NRCA’s 2016 Market Survey Shows the Roofing Industry Remains Strong

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NRCA has released its 2015-16 market survey providing information about overall sales volume trends in the roofing industry, roofing experiences, material usage and regional breakdowns. It is an important tool to measure the scope of the U.S. roofing industry, and the data provides a glimpse into which roof systems are trending in the low- and steep-slope roofing markets.

This year’s survey reports sales volumes for 2015 and 2016 projections averaged between $8 million and almost $9 million, respectively, and revealed a near-steady ratio of low- to steep-slope sales of 74 percent to 26 percent.

For low-slope roofs, TPO remains the market leader with a 40 percent share of the new construction market and 30 percent of the reroofing market for 2015. Asphalt shingles continue to dominate the steep-slope roofing market with a 47 percent market share for new construction and a 59 percent share for reroofing.

Polyisocyanurate insulation continues to lead its sector of the market with 80 percent of new construction and 73 percent of reroofing work.

In addition, roof cover board installation for 2015 was reported as 22 percent in new construction, 42 percent in reroofing tear-offs and 36 percent in re-cover projects.

NRCA’s market survey enables roofing contractors to compare their material usage with contractors in other regions, and provides manufacturers and distributors with data to analyze, which can affect future business decisions. NRCA members may download a free electronic copy of the 2016 survey by visiting http://www.nrca.net/store/detail/2015-16-nrca-market-survey/1557.

NRCA Hopes Recently Passed Legislation Will Address Roofing Industry Labor Shortage Challenges

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To help members address their workforce development challenges, NRCA has been working with Congress to improve federal policy governing career and technical education (CTE).

NRCA believes more effective CTE programs (also known as vocational education) are vital to the roofing industry’s long-term prosperity. In recent years, it has become increasingly difficult for roofing contractors to find applicants to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit workers. The shortage of qualified workers is caused by a variety of factors, including an aging workforce, educational trends that encourage greater numbers of students to pursue four-year college degrees and the physically demanding nature of roofing work.

CTE programs must be expanded to help meet the growing need for skilled applicants to fill well-paying roofing industry jobs. Roofing contracting companies provide great opportunities for those seeking fulfilling careers if they have the proper skills and work ethic.

In 2015, Congress began developing legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, a law that authorizes policies governing programs involving the development of career and technical skills among graduates of secondary and postsecondary institutions. Policies governing these programs have not been updated by Congress since 2006, and the program’s effectiveness in meeting employer’s needs is in question.

At the same time, NRCA began working with lawmakers to develop policies to improve and expand CTE opportunities that meet the roofing industry’s challenging workforce development needs. The goal is to provide new opportunities for employers to collaborate with educators at state and local levels to develop CTE programs designed to achieve employers’ workforce objectives.

A reauthorized Perkins Act should strengthen the role of employers and provide maximum flexibility in the design of CTE programs to ensure they effectively meet constantly changing economic demands, including expanded employer-sponsored internships and on-the-job training in CTE programs.

New legislation should provide more incentives for the development of industry-recognized credentials, which NRCA views as a key component of encouraging greater interest in roofing industry careers.

In June, several lawmakers introduced the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5597). The legislation seeks to reform and expand Perkins Act programs and largely adopts NRCA’s policy recommendations. The bill will ensure CTE programs provide enhanced incentives for work-based learning opportunities, new incentives for the development of industry recognized credentials and other reforms to better align programs with the roofing industry’s workforce needs.

In July, H.R. 5597 unanimously was approved by the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and on Sept. 12, it passed the House on a bipartisan vote of 405-5. With a vote in the Senate still uncertain, NRCA is hopeful that Congress will approve H.R 5597 by the end of 2016.

NRCA recognizes the importance of workforce development to the industry and will continue working with key lawmakers to get the legislation passed.

A Giant Gap Separates Contractors from Remodelers

Roof RepairsAccording to a 2016 Remodeling 550 survey conducted by Remodeling Magazine, replacement contractors brought in significantly more revenue than full-service remodeling businesses.

The 150 replacement contractors surveyed predict they will bring in 27.2 percent more revenue this year than in 2015, while the 445 full-service remodelers predict 4.9 percent growth.

The survey results and industry reaction were recently featured in “A Giant Growth Gap Separates Contractors from Remodelers,” an article published in Replacement Contractor Magazine.

In the article, NRCA CEO Bill Good provided his reaction to the Remodeling 550 survey, saying he was surprised by the wide gap in revenue among replacement contractors and full-service remodelers.

“I would expect replacement contractors to fare better than full-service contractors but not by such a wide margin,” he said.

Good stated several reasons for the gap:

  • The homebuilding industry is still almost 50 percent from its peak during 2006-2008.
  • Replacement contractors’ specialization gives them an edge, along with their target marketing.
  • Replacement contractors may be benefiting from the trend among millennials to rent rather than buy, which presents a greater need for repairs and replacement (including roofs) rather than full-service work.

The article and Good’s comments can be read in their entirety below.

Top 5 Apartment Roofing Tips to Protect Your Properties

NRCA Director of Technical Services, Maciek Rupar, recently provided his perspective on how property managers can protect roof systems for Property Management Insider. The article entitled “Top 5 Apartment Roofing Tips to Protect Your Properties” highlights the importance of selecting the appropriate materials for apartment roof systems, as well as suggestions for proper maintenance.

The article addresses common mistakes apartment building owners make when selecting the wrong materials on low-slope roofs, including asphalt shingles applied to roofs that are pitched at 2:12, which slows water runoff and collects more dirt and debris that can damage roof systems.

“There is the idea that water-shedding products can work down to a slope of 2:12,” Rupar says. “But asphalt shingles wear out faster at these low slopes and don’t ensure consistent water shedding performance as they would on a higher slope.”

In addition, the article details five suggestions to help ensure the health of an apartment building’s roof system. They include:

  • Keeping roof surfaces clear of debris, dirt and other materials that could hinder water drainage and cause ponding.
  • Roof systems that have a reflective membrane design of energy efficiency should be periodically washed to remove dirt that will reduce reflection of heat.
  • Inspection and repair of perimeter-edge flashings after strong winds or hail.
  • Inspect for signs of wear and tear from foot traffic or work on roof surfaces.
  • Immediately inspect a roof system after a storm.

“Top 5 Apartment Roofing Tips to Protect Your Properties” can be read in its entirety below.

Korellis Roofing helps build Chicago’s Chinatown public library

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Since 1873, the Chicago Public Library system has served Chicagoans with free, open places to gather, learn, connect and read.

On Aug. 29, 2015, the Chicago Public Library system opened a new, 16,000-square-foot, two-story, branch in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood. The feng shui-inspired structure was designed to harmonize with its surrounding environment and is partially covered with a living roof, installed by NRCA member Korellis Roofing Inc., Hammond, Ind.

Working on a roughly 8,400-square-foot roof with 3,900 square feet covered in vegetation posed significant challenges.

“This project was in the heart of the Chinatown neighborhood in Chicago, so staging and loading of materials presented significant logistical challenges,” says John Ziolkowski, vice president–roofing operations at Korellis Roofing.

In addition, Korellis Roofing used a Garlock Equipment Perimeter Clamp Guardrail system to provide workers with fall protection while installing the roof membrane.

Chinatown Green Roof In Progress

Workers assemble the vegetative roof system on the Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown Branch

After the PVC roof membrane was installed, workers used a permanently installed horizontal lifeline system that borders the vegetative roof area during installation and placement of the vegetative roof system.

After overcoming numerous logistical and fall-protection challenges, Korellis Roofing successfully completed its work on the Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown branch in July 2015 in time for its August 2015 grand opening.

“The most rewarding aspect of this job was this project was truly successful because of our workforce, workmanship and expertise with installing PVC membranes and vegetative roofs,” Ziolkowski says.

For demonstrating excellent workmanship on the Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown branch, Korellis Roofing was selected as a 2016 Gold Circle Awards finalist in the Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope category.

For more details about Korellis Roofing’s work on the roof system of the Chicago Public Library’s Chinatown branch, visit www.professionalroofing.net/Articles/Roofing-with-ingenuity–06-01-2016/3845.

Nominations Open for 2017 Roofing Alliance for Progress MVP Award

mvp-imageThe Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress is now accepting nominations for its 2016-17 Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award program. In its 18th year, the MVP Program honors a maximum of 10 outstanding roofing workers. One winner will be chosen as Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best, an honor co-sponsored by OMG Roofing Products, Agawam, Mass. The Best of the Best winner also is featured in an article in Professional Roofing.

The MVP Program recognizes leadership in the field. Roofing contractor firms can nominate any field roofing worker, foreman or superintendent. No more than three nominations per company branch will be accepted. Distributors and supplier firms may nominate up to five warehouse employees, warehouse foremen, drivers or equipment operators. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Criteria by which nominees will be evaluated include outstanding on-the-job performance; on-the-job safety performance; contributions to a team effort; community service and volunteerism; and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Entries may be submitted by completing an official entry form, providing detailed descriptions of specific attributes, activities and other factors that make individuals noteworthy or unique. All entries must be submitted by Nov. 18, 2016.

MVP winners will receive two complimentary airfares and two nights’ hotel accommodations during NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas; one complimentary conference registration and exhibit hall pass to the 2017 International Roofing Expo®; two complimentary tickets to the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception where winners and their companies will be formally honored; a $100 American Express gift card; recognition in Professional Roofing magazine, NRCA’s For Members Only newsletter and on The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress website; and recognition in a press release sent to local media and industry trade press.

Visit roofingindustryalliance.net/programs/mvp/ for more information or to submit a nomination, or contact Bennett Judson, the Alliance’s executive director at (800)323-9545, ext. 7513 or bjudson@roofingalliance.net. Entry forms may be downloaded online and mailed to The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress MVP Awards Program, c/o National Roofing Contractors Association, Attention: Bennett Judson, 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018-5607.

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress Takes Over Administration of RoofPoint™ Environmental Rating System

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The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced the administration of RoofPoint has been transferred to the Alliance effective June 22.

RoofPoint is a voluntary, consensus-based green rating system that provides a means for building owners and designers to select nonresidential roof systems based on long-term energy and environmental benefits.

Originally developed by the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing and co-sponsored by the Alliance, RoofPoint is a roofing-specific version of green building rating systems that promotes an environmentally responsible built environment. Additional information about RoofPoint is available at www.roofpoint.org.

“The increasing need for energy efficient and environmentally friendly roof systems makes RoofPoint an important component of our industry,” says Alliance president, James T. Patterson C.P.M of CentiMark Corporation, Canonsburg, Pa. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to manage RoofPoint, and to continue the essential role it plays in promoting environmentally sustainable buildings.”

To ensure a smooth transfer of RoofPoint to the Alliance, a task force has been established to examine RoofPoint’s data and determine next steps.

Task force members are Rob Therrien, president of The Melanson Co. Inc., Keene, N.H.; Helene Hardy-Pierce, vice president of technical services, codes and industry relations for GAF, Parsippany, N.J.; Brian Whelan, senior vice president of Sika Sarnifil Inc., Lyndhurst, N.J.; Jim Barr, president of Barr Roofing Co., Abilene, Texas; and Mark Graham, vice president of technical services for the National Roofing Contractor Association (NRCA), Rosemont, Ill.

The task force will present its recommendations to the Alliance Board of Trustees during its Nov. 17 meeting in Chicago.