NTRCA Announces Golden Hammer Award Winners to Be Honored at 19th Annual Awards Banquet February 23, 2019

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) - a regional association for professional residential and commercial roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and associates who maintain the highest industry standards - announces this year’s Golden Hammer Award winners. The winners will be honored at the upcoming 2019 NTRCA Awards Banquet on February 23, 2019, being held in Midlothian, TX this year.

NTRCA’s Annual Golden Hammer Awards recognize outstanding roofing projects completed during the prior year. Entries are judged each year on logistical challenges, quality workmanship, uniqueness, difficulty, time constraints, innovative solutions and safety challenges.

Contractors selected to win this year’s Golden Hammer Award for Community Service projects are: KPost Company for its work on the 24 Hour Club Project (with support from HKS, KDC, Austin, Balfour Beatty Construction and The Beck Group); Omnipresence Construction and Roofing for its work on the St. Joseph Catholic School project; and Tarrant Roofing for its Grimes Road project (with support from RSG Dallas and CertainTeed).

Commercial Contractors winning a Golden Hammer Award this year are: Empire Roofing for its American Airlines Tulsa Warehouse Roof Replacement project (with support from Conley Group); KPost Company for The Statler Dallas project (with support from Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors); and Supreme Roofing for its Baylor Irving NICU project (with support from Beacon Roofing Supply).

Residential Contractors selected to receive a Golden Hammer Award this year are: JMAC Construction for the Samaca Slate Job project (with support from Ramon Roofing); Ramon Roofing, Inc. for its Winton Terrace West project (with support from Spec Roofing Supply and Ludowici Clay Tile); and Tice Enterprises for its Argyle New Construction project (with support from Wholesale Roofing Supply and DaVinci Roofscapes).

Contractors selected to receive a Golden Hammer Award this year in the Metal/Tile Roofing category are: Classic Superoof, LLC for the Vassar Avenue project (with support from IB Roof Systems); Omnipresence Construction and Roofing for its Kondos & Kondos Law Group project (with support from Beacon Roofing Supply and Ramon Roofing); and Texas Roof Management, Inc. for its Park Place on Turtle Creek project (with support from Childress Engineering and Petersen Aluminum Corporation).

Contractors selected to receive a Golden Hammer Award this year in the Green Roofing category are: Tarrant Roofing for its Greene Avenue project (with support from RSG Dallas and CertainTeed) and Arrington Roofing Co., Inc for the Arrington Roof Garden & Solar Array project (with support from Thomas Mathis Metal, Go Solar Go, C-CAP Firestone, Synthetic Grass Warehouse, Soil Building Systems and Beacon Roofing Supply).

During the Awards Banquet, the NTRCA 2019 Board of Directors and this year's Associate of the Year and Industry Leader award winners will also be announced and honored.

Sponsors for the 19th Annual NTRCA Awards Banquet include: ABC Supply Co. Inc. (lead sponsor); and specialty sponsors Beacon Roofing Supply; CertainTeed; Conley Group; Dal Tile Perennial; EagleView; Empire Roofing; ESC Safety Consultants; GAF; Hunter Panels; IKO; Johns Manville, Saunders, Walsh and Beard; Southern Shingles and ThermaFoam.

Table sponsors for the event to date are: Brettco Roofing, C-CAP, CIM Roofing, Classic Superoof, Frazier Roofs & Gutters, Independent Insurance Group, KPost Company, Nations Roof Central, Omnipresence Construction and Roofing, PolyGlass, Ramon Roofing, SPEC Building Materials, Springtree Restoration, Super Roofman, Supreme Roofing, Tarrant Roofing and Texas Roof Management.

To learn more, visit www.ntrca.com.

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About North Texas Roofing Contractors Association

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) is a resource for professional roofing contractors and associates working and doing business in North Texas. NTRCA also serves as a resource for individuals and businesses looking for qualified and competent roofing contractors. Roofing professionals must meet NTRCA eligibility requirements and agree to adhere to the NTRCA code of ethics in order to be members of the organization. NTRCA holds educational training sessions, mentoring and more for its members. For more information, please visit www.ntrca.com.

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Questions to Ask a Commercial Roofing Contractor BEFORE You Let Them on Your Building’s Roof

questions to ask commercial roofing contractor ntrcaIn Texas, anyone can call themselves a roofing company. There is no state licensing for roofing contractors, and insurance is not required. It is left to building owners and property managers to ensure that they are hiring a professional roofing contractor that is qualified, reputable, experienced and properly insured.

Beware of disreputable contractors who have little to no experience applying the type of roofing solution you need, use substandard products, are not adequately insured, do not follow required safety protocols and/or leave you without a proper warranty or in violation of building codes.

To protect commercial building owners and managers, the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) recommends that you ask the following questions about any commercial roofing company you may be considering. Please use this list as an aid to ensure that the contractor you choose will be there to provide ethical, responsive and professional service before, during and after your project is complete.

  1. Are they experienced and qualified to repair or install your type of roof?
  2. Which commercial roofing product manufacturers are they certified to install? You can double check any claims by going to the manufacturers’ websites.
  3. Are they located in North Texas, and how long have they been doing business in this area?
  4. Most commercial roofers will hold some sort of general liability insurance and workers’ comp, but who is insured? Just the owner and admin assistant? Or the crew on your roof too? VERIFY INSURANCE. You can obtain a copy of the contractor’s NCCI (National Council on Compensation Insurance) report from their insurance carrier, showing worker’s comp coverage, who is covered and their EMR rating.
  5. Is the company a member of a reputable roofing trade association that holds its members to high standards, such as the North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (www.ntrca.com), the National Roofing Contractors Association (www.nrca.net), the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (www.roofingcontractors-texas.com) or the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (www.mrca.org)? Are they a member of ISNetworld?
  6. Are they certified through the materials manufacturer? At what level? And where are they getting their materials? Call the manufacturer to check out your contractor and ensure you will be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.
  7. Do they have a safety plan or program? A safety director? And do they have a strong safety rating and follow all safety requirements?
  8. What is the roofing contractor’s warranty on labor? What is the manufacturer’s warranty? Get warranty information in writing. Consider how long your contractor has been in business and where they are located when looking at their warranty information.
  9. Get references from past clients and from the product manufacturer. Then call them.
  10. Get bank references and check the contractor’s financial stability.
  11. Insist on a written payment schedule, based on work delivered.
  12. Do they know and follow your municipality’s codes? Be careful not to hire someone who will get you in trouble and cost you money in terms of fines and re-work because they put you in violation of building codes.
  13. Who will supervise your roofing project? How much experience do they have? How can you contact them?
  14. Do they have the same crew install any roof system or do their crews specialize and work on specific types?
  15. Make sure you get several bids and that you are comparing apples to apples on pricing and materials. For example, are they quoting a full roof system or some type of coating? The same product and manufacturer? Make sure you understand what you’re getting.

Top 10 OSHA Violations 2018

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced the preliminary Top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety violations for fiscal year 2018.

The top 10 violations seen by OSHA in fiscal year 2018 (as of Oct 23, 2018) are:

  1. Fall protection at 7,270 violations
  2. Hazard communication at 4,552 violations
  3. Construction scaffolding at 3,336 violations
  4. Respiratory protection at 3,118 violations
  5. Lockout/tagout at 2,944 violations
  6. Construction ladders at 2,812 violations
  7. Powered industrial trucks at 2,294 violations
  8. Fall-protection training in construction at 1,982 violations
  9. Machine guarding at 1,972 violations
  10. Eye and face protection in construction at 1,536 violations

This is the first time that Personal Protective and Lifesaving Equipment—Eye and Face Equipment and Fall Protection—Training Requirements have appeared in the list of top 10 violations.

Get more details at https://ohsonline.com/articles/2018/10/24/osha-announces-top-10-violations-for-fy-2018.aspx?m=1

Your Home Insurance Policy and Your Roof: What to Know About Your Existing Policy and What to Look for When Reviewing or Shopping for a New One

Home insurance policies in Texas are changing and where there used to be 3 different home insurance policies allowed to be written in Texas, there are now close to 300 options allowed. If you’re a homeowner, it’s important that you keep up with these changes, review your existing policy to understand exactly what your insurance covers and thoroughly review any revised or new policies.

The Insurance Business

Make no mistake that the insurance industry is a business. And while an insurance company cares about your roof (it protects your home from the elements and expensive interior damages), they must manage the money they take in … and the money they pay out. In doing so, many insurers are becoming more restrictive with homeowners’ roof coverage, especially in significant hail storm damaged areas of the country like Texas.

It’s up to you, the homeowner, to understand your policy and ensure that your insurance carrier covers everything required by your particular policy.

Deductibles

Your home insurance policy includes a deductible, an amount you agreed to pay before the insurance company will pay anything on a claim. Decades ago, these deductibles were as low as $250 or $500, but today they’re anywhere from a set amount of $1000 to $5000 or 1% to 5% of the insured value of your home. Typically, the higher your deductible, the lower your premium, and the deductible is applied to each claim.

After hail storms in North Texas, you’ll see some roofing contractors offering to "waive," "eat” or “cover" a home insurance deductible or install a new roof “at no cost to you.” Please be aware that covering a deductible is insurance fraud if a contractor and/or homeowner falsify an invoice, a proposal, a loss summary or any other pertinent documents relating to the payment of an insured loss in order to circumvent the payment of a deductible.

Replacement Value … or Not?

Some insurance companies have dialed back the roof coverage portion of their home insurance policies, especially on older roofs. Rather than offer full “replacement cost value” (RCV), many policies now offer “actual cash value” (ACV) or “roof payment schedules” (RPS - a sliding unrecoverable depreciation scale).

What’s the difference? RCV is what most homeowners are accustomed to (and prefer); with it, insurers pay all costs to make your roof whole again without factoring in depreciation, once you’ve met your deductible and incurred the cost of having the work performed. In contrast, with ACV (or an RPS schedule included in a RCV policy) your insurer pays to repair or replace your roof, less your deductible AND less depreciation for the age and type of your roof.

Make sure you understand whether your policy covers the full replacement value of your roof … or actual cash value, especially if you have an older roof.

Cosmetic Damage

Another trend is for insurance policies to exclude “cosmetic damage,” which is physical damage such as marring, denting or pitting that affects the appearance but not the intended function of your roof (which is to prevent the penetration of water into your home). This limitation can be a significant problem for homeowners, especially those with metal roofs.

It’s also a concern for those with shingle roofs who have metal accessories, such as drip edges, vents and pipe jacks. While your carrier may pay for the removal and replacement of your roof shingles and underlayment, the metal accessories that are excluded could cost you hundreds of additional dollars.

What happens to the market value of a roof (or parts of a roof) that looks awful but has been deemed to have only cosmetic damage? How do you handle the strict rules your homeowner association (HOA) may have about a property’s appearance? And while a dent or crack may not lead to immediate leaks, what happens to that roof over time? Know what your policy covers and whether it excludes cosmetic damage.

Filing a Claim

Unlike car insurance, your specific policy’s rate will not increase because you made a claim. A region’s rates may increase because it experienced a large, expensive storm, but Texas law prevents insurance companies from increasing your specific policy because of a claim (or two or three) that you filed.

Remember that if you have damage you don’t get taken care of, a later claim could be denied because you failed to maintain your home. Also remember that your insurance deductible applies to each claim; in other words, it isn’t an annual deductible like your health insurance policy.

Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Roof

  1. Don’t make any assumptions when it comes to your existing, revised or new homeowner’s insurance policy. Read your policy, ask questions and know what your deductible is, whether your roof has RCV or ACV coverage, if your policy excludes cosmetic damage and other details.
  2. Carefully compare policies. Here’s a helpful online comparison tool you can use: http://www.opic.texas.gov/residential-property/compare-policy-coverages/homeowners
  3. Once you have narrowed down the policies you’re considering, you can use this helpful worksheet to compare apples to apples: https://www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/documents/howorksheet.pdf
  4. Maintain your home’s roof and document any repairs, maintenance, damage or inspections.
  5. Only work with local, reputable roofing contractors. The state of Texas does not have any licensing requirements or a state licensing mechanism for roofing contractors or general contractors, so it’s critical that you thoroughly research any contractor before hiring them. You can get a list of questions to ask and more consumer awareness resources to help at www.ntrca.com/advice and www.ntrca.com/consejos.

 

AFTER THE STORMS: ROOFING CONTRACTOR CLAIMS TO CHECK OUT

Springtime typically means storm season in North Texas. If your area gets hit by a hail storm, it’s also the season of flyers, business cards and salespeople on your doorstep.

Over the years, we’ve seen all kinds of claims made by roofing contractors who swarm upon neighborhoods, ranging from high integrity, reputable information … to questionable … to flat out misleading.

Before you hire a roofing contractor, take a closer look at their claims. Are they claiming to be:
 

INSURED?

Ask to see a copy of their certificate of insurance. Call and verify it is still in effect and that their liability insurance covers roofing work (some policies don't).
 

NTRCA - Roofing Contractor Claims to Check OutLICENSED?

Ask to see a copy of their license. The state of Texas does not have any kind of licensing requirement or mechanism for roofing contractors or general contractors. The only Texas roofing license is a voluntary program through RCAT - Roofing Contractors Association of Texas. You can call or check their website to see if a contractor really does hold a license through them.
 

MEMBER?

If they claim to be a member of NTRCA, RCAT, BBB or any other organization, it's easy to check that out online. NTRCA's membership listings are updated daily on our website - www.ntrca.com.

CERTIFIED?

Most professional roofing contractors are certified through one or more roofing product manufacturers. If they make this claim, don't be afraid to ask for specifics and then do your research to verify that those claims are true. You can go to the manufacturer’s website to see which roofing contractors are certified to install their roofing system.

LOCAL?

Where is the roofing company located? Do they have a permanent North Texas area address, operated year-round? Or have they come to town with the storms? You can look at their license plate, ask to see their driver’s license and/or drive by and check out their business address. You probably don’t want to hire a roofer who is operating out of his pickup truck or temporary P.O. Box. Where will they be after your roof is installed, should you have an issue and need them to honor their warranty?

ABLE TO DO YOUR ROOF AT ZERO COST TO YOU?

Are they offering to “take care of” your insurance deductible or install your roof at no cost at all to you? "Waiving," "eating" or "covering" a deductible is insurance fraud if a contractor and/or homeowner falsify an invoice, a proposal, a loss summary or any other pertinent documents relating to the payment of an insured loss in order to circumvent the payment of a deductible.

Get more consumer awareness tips and educational information at www.ntrca.com/advice or www.ntrca.com/consejos.