Connecting with other professionals and growing in any field is important. But growth doesn’t always happen organically. Oftentimes, it is up to you to find ways to make it happen. The good news for roofing pros is that there are many ways to find out the latest with your industry, starting with trade shows.
Roofing trade shows are a great way to meet other pros and learn more about the industry. They can be wonderful events that can give you new ideas for your business. Roofing trade shows happen in many locations throughout the country. Read on to see if one is happening near you!
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The Benefits of a Roofing Trade Show
Whether you’re going to a trade show as an exhibitor or a participant, one of the biggest reasons to attend is for the connections you’ll make. You can meet other like-minded contractors who are looking to learn and network within the roofing industry. These can lead to positive business connections that can help you in the future.
Another perk of attending trade shows is the seminars and information you will receive. In any industry, these shows will have the latest innovations and hottest trends on display. For roofing pros, you can learn the latest techniques in the industry as well as what homeowners may be looking for in the upcoming year. Regional shows may also have local trends on display.
Additionally, trade shows will help you find more roofing leads, especially as an exhibitor. People will be looking to connect and get to know how the businesses in attendance can help them. Be sure to have your short sales pitch ready and business cards on hand!
International Roofing Expo
The most renowned trade show in the roofing industry is the International Roofing Expo. They most recently celebrated their largest show yet, with attendants meeting from all over the world in Dallas, Texas. This show had the latest technologies in roofing for both commercial and residential roofing pros. Sponsored by the National Roofing Contractors Association, this is the leading show to attend. Additionally, they include a day for attendees to participate in a community service day, where they are able to exercise their skills for the benefit of residents in the host city.
The 2021 IRE show will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more visit the IRE website.
IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show
In 2019, the Roof Consultants Institute (RCI) underwent a name change, becoming the International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants. While not solely just for roofing pros, attendees can collaborate with other pros at the IIBEC International Convention and Trade Show. For those apart of this trade organization, you can sign up to receive 25 hours of instructional time at this yearly convention. They’ll discuss the latest in roofing, waterproofing, and exterior walls, as well as best practices for your business.
The next IBEC will be held virtually from June 12, 2020 to June 14, 2020. Visit their website for more information.
State-Based Roofing Trade Shows
Trends can vary by state, so if you can’t make it to one of the bigger shows, going to a state roofing trade show can be just as valuable. State shows may provide valuable information on new regulations or how the local weather conditions can impact your work. Often, these are associated with trade organizations. Here are a few popular state trade shows for roofing:
- Oklahoma Roofing Contractors Association Expo
- Colorado Roofing Association Trade Show
- Carolinas Mid-Winter Roofing Expo
- Florida Roofing And Sheet Metal Expo
- Roofing Contractors Association Of Texas Expo
- Montana Roofing Contractors Association Expo
Region-Based Trade Shows
Similarly, there are region-based roofing trade shows that brings together a larger group, but will allow you to make connections with those located in your region. You’ll likely have a better chance of connecting with local roofing pros in your area who you may be able to reach out to later. Here are the regional roofing trade shows you can consider attending:
- Western Roofing Expo
- North East Roofing Contractors Association Convention
- Midwest Roofing Contractors Association Conference
Roofing Trade Organizations
As you look through these lists of expos and conventions, you may notice that they are connected with roofing trade organizations. Trade organizations and associations carry the benefits of the show you attended all year long. Many offer educational opportunities throughout the year through seminars and white papers. They also offer certifications and support for your business.
If you’ve never been to a roofing trade show, now might be the time to attend. Though there is a financial and time sacrifice, value can be found in the education you’ll receive and the connections you will make. See if there is an expo happening near you and plan to attend!
You should consider brushing up on your networking skills before you go. Read 8 Networking Tips For Contractors to help prepare.