As I was saying ...

Time to say "thanks"

Too often, the roofing industry gets caught up trying to assign blame for poor design, poor workmanship and/or low-quality materials. All those things happen, but when we focus on the problems, we lose sight of the advances we've made. And from time to time, it's valuable to pause and thank those who help. So here are a few long-overdue "thank yous":

To the shingle manufacturing community for responding to contractor requests for more friendly nail placement zones. Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio, has taken the leadership position here, but others have followed, and we're seeing new, innovative products in the marketplace.

To manufacturers of torch-applied products who mostly have incorporated the application requirements contained in the NRCA/MRCA CERTA training program mandated by CNA Insurance, Chicago. SiplastĀ®/Icopal, Irving, Texas, in particular, has insisted its applicators follow the new rules.

To roofing equipment manufacturers for working to find innovative ways to address issues such as asphalt fume emissions, silica exposure and fall protection. Not only have they been working in their own companies, but many, such as Reeves Roofing Equipment Co. Inc., Helotes, Texas, have been involved in public policy dialogues.