Triple-digit heat doesn’t stop roofers from protecting El Paso families
Triple digit temperatures are here to stay for the rest of the week. The high was 102 on Wednesday. Not all of us have the luxury to work inside on hot days like this. KFOX14 met some roofers who said the heat doesn't stop them from doing quality work.
“We power through all the way. Nonstop. Just to keep going as hard as we can before the heat comes,” said Lee Marquez with Smith and Ramirez Roofing and Restoration.
"To beat the heat, we stay wrapped up. Wrap your face. We use rags like this and try and create a mask like that,” said Ricardo Puga with Smith and Ramirez Roofing and Restoration.
This is a year-round job, even on hot days like this. The roofers told KFOX14 the only time they stop is for rain.
"The dangerous thing about this could be while you're up there working, you don't really feel the heat as much. It's not until you come down and cool down is when it hits you,” said Miguel Miranda with Smith and Ramirez Roofing and Restoration.
They have tricks to keep cool.
"Start early. We try to take breaks. Between the three of us, we'll drink about 32 bottles of water a day,” Puga said.
"At least a bottle every hour, it helps,” said Miranda.
Smith and Ramirez Roofing works with a material that helps you and them in this weather.
"It's the best material in El Paso, Texas. This material prevents the heat from going into your house. Once we lay it all down, it could be 120 degrees and you could walk on the roof barefoot and it won't burn you at all,” Marquez said.
The roofers said their focus isn't the heat, it's keeping El Paso families safe and covered.
"The best thing you can do is mind over matter out here,” Puga said.
"If you're miserable at work, then you're going to be miserable everywhere else, you know? So you've gotta make it worth it. Make the best of it. Every day. You have to. The struggle is real, but you make it a better day, ya know?" Marquez said.
The roofers said they are trained to recognize signs of heat stress, and they always keep an eye on each other.