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NRCA’s Reid Ribble Interviewed on Real Estate Today Radio, Provides Advice for Roof System Inspection, Replacement

WarrantyNRCA CEO Reid Ribble was interviewed this week on Real Estate Today Radio which is presented by the National Association of Realtors (NAR).

Real Estate Today Radio airs on radio stations, satellites and podcasts throughout the U.S.

Ribble spoke to host Stephen Gasque about proper roof system inspection and replacement as part of the program’s series “Think Like a Home Inspector.”  He advised homeowners to look for signs for when a roof system is in need of replacement, stating numerous cracked or curling shingles or shingles that have ridges in them are indicators a roof is nearing the end of its service life. He also added that if a roof system is older than 20-years old, it should be replaced.

In addition, when replacing a roof system, Ribble recommended homeowners tear the entire roof off down to the deck rather than put a new roof over an old one. He explained a roof’s attachment to the deck is critical to its performance. Having a professional roofing contractor remove the old layer of shingles and do a solid inspection on the deck should always be done before installing a new roof system.

When in search of a roofing contractor, Ribble recommended consumers get referrals from friends and family. In addition, homeowners are encouraged to make sure the roofing contractor is an NRCA member.

To find a professional roofing contractor, visit NRCA’s consumer website at www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

Ribble’s interview can be listened to in its entirety by clicking below.

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NRCA Contractor Members Encouraged to Submit Charitable Projects for 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

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CNA and NRCA once again are working together to honor charitable works by NRCA contractor members through the CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. Roofing contractor members are encouraged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation that took place between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2017 for a chance to win up to $7,500 for their charity.

Deadline for entries is Dec. 22!

Any charitable project undertaken by and NRCA contractor member is eligible. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work. For example, funds raised for a cause or volunteer work at a children’s hospital would qualify.

Submission guidelines:

Members submitting entries are encouraged to create a Dropbox folder containing all materials noted below and email the Dropbox link to Charlotte Norgaard, NRCA’s media relations manager at cnorgaard@nrca.net by close of business Dec. 22.

  1. An entry form
  2. An in-depth description of the charitable work performed (a minimum 100-word description is required).
  3. A testimonial from the receiving charity explaining how the donation helped its operations
  4. Other relevant supporting materials including photos, videos, press clippings, etc.

The judging panel must have ample understanding of the charitable donation to best select winners. The winner of the People’s Choice award will be selected by the public via online voting.

If submitting by mail, complete entry form and include it with your entry package. All mailed entry packages must contain the same supporting material as electronic submissions and must be received by Dec. 22. Please do not staple entry materials.

Entries submitted by mail may be sent to Charlotte Norgaard, c/o 10255 W. Higgins Road, Suite 600, Rosemont, IL 60018.

Winners were acknowledged at NRCA’s Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention in New Orleans.

For additional information and this year’s entry form visit www.nrca.net/roofing/CNA-NRCA-Community-Involvement-Award-722.

NRCA Mourns Passing of its Former President Donald McNamara

Don McNamaraNRCA is saddened by the passing of Donald McNamara on Sept. 16 at the age of 81.

McNamara was the majority owner of F.J.A. Christiansen Roofing Co., Inc. (FJAC) from 1967 to 1995. After his retirement, he helped lead the formation of Tecta America Corp. and also served as its first CEO and on its board of directors.  McNamara served as NRCA president from 1986-87.

“Don had a strong dedication to the roofing industry. It was so strong, it led him out of retirement to help build one of the largest roofing companies in the country,” says Reid Ribble, CEO of the National Roofing Contractors Association. “He was a great leader who knew how to live life to the fullest.”

In addition to serving as NRCA’s president, McNamara also chaired several committees during his NRCA tenure, including the Asbestos Committee; Nominating Committee; NRCA/IWA Labor Relations Committee; Audit, Budget and Finance Committee; and the Awards Committee.

He also was the 1990 recipient of the J.A. Piper Award, NRCA’s highest honor.

NRCA offers its condolences to his three sons, Timothy, Rob (former NRCA president) and Theodore, and his wife, Valerie.

 

NRCA Launches Silica Webpage to Help Members Comply with OSHA’s New Silica Rule

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On Sept. 23, OSHA began enforcing its long-anticipated final rule on occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica (RCS) in the workplace. To help its members comply with provisions of the new rule, NRCA has launched a silica web page.

Launched Sept. 16, the webpage will provide NRCA members with information designed to assist them in adapting to the silica rule’s new regulations including;

  • A PowerPoint presentation contractors can use to facilitate a training session on RCS as required by the rule.
  • Links to outside resources that may be useful for compliance assistance with equipment options, objective data compilations, industrial hygiene and laboratory needs, and plan development.
  • A sample of the required silica exposure control plan for members to edit to their company needs.
  • New Toolbox Talks targeted to roofing tasks that workers may perform.
  • A detailed summary of the RCS rule.

In roofing, workers can be exposed to RCS when performing tasks that involve abrasive action on concrete and clay roof tiles, concrete pavers, masonry and mortar joints may produce dust particles that, when inhaled, settle into deep portions of the lungs and cause damage.

“NRCA’s new silica webpage and additional initiatives should assist our members in easing burdens of the silica rule and decrease the risks associated with silica in the roofing industry,” says Harry Dietz, an NRCA director of enterprise risk management.

In addition to the new webpage, NRCA also has been working with the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, Tile Roofing Institute and many NRCA affiliates to conduct air sampling and testing of roofing materials to determine whether they contain crystalline silica and to what level.

NRCA members may access the new silica webpage at www.nrca.net/Silica-regulation-resources.

 

NRCA Joins Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, Encourages Roofing Industry to Observe National Suicide Prevention Week

suicide-logos5-finalAccording to a July 2016 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the construction industry is one of the most at-risk industries for suicide, ranking No. 1 in the number of suicides and No. 2 in suicide rate – nearly four times the national average among the general population.

A July 2017 article published in Professional Roofing magazine states roofing contractors, similar to construction contractors in general, have a large portion of their workforce composed of males between the ages of 25 and 45, which are the most at-risk demographic for suicide death, according to the CDC.

Sept. 10-16 is National Suicide Prevention Week, which is meant to promote awareness of mental health and suicide typically a taboo topic. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention offers resources on its website, including published articles, FAQs, posters to display in the workplace, and information and tips regarding how to plan an education session or suicide prevention summit, among other resources.

As part of its commitment to safety in the roofing industry, NRCA has joined the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a group of key industry organizations that are committed to promoting the safety and well-being of construction workers. Established by the Construction Financial Management Association in 2016, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s mission is “to provide and disseminate information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction with the goal of creating a zero-suicide industry.”

During National Suicide Prevention Week, NRCA encourages the roofing industry to visit the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and to share its messages aimed at building a zero-suicide industry at www.cfma.org/news/content.cfm?ItemNumber=4570&navItemNumber=4639

NRCA continues to push for reform of career and technical education federal policies

Professional Roofing’s August issue highlights NRCA’s continued efforts to reform career and technical education federal policies.

Roof Repair and Maintenance (5)In June, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 2353), legislation that would reform and reauthorize CTE programs operated under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

NRCA’s efforts to work with Congress to improve policy governing career and technical education (CTE) are highlighted in “Educating for the 21st Century,” an article published in Professional Roofing’s August issue.

The article states NRCA believes more effective CTE programs are vital to the long-term prosperity of the roofing industry. It is becoming increasingly difficult for contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to find enough workers to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit new employees.

NRCA is urging Congress to improve and expand CTE programs to help meet the growing need for skilled applicants for well-paying roofing jobs. NRCA member companies provide career opportunities for those with the proper skills and work ethic. Reformed and expanded CTE programs can help provide students with the skills needed to pursue rewarding careers in the roofing industry.

In 2015, Congress began developing legislation to reauthorize the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act, which authorizes and provides more than $1 billion in funding for CTE programs at secondary and post-secondary levels. Policies governing these programs have not been updated since 2006, and their effectiveness for meeting the current needs of employers is in question.

NRCA has worked with lawmakers to develop policies designed to improve and expand CTE opportunities to meet the challenging workforce development needs of our members. The goal is to provide new opportunities for employers to collaborate with educators at the state and local levels to develop CTE programs designed to achieve employers’ workforce objectives.

According the article, a reauthorized Perkins Act will provide maximum flexibility in the design of CTE programs to ensure they are truly effective for meeting rapidly changing economic demands. In addition, there is a need for expanded employer-sponsored internships, on-the-job training opportunities, new sector partnerships between employer and educational institutions, and more incentives for the development of industry recognized credentials.

In 2016, a bipartisan group of lawmakers led by Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) introduced the first iteration of H.R. 2353 which included policy recommendations developed by NRCA and allied groups. After passing the House, the Senate failed to take action on the legislation before adjourning at the end of 2016.

In 2017, at NRCA’s urging, the House renewed its efforts, and a revised bill was approved with strong bipartisan support in June. However, bipartisan differences in the Senate over education policy present an obstacle to Senate passage.

It is critical all NRCA members support this effort by contacting their senators in support of the bill. NRCA recognizes the importance of workforce development to its members and will continue working with lawmakers to pass the legislation. When implemented in the coming years, programs developed under the reforms in H.R. 2353 could be critical to enabling roofing industry employers to meet their workforce needs.

To read this article in its entirety visit http://www.professionalroofing.net/Articles/Education-for-the-21st-century–08-01-2017/4065/.

 

 

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Makes Statement Urging the Roofing Industry to Tap Into Its Giving Spirit by Helping Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane HarveySince becoming NRCA’s CEO, I have frequently spoken about the tremendous generosity of the roofing industry and its willingness to donate time, money and resources to those in need.

As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate residents of the Houston area, many in the roofing industry have been asking: “What can we do to help?”

There are many ways to help.

NRCA member SRS Distribution, McKinney, Texas and its SRS Raise the Roof Foundation has announced a two-week fundraising campaign dedicated to the direct relief and support for those affected by the hurricane. SRS will match 100 percent of all contributions received during this period, with all funds raised supporting relief organizations or, on a limited basis, directly to hurricane victims. Those who wish to donate may do so at  www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5RN4VQ75LDH2E.

In addition, NRCA member Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, has alerted NRCA the San Antonio Food Bank is in immediate need of monetary donations to help feed the thousands of Houston’s residents who have fled to the hurricane. Contributions can be made at www.safoodbank.org.

NRCA and The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Helping Our Own program will each be making $1,000 contributions to both organizations.

There also are countless additional organizations that have established campaigns to support those in Hurricane Harvey’s path. Following are a few.

American Red Cross

Feeding Texas

Salvation Army

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas

Greater Houston Community Foundation

United Way of Greater Houston

There are countless additional charitable agencies across the U.S. that have established funds to aid those affected by this terrible hurricane. NRCA continues to closely watch the hurricane as it progresses, and will alert the roofing industry of additional fundraising plans.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to those affected by this devastating event.