I can during the summertime.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I don’t know. I like to help people. I’m a giver. If I can do something for someone, I love to do that. It’s such a good feeling to help somebody. I had so many people help me out, and I know how good it feels to receive that, so I love giving that too.
Are you any relation to Safety Director Matt Riehl?
No, I’m not. I’ve been asked a lot. The first couple of weeks people were calling trying to get Matt. I’m like “You’ve got the wrong Riehl!” They’ve figured it out now.