At trade shows, it seems everyone leads off with the same question: “What’s new?” New products are introduced to the world of roofing in a variety of ways, and new product announcements are often timed to coincide with the big trade shows, including METALCON, the International Builders Show (IBS) and the International Roofing Expo (IRE).
A tough economy often means that R & D dollars are harder to wring out of the budget. However, there are still innovations to be found at the roofing industry trade shows, including the International Roofing Expo (IRE), held this February in New Orleans.
The late fall and winter mark the season when the roofing and construction worlds are introduced to all manners of new materials, systems, accessories and equipment. The editors of Roofing Contractor like to follow up by sharing some of the items with which we have been most impressed.
New Year’s celebrations are always closely followed by the tradeshow season in the construction and roofing industry. It is that time of year when the vagaries of winter weather slow or stop most of the productive work in our business so contractors can devote some attention to new products and trends. Most manufacturers of building and roofing products and equipment take this opportunity to announce and show their new offerings during the winter tradeshows.
Manufacturers often take advantage of the spotlight at the major trade shows during the winter to launch their new products, so our editors are always on the lookout for groundbreaking products at industry events, including the International Builders' Show and the International Roofing Expo. The unique, innovative, better, stronger and faster products on display receive notice in our annual Editor's Choice coverage. The following products and services were judged as this year's standouts by our editorial staff.