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January 24, 2013
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  • Pitch-change area causes issues at Calif. shopping center
    A self-adhering, rubberized underlayment will be installed on the pitch-change area on the roof of the Palo Cedro Village Shopping Center in Palo Cedro, Calif., to stop leaks during heavy rains. The original wood shakes were replaced by composition shingles installed according to manufacturer's directions. The shingles are designed to seal to help withstand high winds, but in some cases, this means they can trap water, said Joe Van Sweden, owner of Ark Design Construction & Roofing, which did the work on the facility. The shingle supplier, who determined the solution to the leaks, will honor its warranty and shoulder the costs, Van Sweden said. East Valley Times (Palo Cedro, Calif.) (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  News & Trends 
  • Conn. roofing contractor helps residents fix their roofs for free
    A roofing contractor in Newtown, Conn., is helping to repair -- for free -- the roofs of residents in need. Mark Edwards, owner of Mark Edwards Roofing & Siding, has been named the "roof angel" for offering his services to residents whose homes have sustained storm damage. "If everyone did just one nice thing, it would make such a difference," Edwards said. News Times (Danbury, Conn.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Copper to replace steel roofing on historic Va. college building
    The dome of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville has been through a lot: the terne-coated steel roofing was in poor shape, there were leaks, and iron tension rings that secured the dome's shape were corroded. A $50.6 million renovation is under way and will restore the dome as nearly as possible to its original appearance. Copper will replace the steel and be painted white. Ventilation underneath will be added to prevent rust. The Daily Progress (Charlottesville, Va.) (1/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Women take on roofing jobs in county in N.C.
    Some women in Rutherford County, N.C., have volunteered to help with roof repairs in the community. The members of The Women Roofers range in age from 18 to 75 years old and were trained by Billy Honeycutt of the Rutherford Housing Partnership. The group, which works for free, worked on 67 roofs in 2012. WLOS-TV (Asheville, N.C.) (1/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Energy & the Environment 
  • 7 buildings around the world offer sustainable solutions
    The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas is one of seven buildings from around the world that gives "us a glimpse of what our future holds," writes Emma Sloley. In this compilation, modern structures -- from the Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the Galaxy Soho Building in Beijing -- provide an idea of how construction and design innovation could solve a number of sustainability issues, according to Sloley. The Huffington Post (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Office 
  • Advice for preparing your 2012 tax return
    As you prepare to file your taxes, you should store all of your important data so that you can handle an audit should you be subject to one, writes Bonnie Lee, owner of Taxpertise. You should also review your books to make sure everything is in order. "Reconcile all bank and credit card accounts and review the general ledger to ensure that each transaction has been posted to the proper category," she writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The difference between reacting and responding
    Business can be stressful, but you will be more successful if you focus on listening to what other people tell you and responding to what they say, writes Gladys Edmunds, founder of Edmunds Travel Consultants. "Give your employee or customer or whomever your undivided attention if they have a concern. ... Listen to the speaker all the way to the end, making no assumptions along the way," she advises. USA Today (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Government & Regulatory 
  • 2013 is the year you must prepare for the health care law
    As the implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, business owners will spend this year getting ready for the new requirements, writes Dinah Wisenberg Brin. Businesses with more than 50 full-time employees may be forced to provide insurance or pay a penalty under the law, which makes determining the size of your workforce essential. "Smaller companies with fewer than 50 employees, while not required to provide health insurance, need to inform employees about the law and make sure new healthcare plans (if they offer them) comply with Obamacare," Wisenberg writes. Entrepreneur online (1/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NRCA News 
  • BuildSite offers database of product and technical information
    BuildSite and NRCA partnered in 2009 to provide a single source for product, technical and procurement information for commercial, residential and infrastructure construction, as well as software tools for messaging and construction submittals. Contractors can use the database to search for manufacturers, specific products, roof systems and distribution locations through the online Roofing Industry Product Center. BuildSite’s database is available through the NRCA Roofing Industry Product Center at You can learn more here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Green roof publication is available
    Written by Kelly Luckett, a LEED-Accredited Professional and industry expert in green roof system design and installation, Green Roof Construction and Maintenance provides comprehensive information to help you skillfully design, construct and maintain green roof systems. Participants in NRCA University's Vegetative Roof Systems for Roofing Contractors: Your Rewards, Responsibilities and Risks will receive 10% off the member price when they purchase this publication. The member price for the publication is $60, and the retail price is $120. Learn more, or purchase it. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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