As I was saying …

The roofing season

It wasn't too long ago that winter's thaw meant the beginning of the real roofing season. Manufacturers would move into high production in March or April, anticipating new orders. Distributors would build up inventories that had been intentionally depleted during winter. And contractors would begin to see roof system specifications and reroofing work cross their desks—including the inevitable summer school work.

But the roofing industry no longer has the luxury of a three- or four-month hiatus. Instead, roofing work is more or less continuous for at least a couple important reasons.

First, roofing materials are more resilient now and less dependent on warm weather. The effects of cold weather on workers are probably more problematic than its effects on many materials—with extremes, of course, being the exception. Even our friends in Canada have figured out how to work during January.

Second, the industry has learned the value of maintenance and service programs. Many contractors operate full-fledged service departments with employees dedicated solely to that effort. Obviously, roof system repairs don't wait for warm weather.

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