MCA Welcomes Two New Member Companies

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) is proud to announce two companies have recently joined the 100+ manufacturers and suppliers dedicated to expanding and developing the metal construction industry: Wood’s Powr-Grip and Wagner Metal Supply.

Wood’s Powr-Grip – Wood’s Powr-Grip, based in Laurel, Montana, is now in the third generation of family management. The company designs, manufactures and distributes tools and equipment including a full line of hand-held vacuum cups, below-the-hook vacuum lifters and vacuum mounting cups to make handling materials and mounting equipment easier. The company now has over 150 employees but continues to adhere to founder Howard Wood’s philosophy to always “do the right thing” for customers, employees, and everyone who comes into contact with WPG products.

Wagner Metal Supply – Located in Defiance, Ohio, this family-owned and operated metal fabrication shop offers metal products including metal roofing panels, metal siding panels, a wide range of metal accessories and more. The company offers two different exclusive metal panels. DuraFastTM, is used for metal siding and metal roofing applications, and DuraLoc-16TM, is a standing seam roofing panel. The company has been in business for over two decades and Brett Wagner, the company’s founder, maintains a principle “to create customers for life”.

Barry Wood of Wood’s Powr-Grip described his reasons for his company to join MCA. “MCA is the place to be to meet and form relationships with the key people in the industry. We’re looking forward to building valuable relationships through the incredible networking opportunities.”

Both companies will now have access to the resources available to all MCA members, including updated technical reports, research data, the Annual Market Study, and industry information in the Members Only section of the MCA website.

MCA members represent a broad array of companies including metal roof, wall panel, shingles and coatings manufacturers, coil coaters and metal producers, distributors, equipment and accessories manufacturers, energy insulation system manufacturers, MCM fabricators, and contractors.                                                                          

MCA member companies benefit from participation in association activities and connections among suppliers and industry leaders in research, codes and standards, market development, and technical programs. The association works to increase the use of metal materials in construction by educating the building and design communities about the benefits of metal.

“We welcome our new members and look forward to sharing all of the benefits MCA offers,” says MCA’s Executive Director, Jeff Henry. “We look forward to building meaningful relationships that help our members network with fellow industry leaders and to expand their businesses.”

For more information, visit www.metalconstruction.org.

Bay Harbor Yacht Club’s Patio Plaza Gets an Upgrade

The second-floor patio deck of the Bay Harbor Yacht Club was removed and replaced with a new system featuring fully adhered Versico TPO membrane beneath Hanover Porcelain Pavers. Photos: Versico

Located along the shore of northern Lake Michigan, the Bay Harbor Yacht Club (BHYC) is a stately building surrounded by natural beauty. In addition to a deep-water marina and sandy beach, members of this luxurious private club have access to a pool, tennis courts, a fitness center, and a variety of restaurants, from upscale to casual.

One of the most popular spots in the BHYC is the large, tiled patio deck that extends off the second-floor ballroom. The patio deck, which also serves as the roof of the spa’s outdoor relaxation area, provides a laid-back atmosphere for people to eat, drink, spend time with friends, and listen to live music while taking in spectacular views of Lake Michigan.

Crews from Doyle Roofing installed the 135-mil VersiFleece TPO using Flexible DASH adhesive.

In 2020, the patio needed repairs. The old tile pavers were damaged, resulting in leaks in the outdoor spa area below. A new system was designed that used a fully adhered 135-mil VersiFleece TPO membrane beneath Hanover Porcelain Pavers, which would provide much better waterproofing protection than the previous coating/tile paver system.

Doyle Roofing, Inc., was selected for the BHYC project based on the company’s 40-year track record of high-quality work all over northern Michigan. The Doyle Roofing team is trained and experienced in the installation of a wide variety of roofing systems on both new construction and re-roofing projects.

Removal and Replacement

The project started with removing the old tile pavers and coating system down to the concrete deck. Then the Doyle Roofing crew primed the concrete deck with Versico’s CAV-GRIP 3V Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer. CAV-GRIP 3V can be used in a wide range of temperatures, is low-odor and low-VOC, sets up quickly, and is easy to apply.

Hanover Porcelain Pavers were selected for their durability and aesthetics.

After priming, Doyle Roofing applied Versico’s Flexible DASH, a two-part urethane adhesive, to the deck. Flexible DASH is VOC-free, energy-absorbing, and impact-resistant, and it allows for a quick and totally non-penetrating system. Once the Flexible DASH set up, the crew then installed a 135-mil VersiFleece TPO membrane. VersiFleece TPO offers exceptional waterproofing protection, as well as durability, flexibility, and toughness due to its thickness, reinforcing scrim, and polyester fleece backing.

After the membrane installation was complete, it was time to install the paver system. The crew loose-laid a drainage/protection mat over the VersiFleece membrane, then installed the pedestal paver system. Versico’s Hanover Porcelain Pavers were selected because they are ideal for use as outdoor flooring. Porcelain Pavers are hard-wearing, anti-slip, weather-resistant, and capable of withstanding heavy loads without compromising aesthetics. These pavers are quick and easy to install and are resistant to acid, chemicals, mold, and salt.

The project was completed in May 2020. Work was completed in approximately one month. The Doyle Roofing crew reported that the job was made much simpler by the use of Flexible DASH Adhesive, which sets up much more quickly than standard bonding adhesives and allowed them to compete more work in less time.

BHYC’s new and improved patio plaza will provide a welcoming place for members to gather and socialize for years to come, while Versico’s VersiFleece membrane will keep the fitness center below dry and protected against leaks.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Doyle Inc. Roofing Contractors, Cheboygan and Petoskey, Michigan, www.doyleroofing.com

MATERIALS

Membrane: 135-mil VersiFleece TPO, Versico, www.versico.com

Pedestal System: Hanover Porcelain Tile Pedestal Pavers, www.hanoverpavers.com

EPDM System’s Long-Term Performance Reveals Important Lessons

The Firestone RubberGard EPDM roof system on the headquarters of Albo Manufacturing in West Bend, Wisconsin was installed in October of 1980. Photos: Firestone Building Products

For most of us, turning 40 is something of a milestone. Maybe a time for a party, some soul-searching and usually a lot of brave talk about how 40 is the new 30. Regardless, we have crossed into undeniable middle age.

When a roof turns 40, still healthy and well-functioning, that’s an accomplishment of a different sort, putting that roof out front in a league of its own. In October, 1980 — yes, 40 years ago — in West Bend, Wisconsin, a team of installers put the finishing touches on the first Firestone RubberGard EPDM roof. That 45-millimeter, 7,900 square feet of membrane is still protecting the headquarters of Albo Manufacturing today, and has continuously done so for the last 40 years. Kurt Mueller, now the president of Albo, was 22 when his dad decided to try out the new type of roofing membrane.

Why would someone agree to be the first in line to try out a new product, especially one that represented a major investment for a small independent job shop? “He was good buddies with the contractor,” Mueller says as he explains his dad’s decision. The contractor “gave my father his word that the roof would perform, and that, I believe, is what swayed my father.” For the contractor and his employees, the lure of installing the roof without having to use hot asphalt was also a plus.

The roof at the Albo job shop is a testament to the durability of EPDM. While results may vary, this 40-year old has withstood the extremes of the harsh Northern Wisconsin: tornadoes, thunderstorms with winds up to 60 miles per hour, almost two feet of snow, and temperatures that plunged to 20 degrees below zero in the winter and rose to a scorching 100 degrees plus in the summer.

The roof at the Albo Manufacturing headquarters is still going strong four decades later, serving as a testament to the durability of EPDM.

Other than congratulating the owner for his savvy decision-making, why should we be talking about this durable roof? Is it a “one-off” or a sample of what might be expected from an EPDM membrane? Here’s why the 40-year performance of an EPDM roof is increasingly relevant today: we are facing new challenges now as we look for ways to protect our buildings from extreme weather events. While there may be debate about the cause, indisputable global statistics confirm the increasing frequency of more extreme weather: intense tornado outbreaks, record-setting heat, catastrophic wildfires, heavy downpours, longer droughts, and more frequent and more powerful hurricanes. This roof teaches us important lessons from its 40-year performance, and helps to inform decision-making moving forward.

In a highly competitive marketplace, the manufacturers of EPDM — Firestone Building Products as well as Carlisle SynTec Systems, and Johns Manville — have joined to create the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA), and invest in the science that delivers the data behind record-setting roofs like the facility in West Bend. This effort, in turn, has led to a generation of improvements that deliver a product based on 21st century science.

For instance, while ERA has numerous examples of the durability of EPDM from case studies, it was important to the association to investigate the science behind the longevity of their product. To that end, in a landmark aging study, ERA examined five roof systems with 28 to 32 years of in-field service, and concluded that all of the systems examined were still performing as intended. In fact, the study found that all of the samples were essentially performing “like new” with physical characteristic properties above or just below the minimum characteristics of newly manufactured 45-millimeter EPDM membrane. The roofs were first inspected in the field to get a good sense of their condition, and then samples were sent to a testing facility for the roofing industry. The laboratory testing examined five critical performance characteristics of the EPDM membrane.

The Elongation Test Results showed that four of the five roof samples exceeded the minimum characteristics for aged EPDM, and one exceeded the minimum for new EPDM. For Tensile Strength, all five samples exceeded the minimum standard. For Thickness XD (Cross Direction), three samples exceeded the manufacturer minimum, while the other two missed by one-thousandth of an inch. For Thickness MD (Machine Direction), three achieved or exceeded the minimum, while one missed by one one-thousandth of an inch and another by four one-thousandths of an inch. For Factory Seam Strength, it was only possible to test two of the samples, but both easily surpassed manufacturers’ minimums.

Overall, ERA has conducted four studies on EPDM that validate the long-term performance of the EPDM membrane. “The first field studies of EPDM were done in the late 1980s, and we are finding a pattern,” says Thomas W. Hutchinson AIA, FRCI, RRC and Principal, Hutchinson Design Group, Ltd., Barrington, Illinois. “The pattern is that these roofs can really last a long time. By using today’s advanced design techniques and proper roof maintenance, it is reasonable to expect that an EPDM roof will approach or exceed 40 years of service.”

Given the recent challenges of increasingly cataclysmic weather events, this durability and longevity is one important aspect of the contribution that EPDM can make to a resilient roofing system. Additionally, EPDM has excellent hail resistance, remaining flexible and pliable so that it can absorb the impact from hail without fracturing. The membrane is also very dimensionally stable when exposed to significant changes in temperature and EPDM is the only commercially available membrane that performs in an unreinforced state, making it very forgiving to large amounts of movement without damage and potentially more cycles before fatiguing. Seaming technology has constantly improved over the last 40 years, and has brought about innovations such as double-sided tape and factory applied tape. Sixty millimeter and 90-millimeter membrane has been introduced, offering enhanced puncture resistance.

These improvements to EPDM over the last four decades add up to increasingly sustainable and resilient construction. During a time when resilient structures are essential to a recovering economy, the value of updated EPDM is more evident than ever to the building owner. Kurt Mueller up in West Bend is grateful that his father’s roof continues to provide shelter for his small business. For anyone making a decision about a roofing membrane today, it’s important to know that the 21st century product, with increased strength and multiple improvements, is not your father’s EPDM.

For more information about EPDM as part of a resilient roofing system, consult ERA’s 2020 Resilience Report (http://epdmtheresilientroof.org.)

About the author: Louisa Hart is the director of communications for the Washington-based EPDM Roofing Association (ERA). For more information, visit www.epdmroofs.org.

Updating Your Employee Manual for 2021

Most everyone can agree that 2020 has been challenging. However, the year has also been an opportunity, a time for roofing contractors and other businesses to take a step back, study what works and what does not, and implement necessary revisions to standard operating procedures.

As you get ready for the new year, take a moment to evaluate your company. See what has changed and consider what new demands you expect for 2021. Then update your employee handbook to reflect those changes.

I-9 Requirements

Your human resources office is likely well-versed in having workers complete I-9 forms when they onboard. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) relaxed the I-9 requirements for remote workers, but that flexibility expired on December 31. Also, as President-elect Biden takes office, immigration regulations may change. Ensure your employee handbook adequately explains the current requirements, and be ready to make changes throughout 2021 as needed. Additionally, as states continue to pass new laws regarding e-verification of employees, make sure that your employee handbook is properly updated to address any e-verify changes that affect your company.

Minimum Wage and Overtime

In November, Florida voted to raise the state minimum wage to $15 per hour, to incrementally take effect by 2026. Seven other states had already agreed to the increase, and with the new administration, increased minimum wage rates may become a national trend. Take a look at your hourly employees and determine if you need to start raising their pay to meet your state’s standards. Also, be sure that your handbook clearly explains rules around working overtime and receiving overtime pay.

Discrimination and Harassment Prevention

In recent years, courts and lawmakers have issued rulings and legislation to prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace. For instance, in 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of an employee or job applicant’s sex also extended to sexual orientation and gender identification, so that it is illegal for covered employers to discriminate on the basis of an employee or job applicant’s sexual orientation or gender identity. It is important to update your manual to reflect those directives and to ensure your human resources and management team understand the newly-clarified scope of federal anti-discrimination laws.

Safety Guidance

Over the last several months, everyone has become accustomed to wearing masks, social distancing, and regular handwashing. The promise of a COVID-19 vaccine looms. However, it may be several months before the vaccine is available to the entire population, and then it will still be sometime before the country sees the collective effects of the vaccine. Everyone may be growing tired of the pandemic precautions, but it is important to keep the necessary safety guidelines in place and clearly explain them in the employee manual. Further, as COVID-19 safety guidance continues to evolve on a weekly basis, it is important to remain vigilant and up-to-date on the evolving safety standards.

Drug Use and Testing

In the recent election, many states voted on laws related to personal drug use. In Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, and South Dakota, voters cast their ballots to decriminalize recreational marijuana, making it legal in 15 states. Oregon made it legal to possess small amounts of cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamines (but selling the drugs is still illegal) and also voted to create a program for distributors of psilocybin, the active ingredient in psychedelic mushrooms. Washington, D.C., also decriminalized psilocybin. Meanwhile, Mississippi and South Dakota voted to legalize medical marijuana, joining 33 other states that had already done so.

Review the laws in your region and make sure your handbook explains (or related drug policy adequately addresses) the possession and use of controlled substances in light of these changing laws. Bear in mind that while you cannot dictate what employees do on their own time, you are generally still able to implement certain drug-free policies as it relates to your workplace. If drug testing is among your company’s policies, review your policies to ensure they comply with your state laws regarding medical marijuana use and other controlled substances.

Employee Training

In addition to updating your manual, consider updating your employee training. As the new year approaches, everyone could likely benefit from a refresher on discrimination and harassment prevention, safety, and compliance.

Also, your company may want to offer additional training for managers so they can identify signs of impairment. If workers have any drugs in their system, they can be a danger to themselves, their coworkers, and/or your customers and the community, and this is especially true in the roofing and construction environment. Any lack of focus can result in accidents, injuries, and lost time, which puts your people and your projects in jeopardy.

As you prepare for 2021, do not shy away from challenging issues. Instead, determine how they will affect your company and create the proper policies. It is up to you to set expectations for your workers and keep communications current and accurate.

About the author: Benjamin Briggs is a Partner at Cotney Construction Law who practices Labor & Employment Law. Cotney Construction Law is an advocate for the roofing industry and serves as General Counsel for NRCA and several other roofing associations. For more information, visit www.cotneycl.com.

Authors’ note: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

Permeable Pavers Reduce Storm Water Runoff

Black Locust Lumber offers ProFlow Permeable Pavers, a patent-pending design utilizing Black Locust, which is naturally rot-resistant. Black Locust Permeable Proflow Pavers panels are available in a variety of models, including Roofline, a lightweight version ideal for green-blue roof applications. In storm water management applications, the pavers reduce runoff volume and rate, filter pollutants, and help restore and recharge groundwater resources while reducing the heat island effect. Permeable Proflow Pavers can satisfy prerequisites and earn points towards LEED, BREEAM, and Living Building Challenge certifications.

The Black Locust paver panels or setts (12 blocks each) are attached to a recycled wire mesh that lays flat for easy installation. The paver panels can be laid next to each other for quick and simple installation over large areas. The 3⁄8-inch joints are then fastened with joint filler. 

According to the company, ProFlow Permeable Pavers have a life span greater than 50 years. The light color and material properties of Black Locust make it a cooler alternative to concrete and other landscape surfaces, thus reducing the heat island effect. All Models are ADA compliant with the exception of the Hi Flow model. 

For more information, visit https://www.blacklocustlumber.com

NRCA Opens Registration for Virtual Legal Conference

The National Roofing Contractors Association is inviting roofing industry professionals to register for its virtual legal conference, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, which will be held October 13-15.

During the legal conference, NRCA will provide nine legal, technical and business education programs—three sessions per day. Attendees can take advantage of discounted prices with a conference bundle that offers 45 percent savings. 

NRCA member and nonmember CEOs, owners, chief operating officers, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers are encouraged to attend. With a variety of sessions, participants will hear from the industry’s brightest experts and thought leaders, including Tray Batcher, partner at Cotney Construction Law LLP, Tampa, Fla.; Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law and NRCA general counsel; Jacqueline Feliciano, managing attorney at Cotney Construction Law; Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services; Roscoe Green, partner at Cotney Construction Law; Stephen Phillips, senior partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel P.C., Atlanta; and Philip Siegel, partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, in an interactive platform that is cost-effective and convenient to access from any device. 

Sessions can be purchased individually at $39 for members and $49 for nonmembers, or attendees can bundle all nine sessions at $195 for members and $295 for nonmembers. 

For more information about NRCA’s virtual legal conference, visit nrca.net/legal/education/conference, or contact Alison LaValley at alavalley@nrca.net or Anne Schroeder at aschroeder@nrca.net.

Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals Win Top Honors In MRA Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Competition

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has selected Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals as the first winners of its quarterly Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition. 

As an outstanding example of beautiful metal roofing design and expert installation practices that successfully overcame a multitude of complex and challenging conditions, the winning project features the installation of a new metal roof on a historic Georgetown, Texas, home built in the 1890s that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located just outside of Austin, the home’s new metal roof replaced an original section of a soldered, flat panel roof that had been damaged by lightning. With more than 20 roof planes, plenty of intricate details including internal gutter systems, challenging roof penetrations and many low slope transitions, the Texas Traditions crew installed a gorgeous 2.0 Mechanical Standing Seam roof manufactured by Sheffield Metals, prefinished in a red color and style that perfectly maintained the architectural integrity of the home while helping better protect it. That was key, given the historic status of the home. The team worked for eight months with the historical committee to ensure that the new roof met its strict guidelines for historical accuracy. The original 130-year old roof also suffered leaks and rotted decking, and the new metal roof is designed to help ensure long lasting protection for the home for many more years to come.

“Down here in Texas, metal roofing is a real benefit. Shingles age a lot quicker in this climate,” said Michael Pickel from Texas Traditions, in a Sheffield Metal video highlighting the project. “Metal is more durable to withstand the hail we get here as well.”

With the announcement of Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals as the first quarter winner of MRA’s competition, the search is on for next quarter’s Best Residential Metal Roofing project. Open to U.S. and Canada contractors, installers and manufacturers, MRA officials will select one outstanding metal roofing project based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. The winning entries will be highlighted and featured on MRA’s website and across its digital channels, which attract hundreds of thousands of homeowners interested in metal roofing each year. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at metalroofing.com. Next quarter’s winner will be announced in June, and only residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada will be considered. 

Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals won the Metal Roofing Alliance’s Best Metal Roofing Project competition this quarter for work on this historic home.

 “MRA stands for quality residential metal roofing that not only maximizes a home’s curb appeal, but it can outperform anything else on the market when it comes to durability, low-maintenance and sustainability,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “As winners of our first quarterly competition of the year, the Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metal project certainly set the bar high by showcasing the outstanding work being done out there in the industry.”

For more information about how to enter MRA’s “Best Metal Roofing” competition for the trades, visit www.metalroofing.com

New Metal Connector Nailers Offer Extended Magazines

SENCO has added two new pneumatic nail guns with increased magazine capacity to its JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The new JoistPro 150MXP and JoistPro 250MXP, used for fastening metal structural connectors like joist hangers, seismic/hurricane straps and rafter ties, feature several design innovations beyond magazine size that improve durability and boost productivity on the jobsite.

The JoistPro 150MXP fires 1 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .148 inches in diameter. Its new magazine holds two strips of SENCO paper-tape collated nails, cutting downtime for reloading in half. The 150MXP also features a redesigned adjustable hook made from heavier-gauge steel, allowing the nailer to be securely hung from a tool belt or rafter when not in use. 

It weighs just 5.3 pounds, allowing pros to work longer with less fatigue. The tool features a nose design that exposes each nail tip before it fires for exact placement into the pre-punched holes in metal connecting hardware.

SENCO’s more powerful JoistPro 250MXP fires 1 1/2-inch to 2 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .162 inches in diameter. Like the 150MXP, the 250MXP features an increased-capacity magazine that holds two strips of paper-tape collated nails. It also includes the updated belt/rafter hook. 

Additionally, the 250MXP features an all-new nosepiece that provides accurate nail placement into pre-punched metal framing hardware. The redesigned nosepiece is sharper and more pronounced, making it easier to probe the pre-punched holes on metal connectors and achieve a perfect, flush drive every time. Durability updates have also been made to the 250MXP’s depth-of-drive wheel, which allows users to drive nails to a consistent, controllable depth. 

The tool features a rear-load magazine that captures the fastener by the head, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when switching between standard 1 ½-inch nails and the 2 ½-inch nails required by code in hurricane and seismic zones. 

According to the manufacturer, both products include all the leading features that are hallmarks of the JoistPro line, including a 360-degree adjustable exhaust port that directs blowback away from the user; a lockout that prevents dry firing and signals the user when it is time to reload; a full-comfort grip that reduces fatigue and minimizes slipping; and the power to drive nails into even the toughest substrates, such as engineered lumber. 

For more information, visit www.senco.com

Here to Help

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

But the truth is, at some level we all need the government to work — and work well. We need roads, we need schools, we need the garbage picked up. Communities need public transportation and energy form utilities. Citizens need policemen, firemen and EMS crews to be ready to respond if a crisis arises. In short, we need critical infrastructure, and we need it to function — and we need it to function in an emergency.

Roofs play a critical role in protecting public buildings. This issue, which spotlights government and municipal projects, highlights several ways the roofing industry and government interact. Case studies in these pages document ways roofing contractors protect the investment in air force bases, schools, waste disposal facilities, train stations, fire stations, and recreational areas.

This issue also spotlights policies that can save taxpayers money, help communities build more resilient buildings, and bolster the roofing industry as well, including the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), a national government purchasing cooperative that streamlines the RFP process for publicly funded work, and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, which will support projects as part of FEMA’s national mitigation strategy and the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act.

If you don’t like the way government is working for the industry and for you as a citizen, there are many things you can do, starting with voting in every election. You can also make your voice heard by contacting your local, state and federal representatives. The NRCA is encouraging all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the third annual Roofing Day in D.C., which will be held April 21-22, 2020. The event is designed to bring together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“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.”

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.

The nine most reassuring words in the English language just might be: “I’m a roofing professional, and I’m here to help.”

Roofing Alliance Announces Horch Roofing as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Governor Level member, Horch Roofing, headquartered in Warren, Maine. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Horch Roofing President Peter Horch said the decision to join was easy. “As Horch Roofing continues to grow, I recognized the need for strong partnerships with roofing industry leaders. The Roofing Alliance and NRCA are at the forefront of developing, strengthening and shaping the roofing industry. Joining The Roofing Alliance was the partnership I was looking for to assist in advancing my business and help the industry at the same time,” he explained.

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs. 

The Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members. Every one of our members understands the importance of the industry coming together to enable key industry education, training, and research programs.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net