Category Archives: Metal Roofing Alliance

Magnificent Metal Monday – MRA’s Best Residential Metal Roofing Contest Q1 Winner

As announced by DesignandBuildwithMetal, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has named a beautiful copper metal re-roofing project, installed by Istueta Roofing and manufactured by Metal Master Shop, as the winner of its Best Metal Roofing Project competition for the first quarter of 2023.

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Celebrating MCA’s 40 Years – “Life with MCA Over the Years” by Six Industry Veterans

The Metal Construction Association (MCA) kicked off their 40th anniversary at its Winter Meeting held in January in Clearwater, Florida, and will continue to celebrate throughout the year. MCA’s 40th Anniversary is covered in depth in this month’s issue of Metal Construction News including a look back at the association’s history, a look forward at their newest program “Future Leaders,” a list of service award winners, current MCA Members, and featured here, interviews with six industry veterans to see how “Life with MCA Over the Years” has been.

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“How Hot is Metal Roofing Growth” – MetalCast with Renee Ramey of the Metal Roofing Alliance

Last month Heidi J. Ellsworth, owner of RoofersCoffeeShop™ and MetalCoffeeShop™, sat down with the “leading lady of metal,” Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), to talk about the growth of residential metal roofing and the driving factors of this growth.

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METALCONLive! Offers Predictions for 2023 and Beyond

Industry Experts Agree Metal is Well Positioned for 2023 and Beyond

In the first METALCONLive! of the new year, Paul Deffenbaugh, editorial director of Modern Trade Communications, led a discussion with leading industry experts about the state of the metal construction industry and what we can expect this year. According to Jeff Henry, MBA, CAE, executive director of the Metal Construction Association, “The industry is strong, but we still face challenges in 2023.” From an architects standpoint, Brent Schipper, AIA, LEED AP, founding principal of ASK Studio, is not feeling quite as optimistic as they are starting to see their backlogs starting to drop, but feels “the pace of construction in 2023 will become the most critical priority.” Renee Ramsey, director of the Metal Roofing Alliance, shared data from their 2021 study saying, “We saw a 17% market share in the residential reroof market, which is a primary audience for metal roofing. While not a huge increase, we are happy to see it continue to move in an upward pace.”

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2023 State of the Metal Construction Industry LIVE Tomorrow at 1:00 PM – RESERVE YOUR SEAT

In less than 24 hours, join us for the first METALCONLive! of the year!

Get answers to these burning questions about the year ahead —

  • Will the packed production schedules continue?
  • Are supply chain challenges finally fading?
  • What design trends will your clients be demanding and which ones are destined to be yesterday’s news?

Reserve your “seat” now for tomorrow’s METALCONLive! at 1pm EST. Our panel of experts representing every corner of the metal construction industry will share their observations, thoughts, and opinions on where we are now and where we’ll be this time next year.

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Industry Experts Will Peer into the 2023 Crystal Ball

In just one week, join us for the first METALCONLive! of the year, next Wednesday, 1/18, LIVE at 1pm EST for “The 2023 State of the Metal Construction Industry” presented by METALCONLive! and Metal Construction News. REGISTER NOW!

Do you want answers to these burning questions about the year ahead?

  • Will the packed production schedules continue?
  • Are supply chain challenges finally fading?
  • What design trends will your clients be demanding and which ones are destined to be yesterday’s news?

If you answered yes to any of them, then reserve your “seat” today for next week’s METALCONLive! on January 18 at 1pm EST. Our panel of experts representing every corner of the metal construction industry will share their observations, thoughts, and opinions on where we are now and where we’ll be this time next year.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Roof Selected to Withstand Wyoming’s Diverse Climate

A new construction project by Spring Creek Ranch was recently featured as a Metal Roofing Case Study by the Metal Construction Association. When the owners embarked on the new construction of 15 buildings located on their luxury resort property during the spring of 2022, they were seeking high-performance materials that could withstand the diverse climates of Jackson Hole. Their search led them to select metal roofs laminated with matte black Tedlar® supplied by Metal Alliance LLC.

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Happy New Year!

As we close out 2022 and welcome in this New Year, we want to take a moment to thank the nearly 5,000 visitors to our METALCON Blog this past year from all corners of the world including the U.S., Canada, Ireland, India, UK, Philippines, Australia, Germany, France, and Mexico! The METALCON team is already working hard to continue to provide worthwhile and relevant content to help the metal construction industry navigate and be prosperous in 2023! Exciting METALCON announcements are coming soon including:

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Magnificent Metal Monday – MRA Best Residential Metal Roofing 3rd Quarter Honors Two Projects

Since the start of its Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition began, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has selected a winner and a runner-up winner for the third quarter of 2022. Top honor goes to a new home construction project located in Kennewick, Washington, completed by C&C Roofing out of Hermiston, Oregon, featuring a beautiful mechanical seamed metal roof in a rich dark gray color that is the crowning touch on a stately 7,000 square-foot home.

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MetalCoffeeShop Brings Unique LIVE Experience to METALCON 2022

Since MetalCoffeeShop (MCS) came on the scene 6 months ago, it has positioned itself as a strong voice and online forum for the metal roofing industry. Led by award-winning RoofersCoffeeShop founder Heidi Ellsworth, MCS is delivering a one-of-a-kind educational, informational and community experience for metal contractors and the metal industry, brought to you by Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings. Delivering a unique LIVE experience this year at METALCON, Heidi was joined by RoofersCoffeeShop President Karen Edwards, and delivered their program “Coffee Conversations” from a sound stage built on the show floor courtesy of New Tech Machinery.

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MCA 2023 Winter Meeting Details and Registration

The Metal Construction Association‘s annual Winter Meeting will take place January 22-25, 2023 at the Hyatt Regency in Clearwater Beach Resort and Spa in Clearwater, FL. The MCA Winter Meeting is open to members and non-members and the event will cover an array of topics pertinent to the use of metal in the building envelope, plus several opportunities to network with industry leaders. Registration is NOW OPEN.

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Tune in Tomorrow to RoofersCoffeeShop™ “Coffee Conversations” for 2022 Roofing Trends Report

Grab your coffee and join our friends at RoofersCoffeeShop™ for this look inside the roofing industry as they reveal the results of their latest trends report, sponsored by Beacon. This insightful episode of “Coffee Conversations” will share what contractors are reporting in regards to material shortages, labor challenges and overall business issues.

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Magnificent Metal Monday — Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Engines … Only 2 Days till METALCON ’22

Super-Charge Your Metal Knowledge at METALCON ’22 — Learn from Metal Hall of Famers

With METALCON ’22 roaring into Indianapolis this week, it’s time to make your final plans to maximize your time at the most influential metal construction and design event in the world. While meeting with exhibitors is an essential part of the event, so can learning from experts to super-charge your knowledge. Here is your “ultimate road-map” to navigating the show floor, where EVERYTHING happens ON THE SHOW FLOOR … AND … included in your Total Experience registration (see FLOOR PLAN). REGISTER HERE!

METALCON is thrilled to welcome four MCN Hall of Famers as presenters this year including:


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Calling all Roof Installers! Amazing Opportunity to Get Certified at METALCON ’22

Are your best installers ready to become nationally recognized? The NRCA ProCertification® Metal Panel Roof Systems Hands-on Performance Exam Event is being offered THIS WEEK at METALCON, October 12 – 14, at the Indiana Convention Center for FREE! Through this certification, experienced workers who demonstrate substantial roofing skills and knowledge can become certified by NRCA in specific roof system installations.

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Special Events Happening at METALCON ’22

With only 7 days to go until we gather in Indianapolis for METALCON ’22, you won’t want to miss these special events happening on the show floor. From “Social Networking Bingo,” to an exclusive “Future Leaders” program and Happy Hour … from the specialty IMP Pavilion to the new Metal Building Marketplace … and from “The Architect’s Experience” curated for architects and design professionals to an “Indy 500 Race Car Simulator,” sponsored by CIDAN Machinery … there is truly something for everyone at this year’s show. Read on for details of each event …

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Get to Know Indy – Hotels, Convention Center and Walkability

Courtesy of VisitIndy; Click HERE for a 3D Interactive Map of Downtown Indy

The hallmark of the Indy convention experience is the ease and convenience it offers to meeting attendees. The Indiana Convention Center is positioned in the southwest quadrant of downtown and the building is surrounded by hotels and connected by climate-controlled skywalks and when you step outside, it is an easy walk to parks, attractions and hundreds of restaurants and bars in the heart of the city.

HOTEL INFORMATION – Book today with METALCON’s Housing Company

METALCON has contracted hotel rooms with two of the hotels closest to the convention center — the JW Marriott Indianapolis, which is connected to the center, and the Courtyard by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, which is connected to the center via a Skywalk. Rooms are still available but going fast so book today. Globetrotter is the only official housing agency for METALCON. Make your reservation by contacting Globetrotter directly at (877) 904-6835, (301) 570-0800 (press 2 for Meetings), by e-mail or click HERE to complete a reservation request form.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – Metal Re-Roof Wins MRA’s Q2 Best Metal Roofing Project

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has announced the winner of its Best Metal Roofing Project competition for the second quarter of 2022 and the project is a testament to the outstanding warranty, energy savings benefits, and maximum curb appeal that a metal roof can bring to a residence. The award goes to a residential re-roofing project completed by Worthouse, Inc., a leading metal roofing manufacturer headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Ill., on a stunning 7,800 square-foot home located in Ocala, FL.

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New Sherwin-Williams’ MetalVue Program to be Featured in METALCON Live! Webinar Tomorrow – REGISTER TODAY!

Already a $3.3 billion industry in North America, the metal roofing market is expected to grow 4.3% through 2026. To help manufacturers and contractors sell more residential and commercial metal roofs, Sherwin-Williams has launched their new MetalVue program. As the industry leader in metal roof coatings, they are dedicated to growing the metal roofing industry and the share of business for their partners faster than the current rate of growth. To achieve this, MetalVue is designed to be a complete network of metal roofing expertise to connect you to training, software and an online community.

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Metal Roofing Photo Contest

Enter your best metal roofing pics into the RCS photo contest by September 30 for a chance to win! Sponsored by Metal Roofing Alliance.

Photo submitted to RCS by Bruce Hollingsworth from USA Roofing & Construction in Lancaster, Texas; “16-1/2″ snap lock zinc gray 26 ga metal roof”

To celebrate the launch of their new MetalCoffeeShop™, RoofersCoffeeShop® wants to showcase the beautiful work metal roofers are doing in their metal roofing gallery! Showcase metal’s impressive durability and beauty by submitting a photo of your metal roofing project. Sponsored by the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), all submissions will be entered into a drawing and three lucky winners will be chose to receive an “RCS Box of Love.” The winning photos will also be featured in their “Week in Roofing eNews,” shared on social media and added to their metal roofing gallery. Deadline to submit is September 30.

Submit your metal roofing project to the contest today! 

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Introducing MetalCoffeeShop® with “Inside Metal Roofing” FREE Webinar TODAY

WHEN: TODAY, June 29 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ETREGISTER NOW

Join Heidi J. Ellsworth and Sherwin Williams as they host a panel of metal roofing experts TODAY at 2PM EST. In this RLW (Read*Listen*Watch), Sherwin-Williams Coil Coatings and leading metal roofing experts share what is happening “Inside Metal Roofing” today. Focused on the need for skilled labor, these experts will share how training for sales and installation along with increasing technology is changing the face of the industry for contractors and consumers alike. They will also talk about the newly launched MetalCoffeeShop and how it will bring much needed education, information and network to metal contractors.

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NRCA National Roofing Week Begins Today

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA)‘s National Roofing Week begins today! Engage with your community and inform the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play. National Roofing Week was created in 2014 as an initiative to increase awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and share the good deeds of the roofing industry. Participation has grown steadily each year, with over 200 member companies participating in 2021. Click HERE to learn about the ways you and your company can participate.

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NRCA National Roofing Week Next Week

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is encouraging members to participate in next week’s National Roofing Week by engaging with their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play. NRCA created National Roofing Week in 2014 as an initiative to increase awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and share the good deeds of the roofing industry. Participation has grown steadily each year, with over 200 member companies participating in 2021. Click HERE to learn about the ways you and your company can participate.

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Metal roofing is on the rise in the residential market, now accounting for 13% of the market share, with metal outpacing other materials in terms of growth. Given the rise and projected increases, it is important for contractors and architects to stay current with their product knowledge to ensure future success in residential metal roofing. Catch Todd Miller, president of Isaiah Industries, in today’s “Residential Re-Roofing with Metal, presented by METALCON Live! and the MCA.

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Why Re-Roof with Metal?

TV Personality and Home Advisor Bob Vila says the top reasons to re-roof with metal include:

  • Durability and long-lasting
  • More environmental-friendly and sustainable
  • Energy-efficient
  • Design flexibility

“Growing numbers of people are installing metal roofs in both new construction and roof replacement projects.,” says Vila. In 2015, McGraw-Hill Construction and Analytics estimated that 750,000 of U.S. homeowners chose metal roofing for their residences, a number indicating 11% of the residential market share, second to asphalt shingles.

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Early Bird Gets the Worm … Why This Bird Can Save you Money

METALCON ’22 will be “roaring” into Indianapolis in only five short months so make plans today to attend. Save time and money by registering this week to get a discount off the already low early bird pricing. Home to the famous Indy 500 Race, “rev your engines” and join us in Indy at the only global event dedicated exclusively to the application of metal in design where you can visit with over 300 exhibitors, learn from industry experts, and network with designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 50 countries.


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Magnificent Metal Monday – Spring Cleaning

Metal Roof Care Tips for Homeowners by the Metal Roofing Alliance

“Metal roofs are well-known for being trouble-free and easy to maintain. A simple cleaning can keep your roof in tiptop condition, looking great and performing well for many decades to come,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA). A good spring cleaning for the exterior of your home is a great way to uplevel the curb appeal and prepare for the coming summer season.

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Magnificent Metal Monday – RoofersCoffeeShop Celebrates 20 Years!

Though the years, one of the pillars of METALCON’s success has been its strong partnerships with industry pioneers. One such partnership has been with Heidi Ellsworth and her team at the RoofersCoffeeShop® (RCS) and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome her back THIS Wednesday to METALCON Live! for a special presentation titled, “A View From the Roof.”

METALCON would like to congratulate RCS on celebrating 20 years and for providing a true online community for the roofing industry. Among the many hats she wears, she is an amazing moderator and this week will be no different. Join Heidi this Wednesday as she leads a dynamic panel discussion with commercial and residential roofing professionals to talk the latest in metal roofing to help attendees gain a view of what is in the pipeline and a look at the current customer demands.

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What’s a Home Without Its Roof? A Look at What’s Happening in the Roofing World

With National Roofing Week approaching in about a month, let’s look at what’s happening in the roofing world (with a slight bias toward metal roofs of course!).

Earlier this month, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), hosted 224 participants – 88 attending for the first time – at Roofing Day 2022 on April 5-6 in Washington, D.C. Roofing professionals from throughout the U.S. met with 173 members of Congress and their staffs to advocate for solutions to workforce and supply chain challenges through immigration reform, Perkins career and technical education grants, and reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. NRCA reported 62% of these meetings were in-person, and attendees were able to meet with Congress members from 34 different states, with top top state represented being Ohio, followed by Texas, California, Florida and Maryland. 

METALCON Live! “A View from the Roof” – Wednesday, May 4 at 1:00 PM … READ MORE …

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New Infrastructure Bill Includes Buy America Guidance for Iron and Steel

Steel manufacturing trade groups lauded the news that the new Infrastructure Bill includes a provision stating all iron and steel used in projects outlined in the bill must be produced in the United States. Metal Center News reported this week, “The guidance further requires all manufactured products in the project must be produced domestically. The product itself must be manufactured here, and the components of the product must represent 55 percent or more of the total cost of the product. All construction materials must also be manufactured in the U.S.”

According to a White House memo, projects funded by the $1.2 trillion infrastructure package must only use iron and steel produced in the U.S starting May 14. The requirement includes all manufacturing processes for the metals, from initial melting stage thru application of coatings. The announcement also includes a process to waive those requirements if domestic materials are not reasonably available or would raise the cost of the project by more than 25%. (Source: Construction Dive)

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MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey Results

Across the board, metal construction projects increased in number and size from 2020 to 2021.

Photo Credit: Metal Construction News

Published on March 1, the MCN 41st Annual Contractor Survey sees a robust market environment in the metal construction industry, comparable to the overall construction market. Metal builders, roofers, wall panel contractors and light-gauge steel contractors all report that 2021 was better than 2020 and they anticipate 2022 being even better. According to survey respondents, MCN reports that metal building construction increased 12.9% in 2021, seeing a metal roofing 9.3% increase, metal wall panels 2.5% increase and light-gauge steel framing up 9.5% for exteriors and 3% for interiors.

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