Register Today: Metal Roofing Training 10/18 and 10/19 in Las Vegas

Planning to go to METALCON in Las Vegas this year?  As if the location alone wasn’t a good enough reason to go, here are two more – exclusive seminars for metal roofing contractors that can help build your business.

The Metal Roofing Alliance is hosting two training sessions on both October 18 and 19 led by metal roofing expert Frank Farmer:

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 the brightest and most ambitious people while developing a profitable company culture that millennials crave.

Presented 10/18 from 9:30 a.m – 10:30 a.m. and 10/19 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 proven 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 10/18 from 10:45 – 11:45 a.m. and 10/19 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Click here to review the conference schedule and choose the session that works best for you.

 Click here to register for the show  

Enter Promo Code MRAPASS if needed.

 

New Video: Free Metal Roofing Marketing Seminar for Contractors

Education is the main goal of all the programs we create at the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA).  In many cases, we’re educating consumers about the benefits of today’s metal roofs and encouraging them to contact a local MRA contractor to learn even more.  However, another important part of the MRA program is providing tools to help contractors to be successful in the metal roofing business.


At this year’s International Roofing Expo (IRE), the MRA sponsored a presentation by metal roofing expert Frank Farmer, president of American Metal Roofs, called “The Business Opportunity of Residential Metal Roofing.”  In case you missed it at the show, we’ve just posted the entire 90 minute presentation online. For free. Just visit this link on our new MRA Vimeo channel dedicated to industry news.

Frank’s engaging presentation covers:

  • Why is metal roofing in such demand?
  • How contractors can generate and manage leads
  • A case study of American Metal Roof’s explosive growth
  • A sequence for metal roofing sales
  • Carving a niche in the marketplace
  • A pricing model for profitability
  • Closing the sale with ONE visit
  • Contractor resources that guarantee success

Want to take advantage of MRA’s growing list of tools for metal roofing contractors?  Contact our member liaison, Dottie Jardine at (410) 534-6900 or Dottie@MetalRoofing.com to join the MRA as a contractor member.

 

Technology Helps Contractors Seal the Deal

Special iRoofing Offer for MRA Members

As a premium contractor installing premium roof products, you’re no stranger to the expectations of demanding clients. A metal roof system is one of the largest investments a homeowner will ever make, and they have the right to expect full peace-of-mind when making their final decision. From the first impression you make, to your ability to answer homeowners’ questions and help them make the right decision, much of this work is done before you even grab the ladder from your truck.

According to Forbes Magazine, most people form a first-impression within three to five seconds of meeting you, and creating a positive first-impression is far easier than trying to salvage a negative one. According to research, a contractor who comes to the door with a tablet in-hand appears more “put together.”

What’s the best way to improve your presentation? By incorporating new technology.  Homeowners today have become familiar with the added benefits of technology and expect professional contractors to know the same thing. Recent data from Pew Research indicates that 50% of seniors feel that businesses who don’t incorporate new technology are at a major disadvantage. This demographic includes some of your best customers.

If you’re selling a premium roof product, you need premium tools. iRoofing is the “one-stop shop” application to satisfy the needs of demanding contractors and homeowners alike. Approach your clients with a tablet in-hand containing everything you need to measure, estimate, sign contracts, and sell the job. Help your clients make a confident decision by using the Roof Simulator, which allows you to take a photo of their home and show them how a variety of products and colors will look on their own roof prior to installation. Confidently present your business using before-and-after photos, customer testimonials, and more. Simply put, if you want to save time, make more money, and grow your business, iRoofing is the solution you’ve been waiting for.

A number of contractors have great things to say about iRoofing:

“I’ve been an iRoofing addict for almost 2 years, successfully executing flawless measurements and winning the professionalism game.”

Larry Neese, Larry Neese LLC, Roofing and Construction

“By using iRoofing, we have doubled our close rate, and increased our productivity by 40%.”

Eric Caraballoso, Latite Roofing and Sheet Metal

If you want to try iRoofing for yourself, the MRA has you covered. For the month of June, all contractors who sign-up with iRoofing using the code “MRA” will receive 50% off their first month’s subscription and free, unlimited 1-on-1 training. To sign-up, click HERE and enter the code “MRA”.

Triangle Fastener Corporation Helps MRA with Trade Show Giveaways

The Metal Roofing Alliance would like to thank Joe Stager, Vice President of Product Development, Marketing and Sales at Triangle Fastener Corporation for the recent donation of three DeWalt 20V MAX Premium Cordless Drill/Drivers.  Over the past year, the MRA has held random drawings at three different trade shows- METALCON, IRE and Frame Builders.  Our goal has been to encourage metal roofing contractors to provide the MRA with their contact information.  After the show, we reach out to these contractors to provide information about our association and the many benefits of being a contractor member.

We congratulate the following contractors for winning the DeWalt drills:

IRE Show:  Patrick Morin from Roof Life of Oregon, Tigard, OR

Frame Builders Show:  Tim Boling from Lyon Metal Roofing, Piney Flats, TN

METALCON Show:  Jeff Kroh from Kroh Roofing, Clarion, PA

New Study Finds Residential Re-Roofing Segment Largest Share of Roofing Demand

According to a recent study conducted by the Freedonia Group, re-roofing accounts for the largest share of residential roofing demand.  The U.S. has a significant number of older homes that will eventually require roof repair or outright replacement.  Many homeowners put off re-roofing projects during the 2007-2009 recession and its aftermath due to the unfavorable lending environment for home renovations.  These conditions are expected to improve through 2020 and drive growth for the replacement of older or worn roofs.

The report also found that in the South and West, building codes specify the use of cool roofing to reduce energy consumption.  Products that meet these code requirements (light-colored and reflective roofing) will see faster demand gains.  Strong growth in housing starts and population in the South and West will boost gains for metal roofing products and roofing tiles.  Demand for products will also be spurred by their suitability as cool roofing materials because of their ability to reflect sunlight.

For over the past decade the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has focused on the replacement market, not new construction.  We’ve always recognized that the potential for growth would come from existing homes.  As a result, our integrated marketing efforts have targeted homeowners who are re-roofing their homes.

In addition to energy efficiency, the top reasons homeowners chose a metal roof include: longevity, strength/protection, attractiveness and good investment/value.  The most popular style of metal roofing is vertical ribbed panel, followed by shingle/shake tiles.  Copper is gaining in popularity but painted metal roofs are the most popular.

 

The Freedonia Group study, Residential Roofing, presents historical demand data plus forecasts by product.  The study also considers key market environment factors, assesses the industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles U.S. industry players.  Freedonia’s market research studies provide timely access to reliable, unbiased analysis from which to benchmark performance.