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

Signing Day

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.


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 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

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


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.

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Core Contractors Inc.’s Alan Baird Awarded The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ 2018 Best of the Best Award

Best of Best 2018The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has announced Alan Baird, foreman of Core Contractors Inc., Denver, as the recipient of the Best of the Best Award. Baird was announced as the award winner at NRCA’s 131th Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans.

The Best of the Best Award, which is co-sponsored by Professional Roofing magazine and OMG Roofing Products Inc., Agawam, Mass., is awarded each year to one of the recipients of the Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program, which recognizes and honors outstanding roofing workers from various U.S. regions.

“He is a shining example of what the true bar of excellence is within his company and within his community,” said Josh Kelly, vice president and general manager of OMG Roofing Products, when announcing Baird as Best of the Best. “He constantly impresses his managers and peers through self-driven educational training, hard work, a positive attitude, public service and a heart of pure gold.”

Baird also was a 2018 MVP Award winner for outstanding on-the-job performance and other noteworthy contributions and activities.

Roofing Industry Stakeholders Meeting with Elected Officials Today for Roofing Day in D.C., the Largest Advocacy Event Dedicated to the Roofing Industry

Roofing Day 2018

More than 400 roofing professionals at breakfast in Washington D.C. this morning before heading to visit their elected officials on Capitol Hill.

More than 400 roofing industry stakeholders from 47 states are in Washington, D.C., today meeting with their elected officials for Roofing Day in D.C. 2018. Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and more than 20 partner associations and organizations, the event is an unprecedented effort to elevate the image of the roofing industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Roofing Day in D.C. 2018 is among the top 10 percent of all national legislative fly-in events and the largest advocacy event dedicated solely to the roofing industry. Participants will visit with members of Congress and discuss three issues on which there is broad consensus within the roofing industry: regulatory reform, workforce development and immigration reform. About 85 percent of Congress will hear from roofing industry stakeholders during the event.

“NRCA is excited to lead this industrywide effort to bring the message of the roofing industry straight to our elected officials,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Thanks goes out to the more than 400 stakeholders who travelled to D.C. today to advocate for our great industry.”

The Alliance Announces 2018 Gold Circle Award Winners

The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress has awarded four contractor members of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) with prestigious Gold Circle Awards during NRCA’s 131st Annual Convention held Feb. 6-8 in New Orleans. The award recognizes outstanding workmanship and contributions to the roofing industry, including unique roofing-related jobs, programs and services. Additionally, one company received a Gold Circle Safety Award for demonstrating superior safety measures.

The 2018 Gold Circle Award winners are:

Outstanding Workmanship: Low-slope

Klein Contracting Corp., Doraville, Ga., won for its work on the AT&T Midtown Center, a prominent high-rise building in midtown Atlanta. Workers had to overcome several Low Slopeaccess challenges, including using only two freight elevators in each building that also serviced all delivery and moving needs for all floors. Klein Contracting workers mechanically fastened a Dexcell cement cover board to the deck; installed two layers of high-density 2-inch polyisocyanurate insulation laid in low-rise foam; installed ½-inch high-density cover board laid in low-rise foam; adhered 60-mil-thick TPO membrane; and installed an additional drain. On the support building, workers installed a tapered Celcore lightweight insulating concrete; adhered 115-mil-thick fleece-backed TPO membrane in low-rise foam; and installed walk pads. Klein Contracting’s designs for both buildings allowed the new roof systems to meet current energy code and also allowed the manufacturer to issue a 20-year No Dollar Limit (NDL) warranty.


Outstanding Workmanship: Steep-slope

American Roofing & Metal Co. Inc. and Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal, Louisville, Ky., won for their work on the Fayette County Courthouse, Lexington, Ky.  American Roofing & Metal performed the renovation to the slate roof and supporting structure and contracted Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal to restore the intricate copper components of the upper and lower cupola and dome of the courthouse. American Roofing & Metal workers repaired the roof system deck by installing a ¾-inch-thick layer of plywood and then applied a polymer-modified bitumen base sheet to serve as a protective underlayment. The crew then installed two layers of 2-inch-thick polyisocyanurate insulation over the newly repaired deck. Because the dome had a nearly vertical face, installing the new slate roof system was a challenge. American Roofing & Metal workers installed 1 X 4s vertically from top to bottom using two screws at every other angle iron. The 1 x 4s were spaced 24 inches on center horizontally and a second 1 x 4 was glued and screwed over the first. Three layers of 3/8-inch-thick plywood then were installed. American Roofing & Metal workers also installed an underlayment and Buckingham Slate.

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Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal workers built a full-scale replica of the base of the cupola and built wooden jigs to reproduce the moldings and corbels. The molding of the cupola consisted of 653 hand-cut, curved pieces that were assembled using tinners rivets. The cupola was clad using soft copper in flat-locked panels to replicate the original construction. Another mold was made to reproduce 260 feet of the ornamental hip cap for the dome’s slate roof. A total of 840 linear feet of cornice gutter was fabricated and installed using 20-ounce copper. To complete the total restoration of the cupola, 10, 700 pounds of copper were used, which was transported and installed at the job site using two-man crews. In addition, Steinrock Roofing and Sheet Metal reproduced the 170-pound landmark weathervane that had been removed from the building during the 1990s. Once it was completed, the weathervane had to be mounted on a blustery December day where temperatures dipped below 27 F and winds were 12-15 mph. In the end, after more than two decades of absence, the landmark running horse now spins atop the courthouse.


Innovative Solutions: New Construction

New ConstrutionFlynn Southwest LP, Commerce City, Colo., won for its work on the University of Denver’s Daniel Feliz Richie School of Engineering and Computer Science. The structure included a dome with diamond-like shingles, standing-seam copper roof panels, and copper diamond and flat-seam wall panels.  Flynn Southwest was presented with the challenge of designing the diamond-like shingles, which included the complicated task of calculating the shingles to fall within the tolerances left behind by the other trades working on the project. This was accomplished by designing the shingles with an interlocking system in which each shingle could be adjusted to maintain the concentric lines that gave the dome its signature look. On the roof system, Flynn Southwest workers installed 5/8-inch-thick gypsum board; 4.5-inch Atlas Nailbase; Carlisle WIP 300 HT Ice and Water Shield; Interwrap Titanium UDL Synthetic Underlayment; 16-ounce double-rolled, mechanically seamed Revere Copper; and Tra-Mage C21Z single-bar snow-retention system. On the dome, workers installed Carlisle WIP 300 HT Ice and Water Shield; Interwrap Titanium UDL 50 Synthetic Underlayment and 16-ounce Revere Zinc Coated Freedom Gray custom-made shingles.


Innovative Solutions: Reroofing

Wagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., won for its work on the Bethesda Metro Center, Bethesda, Md. The project involved removing and replacing a 35-year-old insulated translucent skylight system 16 stories above the lobby of the Washington Area Metropolitan Transit Administration transportation hub in downtown Bethesda. The Reroofingproject called for the removal of all 200 individual insulating fiberglass panels and reuse of the existing framing system. Of the 200 panels in need of replacement, there were nearly 100 different dimensioned panels and shapes that would be required. Wagner Roofing worked with Kemper System Inc. and Curtainwall Design Consultants to develop a new liquid-applied reinforced polymer membrane waterproofing system that integrated properly with the adjacent skylight. Wagner Roofing also designed and fabricated a new two-stage gutter system. After the existing exterior gutter system was removed, the remaining interior aluminum gutter was prepared and treated with Kemper’s 2K-PUR system. The top exterior gutter was replaced with new .063-mil-thick finished aluminum. The base of the waterproofing system was applied in the shop before being sent to the worksite for installation and top coat application. Wagner Roofing workers applied a temporary vapor barrier to the main lower built-in gutter before installing a new tapered polyisocyanurate insulation system and new heat-welded 80-mil-thick TPO membrane. The same two-stage flashing treatment was applied to the main gutter, and new scuppers were cut through the precast concrete wall to more effectively move water away from the building. Workers then replaced all custom-fabricated field panels and tied into the new perimeter systems.


Safety Preparedness and Performance

SafetyWagner Roofing Co., Hyattsville, Md., also won the award for Safety Preparedness and Performance for the great steps the company to overcome the significant public safety challenge of providing access for employees to work on the skylight and adjacent systems, enabling building operations to continue during their work on the Bethesda Metro Center. The company partnered with Scaffold Resource to develop a permanent hoist from the building’s loading dock. This permitted safe passage of debris and materials. A 160-foot-tall scaffold to support the mechanical hoist was erected on the exterior of the building and tied back to the floor slab edges. At the building’s 12th floor, one skylight panel was removed to permit access to the underside of the skylight. A cable system then was installed to enable netting to be hung like a curtain to catch any falling tools or debris. The scaffolding on the outside of the building was staged on the 12th floor, passing through the temporary opening in the skylight. The scaffold system was then suspended from the space from of the atrium by rated webbed beam straps and chains, providing safe and sturdy access for workers to the underside of the skylight system.