Frequently Asked Questions

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ARMA FAQs

What is ARMA?

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is the North American trade association that represents the majority of the asphalt roofing industry’s manufacturing companies and their raw material suppliers. Together these companies produce a variety of bituminous-based residential and commercial roofing systems, including asphalt shingles, roll roofing, built-up roofing systems and modified bitumen-roofing systems.

What is ARMA’s mission?

 

ARMA is committed to serving the asphalt-roofing industry and its consumers. Its mission is:

  • To facilitate the dissemination of the latest general and technical information on roofing materials, practices and issues

  • To facilitate and sponsor research to encourage the improvement of product performance

  • To serve as the industry’s voice in contributing technical data and information to building and code officials, regulatory agencies and allied trade groups

  • To promote and further the sale and use of bituminous-based roofing products

  • To defend and protect the asphalt roofing industry from actions that may restrict the sale of certain bituminous-based roofing products

  • To provide a forum to coordinate activities that would benefit from group attention

  • To provide liaison with others having an influence on the industry (i.e., other associations, building code agencies, etc.)

  • To present collective positions on issues of concern

  • To maintain a strong and active membership

Who are the Regular Members of ARMA?

 

ARMA Regular Members are manufacturers of asphalt shingles, built-up roofing materials, modified bitumen roofing systems, or allied products:

ARMA Low-Slope Member Companies

ARMA Steep-Slope Member Companies

Who are Associate Members of ARMA?

ARMA Associate Members are suppliers of major components, equipment or services used in the manufacture or installation of asphalt roofing products.

Click here for a list of ARMA Associate Members

What are ARMA’s standing Committees and Task Forces? What do they do?

 

ARMA operates through a structure of strong committees with participation by a broad representation of Regular and Associate Members:

  • Built-up Roofing/Modified Bitumen Committee 
    Assist ARMA staff in the compilation and dissemination of pertinent information through the use of technical bulletins, manuals/guides, trade press and internal/external newsletters to maintain and enhance the sale of, and to promote the proper use of bituminous-based residential, built-up, and modified bitumen roofing products.

    Maintain liaison with related trade groups, the government, code bodies, consumer groups and the public in order to develop greater mutual understanding and relations as well as programs to promote bituminous-based residential, built-up, and modified bitumen roofing products. 

    Foster the development and planning of research and testing programs to improve product and roofing system performance.

    Investigate product performance efforts of other manufacturing associations to assist in determining the best approach to performance evaluation for ARMA. 

    Monitor and analyze the ARMA Shipment Report (Category C – modified bitumen) for potential revisions and improvements and to determine the methods in which the report can be better utilized for the benefit of the ARMA membership.

  • Residential Roofing/Research Committee 
    Assist ARMA staff in the compilation and dissemination of pertinent information through the use of technical bulletins, manuals/guides, trade press and internal/external newsletters to maintain and enhance the sale of, and to promote the proper use of bituminous-based residential, built-up, and modified bitumen roofing products.

    Maintain liaison with related trade groups, the government, code bodies consumer groups and the public in order to develop greater mutual understanding and relations as well as programs to promote bituminous-based residential roofing products.

    Identify potential residential research needs for the industry and Conduct Board approved product system performance research and investigate approaches to promulgate consensus standards.

    Establish liaison with other testing and standards developing organizations i.e., Underwriters Laboratories, ASTM, Factory Mutual. 

    Monitor and analyze the ARMA Shipment Report (Category A - shingles) for potential revisions and improvements and to determine the methods in which the report can be better utilized for the benefit of the ARMA membership.

  • Industry Affairs Committee 
    Monitor and report on issues relating to the manufacture of asphalt roofing products.

    Compile and disseminate in-plant safety and health information; provide information and alert bulletins related to safety and health regulatory issues; investigate other manufacturing association safety and health programs.

    Assign and share company non-proprietary process TQM programs through presentations, annual surveys and experiences from other manufacturing associations.

    Provide information to members and others regarding ARMA's involvement in recycling and waste minimization efforts. 

    Recommend to the Board of Directors annual issue priorities and an Association action plan. 

    Prepare analysis of other Association's monitoring and staffing efforts regarding regulatory surveillance.

    Develop financial proposals for issues management.

  • Communications Committee 
    Define and establish the mechanism with which to articulate the technical and economic advantages of asphalt based roofing. 

    Design trade and consumer promotional/educational programs to assist users in assessing the value of asphalt-based roofing.

    Oversee the procedures/controls for the Quarterly Shipment Report. 

    Compile and analyze product market information to compare with asphalt-based roofing data.

    Assist ARMA staff in creating positive information on product and system performance.

    Prepare and distribute public affairs information on issues impacting on ARMA members, product suppliers and users.

  • Codes Task Force 
    Monitor various code organizations, including ICBO, BOCA, SBCCI, CABO, as well as international groups for code development activities. 

    Identify codes priorities of interest and relevance to ARMA member companies, and the bituminous roofing industry.

    Liaison with other groups having related interests. To negotiate, recommend and propose specific codes actions.

How do I contact ARMA?

ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association)
750 National Press Building
529 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20045 
tel: (202) 591-2450; fax: 202 / 591-2445 
info@asphaltroofing.org