Kemper System Features Cost-Effective ‘Cool Roof’ Solutions

Kemper System America Inc. now offers two cost-effective ‘cool roof’ solutions for prolonging the life of metal, BUR, modified bitumen and aged single-ply roof systems.

Roof Guardian RG-170 is an elastomer-based coating system ideal for extending the life of many types of roofing assemblies. Formulated using a 100 percent acrylic polymer base for enhanced adhesion and durability, the coating features a high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) rating of 109 and is Class A fire rated. Roof Guardian RG-180 is a fiber-reinforced elastomeric coating with an acrylic polymer base, ideal for metal, concrete, single ply, modified bitumen, and granular cap sheets. It offers an SRI rating of 108.

“Kemper System has been at the vanguard of liquid-applied roof waterproofing solutions for decades. These two new white Roof Guardian coating systems offer a quick and cost-effective approach for transforming many kinds of existing low-slope roofs into a cool roof that can help building owners cut cooling costs,” says Jim Arnold, Director of Product Development for Kemper System.

Part of the company’s Roof Guardian Technologies line, the roof coatings can be quickly applied with a commercial-grade sprayer or roller. The highly reflective bright white finish lowers the surface temperature of the substrate to reduce thermal transfer into the structure. This high solar reflectance helps lower indoor temperatures to reduce building cooling requirements.

Formulated to resist cracking and peeling, both products provide excellent waterproofing and long-term mildew resistance. Both solutions are Energy Star and Cool Roof rated.

“For more than 60 years, Kemper System has been a global industry leader in cold liquid- applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology and holding the first patents,” says Arnold. “Today the company offers a full range of building envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the comfort and value of buildings.”

This portfolio encompasses Wall Guardian fibered acrylic air barrier, Roof Guardian Technologies elastomer-based roof coatings, and HeatBloc-ULTRA radiant heat barrier. Other high-value brands include COLEAN traffic coating systems, and the company flagship for exterior and interior waterproofing, Kemperol reinforced membrane systems.

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Temporary Roof Membrane Offers Solution for Storm-Damaged Roofs

FiberTite Blue Roof FiberTite Roofing Systems introduces its new temporary roofing membrane, FiberTite Blue Roof. The FiberTite Blue Roof is a fabric-reinforced thermoplastic roof membrane designed for use on flat commercial and industrial roofs to offer a temporary solution for damaged roofs until permanent repairs can be made. The coating on the temporary roof membrane provides UV resistant performance for up to one year, as well as abrasion resistance. The fabric reinforcement provides both tear and puncture resistance. It is available in rolls that are 100 inches wide by 100 feet long. According to the manufacturer, it is ideal for temporary repair of damage caused by disastrous weather events, and it can also be used for tear-off areas or new construction until the final roof assembly can be installed.

The temporary membrane can be made watertight by conventional commercial hot-air weld seaming equipment. Alternate temporary seaming and sealing methods may include the use of FiberTite FTR-101 General Purpose Sealant, waterproofing caulk sealants, or adhesive tapes including duct tape. FiberTite accessories, such as molded pipe seals and corners, flashing membrane and FiberTite FTR-101 Sealant, can be used to temporarily seal roof penetrations.

Polyiso Sump Panel Arrives Ready to Install

Hunter Panels Target SumpTo provide contractors with a faster and easier way to create roof sumps, Hunter Panels introduces its new 4-foot-by-4-foot Target Sump. The polyiso insulation panel is ideal for low-slope applications, ships flat, arrives ready to install and increases the slope around drains to ensure water will flow to the drain instead of ponding.

According to the manufacturer, the Target Sump’s coated glass (CG) facer provides improved dimensional stability, fire performance, resistance to mold growth and is compatible with all major roofing membranes and application techniques.

The new product is Hunter’s second sump panel, extending options beyond the company’s 8-foot-by-8-foot hinged target sump. Both sumps are factory assembled and pre-cut for easy installation. According to the company, they install much faster than cutting insulation on the job site, and eliminate waste, which reduces dumpster fees.

“At Hunter we do whatever it takes to serve our customers,” said Jason Greenleaf, technical & tapered design services manager for Hunter Panels. “Customers asked for a 4-foot-by-4-foot sump option, and we delivered with an innovative product that helps make installation easier, and projects more profitable.”

Basketball Legend Julius Erving to Provide Keynote Address at IRE

Legendary NBA star Julius “Dr. J” Erving will present the keynote address during the 2018 International Roofing Expo (IRE), taking place Feb. 6-8, in New Orleans. Known as one of the greatest players of all time, Erving will reveal his strategy for overcoming challenges and illustrate how to cultivate a champion’s mindset.

“Not only is Dr. J one of the most accomplished athletes in the history of professional basketball, he is also a successful businessman who will share his winning philosophy,” said Tracy Garcia, CEM, Director of the IRE. “Our attendees and exhibitors will walk away motivated and empowered with a plan for success.”
 
Through triumph and adversity on and off the court, Erving will share what he has learned through his storied 16-year NBA career. Erving played with the Philadelphia ’76ers for 11 years and was named to the NBA All-Star First Team in 1978, 1980, 1981, 1982 and 1983. In addition to his athletic honors, Erving has received many civic and community service awards.

Since his retirement, Erving has forged a successful business and basketball executive career. After serving as an in-studio analyst for NBC, Erving joined the Orlando Magic’s front office staff. He also is investments include ownership of a Coca-Cola bottling plant in Philadelphia and cable television stations in New York and New Jersey.

“Julius Erving can offer strong perspectives on success and leadership,” said Reid Ribble, CEO of NRCA, the show’s official sponsor. “Hearing his unique life experiences will prove both educational and enlightening.”   

Held immediately prior to the opening of the show, the keynote address will take place on Feb. 6 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The keynote address is sponsored by Malarkey Roofing Products.

For more information about the IRE, please click here or call (800) 684-5761.

West Coast Florida Enterprises Names New Officers

West Coast Florida Enterprises (WCFE), a 32-year-old building restoration and roofing company based in Fort Myers, Fla., announced the promotions of six of its employees. Tim Waters, Terrill Brake, Debbie Evans, Harold Martin, Ryan Nicholas, and Scott Otey are all being appointed to new corporate positions in the company’s administration.

Tim Waters, formerly the company’s operations manager, is the new vice president of operations. Waters has been with WCFE since 1999. According to the company, as vice president of operations, he will have decision-making authority with regards to the daily operations in the warehouse, field, and custom ornamental and welded fabrications division.

Terrill Brake, once known as the company’s sales manager overseeing its roofing division, is moving up to vice president of sales. He spent five years with WCFE in the early 2000s and returned to the company in early 2014. As vice president of sales, Brake will have both decision-making authority and the authority to negotiate contracts in all things sales related.

Since January 2014, Debbie Evans has been WCFE’s CPA/controller, organizing and structuring the corporate books as additional divisions of the company have been acquired. Now as chief financial officer (CFO), Evans will have authority to make financial decisions on behalf of the corporation.

In WCFE’s 15th year, Harold Martin joined the company. As its former general manager, Martin has worn many hats, but as the company’s new chief compliance officer, he will have the authority to make decisions on behalf of the company with regard to safety, risk management, compliance, and other legal matters.

Scott Otey, the former vice president, will assume the role of president, taking over the role formerly held by founder and CEO Bruce Nicholas. Otey has been with WCFE since 1990. As president, he will be responsible for the company’s overall day-to-day management. All officers listed above will report to Otey and he will have the last word in all corporate matters.

Assuming role of vice president is Ryan Nicholas. The company’s former commercial roofing superintendent is being groomed to lead the family business in the future, according to WCFE. As vice president, Ryan Nicholas will focus on corporate matters, including financial, legal and contractual concerns.

Trash Chute System Speeds Debris Removal During Tear-Offs

Garlock Equipment Company offers the SquareChute and SquareChute ProGarlock Equipment Company offers the SquareChute and SquareChute Pro, trash chute systems that address the “debris bottleneck” of the tear-off process. According to the company, this product innovation allows contractors to clear roofs quickly and safely by taking advantage of the higher-capacity chutes, saving time and reducing labor costs. The standard SquareChute allows for 20 chute sections to be easily chained and hoisted up to 80 feet without additional scaffolding. The SquareChute Pro is suited for large tear-offs, and the two-axis articulation of the swivel hopper allows for filling multiple dumpsters without moving the hopper. Both versions set up quickly and easily and are engineered with large “loading zones” to allow for easy dumping of debris.

Low-Rise Adhesive Now Available in Larger Containers

Mule-Hide Products Co. now offers Helix Low-Rise Adhesive in 15-gallon pony kegs and 50-gallon drums for use in completing larger jobs. Mule-Hide Products Co. now offers Helix Low-Rise Adhesive in 15-gallon pony kegs and 50-gallon drums for use in completing larger jobs. According to the manufacturer, Helix Low-Rise Adhesive provides quick, clean adhesion of approved roof insulations, thermal barriers, cover boards and fleece-backed single-ply membranes to a wide variety of acceptable roofing substrates. The two-component, construction-grade polyurethane foam is applied in a single step, saving crews time and hassle. 

Both parts of the adhesive (Part A and Part B) are ready to use from the container – no mixing required – and are applied simultaneously in a 1:1 ratio through a static mix tip. The adhesive is applied in continuous ribbons or beads spaced 4, 6 or 12 inches apart, depending on the project and code requirements. There is no overspray. The adhesive cures fully in just minutes.
 
A pony keg covers approximately 2,350-7,000 square feet of roof and a drum covers approximately 8,350-25,000 square feet of roof, depending on bead spacing and substrate properties. Containers of Part A and Part B are priced separately but must be purchased as a set.
 
According to the company, the adhesive is odorless and solvent-free and contains no volatile organic compounds (VOCs), chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) or hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), making it crew-, building occupant- and environment-friendly.
 
The adhesive eliminates the need for mechanical fasteners, maintaining a puncture-free vapor retarder, preventing thermal bridging and protecting the structural integrity of the roof deck. The adhesive provides superior wind uplift resistance, allowing it to be used on taller buildings and buildings in higher wind zones. In addition, it provides exceptional hail resistance when used as an adhesive for fleece-backed membranes. 
 
In addition to the pony kegs and drums, Helix Low-Rise Adhesive remains available in cartridge twin-pack tubes (covering approximately 125-400 square feet of roof) and two-tank sets (covering approximately 1,000-3,000 square feet of roof). 

ABC Supply Opens New Branch in California

ABC Supply Co. Inc. announced that the company has opened a branch in Antioch, Calif. Tom Hennigan will lead the team of associates at this new ABC Supply branch. According to the company, Hennigan joined ABC Supply’s Oakland, Calif., location in 2016 as an outside sales associate. Prior to joining ABC Supply, Hennigan gained extensive experience with exterior building products as a contractor and salesperson, and he will use the industry knowledge he gained to help local contractors find solutions for their business challenges and achieve their goals.

The branch is ABC Supply’s first location in Antioch and one of more than 30 locations in California. “We’re excited to be part of the Antioch community and to build trusting, professional relationships with the area’s contractors,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for contractors to have access to the products and expertise they need to tackle their projects.”

The Antioch branch is located at 2701 Verne Roberts. Branch hours are 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT, Monday through Friday, and 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. PDT on Saturday. The phone number is (925) 779-1437. 

New Product Line Secures Rooftop Pipes and Struts

Green Link introduces a family of custom-engineered, molded straps and caps for securing pipes and struts for its KnuckleHead rooftop support product line.Green Link has introduced a family of custom-engineered, molded straps and caps for securing pipes and struts for its KnuckleHead rooftop support product line. Straps have been designed for both Heavy Pipe and Strut Support KnuckleHeads, while a cap design was developed for Lite Pipe Supports. All are molded from tough, weatherproof urethane and feature a striking “safety yellow” color.

The Heavy Pipe KnuckleHead strap secures a 3-inch outside diameter pipe, while the Strut Support strap fits steel or aluminum Unistrut-type channel. The Lite Pipe Support cap is designed to secure a single 1-inch nominal pipe or two ½-inch nominal pipes. Pipe supports are attached with standard stainless-steel sheet metal screws, which are supplied with the heads. The Strut Support straps are available in nominal pipe sizes ranging from ¼ inch to 6 inches. Custom straps are available by special order. These elastomeric straps slide into the strut channel and snap in place, eliminating the need for screws.

“We custom engineered these products to fit the unique shape of our head designs,” said Ondrej Pekarovic, Green Link design engineer. “There is growing interest in securing rooftop mechanical installations in the face of high wind conditions and seismic events. These straps will greatly increase the stability of pipes, conduit, channel and related mechanical equipment. Additionally, they satisfy local code requirements.”

Roofing Companies Form Asphalt Underlayment Council

Four roofing companies—Carlisle, Gardner-Gibson, Maryland Paper and Mid-States Asphalt—have formed the Asphalt Underlayment Council (AUC), a new industry association developed to cultivate the long-term success of underlayment products for building envelope applications for both residential and commercial structures.

This new group’s Interim Executive Council was instrumental in identifying the need for an industry council that supports the standardization of underlayment product quality, performance and integrity. Current AUC members include Owens Corning, Polyglass USA, Mule-Hide Manufacturing, GMC Roofing & Building Paper, GAP Roofing, Warrior Roofing Manufacturing and GAF

“With the introduction of new types of roofing underlayment products, it was felt that an industry group was needed to monitor, administer and contribute to product standards,” noted AUC Executive Director Michelle Miller.

Because standards and requirements for roof repair, reroofing, roof recovering and replacement often lack clarification within the definition of underlayment, AUC’s inaugural technical committee will focus on code classifications and industry regulations.

“The pathways to code compliance vary depending on the product type,” said John Woestman, AUC’s technical director. “The continuous influx of newly designed products and ever-evolving regulations requires a strong knowledge base with deep understanding of the codes prevalent in this industry.”

Bringing regulatory issues to light through educational initiatives and industry outreach will be accomplished through raising awareness and advocacy. AUC will actively assist in the development of building codes to ensure the high performance of roofing systems in the future.

“We will work directly with installers and contractors who may not be aware of the various product categories that are occurring in the underlayment industry,” said Robert Almon, AUC Interim Executive Council member. “Understanding the nuances of underlayment as well as discerning codes and comprehending code compliance are vital. With our combined historical experience, AUC is in a prime position to ensure all the issues surrounding underlayment are addressed through a range of resources from an engaged council, committees and membership to a vibrant website that will be launched soon, growing media outreach, literature development and ongoing educational opportunities.”

The group welcomes roofing underlayment firms to join AUC to work to make these important initiatives viable and sustainable. To learn more about the Asphalt Underlayment Council or to ask about membership, email info@aucunderlaymentcouncil.org or call (847) 686-2243.