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Sustainable Metal Roofing Grows in Popularity

Posted By WSRCA, Friday, November 3, 2017

Sustainable Metal Roofing Grows in Popularity

More homeowners are selecting metal roofing because it provides enhanced protection and service life.

Courtesy of: Roofing Contractor Magazine, Jim Hoff

Metal is one of the most sustainable roofing materials, and now it’s becoming one of the most popular. Within the last few years, residential metal roofing systems have reached and exceeded double-digit market share. According to information released by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) in 2016, metal roofing systems have grown from around four percent of all residential roofing in 1998 to over 11 percent by 2015. Based on this data, the MRA estimated that over 750,000 U.S. homeowners chose to install a metal roof in 2015, making metal roofing second only to asphalt shingles in residential applications.

The MRA estimate was based on an annual survey conducted by Dodge Data and Analytics, which measures the percent of homeowners who purchased building products in a given year. Questions about metal roofing were included in the survey, and the results helped reveal which type of metal systems homeowners preferred and what motivated them to select metal roofing.

The most popular style of metal roofing consisted of the traditional vertical ribbed panel systems accounting for 71 percent of all sales, followed by a variety of proprietary metal shingle/shake/tiles accounting for 22 percent. The top reasons homeowners provided in the study for why they chose a metal roof included:

  • Longevity (26 percent)
  • Strength/Protection (22 percent)
  • Attractiveness (15 percent)
  • Good investment value (15 percent)

All in all, the survey suggests that more and more homeowners are selecting metal roofing because it provides enhanced protection and service life while increasing the value of their property.


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Posted By WSRCA, Thursday, October 12, 2017

Greeley Roofing Company Donates Roof To OUR LADY OF PEACE Catholic Church

Front Range Roofing Systems Replace Aging Roof At No Cost

by: Andrea North, Greeley Tribune

When Greg Farris told Aracely Garcia his roofing company would replace her church's roof for free, she thought her English had failed her.

"I wasn't sure if I was listening and understanding OK. because my first language is not English," Garcia said. " I thought to myself, 'Maybe I misunderstood.'

But indeed, Front Range Roofing Systems had offered to replace the aging roof of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1311 3rd St. Garcia, the church's finance director, noticed last winter the church's roof could not hold snow without leaking. Recently, Garcia visited Front Range Roofing Systems for a quote to replace it, bracing for the answer. Farris evaluated the flat commercial roof and estimated $45,000.

But Farris had a better idea.

Some of his employees attend the church, so he felt that donating the roof was a good way to give back to them and the community. Plus, he was celebrating the company's 30th year in business.

"It's in the lower income part of town, so we thought it would be something good to give back," Farris said. "They're our neighbors, so I feel like it's a good, neighborly thing to do." 

Front Range employees donated their labor, and the manufacturing company they work with, Carlisle SynTec Systems, donated the materials. Farris used the job as a training opportunity and had almost 50 employees install the church's roof. The job was complete in a few hours Thursday.

Garcia said she was very grateful.

"Without even asking them, they offered to do that for us and for our community," she said.


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Posted By WSRCA, Wednesday, October 11, 2017


Our Labor Problems Have Been Decades in the Making


by: Marc Dodson, Editor: Western Roofing Magazine

We've painted ourselves into a corner. For decades, parents and teachers have been pounding the idea into young, impressionable minds that everyone has to go to college, that everyone needs a college education in today's world. This is simply not true. Less than a third of the jobs in the U.S. require some form of higher education. Instead of inspiring more kids to pursue college, we've succeeded in creating a generation of young people who are ashamed to take a job where they work with their hands. We've managed to create a situation where jobs have to be outsourced to countries halfway across the world because no one is willing to do the work in our own country. What we've succeeded in doing is creating a shortage of workers in the construction, restaurant, and hotel industry, among others. Since these jobs can't be outsourced, the workers come across our boarders, legally or illegally, to do the hands-on work that we've conditioned our sons and daughters to avoid like the plague. And we wonder why we have an immigration problem. It's our own doing.

I'm not the first person to make this observation. This rising problem has been talked about for years. Attracting workers into the construction industry has nothing to do with wages. Construction industry jobs are some of the highest paying hourly jobs in the country. Even the local McDonald's has an almost-perpetual sign in the window, seeking employees with a starting pay several dollars higher than the minimum wage. Not bad pay for being able to mumble, "You want fries with that?"

It's not a lack of pay that's turning young people away from the construction industry, rather it's the shame our educational system has conditioned them to feel for performing physical labor. You think I'm exaggerating? In recent years, many high schools have cut back or eliminated funding for shop and auto mechanic classes. Many say it's to save money but most are openly honest and say it was not the right message they want to send to our youth. The message they want to send is to study hard and go to college. Apparently getting dirty under your fingernails is no longer considered a noble profession. 


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OSHA REGULATIONS - A Shorter Leash for OSHA & Other Federal Agencies

Posted By WSRCA, Wednesday, October 11, 2017


The President Has Signed an Executive Order Demanding OSHA Update Its Policies

by: Marc Dodson, Editor: Western Roofing Magazine - Sept/Oct 2017


I realize that most roofing contractors would choose having a Brazilian waxing administered by a blind, sadistic nun rather than being bestowed the honor of a visit from OSHA. Well, that favorite political department, along with several other agencies, is being put on a shorter leash. It's no secret that when a new administration takes over the White House, they push their own political views and agendas, and adjust federal agency policies accordingly. OSHA, it seems, is always at the forefront and one of the first agencies to be put in the crosshairs. Right now that's good news for roofing contractors.

According to the Department of Labor's Updated Agenda from July, the Trump administration has signed an executive order demanding OSHA update its policies. They state that by amending and eliminating regulations that are ineffective, duplicative, and obsolete, the administration can promote economic growth and innovation and protect individual liberty. Executive Orders 13771 and 13777 require agencies, including OSHA, to reduce unnecessary regulatory burden and to enforce regulatory reform initiatives. As a step in the right direction, the first five months of this administration produced quantifiable annualized cost savings estimated at $22 million, compared to $6.8 billion in annualized costs due to rules finalized during the last five months of fiscal year 2016. 

The Department of Labor went on to state that the agenda represents ongoing progress toward the goals of more effective and less burdensome regulations that include the following developements: agencies withdrew 469 actions proposed in the Fall 2016 agenda; agencies reconsidered 391 active actions by reclassifying them as long term, 282, and inactive, 109, allowing for further careful review; and economically significant regulations fell to 58, or about 50% less than Fall 2016. For the first time, agencies will post and make public their list of inactive rules, providing notice to the public of regulations still being reviewed or considered.

An additional executive order signed by President Trump in January requires that federal agencies cut two regulations for every new one that is proposed. This is one order that should be applauded by every United States business owner who has ever felt buried by government regulations. President Trump also struck down the Volks rule, a regulation that allowed OSHA to issue citations for inadequate injury and illness recordkeeping for 5 1/2 years. This will revert the recordkeeping rule to the six-month statute of limitations. 


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