A Brief Overview of Roofing Industry Studies Funded by the Roofing Alliance Part 1

Leaders in the roofing industry understand the importance of roofing industry studies. Roofing industry studies seek answers to pressing questions like:

  • Which new building practices can be adopted to help the roofing industry improve sustainability?
  • What strategies can be employed to increase worker safety?
  • How can the industry utilize new technology to boost productivity?
  • What does the future of the roofing industry look like?

The Roofing Alliance, the Foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), funds national research studies focusing on a range of initiatives including productivity, safety, and employee satisfaction in the roofing industry. The Roofing Alliance has completed an array of roofing industry studies since its inception in 1996 within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF). In this two-part article, we will discuss the Roofing Alliance’s ongoing legacy of contributions to important studies aimed at improving the roofing industry.

Gallup Study on Worker Satisfaction in the Roofing Industry

In 1997, the Roofing Alliance contributed to a Gallup study that measured worker satisfaction in the roofing industry. The study documented the level of motivation of new, established, and retiring workers. This study resulted in the publication of Employee Satisfaction in the Roofing Industry: Quantitative Results.

Ergonomics Study — Industry Benchmarks

The Roofing Alliance funded a 2003 study covering the ideal practices that roofing professionals can employ to reduce the chance of experiencing injuries related to repetitive stress and strain. The study focused on educating workers, redesigning work methodologies, and refining tools and equipment to lessen the negative effects on worker health. Upon completion of this study, Identification and Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders in the Roofing Industry was published.

Future Trends Study

This study focused on technological innovation in the roofing industry related to information, materials, and communication. The goal of this 2005 study was to provide a blueprint for the next 20 years of roofing industry innovation, which was then published in The Roofing Industry in 2025. 

Contractor Liability Insurance Cost and Coverage Study

The Roofing Alliance provided funding for a study that focused on strategies for combating the exorbitant cost of contractor liability insurance in 2005. In addition, this study examined contractors’ struggles to obtain liability insurance. By doing so, the study was able to show how a lack of quality insurance resulted in negative economic impacts for the public.

For more information about roofing industry studies funded by the Roofing Alliance, read part two.

To learn more about roofing studies, programs, and initiatives funded by the Roofing Alliance, including both active projects and completed projects, please visit the Roofing Alliance’s website.