NRCA Offers NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor Program Online

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association has announced eligible roofing professionals now can complete the NRCA ProCertification Qualified Assessor program remotely. This opportunity will only be available for a limited time. 

NRCA ProCertification is NRCA’s national certification initiative for experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge to earn certification in specific roof system installations. Qualified Assessors evaluate the hands-on performance of roof system installers seeking NRCA ProCertification. 

Qualified Assessors work independently and generate revenue by charging NRCA ProCertification candidates an appropriate fee for conducting their performance exams; gain access to NRCA ProCertification materials, including educational content, resources, manuals, policies and procedures, and testing locations; and become experts in all aspects of NRCA ProCertification. 

Experienced roofing professionals are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to continue advancing their skills during federal and state stay-at-home orders. Additional information, eligibility requirements and applications are available at www.nrca.net/qualifiedassessors

RT3 Hosts Webinar Series on Helping Contractors Cope With Coronavirus Pandemic

The Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) invites roofing professionals to join them Thursday, April 2 at 4 p.m. Eastern for the third installment in a special webinar series designed to help contractors successfully navigate running their businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Special Webinar #3 is titled “Legal Updates, Connecting to Community and a Special Message from NRCA Chairman of the Board Nick Sabino.”

You’ll hear the latest legal ramifications, a manufacturer shares their perspective, a contractor shares how they are handling social distancing, a philanthropist contractor explains how contractors can help support their local community and special guest Nick Sabino, NRCA chairman of the board will talk about how NRCA is helping and provide an industry update. 

Presenters include: 

  • Legal Expert: Trent Cotney, Cotney Construction Law: What’s the latest from a legal perspective and what should contractors be doing to protect themselves?
  • Manufacturing Expert: Josh Kelly, OMG Roofing Products: A roofing industry manufacturer’s perspective and update.
  • Digital Community Expert: Heidi J. Ellsworth, RoofersCoffeeShop and HJE Consulting: Industry-specific forum communities for conversation and connections.
  • Philanthropic Expert, Charles Antis, Antis Roofing: Contractors supporting their community and leadership in crisis.
  • Special Guest: Nick Sabino, Deer Park Roofing and NRCA Chairman of the Board: How NRCA is helping contractors and industry update.

The webinar is scheduled for April 2, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time. To register, click here

If you missed the previous webinars in the series, you can access the resources and watch them on demand: 

Webinar 1

Webinar 2

For more information, visit https://rt3thinktank.com

National Roofing Contractors Association Releases 2020 Roofing Manual Set

The National Roofing Contractors Association has made available The NRCA Roofing Manual, a set that contains four volumes. The NRCA Roofing Manual provides extensive information about design, materials and installation techniques applicable to almost all roof system types. It includes The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems—2020The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems—2019The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing and Condensation and Air Leakage Control—2018; and The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems—2017. The manual is intended to be a valuable technical resource, and the information in the manual is reliable reference material for state roofing contractor licensure exams. 

Hard copies of the 2020 manual set can be purchased at nrca.net/shop. NRCA members can download the set for free in electronic format at nrca.net/manuals.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals Win Top Honors In MRA Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Competition

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has selected Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals as the first winners of its quarterly Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition. 

As an outstanding example of beautiful metal roofing design and expert installation practices that successfully overcame a multitude of complex and challenging conditions, the winning project features the installation of a new metal roof on a historic Georgetown, Texas, home built in the 1890s that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located just outside of Austin, the home’s new metal roof replaced an original section of a soldered, flat panel roof that had been damaged by lightning. With more than 20 roof planes, plenty of intricate details including internal gutter systems, challenging roof penetrations and many low slope transitions, the Texas Traditions crew installed a gorgeous 2.0 Mechanical Standing Seam roof manufactured by Sheffield Metals, prefinished in a red color and style that perfectly maintained the architectural integrity of the home while helping better protect it. That was key, given the historic status of the home. The team worked for eight months with the historical committee to ensure that the new roof met its strict guidelines for historical accuracy. The original 130-year old roof also suffered leaks and rotted decking, and the new metal roof is designed to help ensure long lasting protection for the home for many more years to come.

“Down here in Texas, metal roofing is a real benefit. Shingles age a lot quicker in this climate,” said Michael Pickel from Texas Traditions, in a Sheffield Metal video highlighting the project. “Metal is more durable to withstand the hail we get here as well.”

With the announcement of Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals as the first quarter winner of MRA’s competition, the search is on for next quarter’s Best Residential Metal Roofing project. Open to U.S. and Canada contractors, installers and manufacturers, MRA officials will select one outstanding metal roofing project based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. The winning entries will be highlighted and featured on MRA’s website and across its digital channels, which attract hundreds of thousands of homeowners interested in metal roofing each year. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at metalroofing.com. Next quarter’s winner will be announced in June, and only residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada will be considered. 

Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals won the Metal Roofing Alliance’s Best Metal Roofing Project competition this quarter for work on this historic home.

 “MRA stands for quality residential metal roofing that not only maximizes a home’s curb appeal, but it can outperform anything else on the market when it comes to durability, low-maintenance and sustainability,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “As winners of our first quarterly competition of the year, the Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metal project certainly set the bar high by showcasing the outstanding work being done out there in the industry.”

For more information about how to enter MRA’s “Best Metal Roofing” competition for the trades, visit www.metalroofing.com

NRCA to Hold Telephone Town Hall on March 30

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will hold a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall Monday, March 30, at 5 p.m. EST. The purpose of the town hall is to share the latest information regarding COVID-19 as it relates to the roofing industry. 

Critical COVID-19 topics will be discussed, including work-site shutdowns, “essential” businesses and workers, safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, insurance, federal financial assistance, contract provisions, navigating delays and more. 

Participants will hear from leading NRCA experts, including CEO Reid Ribble, Vice President of Technical Services Mark Graham, Vice President of Government Relations Duane Musser, Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management Tom Shanahan, and NRCA legal counsel Trent Cotney. 

To join NRCA’s COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall, please provide your contact information at www.nrca.net/townhall, and you will receive a phone call March 30 at 5 p.m. EST.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

ERA Urges Federal Clarification of Essential Business Orders

The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is urging the Trump Administration to “issue guidance that clarifies essential businesses, services and workers, and that this guidance recognize the role of the roofing industry in protecting U.S. families and employers.”

In a letter to President Trump, and also sent to key Cabinet members, ERA Executive Director Ellen Thorp wrote that, “Recent emergency orders and guidance threaten the ability of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors and other industry employers to operate and aid in the response to the coronavirus pandemic.” The letter further pointed out that multiple orders from state and local governments are creating confusion and inconsistency in the marketplace, and Federal action is needed to ensure that roofing is protected as an essential industry.

The letter was co-signed by other key roofing industry associations, including representatives of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA), the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and SPRI, the trade association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry. 

The EPDM Roofing Association represents the manufacturers of EPDM single-ply roofing products and their leading suppliers. Through ERA, the EPDM roofing industry speaks with a focused voice to provide technical and research support, offer dependable roofing solutions and communicate the longstanding attributes, consistency and value of EPDM roofing materials.

For more information, visit www.epdmroofs.org.

NRCA Cancels Roofing Day in D.C. and Other Events

On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly recommended the cancellation of all events involving more than 50 participants because of the ongoing public health crisis related to the novel coronavirus. Additionally, the District of Columbia government issued regulatory guidance effectively prohibiting meetings of more than 250 people within Washington, D.C.

In light of this situation and after careful consideration regarding the health and safety of participants, Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, which was scheduled for April 21-22, has been cancelled. Unfortunately, given the unique size and scope of Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, it is not feasible for the event to be rescheduled this year. More information will be sent soon regarding hotel cancellations and other details.

NRCA will begin planning for Roofing Day in D.C. 2021, which will be held March 23-24, 2021, so please save these dates. Your registration fees for Roofing Day in D.C. 2020 will be rolled over and applied to Roofing Day in D.C. 2021. View more information about Roofing Day in D.C.

NRCA also has cancelled the April 21 Diversity + Inclusion Forum 2020 in Washington, D.C., and postponed its March 20 Foreman Leadership Training, Level 1 class in Rosemont, Illinois; March 26-27 Qualified Trainer Conference in Portsmouth, Virginia; and April 9 CERTA Train-the-trainer class in Elgin, Illinois. In addition, the Roofing Alliance Member Meeting April 23-25 in Sarasota, Fla., has been cancelled.

NRCA will keep you updated regarding any further cancellations or postponed events. View more information about NRCA events.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Organizes Letter Campaign to Address Business Concerns During COVID-19 Crisis

To help address roofing professionals’ business concerns during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association led an industrywide effort March 19 to send a letter to President Trump asking the administration to provide clear guidance to states regarding essential industry and essential worker designations.

In the letter, NRCA and affiliate organizations requested guidance from the administration clarifying essential businesses, services and workers be issued to state and local governments and explained why the guidance should recognize the role of the roofing industry in protecting U.S. families and employers. The letter noted the roofing industry’s economic contributions exceed $100 billion, and more than 1 million workers are employed by manufacturers, raw material suppliers, distributors and roofing contractors throughout the United States. Roofing professionals are integral to making and installing products that protect hospitals, grocery stores, pharmacies and other businesses providing critical care and resources to Americans, as well as residential buildings in which families are being asked to shelter in place. In addition, the letter noted the roofing industry must be able to quickly respond to the impacts extreme weather and natural disasters may inflict on homes and buildings during the spring and summer months. 

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, EPDM Roofing Association, National Women in Roofing, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association, Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Single Ply Roofing Industry and the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance joined NRCA in signing the letter. 

Each regional, state and local NRCA affiliate received the letter with permission to use it as a template to communicate the roofing industry’s message to state governments. The letter also is available at files.nrca.net/files/pdf/resources/essential-business-letter.pdf.

For the latest information and resources during the COVID-19 crisis, visit NRCA’s COVID-19 Resources for Roofing Contractors webpage at www.nrca.net/covid-19-resources-for-roofing-contractors.

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

NRCA Offers COVID-19 Resources for Roofing Contractors

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the National Roofing Contractors Association is offering online resources to assist roofing contractors. NRCA recognizes this is a time of uncertainty and wants to provide information and resources addressing various issues roofing contractors may be facing as they manage their businesses.

NRCA has added a new section to its website, www.nrca.net, to keep roofing contractors informed of important information in a timely manner. Resources include best practices for COVID-19 prevention; links to authoritative information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration; and legal resources, including key contract provisions, insurance resources, federal financial assistance, and employers’ and employees’ rights. Links to a recently developed NRCA toolbox talk, “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Awareness,” and NRCA recommendations for managing COVID-19 also are available at www.nrca.net/covid-19-resources-for-roofing-contractors. Please refer to the website frequently to receive the latest information.

In addition, NRCA will send a survey to contractor members next week to gather specific feedback about how the crisis is affecting them. Please complete and return the survey so NRCA may better assist the industry. 

For more information about NRCA, visit www.nrca.net.

SPRI Announces Updated ANSI/SPRI RP-4, ‘Wind Design Standard for Ballasted Single-Ply Roofing Systems’

SPRI, the association representing sheet membrane and component suppliers to the commercial roofing industry, announced that ANSI/SPRI RP-4 “Wind Design Standard for Ballasted Single-Ply Roofing Systems” has been revised and reapproved as an American National Standard.

This standard was developed as a reference for the design, specification and installation of ballasted single-ply roofing systems. Effective with the 2021 edition of the International Building Code it will be the sole reference for the design of ballasted single ply roof systems. Before 2019, the standard was last revised and reaffirmed in 2013.

The standard was revised to comply with the current American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) document, ASCE 7-16 “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures.” The standard includes information on performance of pavers when exposed to wind loads; guidance on the impact of the air space under the paver when using paver/pedestal systems; and, guidance on design of ballasted systems for buildings over 150 feet in height.

The new standard is available for download free of charge at https://www.spri.org