Frye Roofing Inc. Featured on Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor

NRCA member Frye Roofing Inc., headquartered in Bluefield, West Virginia, recently appeared in the season finale of Mike Rowe’s Returning the Favor, a web-based television series that follows television personality Mike Rowe as he travels across the United States in search of people who are giving back to their communities. Each show concludes with those being profiled receiving surprise donations that enable them to continue their charitable works.

Frye Roofing was featured in “Standing With Coal Country,” an episode profiling the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank Inc. in Welch, West Virginia. The Food Pantry serves 15,000 residents in McDowell County, a once thriving coal mining region. With most of the areas coal mines now closed, its remaining residents suffer from high unemployment and poverty.

Two years ago, Frye Roofing bid on a project to replace the Five Loaves & Two Fishes’ Food Bank’s failing roof system. The roof system had deteriorated so severely, the food pantry was in danger of closing.

When the Five Loaves & Two Fishes Food Bank caught the attention of Mike Rowe and his production team, they stepped in and got the job moving. Frye Roofing donated the labor for the project, and NRCA members ABC Supply Co. Inc. and Carlisle Construction Materials donated materials. All were instrumental in completing what normally would have been a two-week project in just two days and providing the food pantry with a new $80,000 roof system at no charge.

To see “Standing With Coal Country” in its entirety view the link below.
www.facebook.com/ReturningTheFavor/videos/483075985495034

NRCA Seeking Submissions for CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award

For the seventh year, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and CNA have partnered to co-sponsor the 2018 CNA/NRCA Community Involvement Award. NRCA roofing contractor members are urged to submit any charitable project, activity or donation completed between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, for consideration in the awards program, which shines a light on the roofing industry’s charitable works. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 22, 2017.

Winning charities will receive:

  • 1st Place — $7,500
  • 2nd Place — $5,000
  • 3rd Place — $2,500
  • People’s Choice — $1,500
  • Any charitable project undertaken by an NRCA contractor member is eligible to receive the award. Projects, activities or donations do not have to involve roofing work.

    For more information and submission guidelines, visit www.nrca.net/CNA-NRCAaward.

    Senator Ben Sasse Scheduled to Give the Opening Address at MRCA Conference and Expo

    The Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA) announced that Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska is scheduled to give the Opening Address at the upcoming MRCA Conference and Expo in Omaha on October 25 at 8:30 a.m. in the Junior Ballroom of the Omaha Convention Center. Senator Sasse will share his perspective on the state of U.S. politics and the environment in Washington.

    As his official website notes, Senator Sasse has advocated for “more constructive politics whereby every public official works to make the American Dream achievable for every family. He believes in term limits and a humbler Washington, where the federal government does fewer things, but the more important things, more urgently, more transparently, and with less partisan screaming.”

    Senator Sasse serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Senate Committee on Armed Services, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, as well as the Senate Joint Economic Committee. The Senator’s direct involvement on these key committees makes him an especially impactful and insightful voice on Congressional activity.

    Immediately following the address, McKay Daniels, NRCA’s Chief Operating Officer and former Congressional Chief of Staff, and Duane Musser, NRCA’s Vice President of Government Affairs, will offer their industry-specific insight into the federal legislative and regulatory landscape and discuss what you can do to support the roofing industry through grassroots activism.

    For more information or to register, visit www.mrca.org.

    ARMA’s Awards Program is Now Accepting Submissions for the Best Steep and Low-Slope Asphalt Roofing Systems

    The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has launched its ARMA Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program, which recognizes the best steep and low-slope asphalt roofing projects from across North America. Formerly known as the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC), the program has been modernized to better reflect its mission of creating awareness around the most impressive, dynamic asphalt roofing systems.

    “By repositioning the QARC Awards as the ARMA Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Awards Program, we are completing an overall ARMA rebrand begun over two years ago,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President Reed Hitchcock. “This rebrand places an emphasis on excellence, and our logo design clearly shows a focus on both steep and low-slope asphalt roofing applications.”

    There is no charge to participate in the program, and it will recognize three asphalt roofing projects each year, highlighting the contractor(s), their team, and their outstanding craftsmanship. Submissions, which require a project description and high-resolution images, must relate to a project completed within the past three years. Click here to enter your project(s) or visit asphaltroofing.org/excellence/submit-your-entry/ before December 31, 2018.

    ARMA Excellence in Asphalt Roofing Award winners will receive a monetary prize (Gold – $2,000; Silver – $1,000; Bronze – $500), an opportunity to network with key asphalt roofing industry leaders, portfolio-building materials and an official certificate, as well as recognition at the International Roofing Expo (IRE), in a national trade publication, in the contractor’s local media, on the ARMA website, on social media, and more.

    The entries will be judged by a panel of ARMA leaders, roofing industry experts, and prominent members of the roofing media on four criteria:

    • Beauty – Does the project embody the true beauty of asphalt roofing? Is it visually attractive or interesting, does it enhance the skyline, building use or design?

    • Affordability – Does the project demonstrate value through life-cycle cost or creative use of components to add benefit to the construction process or overall roofing system?

    • Reliability – Does the project demonstrate asphalt roofing’s reliability, durability and strength? Does the project show how proper installation of an asphalt roofing system can help provide protection and peace of mind?

    • Why Asphalt? – Why did the submitter choose to use an asphalt roofing system? Were there specific circumstances (examples: weather-related challenges, customer requests, building history, overburden requirements, evolutions in the roofing industry which change the playing field, or other situations) that made asphalt roofing the clear choice? What additional aspects about the project make it a step above the rest?

    For more information, visit www.asphaltroofing.org.

     

    Duro-Last Inc. Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced Duro-Last, Inc., Saginaw, Mich. has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

    In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

    To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

    “NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” says Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

    Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

    “Duro-Last is committed to solving the challenges that face the roofing industry, but we recognize that it can’t be done alone,” says Tom Saeli, CEO of Duro-Last. “We are honored to join NRCA’s One Voice initiative and be a part of the solution that makes a lasting, positive impact on the future of the industry.”

    For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

     

    MRA to Host Free Residential Rooftop Solar Webinar Nov. 7

    When it comes to sustainable building practices, solar is hot. With the availability and interest in residential solar systems growing rapidly nationwide, it’s important for builders, contractors and installers to know the fundamentals and brush up on best practices to help homeowners make informed decisions.

    To that end, the Metal Roofing Alliance is hosting a free webinar in partnership with Green Builder titled “Residential Solar System Installation.” The webinar covers design techniques and advanced rooftop installation considerations to help optimize the return on residential roof-mounted solar systems.

    The webinar will be held on November 7 at 2 p.m. EST. Free registration sign up is available here. The webinar will feature noted author, presenter and expert Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, who has spent his long professional career in the metal roofing industry, including providing expertise, ideas and guidance to hundreds of homeowners planning for solar installations.

    “Driven by California residential solar mandates coming in 2020, residential solar systems are becoming more mainstream nationwide,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of Metal Roofing Alliance. “To capitalize on the opportunity as well as to help guide homeowners during the planning process, it’s important for the trade to understand the essentials for residential rooftop solar installation.”

    Contractors and roofing installers also can find the primer for solar rooftop installation on MRA’s website at www.metalroofing.com, in addition to information about how to become a MRA member and gain access to other education and training related to a wide variety of metal roof topics.

    NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Applications Now Being Accepted

    The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced it is now accepting applications for Qualified Assessors for its highly anticipated NRCA ProCertification initiative. Qualified Assessors will serve as performance exam proctors, responsible for evaluating and verifying hands-on skills for those seeking to be certified through NRCA ProCertification.

    Qualified Assessors are uniquely equipped by meeting eligibility requirements, completing two self-paced online training modules and passing a proctored online exam.

    NRCA ProCertification’s Qualified Assessor Program will teach candidates observation and assessment skills and the policies and procedures required to fulfill their roles in the NRCA ProCertification program. This role is ideal for Registered Roof Observers (RROs) and roofing manufacturer and distributor representatives.

    Benefits of being a QA include expanding current business offerings by assessing ProCertification candidates; generating additional revenue by charging ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gaining access to NRCA ProCertification materials for specific roof system disciplines; and earning a digital badge and professional recognition as being one of the leaders in the roofing industry.

    NRCA ProCertification is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become certified roof system installers in specific roof system applications and disciplines.

    Application materials may be found at www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

    Jesse Itzler Will Deliver the Keynote Address at the 2019 IRE

    Jesse Itzler will present the Keynote address at the 2019 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Nashville, Tennessee, on February 11, 2019. Itzler is an entrepreneur and author who co-founded the largest private jet card company, Marquis Jet, and helped launch the coconut-water craze by partnering with Zico, which then sold to Coca-Cola. He is also the owner of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

    “Jesse is the real-life version of the ‘Dos Equis guy,’ one of the most interesting people in the world. He’s done so many different things,” said Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author and the host of “The School of Greatness” podcast.

    Itzler will share life and business lessons he learned living with a Navy Seal, an experience that inspired his book Living with a Seal: 31 Days Training with the Toughest Man on the Planet, a New York Times Bestseller that demonstrates the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone. Itzler will urge attendees to learn how to get comfortable being uncomfortable — how to fight off complacency and dig deeper and go further than you ever thought possible. “Jesse Itzler is a renaissance man. He has done it all with a unique style all his own,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, director of the IRE. “Attendees and exhibitors will be entertained and inspired towards success in both personal and professional ventures.”

    The keynote address will be held immediately prior to the opening of the show on February 11, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at the Music City Center. The keynote is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products.

    The Keynote address is included in all registration packages; however, advance registration is required. Online registration is available at www.TheRoofingExpo.com/en/register.

    For more information, visit www.TheRoofingExpo.com.

    Metal Roofing Alliance Adds Two New Members

    The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) announced that two metal roofing companies, Reinke Shakes and ASC Profiles LLC, have recently joined as new members.

    Reinke Shakes, based in Hebron, Nebraska, has joined the Metal Roofing Alliance as a manufacturer member. With a long history producing both aluminum and copper roofing shingles that have been installed throughout the United States and internationally, the company’s products have been used for both residential and commercial roofing projects.

    ASC Profiles LLC, a manufacturer of steel roof and wall products, has joined the MRA as a manufacturer member. Headquartered in West Sacramento, California, the company operates manufacturing plants throughout the West, including California, Washington, Oregon, Utah and Alaska. It supplies metal roofing solutions for residential, agricultural and light commercial projects.

    Since 1998, MRA has served as a leading voice in driving market adoption of metal roofing and raising awareness for its exceptional durability, environmental benefits and all-season protection in any climate. As a nonprofit organization, MRA members benefit from increased marketing support, online lead generation and increased awareness through consumer and contractor information and educational initiatives. MRA offers membership opportunities for manufacturers, material suppliers, accessory, ancillary and association companies.

    “It’s a great time to be in the metal roofing business,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “More homeowners are realizing its many benefits and it is through the collective efforts of our members that we’ll continue to grow and increase opportunities to capture market share in both the United States and Canada.”

    For more information, visit https://www.metalroofing.com, https://www.reinkeshakes.com, and https://www.ascbp.com.

    RICOWI Releases Roofing Investigation Report on Hurricane Irma

    The RICOWI Board of Directors announced the release of an investigation report on Hurricane Irma on September 23, 2018. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) Committee deployed volunteer hurricane wind investigators after Hurricane Irma made landfall. Team members for the hurricane wind investigations were wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants. The report may be downloaded at: https://www.ricowi.com/reports/download/9

    The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds.

    This Program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. Buildings will be safer, property losses will be reduced and industry will meet the challenge with clear insight as to needed direction. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate, improve products, installation techniques, safety and reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

    “This is an important undertaking by the report writers and team members,” said RICOWI chairman David Balistreri. “As always, the uniqueness of research reports from RICOWI is the ability to produce an unbiased factual report.”

    RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (Aug. 13/04), Ivan (Sept. 16/04), Katrina (Aug. 29/05) Ike (Sept. 13/08), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (Oct. 31/17). All research reports are available online as a download at www.ricowi.com.