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STATEMENT: National Roofing Contractors Association Plans Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

STATEMENT: National Roofing Contractors Association Plans Roofing Day in D.C. 2018

All roofing industry stakeholders encouraged to participate

 This statement is attributable to: Reid Ribble, CEO, National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)

One of the things I have heard repeatedly from National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) members during my first 11 months as NRCA CEO is an interest in elevating the image of our chosen profession. As a result, NRCA is planning its Roofing Day in D.C. March 6-7, 2018, and seeks 1,000 or more roofing industry stakeholders to participate in the event.

To effect change in Washington and elevate the image of the roofing industry, we must speak with one voice: contractors, distributors, manufacturers, designers, labor and management together. When we are united and organized, we present our industry as a united voting body.

Therefore, NRCA asks all industry stakeholders to help identify the top two or three issues that unite the roofing industry. By doing this, we will present a united front that will minimize the objections of elected officials.

In addition, NRCA is asking members of the roofing industry to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 and consider bringing one or more employees. For more information, contact Duane Musser, NRCA’s vice president of government affairs, at (202) 400-2592 or dmusser@nrca.net.

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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’s 2016 Market Survey Shows the Roofing Industry Remains Strong

roofing-contractorNRCA 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.

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.

NRCA Member Queen City Roofing’s Brian Draper is the First to Complete ProForeman Certificate Program

Brian Draper of Springfield, Mo.-based Queen City Roofing is NRCA’s first certified ProForeman. Draper successfully completed the ProForeman Certificate Program, which provides essential leadership skills to apply toward his role as company foreman.

NRCA’s ProForeman program helps roofing foremen shift their perspectives of their roles from being roof system installation managers to company leaders.

The program focuses on six main topics: general education, roofing technology, construction/business practices, leadership, safety and training others.

By completing the ProForeman program Draper has gained a stronger ability to effectively communicate with company personnel and customers about job sites; articulate aspects of effective crew, company and customer leadership; and train others on working on a roofing crew.

An article about Draper’s accomplishments, as well as Queen City Roofing’s history of accomplishments, recently was published in the Springfield Business Journal. The article in its entirety can be read below.

For more information about NRCA’s ProForeman program, visit www.nrca.net/roofing/ProForeman-Certificate-Program-451.

The Workforce Dilemma – What to Do?

NCover BoardsRCA’s CEO Bill Good recently provided his perspective on the challenges facing the construction industry as part of Metal Construction Magazine’s recent feature “2016 State of the Industry,” highlighting the construction industry’s opportunities and challenges. Good’s column, “The Workforce Dilemma – What to Do?” focuses on the ongoing labor shortage that is affecting construction, including the roofing industry.

The column focuses on several factors that caused these acute labor shortages. They include:

  • The average age of a first-day-on-the job roofing apprentice is 29.6 years
  • 53 percent of the roofing workforce is Latino, and language and literacy are significant barriers to training
  • Accident and injury rates for roofing workers rise dramatically at age 45
  • Demand for roofing work is projected to increase, on average, by about 5 percent annually

According to Good, there are several ways to address the ongoing labor shortage problem. These includes immigration reform; adapting  to the increase of Latinos in the roofing industry by understanding language and literacy issues; recruiting veterans to pursue a career in roofing; persuading high school graduates that the roofing and construction trades offer great career opportunities; and improving the overall image of the construction industry.

Good’s column can be read in its entirety below.

 

Trying to See Solutions to the Construction Industry Labor Shortage

A Sept. 22 article published in Builder magazine entitled “Home Building, Labor, and Immigration; Trying to see solutions to trade capacity constraints, beyond the headlines,” addresses causes and solutions to the ongoing labor shortage in the construction industry. The article can be viewed in its entirety below.

The roofing industry also has felt the effects of this labor shortage and NRCA has identified several key issues it believes are at play.

The first issue is young people are not entering the building trades to the degree they were 30 years ago. Part of the reason is surely cultural: With other opportunities in more “comfortable” fields such as information technology, parents – and most notably high school guidance counselors – think they are doing young people a favor by directing them away from the construction industry. The reality is 35 percent of students who go to college do not complete their first year and often consider themselves to be failures. They typically don’t wind up finding the construction industry as a career option until they are well into their twenties.

The second issue is our national immigration policy.  Whether 570,000 Hispanics have left the construction industry never to return is really beside the point.

The point is – Where do we find our workers? How do we train them and how do we keep them?  NRCA believes that answer is pretty clear- we have to tell the story of opportunity in our industry to immigrants and native-born Americans alike. In addition, we fundamentally have to think about our workforce as something other than a replaceable commodity. That means we have to get past the idea of workers as hourly pay-earners and think of them rather as important pieces in our corporate structure – requiring training, advancement, challenges and all the other things workers in other industries crave.

The third issue is we really need people in the construction industry to pour concrete slabs in 100 F heat, nail shingles spread asphalt and to do a variety of other difficult tasks. But we must make clear to anyone considering entering the construction industry, that those are not career end-points. These tasks are, for the most part, entry-level assignments that create an understanding of, and an appreciation for what it takes to be successful in our industry. Foremen and superintendents who have poured slabs in 100 F heat all day are more likely to be forgiving of others assigned to that task. They’re also more likely to want to help those people advance as well.

At the end of the day, what we offer as an industry is opportunity. There is a lot of hard work in construction, and there is a lot of risk.  But there is ample opportunity, too, and that message is not being told.