Take heart

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:

  • Asbestos
  • Workplace violence
  • Personal liability
  • Department of Transportation regulations
  • Creditors and predators
  • Insurance
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations and violations
  • 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 life."

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 "Bigger in Texas," page 28.

And let's not forget the people who help make the industry successful: the field workers. This month, we highlight Dan Pastore, winner of Professional Roofing's 2013 Best of the Best Award (see "The educator," page 18).

Although it's not always easy to succeed in the roofing industry, focusing on its positive aspects once in a while can help lend some perspective (and maybe cheer you up!).

Ambika Puniani Bailey is editor of Profes­sional Roofing and NRCA's associate executive director of communications and production.


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