Customize Standard Roofing Details to Meet Unique Project Needs

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released The NRCA Construction Details CD — 2014, a valuable resource that enables construction architects and designers to customize standard roofing details to meet their unique project needs.

The CD, which contains 575 customizable details from The NRCA Roofing Manual, can be imported into AutoCAD software, where details can be customized to fit the specific needs of a project, saving architects and designers valuable construction detail drawing time.

The NRCA Construction Details CD contains details included in the following volumes of The NRCA Roofing Manual:

  • The NRCA Roofing Manual: Architectural Metal Flashing, Condensation and Air Leakage Control, and Reroofing — 2014
    The NRCA Roofing Manual: Steep-slope Roof Systems — 2013
    The NRCA Roofing Manual: Metal Panel and SPF Roof Systems — 2012
    The NRCA Roofing Manual: Membrane Roof Systems — 2011

On Center Software Increases Speed and Function with Latest Releases

On Center Software's Quick Bid

On Center Software’s Quick Bid

On Center Software has announced the latest release of its portfolio: On-Screen Takeoff, Quick Bid and Digital Production Control.

Customers with active licenses on maintenance will benefit from the following new features:

  • MyOnCenter Customer Portal Access
  • Enhanced Secure Licensing Method via MyOnCenter
  • Windows 8.0 Compatibility
  • MAC Compatible Using Virtualization Software
  • Support for ESXi

Added product functionalities and fixes include:

  • Expanded Annotation Options
  • Added Flexibility within the On-Screen Takeoff Legend
  • Added Tabs on Markups Detail and Materials Tab
  • Swap Materials in Quick Bid

The latest release offers new features and functionalities that improve efficiency, usability, flexibility, productivity and profitability.

GAF Donates to Children’s Charity; Reveal to Take Place on Good Morning America

GAF has announced its assistance in the rebuild of the Memory Makers’ Building at Give Kids The World Village. Give Kids The World Village is a non-profit organization that exists to fulfill the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families from around the world. The organization allows them to experience a memorable, joyful, cost-free visit to Central Florida attractions and enjoy the magic of Give Kids The World Village. Good Morning America will be revealing the remodeled building with Ty Pennington on Jan. 24 between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. EST.

“When GAF got the call to be a part of this rebuild we immediately said yes,” explains Alyssa Hall, marketing communications manager at GAF. “Give Kids The World is an amazing charity that has been changing the lives of children with life-threatening illnesses and their families for 28 years. GAF is proud to have put a new roof on their facility so they can continue to bring happiness and smiles to the deserving families and children from around the world.”

GAF Master Elite Contractors Collis Roofing and Roof Top Services donated their time and labor to install the new GAF Timberline roof, while ABC Supply in Orlando, Fla., donated delivery of the product.

Good Morning America’s live reveal of the rebuild with co-anchor Josh Elliott, Ty Pennington, and Chef Emeril Lagasse will have an exciting “Move that bus!” moment with all the contractors, employees and volunteers who made this happen.

OMG Roofing Products Is on Facebook

OMG Roofing Products has established a Facebook page.

The new page is designed to provide ongoing news and updates to the market. Planned content includes all information that supports the company’s brand promise of proving products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance.

As such, the page will focus on product and installation tips, upcoming webinars, trade shows and company activities, OMG field team information, as well as a variety of product and marketing programs and announcements.

National Building Code of Canada Adopts Updated Standard for Measuring LTTR of Polyiso Products

On Oct. 31, 2013, the National Building Code (NBC) of Canada adopted the most recent version of CAN/ULC-S704-11, the standard specification for polyiso in Canada, which references the test method CAN/ULC-S770-09 for determining the long-term thermal resistance (LTTR) of polyiso foam insulation. This adoption brings consistency to the test methods used for measuring LTTR in Canada and the U.S.

In the U.S., polyiso manufacturers use the ASTM C1289 standard (ASTM C1289 Standard Specification for Faced Rigid Cellular Polyisocyanurate Thermal Insulation Board) to predict the long-term thermal resistance R-value for a variety of polyiso insulation boards. ASTM C1289 includes the CAN/ULC-S770-09 and ASTM C1303-12, another test method used for LTTR.

“Since our members make and ship product in the United States and Canada, it is critical that polyiso insulation be subjected to the same criteria for measuring LTTR in both countries,” says Jared Blum, president PIMA. “We are pleased that the NBC in Canada has adopted CAN/ULC-S704-11 and CAN/ULC-S770-09 and that it is in harmony with ASTM C1289. Together these standards provide more data for predicting the long-term thermal performance of polyiso insulation and further enhances the validity of PIMA’s QualityMark program.”

The PIMA QualityMark program, the only third-party program for the certification of the thermal value of polyiso insulation, allows polyiso manufacturers to obtain independent, third-party certification for the LTTR values of their polyiso insulation products. Polyiso is the only insulation to be certified by this unique program for its LTTR value. The program was developed by PIMA and is administered by FM Global.

To participate in PIMA’s QualityMark certification program, a Class 1 roof is suggested to have a design R-value of 5.7 per inch. PIMA member manufacturers will publish updated R-values for their polyiso products later this year. Polyiso is unique in that the R-value increases with the thickness of the foam, so three inches of polyiso has a higher R-value per inch than two inches.

Job-ready Footwear Line Expands

Halifax from Magnum Boots USA

Halifax from Magnum Boots USA

Magnum Boots USA introduces its expanded line of job-ready footwear. The collection consists of 6- and 8-inch lace-up boots, rugged pull-ons, and mid- and low-hiker styles that feature attractive styling, rich leathers and comfort. The collection consists of steel and composite safety toe styles and Goodyear welt, direct attach or cement construction options. All are backed by the Magnum 60-day comfort guarantee.

Highlights of these new additions to the Magnum work line in 2014 include:

Halifax 8.0 and 6.0

  • Full grain leather and textile upper
    Durable non-metalllic hardware with traditional lacing system
    Second pair of laces included
    Waterproof and breathable bootie membrane
    Moisture-wicking lining
    Fully gusseted tongue
    Protective ankle impact zone
    Heavy-duty TPU toe-guard and molded rubber heel guard
    Reflective ankle and heel zone
    Molded, lightweight EVA insole
    Composite safety toe
    Compression molded, impact absorbing midsole
    Flexible puncture resistant plate
    Slip and oil resistant rubber outsole with toe traction, heel brake zone
    Colors: coffee and black

Chicago 6.0

  • Full grain leather and textile upper
    Durable non-metalllic hardware with traditional lacing system
    Second pair of laces included
    Waterproof and breathable bootie membrane
    Moisture-wicking lining
    Fully gusseted tongue
    Heavy-duty TPU toe-guard and molded rubber heel guard
    Reflective ankle and heel zone
    Molded, lightweight EVA insole
    Composite safety toe
    Compression molded, impact absorbing midsole
    Slip and oil resistant rubber outsole with toe traction, heel brake zone and pivot points
    Colors: brown and black

MFM Building Products Receives U.S. Patent Approval for Adhesive

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, is pleased to announce that the company’s PowerBond adhesive system has received US patent approval (Patent No. 8,603,629).

The patented PowerBond technology was developed to allow select MFM waterproofing membranes to be applied in temperatures as low as 25 F (3.9 C), while remaining stable at elevated temperatures. The dual layer/two-component PowerBond system has been incorporated into several of the company’s premium Peel & Seal, WindowWrap and underlayment products. PowerBond offers savings over other cold weather adhesive systems such as butyl and acrylic formulas.

PowerBond products adhere aggressively to the building substrate, provide self-sealing capabilities around fasteners, and will not crack or dry out for excellent waterproofing protection. The temperature range can be lowered further when using MFM Spray Adhesive during installation. MFM PowerBond products also offer an extended warranty of 12 years.

According to Tony Reis, MFM Sales & Marketing director, “We have seen tremendous growth with our PowerBond products, particularly WindowWrap PowerBond and Peel & Seal PowerBond White 250. Sales for these products have increased in both cold and warm weather markets.” Reis added that the PowerBond adhesive system can be applied to other MFM products as a special order item.

Organize and Protect Gear in Pickup Truck Beds


DECKED full-sized pickup truck bed storage system

DECKED full-sized pickup truck bed storage system

DECKED, manufacturers of a new full-sized pickup truck bed storage system, has announced its full line of products and accessories are now available for order on the company’s website and from select dealers across the country. DECKED is a storage system that attaches to the tie-downs in your full-sized pickup truck without drilling to provide secure, weatherproof storage for gear while improving the utility and functionality of the pickup truck bed.

The concept for DECKED came from the company’s founder who worked out of his truck for years as an outdoor product salesman. He quickly learned he needed a better way to organize and protect his gear while still retaining the functionality of the truck bed. DECKED is designed to keep gear dry, organized and secure.

The full-sized truck bed storage system incorporates two waterproof, bed-length drawers which roll out to provide easy access to tools, equipment and additional gear. The deck of the storage system is built from 100 percent recycled high-density polyethylene co-molded to a steel sub frame providing a 2,000-pounds load capacity. The drawers can hold up to 200 pounds each and are lockable to provide secure storage. Each drawer can hold tools, parts and supplies, sporting goods, or just about anything that is normally stored in a truck bed. The system is weatherproof and the deck can be configured to accommodate tie downs or rack systems. The DECKED system can be mounted in nearly every full size pickup truck made since the late 1990s, is easy to install, and mounts to the truck bed’s existing tie downs with no drilling required.

Brightsmith Coil Coaters Celebrates Anniversary, Advancements

Brightsmith Coil Coaters recently celebrated its fifth year in delivering high standards in coil coating. From its acquisition in 2008, the facility has continued to raise the bar in the industry, paying close attention to quality control to maximize customer satisfaction.

During the past five years, Brightsmith has taken large strides in improving operations, from adding high-tech equipment to mastering customer relations. “Our customers are incredibly valued, so we’ll stop at nothing to ensure they walk away with a product that they can trust,” says Frank Coffey, general manager of Brightsmith.

Upgrades in equipment have provided ample value to, not only the company, but most importantly, customers. A splicing unit for laminates was added to the production line in 2012. It replaces splicing that was done by hand and accommodates polypropylene and polyester films that are 0.5- to 8-mils thick. This process has significantly decreased material waste and improved timing and efficiency.

“Under Brightsmith’s lead as an energy-efficient manufacturer, we are always looking for ways to think green,” Coffey adds. “The new splicer creates less scrap waste, and that is a great thing for our customers and the environment.”

Sustainable advancements at Brightsmith also have included recycling solvents and water used in the coating process, as well as paint drums; reusing plastic ID rings that come off the ID of coils from steel mills for the packaging of painted coils being shipped out of Brightsmith; and using sponges for cleanup and changeovers at the coaters instead of rags. Sustainability at the facility even includes managing energy efficiency of machinery and lighting. As repairs are addressed, 480-volt motors on the process lines are replaced with energy-efficient motors rated at 98 percent efficient energy rather than the standard motor at 88 percent, and fluorescent lighting ballasts are replaced with energy-efficient ballasts instead of the old magnetic ones.

The capabilities of Brightsmith are diverse. Various materials can be run with thicknesses ranging from 0.008 to 0.10 and widths from 18 inches to more than 61 inches, depending on the substrate. Specializations in two- and three-color print systems, embossed plastisol, laminating, and two and three coat paint systems are readily available. Slitting, blanking, stucco, diamond and rough sawn cedar embossing are all obtainable options at Brightsmith. Additionally, Brightsmith utilizes the Henkel wet chemistry cleaning and pretreatments and single-coat dry-in-place treatments to ensure durability.

The introduction of BRIGHTSITE, a new tool that facilitates customers’ experiences with Brightsmith, has been useful in gauging company performance. The interactive website, controlled with a username and password, allows customers to access inventory and production reports at any time. The site is accessible through the Brightsmith homepage.

Efficiency improvements are steadfast at the Brightsmith facility with the addition of rail service in 2013. With each rail car holding 220,000 pounds of material, four tractor trailers are removed from the road. Increasing the company’s yields and widening customer options, the choice can now be made between truck or rail shipping based on an individual’s specific costs and timeframes.

With five years under its belt, Brightsmith’s vision remains unwavering with quality awareness at the forefront of its focus. The company will be offering increased cross training for its employees so they can discover the roles, technology and advancements. “Our staff has more than 400 combined years of coil coating experience,” Coffey notes. “We are taking these abilities and fostering growth to ensure our employees recognize Brightsmith’s uniqueness. In the end, our employees’ knowledge and skills ensure quality, on-time coated products for our customers.”

Patch a Variety of Poured Roof Decks

SECUROCK Gypsum-Concrete Patch

SECUROCK Gypsum-Concrete Patch

SECUROCK Gypsum-Concrete Patch, formerly known as PYROFILL Gypsum Concrete, is a high-performing patch solution that delivers a professional finish on a variety of poured roof decks. It features more than 500 psi of compressive strength while its fast-setting properties enable foot traffic and fasteners within four hours of application.

  • Easy application to patch many different types of roof decks such as gypsum roof decks.
  • Mill-formulated and composed of specially calcined gypsum and wood chips or shavings.
  • Provides excellent fire performance – non-combustible in accordance with ASTM E136, and it’s fire rated and approved for use in UL Roof Deck Systems (P676, P503, P207, P229, P505, P507)
  • Manufactured to conform to ASTM C317, “Standard Specification for Gypsum Concrete”