The Single Ply Roofing Industry: Notes on the 2019 SPRA Conference and Awards Here’s a look back at the highlights of this month’s Single Ply Roofing Association Conference. The theme of the conference was ‘What’s the Risk?’ and we talked about Brexit (of course), Mental Health and Wellbeing, Fire, Standards and Training and the impact of the digital age. We won some awards and everyone learned a great deal.
The conference was the fifth SPRA has held, and to celebrate the fifth birthday, SIG Design and Technology were delighted to once again be sponsoring the social media at the conference, producing a Live Blog and tweeting throughout the day using #SPRAConference2019 and later #SPRAAwards2019.
David Smith on the Economic Situation Keynote speaker was David Smith, economics editor of the Times and Sunday Times, who provided a whistle-stop tour of the current economic situation. He was critical of Trump’s protectionist agenda which has contributed to a slowdown in the world trade..
Slate holds about a 1% foothold in the overall roofing material pie chart, maybe less. A simple goal would be to grow it to 2%. If natural slate is going to continue to be installed on exterior and interior projects, the industry is going to have to join together. This is a pivotal time for slate and this post will give backing with concrete numbers.
America’s Mentality & Europe’s Example The slate industry is not growing because America’s mindset is that of a quick buck. Pride in building, with our lack of trade schools, is at an all-time low. Building’s are not built to last. Contractor’s are asked to use cheap materials and complete projects as soon as possible. These structures over time will develop issues. This is today’s standard for far too many projects.
Consider France & Germany where slate is a primary building material on roofs and walls. Their model and their use of slate would have to be followed if the use of slate were to grow in the USA..