Industry Trends

Women’s Equality Day

Posted by on August 24, 2017 in Blog, Education, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Women’s Equality Day

Women’s Equality Day

Since August is a month that, among other things, honors women with National Women’s Equality Day, GenFlex would like to applaud women who have chosen a career in construction and roofing.  Saying that women have come a long way in the construction industry is the absolute truth.   Annie McEvoy writes in her article, The history of women...

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First Half of 2017 and a Look Forward

Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Blog, Industry Trends | Comments Off on First Half of 2017 and a Look Forward

First Half of 2017 and a Look Forward

As we head into the second half of 2017, let’s review how the year has stacked up so far.   According to the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending for the first four months of the year was $359.5 billion, 5.8 percent above the $339.7 billion for the same period in 2016. If we just look at April’s monthly construction spending, it...

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Benefits of a Heat-Welded System

Posted by on June 28, 2017 in Blog, Education, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Benefits of a Heat-Welded System

Benefits of a Heat-Welded System

As we all know, “heat-welded roofs” refer to the seams of a roofing membrane that have been fused together with the application of heat. Single-ply thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) membranes, including GenFlex’s TPO, are typically used. GenFlex EZ TPO and EZ TPO Peel & Stick™ HW are heat-welded roofing membranes made of high‑quality...

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Q1 2017 Construction Industry Performance

Posted by on April 25, 2017 in Blog, Education, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Q1 2017 Construction Industry Performance

Q1 2017 Construction Industry Performance

Employment in the construction industry for the first two months in 2017 was up over the same months in 2016, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) report. New hires in January was up 92,000, and in February they were up 22,000 over last year’s numbers. The construction industry added a total...

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2016 Commercial Roofing Review and 2017 Forecast

Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Blog, Industry Trends | Comments Off on 2016 Commercial Roofing Review and 2017 Forecast

2016 Commercial Roofing Review and 2017 Forecast

Industry Growth Eighty-eight percent of the Roofing Contractor’s 2016 Commercial Roofing Trends study respondents reported steady or positive growth in 2016! That’s great news for the commercial roofing industry. Furthermore, the U.S. Census Bureau of the Department of Commerce announced on January 3 that during the first 11 months of 2016...

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Ballasted Roofs Are Cool!

Posted by on November 8, 2016 in Blog, Education, Energy, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Ballasted Roofs Are Cool!

Ballasted Roofs Are Cool!

You may not think that a roofing system developed almost fifty years ago could be environmentally friendly. While it’s true not many people were thinking green back then, it turns out ballasted roofs are indeed eco-friendly and worth a look.   Ballasted roofs consist of thermal insulation boards (such as the GenFlex Polyiso product), EPDM...

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Heading Into Q4 2016

Posted by on September 28, 2016 in Blog, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Heading Into Q4 2016

Heading Into Q4 2016

Heading into Q4 2016, we look to see how the construction industry has performed. Let’s look at the latest numbers from the Value of Construction Put in Place Survey (VIP) by the U.S. Census Bureau, which provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S.   The current numbers are for July 2016. Total...

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Green Roof Systems

Posted by on September 21, 2016 in Blog, Energy, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Green Roof Systems

Green Roof Systems

A green roof is also referred to as a living roof or a vegetative roof. In simplest terms, it is a roof covered with living plant life. Green roof systems bring nature to the usually stark environment of a building’s rooftop. There are many reasons why more and more building owners are turning to green roof systems.   Green roofs enhance...

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LEED® v4 required beginning October of 2016

Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Blog, Industry Trends | Comments Off on LEED® v4 required beginning October of 2016

LEED® v4 required beginning October of 2016

Roofing Systems Play a Role in Achieving LEED Rating Levels   LEED was introduced in 1998, and since then it has become the coveted standard for green and sustainable buildings. Projects can receive one of four LEED-rating levels: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. LEED Version 4 (v4) raises the technical standards and broadens the scope...

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Women in Roofing

Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Blog, Industry Trends | Comments Off on Women in Roofing

Women in Roofing

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Women in the labor force: a databook, December 2015 indicates that in 2014, women accounted for only .5 percent of roofers. If you look at the statistics you might think that women are not really involved in the roofing industry, at all. However, while it is true that there may not be very many women using...

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