NTRCA Members Donated Roof to Aledo Family Facing Extraordinarily Difficult Times

Last week, North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) members installed a completely donated roof (materials and labor) for an Aledo, Texas family who has faced extraordinarily difficult times. First, they were wiped out by the dad’s devastating terminal illness and death. And then 8 months later, the youngest son was diagnosed with brain cancer …

NTRCA (North Texas Roofing Contractors Association) members donated roof in progress

In September of 2017, Daniel Adams (the father and the Adams family sole provider) passed away after a two-year battle with a genetic liver disease. Tamela (mom) went to work to help keep food on the table for her three children, but the medical bills related to her husband’s illness still wiped out the family finances, including their home, investments and retirement savings.

adams family in aledo before tragedy struck

In May 2018, just eight months after Daniel passed away, the family’s youngest son (Wilson Adams, age 11 now) was diagnosed with Medulloblastoma, a form of brain cancer. After surgery and ongoing treatment, his prognosis is good, but he is now legally blind and still has a long road ahead of him. His mom hasn’t been able to work due to his demanding treatment schedule and ongoing required care.

Adams family in Aledo, Texas in front of new home foundation

An organization called Wilson’s Warriors was formed last year, and through the generosity of many, it has helped raise donations to assist the family with living expenses so they can focus on supporting Wilson. The organization also set a larger goal: to build the Adams family a home so Tamela has a place to raise Wilson, his younger sister and his older brother.

north texas roofing contractors association community service project - roof donation being installed

Last week, NTRCA installed the donated roof on that home, which is in the process of being built, thanks to donations of labor, materials and money from generous local businesses and individuals.

ntrca community service project - adams family ntrca and wilsons warriors

NTRCA learned of the project and the family’s needs thanks to NTRCA member Robert Price of Lomanco Vents. Holly Green, an NTRCA past board president and the owner of Brettco Roofing then jumped on board to lead the project and donate all the roofing project labor. NTRCA member Atlas Roofing Corporation donated roofing materials and NTRCA member Builders First Source provided delivery and other roofing materials.

NBC, ABC and CBS all covered the story as NTRCA members came together to donate the roof to this amazing family.

"Community service is a major part of NTRCA's mission, and our members’ generosity is exemplified by members Brettco Roofing, Atlas Roofing, Builders First Source and Lomanco Vents,” said Karen Vermaire Fox, executive director of NTRCA.

“So often we look at people facing challenges and wish there was something meaningful or impactful that we could do,” said Holly Green, owner of Brettco Roofing. “In this case, there is, and it’s an honor to be one part of this amazing project to help this deserving family.”

This quote above is Wilson's favorite among those that were written on the home's interior frame during a blessing ceremony.

For more information about the Adams family and remaining donations needed for their home and ongoing other needs, please visit www.wilsonswarriors.org.

Funds are still needed to cover labor for brick laying, painting and other services, and the organization is still raising money to help with the family’s ongoing needs on its Go Fund Me page.

You can also learn more and follow Wilson’s story at  https://www.facebook.com/wilsonadamsprayerteam/

 

NTRCA Announces 2019 Board, Industry Leader of the Year, Associate of the Year and Other Award Winners

The North Texas Roofing Contractors Association (NTRCA) - a regional association for residential and commercial roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and associates who maintain the highest industry standards - announces this year’s 2019 board of directors and annual award winners.

During the 2019 NTRCA Awards Banquet, held February 23 at Blane Stone Lodge in Midlothian, Texas, winners of the annual "Industry Leader of the Year" and "Associate of the Year" were announced and recognized for their significant contributions to the North Texas roofing industry and for their exceptional service. Past winners meet annually to choose each year’s new honorees.

The "Industry Leader of the Year" honor, the association's most prestigious recognition, was awarded to Brett Hall, president of Joe Hall Roofing. The "Associate of the Year" honor was awarded to Paul Graham, Moore Graham Sales. The 2019 NTRCA board members were also announced during the Awards Banquet. 

The NTRCA board officers for 2019 are:

  • Paul Ramon, president of Ramon Roofing Inc. (president)
  • Charles Cross, Jr., commercial sales at CIM Roofing (past president)
  • Kyle Davis, owner at Super Roofman (president-elect)
  • Kirk Scott, owner at Scott Exteriors (treasurer)

Other members of the 2019 NTRCA board of directors are:

  • Scott Anderson, outside sales at ABC Supply
  • Ross Crum, sales director at Beacon Roofing Supply
  • Paula Felix, vice president at Aspenmark Roofing & Solar
  • Amber Fuller, territory manager at CertainTeed
  • Josh Graham, sales manager at Graham Construction & Roofing
  • Justin Mallow, territory manager at Boral Roofing
  • Jason Nemitz, president/owner at D&G Roof Systems 
  • Shelly Northway, territory manager at Southern Shingles
  • Craig Rainey, senior VP at Supreme Roofing
  • Evan Segler, territory manager at GAF
  • Jared Williams, estimator at Zenith Roofing

Additionally, the following experts will serve as Ex Officio NTRCA board advisors in 2019:

  • Gregg Walter, Independent Insurance Group - insurance expert
  • Karen Ensley, partner at Saunders, Walsh & Beard - attorney

During the evening, NTRCA Golden Hammer award winners were also recognized. 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 were: 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 were: 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 were: 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 were: 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 were: 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).

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

Table sponsors for the event were: Brettco Roofing, C-CAP, CIM Roofing, Classic Superoof, Frazier Roofs & Gutters, Independent Insurance Group, Joe Hall Roofing, 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 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.

 

Media Contact:

Kelly Kirkendoll

Thrive PR for NTRCA

817.236.6075

kelly@thrivepublicrelations.com

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.

Media Contact:

Kelly Kirkendoll

Thrive PR for NTRCA

817.236.6075

kelly@thrivepublicrelations.com

www.thrivepublicrelations.com

 

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