Recently, I received the following e-mail from Another
Disheartened Roofing Contractor: "Every month, I wait in
anticipation to read the articles in Professional Roofing.
I've been in the commercial roofing business for 30 years, and
during the past year or so I have read your articles about:
- Workplace violence
- Personal liability
- Department of Transportation regulations
- Creditors and predators
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and
- National Labor Relations Board rulings favoring employees
- Asphalt fumes
- Wage and hour claims
- E-Verify regulations
Your articles have finally convinced me it's time to get out of
the roofing contracting business and pursue a different career.
There simply are too many rules, regulations and liabilities for
smaller contractors such as myself. Thanks so much for your
valuable input to help me make this important decision in my
I think we all agree the roofing industry—like any
industry—has its fair share of challenges, and
Professional Roofing presents them. But the disheartened
should take heart: There are many reasons to stay in the
industry. And this month's issue contains some of them.
For instance, the industry is doing amazing things. Read about
some of the excellent workmanship NRCA members have achieved in "Checking into Dallas," page 24, and "Bigger in
Texas," page 28.
Furthermore, the industry is incredibly generous. Not only do
volunteers gather every year to rehabilitate at least one home
during the International Roofing Expo,® but they also donate
time and money to local charities. These stories also are found in
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