Ted McDermott founder of McDermott & Son Roofing started out farming and running a small construction company. His company dealt in the construction of buildings. As time went by, he was having problems finding a company to roof the new buildings. It occurred to him that if he was having problems, others might be as well. So, in 1935 the roofing company was born. Ted was mopping hot asphalt and burlap, (as roofing felt was not available at the time.) One of the major projects done at this time was the original KJAN radio station in Atlantic, Iowa.
In 1952 Dwane (Shorty) Bramer, Ted’s stepson (the 2nd generation) purchased the company. After serving in WWII he came back and worked with the company. So, in 1952 Ted began full-time farming and Shorty began full time roofing. During Shorty’s years as owner, the company was primarily involved in commercial roofing. Tar and Gravel was the premier roof at the time. In the mid 70’s we began using Acrylic Coatings. We were the first in the area to use Conklin and Foam Systems.
In 1985 Denny Bramer, Shorty’s son (the 3rd generation) purchased the company. Denny began helping out in the roofing business carrying tar buckets in 1956. One of the first projects he completed was a cleaner’s building in downtown Atlantic, which is now occupied by J & J Graphics. Time changes all things, including the roofing industry. During Denny’s years we moved away from Acrylics and Foam as it was too vulnerable from hail, and other acts of weather. We then began using Single Ply Systems, which the main roof at the time was EPDM (Rubber).
In 2004 due to the unexpected passing of Denny, his stepson, Rob Clausen (the 4th generation) purchased the company. Rob started in the roofing business in the late 1970’s helping out after school and in the summer. In 1980 Rob remembers putting up the ladder on one building and going from rooftop to rooftop to repair and fix damage that was caused by a terrible hailstorm that went through the Atlantic area.
For over 85 years McDermott & Son Roofing has been going strong. Even today, McDermott & Son Roofing uses only the world's premier roofing systems. In the tradition of McDermott’s we have another new product in which we began applying in 1996, this product is called DURO-LAST. We are an authorized dealer and Master Elite Contractor of Duro-Last Roofing Systems. Please take a moment and look around our site. If you have any questions or roofing needs, please contact us.