Roof Restoration, Cooperative Purchasing Alliance Offer Savings for Taxpayers

Building I, shown here, had its existing a TPO roof restored using PM’s 3201 high-solids silicone coating. Photos: Anthony Roofing Ltd, a Tecta America Company

After leaks appeared in their middle and elementary school buildings, the St. Joseph Central Consolidated School District in St. Joseph, Illinois, decided it was time to re-evaluate their roofs. Since it is a public agency, the school district began looking into the request for proposal (RFP) process, which can be costly and time-consuming. Thankfully, before they spent too much time or money, they were approached by Anthony Roofing and the Progressive Materials (PM) team.

Anthony Roofing, a Tecta America Company, inspected the roofs and determined they were in prime condition for a roof restoration, as opposed to two full roof replacements. Between this cost-saving measure and the use of the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) contract, the Anthony Roofing/PM team was able to save the school district a substantial sum of money. The NCPA is a publicly bid contract that allows awarded vendors/contractors to streamline the RFP process for publicly funded work because it has already performed the competitive bid process.

Building II had an EPDM roof system, which was cleaned with PM’s P-120 EPDM Cleaner prior to application of the coating to ensure proper adhesion and optimal waterproofing.

Anthony Roofing is one of Tecta America’s 70-plus locations and is certified to utilize NCPA contracts. Contractors are strongly examined and scrutinized by the lead public agency to become an award-winning contract holder. Contractors must prove a demonstrated track record of quality workmanship, customer satisfaction, and competitive pricing to be an NCPA vendor. Because of this relationship, St. Joseph Central Consolidated School District knew they were getting a top-quality contractor while saving substantial taxpayer money in the process.

Anthony Roofing was able to completely waterproof both buildings’ roofs in just four weeks using just one six-person crew. If the school district had elected to replace the roofs, the teams would have been double in size, taken double the time, and the school would have been vulnerable to even more water damage during the replacement process.

Restoring the Roofs

Building I had a single-ply substrate, which was ideal for the silicone coating process. Anthony Roofing completely restored the roof in three steps. First, crew members power-washed the existing TPO roof. They then patched seams, worn areas, and flashings. Finally, they applied PM’s 3201 high-solids silicone restoration system.

Building II’s roof had an EPDM substrate, so Anthony Roofing took additional measures to ensure proper adhesion and optimal waterproofing. They cleaned the EPDM with PM’s P-120 EPDM Cleaner to prepare for power-washing process. They then power-washed the EPDM roof and patched seams, worn areas, and flashings before applying the coating.

In just four weeks, Anthony Roofing coated roughly 117,000 square feet of roof area for the school district. Both buildings qualified for a 20-year warranty. After calculating the cost savings, it was determined that a roof replacement for these buildings would have cost roughly $18 per square foot. The expert application of the silicone coating reduced the project cost to $3.55 per square foot, saving the school district an estimated $1.6 million. Combine that with the money and time saved by utilizing the NCPA cooperative purchasing contract to streamline the process, and you get two waterproof roofs, one happy school district, and thousands of satisfied taxpayers.

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Anthony Roofing Ltd, a Tecta America Company, Aurora, Illinois, www.tectaamerica.com

MATERIALS

Roof Coating System: PM 3201 high-solids silicone coating, Progressive Materials, www.pmsilicone.com

National Nail’s Stinger CN100B Cap Nailer Receives 2019 Pro Tool Innovation Award

National Nail announced that its newly enhanced STINGER® CN100B Cap Nailer has received the prestigious 2019 “Pro Tool Innovation Award” (PTIA) in the Pneumatic Tools & Nailers category. Featuring improvements in durability and performance, the CN100B rises above and beyond its predecessor with effortless reloading, and an even longer service life for maximum productivity on the jobsite. 

The STINGER CN100B shoots 1” x .083 ring shank nails with full 1” collated plastic caps. It also features, bump-fire and sequential modes, a 360-degree tool-free exhaust, and a tool-free depth of drive adjustment. 

“We are honored to have earned recognition from Pro Tool Review’s Pro Tool Innovation Award for our enhanced STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer, which offers excellent durability and a magazine designed for roof underlayment fastening efficiency with incredible holding power,” said W. Scott Baker, CEO, National Nail.

The Pro Tool Innovation Awards was initiated in 2013 to recognize innovation in the residential and commercial construction industries, judged by a panel of tool and media professionals from across the United States and Canada. 

“If you’re using a Pro Tool Innovation Award winning tool, you know it can reliably get the job done,” said Clint DeBoer, Program Manager, Pro Tool Review.

DeBoer went on to summarize the judges’ impressions: “National Nail’s Stinger CN100B Cap Nailer is all about improving an already excellent tool. The larger 200 cap/nail capacity means you have to stop less often to reload. You’re also going to see longer service life from the nailer thanks to some durability improvements. At the end of the day, you’ll see better productivity from your crew.”

The 2019 Winners and Finalists, including the CN100B are listed at https://protoolinnovationawards.com/winners/2019-pro-tool-innovation-awards/2019-pneumatic-tools-nailers/ and will be mentioned in the Pro Construction Guide and Pro Remodeler magazines later this year. 

For more information, visit www.STINGERWORLD.com.

Marina’s New Roof Is Its Signature Design Element

When the former Morrow’s Marina first hit the Ridley Township, Pennsylvania, real estate market, it seemed like this last piece of the town’s open space might soon become a townhome development. But the township’s board of commissioners had a different idea for the tumble-down, 14-acre property, sited on Darby Creek, less than a mile from the entrance to the Delaware River. In addition to a new public recreation amenity, some on the board also saw a possible income opportunity too good for the township to pass up.

“I think, with good management, there could be a lot of revenue in the future,” says Bob Willert, who was then the board’s president, of the financial benefits the marina could offer.

Over the years, the town has made improvements to the marina, boosting its popularity with boaters. And, with the recent opening of a new $6 million restaurant, along with marina offices, right on the waterfront, that income potential is becoming a reality. Owned by the township and leased to a local restaurateur, the new Stinger’s Waterfront has quickly become a popular destination. It’s also easy to find, even without a GPS, thanks to a standout metal roof finished in an impossible-to-miss Copper Penny hue.

Choosing the Roof System

While the color is certainly eye-catching, it was the classic PAC-CLAD Snap-Clad profile that first caught the attention of Clarice Jones, project architect with Catania Engineering Associates, the restaurant’s Milmont Park, Pennsylvania-based design firm. She knew the standing seams on the 10,500 square feet of Snap-Clad roof panels — complemented by a matching 1,500 square feet of vented PAC-750 Soffit Panels — would emphasize the crisp lines of the building’s contemporary façade.

Crews from E.P. Donnelly installed 10,500 square feet of PAC-CLAD Snap-Clad roof panels in Copper Penny and 1,500 square feet of matching vented soffit panels. Photos: © hortonphotoinc.com

“The seaming is punched out — I saw a particular style,” she says. “I liked the way the seam looked in profile; it was a nice tight look.”

E.P. Donnelly Inc., of Warrington, Pennsylvania, installed the roof, and it was a complicated project. The sloped design is interrupted on both sides with three triangular window dormers, requiring complex detailing. And a multi-gabled cupola required similar attention, though at a smaller scale. Donnelly’s project manager, Gerry Campi, suggested Petersen’s PAC-CLAD product to the general contractor — J.S. McManus Inc. of Chester Heights, Pennsylvania — as a better fit for this demanding project.

“I told the GC that Petersen was a much better product, and the GC made the switch,” Campi says. “We use the Snap-Clad profile regularly. It snaps together the best. It’s a really nice product.”

For Jones, metal was the only roofing option that would work; any other option would have looked too residential. But, interestingly, the bright metallic finish wasn’t her first choice. Initially, her plans had called for a more neutral gray, but the town’s business manager opted for the definitely-not-neutral Copper Penny shade. “They wanted something bolder,” Jones says. “It’s like a flame; I’m glad they chose it. It sparkles like a diamond.”

Building a Landmark

The roof design features a multi-gabled cupola as well as triangular window dormers.

After winning the project, J.S. McManus Inc. needed to complete the building construction on a tight schedule. Michael McManus, vice president of J.S. McManus, coordinated the work of subcontractors and worked closely with the architect, owner, restaurant owner, and the other prime contractors. “I had my superintendent, Tim O’Connell, who was on site to handle the day-to-day operations,” McManus notes. “We kept our focus on getting the steel superstructure completed as soon as possible so that we could get the roof installed. As with all projects, once the roof is installed, then you can really expedite the project since you don’t have to worry about being impacted by the weather. It took a lot of hard work from my team, and we all stayed focused and worked diligently to complete the project on time.”

As soon as they could, crews from E.P. Donnelly tackled the challenging installation. Crew members were tied off 100 percent of the time to ensure safety. The architectural features called for extra care during detailing to ensure smooth lines, and crews worked carefully to make sure that all areas were fully sealed and waterproofed.

Snow Retention System

Despite Ridley Marina being located in snow country, no snow retention had been specified for the project. “We actually brought this up to the owner and architect that no snow guards were specified for the metal roof, which would create a serious safety concern,”says Campi.E.P. Donnelly recommended installing the S-5! ColorGard system, citing it as the only system the company installs.

A ColorGard engineered snow guard system was added at the recommendation of the roofing contractor on the project.

Sourcing the snow guard system was an easy decision because Campi had worked with a specific distributor since 2013. Brock and Associates Metal Resources, based in Pittsburgh, fulfilled the necessary bill of materials. Brock is a manufacturer and distributor of exterior metal cladding systems for commercial and industrial applications.

The project called for thirty 8-foot sections of unpunched ColorGard rail. To attach the rail, 290 S-5-S Clamps were employed. Then, 290 Sno-Clips II and 290 VersaClips were installed to complete the engineered snow guard system atop the marina’s new copper penny roof. Of course, ensuring aesthetics remained an important design goal, and matching the roof color was crucial. The product allows color-matched strips of the roof metal to be inserted into the ColorGard sections, providing the necessary holding strength while still maintaining a streamlined appearance.

Since its completion, the Ridley Township Marina project has become a stunning showpiece for the area, and all involved with the project point to the roof as its most stunning architectural feature. Campi notes that the roof has become a billboard, of sorts, for the marina, visible from a nearby interstate highway. “When you’re coming down I-95 through Philly, that Copper Penny roof really stands out,” he says.

TEAM

Architect: Catania Engineering Associates, Milmont Park, Pennsylvania, www.cataniaengineering.com

General Contractor: J.S. McManus Inc., Chester Heights, Pennsylvania, www.jsmcmanus.com

Roofing Contractor: E.P. Donnelly Inc., Warrington, Pennsylvania

Distributor: Brock and Associates Metal Resources, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, www.brock-assoc.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: PAC-CLAD Snap-Clad Panels, Petersen, www.pac-clad.com

Soffit Panels: PAC-CLAD PAC-750 Soffit Panels, Petersen

Snow Retention System: ColorGard, S-5!, www.s-5.com

Single-Component, Solvent-Free Flashing Designed for Quick, Durable Roof Repairs

Kemper System America Inc. introduces Kemperol 1K-LF Flashing, designed for quick, durable roof repairs. Unlike most other roof repair products, it is a solvent-free, low-odor system that adheres to most substrates without a primer, and is fully reinforced for more durable waterproofing protection. 

According to the manufacturer, the single-component, silane-based waterproofing can be applied at temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit, even in humid conditions. The liquid flashing fully adheres to roofing materials including most single-ply membrane roofing systems. The reinforced flashing system is rain-fast in about two hours and walkable after about 16 hours. Any unused resin can be stored for later use.

“Contractors need a versatile, easy-to-use roof repair product that delivers high value for customers,” said Andreas H. Wiggenhagen, president of Kemper System America. “Because leaks can occur long before a roof replacement is required, repairs with Kemperol 1K-LF Flashing can help building managers delay a major capital investment while reducing the headaches of tenant complaints.” 

The product is ideal for a variety of common roof leaks such as around skylights, gutters and drains, pipes and other roof penetrations, as well as at corners, and along seams in sheet products. It can also be used for balcony repair and retrofit projects.

According to the company, the UV-stable Kemperol 1K-LF waterproofing resin can be applied by brush or roller. A special Kemperol fleece reinforcement is then embedded into the wet resin and coated with more resin to form a seamless membrane, particularly around complex details. The fleece-reinforced flashing system can also bridge small cracks and remains permanently elastic so it can compensate for building movements. 

For more information, visit www.kempersystem.net

NRCA Offers Recommendations to Help Homeowners Avoid Roof Damage During Winter

The National Roofing Contractors Association is reminding homeowners to minimize damage to their roof systems by preventing ice buildup during the coldest months. NRCA recommends making sure a roof is properly insulated and attics are properly vented. Insufficient insulation and venting can contribute to the melting of snow closest to the roof surface and can cause an ice dam, or an accumulation of frozen water at the edge of the roof that prevents water from running off.

Throughout the winter, homeowners should check their roofs for ice dams. Where ice damming presents an urgent problem and demands immediate action, it is advisable to remove snow accumulated on the roof to prevent additional water backups. Snow removal from roofs should be attempted only if it can be done safely from the ground level with a roof rake or an extended-handle broom. NRCA does not recommend using ice picks, shovels or any tool with sharp edges that may damage roof coverings. For best results, NRCA recommends homeowners contact a professional roofing contractor for snow removal, especially if snow or ice cannot be safely removed from the ground level.

To locate an NRCA professional contractor and learn more about roof maintenance, homeowners can visit NRCA’s consumer website at www.everybodyneedsaroof.com.

For more information, visit www.nrca.net.

IIBEC Announces Abstracts for ICBEST Are Due November 22

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that abstracts for the 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) must be submitted by November 22.  

ICBEST 2020 will be held in Vancouver August 31-September 2. The event, co-hosted by IIBEC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.

According to IIBEC, abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be filled out digitally on the form on the ICBEST 2020 website. The deadline for abstract submissions is November 22, 2019. Notification of acceptance/regret will be made December 13-17, 2019, and final papers are due to IIBEC on March 13, 2020.

For more information, visit https://icbest2020.com.

New Hire Fall Protection and Safety Kits

Malta Dynamics, a full-service manufacturing company specializing in fall protection solutions, launches its New Hire Fall Protection and Safety Kits. The New Hire Fall Protection and Safety Kits are designed to simplify the process of outfitting new employees in industries such as roofing, construction and other outdoor professionals. The kits include all safety materials needed in a convenient carry bag so that there is no delay in production.

The New Hire Fall Protection and Safety Kits include the following essentials:

  • Full body harness
  • Short- and long-sleeve high-visibility shirts
  • High-visibility surveyor vest
  • Clear and tinted safety glasses
  • Safety gloves
  • White cap-style hard hat
  • Durable 18″ x 18″ x 10″ bag with handles and detachable, adjustable shoulder strap

According to the company, Malta Dynamics’ equipment is tested to meet safety requirements for OSHA and ANSI and offers workers the tools they need to be visible and work safely at heights. 

For more information, visit https://maltadynamics.com/product/new-hire-fall-protection-and-safety-kits/.

32-Inch Industrial Tubular Skylight

Elite Solar Systems releases its 32-inch Industrial Tubular Skylight for open-ceiling installations in large spaces such as warehouses, truck bays, storage rooms and manufacturing areas. Included is a high-impact acrylic dome, which locks into an 1100-O aluminum dome ring; one-piece seamless flat or curb flashing; a scatter disk; two 24-inch reflective anodized aluminum rigid light tubes; a one-piece dual-lens prismatic domed diffuser and brushed aluminum ring; flashing sealant; aluminum foil tape; and screws to install the flashing to the roof, the dome to the flashing and to connect the light tube(s). 

The .220-inch-thick rooftop dome comprises light-transmission, nonyellowing material with UV stabilizers and is OSHA fall-protection certified. To eliminate stress and increase long-term durability, the dome locks to the ring and is leak protected with sealant. Aluminum flashing is available for industrial or commercial applications on flat or metal roofs. Choose either flat (.125 inches thick) or curb (.80 inches) for wood or metal build-ups by the installer. The product is manufactured with 1100-0 aluminum, and the durable 4-inch-wide base flange secures against leaks.

Also manufactured from light-transmission, nonyellowing high-impact prismatic acrylic with UV stabilizers, the scatter disk helps distribute light evenly throughout the room. According to the manufacturer, it eliminates sharp sun and the rainbow effect, and also captures sunlight from low angles into the light tube. 

Light tubes are built to maximize reflectivity and resistance to moisture, corrosion and extreme temperatures. Dust seals, placed on either end of the light tubes, are designed to prevent bug, dirt and air infiltration; they are manufactured with polypropylene weatherstrip pile and 3M adhesive backing. 

Optional are a security bar at roof level and, inside, a wire suspension kit for additional support and a ceiling flange, which connects between the tube and the ceiling for enhanced aesthetics. The assembly is warrantied through Elite for 25 years against cracking, peeling and yellowing.

 “Our new 32-inch Industrial Tubular Skylight will help transform dark warehouses and storerooms into bright workplaces, enhancing employee working conditions and productivity,” said Jované Estrada, general manager for Elite Solar Systems, based in Chandler, Arizona. 

For more information, visit www.elitesolarsystems.com

ABC Supply Launches myABCsupply to Help Contractors Manage Their Businesses on the Go

ABC Supply Co. Inc. launched myABCsupply, the new online platform gives ABC Supply customers 24/7 access to view the status of their orders and deliveries, including delivery photos.

“One of our customers’ top priorities is the ability to check the status of their jobsite deliveries in real time,” said Kathy Hendricks, executive director of customer connectivity for ABC Supply. “MyABCsupply meets that need by providing detailed order and delivery information at their fingertips.”

In addition to checking the status of their orders and deliveries, ABC Supply customers can also:

  • View product descriptions and quantities
  • Filter orders by date range, order type and order status
  • View a map of the day’s delivery locations

MyABCsupply is the latest offering in the company’s continued focus on information technology services and tools that connect ABC Supply with its customers. In 2015, the company created ABC Connect, which integrates ABC Supply’s products and pricing with leading industry software, allowing customers to create estimates and submit orders in real time.

“We are committed to making it easier for our customers to do business,” said Mike Jost, chief operating officer of ABC Supply. “First, with ABC Connect, and now with myABCsupply, we will continue to find ways to help them run their projects more efficiently.”

ABC Supply customers can access their accounts at myABCsupply.com or download the ABC Supply app for their iOS or Android devices.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

The Roofing Alliance Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program Accepting Applications

Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the availability of scholarship applications for the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program began in 1986 to fund education for employees, their spouses and their dependent children of NRCA contractor and supplier members who plan to pursue careers in the roofing or construction industries. The program is named for Melvin Kruger, a former NRCA president, a former Roofing Alliance president and CEO of L.E. Schwartz & Son Inc., Macon, Ga.

A maximum of 11 recipients will each receive a $5,000 award that is renewable for up to three years of undergraduate study if they meet eligibility requirements. Scholarship recipients are selected based on academic record; potential to succeed; leadership and participation in school and community activities; honors; work experience; a statement of career goals and aspirations; and an outside appraisal.

The named $5,000 scholarships awarded through the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program are: Beacon Roofing Supply Inc.; Dan Cohen; Firestone Building Products (two scholarships); Fred Good; William A. Good; Melvin Kruger; and OMG Roofing Products Inc. (two scholarships).

The new scholarship category is the Reid and DeaNa Ribble/Career Technical Education Scholarship which helps fund students pursuing an education at a vocational or technical trade school. It is designed to help those who are seeking a professional career inside the roofing industry including but not limited to roof system and sheet metal installers/fabricators, crane and equipment operators, foremen and superintendents, warehouse and inventory specialists, and other roofing trade specialties. This CTE scholarship is not designed for those careers that require a four-year undergraduate degree. There will be a maximum of five recipients who will be eligible to receive a $1,000 award that is not renewable, but winners are eligible to apply again the following year.

“Since the program began, 130 students have received $845,000 in scholarship awards,” said Josh Kelly, VP of Product Development & Innovation, OMG Roofing Products and current president of The Roofing Alliance.  “Supporting students who are interested in careers in the roofing industry ensures that the future of the industry remains strong.  Contributions to the program are always encouraged,” continued Kelly. 

To learn more about the Melvin Kruger Endowed Scholarship Program or download the application, please visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net. Applications must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2019.