Striping is a service that most of our members offer, even if it's in addition to other services, and in this economy, striping is a great service to offer. Even if other items are left off of the maintenance budget striping is something that always has to be done especially for ADA compliance and last year's rule changes in the ADA.
Of course, we have a lot of members who offer striping as their primary service and being an NPCA member lets the property owner or manager know that they are getting the best quality work from a professional, insured contractor.
The 2011 numbers for searches for NPCA contractors are looking much better than 2010. Last year was the first year that we have not seen a substantial growth in the number of searches in 11 years. However, 2011 is starting off at a much faster pace, which lets us know property owners and managers are already looking for budget numbers, or in warmer climates, people to do their work. And that's why having the NPCA membership logo and being able to refer your customers to our sites and standards is one of the best marketing tools you can have going for you. We still have special first-year dues rates for any contractor in any location; and of course we also will have continual lower dues rates for contractors and areas where we do not have members or do not have enough. If you want to see how active our main site is, just check out our message boards with over 2300 active participants discussing everything about pavement, including marketing, price increases on materials, of course our free classified ads for buying or selling equipment and finding employees; but just stop by www.PavementPro.com and click on the link for message board.
And if you've never been a member of the NPCA, check the" become a member" page, scroll to the bottom, and fill out the form, and we will respond with the discounted dues currently available for your particular area. It looks like things are going to be picking up in 2011 and you don't want to be left behind and not get your share. People who come to our site are looking for high quality contractors and expect to pay more for the services that they get. Of course they don't want to be gouged on pricing, but they do want quality work at a fair price, not just the lowest bid.
For more about NPCA and its benefits visit www.PavementPro.com