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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.

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Why Galvalume® Makes a Great Metal Roof

Metal roofing contractors have a wide variety of metal roofing products to choose from when deciding which lines to carry and install. Industry experts with the Metal Roofing Alliance agree that it’s crucial that contractors choose those products carefully, particularly when installing metal on homes.  In order to grow the residential metal roofing market, the product has to perform well over time – what we call “Investment Grade Roofing.”  

Investment Grade Roofing Logo

No homeowner wants to have a poor quality metal roof protecting their biggest investment.  Unfortunately, the marketplace is full of sub-par metal roofing.So how can you be sure that you’re installing the right product in the residential market?  It all starts with the substrates and coatings on the base steel.  There are a wide variety of metal roofing products available with a variety of coatings.  The two primary choices for coatings are galvanized and Galvalume®.  Learn more about galvanized coatings in our previous post here.  Read on for details about  Galvalume®.

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Introduced over 40 years ago, Galvalume® is a metallic coating that has extraordinary outdoor corrosion resistance, making it ideal for use in metal roofing.  The coated panels can be readily roll-formed into a variety of panels as well as formed and stamped into tile and shingles.

According to Ken Gieseke, Vice President of Marketing at MRA member McElroy Metal, “The process of galvanizing steel entails applying a coating or molten zinc to raw steel and has literally been practiced for centuries.  Galvalume® substrates utilize a molten alloy of zinc plus aluminum.  The combination of zinc and aluminum create a steel substrate with greater resistance to corrosion and a longer service life.”

Over four decades of testing has shown that Galvalume® delivers superior corrosion resistance.  According to Gieseke, time has proven that Galvalume® steel roofs last longer, require less maintenance, and offer exceptional value.  In fact, the product performs so well that steel mills warranty it against rupture, perforation, or failure due to corrosion.

“Galvalume® sheet is an ideal material for roofing because of its extraordinary outdoor corrosion resistance,” states Dick Bus, President of the MRA and President of ATAS International.  “The MRA has been educating homeowners on the importance of finding contractors that know how to install ‘Investment Grade’ roofing products on their home.  Our website offers a wealth of information about proper installation, quality products and how to find trained contractors who know how to install metal roofing systems.”

Learn more about quality metal roofing on our website, www.MetalRoofing.com.

Why Install Aluminum Roof Systems on Homes?

Aluminum is everywhere—literally. The most abundant, naturally occurring metal in the earth’s crust, aluminum is an essential element of modern life. Worldwide, virtually every person uses aluminum daily. So, how does aluminum work as a base metal for residential roofing?

Before we answer that question, let’s take a look at where aluminum is already used extensively in today’s home construction and remodeling markets.  High end wood windows are clad in aluminum.  Aluminum siding is making a comeback with the superior paint finishes now available. Gutters and downspouts are mostly aluminum, as is the flashing used by the asphalt roofing industry.  So, many products used on a home’s exterior are aluminum.

In fact, the anti-corrosion properties of aluminum also make it an ideal choice for roofing applications. Many of the members of the Metal Roofing Alliance make roof panels out of aluminum.  In addition, aluminum is the primary element in Galvalume® that is used to coat and protect steel roofing panels.

ATAS Advanta MEtal roof

In North America, most aluminum used in roofing is painted to appeal to a wide range of homeowner preferences.  The aluminum coils are painted at a coil coating plant using high-speed paint lines that bake on the coating.  The painted coil is then shipped to a roofing manufacturer where it is formed into long panels by a process called rollforming, or the coils can be stamped into individual metal shingles using large presses.

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Contractors find that working with aluminum is easier than with other materials because it is lighter per square foot that any other type of roofing.  Aluminum roofing panels are easier to handle and to cut. And, there are no concerns that a scratch on an aluminum roofing panel will red rust because of the unique properties of aluminum.

In addition to aluminum roofing’s rainbow of color options that appeal to homeowners, properly coated aluminum roofs can reflect up to 95 percent of the solar energy that strikes them, dramatically improving energy efficiency.  And, in coastal areas, aluminum roofing is the preferred choice for homes battling the salty sea air.  All types of metal roofing are extremely durable, offering warranties of up to 50 years.

To learn more about the variety of aluminum roofing systems available for residential applications, visit the Manufacturer Section of the MRA website.





EPA Lead Certification Requirements

Lead paint is serious business.  The EPA lead certification and licensing requirements went into effect on April 22, 2010.  Failure to comply with EPA certification requirements WILL result in fines of up to $37,500 per day that you are working in the field on a qualifying project.  Metal Roofing Contractors should be aware of places where they may encounter lead on the jobsite.

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The EPA’s Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) Rule is intended to protect children and pregnant women from lead-based paint.  Contractors working in homes built before 1978, the year lead paint was banned, must be trained and certified in lead-safe work practices.  New lead certification is required for any and all renovation activities that disturb more than 6 square feet on interior or 20 square feet of exterior lead paint in residential or child-occupied facilities.

Lead abatement is an activity designed to permanently eliminate lead-based paint hazards. Abatement is sometimes ordered by a state or local government, and can involve specialized techniques not typical of most residential contractors.


The RRP Rule involves pre-renovation and work practice requirements in addition to the firm and individual certification.  Contractors must distribute a lead pamphlet from the EPA describing the hazards of lead before starting renovation work.  The pamphlet, Lead Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right, must be distributed and the contractor must keep records of the homeowner receiving the information.

For more information about the RRP Rule and its requirements, please visit:  www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/renovation.htm#requirements.