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By all counts, the 2019 IRE and NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention were a success


The 2019 International Roofing Expo® and NRCA's 132nd Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn., in February were among the most interesting and exciting roofing events I have attended.

As I walked the sold-out trade show floor and met with exhibitors large and small, I was struck by one issue that was at the forefront of almost all the offerings: technology. Exhibitors were showcasing their efforts to make contractors' jobs easier whether it was an app to track material shipments to job sites, snazzy software to make selling a breeze via tablets or sophisticated aerial imagery.

The buzz on the floor was more about what exhibitors can do to help contractors succeed than what roofing materials can do on rooftops.