NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Makes Statement Urging the Roofing Industry to Tap Into Its Giving Spirit by Helping Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

NRCA CEO Reid Ribble Makes Statement Urging the Roofing Industry to Tap Into Its Giving Spirit by Helping Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Epic Flooding Inundates Houston After Hurricane HarveySince becoming NRCA’s CEO, I have frequently spoken about the tremendous generosity of the roofing industry and its willingness to donate time, money and resources to those in need.

As Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate residents of the Houston area, many in the roofing industry have been asking: “What can we do to help?”

There are many ways to help.

NRCA member SRS Distribution, McKinney, Texas and its SRS Raise the Roof Foundation has announced a two-week fundraising campaign dedicated to the direct relief and support for those affected by the hurricane. SRS will match 100 percent of all contributions received during this period, with all funds raised supporting relief organizations or, on a limited basis, directly to hurricane victims. Those who wish to donate may do so at  www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=5RN4VQ75LDH2E.

In addition, NRCA member Beldon Roofing Co., San Antonio, has alerted NRCA the San Antonio Food Bank is in immediate need of monetary donations to help feed the thousands of Houston’s residents who have fled to the hurricane. Contributions can be made at www.safoodbank.org.

NRCA and The Roofing Industry Alliance for Progress’ Helping Our Own program will each be making $1,000 contributions to both organizations.

There also are countless additional organizations that have established campaigns to support those in Hurricane Harvey’s path. Following are a few.

American Red Cross

Feeding Texas

Salvation Army

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) of Texas

Greater Houston Community Foundation

United Way of Greater Houston

There are countless additional charitable agencies across the U.S. that have established funds to aid those affected by this terrible hurricane. NRCA continues to closely watch the hurricane as it progresses, and will alert the roofing industry of additional fundraising plans.

Thank you in advance for your generosity to those affected by this devastating event.

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Published at Thu, 31 Aug 2017 20:07:23 +0000

Texas Roofing Contractors, Industry Associations Assist with Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

Texas Roofing Contractors, Industry Associations Assist with Hurricane Harvey Recovery Efforts

The roofing industry is responding to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Roofing contractors from around Texas and beyond are pitching in with financial pledges, donating equipment and actively participating in rescue and relief operations along the state’s eastern shoreline. An area spanning more than 250 miles between major population centers like Corpus Christi, Houston and Beaumont was saturated with an unprecedented amount of rain, estimated at more than 50 inches of since Harvey struck last weekend as a category 4 hurricane. So far, 31 deaths and many more injuries have been blamed on the storm, which already is expected to be among the most costly in terms of damage in American history.

Published at Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:02:00 +0000

Loveland Innovations Awarded a Second Patent for Ground-Breaking Drone Technology

Loveland Innovations Awarded a Second Patent for Ground-Breaking Drone Technology

New patent in drone technology improves how aerial imagery can be used in capturing, identifying and estimating roof damage.

ALPINE, Utah – August 30, 2017 – Loveland Innovations®, maker of advanced drone solutions for the Property and Casualty Insurance Industry, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded it a second patent. The new patent continues to illustrate Loveland Innovations’ fierce commitment to constantly improving drone technology for the Insurance industry. This patent advances the way that aerial imagery, used for the purposes of identifying and estimating roof damage, is captured. The approach positions the drone in a way that limits potential image distortion and lays the groundwork for further image capture techniques that will accelerate the use of aerial imagery in established Insurance workflows.

“Our team has 200+ combined years of experience in developing technology solutions for insurance,” says Jim Loveland, CEO and Founder of Loveland Innovations. “By drawing on this wealth of experience, and through listening to key industry players, we’re vastly improving the industry’s approach to capturing aerial images for the claims process in ways above and beyond advances in hardware. The speed in which we continue to receive patents from the USPTO is a tremendous testament to our unique skill set and incredibly innovative approach as a company.  This latest patent is one of many of our planned steps forward for insurance-focused drone solutions.”

The issuance of patent number 9,734,397 comes just a few months after Loveland Innovations’ first patent, which covers advanced image capturing techniques as well as in-app technologies that makes performing drone inspections simple for Insurance professionals. Together, these patents represent Loveland Innovations’ dedication to delivering the most advanced drone-based inspection solutions for the Property and Casualty Insurance industry.

For more information about Loveland Innovations and how it’s changing the way that roof and property inspections are done, visit www.lovelandinnovations.com

About Loveland Innovations
Loveland Innovations is the first company in the world to develop an autonomous drone inspection solution specifically for—and only for—Property and Casualty Insurance. With our patented technology in the hands of insurance carriers, adjusters, and contractors, claims, underwriting, or roof inspections can be done safely and in just a matter of minutes.

Published at Thu, 31 Aug 2017 17:11:08 +0000

MRCA Foundation Auction Fundraiser

MRCA Foundation Auction Fundraiser

Donating to the Foundation Auction is now easier than ever, click here to access the auction donation form.

This year the MRCA Foundation Auction Fundraiser will be held October 17th at 5:30 pm in the beautiful Crystal Ballroom of the Marriott St. Louis Grand. 

Remember – not only will hundreds of MRCA Members see your strong support of the Foundation, but the money raised from your donated item will go towards these important initiatives:

  • Roofing Industry Research
  • Industry-related Academic Scholarships for MRCA Members and their families
  • Educational Programming directed towards MRCA Members

The online auction site will feature all of the items that are donated.

Online bidding will be available before and during the actual event. Even those who can’t be there in person can still bid.

For questions please contact Megan Miller at mmiller@mrca.org or call 800-497-6722. 

The Foundation Board graciously thanks all of the donors for their support and generosity.
 

Published at Thu, 31 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

MRA Will Host Seminars for Metal Roofing Contractors at METALCON

MRA Will Host Seminars for Metal Roofing Contractors at METALCON

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has announced it will be hosting two seminars for metal roofing contractors at METALCON 2017.  Both are designed to help contractors grow their residential metal roofing businesses with advice and ideas that can make an impact. Led by metal roofing expert Frank Farmer, the MRA training sessions will be held on both Oct. 18 and 19, as follows:

Growing Your Residential Metal Roofing Company in the Age of Millennials

Hiring, Training and Turning Millennials into Rock Stars

  • While most companies are struggling with low productivity of a millennial workforce, your company can excel.  Understanding what the millennial generation wants and needs is the key to your growth and profitability. This seminar will share how to turn your company into a magnet that attracts people while developing a profitable company culture that millennials crave.
  • Presented Oct. 18, from 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. and Oct. 19, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Increasing your Residential Metal Roof Company’s Profitability

  • Learn how to create value and urgency without being the lowest bid.  Frank will share sales techniques specific to the metal roofing industry, including how to become your customer’s first choice and make the order on the first visit at the price you want.
  • Presented Oct. 18, from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and Oct. 19, from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

For more information, and to register for the sessions, contractors can click here to review the conference schedule and choose a session.  MRA is also offering registration for the show floor at this link.   

Published at Wed, 30 Aug 2017 17:00:42 +0000

SRS Distribution Announces the Acquisition of National Building Supply

SRS Distribution Announces the Acquisition of National Building Supply

MCKINNEY, Texas — SRS Distribution announced the acquisition of National Building Supply Corporation, a family-owned distributor of residential building products with locations in Belleville, Roselle, and Dover, N.J.   

National Building Supply was founded in 1962 and currently employs a team of over 30 people. National covers a primary market area of Northern & Central New Jersey servicing professional contractors, local homebuilders, home improvement contractors, and remodelers. Tom Lazur, National’s current owner, and National’s entire sales and operations team will be staying with the company to run the branches going forward.  All National locations will continue to operate under that name and will become part of SRS’s family of independent distributors.    

Dan Tinker, president and CEO of SRS Distribution, commented, “We are very excited to have Tom and his great team join the SRS family.  We have had a long relationship with the Lazur family over the years through various supplier outings and industry gatherings.  One of the things we love about this industry is how many friends you make over time and decades later you get an opportunity like this to work together as partners.  The addition of National makes us exponentially stronger in New Jersey and also provides us with access to the CertainTeed Vinyl Siding line in the region.” 

Tom Lazur, owner and president of National, added, “I am pleased that I have found the right partner for the future of National and look forward to joining forces with my friends at SRS.  My family and I have owned and operated National as an independent distributor for almost 40 years, but felt it was time to find a partner that could help us grow the business and preserve our family’s legacy for decades to come.  Over the past several years, I have done my research on the market landscape and am confident without any doubt that SRS is the best possible partner for our family, our employees, and our customers.” 

For more information, visit www.srsicorp.com.

Published at Wed, 30 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

BLUEFIN Announces Acquisition of CyberCon Consulting

BLUEFIN Announces Acquisition of CyberCon Consulting

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Co. — BLUEFIN, LLC recently announced the acquisition of CyberCon Consulting, Inc. This transaction represents a significant opportunity to enhance the value both companies can deliver to their customers. CyberCon has a long history of providing the highest quality roof consulting services to a wide variety of customers such as Prologis, American Honda Motor Co., Southern California Edison, and the Denver International Airport. The entire CyberCon team will join BLUEFIN’s staff, and CyberCon’s owner, Nick Lovato, will become senior vice president of BLUEFIN.

“We are excited to welcome CyberCon to BLUEFIN,” said Richard Rast, BLUEFIN’s president. “I have admired CyberCon for many years while working in the industry and living in the community very close to their operations. We value their longstanding success, and we commit to providing their team of dedicated employees the resources they need to grow that success even further. Nick Lovato brings exceptional technical expertise to our management team, and I look forward to working closely with him to continue providing superior service to CyberCon’s customers.”  

Lovato commented, “CyberCon is very proud of the legacy we have established and nurtured over the past 26 years. We view today’s transaction as an opportunity to continue growing, and we welcome the chance to provide an expanded service offering to our clients. Culturally, this is an excellent fit for us, and we are excited for our future with BLUEFIN.”

For more information, visit bluefinllc.com.

Published at Fri, 25 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar Selects GAF as Preferred Manufacturer of Cool Shingles

PetersenDean Roofing & Solar Selects GAF as Preferred Manufacturer of Cool Shingles

FREMONT, Calif. – Fremont, California-based PetersenDean Roofing & Solar announced its relationship with GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. The relationship will help supply PetersenDean consumers in all of its seven operating states with shingles that can be used to comply with Title 24 cool roof requirements.

GAF is an American owned company with headquarters in Parsippany, N.J., and more than 30 manufacturing facilities nationwide.  

“We selected GAF because they own an expansive network of manufacturing facilities and produce quality products that make the company a leader in the industry,” said Gary Liardon, president of US Consumer Division, PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. “With all of GAF’s plants based in the U.S., we are providing our customers with quality products and supporting American jobs. They also produce the popular shingle colors that our customers like and offer comprehensive warranties. We are proud to partner with such an innovative and dependable manufacturer.”

GAF is the only roofing manufacturer to earn the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval on its products. The company recently introduced its Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ Shingles, which can be used to comply with Title 24 cool roof requirements. Cool roofs reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than traditional roofs to help keep your home cooler. Additionally, GAF offers its Timberline HD® Reflector Series™ Shingles in a large selection of colors with comprehensive warranties. The color selection and warranties will provide PetersenDean customers with choice, quality, and peace of mind.

“At GAF, we are committed to working with the best contractors in the industry,” said Todd Tarchalski, West area vice president of sales at GAF. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with PetersenDean, one of America’s largest and most trusted roofing and solar companies.”

The GAF products will be offered in all seven states where PetersenDean operates.

This relationship helps meet two important goals for PetersenDean, which installs about 2,000 solar and roof systems each month nationally: providing PetersenDean customers with quality, innovative roofing materials and supporting American jobs.

“We made a decision at PetersenDean to only source our products from manufacturing facilities in North America,” said Jim Petersen, president and CEO of PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. “That’s why we chose to utilize GAF, which owns multiple manufacturing facilities across the nation. We can help customers lower their electric bills, help the environment, and help the economy.”

PetersenDean is the nation’s largest privately held solar and roofing company and is known for its advanced solar system technology and its American-made solar and roofing products. PetersenDean’s Solar4America initiative supports American jobs, manufacturing, and energy independence by sourcing solar panels and all system components from domestic producers. The PetersenDean solar system includes Buy-American-Act-compliant panels, inverters, and racking installed by U.S. companies.  The relationship with GAF further highlights PetersenDean’s commitment to supporting American jobs.  

For more information,visit www.petersendean.com.

Published at Mon, 28 Aug 2017 12:00:00 +0000

SEBS Roof Coating System Designed for Use in Variety of Applications

SEBS Roof Coating System Designed for Use in Variety of Applications

Mule-HideThe new SEBS Roof Coating System from Mule-Hide Products Co. combines high tensile strength, excellent elasticity, ultra-low moisture permeability and resistance to ponding water, making it an ideal choice for use in a wide variety of challenging roof repair and restoration applications, according to the manufacturer.
 
The solvent-based coating system is designed primarily for use in repairing and restoring metal roofs, but also can be used on TPO, EPDM, asphalt, modified bitumen, Kynar, concrete, Hypalon and PIB roofing systems.
 
The SEBS Roof Coating System includes the following products: SEBS Primer; SEBS Base Coat; SEBS Roof Coating (for use on metal, TPO and Hypalon roofing systems); SEBS+ Roof Coating (for use on metal, TPO, Hypalon, EPDM, asphalt, modified bitumen, Kynar, concrete and PIB roofing systems); SEBS Seam Sealer; and SEBS 1 – Multipurpose Sealant.

The coatings’ solvent base and ultra-low moisture permeability enable them to outperform other coating types in ponding water applications, according to the manufacturer. They will not delaminate if the substrate becomes wet and, unlike water-based coatings, they will not re-emulsify during prolonged exposure to ponding water.

The lack of permeability also helps prevent corrosion of metal substrates and makes the coatings highly resistant to algae and fungi. Antioxidants and light stabilizers ensure the coating system’s durability throughout the roofing system’s service life.

Because the SEBS Roof Coating System is solvent-based, it cannot be shipped to areas that regulate the use of products containing volatile organic compounds (VOCs). 

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Published at Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:00:15 +0000

Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinics in California

Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinics in California

Soprema Inc. will be hosting two regional Building Envelope Clinics in California in September 2017 for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units.

The first clinic will be held in San Francisco on Sept. 19, at AIA San Francisco, located at 130 Sutter St. #600, San Francisco, CA 94104.

The second clinic will be held in Los Angeles on Sept. 21. The clinic will be held at the California Science Center, located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Both events include a Building Envelope Clinic that will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas, Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

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Published at Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:00:35 +0000