Why Prices Are Rising On Metal Roofing Products

In June 2015, several steel producers in the United States filed anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions with the International Trade Commission, against several foreign manufacturers of corrosion-resistant steel products including galvanized, galvalume, and painted steel coils. This is the steel from which metal roofing panels, roof vents, and trims and flashings are produced.

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently determined that imported steel from several foreign steel manufacturers was illegally dumped in the United States, and that some foreign governments were also subsidizing steel manufacturing allowing foreign steel to be sold in the United States at unfairly low prices.

As a result, anti-dumping and countervailing duties have been imposed on the foreign steel producers, as high as 451% for China. These actions caused rapid price increases of corrosion-resistant steel products in the United States, as well as shortages and extended lead times.

The bottom line for our industry is a significant increase in the cost of all metal products used in roofing, including metal roofing panels, ventilation products, and steel trims and flashings. At this time additional increases on all metal roofing products are expected in the 3rd quarter as the imposed AD/CVD duties take effect and steel shortages continue.

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Employers Beware: Federal Budget Act Dramatically Increases OSHA Fines

Compliance Violation Two Way Street Signs Direction Follow Rules

On November 2, 2015, President Obama signed the Bipartisan Budget Act into law. Tucked away into the act was a provision that will have significant repercussions for roofing contractors. This comes on the heels of a dramatic increase under the current administration in the number of OSHA inspections – and, as a result, citations – issued to roofers. [Read more…]

Another Successful Year for the SEBC/FRSA Conferences

sebc1Thanks to all who stopped to visit with us during the SEBC/FRSA conferences! This year, Chelsea Welsh, Corporate Marketing Manager for SEMCO/DOT Metals, was asked to teach several classes on social and digital media, including how to utilize Facebook for business, and advanced SEO and Google Analytics.  The classes were well-attended and we got some great feedback. During the conference, Chelsea was also honored with the Bieler Award of Enthusiasm, a very prestigious award given to one person each year from the Association.

Southeastern Building Conference (SEBC)

The 2015 Southeastern Building Conference (SEBC) was held July 16-18 in the West Building of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. [Read more…]

Updates to Florida Building Code Now in Effect

1401467101000-hurricane-27After Hurricane Andrew pummeled South Florida in 1992, one positive development that came from the widespread destruction was the development of a statewide building code and tougher inspections to stop the kind of inferior construction that can’t stand up in the face of hurricane winds. The Florida Building Code, adopted statewide in 2002, replaced a hodgepodge of building codes and regulations that were enforced by more than 400 local municipalities and state agencies. [Read more…]

Learn with SE Metals at the 2015 SEBC & FRSA Conferences

SEBC logoSoutheastern Metals™ looks forward to seeing many old and new friends from July 16-18 at the 2015 Southeastern Building Conference (SEBC) and the 2015 Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo (FRSA). You’ll find us at Booths 614 and 616 at SEBC, and Booths 401, 403, 500 & 502 at FRSA. Stop by our booths for updates on innovative new products, plus great giveaways! [Read more…]

Join us for the 2013 FRSA, booths 401, 403, 500, 502!

Please join us at the 2013 FRSA in Orlando Florida July 19-20, 2013. This year the FRSA will be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek Convention Center. Stop by our booth to see some great new products and pick up information on whats in store for SEMCO. You can find us in booths 401,403,500,502.

See you there!