TAMKO and Aspen Contracting Provide Roofs to Three Homeowners in Need

Three deserving homeowners across the U.S. just got some very good news. TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is once again supporting Aspen Contracting’s annual “Covers 4 Others” program by donating three roof systems to families nominated and chosen by the public to receive a free roof.

Winners of this year’s Covers 4 Others were announced last week and the first of the 2018 winners, single mother Terry F. of Springfield, Missouri, had her TAMKO-donated roof installed the following weekend.

“It’s a good day when we can provide some hope and help ease the burden of people in the middle of difficult circumstances,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys.

Today, Charles T. of Grandview is receiving a new TAMKO roof in the color of his choice installed by Aspen. He was nominated because of his long history of community service, especially his volunteer efforts with Grandview High School’s theater program. A series of health problems left Charles financially and physically unable to repair his severely-damaged roof.

The third winner of a TAMKO-donated roof is Denver, Colorado widow Beatrice G., who recently suffered a heart attack and has a leaking roof. Her donated roof is scheduled to be installed September 25.

“We realize that there are many people out there who have made a positive impact in the community by serving our country, helping others in need, first responders and even those who may have experienced a hardship,” said Pat Nussbeck, President and CEO of Aspen. “Giving back is a part of our core values at Aspen and support from TAMKO helps us do that to provide top quality shelter in the communities that we work in.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

 

MRA Predicts Major Demand for U.S. Metal Roofing Installers this Spring

With a hot U.S. housing market and still-favorable interest rates, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is predicting a heavier than usual demand for qualified metal roofing installers and contractors for spring 2018.

For homeowners planning improvement projects this season, that means the time to swing into action is now, says MRA’s Executive Director Renee Ramey. That’s especially true for metal roofing, which is booming in popularity thanks to its durability and exceptional performance in severe weather.

“Not only are we seeing greater demand in general, we’re also coming off a tough winter which leads to the need for more qualified re-roofing contractors,” said Ramey. “In many cases, homeowners should be aware that these factors can significantly increase the competition and the timeframe for being able to complete re-roofing projects.”

Even with the flurry of activity predicted for this spring, MRA is cautioning homeowners to take their time and do their homework to vet contractors thoroughly before embarking on any re-roofing job. Inexperienced installers may prey on homeowners’ impatience and the high market demand, using it as a means to overcharge or push sub-quality services and materials. Inadvertently or not, rushed contractors under pressure or anxious to get to their next job may cut corners or overlook key details, so it’s up to homeowners to make sure the job is done to their satisfaction each step of the way.

“No matter what the material, a new roof is a major investment, so homeowners will want to take the necessary steps now to ensure their home is protected, comfortable and will perform reliably for many years to come,” said Ramey.

MRA is reinforcing these tips for homeowners seeking quality metal roofing installers this year:

  1. Don’t assume all roofers are equally skilled

Some contractors push homeowners towards a certain roofing material, not because it’s the best or most appropriate for their home, but because it may simply be the option the installer is most familiar with.  Make sure your installer is properly trained, experienced and skilled in installing metal roofing. Ideally, look for a roofer that has been in business for at least five years; roofers who don’t do quality work usually don’t last that long.

  1. Get referrals

Reputable installers are typically involved in the industry and are committed to keeping abreast of the latest trends and techniques. Check to see if the prospective installer is a member of MRA and other reputable trade alliances. Be sure to ask for and contact recent references. When contacting references, ask if they were satisfied with the work, if the process went smoothly, if the installers were careful and courteous and they did what they promised, including sticking to the estimate and change orders.  Also, ask the installer to provide you with a few recent job locations so you can drive by and check out the work. While pictures may be helpful, there’s nothing like seeing how a roof looks first-hand.

  1. Do your own homework

With metal roofing alone, there are hundreds of different options, material types, finishes and installation techniques. Request the highest-rated, longest lasting material you can afford and always do your own research for whatever product recommendation your installer suggests, verifying it’s what you want for your home. For resources about metal roofing materials, styles and options, check out www.metalroofing.com or visit the manufacturer’s website directly.

  1. Protect yourself

Make sure that installers are licensed, insured and carry workers’ compensation coverage. Don’t be afraid to ask for proof-of-insurance certificates and the insurance agent’s name. A reputable installer won’t hesitate to provide you with that information. Don’t pay the full amount of a job upfront; ideally, pay one-third upfront for materials, and the remainder when roofing and clean up are completed to your satisfaction. It goes without saying that evaluating warranties is essential: make sure it covers not only materials and finishes, but leaks, flashing failures and other labor-related defects.

  1. Be thorough

Putting on a new roof is only part of the equation. Replacing eaves flashing, pipe boots and roof jacks is less complicated when reroofing, so consider having it done at the same time if needed. Be sure to have your contractor or HVAC provider verify proper attic ventilation. Poor ventilation can cause significant damage, high utility bills and worse case, can lead to serious safety issues.

“Metal roofs are one of the best and most reliable ways to protect a home for the long run,” said Ramey. “We’re encouraging homeowners to invest some time and effort upfront before their re-roofing project begins, and it will pay off with many years of loving their home’s roof.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

 

New MRA Website Helps Installers, Contractors Capitalize on Booming Metal Roofing Market

Contractors now have a powerful new tool to capitalize on the skyrocketing growth of the metal roofing installation business.

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has launched a revamped website that offers member contractors real-time quality lead retrieval, sophisticated marketing benefits and greater membership opportunities all in a mobile-friendly, streamlined and easy-to-use platform.

The metal roofing industry has captured 14 percent of the overall U.S. re-roofing market, and adoption is continuing to grow rapidly. To help contractors and installers take advantage of the opportunity to increase business, MRA’s new site gives members the ability to showcase their company with detailed profile information, a customizable project portfolio and contact resources. A new, simplified reporting system allows members to find, filter and access leads from anywhere, while a built-in system tracks project status, details and notes about prospective customers. The new site is at www.metalroofing.com.

With the demand for skilled metal roof installers on the rise, the MRA also is emphasizing online education and training resources for the trade. The MRA website’s popular Ask the Experts forum offers personalized guidance and information to help address some of the most technical questions from highly experienced experts. A growing number of training videos and resources, including answers to frequently-asked customer questions, also are available to members via a simple, mobile-friendly platform. Installers and contractors interested in becoming an MRA member can contact MRA’s Member Liaison at dottie@metalroofing.com to find out more information.

“Our top priority is to help contractors take better advantage of the tremendous opportunities that the metal roofing industry has to offer,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance. “This new site is built with the busy installer in mind, providing business-building tools and making it easy for them to find the resources and information they need.”

Powerful resource for homeowners

For consumers considering metal roofing, the new image-rich site features an interactive metal roofing visualizer that allows homeowners to “try on” different styles and colors of metal roofs to see how they might look on their own homes. A robust image gallery now provides convenient search filters for different metal roof styles, colors and designs. The search to find a local contractor has also been streamlined, giving consumers quick access to reputable metal roofing installers and the ability to review their experience and work. A handy roofing material comparison tool provides homeowners with detailed information for how an investment in a metal roof stands up to other options on the market.

“The new site is really built to benefit both sides of the equation—installers and homeowners,” said Ramey. “Homeowners are definitely interested in learning more about metal roofing, and the site is designed to make it easy for them to not only get their questions answered, but get in touch with a qualified installer to take the next step.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Interactive Tablet App Provides Information to Strengthen Structures Against Natural Disasters

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app gives information to strengthen homes against natural disasters.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and Munich Re, US launches an interactive tablet app to help builders, contractors, architects and homeowners design and build structures in the face of increasing severe weather events.

FORTIFIED Home On the Go interactive tablet app is available for free download from the iTunes Store.  It walks homeowners, contractors and architects through the steps for strengthening homes. The information includes videos, animations and technical specifications for retrofitting or building single family homes.

Information in the app is taken from IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, which provides a set of building standards for homes in high-risk areas, such as in the plains and coastal states.

Vivint Solar Inc. and Renovate America Collaborate to Offer Rooftop Solar to More Homeowners

Vivint Solar Inc. and Renovate America are collaborating to expand access to rooftop solar for homeowners. By offering Renovate America’s HERO program as its PACE financing option, Vivint Solar is enabling more homeowners to purchase solar systems and lower their utility bills.

Under this business agreement, homeowners will be able to use HERO financing to purchase Vivint Solar systems and pay for them over time through their local property taxes. Payments are made at a fixed interest rate for terms of five to 20 years, and the interest on the payments may be tax deductible. Since it is expected that the system will stay with the home and provide utility savings into the future, any remaining balance on the assessment may be able to transfer to a new homeowner at the time of sale.

The announcement of this relationship comes at the same time as the Federal Housing Administration’s recently issued federal policy guidance that endorses PACE financing.

“We are excited to work together with Renovate America to provide this solar financing product that will make solar available to a range of consumers, including those who either do not have the upfront capital for a solar energy system or for whom traditional loans, Power Purchase Agreements or Solar System Lease Agreements are not viable options,” said Vivint Solar Executive Vice President of Capital Markets, Thomas Plagemann. “We are pleased with the new FHA guidelines that open the door to wider acceptance of the PACE financing product throughout the United States.”

Since its launch at the end of 2011, HERO, which stands for Home Energy Renovation Opportunity, has financed more than $1.5 billion of improvements such as solar, energy-saving roofing, windows, and doors, more efficient HVAC systems, and building insulation. About a quarter of the home energy improvement projects – around 19,000 – have been rooftop solar installations.

“More than 67,000 homeowners have invested in the efficiency of their homes,” said Greg Memo, executive vice president of business development and product strategy at Renovate America. “Vivint Solar and Renovate America are able to provide more families the ability to go solar and lower their utility bills.”

Vivint Solar is rolling out the HERO Program throughout California, and both companies are working with state and local governments to expand this product offering nationwide.

CertainTeed Corp. Unveils Interactive Tool for Remodeling

CertainTeed Corporation unveils a marketing and reference tool that harnesses the power of the Apple iPad to deliver interactive content. Dubbed iDreamBook, interactive book enables contractors to help homeowners find the right combination of CertainTeed exterior products.

The CertainTeed iDreambook offers users an interactive experience. Individual chapters provide detail about the company’s complete line of siding, decorative trim, roofing, house wrap and outdoor living products (fence, decking, railing and porch). Each section incorporates videos, click-and-view images of exterior design ideas, and pop-up windows to drill down and learn more about specific products. Intuitive navigation allows the user to move from chapter to chapter.

“We wanted to enable contractors to use their MacBooks, iPads or other Apple portable devices to explore our line of exterior products with homeowners,” said Matt Gibson, marketing director for CertainTeed Siding. “The combination of video clips, photography and product detail gives our partners access to technology to showcase designs and product options available from CertainTeed.”

The Idea Gallery section will be valuable to contractors who specialize in complete exterior remodeling. This section highlights the trend toward mixing and matching various styles, colors and textures of siding and other exterior components. Each page features a gallery of photos with details on the specific style, color, etc.

The iDreambook also features information and links to CertainTeed’s interactive home remodeling visualization tools, including ColorView, ColorCoach and CurbAppeal. The company’s sustainability initiatives are also highlighted.

To download the iDreambook, visit the Apple iBooks Store at https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/certainteed-idreambook/id1099304022?mt=11