The A Through Z Of Associations Part 2

There are many associations that roofing manufacturers, contractors and other industry professionals can be involved with. Some are technical and engineering-oriented; others are sales and networking associations; and some deal with each of these aspects in the roofing and construction industries.

This is the second in a series of posts that will discuss the various associations that benefit roofing manufacturers, contractors, and other industry professionals.

ASTM International

ASTM International (ASTM) is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world; a source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM International standards play an important role in the information infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing, and trade in the global economy.

ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, was formed over a century ago, when a group of engineers and scientists got together to address frequent rail breaks in the burgeoning railroad industry. Their work led to standardization on the steel used in rail construction, ultimately improving railroad safety for the public. As the century progressed and new industrial, governmental, and environmental developments created new standardization requirements, ASTM implemented consensus standards that have made products and services safer, better, and more cost-effective.

Today, ASTM continues to address the standardization needs of the global marketplace, including the roofing industry. ASTM is at the forefront in the use of innovative technology to help its members do standards development work, while also increasing the accessibility of ASTM International standards to the world.


A newly established and separately funded organization by the NRCA, the Center for Environmental Innovation in Roofing (CEIR), is dedicated to promoting the development and use of environmentally-responsible roofing systems.

The center’s core purpose is to establish a forum that will draw together the entire roofing industry into the common cause of advancing and increasing the knowledge base of environmentally-friendly, high-performance roofing systems.

The CEIR attempts to advance innovative solutions to energy and environmental challenges with the belief that the spirit of collaboration is a critical ingredient of innovation.


The Chemical Film and Fabrics Association (CFFA) is an international trade association representing manufacturers of polymer-based fabric and film products, used in the building and construction, automotive, fashion, and many other industries.

The organization was established in 1927 to: educate consumers on the uses and benefits of chemical fabrics and film; encourage the development and adoption of product standards and specifications; conduct technical and scientific investigations; and collect and distribute industry statistics and trends to CFFA members.

Factors To Consider When Purchasing A Roofing System: Prefabrication

You must consider many factors when your roof needs to be replaced or when you are constructing a building that requires a new roof: Price. Quality of the product being installed. Prefabrication. Installation disruptions. Ease of maintenance. Performance. Environmental impact. Life-cycle costs, and so on. It is crucial to review all of these aspects in order to make the wisest roofing choice and get the best long-term value for your investment.

This is the third in a series of posts that will discuss the issues involved in purchasing a roofing system.


A rooftop can be a difficult environment to produce consistent quality welds for single-ply roofing systems, sometimes causing imperfect seams. And the more seams that are done on the job site, under all kinds of weather and work conditions, the greater the potential for leaks down the road. However, using roofing materials that are “prefabricated” provide the following benefits:

  • Less seaming completed on the rooftop

    Some roofing products are delivered to the job site in rolls of 100, 500 or 1,000 square feet, which means that crews have several small sections of material to work with and must hand-weld all seams on the roof.

    Other roofing systems boast prefabricated panels (up to 2,500 square feet in length) that are precision fabricated to fit each building, with most of the seaming completed in a controlled factory environment.

    By reducing the amount of required rooftop seaming, this helps to ensure a proper fit and watertight protection for years to come.

  • Less labor needed to install the roofing system

    Prefabrication allows membrane panels to be produced in larger sizes with less on-site welding required. Therefore, less labor is needed to install the roofing system.
  • Less waste

    Prefabrication signifies there is less material waste on the job site because there is less on-site welding necessary for the installation. Reduced material waste also means less landfill usage.
  • Reduced installation time

    Prefabrication saves on installation time. A precision-fabricated membrane is much easier to install and does not require labor-intensive welding on the job site.

    Additionally, some manufacturers prefabricate all the roofing accessories such as curbs, stacks, scuppers, and parapets that are included with the system, which helps to reduce the installation time as well as ensure high-quality products that are a perfect fit for each roof.

  • Less installation disruptions

    Single-ply roofing systems that are prefabricated and mechanically-attached provide a quiet and safe installation. No loud machinery or noxious fumes are used that could disrupt building activities or harm occupants.
  • Reduced maintenance

    Because prefabricated roofing systems have fewer seams, the chances of future leaks are reduced and therefore, less maintenance is required to sustain the system. Furthermore, regular patching, re-coating or repairs are not mandatory.
  • Increased roof performance

    Prefabrication enhances the performance capabilities of a single-ply membrane, helping make it more durable, leak-proof, and a better investment. Many single-plies are also resistant to fire, chemicals, high winds, punctures, and wide temperature extremes.

As you can see, prefabrication provides a variety of attributes that offer customers reliable roof performance when it comes to single-ply roofing systems.

In our fourth installment of Factors To Consider When Purchasing A Roofing System, we will discuss “disruptions” that can affect some roofing system installations.

Duro-Last Honored To Host Extended “Family” At 2009 Sales Seminar

2009 Duro-Last Sales Seminar - General Session

The 2009 Duro-Last National Sales Seminar is in the books. We were privileged to host over 800 guests representing more than 175 Duro-Last contractors at this year’s event, held January 25-27 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Our theme this year was “Above and Beyond,” and the positive feedback we received from our attendees confirmed that, indeed, this conference exceeded all expectations.

Our combination of business-oriented meetings and family-friendly activities provided a well-balanced event. Much of the business emphasis was on environmentally-friendly or “green” construction trends, and how the Duro-Last membrane is the ideal sustainable roofing choice. We also introduced new products, including several from Duro-Last’s metal fabrication subsidiary, EXCEPTIONAL® Metals.

Seminar guests included nationally-known motivational speakers Jim Pancero, Mark Scharenbroich, and Paul Montelongo, whose presentations were interspersed with those delivered by several key Duro-Last managers at both General and Breakout Sessions.

One of the highlights of our annual event is the awards banquet, where we are honored to recognize those customers who reached various sales thresholds during the previous year. It’s exciting to see long-term customers attain higher levels than they’ve previously reached, and to see newer customers accept an award for the first time. Pride is clearly evident on all faces as people reach the stage to be greeted and congratulated by Duro-Last executives.

Parsons Commercial Roofing of Waco, Texas was named Duro-Last’s 2008 Contractor of the Year by virtue of surpassing the $7 million sales plateau. This is the third consecutive year that Parsons has been awarded the Contractor of the Year award and the second straight year they have reached over $7 million in Duro-Last sales.

Duro-Last is blessed with an extraordinarily loyal customer base, many of whom have been affiliated with Duro-Last since the early days, 30 years ago. It’s remarkable to overhear conversations about “family,” where the reference is to the relationship between the contractor’s business and ours. Duro-Last truly enjoys a unique standing in the industry.

We’ve already begun planning the 2010 National Sales Seminar, which will be held January 25-27 in Tucson, Arizona at The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa. Program details are still to be worked out, but we are already looking forward to welcoming our Duro-Last family to another exciting and informative event.