Metl-Span’s Franz Achieves Building Enclosure Certification

Kevin Franz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CSI, CDT, of Metl-Span, earned certification as an accredited Building Enclosure Commissioning Process Provider and Commissioning Authority+Building Enclosure with the designation of BECxP and CxA+BE from the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin. The three-day course includes a two-part exam. Franz is the SE Business Development Manager at Metl-Span.

For more information, visit www.metlspan.com.

The Roofing Alliance Announces 2020 Student Competition Finalists

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announced the five finalist teams in the 2020 Construction Management Student Competition. Celebrating its sixth year, the competition had eight schools participate. Based on their written proposals, five finalist teams were selected and will compete on February 5 at the 2020 International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas, Texas. 

The five finalist schools who will be presenting in Dallas are:

  • Auburn University, The McWhorter School of Building Science, Auburn, Alabama, with Rachel Nemecek (team captain), Samuel Short, Oliver Reinwald, Davis Hambrick and Walker Lott (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Lauren Redden.  Team Mentor is Kyle Thomas, Thomas Roofing Co. Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
  • Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina, with Brad Smith (team captain), David Compton, Patrick McLeod (alternate), Hallie Bowers and Hendrix Smith.  Faculty advisor is Dr. Dhaval Gajjar. Team mentor is Nicholas Hotze, Guy Roofing Inc., Spartanburg, South Carolina.
  • Colorado State University, Department of Construction Management, Fort Collins, Colorado, with Brendan Phelan (team captain), Paul Cheever, Christopher Vargas and Jake Peckham.  Faculty advisor is Nick Rubino. Team mentor is Kent Nelson, Front Range Roofing Systems LLC, Greeley, Colorado.
  • Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, with Tyler Stivers (team captain), Austin Davis (alternate), Erbey Hernandez, Collin Rosser and Kyler Hardison.  Faculty advisor is Lance Simms. Team Mentor is Mark Standifer, King of Texas Roofing Company, LP, Grand Prairie, Texas.
  • University of Florida, M.E. Rinker, Sr. School of Building Construction, Gainesville, Florida, with Tony Centro (team captain), Ricardo Madero, Eric Biggs, Palmer Collins and Collin Galinas (alternate).  Faculty advisor is Jim Sullivan. Team Mentor is Rob Springer of Springer-Peterson Roofing + Sheet Metal Inc., Eaton Park, Florida.

The Roofing Alliance construction management student competition is designed to test the students on their roofing knowledge, project management capabilities and presentation skills. This year, the teams are tasked with submitting a qualified bid package for a new roof system on the Ford Center, the indoor practice facility of the Dallas Cowboys. The Ford Center is part of the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters in Frisco, Texas, and was originally roofed by KPost Roofing and Waterproofing of Dallas, Texas.  The teams researched the project, reviewed the plans and specifications, and assembled a full estimate and qualified bid package proposal that was submitted to a board of Roofing Alliance judges.

The five finalist teams will travel to the IRE in Dallas, where they will present their proposals as if they were presenting to the general contractor for the project on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 starting at 7:45 a.m.  The winning teams will be announced later Wednesday evening at the NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony.

The Roofing Alliance invites IRE attendees to view these exciting events and support the youth of our industry.

Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 7:45 am – 11:15 am – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

NRCA Industry Awards Ceremony and Cocktail Reception

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm – Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX

To learn more about the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition , visit www.roofingalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@roofingalliance.net.

Re-Roofing a Planetarium Under the Stars

Photos: Versico

The James S. McDonnell Planetarium is a St. Louis icon. Located in Forest Park, a 1,300-acre public park, the planetarium is the main attraction at the Saint Louis Science Center, one of the few free nonprofit science museums in the country. It serves more than one million people each year. Opened in 1963, the planetarium features one of the world’s best opto-mechanical start projectors, which projects a 360-degree view of the constellations in the night sky onto its domed ceiling.

The giant, white structure is hard to miss, but its roof is hidden from view for those on the ground. The low-slope roof system and penthouse are nearly invisible behind a large, bowl-shaped parapet. The existing roof was saturated with moisture and was starting to develop leaks, and the planetarium’s dome-shaped screen and multimillion-dollar projection system could not get wet.

The Problems

Bade Roofing was just finishing up a re-roofing project at a Science Center warehouse when the company was called in to take a look at the planetarium roof. According to Dave Bade, president of Bade Roofing, and Drew Bade, the project manager, the company determined a total roof replacement was required. They also identified some key challenges.

A crane was used to lift material to the roof and remove debris.

The 4,000-square-foot roof is unusual; it’s perfectly round, yet slightly bowl-shaped, with round penthouse in the center. The unique shape would make it difficult to design a tapered insulation system, flashings, and terminations for the 30-year project. Another difficulty was posed by the concrete step-offs located under the existing roof. There were no dimensions on the original plans, so creating the tapered insulation layout would be especially tricky.

The schedule was also complicated, as the planetarium would remain open throughout the construction process, hosting daily educational presentations for schoolchildren, as well as special events and exhibits. Work couldn’t take place during business hours.

“We had to work at night, craning stuff up there with big lights,” says Dave Bade. “The good thing was the guys couldn’t fall because they couldn’t go anywhere; the roof had an eight-foot wall around it. The safety plan was easy, but the tapered design was tough.”

The Proposal

Bade Roofing decided to go with a SureMB 120TG Base Ply as a temporary roof to ensure the equipment inside the building would be protected throughout the tear-off and installation process. “It was a secondary line of defense that allowed us to remove the entire roof all at once and not have to rely on tie-ins from the old roof to the new one when the crew started and stopped each night,” Drew Bade says.

The existing roof of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium was removed and replaced with a fully adhered 90-mil EPDM system from Versico.

The temporary roof allowed the company to accurately measure the existing roof for the tapered insulation design. “This is another reason we decided to use the SureMB 120TG; it allowed us to really see what was going on with the tapered and make adjustments prior to ordering,” notes Drew Bade.

The roof specified for the final phase of the project was a 90-mil VersiGard EPDM fully adhered system manufactured by Versico. “The Science Center and the architect both have a history of using EPDM on their projects because they’ve had a lot of success with it,” says Drew Bade. “And with the uncommon design and shape of this roof, EPDM was perfect to mold into all the unique angles and it did a good job conforming to the many curves of the building. We used a 90-mil EPDM to get the 30-year warranty the Science Center wanted and for the overall longevity of the roof.”

The Process

Once the crane and light towers were in place, crews began the loading and tear-off process. Crews accessed the roof through a window of the penthouse, but material had to be lifted in place with the crane. The typical workday began at about 5 p.m., and crews worked until 2 or 3 o’clock the next morning.

“We started by priming the concrete deck with CAV-GRIP 3V,” says Drew. “Then we installed the SureMB 120 TG Base Ply.”

The insulation was adhered in Flexible DASH low-rise adhesive. Crews installed a base layer of 2-inch SecurShield polyiso, which has a special facer, followed by a layer of tapered SecurShield polyiso. The drainage areas needed exacting care. “The drains were down in a concrete sump,” says Dave Bade. “We put the drawing right on the roof and cut out each of those sections. It was like cutting a pie into 50 pieces.”

Crews then installed Securock cover board, followed by the 90-mil VersiGard EPDM. “The EPDM did a great job conforming to the building’s angles and curves,” says Drew Bade. “We adhered the EPDM with Versico’s standard Bonding Adhesive because it’s got a long track record and it works.”

Once the tapered insulation was in place, the membrane installation was pretty straightforward, although the circular roof area posed some challenges with the details. “The counter flashings and terminations were kind of tough because everything had to be pre-bent to that radius,” Dave Bade notes. “It wasn’t a tight radius, but everything had to be pre-formed to that exact radius so you could keep constant compression on that membrane.”

The Professionals

The new system qualified for a 30-year warranty. “One of the main benefits of a Versico system, from a contractor perspective, is the support from Versico’s tech reps,” says Drew Bade. “It’s second to none; they make sure the job’s done right and they’re there every step of the way.”

The work was meticulous, and Bade Roofing’s experienced crews took great care to get it right. “The artistic part of it is the roof itself. It’s a shame that no one will ever see it,” says Dave Bade. “We did the work at night, so no one even saw our trucks.”

It’s a satisfying accomplishment to re-roof an iconic structure, even if no one sees you do it. “We really wanted to do this job,” says Dave Bade. “It meant a lot to us because we try to do things that are out of the ordinary. After being in business for more than 60 years, you like project like this because you get to show off your talents. And the men like stuff like this; the ones who got to work on this project, it really meant a lot to them. They are true professionals.”

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Bade Roofing Co., Inc., St. Louis, Missouri, www.baderoofing.com

Architect: Thomas Roof Inc. Architects, Lake Ozark, Missouri, www.txrac.com

MATERIALS

Membrane: 90-mil VersiGard EPDM, Versico, www.versico.com

Insulation: SecurShield Polyiso, Versico

Base Ply: SureMB 120TG, Versico

Primer: CAV-GRIP 3V Low-VOC Adhesive/Primer, Versico

Cover Board: 1/2-inch Securock, USG, www.usg.com

New Steel and Aluminum Standing Seam Roof Panel Offers Bi-Directional Installation

Petersen expands its line of PAC-CLAD standing seam roof products with the addition of the T-250 panel. Combining structural performance with architectural aesthetics, architects will enjoy the bolder profile of the T-250, installing contractors will appreciate the bi-directional installation capabilities and building owners will benefit from the panel’s impressive strength.

The strongest of all PAC-CLAD roof products, the T-250 panel is available in 16- and 18-inch widths in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. T-250 features a nominal 2.65-inch seam height above the roof deck. It is available in all 45 standard PAC-CLAD colors, each of which carries a 30-year non-prorated finish warranty. A weathertightness warranty also is available.

“Our T-250 panel satisfies the needs of architects designing structures that include expansive roof areas requiring long panel runs” said Mike Petersen, president. “Plus, architects might also prefer the wider seam of the T-250 panel, which creates bold shadow lines. The T-250 panel follows Petersen’s drive to continue adding products that expand the creative palette of building designers.”

Standard panel condition for the T-250 is with striations, but smooth is an option. The T-250 is available in 24 and 22 gauge steel, and .032 and .040 gauge aluminum. The T-250 can be specified with a traditional intermittent fastening clip, or a continuous clip fastening system for high-performance open-framing scenarios where extra strength is required. Both clips allow for thermal expansion and contraction. Job-specific design calculations should be performed to determine the type of clip required.

The panel is bi-directional, which allows installers to position the first panel in the center of a roof and install simultaneously in both directions, making it easy to achieve an attractive symmetrical look, while allowing multiple crews to work at the same time.

Named for the shape created where two panels meet, the T-250 is a symmetrical panel whose seams form the letter T. A metal cap is placed over the T and a mechanical seamer bends each side of the cap under the top of the T to form a strong bond. The T-250 panel is equipped with the following tests: ASTM 283, 331, 1680, 1646, E1592 and E2140, plus FM 4474 as well as UL 580 and 1897.

PAC T-250 panels can be factory- or field-formed to length but must be field-seamed. The panels have been designed for application over a wide variety of substrates on roof slopes as low as 1/2:12. Sealant beads are factory-applied to the seam cover. The seam cover is roll formed in the factory.

Substrates may include 5/8-inch minimum plywood, nailboard insulation or equal with WIP 300 underlayment applied horizontally from eave to ridge. Other substrates may include metal decking, purlins or rigid insulation in conjunction with bearing plates, and open framing.

Maximum factory-produced panel length for the T-250 is 54 feet, but longer lengths are available through field forming. Seam covers will be limited to 30-foot maximum lengths and must be field-lapped.

For more information, visit pac-clad.com.

Sports Facility Highlights the Versatility of Insulated Metal Panels

Boston Sports Institute is a 130,000-square-foot multi-use recreation facility. The structure features three different colors of insulated metal panels on the walls. Photos: Metl-Span

Sports facilities are unique environments that face varying environmental conditions from both within and outside the structure. In evaluating building materials, client and builder seek proven solutions for meeting environmental requirements, codes and long-term durability without forsaking the art of design.

Enter the new Boston Sports Institute (BSI), a 130,000-square-foot multi-use recreation facility in Wellesley, Massachusetts, a suburb of Metro West Boston. A collegiate town and activities hub for surrounding residential communities, Wellesley lacked a professional-grade sports facility. Featuring two NHL ice arenas, a synthetic turf field, indoor track, repurposed 2012 Olympic trial pool, warm-up pool, sports rehabilitation area and strength training facility, this $23.3 million complex was completed in July 2019. Centered on a public-private partnership model between the town and the management company Edge Sports Group, BSI prioritizes ice and pool time for local schools who previously traveled to professional facilities. It is also rentable for private organizations and sports groups.

Barnes Buildings & Management Group installed approximately 58,000 square feet of insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.

“We were committed to using insulated metal panels from the earliest design stages, both for its performance and design flexibility,” states Kevin Provencher, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Architecture at the design builder, Dacon Corporation. “We have a lot of history with this type of product on a variety of building types. It is an effective solution for multi-use facilities with variable environmental requirements. Both ice rinks and natatoriums have high moisture loads, but the ice rink’s temperature will be maintained at 55 degrees Fahrenheit while the pools are at 82 degrees. It’s an ideal wall system for a facility with demanding environmental needs.”

Provencher notes insulated metal panels (IMPs) provide a total wall system that incorporates a continuous insulating layer with control layers for weather, air and vapor barriers. “It helps that we partnered with a quality metal building builder,” Provencher says. “Collaboration was key to this project’s success. Selecting the right details and sharing responsibility eases the burden on the designer.”

Barnes Buildings & Management Group Inc. of Weymouth, Massachusetts, a Metallic Building Company dealer, installed the insulated metal panels from Metl-Span as well as the engineered metal framing system. Tony Barnes oversaw the erection of the metal framing and challenging installation of 58,000 square feet of insulated metal panels. Tim Allison, the Vice President of Project Management at Barnes, oversaw project administration.

Barnes Buildings & Management Group installed approximately 58,000 square feet of insulated metal panels from Metl-Span.

“We have a mixture of panel types in multiple colors that run in two orientations,” Allison says. “When we have just one type of panel and one color, we simply unwrap the bundle and install continuously. With multiple colors, you must spread out bundles so we can access the panels in the order needed. With this site, we didn’t have much room, so it was tricky. We paid close attention to the drawings and details to ensure correct installation.”

Allison says Barnes Buildings erects a lot of structures using engineered metal framing systems and IMPs. He’s noticed an architectural trend is using mixed colors and panel orientation.

Metl-Span’s Smoke Gray, Polar White and Sandstone were installed to create an eye-catching aesthetic. “Our client wanted a strong visual impact on the north façade facing the state highway,” Provencher says. “When passing other commercial buildings commuters notice this vibrant design featuring vertical and horizontal panels. Tim Allison and Marty Barnes provided valuable input, influencing the final outcome.”

There are several unique details to BSI, including a parapet on the gable end of the building above the pool. It starts low at the eaves and grows to 3 feet at the peak to hide rooftop equipment. Barnes Buildings also installed an accent band near the top of the building, a single-skin metal panel that continues horizontally from the windows. The 7.2 Rib panel from Metl-Span is 36 inches wide with ribs that are 1-1/2 inches deep.

The roofing for more than 75 percent of the building is a double lock standing seam from Metallic in bare Galvalume. The roofing above the pool is a bare Galvalume insulated metal panel, Metl-Span’s CFR system. It starts approximately 35 feet from the roof peak, so the top section of roofing is standing seam. At the transition to where the IMPs are above the pool, the roofline drops 1 foot. The interior skin on the roofing and wall IMPs in the pool area are coated with Valspar’s Flurothane IV, a finish formulated to protect in exceptionally harsh environments where chemical corrosion protection is needed.

“It’s all things we’ve dealt with on other projects, but there’s a little bit of everything on this one,” Allison says. “It’s a special job and a visually appealing project. The IMPs are ideally suited for our New England climate. When used as walls and roofing, they provide excellent continuous insulation on any building.”

TEAM

Architect: PDA Inc., Natick, Massachusetts,

Design Builder: Dacon Corporation, Natick, Massachusetts, www.dacon1.com

IMP Installer: Barnes Buildings & Management Group, Weymouth, Massachusetts, www.barnesbuildings.com

MATERIALS

Wall Panels: Insulated Metal Panels, Metl-Span, www.metlspan.com

Roof Panels: CFR Insulated Metal Panels, Metl-Span

Metal Roof System: Double Lock Standing Seam, Metallic Building Company, www.metallic.com

International Roofing Expo Names First Ever Female Keynote Speaker

The International Roofing Expo announced that the 2020 keynote speaker will be Charlotte Jones, the Executive Vice President and Chief Brand Officer of the Dallas Cowboys. 

Stanford University graduate Charlotte Jones, daughter of the Dallas Cowboy’s owner Jerry Jones, oversees all business operations including strategies as they relate to the team’s brand. 

She will be making history as the IRE’s first-ever female keynote speaker and will share insight on building a successful brand. The keynote address will take place February 4 at 9:30 a.m. at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. 

‘We are gearing up for another incredible IRE next month in Dallas and are thrilled to host Charlotte Jones as the keynote speaker,” said Shelby Snelson, Show Manager. “Jones’ message will resonate with everyone in the audience, and it’s an exciting milestone for the show.”

In addition to a history-making keynote speaker, the IRE is providing multiple opportunities for attendees and exhibitors to grow their businesses, network throughout the industry and give back to the local community. Make plans to join the team a day early to participate in the 11th Annual Community Service Day sponsored primarily by Sika Sarnafil in conjunction with: Carlisle Construction Materials, CentiMark, Innovative Roofing and Flooring Solutions, ICP Building Solutions Group, KPost Roofing & Waterproofing and OMG Roofing products. Volunteers of all skill levels are encouraged to sign up as well as all those looking for the opportunity to give back to the local community.

With education being a top priority at the IRE, there is no shortage of options this year. The IRE conference program features more than 40 sessions covering a large range of topics, including industry trends, best practices, and sales and management skills. NRCA will also present a variety of educational sessions this year including the ProCertification Exams, the Roofing Alliance Construction Management Student Competition, and more. The Student Competition promotes careers in roofing industry management by challenging students’ roofing knowledge, construction management skills, time management, and organizational and presentation skills.

You will also find tons of free education on the show floor at IRE. GAF will host sessions in their sponsored Education Center that focus helping the entire team build skills, think critically and work smarter. Johns Manville sponsors The Roofing Institute that features small group business training to help you increase profits and streamline processes. You can also experience live product demos and exhibitor presented seminars on the expo hall floor. 

In an effort to continually invest back into the roofing community, National Women in Roofing Day is providing the opportunity to be a part of the discussion focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that women in the roofing industry face. NWiR Day has adapted itself to support women who are just starting out their career all the way to the seasoned roofing professionals. The sessions are designed to bridge the gap between women at all levels by offering the chance to meet, network and gain valuable insight from hundreds of roofing professionals (including technical experts as well as leading marketing and technology providers). 

The International Roofing Expo will take place February 4-6, 2020 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas. For more information or to register visit www.theroofingexpo.com.

The Sprayfoam Show Announces Keynote Speakers for 2020 Event

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance (SPFA) kicks off The Sprayfoam Show, its annual convention and expo, February 11 through 14 in Pasadena, California. This year, the largest annual event dedicated to spray polyurethane foam will feature two prominent keynote speakers: Stacey Hanke, author, certified speaking professional and leader of Stacey Hanke, Inc; and George Hedley, CSP CPBC, a top construction industry speaker, certified professional business coach, and author. Spanning four full days, The Sprayfoam Show also features education sessions, an annual awards luncheon, professional certification programs and numerous additional attractions.

Stacey Hanke kicks off the main conference event on February 13 with a morning keynote. Stacey Hanke is the author of two books: Influence Redefined…Be the Leader You Were Meant to Be, Monday to Monday and Yes You Can! Everything You Need to Know from A to Z to Influence Others to Take Action. She helps individuals eliminate the static that plagues communicative delivery – to persuade, sell, influence and communicate face-to-face with a clear message. 

George Hedley will present his keynote the morning of February 14. The author of Get Your Construction Business to Always Make a Profit! is a recognized authority on best practices for building a growing construction business into a company which consistently produces bottom-line results, profits and loyal high margin customers. He founded and grew his own construction company into a $50 million business in just seven years and has constructed over 500 projects, executed over 10,000 subcontracts and currently owns and manages several office and industrial buildings.

For the first time, this year’s event kicks off with a two-day SPF Street Festival for sprayfoam industry professionals. To be held February 11 and 12, the Street Festival will feature food trucks, carnival games, demonstrations, OSHA information sessions and SPF skills competitions. SPFA Professional Certification Program preparation classes and written examinations will also be held on February 11 and 12.  The annual Golf Tournament is scheduled on February 12. 

February 13 and 14 feature keynotes, numerous education break-out sessions, a 50,000-square- foot exhibition hall, the annual Contractor Excellence Awards luncheon (February 13) and the Contractor Only Working Lunch (February 14). The SPFA Hospitality Suite will host cocktails and networking each night and the anticipated Closing Show Reception and Dinner, featuring a Roaring ’20s theme, will be held February 14.

Demilec is the Platinum Sponsor of The Sprayfoam Show. Gold Sponsors include Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation, and Thermoseal. Silver Sponsors of the event are Chemours, Conklin and Handi Foam and Bronze Sponsors are BASF and Carlisle Construction Materials. Premier Media Sponsors include Sprayfoam Professional magazine (the official publication of the event), Sprayfoam magazine, Building Enclosure magazine, Roofing Contractor magazine, Walls & Ceilings magazine, and CoatingsPro magazine. Additional Media Sponsors include Roofing magazine and PU magazine and Industry Partners include Foam Expo, International Roofing Expo, National Roofing Contractors Association, HPIP, Urethanes Technology and Spray Foam Worldwide. Sponsors of the SPF Street Festival include Demilec, MCC Equipment & Sales, Gaco, General Coatings Manufacturing Corp., Universal Polymers Corporation, Honeywell, Icynene-Lapolla, NCFI Polyurethanes, Polyurethane Machinery Corporation and Thermoseal.

To register for The Sprayfoam Show, visit https://bit.ly/39Xfmyl. To inquire about attending or sponsoring the 2020 event, please contact Mickey Riesenberg at Michele@sprayfoam.org. For more information, visit www.thesprayfoamshow.com.

GAF Introduces Roofing Shingle Warranty With No Wind Limit

On January 10, GAF officially announced the nationwide launch of Timberline HDZ shingles featuring LayerLock technology, which mechanically fuses the common bond in to offer a larger nailing area. The company also announced that roofing contractors can now also offer homeowners a GAF WindProven limited wind warranty, the first wind warranty for roofing shingles with no maximum wind speed limit, when installing GAF shingles with LayerLock technology and four qualifying GAF accessories.

“Roofing contractors have been asking for new ways to help accelerate and grow their business, and we’re excited to introduce technology that can make their jobs faster and easier with Timberline HDZ shingles,” said Jim Schnepper, president of GAF. “This represents some of the most exciting innovation in the roofing industry today, backed by the quality and reliability homeowners have trusted for more than 130 years with GAF.” 

According to the company, LayerLock technology mechanically fuses the common bond to offer a new StrikeZone nailing area is up to 600 percent larger than that of Timberline HD shingles, resulting in increased nailing accuracy and faster installation versus Timberline HD. Timberline HDZ offersdual-phase shingle-to-shingle seal with Dura Grip sealant and an asphalt-to-asphalt monolithic bond for durability, strength and powerful wind uplift performance. The product is also fully compatible with Timberline HD roofing shingles.

According to David Ellis, Vice President of Residential at GAF, third-party time and motion studies comparing HD and HDZ installation show that HDZ installs 30 percent faster with up to 99.9 percent nailing accuracy. “The takeaways here are accuracy and productivity,” Ellis noted. “Those are the two things that contractors care about the most. With the WindProven warranty, it speaks to the homeowner about the things they care most about: strength, durability and wind performance. You put those things together and you have a great product that contractors and homeowners are going to love.”

According to Ellis, the product has been installed since March in a pilot market in the Southeast, and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. “HDZ and LayerLock are engineered for performance, and we have done it in a very elegant way,” Ellis said. “It makes sense to the contractors. They get it, and they now have a different value proposition in the home with LayerLock and the WindProven warranty that others can’t offer.”

GAF Timberline HDZ shingles will be on display for a national audience for the first time at the 2020 International Roofing Expo from February 4-6 in Dallas, Texas. For more information, visit www.gaf.com/layerlock

Redesigned Roof Drain Kit Is Easy to Install

Marathon Roofing Products offers the Economy Enpoco Pak, the assembled kit of the ULRD Roof Drain with all the components for easy installation. Available in 2-inch, 3-inch and 4-inch sizes, the Economy Enpoco Pak provides the essential features of more expensive drains at an affordable price. This drain offers versatility and easy installation on new and existing roofs. It is adaptable to most generic materials of single ply and conventional built-up roofing for use with roof decks of steel, wood, precast concrete or gypsum. According to the company, the product features a newly designed injection-molded PVC body with stronger gussets and an overflow option; a molded polyethylene dome strainer; and ABS clamping collar (metal standard) with gravel stop.

For more information, visit www.marathondrains.com

OMG Roofing Products Football Pick Six Winner Announced

The top three winners of the OMG Roofing Products Fall Football Pick Six Promotion were announced.  Sean Dougherty, a manufacturer’s representative for Johns Manville based in North Carolina, finished in first place with a total of 922 points.  Katie Johnson, a representative for Gulfeagle Supply based in Wisconsin, finished in second place with 916 points. Roger Siewert, a roof consultant with ICE Roofing of Oregon, finished in third place with 910 points. Prizes were $3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second and $750 for third.

For the season, nearly 1,100 people from the commercial roofing industry participated in the Pick Six promotion. Participants earned points by correctly picking the winners of six NFL games each week during the regular 17-week season.  Players also earned weekly ‘bonus points’ for answering questions about several new products from OMG Roofing Products.

The competition was open to OMG’s commercial roofing customers, contacts and friends, including contractors, distributors, roof consultants, specifiers, sales representatives, manufacturers, and building owners. There was no cost to participate.

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