International Roofing Expo and National Frame Building Expo Recap

February 27, 2018

The MRA continues to focus on growing the perception and use of metal roofing within the roofing and home building industries. By having a presence at trade shows throughout the year the MRA is able to connect with installers, suppliers, manufacturers and business owners to discuss the benefits of metal roofing in their line of work. In February the MRA attended two shows with the goal of creating and nurturing relationships with these key industry members: the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in New Orleans; and the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) Frame Building Expo in Columbus, Ohio. Below is a recap of the MRA's experience at each show.

International Roofing Expo (IRE) – February 6-8

IRE is designed for commercial and residential roofing contractors, builders, remodelers, building owners, facility managers, estimators, specifiers, architects and engineers of any level. The IRE gave the MRA the opportunity to bring on new contractors as members while answering questions and engaging with contractors who attended the show, including current members, Fabral Metal, McElroy Metal, Boral Metal, and Dupont. Pictures from the show are posted below.

Fabral Metal at IRE

Fabral Metal displaying beautiful copper

Boral Metal at IRE

Boral Metal showing how their steel stone coated roofing stays much cooler

McElroy Metal at IRE

McElroy Metal demonstrating their system that can be installed over asphalt

Dupont at IRE

Dupont showing their Protec 200 roofing underlayment, with a 50 year warranty. This unique pattern allows for better traction and grip while walking on the roof among other great features.

NFBA Frame Building Expo – February 14-16

NFBA is a non-profit trade association that promotes the interests of the post-frame construction industry and its members. It's annual Frame Building Expo is touted as the premier event for post-frame professionals.

At the event, the MRA was able to take advantage of talking with frame builders moving into residential construction and more specifically residential metal roofing. The MRA answered questions, introduced members, onboarded new members and captured three seminars that will soon be available on the MRA University for member contractors:

Other MRA member companies were also at the expo, including Fabral, AkzoNobel, Isaiah Industries, Dura Coat Products, Decra Roofing Systems, Steel Dynamics, Inc, Boral Metal, McElroy Metal, Valspar, and Precoat Metals.

Seminar at NFBA

The residential metal roofing seminar during the Frame Building Expo in Columbus, OH - a behind the scenes recording that will soon be available at our MRA University.


MRA set up at the National Frame Builders Expo.

Fabral at NFBA

The Fabral booth at the NFBA expo.

Akzonobel at NFBA

AkzoNobel showcasing their Ceram-A-Star Frost & Ceram-A-Star Ice paint systems.

Isaiah Industries at NFBA

Isaiah Industries showcasing stamped panel in beautiful colors.

Duracoat at NFBA

Duracoat Products booth and crew at the NFBA expo.

Decra at NFBA

Decra booth set up at the NFBA expo.


SDI booth and display set up at the NFBA expo .

McElroy at NFBA

McElroy set up at the NFBA expo .

Precoat Metals at NFBA

SDI booth and display set up at the NFBA expo .

Boral at NFBA

Boral display set up at the NFBA expo .

Valspar at NFBA

Valspar's Crinkle Finish display set up at the NFBA expo .

These shows are held annually and allow the MRA to build on relationships with key industry members. The 2019 installment of IRE will be held in Nashville, TN February 11-13, while next year's Frame Building Expo will be March 6-8 in Louisville, KY.

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