RCMA Elects Officers, Bestows Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award

The Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association (RCMA) hosted more than 90 industry attendees at its 2014 Annual Meeting, Feb. 24-25 in Las Vegas. The association elected a new slate of officers to its board of directors and named Brian Anthony, vice president, The Brewer Co., Milford, Ohio, the 2013 recipient of the RCMA Martin A. Davis Industry Leadership Award.

The Martin A. Davis Award, the highest tribute bestowed by the RCMA, is presented on an annual basis to that individual, selected by his or her peers, who has exemplified outstanding service and made significant contributions to the roof coatings industry. The announcement of Anthony as this year’s honoree and the presentation of the award were made on February 24 at the RCMA 2014 Annual Conference at the Luxor Hotel.

Involved in the RCMA’s activities for over 20 years, Anthony has served as both Vice President and President of the Association. “Throughout Brian’s time with the RCMA, he has consistently been looked to as a leader in all aspects of the Association’s development and growth, and has been particularly active with our technical programs,” reports John Ferraro, RCMA executive director.

Anthony is the 29th recipient of the Martin A. Davis Award, first awarded posthumously to Martin A. Davis in 1985. The award was subsequently designated in honor and memory of Davis, a visionary founding member of the RCMA, who served both the Association and the industry with distinction and exceptional service.

In addition to receiving the Martin A. Davis award, Anthony was re-elected to serve on the RCMA Board of Directors. Also elected to fill two vacant seats were John Ivancic, Sherwin-Williams, and Craig Smith, Superior Products International.

The following Officers were elected by the membership at the 2014 Annual Meeting to serve two-year terms:

President: Helene Hardy Pierce, GAF
Vice President: Skip Leonard, Henry Company
Vice President: Steve Heinje, Quest Construction Products
Secretary-Treasurer: Jonathan Dietzel, The SWT Group

“We are thrilled with the turnout at our Annual Meeting,” commented Ferraro. “I believe that the unprecedented volume of first-time attendees is a testament to the hard work put in by our member volunteers and the relevance of our association’s activities.”

The RCMA will next convene in Baltimore, July 14-17, for the association’s International Roof Coatings Conference.

SnoBlox-SnoJax Releases AIA-accredited Course

SnoBlox-SnoJax has just released its first training course for the snow retention and metal roof industry. With a combined 80 years of snow retention experience, the four course instructors have created the most comprehensive course on the subject. Pad style, bar systems, roof clamps, methods of attachment and layout theory are the basis of this 1.5 hour course.

The course is free of charge and open for all design professionals, contractors, homeowners or anyone interested in learning more about the basics of snow retention and layout design. “Modern Snow Retention Products & Installation Methods” has been accredited by AIA and numerous other organizations for 1.5 CE credit hours. However, it is also a great basic foundation for anyone wanting to learn more about snow retention products and techniques.

The course covers the history of snow retention, modern product designs, layout theory, and discusses various types of failures and how to avoid them. The course is also loaded with photos that complement the easy-to-understand content.

Metal Sales Galvalume Roof and Wall Panels Accepted in Declare Program

Metal Sales has been included in the rigorous and exclusive Declare program. Declare is an “ingredients label” program for building products operated by the International Living Future Institute. Declare aims to provide transparency and open communication by allowing manufacturers to voluntarily share their product sources, materials and manufacturing locations.

Metal Sales has fully disclosed all of the ingredients in the Acrylic-coated Galvalume roof and wall panels through Declare, and they are designated as being Red List Free on the Declare Label. This designation means Metal Sales Galvalume finish does not contain any ingredients on the Living Building Challenge’s Red List, a collection of worst-in-class building materials, chemicals and elements known to pose serious risks to human health and the greater eco-system. Building design teams pursuing the Living Building Challenge will use the Declare database and label to select products to meet what many consider to be the world’s most advanced green building rating system.

PVDF Coil Coating Resists Acid Rain

Dura Coat Products Inc. has introduced a coastal coating system to resist corrosive environments

Dura Coat Products Inc. has introduced a coastal coating system to resist corrosive environments

To combat environmental conditions harmful to metal roofs, coil coatings manufacturer Dura Coat Products Inc. has introduced a coastal coating system to resist corrosive environments. The formulation features PVDF-based Durapon 70 as a top coat applied over Dura Coat’s DC425G 380 high-build primer. Conditions include salt air within 1,500 feet of the coast, and acidic rains such as those common in the heavy industrial areas of the nation.

Durapon 70 is one of Dura Coat’s new generation PVDF coatings designed to create an exceptionally tough surface that’s resistant to scratching, scuffing, transit abrasion and the elements, yet is flexible for the most demanding post-forming operations.

For added protection, Dura Coat now offers new Edge Seal, a clear, air dry sealer that is applied with a roller to help seal cut edges of metal panels and trim that occur during the installation process. Edge Seal can also be applied during routine roof maintenance.

Dura Coat Product’s Durapon 70 provides some of the finest metal protection available. With the addition of the new Edge Seal Coating, raw metal edges are also protected against corrosion.

ELFA Monthly Leasing and Finance Index Provides a Survey of Economic Activity

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association’s (ELFA) Monthly Leasing and Finance Index (MLFI-25), which reports economic activity from 25 companies representing a cross section of the $827 billion equipment finance sector, showed its overall new business volume for January was $6 billion, up 2 percent from new business volume in January 2013. Volume was down 44 percent from December, following the typical end-of-quarter, end-of-year spike in new business activity.

Receivables over 30 days were at 1.8 percent in January, down slightly from 1.9 percent in December. Delinquencies were unchanged from the same period in 2013. Charge-offs were unchanged from the previous two months at the all-time low of 0.3 percent.

Credit approvals totaled 76.9 percent in January, a decrease from 78.3 percent the previous month. Fifty-four percent of participating organizations reported submitting more transactions for approval during January, a decrease from 57 percent December.

Finally, total headcount for equipment finance companies was up 0.7 percent year over year.

Separately, the Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index (MCI-EFI) for February is 63.3, the second highest index in two years and off slightly from last month’s two-year index high of 64.9.

ELFA President and CEO William G. Sutton, CAE, said: “At the start of the new year, equipment finance activity picked up where it left off for most of 2013. New business volume shows modest, incremental growth while credit losses continue at historic lows. With fiscal pressures in Washington subsiding, at least for the time being, and most major U.S. economic indicators showing positive signs, we are hopeful that these factors will help promote a favorable climate for continued investment by U.S. businesses in capital equipment in 2014 and beyond.”

Martha Ahlers, VP/COO, United Leasing Inc., added: “The Monthly Confidence Index results for the last two reported periods provide continued optimism for the year ahead. Beginning 2014 with a 63.3 MCI, the 2nd highest mark in the last 24 months, is also extremely promising and serves as evidence of stability and positive velocity within our industry. In the Monthly Leasing and Finance Index, origination volumes year-over-year are also up, while maintaining historically low delinquency and charge-offs—an indication of continued health. The combination of these positive indicators creates a huge amount of excitement for potential growth.”

About ELFA’s MLFI-25
The MLFI-25 is the only index that reflects capex, or the volume of commercial equipment financed in the U.S. The MLFI-25 is released globally at 8 a.m. Eastern time from Washington, D.C., each month on the day before the U.S. Department of Commerce releases the durable goods report. The MLFI-25 is a financial indicator that complements the durable goods report and other economic indexes, including the Institute for Supply Management Index, which reports economic activity in the manufacturing sector. Together with the MLFI-25 these reports provide a complete view of the status of productive assets in the U.S. economy: equipment produced, acquired and financed.

The MLFI-25 is a time series that reflects two years of business activity for the 25 companies currently participating in the survey. The latest MLFI-25, including methodology and participants is available below and also at http://www.elfaonline.org/Research/MLFI/

MLFI-25 Methodology
The ELFA produces the MLFI-25 survey to help member organizations achieve competitive advantage by providing them with leading-edge research and benchmarking information to support strategic business decision making.

The MLFI-25 is a barometer of the trends in U.S. capital equipment investment. Five components are included in the survey: new business volume (originations), aging of receivables, charge-offs, credit approval ratios, (approved vs. submitted) and headcount for the equipment finance business.

The MLFI-25 measures monthly commercial equipment lease and loan activity as reported by participating ELFA member equipment finance companies representing a cross section of the equipment finance sector, including small ticket, middle-market, large ticket, bank, captive and independent leasing and finance companies. Based on hard survey data, the responses mirror the economic activity of the broader equipment finance sector and current business conditions nationally.

ELFA MLFI-25 Participants

ADP Credit
BancorpSouth Equipment Finance
Bank of America
Bank of the West
BB&T Bank
BMO Harris Equipment Finance
Canon Financial Services
Caterpillar Financial Services
De Lage Landen Financial Services
Dell Financial Services
Direct Capital Corporation
EverBank Commercial Finance
Fifth Third Equipment Finance
First American Equipment Finance, a City National Bank Company
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Hitachi Credit America
HP Financial Services
Huntington Equipment Finance
John Deere Financial
Key Equipment Finance
LEAF Commercial Capital
M&T Bank
Marlin Leasing
Merchants Capital
PNC Equipment Finance
RBS Asset Finance
SG Equipment Finance
Siemens Financial Services
Stearns Bank
Susquehanna Commercial Finance
TCF Equipment Finance
US Bancorp Equipment Finance
Verizon Capital
Volvo Financial Services
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance

Colorado Coalition to Welcome METALCON International to Denver

Visitors to the 24th METALCON International, slated for Oct. 1-3 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, will get a royal welcome from local companies involved in the show. Denver-based New Tech Machinery and Colorado Springs-based S-5! Solutions have formed the Colorado Coalition as a way of encouraging visitors to learn about Colorado before they arrive and for Coloradans to experience METALCON.

METALCON Show Director Claire Kilcoyne agrees that METALCON and Colorado are a perfect match. “We’re so glad to be coming to Denver. Colorado is a great state for metal and for business. That’s why we always wanted to bring the show here, so the expansion of the convention center was a turning point in doing that. Our friends at S-5! and New Tech are making great plans to welcome METALCON to their state. It’s a great feeling and we’re looking forward to all the exciting things happening in October.”

METALCON is the only annual international event focused on metal construction products, technologies and solutions. It draws designers, builders, developers, contractors, fabricators and suppliers from more than 52 countries each year. Experts from nearly 300 companies exhibit the latest products and technology and share their knowledge with attendees while industry specialists present key topics in the education program and in live demonstrations of field techniques held daily in the exhibit hall.

New Tech Machinery and S-5! Solutions have spearheaded the welcoming effort by generating awareness about METALCON among area groups, such as the Colorado Roofing Association, the Colorado AIA, IFMA, BOMA and surrounding state associations.

Keith Lipps, vice president of S-5! Solutions, is eager to show off his state and his company. “The Colorado Coalition was formed as soon as we learned METALCON was coming to our home state. It’s exciting and gives us a chance to welcome the industry to Colorado. The roofing industry here supports metal and solar and Colorado has consistently been in the top five states using solar. When a trade association meeting is held elsewhere in the U.S., people from the Rocky Mountain states have less of a chance to go. So we’re reaching out to our industry in our own backyard and the associations we’ve met with are very excited about METALCON. Downtown Denver is quite historic and fun and the convention center is walking distance to a lot of great places. We’re also inviting our distributors from all over the world for an S-5! meeting in conjunction with METALCON. So there are a lot of fantastic activities already set in place.”

S-5! Solutions offers a line of non-penetrating clamps, attachment brackets, snow retention systems, and solar attachment solutions that offer strength and longevity.

Kristin Peregoy, marketing manager for New Tech Machinery, is equally involved in the Colorado Coalition. “We are so excited to have METALCON here in our hometown. We’re getting a great response from trade groups in our area and making plans for a big welcoming party at the show. Some of our staff have never been to METALCON so this will be their first time to see the show. Denver is a green and environmentally friendly city so metal roofing is a key part of the area especially in the foothills. Rollforming also has a rich history in Denver and our company has been a major part of the metal community here for more than 20 years. So we’re very proud to be part of this coalition.”

New Tech Machinery manufactures portable rollforming equipment for roofing contractors, gutter contractors and in-plant manufacturers worldwide. Its current product line includes three standing seam roof panel machines, four seamless gutter machines, specialty machines and accessories for existing machines.

The value of metal in sustainable design and green building is highlighted at METALCON in Green Island, an area on the exhibit floor dedicated to metal products used in building energy-saving structures, and in Solar Bay, a special pavilion that showcases the benefits of integrating solar technology with metal roof and wall systems.

During the three-day conference and exhibition, specialists from the Metal Construction Association and other industry related associations present the latest applications and field techniques in daily demonstrations in the Metal in Action area of the exhibit hall. This interactive program combines the best of Solar Bay Live, MCA’s Residential and Commercial Roofing Demos, and Tools Demos. Solar Bay Live offers presentations of techniques for installing solar and metal combinations. In the tool demos, participants can test the latest tools for use with metal.

METALCON is produced by Newton, Mass.-based PSMJ Resources Inc. and sponsored by the Metal Construction Association. MCA is an organization of leading manufacturers and suppliers headquartered in Chicago.

New Family of Roof Boards for Commercial Assemblies

National Gypsum's DEXcell product line features high-performance roof boards for commercial roofing systems.

National Gypsum’s DEXcell product line features high-performance roof boards for commercial roofing systems.

National Gypsum has launched DEXcell, a new family of high-performance roof boards for commercial roofing systems.

The DEXcell brand family includes three products:

    1. DEXcell brand Glass Mat Roof Board
    2. DEXcell brand FA Glass Mat Roof Board (for fully adhered membrane systems)
    3. DEXcell brand Cement Roof Board (a lightweight cement board for the roofing industry that will withstand prolonged exposure to moisture)

National Gypsum’s new DEXcell family has gone through rigorous third-party testing and carry a number of approvals and meet various industry standards to resist mold and provide a fire barrier for commercial structures, such as schools, hospitals and hotels.

DEXcell Glass Mat Roof Board and DEXcell FA Glass Mat Roof Board are mold resistant gypsum boards designed for use as a coverboard and/or thermal barrier in commercial roofing applications. Both are produced in 1/4-, 1/2- and 5/8-inch thicknesses and 4-foot wide in 4- and 8-foot lengths. These products score and cut easily and are specially coated on the front, back and sides for easy handling.

DEXcell Glass Mat Roof Board is ideally suited for mechanically fastened roof systems and has coated fiberglass facers with an enhanced gypsum core.

DEXcell FA Glass Mat Roof Board is designed for fully adhered roof systems, and is manufactured with heavy-duty coated fiberglass facers with an enhanced gypsum core.

DEXcell brand Cement Roof Board is a lightweight moisture- and mold-resistant cement board designed for use as a cover board and/or thermal barrier in all commercial roofing applications. It provides a fire barrier and a thermal barrier. These boards are manufactured of Portland cement, lightweight aggregate and glass mesh that provide an exceptionally hard, durable surface. It is produced in 7/16-inch thickness and 4-feet wide in 4- and 8-foot lengths.

GAF Expands Consumer Outreach with Duck Dynasty

GAF has expanded its consumer outreach through a multiplatform advertising campaign based around A&E Network’s top-rated program, Duck Dynasty. The media campaign was built around the company’s in-program appearance, with digital advertising on the show’s A&E website and the debut of a new national television commercial featuring the company’s distributor and contractor channel partners.

“Our partnership with Duck Dynasty provides us with a new avenue for reaching our consumers and promoting our Master Elite Contractors, GAF Premier Roofing Dealers, and GAF Pro-Grade Master Distributors in a unique way, while continuing to build the GAF brand,” explains Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing and business development at GAF. “Our Timberline Shingles are the No. 1-selling shingles in North America, and were hand-picked by the Robertsons. Airing during a top show with such high viewership supports our position as the industry’s preferred brand, and builds on the brands of our contractors and distributors.”

Airing on A&E on Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST, record-breaking Duck Dynasty is currently television’s most-watched nonfiction cable series. More than 11 million viewers tune in weekly to follow the Robertsons and their family-operated duck call business, Duck Commander.

In the Feb. 19 episode, GAF contractors used Timberline Lifetime Roofing Shingles to replace the aging roof of cast members Jep and Jessica Robertson’s home while featuring prominently branded GAF roofing materials. Simultaneously, the Robertson men were tasked with laying down a concrete pathway in front of the home, which resulted in a “race the roofers” home makeover challenge. The race was, of course, won by GAF’s professional contractor team in the single-day challenge.

The first segment of the show directly segued into the national debut of GAF’s commercial during the show’s initial commercial break. The 30-second advertisement highlights GAF Master Elite Contractors, GAF Premier Roofing Dealers, and GAF Pro-Grade Master Distributors. Television advertising will continue through the show’s current season.

Value of New Construction Fell 13 Percent in January

The value of new construction starts fell 13% in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $485.0 billion, according to McGraw Hill Construction, a division of McGraw Hill Financial. The downturn followed a healthy performance in December, which was the third highest month for total construction starts during 2013. January’s retreat encompassed all three main construction sectors, with moderate declines reported for nonresidential building and housing, as well as a more substantial loss of momentum for nonbuilding construction (public works and electric utilities) after a particularly robust December. On an unadjusted basis, total construction starts in January came in at $34.1 billion, down 5% from the same month a year ago.

The January statistics lowered the Dodge Index to 103 (2000=100), compared to a revised 118 for December and below the average Index reading of 110 for all of 2013. “The year 2014 began slowly, due to behavior specific to each of the three main construction sectors,” stated Robert A. Murray, chief economist for McGraw Hill Construction. “Nonresidential building in 2013 advanced 7%, but the progress was occasionally hesitant, including sluggish activity at the end of last year that carried over into January. At the same time, the prospects for continued growth for nonresidential building during 2014 are generally positive, helped by receding vacancies for commercial properties and some improvement in the fiscal health of state governments. Residential building in 2013 climbed 24%, but towards the end of last year growth began to decelerate as mortgage lending to first-time homebuyers remained stringent. The January slowdown for housing was due in part to tough winter weather conditions, yet the deceleration in recent months bears watching going forward. Nonbuilding construction in 2013 dropped 12%, as the steep pullback by electric utilities outweighed surprising growth for public works. Last year’s nonbuilding performance was also quite volatile on a month-to-month basis, including strong activity in December that’s now been followed by a sharp reduction in January. With 2014 not likely to see the same volume of very large public works projects reach the construction start stage, nonbuilding construction is expected to register another decline this year, and January’s downturn is part of that broader trend.”

Nonresidential building in January dropped 6% to $157.3 billion (annual rate), and was down 7% from last year’s average monthly pace. The commercial building sector in January fell 13%, with declines from the prior month shown by hotels, down 43%; and warehouses, down 3%. Hotels and warehouses posted strong percentage growth during 2013, with each rising 29%, and the sluggish activity in January is viewed as a pause in what’s expected to be continued growth for both structure types during 2014. Cushioning the January decline for the commercial building sector was a 21% increase for office construction, helped by groundbreaking for such projects as a $125 million corporate headquarters in Houston TX, a $66 million office park in Mountain View CA, and a $44 million office building in Raleigh NC. Store construction in January improved 4%, reflecting the start of a $30 million shopping mall in Lakeland FL and a $25 million department store in Las Vegas NV. The manufacturing plant category had a strong January, jumping 44%, due to the impact of two very large projects – a $1.2 billion propane dehydrogenation facility in Texas and a $450 million oil refinery expansion in North Dakota.

The institutional building sector in January decreased 12%, as the recent signs of stability after a lengthy five-year decline continue to be tenuous. The educational building category receded 3%, although the month did include the start of several large university-related projects – a $155 million renovation to an academic building at Princeton University in Princeton NJ, a $100 million business school at Baylor University in Waco TX, and a $92 million science and laboratory facility at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville TN. Healthcare facilities in January dropped 17%, as this structure type continues to show an up-and-down pattern on a monthly basis, keeping renewed growth in a sustained manner on hold. The smaller institutional categories in January were mixed, with reduced activity reported for transportation terminals (down 31%) and amusement-related work (down 20%), while public buildings (up 6%) and religious buildings (up 58%) showed improvement from depressed levels in December. The decline for the amusement category was relative to a very strong December, which included the start of the $763 million Vikings Multipurpose Stadium in Minneapolis MN. Large project support for the amusement category was also present in January, coming from $90 million estimated for a new facility at the Disney Animal Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista FL, as part of a larger $500 million project at that theme park.

Residential building, at $204.7 billion (annual rate), slipped 2% in January. The retreat came as the result of a 6% decline for single family housing, which has now settled back for three months in a row. The January single family decline was widespread geographically, with this pattern for the five major regions relative to December – the South Central, down 13%; the Northeast and West, each down 6%; the Midwest, down 3%; and the South Atlantic, down 2%. Murray noted, “Harsh weather conditions in January played some role in the sluggish single family performance, in combination with the recent pickup in mortgage rates and the tight lending environment as it relates to first-time homebuyers. Still, it’s expected that single family construction should soon regain upward momentum, given the very low inventory of new homes for sale and what’s anticipated to be a strengthening economy and jobs picture.”

Multifamily housing in January grew 12%, staying on the broad upward track that began back in 2010. Large projects that supported the January increase were led by a $400 million condominium and apartment building in New York NY, as this metropolitan area continues to see very large multifamily projects reach groundbreaking. Other large multifamily projects reported as January starts were located in Washington DC ($90 million), Miami FL ($69 million), Minneapolis MN ($54 million), and Dallas TX ($50 million).

Nonbuilding construction in January plunged 32% to $123.0 billion (annual rate), following its 40% surge in December. New electric utility work dropped 61% from the elevated pace witnessed in December, returning to the downward path that was present for much of last year. Although January did include the start of an $800 million natural gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania, this was not enough to avert the category’s steep drop for the month. The public works sector overall in January was down 25%, with declines across most of the project types. While January did include the start of a $153 million highway paving project in Texas and the $126 million deck replacement of the Pulaski Skyway in New Jersey, highway and bridge construction for the month fell 35%. Other January declines were reported for river/harbor development, down 26%; miscellaneous public works (site work, mass transit, and pipelines) down 13%; and water supply systems, down 5%. Sewer construction was the one public works category to register an increase in January, rising 21%, with the lift coming from such projects as a $173 million sewer tunnel in Hawaii.

The 5% decline for total construction starts on an unadjusted basis for January 2014 relative to January 2013 was due to this performance by sector – nonresidential building, down 6%; residential building, up 8%; and nonbuilding construction, down 19%. By geography, total construction starts for January 2014 relative to January 2013 showed declines in four of the five major regions – the West, down 15%; the South Atlantic, down 9%; the South Central, down 5%; and the Midwest, down 3%. The Northeast was the only region to register a year-over-year gain for January 2014, advancing 15%.

Useful perspective can be obtained by looking at twelve-month moving totals, in this case the twelve months ending January 2014 versus the twelve months ending January 2013, which lessens the volatility present in one-month comparisons. For the twelve months ending January 2014, total construction starts were up 5%, due to this pattern by sector – nonresidential building, up 6%; residential building, up 22%; and nonbuilding construction, down 13%. By geography, the twelve months ending January 2014 showed the following behavior for total construction starts – the Northeast, up 16%; the Midwest and West, each up 9%; the South Central, up 2%; and the South Atlantic, down 5%.

The Tapco Group Enhances Its Website

The Tapco Group has enhanced its website. With easy navigation and interactive elements, Tapco’s website is geared to help builders, architects, remodelers, homeowners, distributors, and contractors easily find the in-depth information they need to choose premium products that meet their unique needs. Creating a compelling online experience, Tapco’s site has tools customers and prospects can use to learn about product applications and trends, design home exteriors using “virtual remodeling,” and find out where to purchase products.

Built for intuitive navigation, Tapco’s website features 10 main pages for its flagship brands, from Inspire Roofing and Foundry Siding to Kleer Trimboard and Mid-America Siding Components. Tapco covers home building and remodeling needs from the ground up—and so does its new site. Unlike the catalog-style websites of many companies, Tapco’s site is as innovative as its products. Each Tapco brand page is a window into a world of information—from product features, benefits, and options to application ideas, detailed literature, and valuable resources—all designed to help visitors select the right residential and commercial solutions. While giving customers a clear view of the many benefits their brands offer, Tapco’s engaging site also lets them experience the beauty and authenticity of Tapco’s low-maintenance products up-close.

To help people achieve their goals, Tapco’s site offers useful online tools and resources and allows navigation by brand, product, or audience—including architect, contractor, homeowner, and distributor—so finding what’s relevant to each visitor is a breeze. The site also shows how Tapco products work together to enhance homes. Tapco’s Idea Gallery and Resource Corner showcase product applications, highlight trends and news, and offer access to helpful product videos on YouTube’s “Tapco TV” channel. Customers can also register product warranties online in a snap.

Tapco’s interactive Virtual Remodeler empowers everyone—from homeowners to builders—to create their own signature look for any home exterior by just viewing the screen for design choices. To get started, anyone can upload photos of their home or choose from Tapco’s House Gallery of pre-formatted images to create a dream home. The exciting Idea Portfolio displays Tapco products on a range of real homes to assist in creative project planning and implementation.

A wealth of information is at everyone’s fingertips on Tapco’s site. Architects, contractors, and distributors can quickly learn about continuing education from Tapco and instantly access ARCAT 3-Part specs, technical bulletins, CAD details, testing information, installation instructions, and video playlists for Tapco brands. To see product innovations firsthand, website visitors can learn where Tapco Vans are touring and where tradeshows and conferences are happening. In addition, the enhanced, updated “Where to Purchase” feature directs visitors on where to purchase the products. Tapco is dedicated to making communication with stakeholders, from customers to partners, a top priority. Their fresh, innovative website is another way Tapco is working progressively to enhance communication worldwide. With continuous updates and enhancements planned into the future, Tapco promises to make its website content even more valuable, enriching every customer’s learning and purchasing experiences.