RCMA to Recognize the Roofing Industry During National Roofing Week

To increase recognition of the significance of roofs to every home and business, stress the value of professional roofing contractors, and promote the good deeds of the industry, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) will recognize National Roofing Week taking place June 4-10.
 
The roof is one of the most important components of a building structure, yet it is often taken for granted until it falls into disrepair. Organized by the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), National Roofing Week enables the roofing industry to engage stakeholders and inform the public about the essential role roofs and professional roofing contractors play in every community.
 
“RCMA’s members are committed to providing advanced solutions to the commercial buildings market,” said Matt Coffindaffer, RCMA Executive Director. “National Roofing Week is an excellent time for manufacturers, contractors, building owners, and other shareholders to recognize the numerous advantages that roof coatings possess including their proven performance lives, cost-effectiveness, and ease of use.”
 
Roof coatings serve to protect roofs against water, chemicals, and physical damage, extending the life of the roof system. This can reduce building-owner maintenance costs and avert landfill waste from re-roofing tear-offs. Roof coatings also have numerous benefits to energy use and the environment. Certain roof coatings are capable of reflecting visible light and infrared and ultraviolet radiation, leading to lower roof and interior temperatures. Lower roof temperatures in turn help reduce electrical cooling costs, decreasing the carbon footprint from buildings. Lower roofing surface temperatures also help diminish the Urban Heat Island Effect.
 
The roofing community can use the hashtag #NationalRoofingWeek on social media to celebrate the good deeds of the industry; raise awareness about roofing maintenance and application best practices; and highlight the importance of workplace safety and the value of roofing professionals. 

Design Billings Increasing Entering Height of Construction Season

After beginning the year with a marginal decline, the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) has posted three consecutive months of growth in design revenue at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the April ABI score was 50.9, down from a score of 54.3 in the previous month. This score still reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 60.2, up from a reading of 59.8 the previous month, while the new design contracts index increased from 52.3 to 53.2.

“Probably even better news for the construction outlook is that new project work coming into architecture firms has seen exceptionally strong growth so far this year,” said AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. “In fact, new project activity has pushed up project backlogs at architecture firm to their highest level since the design
 market began its recovery earlier this decade.”  

Key April ABI highlights include:

  • Regional averages: South (55.3), Midwest (53.3), West (50.9), Northeast (50.7)
  • Sector index breakdown: institutional (54.0), mixed practice (53.4), commercial/industrial (52.4), multi-family residential (49.9)
  • Project inquiries index: 60.2
  • Design contracts index: 53.2
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    The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.
     

     

    New Tech Machinery Unveils New Website

    New Tech Machinery (NTM) announced the launch of the company’s redesigned website. The revamped NTM website features a clean professional design with an emphasis on improved navigation and a friendlier user experience with improved access to technical resources. The website also features an extensive collection of technical resources for its portable roll-forming machines, including:

    Revamped product pages, which now include access to standard features, product specifications, updated profile information for panels, online product registration.

    Downloadable literature and brochures for contractors and installers. Updated profile Drawings can also be downloaded as PDFs for roof and wall panels and gutter details. 

    Details on the company’s new product line: the portable WAV Wall Panel Machine.

    Informational and how-to videos for most products. 

    Product and technical resources available include machine training; machine manuals and machine footprints; interactive coil calculator; UL testing information; and additional information for those interested in leasing or financing machinery. Multilingual functionality allows the website to be read in English, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Russian.

    http://www.newtechmachinery.com

    ATAS Names the Winners of its Project of the Year Awards

    ATAS International Inc. honored its 2016 Project of the Year winners at a recent awards banquet. This annual competition recognizes projects in which ATAS products have been incorporated into the design of the building.

    An independent panel of judges reviewed photos of all the projects submitted throughout the year and chose several winners for each of the four categories: commercial roofs, commercial walls, residential roofs and residential walls.

    Receiving first-place honors for commercial roofs was the Made in America flagship retail store in Elma, N.Y. Black Dutch Seam panels were used on this building, which was designed by Lydon Architectural Services. Panels were purchased and installed by Bayford Construction.

    In the commercial walls category, the Cedar Point Valravn Roller Coaster project in Sandusky, Ohio, took first place. CastleTop panels in Charcoal Grey, Slate Grey and Champagne were installed, as well as Belvedere Wave Panel and Belvedere 7.2-inch Rib in Charcoal Grey, and Opaline in Champagne. The panels were installed by Lews Construction and purchased through Gordon Lumber. The building was designed by TRA.

    Taking the first-place award in the residential roofs category was a private residence located in Fletcher, N.C. Classic Bronze PC System was used on the roof of this home, designed by Platt Architecture. The panels were purchased through ABC Supply and were installed by Joe Chapman Roofing.

    The residential walls category first place winner was a private residence located in Pikeville, Ky. Designed by Hubbard Architecture, Rigid Wall panels in Silversmith were installed on the walls by JBK. The panels were purchased through Roofing Supply Group.

    Jim Bush, vice president of sales and marketing for ATAS, stated, “We had a record number of entries submitted for the 2016 project of the year competition. The design creativity and aesthetics achieved through an architect’s vision, as well as the quality installation by the contractors, resulted in many showcase structures. Each year we look forward to honoring the architects, contractors and distributors who were involved in the award-winning projects.”

    ATAS project of the year in the commercial roof category.

    The Made in America flagship retail store in Elma, N.Y., won top honors in the commercial roof category. Photo: ATAS International.

    New Coil Roofing Nailer Offers Improved Speed and Durability

    Grip-Rite Coil Roofing NailerPrimeSource Building Products’ Grip-Rite released a newly designed Grip-Rite Coil Roofing Nailer that boasts improved speed, power, balance and durability without raising the price from Grip-Rite’s current industry-standard nailer. According to the manufacturer, the nailer features a lightweight and tough aluminum body and cap; a tar-resistant nose; and tool-free depth of drive. It also features a rotating metal belt hook. A vinyl siding attachment is sold separately.

    New Two-Part Polyurethane Adhesive Cures in Minutes

    DUOTACK 365Manufactured by Soprema, DUOTACK 365 is a new low-rise, two-part polyurethane adhesive for adhering insulation boards, cover boards or thermal barriers. It is a higher-performing formulation of the company’s standard DUOTAK and will be universally accepted for use anywhere that the standard formulation was used. According to the manufacturer, DUOTACK 365 meets FM, UL and FBC regulations. The new product can be stored more easily and cures in minutes. The adhesive contains no VOCs and comes in two-part cartridges, 10-gallon container sets, and 50-gallon drums.

    Acrylic Roof Coating Offers High Tensile Strength

    KM Acryl 185KM Coatings has added KM Acryl 85 to its line of acrylic roof coatings. KM Acryl 85 is a durable, water-based roof coating with high tensile strength. It is applied over the entire surface of the roof to form a seamless membrane that weatherproofs the roof and can extend the life of the roof. Preparing the roof surface prior to applying an elastomeric coating is crucial for the long-term performance of roof systems, so KM Coatings also launched KM EPDM primer, a rinseable, low viscosity sprayable liquid used to pre-treat and promote adhesion to an EPDM rubber roof membrane. KM Coatings also developed KM Min-Prime, a low-VOC, stain blocking acrylic primer formulated to enhance the adhesion of acrylic roof coatings to a variety of substrates.

    Low-Rise Adhesive Spray Rig Cuts Material and Labor Costs

    Patriot Jr. Amped Equipment, a division of Black Cat Inc., offers the Patriot Junior (PJR), a dual-component, low-rise foam adhesive mobile spray rig. With a lightweight and compact design, this machine replaces bag-in-box carts and allows users the option of using 15-gallon drums and jugs, saving material and reducing labor costs. Small enough to fit through a 32-inch door frame and designed to use a bead or full-spray system, the PJR ships with 50 feet of hose that can be extended to 100 feet. It comes with no-flat tires and has a lockable drawer to hold supplies.

    Boral Finalizes Acquisition of Headwaters Inc.

    Boral Limited announced that it has completed its acquisition of Headwaters Inc., a building products manufacturer and fly ash marketer in North America. The closing of the transaction follows approval by Headwaters’ shareholders and receipt of all required regulatory approvals.

    With the closing of the acquisition, effective May 8 in the United States, Headwaters becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Boral Limited and no longer a publicly traded company. Boral’s CEO and managing director, Mike Kane, said the acquisition was a transformative step for Boral, its employees, customers and for shareholders, positioning the Group to deliver more sustainable growth through the market cycles.

    “To ensure that we seamlessly realize the benefits of this strategic acquisition for all of our stakeholders, teams from Boral and Headwaters are coming together to implement integration plans that leverage the talents and expertise of both companies,” said Kane.

    “I would like to recognize the hard work undertaken over the past year or so by so many people from both Boral and Headwaters and our advisers. Reaching this significant milestone demonstrates the commitment and belief we all have in this value-creating merger of two great businesses.  We are ready and well-positioned to deliver on our promises.”

    Boral USA and Headwaters combined will form a new division to be named Boral North America — a $1.8 billion revenue business — which will be headquartered in Atlanta, the location of Boral’s current US headquarters. Boral Limited is an international building and construction materials group headquartered in Sydney, Australia.

    Synthetic Underlayments Designed to Provide Excellent Traction

    Tyvek Portec UnderlaymentDuPont Tyvek offers the Protec line of roofing underlayments, which feature a unique embossed pattern allowing for better traction and grip while walking on the roof. Tyvek Protec 120, Protec 160 and Protec 200 provide increasing quality, durability, strength, warranty protection and UV resistance. The portfolio of products is suitable for use by professional roofing and exterior contractors in new construction or re-roofing projects as a secondary water barrier on steep-sloped roofs (2:12 or higher) under asphalt shingle, tile, metal, cedar or slate.