NRCA ProCertification for EPDM Systems Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced experienced installers who demonstrate substantial skills and knowledge of EPDM roof system installation can apply to become NRCA ProCertified EPDM Systems Installers.

NRCA ProCertification is NRCA’s national certification initiative to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified EPDM Systems Installer, NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingle Systems Installer, NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman.

A roofing contractor’s certified workforce strengthens customer and supplier confidence; increases productivity; improves installation consistency and safety; enhances the company’s reputation and position in local markets; and increases profitability. Additional information about NRCA ProCertification is available at www.nrca.net/procertification.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net

NRCA Launches Workforce Recruitment Webpage

As the economy prepares to rebound, the National Roofing Contractors Association has launched a workforce recruitment webpage at nrca.net/workforce-recruitment to help address the anticipated workforce shortage. The United States is facing record unemployment, and the roofing industry must position itself as an essential industry that offers rewarding careers as it also adapts to the influx of Millennial and Generation Z workers. 

The webpage contains tools and resources designed to help NRCA members recruit, engage, onboard and train entry-level and transitioning employees to the roofing industry. The webpage showcases the opportunities to work, earn, learn and advance in the roofing industry; skilled training and certification opportunities; safety and technological advances; earnings potential; and the multifaceted career opportunities available across all sectors of the industry. 

Employers also can access descriptions and links to other organizations NRCA works with to advance the roofing industry’s workforce, including the Association for Career & Technical Education; Department of Veterans Affairs; National Center for Construction Education and Research; and SkillsUSA.®

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net

NRCA Launches Facebook Page for Spanish-Speaking Roofing Professionals

The National Roofing Contractors Association launched a new Facebook page, Ruferos de los buenos, for Spanish-speaking roofing professionals to stay connected with their roofing community.

Moderated by NRCA’s Spanish translator, Ruferos de los buenos is a place for Spanish-speaking roofing workers to share ideas and celebrate quality roofing projects, hard work and Latino culture, as well as receive important news related to COVID-19 and the roofing industry. Within days of its launch, the page garnered more than 1,000 followers.

Spanish-speaking roofing professionals are invited to like and share the Ruferos de los buenos Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ruferosdelosbuenos.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net

NRCA Announces NRCA Members’ Subcontract Labor Can Be ProCertified at Member Rate

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced NRCA members now can certify their subcontract labor through NRCA ProCertification at the NRCA member rate. 

NRCA ProCertification, NRCA’s national certification initiative, aims to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced installers and foremen who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system applications. Additional information about NRCA ProCertification is available at www.nrca.net/procertification

Interested roofing contractors should contact Brad Martz, NRCA’s services sales manager, at bmartz@nrca.net to get a discount code to help their subcontract labor become ProCertified. 

For more information, visit www.nrca.net

Roofing Alliance to Celebrate the Adoption of 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs on the 165th Day of the Year

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), proudly celebrates roofing industry partners who have donated their time and expertise to work with Ronald McDonald House programs across the United States. The foundation will be collecting stories of giving in recognition of the 165 roofs that have been adopted through the partnership between the Roofing Alliance and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

At the Fall 2018 member meeting, then Roofing Alliance Vice President Rod Petrick, President of Ridgeworth Roofing in Frankfort, Illinois, issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald House programs throughout the country. The initiative to adopt all 165 Ronald McDonald House roofs started in April of 2017. The goal of adopting all 165 roofs was reached by June of 2019. Now on June 13, 2020, the 165th day of 2020, the Roofing Alliance will once again celebrate that accomplishment by having roofing industry partners share their stories.

EagleView became a sponsor of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester Adopt-A-Family program, and employees also volunteered for RMHCR’s The Fall Sale event.

Tommy Bullough of Wagner Roofing Company, Bethesda, Maryland, shared his giving story saying, “While purse strings are tight for everyone, we realize how big of an impact giving back can have for Ronald McDonald House programs. We reached out to our House in the Greater D.C. area and learned they have an Amazon Wishlist. We purchased as much as we could off of their Amazon Wishlist to help in a small, but hopefully impactful way. The initiative has been embraced and grown larger due to our roofing contractor, manufacturer and distributor partners not only watching and maintaining Ronald McDonald House roofs but looking beyond for other ways to help. The initiative has had ripple effects with roofing companies and individuals taking an even closer look at how they can help their local Houses.”

“To be honest, up until now, I was unaware that they even had an Amazon Wishlist set up,” continued Bullough. “They update the list weekly with grocery needs. And until I’d dug around, I also hadn’t realized that without being able to utilize volunteers who typically come in to help prep meals, they are now also feeling the extra burden from having to purchase all of their daily meals for the guests in their houses, somewhere in the ballpark of $250/day, depending on the size of the House and the number of families being served. So, as you can imagine, every bit helps.”

The Roofing Alliance will be gathering stories like the Wagner Roofing Company story to share through traditional and social media. These stories will add to the rich history of this initiative of how the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. The roofing industry saw the unique opportunity to support Ronald McDonald House programs which provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact with one another as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald House programs in the United States, the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies including contractors, manufacturers, distributors, media and service providers who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and/or replacements while also volunteering and donating financially.

Durable Slate employees Susan Willis and Don Turner made dinner for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Falls Church, Virginia.

At 172 members strong, the Roofing Alliance, the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association, is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help the roofing industry and their greater communities. 

Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, Calif., who is both a Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. “Together we envisioned that roofing contractors across the country would help keep Ronald McDonald House roofs safe and dry for families with sick children,” Antis stated. “We are thrilled to help celebrate by sharing our stories and encouraging others to also share the amazing impact this initiative has had on their company and employees. We also want to show the pride of the roofing trade and how through this amazing network of roofing contractors, distributors and manufacturers we are helping protect the roofs of 165 Ronald McDonald House programs.  This continues to be an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

To share your RMHC roofing story, contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net .

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Rob McNamara and his staff from F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co. Inc., a Tecta America Company, Milwaukee, helped stock the “Magic Room” at the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern Wisconsin with toys for the holidays.

National Roofing Contractors Association Reschedules National Roofing Week

The National Roofing Contractors Association has announced National Roofing Week is postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. National Roofing Week now will be celebrated August 23-29.

Organized by NRCA, National Roofing Week traditionally takes place each June to increase awareness across the U.S. about the significance of roofs to every home and business and share the good deeds of the industry. National Roofing Week also promotes the importance of hiring a professional roofing contractor and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. 

Additional information about ways members can participate in National Roofing Week will be shared at a later date. Highlights from previous National Roofing Week celebrations can be viewed at nrca.net/news-events/national-roofing-week.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net

The Roofing Alliance Announces Release of Two Leading Industry Reports

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the release of two new reports: A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce andMoisture in New Concrete Roof Decks. Both reports were funded by the Roofing Alliance in their ongoing commitment to the improvement of the roofing industry.

An aging population of workers, scarcity of skilled workers and an overall need to understand the demographics of the roofing industry were the motivations for the research project A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its WorkforceThe Roofing Alliance funded the study to capture workforce demographics in support of programs to attract the next generation of the roofing workforce and to strengthen NRCA’s voice and role in Washington, D.C., with statistical data that can be shared with regulatory and federal agencies.

“The industry has been ill-equipped to fully understand the magnitude of the challenges because of a lack of comprehensive workforce data and a detailed examination,” notes the study’s executive statement. “To help fill this information gap, The Roofing Alliance commissioned Arizona State University in 2019 to study current roofing workforce demographics, types of work, skilled and unskilled labor shortages, and effects of labor shortages at national and regional scales, as well as industry challenges and potential solutions. A comprehensive survey methodology was adopted to collect data from roofing contractors throughout the U.S.”

The study comprehensively examines the demographics of the U.S. roofing workforce, including the contracting, manufacturing, distribution and design communities; explores types of operations; and analyzes industry challenges, trends and emerging issues. The final report summarizes that the labor shortage in the roofing industry is more severe than previously recognized. The study showed 90% of U.S. roofing contractors faced labor shortages during the past year with the west being the most severely affected by a lack of skilled workers. 

A second but more long-term report, Moisture in New Concrete Roof Decks, was conducted between 2016 and 2019 with engineering researchers who conducted multiple experiments, measurements and computer simulations on new concrete roof test decks and roof systems installed over test decks. The results of this research has shown that with current roofing materials, the use of a vapor retarder or other concrete moisture mitigation techniques, such as venting, are needed when placing a roof system over a new concrete roof deck. 

The research shows that the moisture content of a concrete roof slab may not drop to a level conservative enough to install a roof system over it in any reasonable amount of time after pouring concrete, or ever, without a vapor retarder or other moisture mitigation technique. This comprehensive report offers detailed information on why architects, engineers, contractors and especially roofing contractors should understand how to install roofing systems properly over new concrete roof decks.

Other industry associations and organizations that supported the study along with the Roofing Alliance include Chicago Roofing Contractors Association, Chicagoland Roofing Council, National Roofing Contractors Association, GAF, Soprema Inc., Johns Manville and the Canadian Roofing Contractors Association.

Both reports are available in the NRCA bookstore. The report: A Study of the U.S. Roofing Industry and Its Workforce is available in electronic format only and the Moisture inNew Concrete Roof Decks is available as a hard copy only. (Due to a stay-at-home mandate issued for Illinois regarding COVID-19, NRCA is unable to ship hardcopy reports from its bookstore until further notice.)

For more information on the Roofing Alliance, visit www.roofingalliance.net

NRCA Offers NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Program Online

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association has announced eligible roofing professionals now can complete the NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor program remotely. This opportunity will only be available for a limited time. 

NRCA ProCertification is NRCA’s national certification initiative for experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge to earn certification in specific roof system installations. Qualified Assessors evaluate the hands-on performance of roof system installers seeking NRCA ProCertification. 

Qualified Assessors work independently and generate revenue by charging NRCA ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gain access to NRCA ProCertification materials, including educational content, resources, manuals, policies and procedures, and testing locations; and become experts in all aspects of NRCA ProCertification. 

Experienced roofing professionals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to continue advancing their skills during federal and state stay-at-home orders. Additional information, eligibility requirements and applications are available at www.nrca.net/qualifiedassessors

National Roofing Contractors Association Releases 2020 Roofing Manual Set

The National Roofing Contractors Association has made available The NRCA Roofing Manual, a set that contains four volumes. The NRCA Roofing Manual provides extensive information about design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all roof system types. It includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2020The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017. The manual is intended to be a valuable technical resource, and the information in the manual is reliable reference material for state roofing contractor licensure exams. 

Hard copies of the 2020 manual set can be purchased at nrca.net/shop. NRCA members can download the set for free in electronic format at nrca.net/manuals.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA to Hold Telephone Town Hall on March 30

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. EST. The purpose of the town hall is to share the latest information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the roofing industry. 

Critical COVID-19 topics will be discussed, including work-site shutdowns, “essential” businesses and workers, safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, insurance, federal financial assistance, contract provisions, navigating delays and more. 

Participants will hear from leading NRCA experts, including CEO Reid Ribble, Vice President of Technical Services Mark Graham, Vice President of Government Relations Duane Musser, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management Tom Shanahan, and NRCA legal counsel Trent Cotney. 

To join NRCA’s COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall, please provide your contact information at www.nrca.net/townhall, and you will receive a phone call March 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.