The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Participants

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced its 2020 Construction Management Student Competition participating schools. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had nine schools submit their intent to participate. Five finalist teams will be announced December 9, 2019 and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas.

The schools who have indicated their intent to participate are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden.  Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala.
  • Bradley University, Peoria, Ill. with Jacob Settles (team captain), Chance Emanuels, Benjamim Maust and Caden Lansford.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Souhail Elhour. Team mentor is Laurie Moore, Kreiling Roofing Co., Peoria, Ill.
  • Clemson University (NEW), Clemson, S.C. with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, S.C.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colo. with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas and Jake Peckham.  Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colo.
  • Kennesaw State University, Marietta, Ga. with Jazzmin Evans (team captain), Maxim Downs, Cynia Gardner and Biancha Clarritt.  Faculty advisor is Ali Keyvanfar. Team mentor is Candace Klein, Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga.
  • Minnesota State University – Mankato, Department of Construction, Mankato, Minn. with Hunter Koesters (team captain), Seth Hander, Dylan Keck (alternate), Benjamin Meyer and Cory Erickson.  Faculty advisor is Brian Wasserman. Team Mentor is Kevin Palmer, Schwickert’s Tecta America of Mankato LLC, Mankato, Minn.
  • Ohio State University (NEW), Columbus, Ohio with David Swain (team captain), Mackenzie Lange, Brady Jackson (alternate), Matt Korzenko and Kin Sanders-Evans.  Faculty advisor is Michael Brown. Team mentor is Joseph Sanderlin, Chemcote, Inc., Dublin, Ohio.
  • Texas A&M University (NEW), College Station, Texas with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison.  Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, SR. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Fla.  with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate). Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Fla.

The Roofing Alliance construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas. The teams must research the project, review the plans and specifications, and assemble a full estimate and proposal to submit a qualified bid package.

The teams will submit their proposal packages by December 9, 2019 to be reviewed by the team of judges. A maximum of five finalist teams will be selected to travel to the International Roofing Expo in Dallas, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. Finalists will be named on January 6, 2020.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Offers Detailed FAQs for NRCA ProCertification

For those curious about NRCA ProCertification, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) offers detailed FAQs addressing many topics related to the program. Employers, installers or foremen will benefit from the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, which cover various topics and answer questions regarding the program and how it works.

To view the NRCA ProCertification FAQs, go to http://www.nrca.net/procertification/faqs.

For more information of NRCA ProCertification, visit nrca.net/procertification.

RoofConnect Launches New Paving Division

RoofConnect, known for specializing in emergency roofing repairs, maintenance, re-roofing, and projects that requires nationwide labor availability, announced the creation of a paving division, PaveConnect. The new division PaveConnect, will provide asphalt and concrete paving services nationwide for multi-facility customers.

David Workman, the President and CEO of RoofConnect explains, “Roof and parking lot repairs tend to go hand-in-hand, and our clients were expressing a need for quality paving services”. RoofConnect started providing parking lot services in 2017 to assist a few existing customers. The number of clients requesting help with their parking lots continued to grow, so the decision was made to create a division focused primarily on parking lot services. PaveConnect now works with a growing number of local paving contractors and seeking to add more qualified contractors.

For more information, visit www.paveconnect.com or  www.roofconnect.com.

OMG Roofing Products Names New Director for Key Accounts and International Sales

OMG Roofing Products announced that Kingbill Zhao has been promoted to Director of Key Accounts and International Sales. Kingbill replaces Web Shaffer who was promoted to senior vice president and general manager of the company’s FastenMaster Division.

In his new role, Kingbill will manage all sales and marketing activities of the company’s three Key Account Managers, as well as the company’s international sales and its European and Asia Market Managers. He reports to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager.

Kingbill joined OMG Roofing Products in January 2010 as the company’s first employee in Asia, and was instrumental in not only building our presence in China, but also in hiring the team in place now in China. Prior to joining OMG, Kingbill worked for the Chinese National Building Waterproof Association as the Manager of the International Liaison Department. Earlier, he worked for North China Power Engineering Company in Nigeria as the Commercial Manager on a sub-station expansion project.

Kingbill holds a bachelor’s degree from Beijing International Study University and is pursuing his MBA from Washington State University. As part of this transition, he has relocated with his wife and daughter to the United States and is based at the company’s Agawam headquarters.

Headquartered in Agawam, Massachusetts, U.S.A., OMG Roofing Products is a leading global supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, engineered edge metal systems, roof drains, solar anchors as well as productivity tools such as RhinoBond. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

For more information, visit https://omgroofing.com/.

Atlas Roofing Goes Pink, Raises Over $160,000 Toward Finding a Cure During Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Atlas Roofing Corporation, along with their dedicated network of contractors throughout the U.S., have raised over $160,000 to support the fight against breast cancer through the Summit 60® Pink initiative. From August 15 through October 15, a portion of the proceeds of every roll of Summit 60 synthetic roof underlayment sold was donated to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer foundation.

As part of the national initiative, Atlas debuted its special-edition Summit 60 Pink premium synthetic roof underlayment embellished with pink ribbons, the international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

“The goal of our Susan G. Komen Pink campaign was to provide much-needed awareness and funding for critical research and education,” explained Kirk Villar, vice president of sales and marketing for Atlas. “We are very proud of the funds we have raised through this partnership, and we will continue to donate our time and efforts to the fight against breast cancer.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common cause of death for women among all races and ethnicities in the United States.

“The special-edition rolls were a great way for Atlas and our contractors to show our dedication to the fight against breast cancer,” said Tiara Searcy, content and digital marketing manager for Atlas. “Together, we can help make a difference.”

The Susan G. Komen foundation, launched in 1982, has funded more than $988 million in research and more than $2.2 billion in education, screenings and treatment programs across the U.S.

“We are so grateful to receive this donation from Atlas Roofing Corporation,” said Julie Brock, special events and volunteer manager at Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta. “Corporate initiatives and donations like the one from Atlas help us continue serving our local community and communities across the country through life-saving programs and research.” 

Designed To Protect

Summit 60 is designed to optimize the life of a roof system through superior water resistance and UV protection, protecting against water intrusion and mold growth. Made from a woven polymeric scrim, Summit 60 is designed for increased strength, reduced slippage between the underlayment and the roof sheathing and improved walkability during installation. The materials will not warp, buckle or crack over time like other organic felt brands. The UV coating provides 60-day protection from the sun while the roof is being installed.

For more information on Summit 60 underlayment, please visit atlasroofing.com.

Roofing Alliance Seeks to Fund Projects For Betterment of the Roofing Industry

The Roofing Alliance is committed to promoting and supporting the advancement of the roofing industry and funds critical research, educational, technical and philanthropic projects to serve that purpose. The Roofing Alliance recently announced its annual call for funding requests; this year’s submittal deadline for funding applications is January 1, 2020.

The foundation has allocated more than $5 million to fund close to 50 programs and projects to support educational programs and ensure forward-thinking responses to economic and technological issues.

Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, notes $270,276 in project funding was approved in 2019 with about 70 percent of funding dollars earmarked for continuing projects and programs, such as the ongoing partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, Roofing Alliance Student Competition and construction management partnerships with universities.

The Roofing Alliance seeks projects that enhance the performance of the U.S roofing industry. A few of the projects funded in 2019 focused on future workforce development, including providing funding for NRCA’s partnership with SkillsUSA to help build the professional reputation of roofing while increasing interest in roofing industry careers.

For information about specific criteria and the funding review process, visit www.roofingalliance.net/About/Funding. To learn more about the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

NRCA Encourages Industry to Come Together for Roofing Day in D.C. 2020

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) invites all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Roofing Day in D.C. 2020 will take place April 21-22. All roofing professionals are urged to participate and consider bringing one or more employees.

“Help us demonstrate the depth of talent and diversity in our great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As 2020 is an election year, it is especially important for roofing professionals to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2020.”

Roofing Day in D.C. brings together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals from throughout the country to voice the industry’s priorities to Capitol Hill. It is crucial members of Congress see roofing professionals and hear about the critical issues facing the roofing industry.

For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765 or visit www.nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday.

New Self-Sealing Snow Guard Designed for Metal Roofs

National Nail introduces the STINGER Mini SnowGuard for halting dangerous sliding ice and snow on metal roofs. The Mini SnowGuard features a cutting-edge, time-saving design, with a self-sealing gasket system that requires no silicone, eliminating the mess and cleanup associated with sealants. Additionally, the Mini SnowGuard’s patented weathertight gasket system allows for installation at any temperature.

According to the manufacturer, eliminating silicone offers an installation that’s up to 60 percent faster compared to traditional snow guard products. The product is designed to be easy to install; just place the SnowGuard on the weather-tight gasket, set the SnowGuard at the desired point on the roof, and secure with the three 1.5-inch x #10 neoprene washered screws included. Even estimating the number of Mini SnowGuards for a roof is easy thanks to STINGER’s project calculator, available at www.STINGERWORLD.com.

“Sliding ice and snow is unpredictable and incredibly hazardous to people or objects near the perimeter of a metal roof,” said Roger Szotko, STINGER® Product Manager, National Nail. “The Mini SnowGuard system greatly reduces the risk of dangerous sliding ice and snow and can be installed quickly, easily and in any temperature for instant protection.”

Mini SnowGuards are made in the USA and are available in 12 colors and a clear finish, offering stylish, highly durable protection that complements any metal roof. Plus, Mini SnowGuards are covered by a Roof-Time Warranty: as long as they are installed properly, they are covered for the life of the roof. Proper installation requires the correct quantity based on the project calculator be installed in the correct pattern using the weather-tight gasket and instructed mounting hardware. The use of silicone or other mounting hardware will void the warranty coverages. Each box of STINGER Mini SnowGuards includes 50 Mini SnowGuards, 50 Weather-tight Gaskets and 150 All-Weather Coated Screws. 

For more information, visit www.STINGERWORLD.com.

NRCA Encourages Members to Submit Charitable Projects for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the eighth year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have co-sponsored the 2020 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2019, and December 1, 2019, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is December 1.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place—$7,500
  • 2nd Place—$5,000
  • 3rd Place—$2,500
  • People’s Choice Award—$1,500

Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

NRCA awarded the 2019 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award to Showalter Roofing Service Inc., Naperville, Illinois, at the International Roofing Expo in February for its charitable work in 2018.

“We strongly believe in ‘prosperity with a purpose,’” said CJ Martin, president and CEO of Showalter Roofing Service. “For us, that purpose is seeing to the basic human need for shelter, warmth and a safe place to call home, and winning this award has helped us do just that. Thank you, CNA and NRCA!”

For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nrca.net/about/NRCA-awards/cna-nrca-community-involvement.

Concrete Tile Available in New Suite of Colors in Southern Nevada Region

Boral Roofing LLC releases a new suite of concrete roofing tile colors in the Southern Nevada region. The range of hues represents a contemporary take on neutral roofing tones and reflects a move toward complementary architectural styles in the region. 

The new collection of colors is available with three popular Boral Roofing tile profiles — Barcelona, Saxony 900 Slate and Saxony 900 Shake. The six new shades include Sepia, Graphite, Shadow Black, Charcoal Blend, Appalachian Blend and Saddleback Blend. The new colors are a result of Boral Roofing’s continued research into macro-level consumer trends and the accompanying lifestyle and architectural shifts reflecting those in the region.

“We are seeing home design trend toward simpler lines and neutral, natural colors,” said Shannon Delgado, senior marketing manager with Boral Roofing. “Builders and remodelers today are addressing enhanced interest among homeowners for durable roofing materials that also complement contemporary and transitional home styles, which have been growing in popularity.”

According to the company, concrete roofing tile is an ideal roofing material in the southwestern region of the United States. The tile is a durable, resilient solution which helps protect homes from the region’s unique inclement weather conditions, offering a Class A fire rating.The new concrete roof tile colors are now available in Nevada. 

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.