NRCA Announces June 4-10 is National Roofing Week

The roof is an important component of every structure, yet it often is taken for granted until it falls to disrepair. To raise awareness of the significance of roofs to every home and business, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced National Roofing Week will take place June 4-10.

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 a roof system. During National Roofing Week, NRCA encourages its members to participate by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the 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 roofing projects with NRCA.

“Professional roofing contractors play a role in every community, and National Roofing Week provides the roofing industry the opportunity to demonstrate the importance of the work we do,” says NRCA Chairman of the Board Dennis Conway. “I look forward to sharing the roofing industry’s stories of professional excellence and charitable giving during National Roofing Week.”

In addition, NRCA members are encouraged to promote the importance of what a roof does by encouraging children to participate in NRCA’s 2017 Children’s Art Contest sponsored by A.C.T. Metal Deck Supply and the International Roofing Expo (IRE). 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 14.

Stanley Seeks Nominations for “BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016” Contest

Active Heroes Retreat Center is the first grand prize contest winner.

Active Heroes Retreat Center is the first grand prize contest winner.

STANLEY has launched its “BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016” contest where participants nominate and vote for a USA public charity or private foundation to be one of three grand-prize winners that will receive $10,000, and an assortment of Stanley Black & Decker products valued at $1,000 for use in completing a community project. This is the third year in a row in which Stanley has sponsored a contest to give back to the community. 

To enter, participants are asked to describe in 500 characters or less how they would like to honor their community by nominating a charitable organization to receive the grand prize. Participants and nominees are encouraged to share their stories to drive votes for their projects. 

“STANLEY BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016’s” grand prize winner for the July entry/nomination period is Active Heroes Retreat Center of Shepherdsville, Ky. Active Heroes Retreat Center is where veterans, active duty military, and their families come to heal through outdoor activities. 

“Active Heroes is excited to win the first Build Your America contest from Stanley Tools,” said Troy Yocum, founder of Active Heroes. “We will be able to use this cash donation and Stanley tools to help develop our welcome center at the Active Heroes Retreat Center to help thousands of visiting veterans and their families.” 

Active Heroes will be using their prize to build a new welcome center as an uplifting check-in destination and where visitors can be connected with additional resources during their stay.  

The contest has one entry/nomination period remaining (all times shown below are in USA Eastern Time):

  • Entry/Nomination Period – Nov. 1, 2016, at 8:59 AM – Nov. 22, 2016, at 4:59 PM
  • Voting Period – Nov. 22, 2016, at 5:00 PM – Nov. 29, 2016, at 4:59 PM

To be nominated in this contest, the charitable organization must be a public charity or private foundation that has qualified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. 

Participants interested in learning more about STANLEY and the “STANLEY BUILD YOUR AMERICA 2016” contest are encouraged to visit the website, STANLEY Tools Facebook page for more information and Official Rules of the contest.   

Observe National Roofing Week by Making Informed Decisions About Roof System Maintenance

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, stress the value of professional roofing contractors, bring attention to the value of a career in roofing and promote the good deeds of the industry, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is urging communities throughout the U.S. to recognize National Roofing Week taking place June 5-11.

The roof is one of the most important components of a structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. 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.

Most roof systems last more than 20 years; however, routine evaluation and maintenance is necessary to extend its life and keep overall costs down. NRCA urges consumers to observe National Roofing Week by paying attention to wear and tear on their roof systems, and to make informed decisions about roof system maintenance and replacement.

NRCA will recognize National Roofing Week by highlighting the work, training and good deeds of its members and their employees on its various social media outlets. The winners of NRCA’s third annual children’s art contest will also be announced. Children in grades one through eight, who are relatives of NRCA members and their employees submitted artwork depicting the importance of roofs and the professional roofing contractor.

Contest winners will have their artwork featured on all National Roofing Week material and additional promotional material to be displayed at industry events throughout the year, including the 2017 International Roofing Expo and NRCA’s 130th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

GAF Partners with Athlon Sports to Create GAF Sports Challenge

GAF announces a partnership with Athlon Sports to create the GAF Sports Challenge. GAF has created two fun and engaging online “pick’em” sports challenges for all of its contractors, residential and commercial. The first sports challenge is an auto racing contest, which will run from February through November 2016, followed by a Pro Football challenge running from September through December 2016.

Athlon Sports Media is one of the authorities and predictors of almost all major sports. Through this partnership, GAF is able to provide participants with the most up-to-date sports information to make their weekly picks. Based on a points system, by actively participating, contractors will be able to win weekly prizes, such as a GAF cooler or chair and an end-of-the season grand prize.

Contractors can register and participate on GAF’s Sports Challenge Web page.

DaVinci Roofscapes Names Winner of Exterior Color Contest

Rachel Delgado, a resident of Hampton, Va., has won the online public voting to receive a $2,500 cash grand prize in the DaVinci Roofscapes 2015 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest.

Rachel Delgado, a resident of Hampton, Va., has won the online public voting to receive a $2,500 cash grand prize in the DaVinci Roofscapes 2015 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest.

Rachel Delgado, a resident of Hampton, Va., has won the online public voting to receive a $2,500 cash grand prize in the DaVinci Roofscapes 2015 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest.

Almost 600 votes were cast in the contest, with Delgado’s entry generating the most votes of the three finalists. In her contest entry, the Hampton area homeowner explained how she wants to break the mold of being a boring home in her neighborhood.

“I want to shake up my home by going with an urban farm/rustic chic theme,” says Delgado. “The exterior will be painted barn red with white trim and we plan to create a porch with a swing area and space for dining.”

According to Wendy Bruch, marketing manager with DaVinci Roofscapes, the sponsor of the contest, the judges saw the potential for dramatic change using color and new products on the Delgado home exterior. “As a finalist, this home was evaluated by radio show co-host Allen Lyle with Today’s Homeowner with Danny Lipford and national color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color,” says Bruch. “Kate worked to create an artist’s rendering of what the Delgado home would look like transformed with colorful new products.

“She specified a new Tahoe blend polymer shake roof from DaVinci along with a Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection fiberglass door painted in a trendy gray tone. As a final touch she recommended the addition of a new low-maintenance balustrade system from Fypon to create the porch space the Delgados desire.”

The voting public saw the potential in adding ‘top down’ color to the Delgado home that will increase the overall curb appeal of the house and make it a stand-out in its neighborhood. For the 2015 contest, the Delgado home rose above more than 180 entries to capture the grand prize.

When notified of her winning status, Delgado was excited by the prize money that will allow her to add color and new products to the exterior of her home.

“Our first priority is to purchase the red paint color recommended as part of the artist rendering to help transform the home exterior,” says Delgado. “After that we’ll focus on the new porch and a new entry door. Finally, the wish list will be complete in a few years when we can top off our ‘new’ home with the recommended DaVinci roof.”

K’NEXpert Search Challenges Young Builders to Design and Submit Original Models

K’NEX, a construction toy company focused on Building Worlds Kids Love, announces its 16th annual K’NEXpert Search. The nationwide K’NEXpert Search challenges young builders to design and submit a creative, original model made entirely from K’NEX parts that will be judged on criteria, such as originality, creativity and complexity of the model, given the age category of the entrant.

The contest will have four grand prize winners, one from each of the four different age group categories. Age groups include: 5 to 6 years old, 7 to 8 years old, 9 to 11 years old, and 12 to 14 years old. The four imaginative grand prize winners will each receive a prize package valued at approximately $1000.

This year, grand prize winners will receive a K’NEXpert prize package, which includes: $1,000 K’NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com, K’NEX T-shirt, $50 birthday surprise, a personal photo gallery on knex.com, 25 percent discount on all K’NEX sets and parts valid throughout 2016, and an invitation to tour the K’NEX corporate headquarters to meet the designers and learn how K’NEX is made. An additional eight finalists will each receive a $250 K’NEX credit code good toward a shopping spree at knex.com and a K’NEX t-shirt.

The K’NEXpert Search runs through Aug. 28, 2015, with winners announced in October. Children can enter using the online registration form found on the K’NEX website. Submissions must include up to three photos of the creation, and a short video or one-page summary describing how the child came up with the idea, how long the design took to build, and how many K’NEX pieces were used. For more information, view the official rules.

A panel of judges comprised of K’NEX employees will select the semi-finalists from each age category; and then the annual K’NEXpert winners will be determined by an online vote. The online voting will begin on Oct. 19, 2015 and continue through Oct. 26, 2015.

The K’NEXpert Search is open to: residents of the U.S. and Canada—except those of Puerto Rico, U.S. territories or possessions, the Province of Quebec, and where prohibited—those who are 5 through 14 years of age as of June 8, 2015, and no purchase is necessary.

GAF Rolls Out ‘Get Cruising’ Contest

So far, the winners of this year’s GAF Enter for an Experience Contractor Sweepstakes have received once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a ride-along with Paul Teutul Sr. from Orange County Choppers and an all-expense paid trip to visit the set of a ratings-shattering reality TV show. Now roofing contractors can enter to win the third and final prize of the contest, a suite on Kid Rock’s amazing “Chillin’ the Most” cruise!

From July 15, 2014, through Sept. 15, 2014, roofing contractors can enter the GAF “Get Cruising” contest to win round-trip air and ground transportation and a suite on Kid Rock’s amazing “Chillin’ the Most” cruise. In its 5th year, the sold out cruise features two Kid Rock Pool Deck shows and a full lineup of bands & artists hand-picked by Bobby Rock himself, with concerts all day and night and a special party on a private island. All meals are covered along with the special celebrations and amenities on the cruise, and the Grand Prize Winner will also receive a $1,000 Visa® PrePaid card.

GAF will also give away five authentic autographed Kid Rock Stratocaster guitars to first prize winners and 50 jobsite boom boxes with a Kid Rock CD Collection to second prize winners.

As in 2012 and 2013, GAF will be sponsoring events at select distributor locations across the country to support the promotion. Contractors who attend these events will be treated to a lunch from GAF and be eligible to win lots of local prizes, including gift cards, hats, and t-shirts.

Participating distributors will reach out to invite local contractors and feature signage announcing the events. Contractors should also check the GAF Facebook page to find out when events are coming to their area.

GAF is proud to support Operation Finally Home with a donation in conjunction with our Enter for an Experience sweepstakes.

Choose a Winner Among Four Finalists in ‘Shake It Up’ Exterior Color Contest

DaVinci Roofscapes, a provider of polymer roofing, has announced the five finalists in the 2014 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest. Public online voting is open from May 19 – June 1, 2014, to determine which finalist receives the most votes to win the $5,000 cash grand prize to help the winner add color to the exterior of his or her home.

Led by national color expert Kate Smith, judges evaluated more than 125 contest entries from homeowners across the country wanting to “shake up” the exterior of their homes with color. The five finalists, who will each receive a professionally-created color rendering and product wish list of how they can transform their home’s exterior by adding colorful products to their home, include:

Brigitte Meehan of Elgin, Ill., with “Trapped in Cookie Cutter Land”
Eric Nogami of Perkasie, Pa., with “Historic Pennsylvania Stone Farmhouse”
Marquis Cayce of Nashville, Tenn., with “LOVVE SHAKE!”
Kimberly Schwerdtfeger of Bel Aire, Kan., with “Ugliest House on the Block”
Justin and Rachel Vedder of Fort Wayne, Ind., with “White Washed in Williams Woodland”

“Again this year the judging was a challenging experience because there were so many houses that qualify as needing color exterior assistance,” says Smith, president and chief color maven of Sensational Color. “The homes of the five finalists are all beautiful properties, but they could each benefit from a colorful makeover.

“One finalist’s home is ‘white on white’ and begs for colorful accents while a ‘cookie cutter’ development home needs colorful help to make it stand out in the neighborhood. Then there’s a home that the homeowner deems the ‘ugliest house on the block’ that truly needs colorful new products to help with a transformation. All five of the finalists now have a ‘color blueprint’ to follow with product and color recommendations to give new life to their homes.”

Now that the finalists have been selected, their “before” house image along with the artist’s rendering of what the home could look like, are all posted on the DaVinci Facebook contest page. From May 19 – June 1, people can visit the site and cast their vote for the grand prize winner. The finalist generating the most online public votes will receive the $5,000 cash grand prize.

The artist renderings of the finalist’s homes showcase a variety of color hues recommended by Smith along with colorful polymer Slate and Shake roofs from contest sponsor, DaVinci Roofscapes. Additional colorful products from the product partners of the contest (including Fypon urethane millwork and Therma-Tru entry doors) are also specified on the renderings. The combination of the products and color expertise of Smith showcase how each home can be transformed.

The 2014 “Shake it Up” Exterior Color Contest grand prize winner will be announced on June 10, 2014.