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MRA Names Renee Ramey as New Executive Director

Renee Ramey has been named the new Executive Director of the Metal Roofing Alliance.  Ramey replaces Bill Hippard, who has retired.  Ramey will be responsible for the daily management of the MRA’s ongoing North American marketing program to increase metal roofing’s residential market share.

Ramey brings more than twenty years of marketing and management experience to the position.  Following a long tenure with Steelscape,  Ramey most recently served as the Marketing and Human Resources Manager for Cascadia Metals.  

“Renee has a solid metal industry and marketing background that will allow her to make an immediate contribution to the organization,” states Dick Bus, president of the MRA. “We also thank Bill Hippard for his many years of service to the Metal Roofing Alliance.  During his roles as both a board member and executive director, the MRA grew the residential re-roofing market share to 11% in 2016.”

Ramey received a BS degree in marketing and management from the University of Oregon.   She is a LEED certified associate and is also active in numerous industry organizations, including the Association of Women in the Metals Industries; Pacific Northwest Steel Fabricators Association and the American Marketing Association.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help the MRA reach the next level.  Working with our members, I am confident we will continue driving toward sustainable and consistent market growth,” comments Ramey.


For more information on joining the MRA, please visit our website at www.MetalRoofing.com.

Commitment to Quality Residential Roofing: Why It Matters

The Metal Roofing Alliance and our members talk a great deal about quality.  In fact, it’s so important to us that “Investment Grade Roofing” is part of our logo.   Contractors may wonder why it matters so much – isn’t one metal roof just as good as any other?  The answer is NO in capital letters!

Veterans of the industry know that the metal roofing products on the market can vary greatly in quality and  value.  We’ve all seen sub-par products, such as those intended for agricultural applications, improperly installed in a residential neighborhood.  

As a condition of joining the MRA, all of our member manufacturers agree to adhere to strict industry codes regarding the quality of the products sold into the residential market.   

The Importance of Coatings

The type of coating applied to the sheet steel is a key factor in choosing the right product for residential use.  Two types of metallic coatings are used in metal roofing to prevent rust — zinc (galvanized) or zinc plus aluminum (galvalume).  These coatings provide a sacrificial barrier against the elements which prevents the iron from rusting.  Because it sacrifices itself to form zinc oxide or aluminum oxide, the thicker this layer, the more protection against red rust there will be. There are differing amounts of metallic coating used on sheet steel depending upon its final product application.

The numbers G-40; G-60; and G-90 refer to the ounces of zinc per 100 square feet of sheet steel coated. (top and bottom) So G-90 will have 90 ounces of Zinc- 45 ounces on each side per 100 square feet of roofing sheet steel.

For galvanized products, the MRA recommends a minimum of G-90 be used. For galvalume product used in residential application, the MRA recommends a minimum metallic coating of AZ-50.  This is in accordance with the Guidelines for Residential Metal Roofing published by the Metal Construction Association.  

However, if you want to be sure that you’re purchasing quality metal roofing for use on homes, the easiest thing you can do is to ask whether the manufacturer is an MRA member.  If the answer is yes, you’ll know that the product you’ll install is rated for residential applications.  A strong MRA member manufacturer can be your best friend in this business, providing training, specs for fasteners, underlayments, and ongoing support.

To learn more, visit our website: www.MetalRoofing.com

Win BIG at METALCON October 26-28 in Baltimore

Did you know that in addition to driving consumer awareness for residential metal roofing, the Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) also has a strong contractor program?    MRA contractor members get access to qualified local homeowner leads who are looking to buy a metal roof.   In addition, MRA provides member contractors with free online training, professional marketing materials and a listing in the popular Find A Contractor section of the MRA website.  

Planning to attend METALCON in Baltimore October 26-28?  Be sure to stop by the Metal Roofing Alliance booth (#1948) and talk with our dedicated contractor support team.  We can show you how many qualified MRA leads are available in your service area.  You can also enter to win this DeWALT heavy duty cordless drill/driver kit.  Win this tool kit

We’ll even cover the cost of your show admission – Just  click on the image below to redeem your FREE pass to the show floor, compliments of the Metal Roofing Alliance .


Learn more about MRA contractor membership here on our website.

FREE contractor Passes to METALCON


METALCON 2016 is just around the corner.  Held October 26-28 in Baltimore, METALCON  is the perfect show for contractors to see all the new product innovations and talk directly to manufacturers.  It’s the biggest metal-focused trade show of the year, and all the key industry players will be there.

The Metal Roofing Alliance will also be at the show, at Booth 1948, and we want to see you there!  We’ll even cover the cost of your show admission – Just  click on the image below to redeem your FREE pass to the show floor, compliments of the Metal Roofing Alliance.


Be sure to stop by the MRA booth to learn more about the benefits of joining the alliance.  MRA contractor membership is a great value, providing marketing materials, free training materials, and qualified leads for one low price.


New this year at METALCON is the Metal Roof Installation Training program.  Top experts in the metal roofing industry will lead this two-day, eight-hour certification program based on MCA’s recently published Metal Roof Installation Manual.  Contractors can experience quality face-time with industry experts and hands-on training in topics including: substrates, safety, sealants, flashings, panel types and connections, tools, fasteners, maintenance and more.  Upon successful completion of the training program, a qualified individual will be presented with MCA’s Metal Roofing Certificate of Completion.   Learn more and register here.

Free Ticket to METALCON 2016

Contractors, want to learn more about the metal construction industry?  Click on the image below to redeem your FREE pass to the show floor, compliments of the Metal Roofing Alliance.


Metal roofing is growing in popularity, and now’s the time to get involved!  Be sure to visit the Metal Roofing Alliance booth (Booth 1948) at the show to learn more about our contractor program that provides training, promotion and LEADS!

You’ll also have lots of opportunity for hands-on learning and can speak directly to many of the Metal Roofing Alliance’s member manufacturers. Just starting out?  They’ll be happy to arrange product training.

Metalcon 2015

METALCON is also offering a new Roofing Certification Program this year. Click here to learn more.