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Industry Spotlight: National Roofing Contractors Association

Posted on August 17, 2017 by Suzanne Carroll

NRCA logoThe National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is a nonprofit trade organization that has been advocating for roofing professionals since 1886. This big-tent organization represents not only roofing contractors but all professionals that play a part in the roofing industry, including engineers, consultants, material distributors and architects. Its members come from 53 countries and all 50 states. The NRCA’s primary goal is to advocate for those working in the roofing industry and help its members better serve their customers.

Technical Expertise and Education

The NRCA has created and organized a wealth of technical information on best roofing practices, all of which are available to roofing professionals and consumers. The NRCA has published numerous roofing manuals and provides information on building codes worldwide. Read more

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Industry Overview: Roofing

Posted on November 15, 2016 by James Florence

Like many industries, roofing is more complex than it seems, and it continues to become more so with ongoing technological innovations. This article contains some useful information to help you get more acquainted with the basics of the field, including key terms and answers to frequently asked questions.

COMMON TYPES OF ROOFING MATERIALS
There are numerous roofing materials available, each with its particular pros and cons. Here are some of the most common choices:

Wood shakes and shingles
Wood shakes and shingles blend in well with a natural environment, are easy to repair and replace, and can last 30 to 50 years if maintained properly. Read more

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Your Home, Your Roof: Choose Roofing Materials Wisely

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Jennifer Chan

When it comes time to choose the material for your new roof, Paul Proctor, CEO of R E Roofing and Construction, Inc. recommends looking past what is currently fashionable.

“A lot of people will look at what their neighbors are doing and figure those must be the best roofing products, but that’s not necessarily true,” says Mr. Proctor. “This ‘follow the leader’ mentality is the reason more people install asphalt shingles today than 20 years ago. Asphalt may look nice and be easier to walk on, but it’s not a good insulator, and most homeowners fail to take that into account. That’s why it’s important to learn about all the different roofing options so you can make an informed decision.” Read more

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Video: Tile Roof Maintenance

Posted on May 05, 2016 by James Florence

Earlier this week, we posted an article featuring expert tips on roof replacement and maintenance. One of the points mentioned was tile roof maintenance, which consists of several specific measures. To learn more about tile roof maintenance, watch this informative video by Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Tom Rhoads, owner of Roof-Life Construction.

To learn more from local top rated companies, visit our Diamond Certified Expert Reports at experts.diamondcertified.org. Read more

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Diamond Certified Experts: Roof Replacement 101

Posted on May 03, 2016 by James Florence

A roof is considered one of the bare essentials of life—after all, how many times did your parents remind you to be thankful for “the roof over your head”? Unfortunately, in addition to being essential, roofs happen to be extremely expensive. That’s why, if you’re planning for a roof replacement, you’ll want to be proactive about making a wise investment. To help you do just that, we’ve created the following roof replacement guide, featuring helpful expertise from five Diamond Certified Expert Contributors.

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Preparing Your Home for a (Potentially) Wet Winter

Posted on October 20, 2015 by James Florence

We originally posted this in 2015, when we had high hopes that El Niño would put an end to the drought. As it turned out, the winter of 2016-17 was the real drought-buster! We don’t know what’s in store for this winter, but needless to say, preparing for a wet winter is always a good idea.

California residents have spent the last four years enduring one of the worst droughts in state history. However, if recent forecasts are correct, we won’t be suffering for much longer. Citing a strong El Niño climate pattern developing in the Pacific Ocean, climatologists are predicting what could be the wettest winter California has seen in nearly two decades. Read more

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Residential Solar Power: The Basics

Posted on April 21, 2015 by Matt Solis

With California experiencing one of the worst droughts in recorded history, it’s a great time to explore converting to solar. Not only can solar power help put the brakes on climate change, it’s also one of the least “thirsty” methods of generating electricity. According to Diamond Certified solar company Sungevity, coal-fired power plants require 100 to 1,000 gallons of water to generate one megawatt-hour of electricity. Solar, by comparison, requires zero gallons of water to produce the same amount of electricity (more details). With this in mind, we’re re-posting this timely article on how to get started with a  residential solar power system.

People have many reasons for switching to solar power, Read more

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