Given the immense growth solar has had in the rapidly growing energy sector in the U.S. and globally, METALCON will feature a NEW SOLAR EDUCATION CENTER on the show floor next week at our LIVE event in Tampa. The pavilion will feature a variety of companies exhibiting the latest in solar equipment along with a learning center, live demos and TRIVIA! Who doesn’t love a good trivia contest? Pre-register your team today of 3-5 members (or sign up on-site).
The games will take place in the pavilion on Wednesday at 4:00, Thursday at 4:00 with the final match taking place at noon on Friday. Daily prizes will be given out and increase in value as the stakes get higher, culminating in $100 Amazon cards for the members of the winning team.
The start of fall season is typically the time to prepare for colder weather, but with a changing climate, many regions are now experiencing hotter weather patterns that stretch far longer into the year, making home air conditioning systems not just a nice to have, but a need to have for families everywhere. That increasing demand is why the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is calling on federal, state and local governments and utilities to take more action to help incentivize homeowners to make smart, energy efficient decisions when it comes to home building and remodeling practices.
METALCON’s Extensive Conference Program Offers More Education and CEUs than Ever Before
“An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” Benjamin Franklin
Introducing METALCON’S best education yet! Learn from the industry’s top technical whizzes, business experts, design professionals, and industry insiders. From intensive pre-show Workshops to Keynotes, Super Sessions and 40+ FREE educational sessions conveniently located inside the exhibit hall, METALCON has it all. Best of all … you’ll earn valuable credits while you learn!
You can customize and organize your daily education schedule by clicking on the favorite “star” button by the sessions you want, then clicking on the tab “My Sessions.” You can then export your show schedule. Read on for details on Keynotes, Super Sessions, Workshops, and the Education Sessions.
Join FRSA for their 99th Convention & Expo, the largest roofing expo in the country! Starting tomorrow, METALCON will be exhibiting in Booth #1509 at FRSA‘s ONE ROOF at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, July 21 – 23.
Being touted as the LARGEST roofing expo in the country, FRSA welcomes 240 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services in the industry. The Expo will have daily cash prizes, the Foundation Auction and special events in the Lounge.
Join FRSA for their 99th Convention & Expo, the largest roofing expo in the country!
METALCON looks forward to gathering with FRSA under ONE ROOF next week! Visit METALCON in Booth #1509 at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida, next Wednesday, July 21 – 23.
Being touted as the LARGEST roofing expo in the country, FRSA will proudly welcome 240 exhibiting companies showcasing the latest products and services in the industry next week. The Expo features daily cash prizes, the Foundation Auction and special events in the Lounge.
All this week, the NRCA is celebrating National Roofing Week. Today’s theme is employee training. How do you train your workers? Share your stories and photos to #NationalRoofingWeek. Check out one of the posts made by NRCA member Columbia Roofing & Sheet Metal celebrating their training. Post yours today!
As a dedicated partner to the metal construction industry, METALCON offers year-round training opportunities through our virtual programming as well as on site at METALCON 2021, scheduled for October 6-8 in Tampa, Florida. This year, we launched three new programs: METALFOCUS® Safety Program, METALCON Business Academy “MBA” Program and Metal Architecture at METALCON Live!. In addition to this virtual programming, join us IN PERSON at METALCON 2021 to take advantage of a full schedule of education and training. As an added bonus, most of the sessions will qualify for Continuing Education Credits (Including: AIA, CSI,ICC and more). REGISTER TODAY!
The search is on for outstanding metal roofing projects (open to U.S. and Canadian homeowners and the trades) …
The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has kicked off its 2021 Best Residential Metal Roofing Project quarterly competition and this year, the opportunity to enter is open to both the trades and homeowners. Beginning Jan. 1, 2021 and running through Dec. 31, 2021 the MRA will award a quarterly winner of the project judged to be the most outstanding example of a great metal roofing project. ENTER TODAY.
As part of National Roofing Week, METALCON salutes the Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), as they continue to celebrate their 25th anniversary. Help them prepare a list of their 25 greatest accomplishments by emailing Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at firstname.lastname@example.org to let them know what program, project or outreach you believe was one of their greatest successes. To further promote the annivesary, you can add their 25th anniversary logo to your email signature blocks, websites, communications with your customers, advertisements, etc. Visit the 25th anniversary page to download the logo and other 25th anniversary materials.
By summertime, it’s common that many of your staff lose the initial energy they brought at the beginning of the season due to long days and drawn out work. With no end in sight, it’s easy for productivity to drop and for you as an owner to be left picking up the pieces. Before you go putting on the “proverbial tool belt,” learn unique solutions to breathe new life into a hard-working team. In this session, you will learn:
How to identify the performance gap causing an employee’s low productivity
A unique goal setting & review process to align your team toward a common goal
The key process for working with employees that have low skill, but high commitment
BONUS! You’ll receive the downloadable templates and frameworks to implement these tools in your business right away.
Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry. NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.
Developed in partnership with the trades business experts at Breakthrough Academy, METALCON’s first-ever “MBA” program focuses on the six most critical things every metal construction business must do to succeed in 2021, and beyond. This “breakthrough” program is available at NO COST to our metal construction community.
Take all 6 METALCON “MBA” courses and receive your diploma at METALCON 2021 in Tampa!
REGISTER TODAY FOR THE NEXT COURSE SCHEDULED FOR WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2 at 1:00 PM EST! (Read more for details)
Earn your CE certificate. NABCEP approved course – CEU 1.5 JTA & RE Elective AIA – 1 LU|HSW Course #: MRIL2142
SOLAR IS ONE OF THE HOTTEST TOPICS CURRENTLY IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY – LEARN THE TECHNIQUES AND AFFORDABILITY OF RAIL-LESS As solar mounting technologies evolve to improve installation efficiencies and reduce material and labor costs, some developers and installers on the job site often find it daunting to keep abreast of changing technologies and adapt their operating procedures accordingly. This seems evident by phobias some people have about rail-less PV mounting for metal roofs, while many others claim it is a piece of cake and saves a fortune. A few small shifts in thinking can produce huge savings in labor, material, and logistics, so it is worth a look. The shifts pertain to the mechanics of installation and a couple of other aspects of a project, such as wire management. This course will unpack metal roof installations with a brief overview of the various types of metal roofs and their advantages for PV. Wire management techniques will be presented along with other best practices and “how-to’s” for installing rail-less solar systems on metal roofs. Methods for installing various accessories from microinverters to home runs will also be covered.
Learn from experts in the field – Shelly Higgins AIA, CSI, IIBEC, NWiR Architectural and National Accounts Director @S-5! and Mark Gies Director of Solar Business @S-5!
Learning Objectives: • Learn why a metal roof is a perfect solar platform. • Define the advantages of rail-less solar PV mounting systems. • Understand how solar on metal roofs prove to be the most economical and the most eco-friendly. • Learn best practices for design and deployment of wire management. • Describe best practices for installation techniques and other balance of system (BOS) components.
“This course provided me with a better understanding of the safety related intricacies in metal building construction.” – Steve Wykoff, TKS Contracting
At METALCON, we’re on a mission to provide the latest ideas and expert advice to help all kinds of metal businesses be more efficient and more profitable. Our recently completed inaugural METALFOCUS Safety Training program is a valuable tool for you and your company. Program participant Brian Gray with Architectural Building Systems says, “It’s a great refresher. I can continue to pass this information down to the 50-100 employees we have on our crew.”
There are several key reasons why a metal roof is the right choice. According to the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA), among these reasons include energy savings, aesthetic appeal, performance in weather-related events, longevity and environmentally sustainability. In this era of increased focus on sustainability, copper is “king.” According to Copper.org (Copper Development Association, Inc.), it’s durable, reliable and often outlives its aluminum, plastic and other metal counterparts. Copper adorns one of the world’s most stunning homes in the United States — The Hope Residence, located in Palm Springs, California.
According to Metal Roofing Alliance, “For a home that is nearly as famous and unique as the American entertainer who inspired it, the Hope Residence has been compared to a spaceship, a mushroom and a volcano. Whatever shape you imagine it resembles, there is no doubt there is nothing like this nearly 24,000 square foot home set at the highest point overlooking the star-studded city. The most striking element of the curvaceous, expansive home is the roof itself. Made from copper that slopes upward from three points to meet at an enormous open oculus, the roof seems to rise from the mountains, its dark aged patina softly glowing in ever-shifting desert light.”
Roofing industry stakeholders from throughout the U.S. participated virtually in Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 March 23-24.
Led by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and partner organizations, the annual event is an unprecedented effort to share the industry’s message with members of Congress. Traditionally held as a fly-in event in Washington, D.C., Roofing Day in D.C. 2021 was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Success and diversity go hand in hand … and it looks like increased productivity, better morale, retention, and faster problem solving.”
Tiffany “Tiff” Hutcheson, sales and customer service manager with Brightsmith Coaters (sister company of ATAS), offered this key takeaway during a METALCONLive! webinar held last year titled, “Can you Afford NOT to have Diversity in Your Workforce?” The webinar was moderated by RoofersCoffeeShop owner and founder of National Women in Roofing, Heidi Ellsworth, along with an expert panel of female industry leaders including Tiff, Sonya Malvick, international president of the Association of Women in Metal (AWMI) and outside territory sales manager with Olympic Steel, and Minnie Robles, product representative with ATAS International. While the participants emphasized how important it was to have broad-scoped diversity in your business plans, they expounded on the opportunities for women in the construction industry. In celebration of Women in Construction (WIC) Week, we look back at some of the key takeaways from that important webinar. If you missed it, take advantage of watching it anytime ON DEMAND. Read on for key takeaways …
When IMPs first emerged as a building product in the 1960s they were predominantly used as an exterior wall assembly. Throughout the last 60 years, the materials and production methods have advanced considerably. According to the Metal Construction Association, “Insulated Metal Panel Roofs are premier building products on the leading edge of innovation.” The far reaching benefits include: high performance, sustainable building envelope, design flexibility, single component, and speed of build. The question isn’t “why an IMP roof” … the question is “why not.”
Join METALCONLive! and MCA TOMORROW as they present, The Advantages of an IMP Roof, by Greg Lusty, Vice President of Sales at All Weather Insulated Panels. Greg will provide a review of insulated metal roof panel systems in terms of their performance characteristics, profiles, and testing/approval requirements; along with the design and installation considerations that will help you be successful. This webinar qualifies for one AIA LU and its FREE!
Is it worth your company’s time and money to invest in preventative safety training? The answer is a resounding YES!
According to the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), “The charts and summaries in the 2020 Safety Performance Report present the clearest picture yet of the remarkable impact that leading indicator use has on a company’s safety performance: fewer disrupted or lost lives and a safer, more productive jobsite regardless of the size of the company. In fact, companies that engage in leading indicator use are, statistically, considerably safer than their peers. The ABC created the report in 2015 to address the issue of not having sound data to prove the correlation between the use of measures companies can take to keep workers safe on jobsites and the number of incidents that occur.
This Thursday, January 21 at 1 p.m. EST, S-5! will host an interactive roundtable discussion titled Metal Roofing: Wire Management and Best Practices for Solar PV Installations. The discussion will be moderated by Mark Gies, Director of Solar Business at S-5! along with panelists Doug Claxton – Principal & Founder of The Solar Revolution & TSR Energy, Jesse Wiederin – Founder/Owner of The Solar Guys, and Shawn Haddock – S-5!’s Director of IT & Product Support, Senior Field Applications Specialist.
On behalf of the METALCON team, we are honored to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA). We invite you to celebrate their success by joining their mission to promote the professionalism of roofing while giving back to the industry through research, education and philanthropy.
METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, announces a variety of new initiatives that provide ongoing educational opportunities and essential training for industry professionals. “We’ve been working diligently to create meaningful programs for the metal construction industry during this time of uncertainty,” says Judy Geller, Vice President of Tradeshows at METALCON. “We’ve lined up some of the best in the industry to connect with you virtually and to deliver exceptional programming year-round – and until we meet again in person – for a world-class event next year in Tampa!”
Study after study has concluded that there is a clear link between workplace diversity, increased productivity, and the bottom line. In fact, according to a study by Forbes, companies with a diverse workforce produce 19% more in earnings than their less diverse counterparts. You need talented workers now more than ever. So why, at a time when the skilled labor shortage is hitting the construction particularly hard, do woman make up just 9% of the US construction industry workforce? You simply can’t afford NOT to diversify your workforce!
Join us next Wednesday, November 4 when Heidi Ellsworth, partner of RoofersCoffeeShop®, founder of National Women in Roofing (NWIR) and of Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) and past METALCON speaker, will moderate this important subject that profoundly impacts our industry; the challenges, benefits, rewards, and strategies associated with recruiting and retaining top talent in today’s market.
Last week during our METALCONLive! event, we learned from leading authority on metal roofing recover, Charlie Smith, the number one reason to recover a roof with metal is for its longevity. According to Rob Haddock with S-5!, “A metal roof has three to five to six times the longevity of conventional asphalt shingles.”
While metal roofs have made significant gains in recent years, the industry still fights a perception that the value of metal roofing is less than other roofing materials, especially in the residential market. In his recent article in Metal Architecture, Editorial Director Paul Deffenbaugh takes a look on how to quantify the “return-on-investment (ROI)” for metal roofing.
The article cites, “Currently, a metal roof replacing the existing roofing material returned 61.2% percent of the cost within two years. For an asphalt roof replacement, the return is slightly higher (65.9%) but the cost is significantly lower. There is no data available for the return on investment of a metal roof on a commercial project. For commercial real estate investors, building owners, appraisers, municipalities, appraisers, school boards, insurers and others interested in property values, there is nowhere they can turn to identify the intrinsic value of a metal roof.”
Chuck Howard, PE, president of Metal Roofing Consultants, Cary, N.C., and another industry expert says, “One of the problems we have in our industry is that value of the metal roof is not clearly defined while the value of flat roofs and shingle roofs are. It’s going to be X amount of dollars per foot. You tell people, ‘a flat roof will be $6 per square foot and a metal roof will be $12 per square foot,’ and they say they can’t afford metal.” Howard goes on to explain that sometimes the metal roof is designed to work on a structure that will work with any roof and is consequently overdesigned for a metal roof. Once you get a customer past the “cost” conversation, the payoff– the ROI — for metal roofing comes in the maintenance and durability of the product.
To increase awareness of the longevity of metal roofing, Haddock pushed for a survey to document the real service life of a metal roof. Sponsored by the Metal Construction Association and the ZAC Association, the survey analyzed low-slope, unpainted 55 percent Al-Zn coated steel standing seam roofing in a wide range of environments across the U.S. The research concluded that the expected service life of such a roof constructed today can be expected to be in excess of 60 years. That value, the researchers argue, equals the assumed service life of the building, as described by USGBC’s LEED v4 rating program. Haddock suspects if metal roofing were to warrant roofs to the same service life standard, the warranties would likely run to 60 years.
To help customers overcome the cost objections to metal roofs, Howard developed a spreadsheet that compares the anticipated costs of a metal roof to a typical flat roof including anticipated maintenance. His analysis includes initial costs that show metal roofing coming in at about 30 percent higher but at the 20-year mark, the total cost for a metal roof would be 22 percent less than a flat roof. At 40 years, it would be 60 percent less. And at 60 years, it would be 68 percent less. Over the 60 year life span of the building, the 20-year flat roofs need to be replaced three times and have considerably higher maintenance costs.
The durability of a metal roof provides a significantly better return on investment than a typical flat roof over the predictable service life of a building. Durability and maintenance are key elements positively affecting the ROI for metal roofs. Research from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) suggests that investments in maintenance and making sure the building doesn’t deteriorate over time improves the return on investment.
“A metal roof, if properly installed, requires no maintenance,” says Haddock. When we were doing the study, we got up on roofs that were 30 years old and nobody had ever been up there.”
While the value of a metal roof may not be apparent at the start, it is fair to say the ROI presents itself later based on the longevity and ease of maintenance.
Last week on METALCONLive!, the Metal Construction Association presented leading authority on metal roofing recover systems, Charlie Smith with McElroy Metal, who gave a detailed presentation on the benefits of using metal to recover an existing sloped roof. You can stream the presentation on-demand by clicking on the above image. Some key takeaways from the presentation include the growing advantages of using metal for roof recover work, the future of using a “T” shape panel and if doing a retrofit, and knowing your clip offset before starting a project.
Charlie opened the presentation with the simple, yet important, question, “Why metal?” He answered his own question by saying, “Simple, it has the longest life expectancy of approximately 40-60 years.”
Knowing when to replace, retrofit or re-coat a roof has been an important and popular topic for years now regularly appearing in articles across industry trades. Removing and replacing old roofs was the go-to roofing solution for decades because it offered building owners the longest lifespan at the most economical price. Today, however, re-roofing solutions such as “Metal-over-Metal” and “Metal-over-Shingle” recover solutions offer owners alternate solutions with many advantages. To learn more about these solutions, join leading metal roofing authority, Charlie Smith with McElroy Metal, as he presents “12 Ways to Recover an Existing Sloped Roof with Metal” during this week’s METALCONLive! presented by the Metal Construction Association (MCA).
What are the jaw-dropping economic and market changes for metal construction and design decision-makers just over the horizon?How MUST your business fundamentally change to grasp these once-in-a-business-cycle opportunities – and sidestep the strategic blunders that await the unprepared?Tomorrow’s METALCONLive! will help you see into the future(for free!!).
In celebration of National Roofing Week, we are proud to bring you an amazing story about a collaborative effort being done in Pennsylvania to promote diversity in work force development. ATAS International, one of METALCON’s long-standing exhibitors, was once again involved in their local “Let’s Build Construction Camp for Girls” last month. This year, the “advanced camp” group designed and constructed a shed from the ground up, as part of a Habitat for Humanity fundraiser, including the installation of an ATAS metal roof. Now in its fourth year, this annual event serves as a way for the design and construction community in the Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania area to promote work force development for the industry as a whole. Continue reading for the ATAS’ press release on the initiative.
Each year, National Roofing Week increases awareness about the significance of roofs to every home and business and shares the good deeds of the industry.
NRCA encourages members to participate in National Roofing Week by engaging in their communities and informing the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community. Continue reading to see how you can participate this week.