Reliant Roofing Provides Free Roof Systems with “Every Shingle Heart” Initiative

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Three recipients from the 2017 “Every Shingle Heart Initiative” upon learning they each will be receiving a new roof system donated by Reliant Roofing.

When Sean Shapiro and Cameron Shouppe founded Reliant Roofing in Jacksonville, Fla., in 2015, they knew they wanted community service to play a large role in their operations.

“We live in a community- and- people oriented area,” says Shapiro, CEO of Reliant Roofing. “Helping our neighbors was something we knew would play a big role in our company.”

After Hurricane Matthew hit the Jacksonville area in September 2016, it became clear there was a great need among residents for roof system repair and replacement, but many could not afford it. As a result, in 2017, Reliant Roofing fulfilled its goal of helping their neighbors in need by launching its “Every Shingle Heart” initiative, aimed at donating a free roof system replacement to a Jacksonville family.

Jacksonville residents were encouraged to nominate someone, such as a family member,

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The home of a “Every Shingle Heart” recipient after completion of their new roof system.

friend or neighbor in need of a roof system replacement. Shapiro and Shouppe initially had intended to donate one roof system, but after hearing the many heartfelt stories from nominees, they decided to choose three families to receive new roof systems.

“People don’t have homeowner’s insurance or have been denied on their claim,” Shapiro says. “They will put a tarp on their roof, and that’s the way they live.”

This year’s nominations for “Every Shingle Heart” are being accepted through July 31. Reliant Roofing once again will choose three families to receive new roof systems. All the work is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.

“What we’re really good at is roofing. And that’s what we can give back to our community,” Shapiro says. “Seeing a family’s reaction and the relief they feel from finally having a new safe, dry roof system only reinforces our commitment to Every Shingle Heart.”

To nominate someone for “Every Shingle Heart,” visit www.reliantroofing.com.

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Texas Roof Management Restores Roof System of Historic Dallas Mansion

IMG_0589Built in 1904, the Alexander Mansion is a historic Dallas landmark and the last remaining house in its original form along Ross Avenue, which was once lined with stately mansions. In 1930, the mansion was purchased by the Dallas Woman’s Forum, the first woman’s departmental group in Texas. It has been home to the historic women’s group ever since.

The Dallas Women’s Forum’s mission during the past century has focused on servicing the needs of the community, especially women, children and those who cannot always help themselves. The Alexander Mansion also is used as a meeting place for other non-profit organizations, educational and historical tours, and for community events such as recitals and concerts.

In recent years, the Alexander Mansion has fallen into a state of severe disrepair that included a 50-year-old roof system in dire need of replacement. Over the years, multipleIMG_0505 leaks in the roof had caused extensive damage to the inside of the building, including a wall that was cracking and about to fall away from the building, partially due to the moisture.

Without a roof system replacement, the mansion would have deteriorated to the point that it would need to be demolished. However, The Dallas Women’s Forum didn’t have the funds to pay for the $178,000 replacement.

NRCA member Texas Roof Management Inc., Richardson, Texas stepped in to remove the existing roof system and replace it. The roofing work included a deck replacement, parapets wall repairs and installation of a vapor barrier. They also raised the insulation to R-25 and applied a two-ply polymer-modified bitumen roof system for code compliance.

Texas Roof Management viewed the project as a unique opportunity to work on a project of major historical significance to the Dallas community.

Now that the roof system of the Dallas Women’s Forum has been replaced and the leaks have been eliminated, the organization is able to proceed the remaining repairs to the building’s structure.

“Without the incredible support of Texas Roof Management, we would have been unable to repair and preserve one of Dallas’ rare jewels,” says Wanda Hensley, president of the board of the Dallas Woman’s Forum.

Once restoration of the Alexander Mansion is complete, the goal of the Dallas Women’s Forum is to open the mansion to the community and school children as a resource for learning about the history of Dallas.

Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal Provides Consistent, Significant Support to Maryland’s Veterans

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In 2014, when Todd Mitchell, director at Business Advocates for Veterans, Westminster, Md., needed assistance with his organization’s charitable efforts, he immediately thought of turning to Michael and Rebecca Drayer, owners of NRCA member Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal Inc., Westminster, Md.

“They have a strong reputation for giving back to their community,” Mitchell says. “They are wonderful people.”

Business Advocates for Veterans is a volunteer organization that promotes the hiring of veterans, assists them in obtaining employment and supports community projects to benefit veterans. In the three years since Mitchell approached the Drayers, they have provided consistent and significant support for the organization.

Most recently, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal donated the repair of the roof system of a struggling veteran family with two children, provided monetary donations to numerous veteran families who were in need and supported the American Legion’s Adopt a Family at Christmas initiative by sponsoring four needy families.

Over Memorial Day weekend 2017, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal played an instrumental role in honoring fallen veterans by purchasing 9,000 U.S. flags for a Memorial Day service with the purchase of 9,000 flags. The flags represented the Maryland service men and service women who have died in U.S. wars and conflicts since World War I.

In addition, the company donated a crane and light set to display a 30-foot U.S. flag that hung above the 9,000 smaller flags.

Because of the company’s generosity to Maryland’s veterans, Tri-County Roofing and Sheet Metal was recognized in 2017 as the Carroll County Veteran Friendly Employer of the Year in honor of all it has done to improve the community.

“The impact of their support and contributions have been incredible for a small family-owned business,” Mitchell says. “Our community is blessed to have people like Michael and Rebecca Drayer.”

Virginia County’s ‘Signing Day’ Celebrates Seniors Headed to Jobs, Not College

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Photo Courtesy of Henrico County Public Schools, Henrico County, Va.

On April 18, the Today Show shared the story of Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education department’s first ever “Career and Technical Letter of Intent Signing Day,” which was held March 28 in Henrico County, Va.

Similar to National Signing Day for athletes, families and members of the media watched high school seniors sign letters of intent for employment upon graduation. The letters outlined what students must do before and during employment, what the employer will provide in pay and training and an estimate of the position’s value.

The purpose of Signing Day was to recognize students who have chosen to use the career training and industry certifications they obtained in high school to begin a career and become financially secure much earlier in life than many of their peers.

NRCA actively works and advocates for increased career and technical education (CTE) training in high schools across the U.S. In recent years it has become increasingly difficult for roofing contractors to find applicants to fill job openings despite vigorous efforts to recruit workers.

One of the primary causes of this difficulty has been the trend of parents and high school guidance counselors to steer students to a four-year college. The reality is a high percentage 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 or the roofing industry as a career option until they are well into their twenties.

Events such as Henrico County Public Schools’ Career and Technical Education’s Signing Day shine a light on the many misconceptions of learning a trade and beginning a career upon high school graduation.

NRCA applauds Henrico County Public Schools and the organizers of this unique event and hopes more high schools throughout the U.S. follow their lead.

To read the Today Show’s article about Signing Day in its entirety, click below.

NRCA to Launch its ProCertification, Worker Training Initiative in 2018

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To address the great need for skilled workers in the roofing industry, NRCA is launching a national worker certification initiative, ProCertification, later this year. The program will provide those interested in entering the industry with a clear career path based on industry-specific training courses and earned credentials.

ProCertification is comprised of two separate components: Training and Certifications.

Training

ProCertification training programs will teach installation skills to roofing field employees in roof system installation, waterproofing, rooftop solar, and repair and maintenance.

Because every roofing contractor operates his or her company differently and uses different manufacturers’ materials, the purpose of ProCertification is to teach comprehension and skills based on industry standards and best practices presented in The NRCA Roofing Manual. Roof system installers will be directed to follow instructions of their foremen, who are responsible for directing crews to adhere to manufacturers instruction and company practices.

ProCertification training programs to be released in 2018 are: basic roofing skills; low-slope decks, insulation and flashing concepts; and thermoplastic single-ply roof system installation.

Trainers throughout the U.S. will be qualified by NRCA and trained to help installers learn and practice skills necessary to successfully complete ProCertification training

Certification

Certification through this program enables experienced roofing professionals to demonstrate they can perform the work to industry standards. Participants will be able to earn certifications in all major roof system, waterproofing and rooftop solar installations, as well as roof system repair and maintenance.

Hands-on skills of ProCertification participants will be verified by NRCA Qualified Assessors. Online training for assessors will be available summer 2018.

For more information about NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

National Roofing Week is June 3-9!

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To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, NRCA is urging the roofing industry to celebrate National Roofing Week, taking place June 3-9.

Celebrated each year during the first full week of June, National Roofing Week serves as a reminder that the roof is one of the most important components of every structure. It is the first line of defense against natural elements, such as rain, snow or wind, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair.

National Roofing Week also promotes the good deeds of the roofing industry and stresses the value of professional roofing contractors and the importance of making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.

NRCA also will be sharing its members’ stories through its various social media outlets, its Roof Scoop blog and Professional Roofing magazine. Members throughout the U.S. are encouraged to share their stories of charitable giving, crew and staff appreciation, and signature roofing projects with NRCA.

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what roofing professionals do by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2018 Children’s Art Contest. The contest is open to children in grades 1-8 whose relatives work for NRCA member companies (all NRCA member companies are eligible). Entries will be accepted until April 16.

National Roofing Week 2018 is sponsored by ABC Supply Co. Inc.; A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply; Chem Link; Durolast; FlashCo; GAF; Insulfoam; International Roofing Expo® (IRE); National Women in Roofing; KM Coatings; Polyglass; and Soprema.

Additional information about National Roofing Week can be found at www.nrca.net/National-Roofing-Week.

 

NRCA Announces Significant Updates to Roof Wind Designer Online Wind-Load Calculator

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NRCA has announced the update of Roof Wind Designer, an online wind-load calculator intended to provide roofing professionals with an easy way to determine a roof system’s design wind loads for many commonly encountered building types subject to code compliance.

The free web-based application has been updated to reflect the significant changes made to ASCE 7, “Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures.” Changes include basic wind map changes; new roof zone layouts; and updates to pressure coefficients.

Roof Wind Designer also added the ability to perform wind load calculations for the 2016 version of ASCE 7 and enables users to choose between three versions of the standard: ASCE 7-05, ASCE 7-10 and ASCE 7-16.

The 2016 version of the application can also be used on flat buildings up to 160 feet using the standard’s chapter 30 Part 4: Buildings with 60ft < h ≤ 160ft (Simplified) , giving users a wider range of buildings that can be calculated. Design wind loads for other applicable buildings are calculated pursuant to simplified low-rise procedures for each standard.

Roof Wind Designer initially was developed in cooperation with the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association and North/East Roofing Contractors Association.

For more information visit www.roofwinddesigner.com.