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3 Ways to Keep Up With the Newest Building Materials

November 20, 2018

Contractors at a trade show eventThe construction industry is always changing, and it can be challenging to keep up with the latest innovations. Whether products are becoming more durable, cheaper, more environmentally friendly or are incorporating new features and technologies, it’s important to know what the newest building materials are. In such a competitive industry, you need to stay on top of what’s out there in order to win more bids and set yourself apart from the competition. Plus, your customers will appreciate that you can offer them the latest products to meet their building needs.

Here are three resources that can help keep you in the know on the newest building materials and technologies:

1. Professional Organizations

Not only do professional organizations frequently post information on their websites and share it in newsletters, many also host conferences and trade shows, including the International Roofing Expo and the International Builders Show, where you can get a firsthand look at the newest building materials and technologies available. Professional organizations can be national, such as Associated Builders and Contractors and the National Roofing Contractors Association, or regional like the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association. National organizations bring a variety of perspectives from across the country, while regional organizations are useful for getting information specific to your area. Regardless, they’re both great resources for product updates.

2. Training Sessions and Educational Events

Ongoing training sessions are a great way to ensure you’re staying up-to-date on what’s happening in the industry. Many ABC Supply locations offer ongoing trainings in conjunction with manufacturers, so you’re getting information on building materials and technologies straight from the source. They’ll provide information on all the products’ features and tips on how to use or install them. These sessions are a great opportunity to learn about new products in a hands-on way. Check with your local ABC Supply location to see if it’s hosting any upcoming training events.

3. ABC Supply AssociatesABC Supply associate helping a customer

You don’t have to attend a formal training session to get insights on new building materials and technologies from your local ABC Supply location. Our associates are knowledgeable and ready to help, whether you want to know more about a product update or are wondering about the latest trends in roofing or siding.

We provide ongoing training for our associates to ensure that they have the expertise to provide our contractor customers with the information and techniques they need to get their jobs done and remain competitive. Our associates get to know your company and the industry so well that they’re like an extension of your team.

And of course, you can always check out our blog for even more product tips, like what you should know about the growing gutter market or windows trends that are on the rise.