Editor’s Choice 2020: RC Highlights the Industry’s Latest Innovations and New Products
May 1, 2020
The sense of promise and optimism that most in and around the roofing industry felt at the start of 2020 took a severe blow as the COVID-19 crisis enveloped the globe. While roofing contractors carve a new path forward with a renewed focus, they won’t do it on their own.
Manufacturers, suppliers and other industry stakeholders are updating their own business practices while learning to navigate through and beyond these unparalleled times. Yet their focus remains on providing the products and service solutions to the day-to-day problems roofing contractors encounter while trying to help their businesses grow.
Each year, Roofing Contractor editors compare notes and highlight the new products and services that could play an important role in the roofing industry going forward with our Editor’s Choice awards. The nominees are selected from products released within the past year. Assigning value to them may be up for debate, but there’s little doubt that these are the top tools and best services the industry has to offer roofing contractors of all sizes and specialties. Here are our Editor’s Choice honorees for 2020.
Trash Rocket • Rocket Equipment
Built by roofing contractors, for roofing contractors, the Trash Rocket is engineered to help crews become and stay more productive on the jobsite. Touted as a breakthrough roof debris disposal system, it can deploy in minutes, allows more flexibility than dumpsters with no chute supports, and can double as an exit in case of an emergency.
More than just a trash chute, the Trash Rocket has a telescopic design that extends over landscaping and other decorative elements on the exterior of a home or business. It can be mounted and towed to jobsites, parked and broken down quickly for heading to the next job. Designers were also big on durability, adding a poly-lined hopper that allows for traditional roofing debris or longer, heavier materials such as sheet metal flashing.
The device is made of heavy-duty, corrosion resistant aluminum, and a powder-coated steel trailer lift mechanism. A battery-powered hydraulic lift with integrated charger will help roofers reach up to nearly 40 feet, with ample clearance.