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Industry Survey on Re-Roofing Business Activity Needs Your Info

A leading coalition of roofing associations is continuing the Quarterly Market Index Surveys, designed to provide a barometer of the industry’s business conditions.  The one-of-a-kind poll follows a successful effort last year, drawing on the views of contractors and roof consultants, who are then provided with exclusive access to the results. Roofing professionals can report their perceptions about 4th quarter results in the Survey for Reroofing at bit.ly/RoofingSurvey and submit responses through January 21st. “This is [...]

2022-01-12T22:09:51-07:00By |

Resources for Market and Economic Information

I like to stay up to date on how the roofing industry and adjacent industries are doing from an economic and market perspective. While some of this information is proprietary, there are several sources outside of the roofing industry that I like to look at. I listen to the podcasts while I walk my dog and then either sign up for the email reports or bookmark them on my computer and read them while I eat [...]

2021-11-05T12:23:19-06:00By |

Register now for the 2022 International Roofing Expo

Speaking of in-person events, after you register for the fifth annual NWiR Day, head on over to the IRE page and register for the 2022 International Roofing Expo too. Three days, tons of education sessions, product demonstrations, and an expo floor that is an education session in and of itself! Education sessions will include such topics as Revolutionary Marketing Techniques, Casting the Net for Your Future Workforce, and the NWiR Education Session The Sales Pitch for [...]

2021-11-05T11:41:16-06:00By |

Save the Date for the 2022 IIBEC Annual Convention

Speaking of professional development, go ahead and save the date for the 2022 IIBEC Annual Convention which includes 17 hours of live, in-person educational seminars, a two-day trade show, and live product demonstrations. Scheduled for March 17-22 in Orlando, Florida the conference will include presentations on topics such as Testing Built-up and Modified Bitumen Roofs for Hail Damage; Air Barriers, Vapor Barriers, and Water-Resistive Barriers; and Wind Resistance of Standing Seam Roofs and Their Interaction with [...]

2021-11-05T11:32:18-06:00By |

The Importance of Professional Development for Women

Professional development and continuing education is important to developing successful careers in the roofing industry. Thankfully it’s not just enough to be able to schmooze anymore, customers and clients want business owners and sales people who are knowledgeable about the roofing assembly, and in some cases also the building envelope. Employees and colleagues want partners and managers who are emotionally intelligent, able to coach and mentor, and who have the skills to grow their business efficiently [...]

2021-11-05T11:22:36-06:00By |

NRCA resource on hiring refugees

From the NRCA: As contractors continue to struggle with labor shortages, an often-overlooked strategy is hiring refugees who come to the U.S. and need employment. This option especially can be helpful given the thousands of refugees who are in the process of being resettled in the U.S. from Afghanistan. There are various resources and opportunities roofing industry employers can explore to help address their workforce issues and provide refugees with rewarding careers in roofing. NRCA has released [...]

2021-10-04T15:59:35-06:00By |

NWiR at the IIBEC Convention 2021 Recap

NWiR was delighted to have a presence at the IIBEC Convention a couple weeks ago. Whether on the trade show floor, in the hotel lobby, or in the education sessions the excitement of colleagues being able to see each other in person (while masked) was noticeable. NWiR staff and members really enjoyed the opportunity to chat with current and prospective members at the NWiR booth. Jennifer Hogan, NWiR member and also a member of the Board [...]

2021-10-04T15:50:24-06:00By |

Industry Professionals Encouraged to Share Insights for Quarterly Market Index on Re-Roofing

A leading coalition of roofing associations is launching a second annual series of Quarterly Market Index Surveys, designed to provide a barometer of the industry’s business conditions.  The one-of-a-kind poll follows a successful effort late last year and early this year, drawing on the views of contractors and roof consultants, who are then provided with exclusive access to the results. Roofing professionals can participate in the Survey for Reroofing at bit.ly/RoofingSurvey and submit responses from Monday, [...]

2021-10-04T12:16:08-06:00By |

Political Advocacy: Make Your Voice Be Heard

It is critical that women in the roofing industry make sure that their voices are heard on the issues that matter most to them. Whether it's a regulation in your local area, a new amendment to the building codes, a bond issue in your school district or a piece of legislation in the U.S. Congress, we owe it to ourselves to make our opinion known. Back in the Spring of 2021, we did a video series [...]

2021-09-08T10:30:49-06:00By |