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The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association shares thoughts about the state of the roofing industry


The U.S. asphalt roofing industry is composed of seasoned, time-tested professionals who produce high-quality, durable products. ARMA recently asked nine of its members to examine how they are addressing modern challenges and opportunities and what they predict for the future regarding labor shortage, sustainability, weather events, codes and compliance, and what to expect from the asphalt roofing industry in the future.

Labor

The workforce shortage is one of the roofing industry’s greatest challenges not only on the roof but also in manufacturing, the supply chains, transportation and distribution. This across-the-board shortage has hindered many sectors as products, materials and supplies cannot reach destinations or be installed at the pace needed to meet project demand.

The idea that college is necessary to provide for one’s future has pushed many young Americans into the secondary education system. In 2016, the Pew Research Center estimated around 40% of adults between 25 and 29 years old held a bachelor’s degree or higher. This is significantly different from the Baby Boomer generation where college graduates stood around 21%. Now in 2019, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates roughly two-thirds of high school graduates plan to attend college.