SOURCE: Jay Carter Roofing

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September 06, 2017 16:32 ET

Popularity of Metal Roofing and Cladding Grows as Number of Skilled Installers Dwindles

As metal roofing and cladding are gaining in popularity, the current shortage of trained installers has become a problem in the roofing industry and will continue unless contractors start to invest in worker training and upgrading to make it viable long-term career, according to Newmarket roofing contractor Jay Carter

NEWMARKET, ON--(Marketwired - September 06, 2017) - The use of metal roofing and cladding materials for new roof construction and re-roofing projects have been gaining in popularity across the United States and Canada over the last few years. The trend towards metal roofs comes as no surprise to Jay Carter, of Jay Carter Roofing & Sheet Metal (, a full-service roofing company in the Greater Toronto Area. "Homeowners are beginning to realize that installing a metal roof makes a lot of sense. While its initial cost is more expensive than a traditional asphalt roof, this type of roof is much more cost-efficient over the long-term. A metal roof lasts several times longer than an asphalt roof and requires little or no maintenance. As well as being hard-wearing and the longest lasting type of roof on the market today, it is eco-friendly; good for both the environment and the wallet as it reduces energy consumption. We have recently installed metal roofs and cladding on several large projects. The installations include the Angus Glen Golf Course Clubhouse (Vic West Prestige Roofing), the Clarkson Waste Water Treatment Plant (Vic West 7/9 corrugated steel cladding and flat roof), and the new Huronia Transition Homes Operation Grow Building (Vic West 740 panel). Although we are fortunate to have a team of experienced installers on staff, the roofing industry as a whole is experiencing a shortage of skilled roofers," reports Carter.

The installation of roofing is highly labour intensive, and the current shortage of skilled installers is a problem for the North American roofing industry. The trend toward higher-end architectural and construction products, like metal roofs, makes the labor shortage an even bigger problem. The dearth of trained installers is primarily due to older workers leaving the business and not enough young people attracted to working in the skilled trades to replace them. As the number of experienced roofers leaving the industry grows, it will become even harder to find good roofers with experience installing metal roofs, unless more workers can be brought into the industry and trained. "As metal continues to gain market share, the need for new workers dedicated to metal roofing and cladding grows. It's up to contractors to hire motivated workers who want a career, and not just a job, and then training them, so they have the skills they need to excel. Roofing contractors can also take advantage of manufacturer's training programs. These programs are offered to assist contractors in training their crew on the installation of metal and are very worthwhile. Giving your employees the skills they need to succeed helps everyone," says Carter.

About Jay Carter Roofing & Sheet Metal: A Newmarket-based, full-service contracting company that has provided professional residential and commercial roofing services for more ten years, Jay Carter Roofing has grown to become one of the most respected roofing companies in the GTA. No Ontario roofing company is more qualified to repair, replace or add to your roof than Jay Carter Roofing. Their extensive experience completing complex residential and commercial projects sets the standard by which other companies are judged. With a staff of 35 professionals, from skilled project managers to courteous and motivated installers, every Jay Carter Roofing employee is highly-trained and motivated to do the job right. Licensed, bonded and fully insured, Jay Carter Roofing & Sheet Metal stands behind each project it undertakes, providing customer service and warranty programs that are among the best in the industry. To learn more about Jay Carter Roofing & Sheet Metal and the latest in roofing products and technology, visit, or call 877-490-3400.

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  • Contact Information:
    Jay Carter, Owner
    Jay Carter Roofing & Sheet Metal
    23405 Lakeridge Road
    Cannington, ON L0E 1E0
    Phone: 877-490-3400