New High-Density Polyiso Cover Board Offers Grade 1 Compressive Strength

Johns Manville (JM) introduces its ProtectoR HD High Density Polyiso Cover Board. According to the manufacturer, it provides excellent protection and can save time and expense for contractors. With a closed cell polyiso foam core and inorganic coated glass facers, this high-density cover board has a Grade 1 compressive strength and an R-value of 2.5. The product offers excellent resistance to moisture, hail, wind uplift and puncture, plus its light weight makes it easy to handle.

According to the company, the product has the lowest fastening rates in the market for a HD polyiso cover board — up to 50 percent fewer fasteners are needed to achieve FM I-90. As an example, it takes only eight fasteners per 4-foot-by- 8-foot board with adhered reinforced membrane (TPO, PVC, EPDM-R, mod bit) applications over a minimum 22 gauge steel or structural concrete deck to achieve FM 1-90 performance. 

“ProtectoR HD is an important addition to our polyiso cover board offering,” noted Tesha Kroll, Director of Product Management, Roofing Systems at JM. “It expands our line with a half-inch, high-density product and gives us the most comprehensive offering in the industry.” 

For more information, visit www.jm.com.

Roofers’ Advantage Products Issued Patents on Asphalt Shingle Innovations

Roofers’ Advantage Products, LLC (RAP) has been granted its third patent in the line of patents titled, “Layout Starter and Field Shingle for Sloped Asphalt Roofing.” After its creation in 2013, RAP has quickly grown its intellectual property portfolio, adding numerous patented and patent pending roofing products.

These recent patents grant layout marks placed on starter shingles, starter rolls, and the front of back of field shingles. According to the manufacturer, using such marks placed on shingles eliminates the use of a tape measure, simplifies the roofing process and ensures uniformity while reducing the number of tools that need to be brought up to the roof. In general, the starter shingle or starter roll becomes the tape measure, and marks on the front or back of shingles aid in accurate cutting of books and shingle placement, while providing for patented nail placement.

“As roofers by trade, we are well aware of the day-to-day needs of roofers in the field,” said RAP inventor Benjamin Folkersen. “When we approach a contract, we look at ways to make the work easier for the men and women doing the work. I would like to invite you to look at our video, which has been produced without a shingle manufacturer in place. You’ll get the idea.”

“These ideas come from collaborating with my 28- year-old son, who runs our largest crew and after a decade in the trenches we have become a tight team,” said RAP manager and founder Jon Folkersen. “After recently attending our first IRE, we have been bolstered by the positive response from the shingle manufacturing community -”. 

RAP is seeking a strategic alliance with one or several shingle manufacturers who are looking for a truly revolutionary line of asphalt shingles. Benjamin Folkersen goes on to say, “Once in a generation, a market changing invention comes from the field, and that time is now.”  

For more information, call (603) 522-5200, email j.folkersen@roofersadvantage.com and visit www.roofersadvantage.com.

ARMA Elects New President

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has announced the election of Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager for Soprema Inc., as the association’s president for the 2019 term. ARMA represents North American asphalt roofing manufacturers, as well as raw material suppliers, and serves to promote the long-term sustainability of the asphalt roofing industry. An active member with the association since the late 1980s, Kersey brings to the president’s role his rich roofing industry knowledge, proven leadership capabilities and a passion for communicating the benefit of asphalt roofing products to the building industry and the public.

Kersey has served multiple terms as the chairman of ARMA’s Low-Slope Roofing Committee, a role in which he was regularly involved, helping to craft technical publications and codes standards and supporting activities for low-slope asphalt roofing applications. He joined the ARMA board of directors when he joined the SOPREMA executive team in 2012, and he has served on the board ever since. Due to his experience with the organization, Kersey was elected by his peers to the Executive Committee, ARMA’s governing body, and served as the treasurer/secretary for two years. He began his term as president on January 1, 2019.

The ARMA president is responsible for facilitating the board of directors’ activities and setting the agenda for the organization. In 2019, Kersey plans to continue the organization’s momentum in driving awareness of the benefits of asphalt roofing in the residential space while also bolstering communications around the advantages of asphalt roofing in the low-slope/commercial market. Industry members can expect to see expanding interactions between asphalt shingle and low-slope roofing manufacturers, broadening public dissemination of ARMA’s statistical industry reports, more external-facing communications from ARMA and a general emphasis on increasing asphalt roofing representation in industry conversations.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Tim since 2003 when I started with ARMA,” said Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “He has a breadth of technical knowledge and executive experience, and he also brings a great combination of fresh perspective and insight into the association’s history that we look forward to engaging further as he takes the reins as president.”

For more information, visit www.asphaltroofing.org

White Mod-Bit Cap Sheets Offer Superior Granule Embedment

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announces important new updates to Polyfresko, a highly-reflective, white modified bitumen membrane cap sheet used as the final layer in a multi-ply roof system or as a flashing membrane. 

According to the manufacturer, independent laboratory testing confirms Polyfresko’s superior granule embedment and documents its aged reflectivity performance. Granule embedment was tested using ASTM D4977 Standard Test Method for Granule Adhesion to Mineral Surfaced Roofing by abrasion. The recently completed three-year aged reflectivity testing was conducted in three different climate zones, and demonstrated that Polyfresko maintains reflectivity performance over time. The product was deemed suitable for most Cool Roof specifications due to Polyfresko’s initial and aged reflectivity and emissivity performance. The laboratory testing results enabled Polyfresko to gain Energy Star Certification.

Polyfresko is manufactured with proprietary CURE Technology, a thin film technology infused with ceramic microspheres, ultraviolet (UV) stabilizers, and proprietary resins. This increases weatherability and decreases maintenance costs by “locking-in” the granules, so the high-performing Polyfresko membrane maintains reflectivity performance over time, decreases UV degradation, and increases abrasion and impact resistance. 

In addition, all Polyfresko products are now manufactured with FASTLap technology, a patented granule-free end lap that helps make the membrane watertight and increases speed of installation. Polyfresko is available in Polyglass’s APP (Atactic Polypropylene) and SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene) formulations and is adhered to the roof deck or other approved substrates by torching or self-adhered application.

“Granule loss is one of the challenges with modified bitumen membranes, and our new granule adhesion testing results show that Polyfresko is a premium solution, firmly positioned as a top performing product,” says Polyglass CEO Natalino Zanchetta. “The granule adhesion results achieved with our CURE Technology, together with our new three-year weathering milestone, demonstrate our leadership with asphaltic membrane cap sheet performance.”  

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us

IKO Launches New North American Residential Roofing Website

IKO announced the launch of its new North American website for residential roofing. Designed with both contractors and homeowners in mind, the easy-to-navigate new site elevates the user experience for those researching roofing options, products and best practices.

Homeowners can “Find a Contractor,” review product and accessory overviews, peruse the design center, access a roof inspection checklist and more. Contractors can “Find a Distributor,” learn more about the new ROOFPRO loyalty program and take advantage of professional tools and support that can help business efficiency and efficacy.

“We’re excited to launch our new residential website,” said Jeff Williams, brand director, North America. “More and more research is being done online and this new site provides a valuable, easy user experience for homeowners and contractors alike.” 

Contractors and customers will also benefit from IKO’s Roofviewer app. The app is a tool to create a mock-up of a home and test a fresh and vibrant selection of roofing colors. Experiment with new colors from IKO’s performance product lines — Dynasty™ and Nordic™ — and see how they complement shutter, railing, door, window and trim colors. IKO consults with roofing design specialists in emerging color trends every year to ensure the colors reflect today’s styles. IKO’s residential website will be continually updated with new product announcements, blog posts, project profiles and more. To learn more, visit https://www.iko.com/na/.

Open Joint Cladding System Offers Comprehensive Weatherization for Open Siding

Benjamin Obdyke Inc. launches its fully comprehensive, UV-rated Open Joint Cladding System including InvisiWrap UV, HydroFlash UV+ and Batten UV. 

InvisiWrap UV is a completely unprinted, high-performance black nonwoven housewrap. Designed for the best possible aesthetic appeal, the product is matte black to avoid competing with other visual elements of open joint architecture. According to the manufacturer, it provides superior water hold out, ideal vapor permeability, and durability. Engineered for maximum UV exposure, InvisiWrap UV can be used with siding openings of up to 2 inches and has a UV of rating of up to 12 months before siding installation.

HydroFlash UV+ self-adhered flashing utilizes an aggressive acrylic adhesive for extreme environmental conditions. An ideal complement to InvisiWrap UV, the expertly engineered product can be used for penetration flashing and covering furring strips so they’re invisible behind open joints. Optimized for all weather, HydroFlash UV+ can be installed down to 25 degrees and is UV-rated for 12 months of exposure before cladding application. 

Batten UV rounds out the Open Joint Cladding System product suite. Builders can use the product to create a 3/8-inch rainscreen gap for optimum drainage and drying. Batten UV, at time of launch, is the only corrugated batten option available that contains a long-term UV rating for open joint siding applications.

“From rustic reclaimed wood detail to dramatic composite planks or panels, architects and builders are enhancing residential and commercial projects with the open joint cladding trend,” said Tara Murray, director of marketing at Benjamin Obdyke. “At Benjamin Obdyke, we are always looking for ways to help our partners build better and develop quality solutions for every project. Our builders were looking for solutions for this growing trend, so it was a natural next step to evolve our UV-rated product line into a full product suite optimized for open joint cladding projects.”

“This comprehensive line addresses the need to ensure that weatherization and moisture management solutions keep up with growing aesthetic trends. These gorgeous sidings on high-end custom homes and multi-use projects deserve more than just a layer of felt paper.” Murray said. “We’re excited to bring this product into the residential market to make it easy for our building pros to give this type of siding application the durability and longevity it deserves.”

Backed by superior stress testing and research, the Open Joint Cladding system is covered by a 25-year performance warranty when all three products are used together. 

For more information, visit www.benjaminobdyke.com.

Travis Roofing Supply Announces Seven Winners of 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award

Travis Roofing Supply announced the seven recipients of the 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award.The 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award recipients areDrew Boy, Austin, Texas; Joseph Bockerstett, St. Louis, Missouri; Chipper Comer, Norfolk, Virginia; Brianna Glenn, Orlando, Florida; Lainey Hendrix, Houston, Texas; Trevor Maruscak, Austin, Texas; and Samantha Pensari, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Michael Boy, Travis Roofing Supply’s CEO and Founder, said, “We’re excited to support an exceptional group of students in 2019 as they continue their educational growth. Helping individuals realize their dreams is exactly what being part of the Travis Roofing Supply Pack is all about.”

This marks the second year the Wolfpack Scholarship Award has been awarded to selected students. The award was created to encourage and support Travis Roofing Supply employees and families by rewarding outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The Scholarship provides financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

For more information, visit www.travisroofingsupply.com.

MRA Reports Top 5 Regions Driving Demand for Residential Metal Roofing

According to the latest figures from the Metal Roofing Alliance, metal roofing is growing in popularity, especially in states that experience severe climate conditions.

The nonprofit organization, which serves to connect thousands of U.S. and Canadian residential homeowners seeking metal roofing with qualified member installers, says the top five states for interest in metal roofing are Florida, Pennsylvania, California, New York and North Carolina, with Texas close behind.

While these states represent major population hubs, they also have other factors in common: All have experienced increasingly severe weather and extreme climate conditions. From wildfires and hurricanes, to rooftop ice dams caused by polar vortex winter weather, all-season durability and performance have become top priority for homeowners in many states, especially for those looking to repair or rebuild after a climate-related disaster. Because quality metal roofing lasts 50-plus years, carries the highest Class A rating for fire protection and is strong enough to stand up to hurricane winds, hail and heavy snow, it is increasingly popular in regions where better protection against Mother Nature’s unpredictability is essential.

The latest MRA figures also suggest that local demand may be outpacing the supply of qualified metal roofing installers in some regions. In states such as California, New York and North Carolina, the high number of metal roofing leads provided by the MRA are keeping a small handful of member contractors extremely busy.

“It definitely represents a major business opportunity,” said Renee Ramey, executive director of the MRA. “Typically, metal roofing is a more profitable business because these homeowners are interested in durability and ensuring top quality protection versus trying to cut corners or find the lowest price. We are actively recruiting member contractors not only in these regions, but throughout the country who can help meet the growing demand for metal roofing from homeowners.”

The MRA expects metal roofing demand to continue to rise in regions experiencing climate extremes, as well as areas where environmental awareness is high.  These areas are candidates for additional growth, given the advantages metal roofing has for being an energy efficient, recycled/recyclable material and an ideal platform for rooftop solar systems. For these reasons, MRA is forecasting growth in locations such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and a greater swath of southern states. Yet the lack of qualified metal roofing contractors remains an issue when it comes to meeting local demand.

“Frankly, extreme weather and the need for more durable, resilient building materials is an issue that impacts nearly every region,” said Ramey. “That’s driving the need for residential metal roofing into brand new territories. Just as important is making sure there are local contractors ready to meet that demand, which is why the MRA is embarking on a full-court press to recruit more qualified metal roofing contractor members.”

With the popularity of metal increasing, MRA also is helping educate homeowners about how to protect themselves against fly-by-night providers who may use unscrupulous business practices or sub-quality materials to capitalize on the growing demand. This spring, MRA plans to put out a buyers guide for homeowners providing guidance on how to choose a quality metal roof and encouraging homeowners to do their due diligence when selecting a reputable, experienced metal roofing contractor.

“There’s no doubt that choosing a quality metal roof is one of the best long-term investments you can make for your home,” said Ramey. “Our goal is to help homeowners understand the benefits and steps that go into selecting their next roof wisely.”

For more information, visit www.metalroofing.com.

Sheffield Metals International Launches New AIA Accredited Course

Sheffield Metals International, a member of Mazzella Companies and a distributor of coated and bare metal coil and sheet products, recently launched a new American Institute of Architects (AIA) accredited course for the architectural and design community. The Continuing Education (CE) course, titled “Portable Rollforming, Applicable Engineering & Installation Details,” provides design professionals with in-depth insights into the benefits of portable rollforming in standing seam metal roof and wall applications, including efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability.

Learning objectives include: 

  1. Define the benefits of portable rollforming. 
  2. Describe how to achieve a UL 90 Wind Uplift Classification or rating. 
  3. Explain the difference between when a metal panel manufacturer provides written test reports from a qualified testing and inspecting agency representing Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) versus providing a listing of the UL Construction Number(s). 
  4. Correctly specifying applicable uplift testing requirements based upon the project’s deck assembly. 
  5. Recognize the appropriate, cost-effective installation details to apply, based upon job-specific conditions. 

The presentation is hosted as a video on the Sheffield Metals website, lasts approximately one hour, and delivers one Learning Unit hour that includes teaching relevant to HSW (Health, Safety, Welfare) for both AIA members and non-members. All attendees will have their attendance recorded with the AIA and have the Learning Unit Hour applied to their record. The course is also applicable to state MCE (mandatory continuing education) licensure. 

“In addition to the online course, we’re offering a ‘Face-to-Face’ program that teaches the same topic to architects, designers, specification writers, project managers, and beyond who want us to come to their city,” said Lori Reynolds Morrow, Architectural Project Manager at Sheffield Metals. “The ‘Face-to-Face’ program offers the same Learning Unit hour and serves as a fantastic opportunity for firms to receive a more interactive, high-energy, and personalized presentation.” 

A Certificate of Completion is provided to “Face-to-Face” program attendees and to online participants who achieve an 80 percent or higher on the brief 10 question quiz at the end of the course. 

For more information, visit https://www.sheffieldmetals.com/ce.

Asphalt Shingles Feature New Proprietary Polymer Technology

Atlas Roofing Corporation announced the launch of its StormMaster Core4 Enhanced Polymer Technology, which is available exclusively in Atlas StormMaster Shake and StormMaster Slate shingles. 

In the early 1990s, Atlas was one of the first companies to manufacture polymer-modified asphalt shingles, known as SBS (Styrene Butadiene Styrene) asphalt technology. According to the manufacturer, Core4 moves beyond SBS to a more enhanced, proprietary polymer technology.

“Atlas has changed the industry benchmark for what an asphalt shingle should be,” said Paul Casseri, product manager for Atlas Roofing. “In other words, we just raised the bar really high.”

As its name implies, StormMaster Core4 Enhanced Polymer Technology consists of four key features:

1. PolyCore Technology is the science and engineering behind Core4. Made from proprietary enhanced virgin polymers, shingles with Core4 are stronger and longer-lasting, allowing them to perform better with increased consistency and reduced variability. 

2. FlexCore Technology keeps shingles flexible in cold weather. Because of their elasticity, these shingles exceed the industry’s standard tear strength by 50 percent and lay flatter during installation so they seal more effectively. They’re also less susceptible to tearing and cracking, which can lead to blow offs, leaks and compromised long-term roof stability.

3. WeatherCore Technology gives shingles the durability they need to resist damage from hail and high winds. StormMaster shingles with Core4 pass the UL 2218 Class 4 Impact Rating and offer the highest wind warranty in the industry, with up to a 150-mph wind limited warranty with special application on StormMaster Shake.

4. ThermalCore Technology mitigates the effects of shingle expansion and contraction due to temperature change, also known as thermal shock. Thanks to this enhancement, shingles with Core4 are less prone to thermal stress degradation, which can lead to premature shedding of granules, resulting in accelerated aging and deterioration of the asphalt shingle system. 

“These enhanced polymers, at a molecular level, are more advanced in our StormMaster shingles than in any other shingle on the market,” said Stan Bastek, national sales director for Atlas Roofing. 

According to the manufacturer, the proof is in the decades of laboratory and field tests. “Results prove that polymer-modified shingles perform better than standard asphalt technology,” Casseri explained. “Our research also shows that starting with a controlled virgin polymer is best versus recycled content, which can adversely affect the shingle’s lifespan.”

Core4 is available within the Atlas premium StormMaster Shake and StormMaster Slate shingle lines, which provide architectural style along with the durability to stand up to the toughest weather conditions. StormMaster shingles also feature the power of Scotchgard Protector by 3M, which resists the black streaks caused by algae. 

“We’ve been investing in and researching asphalt polymer technology since 1990,” Bastek said. “Atlas continues to evolve our products to give consumers long-lasting curb appeal and reliability on their roofs for years to come.”

For more information, visit www.atlasroofing.com