When a consumer buys a new car, they typically do their due diligence. They research the internet, visit local dealers, test drive a few models and talk to their friends and family with similar makes and models to get their feedback. Why then, should selecting a new roof be any different? A consumer should be as thorough and educated as possible in the process, yet all to often consumers are mislead and resort to making a decision on a new roof that costs them dearly in the end.
When it comes to roofing in Los Angeles and Orange County, most property owners resort to a Google Search, or a good referral from a friend as to which roofing company they should solicit estimates from. Southern California contractors themselves resort to in-the-field experience, peer reference and assistance from their manufacturing and distribution partners to help guide customers towards specific roofing systems.
Just like buying a new car, there are several different types of roofing systems, with varrying degrees of cost, warranty and performance. A quick search on the internet will typically pull up a few top, local roofing contractors in your area; however dig a little deeper into the web and you can learn more about the roofing process before ever calling a roofing contractor out to your property.
The power of the internet puts roofing information at your fingertips like never before. Property owners have the ability (if they take the time) to gather information on roofing contractors, understand differences in proposed roofing systems, and ultimately improve their overall experience in the reroof process. Southern California roofing contractors who use the power of the internet to help guide and educate their customers, will undoubtedly establish more transparency and trust with their clients as well.
Below we have gathered the top 29 roofing resources for searching, selecting and installing a roofing system in Los Angeles or Orange County, California. Note: There are plenty of other manufacturer resources for specific roofing products and materials, however we excluded most of them except one. This is not to guide you toward one specific manufacturer, however GAF has one of the most trafficked roofing industry websites on the internet for a reason, it is very informative.
Roofing Industry and Trade Resources:
1 - National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) - One of the construction industry's most respected trade associations and the voice of roofing professionals and leading authority in the roofing industry for information, education, technology and advocacy. www.nrca.net
2 - Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) - Nonprofit regional association of roofing, roof deck and waterproofing contractors and industry related associate members. www.wsrca.com
3 - Roofing Contractor (Magazine) - Premier industry publication written specifically for the contractor. www.roofingcontractor.com
4 - Architectural Roofing & Waterproofing - Covers the technical aspects of commercial, institutional and residential roofing and waterproofing applications, both above and below grade www.arwarchitect.com
5 - GAF - North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial and residential roofing. Note: Though one of many roofing manufacturers in the country, this website is a terrific resource for ventilation calculation, shingle design and roofing data. www.gaf.com
6 - Roofers Coffee Shop - A community of roofing professionals that share roofing ideas, tell roofing stories, research roofing data, sell roofing stuff, and provide roofing help. www.rooferscoffeeshop.com
7 - Nemeon - A purchasing cooperative in the roofing distribution industry. It was formed to provide pooled buying power and management support for Independent Roofing & Siding Distributors. www.nemeon.com
8 - Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Assocation (ARMA) - A trade association representing the majority of North America's asphalt roofing manufacturing companies, plus their raw material suppliers. The association includes almost 95 percent of the nation's manufacturers of bituminous-based roofing products. www.asphaltroofing.org
9 - International Roofing Expo - Preeminent roofing construction and maintenance event where roofing professionals gather to experience face-to-face interaction, product review, education and networking. www.theroofingexpo.com
10 - Tile Roofing Institute - Dedicated to growing the tile roofing market through technical expertise, training, and building awareness for the many benefits of tile. www.tileroofing.org
11 - National Storm Damage Center - Consumer advocacy organization that assists homeowners before and after violent storms. www.stormdamagecenter.org
12 - Metal Roofing Alliance - Formed in 1998 by a small group of forward-thinking metal roofing manufacturers with the main goal of educating consumers about the many benefits of metal roofing. www.metalroofing.com
13 - Go Solar California - A joint effort of the California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission, with a goal to encourage Californians to install 3,000 megawatts of solar energy systems on homes and businesses by the end of 2016. www.gosolarcalifornia.ca.gov
14 - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) - The national trade association in the U.S., the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is the power behind solar energy. www.seia.org
15 - Southern California Edison (SCE) Rebates - http://bit.ly/scerebateincentives
16 - Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) Rebates - http://bit.ly/ladwprebateincentives
17 - Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) - A non-profit educational organization to implement and communicate an accurate radiative energy performance rating systems for roof surfaces, support research, and serve as an educational resource for information on cool roofing. www.coolroofs.org
18 - Energy Star - A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. www.energystar.gov
19 - US Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics for Roofing - A terrific resource for roofing industry labor data, work environment, pay rates and job outlook. www.bls.gov/ooh/construction-and-extraction/roofers.htm
20 - California Contractors State License Board - In addition to educating and protecting consumers about contractors and construction law, CSLB activities include administering examinations to test prospective licensees, issuing licenses, investigating complaints against licensed and unlicensed contractors, issuing citations, suspending or revoking licenses, and seeking administrative, criminal, and civil sanctions against violators. www.cslb.ca.gov
21 - USEPA - Green Roofs - Federal agency with a mission to protect human health and the environment. www.epa.gov/heatisland/mitigation/greenroofs.htm
22 - DOE - Cool Roofs - Federal agency tasked with ensuring America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. www.energy.gov/energysaver/articles/cool-roofs
23 - California Energy Commission (Title 24) - California’s primary energy policy and planning agency. www.energy.ca.gov/title24
24 - Better Business Bureau - BBB helps people find and recommendbusinesses, brands and charities they can trust. www.bbb.org/losangelessiliconvalley
25 - Angie’s List - More than 2 million households nationwide check Angie's List reviews to find the best local service providers, like roofers. Note: It is a paid for service to have access to Angie’s List reviews. www.angieslist.com/roofing/
26 - Houzz - Started as a side project but has become a community of more than 20 million homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals—across the country and around the world. www.houzz.com
27 - Yelp - Uses automated software to recommend the most helpful and reliable reviews for the Yelp community. The process has nothing to do with whether a business advertises on Yelp or not. www.yelp.com
28 - Roofing Contractor Community (Google+) - http://bit.ly/googleplusroofingcontractorcommunity
29 - Roof Consultants Alliance (LinkedIn) - http://bit.ly/linkedinroofconsultantsalliance
Posted on 08/22/2014 at 03:15:00 PM