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Don’t miss these building clinics at IRE

IRE Building Clinics 2024
February 1, 2024 at 3:00 p.m.

By Lauren White. 

Building clinics are your chance to see live demos from industry experts about metal roofing, exteriors, single-ply roofing and more! 

We are just days away from the International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2024! As you’re planning your time on the tradeshow floor, make sure you schedule time to attend some building clinics! These interactive demonstrations are not only engaging but are presented by industry experts in their specific field. Referred interchangeably as live building clinics or workshops, these sessions delve into diverse topics such as exteriors, metal shingle installation, standing seam, flashing, window installation and more. And the best part? Access to all these clinics is included with your Expo Pass! 

Metal roofing 

As the popularity of metal roofing continues to grow, it becomes increasingly important for contractors to understand the factors that impact material selection, panel formation and correct installation techniques to enhance contractor efficiency and ensure higher satisfaction for building owners. 

Throughout IRE, speakers from the Metal Construction Association (MCA) and Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) delve into topics such as selecting the appropriate material for specific tasks, presenting industry-approved practices for installing metal shingles and standing seam panels, and showcasing proper on-site rollforming techniques. 

 Tuesday, February 6 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Prefinished Metal Shingle Installation | Presenters: Philippe LaPlante 
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Standing Seam Installation | Presenters: David Stubbs and Jason Ayres and Andy Lesmeister 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Retrofit with Metal Systems | Presenters: DJ Highnote of Roof Hugger, Charlie Smith of McElroy Metal and Ray Davis 

Wednesday, February 7 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Standing Seam Installation | Presenters: David Stubbs and Jason Ayres and Andy Lesmeister 
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Rollforming | Presenters: Tom Laird and Nate Roston 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. |Stone Coated Metal Shingle Installation | Presenters: Robin Anderson of Westlake Royal Roofing Solutions 

Thursday, February 8 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Retrofit with Metal Systems | Presenters: DJ Highnote and Charlie Smith and Ray Davis 

Exteriors 

Mike Sloggatt, a nationally recognized subject matter expert, will lead eight presentations throughout IRE about best practices for installing various weather barriers and flashing prior to the exterior cladding, in addition to reviewing proper flashing details when replacing windows. If you’re wanting to expand your business and offer exterior work as an option to your clients, be sure to stop by one of these workshops! 

Tuesday, February 6 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Wrap it Right! 
  • 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Window Installation - Best Practices 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Roof and Wall Intersections: Preventing Callbacks 

Wednesday, February 7 

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Pre-Hung Exterior Door Installation 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Basic Vinyl, Insulated Vinyl and Polymeric Siding Installation Best Practices, Specialty Products and Tools of the Trade (Presenter: Rob Balfanz) 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Roofing Underlayment - Best Practices 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. | Window Installation - Stucco Exterior 

Thursday, February 8 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Pre-Hung Exterior Door Installation 
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. | Window Installation - Best Practices 

Roof flashing 

Join Tony Blue for expert insights about common shingle and flashing errors and effective solutions for addressing roof-related problem areas. Whether you’re installing or overseeing roof flashing projects, attendees of these clinics will gain the knowledge to recognize and tackle common problem areas prior to installation, acquire a fundamental grasp of the rising popularity of standing seam and understand the paramount importance of accurate flashing.  

Tuesday, February 6 

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Asphalt Shingles: Quality Control and Production Tips 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Standing Seam Basics 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Flashing a Chimney for No Call Backs 

Wednesday, February 7 

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Standing Seam and Flashing Techniques 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Shingle Around a Dormer: Address Problem Areas 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Asphalt Shingles:  Unique Conditions 

Thursday, February 8 

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Asphalt Shingles: Quality Control and Production Tips 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Managing a Standing Seam Job: Install Concerns, Estimating and Ordering 

Single-ply roofing 

Mike Deale and Mike Nemeth will demonstrate the essential steps and techniques for installing single-ply roofing. During these building clinics, they will highlight the importance of maintaining optimal adhesive temperatures, procedures for cleaning and priming surfaces before applying adhesives, discuss innovative solutions and more. Throughout the demonstrations, they will explore various labor-saving applications, low VOC options and introduce new tools and technology available to help roofing contractors streamline the installation process.  

Tuesday, February 6 

  • 12:00 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. | Cold Weather Applications – Single Ply Roofing 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Low VOC and No VOC Single-Ply Roofing Applications 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. | Labor Savings and Innovations in Single-Ply Roofing 

Wednesday, February 7 

  • 11:30 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. | Single-Ply Terminations and Details 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. | Labor Savings and Innovations in Single-Ply Roofing 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Quick Applied EPDM Membrane for Single-Ply Roofing 

Thursday, February 8 

  • 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Cold Weather Applications – Single Ply Roofing 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Single-Ply Terminations and Roof Details

Learn more about IRE - International Roofing Expo in their Coffee Shop Directory or visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

About Lauren

Lauren is the editor for RoofersCoffeeShop®, MetalCoffeeShop™ and AskARoofer™. When she’s not writing or reading articles, she's adventuring with her puppy Kira and trying new recipes. 



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