Are you aware that there is an organization dedicated to slate roofing contractors?   The SRCA is a non-profit organization that aims to promote slate roofing as a trade.  This year is the 10 year anniversary of the group and a conference is being held at Joe Jenkins place in Grove City, Pa on the dates Sept 24th – 27th.  If you are a member and haven’t signed up, or aren’t yet a member, let me give some key reasons on what to expect.  For the full pallet of information, visit the SRCA site.

      1. Liam Tower - Slate Bear

        Liam Tower completing this bear of slate during the 3 day conference in 2013.

        First and foremost, it’s fun.   The mornings are spent learning about decorative slate patterns, proper slating on valleys, hips, and ridges, soldering, and slate mistakes to avoid.  After the educational aspect, the group gets together in the evening and eats dinner and relaxes with a few drinks.

      2. Contacts.  Contacts.  Contacts. It’s necessary to be in tune with the industry and expand your network with people who you may buy slate from, people to learn techniques from, and people to share your passion with slate roofing.  You just don’t know what you will learn until you participate with like minded people who are the leaders of an industry.
      3. With the latest effort at preparing a training course for slate roofers, the organization’s aim is to develop more roofers who can be proficient in slate.  If you are looking to hone your skills or just want to expand into slate, this is a great place to start.  Here is a video of the slate training course 101.

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SRCA Training Course 101

It’s easy to get caught up into thinking that you are joining an organization of people who you are competing against but this will only hold back the growth of slate roofing.  Slate roofs make up <1% of the roofs installed and unless people make an effort to grow this number, it will remain.  The more people who are qualified to install and repair roofs, the better chance that next slate roof won’t be removed and scrapped and replaced with asphalt shingles or fake slate.

If you are a slate roofer, or a roofing contractor who wants to expand into slate, this is the organization for you to join.  This link will bring you the to the website invitation and here is the membership application.  This is truly a unique and close group whose top priority is growing slate as a roofing trade.