Energy Efficiency: How to Make a Metal Roof Work for You

Energy Efficiency: How to Make a Metal Roof Work for You

metal-roofing-contractorsMetal roof construction has soared in the last several years. Why? Metal roofing provides superior energy efficiency, durability, and longevity. When professional metal roofing contractors like those at London ECO-Metal install a metal roof, homeowners can rest assured knowing that their home and family will be protected for decades to come. What are the top benefits of metal roofs? How can you take advantage of superior energy efficiency now?

The Power of Green Construction and Sustainability

We are entering a new age of green construction and innovative 21st century technology. Savvy homeowners and business owners know that building durable sustainable structures not only saves the environment but saves money. How? Metal roofing contractors install a roof with superior insulation, innovative energy efficient technology, and special fireproofing. In other words, you have the best roof on the market when you install a metal roof.

Key Benefits of Metal Roofs

One of the biggest benefits to a metal roof is its sustainable construction. A metal roof will last for a half century or more. Traditional asphalt roofing often needs replacement every fifteen years and requires regular maintenance. Metal roofing withstand extreme temperatures and high winds, making it the number 1 roofing option for most climates. Metal roofing has these incredible benefits:

  • Compatible with most solar panel systems
  • Superior insulation keeps your family warm in the winter
  • Withstands high winds
  • Materials are made of recycled materials
  • Sustainable
  • Fireproof metal protects in wildfires
  • Install new roof over old roof
  • Cool roof technology in the summer
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Save on heating and cooling costs
  • 21st century technology and innovation
  • Wide array of colors and styles to match every home
  • Imitate traditional roof tiles
  • Lasts for forty years or more

Install a Metal Roof with London ECO-Metal

London ECO-Metal provides high quality metal construction. Enjoy sustainable green construction and superior metal roofing. Call our talented team today. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and the best workmanship in the region. Contact us today.

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Can You Put a Metal Roof Over a Metal Roof?

metal-roof-installationMetal roofing has grown in popularity over the last few years. Why? With sustainable construction, quick metal roof installation, and durability that lasts, metal roofs provide home and business owners with decades of protection and security. One of the key benfits to metal roofing involves installation. Avoid the hassle of removing your old roof when you install a metal roof.

Metal roofs can be installed over existent roofs. Speak with our contracting team at London Eco-Metal about how you can save money on labor costs and time with easy metal roof installation. In many cases, you will not need to remove your older roof. This saves you considerable costs in demolition and labor. You also reduce costs due to human error or accidents. Ask our experts about installing a new roof on your existing roof.

Most metal roofing has relatively short installation in comparison to traditional roofing. With a wide variety of styles and types, you can find the perfect metal roof for your budget. Enjoy the durability of your new roof.

Benefits of Metal Roofing

Discover the many reasons why metal roofing has become such a hot trend in construction and homebuilding. Metal roofs have many key benefits including:

  • Fireproof
  • Termite Resistant
  • Cools Homes in Summer
  • Superior Insulation in Winter
  • Withstands Harsh Winds
  • Good for Extreme Weather and Climate Change
  • Sustainable
  • Energy Efficient
  • Increased Home Value
  • High End Look
  • Beautiful Styles
  • High Performance Expectation
  • Environmentally Friendly
  • Last 40 Years or More
  • Little Maintenance
  • Many Colors and Finishes

Every homeowner will benefit from a metal roof. Green construction takes advantage of the latest in energy efficiency technology. Use the latest innovations to protect your home and family. Never worry about high winds or harsh temperatures again. In fact, most metal roofs will last upwards of forty years with little maintenance or costs. Compare that to asphalt roofing which might result in complete replacement every fifteen years, especially in harsh climates with strong winds.

Contact the Metal Roofing Team at London ECO-Metal

Contact the metal roofing experts at London ECO-Metal. We pride ourselves on superior workmanship. No matter your budget, we will work with you to find the metal roofing solution that you need. Call us now. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer your important questions. We will be happy to hear from you.

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Tips for Managing Cash Flow During the Pandemic

Managing cash flow can be hard enough during normal business operations; managing it during a pandemic can bring extra challenges. While roofing has been deemed an essential business in just about every state, that doesn’t necessarily mean that business will continue as usual.

Fortunately, there are some tips that you can follow to help you stay on top of managing your cash flow.

Tips for Improving Your Cash Flow

Between savvy business practices, technological pivoting, and potential government aid programs, there are a number of ways you can keep your cash flow healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some actions you can take to try to keep a little more cash coming into your business.

Try to Receive Payment Earlier

Consider offering an incentive to customers who are willing to pay quicker or pay more upfront. You can also help your cash flow and your customers during this time by offering special financing opportunities. For example, through GAF SmartMoney, homeowners can access different financing options.

Financing can be a win-win for both the contractor and the property owner because it allows the customer to pay in small, affordable installments, but the contractor can receive full payment from the financing company shortly after the job is done.

Categorize Your Payables

Ranking and categorizing payables is one of the first steps to take when managing cash flow. Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3) board member Ken Kelly said in a recent webinar that his company, Kelly Roofing, uses three categories to prioritize payables. First is the must-pay category, which is for priority payables like payroll. The second category is for strategic partners, companies who are very important to their business and should be paid quickly whenever possible. Everyone else falls into the third group.

Kelly Roofing prioritizes payment in that order. You may want to make as many of your payments on time as possible, but if cash flow is challenging, prioritizing in this way can help you stretch your budget a little further.

Renegotiate with Vendors

Now is a good time to reach out to your vendors and suppliers to try to renegotiate the terms for your payments. Many companies are offering assistance, and delaying payments or locking in better terms could be an option to help manage your cash flow. Keep in mind, though, that other companies may also be in similar circumstances.

Review Your Contracts

Cotney Construction Law suggests contractors review their contracts for terms, such as price acceleration and force majeure provisions, that may be helpful to your business during the pandemic. You can find some useful information on the company’s website but always speak with a legal professional for advice.

Contact Your Insurance Agent

Your insurance agent can tell you if your business operations coverage excludes pandemics. They can also work with you to navigate all of your coverage and help determine if you can make a claim under any of your policies.

Using Government Relief to Stabilize Cash Flow

While still in their early stages, the government has recently passed or bolstered legislation meant to ease the financial strain on small businesses during the pandemic. Here’s how you can take advantage of this aid.

Apply for Relief under The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act

On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was passed to help small businesses get economic relief during the pandemic. The National Roofing Contractor’s Association put together a helpful summary of the provisions that are applicable to small businesses.

Under the CARES Act, businesses with fewer than 500 employees can apply for assistance from the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) as long as they were operational as of February 15, 2020. The loan amount is determined by the company’s average monthly payroll and can be for as much as 250%, up to $100,000 per employee. The assistance can be used for expenses associated with payroll, rent, utilities, employee leave, insurance premiums, and more. When certain conditions are met, a portion of the loan will be forgiven by the Small Business Administration.

Look into Other Small Business Resources

The Small Business Administration provides comprehensive guidance on resources available to business owners during this unprecedented time. Contractors should check frequently for updates. The NRCA is also hosting Telephone Town Hall meetings where you can ask specific questions about how COVID-19 is impacting the roofing industry.

Managing cash flow might be difficult in the months ahead, but a combination of some practical money-saving steps and government relief could help you get through this difficult time.

The information contained in this article was authored by a third party and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial, accounting, tax or legal advice. GAF does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the information. In no event shall GAF be held responsible or liable for errors or omissions in the content or for the results, damages or losses caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content.

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Designing for Moisture Durability & Energy Efficiency

There can be a perception in the market that a “green building” is a better building, and that the risks associated with “building differently” are inherently covered by the green certifications driving the industry forward from a sustainability standpoint. Both better buildings and risk mitigation can be accomplished by green buildings, and this article will discuss some of the key principles to accomplish this for building enclosures and roof assemblies. 

Moisture durability of enclosure systems focuses on the interaction of the materials, assemblies, and their design configurations in the building. The goal of managing moisture durability is to establish performance expectations, allow enclosures to perform as intended, continue to perform through the project lifecycle, and be serviced or maintained in a way that minimizes risk of damage to the enclosure and performance of other critical building systems. This discussion is going to focus on the moisture durability aspects of buildings and how they relate to energy performance and lifecycle expectations. While other aspects of resilience are also important, these aspects target risks that are not necessarily related to climate change, but are related to the design of enclosure and roof assemblies directly. 

Moisture Durability in Context

The American Institute of Architects defines resilience as “mitigating risk for hazards, shocks, and stresses and adapting to changing conditions”.  Resilience goes beyond the minimum code requirements to address issues that influence long-term performance (more here about Sustainability and Resilience ). The “hazards, shocks, and stressors” can come from external sources as well as from the design decisions of the built environment. Some are rare extreme events such as tornadoes and wildfires, and some are common and persistent adverse events, like moisture risks in the building enclosure.  This perspective of moisture durability as a risk fits within many existing terms and goals that stem from Sustainability, Resilience, Adaptability, and Mitigation initiatives; moisture durability fits within these goals and is not separate from them. 

Moisture durability and energy efficiency are part of resilient design

Energy Efficiency is a Moving Target

The minimum or baseline energy efficiency performance expectation has been improving over time. The cost-effective and validated energy saving of one of the underlying national energy standards has increased in each of ANSI/ASHRAE/IES Standard 90.1-2016 (ASHRAE 90.1) 3-year publications. The ASHRAE 90.1 – 2019 version has also recently been published, and was validated by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory as an additional 5% of savings over the previous 2016 version.  

Compounding the energy savings, green building rating systems generally require additional savings beyond the baseline and provide points for exceeding the baseline. In addition, the energy performance requirements within green certification systems are also improving. For example, the same energy savings that would have contributed 10 points to the LEED v3 rating system, is roughly equivalent to the starting energy savings required in LEED v4.1, which is currently in the pilot phase. 

Increasing efficiency requirements are compounded by green rating systems.

Not every local jurisdiction is adopting the same base codes and standards, which leads to additional confusion in the design and construction industry.

Interactive Complexity and Tight Coupling 

The book Normal Accidents by Charles Perrow explains how significant technological advancement can lead to failures. Perrow describes two main components of “normal accidents.” The first component being “interactive complexity” as a function of the number and degree of system interrelationships; when this factor is high surprises are expected. The second component is “tight coupling,” the degree at which initial failures can concatenate rapidly to bring down other parts of the system; the more highly-linked surprises are not easily isolated and resolved. If a system has only one of the two components then it is still a risk, but is more easily managed. When “interactive complexity” and “tight coupling” are combined, accidents could be considered “normal” or expected according to Perrow. 

As more materials and additional requirements are added to enclosures, it is important to recognize when materials and assemblies need to change in order to achieve higher energy performance. In a broad sense, as energy efficiency is improved in building enclosures, moisture risks can increase from decreased heat flow across the assemblies. The changes in enclosures can manifest as generally lower exterior surface temperatures (during heating months) as the exterior is less dependent on the interior space conditioning. As we improve energy efficiency, we may also be increasing moisture risks in building enclosures. And the increased risk may be more complex than the historical designs and more tightly coupled to the building’s HVAC operations, structural elements, and occupant-use conditions. 

Energy efficiency improvements can lead to increased moisture risks in a building enclosure

Moisture Management in Green Building Rating Systems

It is tempting to assume that the building enclosure will work perfectly and water won’t get where it doesn’t belong. Such a belief can lead to a lack of risk mitigation from a very likely hazard (water) throughout the useful life of the building. A more realistic mindset is: moisture intrusion cannot be completely avoided, it must be managed. Enclosures should be designed to manage incidental water with minimal long-term impact. The key is for the enclosure design to have a greater capacity for drying than its risk of wetting. 

This moisture durability assessment looks at six primary categories for an enclosure. Roughly working across the project life-cycle, they are shown in the figure below:

Moisture durability elements and assessment project life-cycle details

For the moisture durability assessment, the four most common green building rating systems available for new construction projects are compared against the six categories shown in the previous figure. The green building rating systems reviewed are: 

  • Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED®), version 4.1 
  • Green Globes®, version 2019 
  • Living Building Challenge (LBC™), version 4.0
  • 2018 International Green Construction Code (IgCC®)

Green building rating systems moisture durability summary 

This graphic summarizes each of the six individual detailed assessments reviewed across the project life-cycle phases. There is quite a range of results across the  green building rating systems assessed. 

For more information on designing for moisture durability considerations with green building certifications and individual credit assessments, register for the Continuing Education Center webinar, Addressing Moisture Durability and Energy Performance in Roof Assemblies: A Critical Review of Multiple Voluntary Green Building Certifications, sponsored by GAF and presented by Benjamin Meyer, AIA, LEED AP and James R. Kirby, AIA.

Key Takeaways

When designing for moisture durability and energy efficiency in enclosures and roof systems, consider all project phases. This includes utilizing the building enclosure commissioning process to more formally ensure the relevant moisture durability risks are being assessed by an enclosure professional. It is important to recognize that overlooking one of the project phases may result in unmanaged risk for the long term building performance. Some of the systems have direct coverage of individual elements of moisture risk mitigation, but the certification frameworks may not be sufficient to rely on to provide comprehensive moisture durability mitigation. This is especially important knowing all four rating systems have mandatory energy efficiency improvements beyond code-minimum requirements, but none of the four have a complete set of mandatory credits to accommodate the increased moisture risk associated with the added enclosure complexity.

Check back for follow-up articles on moisture durability, including notable highlights from the green building rating system detailed assessment and an example applying the elements of moisture durability to a roof system. 

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Four Employee Engagement Tips for Keeping Your Team Connected During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has likely stirred anxiety around public health and the economy in your employees. In addition, now that many schools and daycares are closed, some of your employees may have to balance work with caring for their children. All this added stress makes it challenging to keep employees engaged at work.

However, there are several ways you can make employees feel valued and emotionally supported during this difficult time. Here are four employee engagement tips that can help your team stay connected and engaged.

Proactively and Openly Communicate with Employees

Employees need more communication in times of crisis, not less. Even if your strategy is still evolving, you can ease some of your employees’ fears by sharing how your company plans to move forward. Detail your company’s COVID-19 policy and how you will continue to nurture prospects or leads through email, text, and virtual face-to-face consultations. You may also consider providing a short guide on how employees can continue to keep homeowners engaged with current roofing projects.

In many states, construction companies are considered essential businesses, so a company-wide plan for protecting worker safety during the pandemic is crucial. You can combat some of the fear and uncertainty around the pandemic by making sure your employees know what you’re doing to protect their health while they’re working. This should include abiding by social distancing guidelines and providing masks, hand sanitizer, and other protective equipment to your employees before they go on site.

Adjust Your Attendance and Leave Policies

It’s crucial to help team members who work on an hourly and salaried basis feel equally supported. One of the best ways to do this is to create a more flexible attendance and leave policy for hourly workers. Tell employees who have a cough or low-grade fever to stay home, and if necessary, self-quarantine. If they’ve been exposed to someone with the virus, a quarantine is always wise.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act allocates funding to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide two weeks of paid sick leave and up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Workers who have been employed with your company for at least 30 days and can’t work because they are sick or need to care for a family member are eligible for this leave. As a business owner, you can take advantage of this resource to provide financial support to employees and hourly workers.

Foster Virtual Connections

You can keep your team connected by using remote work communication technologies like Zoom, Slack, or Google Hangouts.

Use a video conferencing platform to hold virtual team meetings and create a workplace community. You can hold meetings weekly or bi-weekly and use them to share updates and give employees a chance to raise questions or concerns. If possible, do one-on-one check-ins with employees via phone, email, or video conferencing. Not every employee will feel comfortable communicating in a larger forum, so let your team know there are other outlets available where they can voice their needs.

Create a List of Resources for Employees

With many restaurants, gyms, and other non-essential businesses closed, employees have limited outlets to relieve stress and entertain themselves outside of work. Thankfully, there are several online resources available to help fill this gap.

Encourage staff members to collaborate on a list of as many resources as they can find, like fitness apps with free trials, online therapy and meditation apps, food delivery apps, and credible websites with verified information about government-provided financial support. You could also share information about local daycare centers that are still open for essential workers, use GAF Rewards to purchase gifts or gift cards for employees, and share links to continuing education and professional development courses online.

Sharing resources like these will demonstrate your care for your team’s off-the-clock well-being.

Keeping Employees Engaged

These four employee engagement tips can help your team stay connected during this crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many companies to change how they work and support employees, but implementing some of these strategies can help you make employees feel secure and valued despite these changes.

For more tips, tools and updates, see the GAF Contractor Resources for managing through the pandemic.

The information contained in this article was authored by a third party and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial, accounting, tax or legal advice. GAF does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the information. In no event shall GAF be held responsible or liable for errors or omissions in the content or for the results, damages or losses caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content.

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Why It Pays to Offer Roof Financing to Homeowners Right Now

When it comes time to replace their roofs, many customers just don’t have the necessary cash on hand. This is especially true in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, when some customers are experiencing furloughs, layoffs, or having their work hours drastically cut.

The good news is that roofing companies don’t have to sit idly by waiting for consumers to save money for a roofing project. Instead, you can give your customers the option to finance their roofs. These days, many consumer purchases are being financed, from cars, to mattresses, to cell phones. A lot of companies now advertise the monthly cost, not the total purchase price, of their goods and services because manageable monthly payments tend to be much more attractive to customers than one lump sum.

By offering financing, your company can book jobs during this difficult time and offer your customers a manageable monthly payment. All this while still getting paid for the project right away. It’s a win-win.

Why Offer Roof Financing?

Roof financing is a budget-friendly option for those who might be suffering economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Financing provides a way for your customers to get needed repairs done while still being able to afford their living expenses.

You may find that a payment plan helps attract more new customers overall. A lump sum price can be shocking if the homeowner isn’t prepared and could cause them to walk away. But a customer offered financing is more likely to engage in conversation with you to find a plan that meets their needs.

Financing also gives you opportunities to offer customers more premium roofing systems and warranties, as these options appear more affordable when they can be paid for over time. Companies who provide financing say that when presenting three tiers of pricing (referred to as “Good-Better-Best” comparison pricing), 80% of the customers will choose the “Better” or “Best” categories. This can result in up to a 25% increase in the price of the job.

Finally, financing gives you cash in hand. Once the project is complete, you can expect to get paid by the financing company quickly. This allows you to save money by taking advantage of early-payment discounts offered by material suppliers. That could be an extra 1-2% in your pocket on each job.

How Contractor Financing Works

Contractor financing is a form of consumer financing, which is geared toward those who may have a hard time getting standard financing due to their credit history. It doesn’t require as much personal information, can be applied for anywhere electronically, and is usually approved quickly.

Your company would be able to offer this financing with the aid of a third-party consumer financing company. The financing company would provide you with a rate sheet that details interest rates and how to calculate monthly payments and the lender costs associated with financing.

When pricing your jobs for financing, it is important to calculate margin instead of mark-up to keep profit percentages equal. Mark-up is a straight percentage added on to the cost of the project, while margin is the difference between the sales price and the cost of the project, expressed as a percentage of the sales price. You will need to add margin to your pricing to cover financing costs such as merchant fees and credit card fees, if applicable.

Once the project is complete and the financing is in place, the financing company would pay you for the work, often in as little as 3-5 days. After this, your work would be done.

Getting Started

To get started, research consumer financing companies, such as GreenSky, to see which ones offer the best terms for your business. Once you find a good fit for you and your customers, submit an application with the financing company for approval and processing, which may take a few days.

After you’ve received approval, you’ll want to set up a platform that makes it easy to submit payments, like GAF SmartMoney. Then, advertise your new financing options on your website, social media channels, and sales calls. You may find it beneficial to have your sales team role play a sales call, so they know what to say when offering financing to your potential customers.

For more information on offering financing to your customers, see GAF’s video lessons about consumer financing.

For more tips, tools and updates, see the GAF Contractor Resources for managing through the pandemic.

The information contained in this article was authored by a third party and is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute financial, accounting, tax or legal advice. GAF does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, and completeness of the information. In no event shall GAF be held responsible or liable for errors or omissions in the content or for the results, damages or losses caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content.

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Avoid Disappointment: How to Choose a New Roof

April 26, 2020 | Filed under: Buying a New Roof,Financial,Financial Impact of Metal Roofing,Homeowner Tips,Newsletter Articles

Choose a New Roof Classic Metal Roofing Systems

How to choose a new roof? That’s a great question. With the home improvement season growing ever longer into winter and arriving earlier every spring, buying and having a new roof installed can now be a near-year round endeavor in North America.

The answer: invest time now to think about what you want and need in your next roof; it’s a major purchase.

How to choose a new roof? Decide what you want and need.

We’ll call your list of what you want and need in a new roof your Purchasing Criteria. These criteria should identify exactly what you want to accomplish with your project. By doing your research now and clearly defining the benefits or features you’d like in your roof, you can avoid later disappointment.

If you are planning for a replacement roof this year, our main advice is this: establish your Purchasing Criteria now. 

Think of buying a roof as being similar to buying a new car – you always research carefully in advance to determine what you want to accomplish with your new vehicle, right?  A new roof should be a very similar process.

So, as you envision your home’s new protective roof and what you’d like it to accomplish, here is a list of things that homeowners often make decisions on:

Aesthetics. Is what your roof looks like important to you?  If so, would you like something very traditional looking such as a shingle look or perhaps something bolder with a shake or a very contemporary look such as standing seam?

Long-Life Durability. If you intend to live in your home for 10+ years, then durability may mean a great deal to your decision. Otherwise, it may mean less.

Fire Safety. Larger areas of the country seem prone to firestorms these days. If you’re in one of those areas, then a non-combustible roof may be part of your criteria.

Wind Resistance. Similar to fire safety, if high winds tend to be a problem in your area or if hurricanes threaten you regularly, then a metal roof with interlocking panels will provide the protection you appreciate.

Energy Efficiency. Homeowners who live in hot climates or who are very sensitive to the operating costs of their home will often seek metal roofs with reflective coatings and even integral thermal breaks to reduce their summer energy costs by up to 20% or more.

Green Benefits.  Some homeowners love the idea of a roof that is manufactured with recycled content.  Will that be one of your criteria?

The above is just a sample list. Your Purchasing Criteria could also include things like a particular color or grade of coating, special flashing details required by your home, no exposed fasteners, or, of course, proper installation.

The point is, to avoid a decision you will later regret, decide now what you’d like to accomplish with your new roof.

We hope that you have the opportunity to be better prepared when you do decide to re-roof your home.

Help with how to choose a new roof

Our FREE Roofing Needs Profiler takes 10 minutes or less and is one great way to find out what type of roof is right for your home. And if it’s a quality metal roof…we’d be honored to work with you.

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GAF Contractor Outreach Survey 2020

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) has driven marketplace changes that present our contractors with an unprecedented set of business challenges. To learn the extent of those challenges, as well as identify ways GAF can help, the company conducted an online survey from March 24 through March 30. 

After reaching out to 1,139 GAF Customer Advisory Panel members, we received 317 responses. We thank everyone who participated. Your feedback is invaluable. 

Please note that these results represent a snapshot in time; the environment is changing rapidly, and we expect that to continue for the foreseeable future. 

Survey Summary

  • COVID-19 has impacted the majority of contractors surveyed
    • Nearly 80% of respondents reported cancelling or postponing jobs. 
    • Over 70% reported a decrease in new business/leads. 
  • Respondents are adapting their selling process to include:
    • Remote selling 
    • Digital tools
  • Respondents say GAF can help by: 
    • Continuing to manufacture product to keep up with demand
    • Advertising
    • Holding online training sessions
    • Establishing open communications

Business Impact

Contractors said they were feeling an impact on both existing and new business. 79% of respondents have cancelled or postponed jobs due to be completed over the next 30 days while 72% have noted decreases in new business (see fig. 1), ranging from a slight decrease to a total stop.  

Regulatory impact varies from state to state and has affected contractors’ businesses in a wide variety of ways. In Pennsylvania, for example, most roofing projects are not considered essential, and contractors report being effectively shut down for the time being. This has created liquidity issues and some contractors acknowledge they’re considering layoffs.

In other areas, contractors have reported virtually no impact — in fact, repair jobs seemed to be the rise.

Those who are shutting down cited two primary reasons: Regulation (they have to) and caution (they’re doing so voluntarily, based on concern for their employees). 

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Contractors with few jobs on the books through April expected to be hit the hardest. As shown in Fig. 2, contractors with 0 to 15 jobs booked have seen 57% of those jobs cancelled or postponed. Contractors with more than 30 jobs booked, on the other hand, have seen 20% of them cancelled or postponed. 

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Commercial contractors reported feeling the pinch more than residential contractors (Fig. 3), especially in Florida and Texas. The hardest-hit residential contractors work in the states hit hardest by COVID-19, New York and New Jersey. 

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Adapting to the new normal

Most respondents — 76% — said they’ve been relying more on remote technology such as phone calls, email, and video conferencing to communicate and facilitate sales. They also said they’re complying with Social Distancing and safety precautions. And many are implementing strong sanitation practices that may slow the work process. 

Of the tools needed most for remote sales, roof reports (75%), estimates (60%), brochures (59%), and samples (52%) took the top four spots. 

Many contractors also requested more online training sessions, and help getting the word out that roofers work outdoors and are, in many places, still considered essential workers.

Most are also eliminating face to face meetings, utilizing phone, email and technology to facilitate communication with customers. 

How GAF can help

As contractors are seeing first-hand, tools like digital measurement and teleconferencing mean it’s both possible — and practical — to sell without entering the customer’s home. To help contractors adapt, GAF has pulled together resources and information on digital measurement, video conferencing, virtual training, and more. Programs for GAF factory-certified contractors include digital payments, and even a complete end-to-end digital sales tool called GAF Project. For information on these tools, as well as other GAF remote selling resources, please visit the GAF COVID-19 response page on

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Why Solar Energy is Hot in 2020

metal-roof-colors-and-stylesThe time for green construction and solar energy is here. With rapid changes in climate, high energy costs soaring, and homeowners looking for affordable energy-efficient construction, solar energy technology has seen a boom in the last few years. Take advantage of energy efficiency with simple steps like choosing green construction options like metal roofing, selecting metal roof colors and styles that are more energy-efficient, and designing your home with solar energy in mind.

Solar Panels and Metal Roofing

Solar technology has transformed the energy industry. Options like solar panels have become more affordable and accessible to the average consumer. Because of these options like metal roofing continue to grow. Homeowners with professional metal roofing installation can save even more money by choosing metal roof colors and styles that suit their climate. Solar panels have considerable benefits:

  • Save money on energy costs
  • Sustainability
  • Pollution free
  • No greenhouse gases emitted
  • Renewable clean power
  • Return on the investment
  • No maintenance
  • Lasts for 30 years
  • Installed almost anywhere
  • Grid free living
  • Batteries for night storage
  • More aesthetic options
  • Some governments provide incentives and grants

Technology Benefits

Besides saving on energy costs and being much more sustainable than traditional energy sources, scientists have developed new exciting technology to work with solar energy. For example, marrying artificial intelligence with solar energy to help adapt to needs of the homeowner or business. Additional software updates help consumers have more control. Other new innovations include energy blockchain use and energy storage systems. Solar management software has become a must for all new solar energy projects.

The solar energy continues to grow worldwide. In some warmer climates like California in the United States, solar energy use rivals traditional energy usage. As technology continues to evolve, businesses especially are reaping the benefits of solar energy.

Want to learn how green construction and metal roofing can help you achieve energy efficiency for your home or business? Call the metal roofing experts at London ECO Metal. Our seasoned team will be happy to answer all of your questions. Contact us today.





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