• New findings are in

    by Thomas R. Shanahan, CAE

    The ongoing debate over the potential cancer-causing effects of asphalt fume exposures during hot roofing work recently has taken a positive turn after the publication of a new quantitative risk assessment (QRA). The QRA, conducted by risk sciences consulting firm Gradient, Cambridge, Mass., found human studies do not support roofing asphalt as a risk factor for lung cancer.

  • Training a new generation

    by Kevin Kornahrens

    The roofing industry currently is experiencing a shortage of roofing workers as a result of the effects of the Great Recession and an aging workforce. One company, Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., shares how it successfully created an apprenticeship program designed to encourage participants to pursue long-term careers in the industry.

  • Metrics matter

    by Todd Bairstow

    Many roofing professionals examine online metrics as a measure of their companies' success and some turn to lead-generation companies to boost their results. But roofing professionals must be aware all leads are not created equal. Lead-generation services sometimes use unscrupulous methods to deliver website clicks, online visitors, telephone calls and social media followers that actually don’t result in sales.

  • Another round

    by Mark S. Graham

    Following similar testing in 2002 and 2009, NRCA recently conducted a third round of physical property tests on several samples of new faced, rigid board polyisocyanurate insulation. The results of the testing revealed some variability in the products, including multiple samples that had physical property values that do not fall within AASTM C1289's allowable limits.

  • A thirst for roofing

    by Chrystine Elle Hanus

    Capable of pumping nearly 1 billion gallons of water daily to 5.5 million Chicagoland residents, the James W. Jardine Water Purification Plant is the largest-capacity water filtration plant in the world. When the facility's roof system began leaking in 2012, the clean water supply was at risk of contamination. Trinity Roofing Service Inc., Blue Island, Ill., was selected to perform the massive 448,000-square-foot reroofing project on Lake Michigan’s windy shore.

  • Framework for a new workforce

    by John Schehl, CAE, RRC

    NRCA is implementing a new online Career Center to address growing workforce needs within the roofing industry. Scheduled to launch during the 2016 International Roofing Expo,® the Career Center features a dual-strategy job bank, provides career path and workforce development resources, and serves as a connecting hub for job seekers, employers, workforce developers, and education and training providers.

Current Issue

Professional Roofing 02/01/2016

The February issue features a look at the results of a recent quantitative risk assessment of asphalt roofing fumes; Advanced Roofing Inc.'s creation of a successful roofing apprenticeship program in Florida; and how online metrics can be used to generate valuable leads, among other topics.

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