As a roofing contractor, your day-to-day work life keeps you busy. It can seem difficult to take any time away from these pressing tasks. But it’s important to find the time to learn more about trends in the industry, connect with other roofers, and explore new solutions and products. Attending a roofing trade show or conference is a great way to stay informed and meet other industry professionals.
There are dozens of conferences all around the United States that are targeted towards the interests and concerns of roofers. If one of your goals in 2020 is to grow your understanding of the roofing industry or talk with like-minded roofers about their challenges, consider finding a show or conference in your area to attend.
At AccuLynx, we attend many trade shows and hear from the contractors that use us about the benefits of attendance. Here are just a few of the shows in 2020 that your team might consider attending:
Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA) Roofing Week in Chicago
Date: January 15-17, 2020
Location: Chicago, IL
Will AccuLynx attend?: Yes (Booth #24)
CRCA’s Roofing Week in Chicago is a chance for Midwest roofers to gather and learn more about technology, product enhancements, and service offerings. There’s a special focus on safety at this conference, with several seminars on minimizing risk to your crews and managing technical issues. On the trade show floor, you’ll be able to view the latest product offerings, from waterproofing to shingles to skylights, as well as measurement and management technology solutions. If you have staff who are new to the industry, you might want to bring them along—a mentoring workshop will be offered to help emerging leaders build connections. You’ll also be able to take advantage of a marketing presentation offered by Chicagoland Women in Roofing.
International Roofing Expo
Date: February 4-6, 2020
Location: Dallas, TX
Will AccuLynx attend?: Yes (Booth #6125)
The International Roofing Expo, or IRE, is the industry’s largest event, with over 14,000 roofing professionals expected to attend. At such a large event, there’s a wide variety of activities to choose from. You could attend a seminar on sales, new products, or employee training. You could stroll the expo and view demonstrations of the latest in roofing technology from over 500 brands. You could participate in one of the special events, like National Women in Roofing Education Day or Community Service Day. Whatever you choose, IRE has a way for you to connect with thousands of like-minded professionals, stay up to speed on the latest in roofing trends, and find solutions to pressing issues in your work. Even if you’re not near Dallas, IRE can be a great investment for your business.
Win the Storm
Date: February 20-22, 2020
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Will AccuLynx attend?: Yes (Booth #706)
Are you a roofing contractor in the insurance restoration industry? Then Win the Storm, hosted by the Storm Ventures Group is the conference for you. Led by professionals with years of experience in insurance restoration, Win the Storm brings together industry entrepreneurs, regulators, and vendors in one place. Training seminars on sales techniques and business growth are offered to equip roofing contractors with new techniques. Roofers can network with others in insurance restoration, including public adjusters and legal experts. At the trade expo, you’ll find vendors who specialize in all aspects of insurance restoration. Win the Storm is designed to help insurance restoration contractors advance their business and learn more about the unique challenges of storm work.
North East Roofing Contractors Association Conference & Trade Show
Date: March 17-19, 2020
Location: Atlantic City, NJ
Roofing contractors in the Northeast can connect with colleagues at the North East Roofing Contractors Association (NERCA) Conference & Trade Show. As the biggest association for roofers in New England and the Mid-Atlantic, this show offers an opportunity for growing your network in your area. The trade show showcases the latest in products and services for your roofing business, and the conference offers a series of educational seminars. NERCA has a particular focus on local regulations and safety issues, so if you’re looking to learn more about the way these things impact your business, this conference might be a good fit.
Western States Roofing Expo
Date: June 7-9, 2020
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Will AccuLynx attend?: Yes (Booth #809)
The Western States Roofing Expo is specifically targeted to the challenges and needs of roofing contractors in the western United States. At the expo, you can find many companies exhibiting their latest products, as well as demonstrations of new technology. Western States offers an extensive schedule of seminars to help educate roofers on industry trends and issues. One of the unique events at the expo is “The Roofing Games”, where teams of roofers compete in a roofing installation challenge. Attendees also have many chances to network through happy hours and golf outings.
Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Expo
Date: July 16-17, 2020
Location: Kissimmee, FL
Will AccuLynx attend?: Yes (Booth #922)
The Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Expo is the yearly trade show of the Florida State Roofers Association (FRSA). Nearly 4,000 industry professionals and contractors attended in 2019, with over 220 exhibitors on the trade show floor. The expo highlights the latest trends and products in roofing and sheet metal. In conjunction with the expo, FRSA hosts its annual convention, featuring speakers and seminars on a variety of roofing topics. FRSA also awards members’ outstanding roofing projects at the Spotlight Trophy for Advancing Roofing (STAR) dinner.
Roofing Contractors Association of Texas (RCAT) Texas Roofing Conference
Date: September 9-11, 2020
Location: San Antonio, TX
Will AccuLynx Attend?: Yes
The Texas Roofing Conference, an annual event from RCAT, is the largest roofing show in Texas. You’ll be able to meet many other contractors and connect with professionals in the Texas market. The conference also offers many chances to attend educational seminars on a variety of cutting-edge roofing topics. While you’re there, check out the trade show floor, where the latest in roofing technology and value-added services will be on display. And if you’re looking for more opportunities to network, RCAT hosts a golf tournament to offer roofers a chance to get to know each other.
These are just a few of the many trade shows, expos and conferences that will take place in 2020. Taking some time out of your ordinary workday to attend one could give you valuable industry connections, educate you on trends and materials, and provide you with a chance to advance your roofing skills. When you’re making plans for 2020, consider adding a trade show or conference to those plans.