QARC winners display roofing projects’ beauty, affordability and reliability

The winners of this year’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study (QARC) Awards Program include a building that houses a federal agency that monitors marine life and climate, an insurance company that wanted to add a vegetated roof and an upscale home in a bucolic residential community prone to frequent rainfall.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is proud to announce the winners of its 3rd annual (QARC) awards program.  Industry judges awarded the top three prizes to one residential and two commercial projects for their roofing design, craftsmanship and versatility.

QARC is designed to recognize architects, contractors and specifiers who use asphaltic roofing materials on low-slope and steep-slope building projects for its beauty, affordability and reliability.  The competition drew a mix of residential and commercial roofing projects from all over the United States. The 2013 award recipients are:


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Building in La Jolla
La Jolla, CA
Company: Protech Roofing Service
Project description: Built-Up Roofing system provides redundancy and long-term performance, accommodates more than 800 stand-up solar panels and meets stringent requirements dictated by CA Title 24


Mill Creek Community Association (MCCA) Residence
Mill Creek, WA
Company: Chris Howard Roofing, LLC
Project description: The heavy weight asphalt shingle used for this home offers a long life expectancy and requires little to no maintenance


American Life & Insurance Company
Louisville, KY
Company: American Roofing & Metal Co., Inc. (AR&M)
Project description: An SBS Modified Roof provided the building’s vegetative system a watertight, durable and long-lasting option

Honorable Mentions

Brent Gibson Classic Home Design
Edmond, OK
J&L Construction & Remodeling, L.L.C

Saint Petersburg College
Clearwater, FL
McEnany Roofing and Contracting, Inc.

Casa Del Sol Townhomes Santa Rosa, CA
Creative Roofing of Northern California

Each year, the QARC awards program has revealed some of the most exceptional asphaltic roofing projects built in North America.

“It’s exciting to see roofing professionals working with asphalt systems in new and innovative ways,” said ARMA’s Executive Vice President, Reed Hitchcock. “The design trends and installation techniques being introduced for both the residential and commercial markets are what continues to make asphalt roofing systems the preferred choice for architects, contractors and specifiers.”

The top three winners receive a check from ARMA in the amounts of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 and will have their roofing projects featured on the QARC website.

All of the projects showcased either how they highlighted the durability, performance and adaptability of asphalt low-slope systems for commercial buildings or how different asphalt shingle textures, styles and colors can transform a home. Unique aesthetics, energy efficiency, durability and safety were important factors in the judging criteria.

ARMA is now accepting submissions for the 2014 awards campaign.  For more information about the QARC program or if you would like to submit a project, please visit

About ARMA:

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is the North American trade association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of bituminous-based residential and commercial fiberglass roofing products, roll roofing, built-up (BUR) roofing systems and modified bitumen roofing systems. For more information, please visit