Slate Roof Installation Training Program from the SRCA
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SRCA Holds First Slate Roof Installation Training Seminar!
Dear SRCA Members,
History is in the making!
Barry Smith (board member and past president) and Chris Paulin (current vice-chair of the board) have lifted the SRCA slate roof installation training program off the ground. The first seminar took place in Malvern, PA, near Philadelphia, on January 27th, at the ABC Supply warehouse. Titled "Installation of Natural Quarried Roofing Slate - Level 100, Basic Fundamentals," the seminar was almost snowed out by the big blizzard that stormed past on that same day. However, a number of brave souls attended and the event was a huge success.
Chris and Barry will be introducing our training program to the general roofing community at the International Roofing Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 24 and 25, 2015, with a live demonstration. See you there?
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The 2014 International Roofing Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 26-28, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, was a fantastic success! The Slate Roofing Contractors Association was at booth 2525.
SRCA members at our booth at the IRE in Las Vegas. From left to right: David Thomas, SSQ Slate; Jonathan Hill, Greenstone Slate; Barry Smith, Smith Slate Roofing; Murad El-Helw, SSQ Slate; Bill Davis, Bill Davis Roofing; John Mahan, Mahan Slate Roofing, & Chris Paulin, Paulin Slate & Copper.
The SRCA had a booth at the March, 2013 NERCA convention in Boston. Shown above is board member John Mahan. Unfortunately, the postal service lost our banner when we shipped it up to Boston, so we had no banner to mark our booth! That could be why John looks a little forlorn.
IRE 2013 - Wagner Roofing Recieves Awards
SRCA's Wagner Roofing was honored at the 2013 International Roofing Expo in San Antonio by the National Roofing Contractors Association with two Gold Circle Awards, the industry’s highest honor, as well as the Gold Circle Platinum Award for the most superior overall project. Chuck Wagner is an SRCA board member.
Conference 2012: The small building above was roofed in a German-style slating method by Chris Short's team at Short Slate, sided with a bear design by Liam Tower (pictured above) of Slate Affair, Inc., and had copper gutters installed by John Crookston of Upright, Inc. More pictures are on the Conference 2012 page.
John Stortz (below left) was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 SRCA Conference. Liam Tower won the Members Choice Award for Best Slate Roofing Project of 2011:
The SRCA Standards Committe met over the weekend of June 23rd, 2012, in western Pennsylvania for the purpose of refining the installation standards for natural quarried roofing slates. Present were Barry Smith, Chris Paulin, Liam Tower, John Crookston, Chuck Wagner, John Mahan, Joe Jenkins and Gary Howes. Two sets of standards were published:
Liam Tower (left) of Slate Affair, Inc., VP of the SRCA, has received an International Federation for the Roofing Trades Award in "Pitched Roofing," presented to four finalists in Dublin, Ireland, November 4th, 2011 at the IFD Congress. Austria won first place. Take a look at the entry form. Liam's work on a bell-shaped slate roof certainly deserves recognition. There were 18 submissions from 9 countries in this category. Read the announcement from the IFD here.
Letter to SRCA members from Liam Tower expressing gratitude for the IFD experience and recommending that we establish formal slate roofing education in the United States. Read the letter.
The SRCA, a non-profit trade association, was established
on March 1, 2005. It is established as a non-profit corporation organized exclusively for charitable purposes as defined by Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Its purpose is to promote the slate roofing trades, including, but not limited to, organizing slate roofing tradespersons; promoting the training and education of slate roofing contractors in traditional slate roofing practices; and pursuing the interests of slate roofing contractors in developing appropriate standards, practices, methodologies, educational materials and networks.
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SRCA is a member of the International Federation of Roofing Trades!
IFD is the worldwide highest body representing the interests of the Roofing Trade, with 17 full members, 1 guest member, 24 partner members and 4 Co-operating partners (including the SRCA) from a total of 23 countries. The representatives of IFD are cooperating particularly in Europe in the bodies of CEN, EOTA, NORMAPME and UEAPME. IFD is acknowledged worldwide. IFD is regularly present on international trade fairs and congresses in Europe and the United States of America.
SRCA members contribute
voluntarily to the 2005 International Preservation Trades
Workshops at Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville,
Ohio [above]. Camara Slate Company generously donated the slates for the roof.
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