High-Temperature Self-Adhered Underlayment

Boral Roofing offers its MetalSeal UnderlaymentBoral Roofing offers its MetalSeal Underlayment, a high-temperature self-adhered underlayment designed especially for metal roofing but suitable for any roof material in any climate. A high-performance waterproofing material, Boral MetalSeal underlayment provides all season durable protection, protecting the structure against wind, rain, snow and ice dams by bonding to the base sheet or directly to the roof deck and self-sealing around every fastener penetration. According to the company, Boral MetalSeal is easy to install and eliminates the need for an excessive number of nails, reducing installation time and cost. Great surface traction also enables safer, faster and easier installation for the entire roof. The high-strength woven polyester surface remains intact under high foot traffic and provides UV resistance up to six months.

According to the manufacturer, Boral MetalSeal offers a 30-year limited warranty and may be installed in freezing or hot summer temperatures alike, ensuring the job is completed without weather-induced delay. MetalSeal meets or exceeds all National and Florida building code requirements and is rated up to 260 degrees Fahrenheit. It comes in 216 square foot rolls for a net two squares.

For more information, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Final Rule on Crane Operator Certification Requirements

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule that clarifies certification requirements for crane operators, and maintains the employer’s duty to ensure that crane operators can safely operate the equipment. The final rule will maintain safety and health protections for workers while reducing compliance burdens.

Under the final rule, employers are required to train operators as needed to perform assigned crane activities, evaluate them, and document successful completion of the evaluations. Employers who have evaluated operators prior to December 9, 2018, will not have to conduct those evaluations again, but will only have to document when those evaluations were completed.

The rule also requires crane operators to be certified or licensed, and receive ongoing training as necessary to operate new equipment. Operators can be certified based on the crane’s type and capacity, or type only, which ensures that more accredited testing organizations are eligible to meet OSHA’s certification program requirements. The final rule revises a 2010 requirement that crane operator certification must specify the rated lifting capacity of cranes for which the operator is certified. Compliant certifications that were already issued by type and capacity are still acceptable under this final rule.

The final rule, with the exception of the evaluation and documentation requirements, will become effective on Dec. 9, 2018. The evaluation and documentation requirements will become effective on February 7, 2019.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

 

Bulk Material Warmer Protects Temperature-Sensitive Products

Powerblanket Hot BoxPowerblanket Hot Boxes are designed to efficiently heat temperature-sensitive materials such as roofing materials, paints, chemicals, epoxies, resins, equipment, and pallets of any material. Easily assembled, taken apart, and moved from job to job, hot boxes are ideal for cold-weather storage and freeze protection, as well as transporting, jobsite heating, remote location use, and winter roofing projects.

According to the manufacturer, the Hot Box can protect critical, temperature sensitive materials and extend the roofing season and limit downtime to maximize profits. It is safe to leave on overnight for immediate use the next day, and can be used as a money-saving alternative to heating an entire warehouse or building.

The product is available in three performance levels. The Powerblanket Lite Hot Box offers an 800-watt design and is available in two sizes to fit pallets 40 inches by 48 inches or 36 inches by 48 inches. The Powerblanket Lite Hot Box offers all the features of the Powerblanket Lite Hot Box, plus higher wattage (1,200 watts) for faster heating times. The Premium Hot Box also offers a larger footprint to accommodate pallets 48 inches by 48 inches, an internal steel frame, and 1,440 watts of power, as well as a controller for precise temperature regulation.

For more information, visit www.powerblanket.com.

Roofing Alliance President Challenges Industry to Adopt 165 Ronald McDonald House Roofs

Roofing Alliance president Rod Petrick has issued a challenge to all Roofing Alliance and NRCA members: to adopt the remaining 53 roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses throughout the United States by November 30. Petrick’s goal of inspecting, repairing, maintaining and replacing these roofs is within reach and will impact families with sick children across the country by keeping them together when they need it most. Numerous roofing professionals have already risen to the challenge by adopting 112 of the roofs.

At 166 members strong, the Roofing Alliance serves as the foundation for the National Roofing Contractors Association and is a dedicated forum of roofing contractors, manufacturers, distributors, service providers and industry professionals who promote and fund the advancement of roofing through research, education, technology and philanthropic initiatives to help the roofing industry and their greater communities.

In April of 2017, the Roofing Alliance began working with Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) by supporting their efforts to help families with critically ill children stay together and near the hospitals providing them medical care. Ronald McDonald Houses provide private sleeping rooms, meals, and opportunities for families to interact as they go through difficult times. Through sponsorship funds and the adoption of the roofs of the 165 stand-alone Ronald McDonald Houses in the U.S., the Roofing Alliance has brought together roofing professionals and companies who donate their time and talents to provide regular roof system inspections, maintenance, repairs and replacements.

“This fall we have been reaching out to our Roofing Alliance and NRCA member to collect data, so we can help the Ronald McDonald Houses with their roof replacement plans,” said Petrick, owner of Ridgeworth Roofing, Frankfort, Illinois. “We’re asking our contractors to inspect the roofs and report back to us on the condition of the roof, the roofing system currently in place, the estimated life expectancy, anticipated and actual work to be done, and the dollar value of the in-kind labor and materials provided or available. Once we receive the information, we enter it into our database and establish a baseline of roof conditions, so we can begin helping RMHC develop roof maintenance and replacement plans.”

Alliance members take pride in knowing that their work truly makes a difference. Petrick put his words into action this summer when his company, along with Bennett & Brosseau Roofing of Romeoville, Illinois, collaborated on steep-slope repairs, the reroof of a four-story flat roof section and a skylight restoration at the Ronald McDonald House near Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois. “During the experience, I found out that a member of my crew utilized a Ronald McDonald House when his child was sick; this really hit home for us,” Petrick added.

Another Roofing Alliance and NRCA member, Charles Antis, CEO and founder of Antis Roofing and Waterproofing in Irvine, California, was the member who initially brought the RMHC initiative to the Roofing Alliance’s attention. He is proud of Petrick’s continued work and mission to make the initiative such a success. “Rod envisions comfortable and dry Ronald McDonald Houses available for families with sick children across this country,” Antis stated. “We want to be sure that we get roofing companies connected to all 165 Houses. It is an amazing opportunity for the roofing industry to give back on such a large scale.”

Susan E. Kenny, development director for the Orange County (California) Ronald McDonald House, worked with Antis Roofing and Waterproofing to repair the roof on her location. Kenny said if Antis would not have made the roof repairs, the organization would have never known there was something wrong; she’s very grateful for their work. “What started as a simple conversation about how we could work together to support our Orange County families soon developed into a national partnership to support RMHC families across the country,” Kenny added. “I love how Charles and his team think big! It’s not just about our neighbors; it’s about what they can do to make our world a better place. The engagement of the Roofing Alliance at all levels has created incredible momentum.”

To learn more, visit www.roofingindustryalliance.net or contact Bennett Judson, the Roofing Alliance’s executive director, at bjudson@nrca.net.

Color Matching Sealant Offers Indoor-Outdoor Versatility

New Echo Colorway color matching sealant from Mule-Hide Products Co. allows contractors to deliver window, door and siding projects that are tough, durable and beautiful, according to the company.

Echo Colorway is a one-component, rapid moisture-cure caulk designed for interior/exterior use in sealing around windows, doors and siding. It provides aggressive adhesion with the most common construction substrates, including fiber cement, cedar, brick, stone, coated aluminum, steel, fiberglass, vinyl, PVC, stucco, EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System), wood, glass, concrete, masonry, flashing tapes and Kynar. It also is compatible with a wide range of additional materials, including rubberized asphalt flashing and other flexible plastic building materials.

A palette of 29 colors – from Ultra Clear, White and Black to a rainbow of tans, browns, blues, greens, reds and grays – makes it easy to coordinate the caulk with windows and siding. The caulk can also be painted just two hours after application, ensuring a perfect fit for those hard-to-match projects.

Echo Colorway can be applied to horizontal and vertical surfaces to fill gaps up to ½-inch deep and 1-inch wide. It bonds to wet or dry surfaces and can be applied in ambient temperatures ranging from -40 F to 140 F.

According to the company, Echo Colorway delivers 10 times the bond strength of other sealants. Flex Technology gives it the elasticity to weather freeze-thaw cycles and building movement; it is a Class 50 sealant under ASTM C920, able to withstand 50 percent extension and 50 percent compression (+/- 50 percent joint movement).

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

PAC-CLAD Metal Roof Products Receive ICC-ES Code Compliance Verification

Four of Petersen’s PAC-CLAD metal standing seam roof systems are included in a new ICC Evaluation Service report. The ICC-ES Evaluation Report ESR-4173 provides independent verification that Snap-Clad, Tite-Loc, Tite-Loc Plus and PAC-150 180-degree double-lock standing seam roof panels meet the fire classification and wind uplift resistance requirements of the International Building Code, International Residential Code, California Building Code and California Residential Code.

ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are used by building officials, architects and contractors as a basis for specifying or approving PAC-CLAD metal standing seam roof systems in construction projects that conform to the IBC, IRC, CBC and CRC. The report proves that ICC-ES thoroughly examined Petersen’s PAC-CLAD roof panels to ensure the products are code-compliant.

“The ICC-ES report provides specifiers, architects and contractors with a broader scope of projects they can specify or bid utilizing Petersen’s PAC-CLAD standing seam roof panels,” said Josh Jacobi, national manager, technical services for Petersen. “With the opening of the PAC-CLAD facility in Phoenix and our desire to increase our presence in the Western United States, the ICC-ES Evaluation Report is critical to securing architectural specification of our roof panels in California and other Western states. Without this report, the amount of projects we could pursue is dramatically reduced, which would have placed limitations on our growth in this region of the United States.”

An ICC-ES Evaluation Report provides information about which code requirements or acceptance criteria were used to evaluate the product, how the product should be installed to meet the requirements, how to identify the product, and more. The reports are intended to safeguard the built environment and make the building official’s job easier when approving products for installation.

ICC-ES evaluates building products per various code requirements through ICC-ES Acceptance Criteria and code-referenced consensus standards. Evaluations address performance characteristics such as structural, seismic and fire resistance. Holding an ICC-ES Evaluation Report proves a manufacturer’s building product or system has undergone a rigorous technical and manufacturing quality evaluation conducted by ICC-ES staff. The ICC Evaluation Service is a member of the ICC family of companies and is a nonprofit, limited liability company.

Petersen manufactures PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in multiple gauges of steel and aluminum. PAC-CLAD products include standing seam roof panels, hidden- and exposed-fastener wall panels, flush- and reveal-joint panels, vented or solid soffit panels, perforated metal, coil and flat sheet, composite panels, column covers, plus fascia and coping. All are available in Kynar 70 percent PVDF finish in 45 standard colors that include a 30-year finish warranty. Most colors meet LEED and Energy Star requirements, and are rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council. Custom colors and weather-tightness warranties are offered.

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.

Metal-Era Announces New Vice President of Marketing

Metal-Era, Inc.announced the appointment of Richard L. Hein as Vice President of Marketing. Richard joined Metal-Era on October 15 and will lead Metal-Era’s strategic marketing activities including brand development, product management, product development and all promotional activities.

Richard comes to Metal-Era with more than 20 years of product strategy, product management and product marketing experience. Richard most recently led global product management for Adient, the world’s leading automotive seating supplier. He has extensive experience developing and implementing product strategies and has a proven track record of success across multiple different industries including automotive, building automation, electrical distribution and electronic materials. Throughout his career, Richard has worked for top companies such as Johnson Controls, General Electric, Cooper Power Systems and Honeywell.

“We are excited to have Richard on board,” says Tony Mallinger, President of Metal-Era, Inc. “Richard brings a wealth of experience in working with customers to identify needs and when we look to the future we know that our ability to deliver new and innovative products will be critical to ensure our customers success. Richard has the ideal background and experience to lead Metal-Era’s efforts in this area.”

For more information, visit www.metalera.com

IKO Acquires Roof Tile Group

IKO Industries Ltd. announced that it has concluded a deal that will see it acquire the operations of the Roof Tile Group from New Zealand-based manufacturer and builder Fletcher Building. Roof Tile Group manufactures metal roofing tiles for global sales and distribution under a number of brand names, including Decra and Gerard. The purchase will expand IKO’s global manufacturing and operations footprint to include production sites in New Zealand, Hungary, Malaysia, and the United States; and more than 500 employees to IKO’s worldwide team.

“We are pleased to welcome RTG and its employees to the IKO family,” stated Hartley Koschitzky, IKO’s co-chairman. “This acquisition represents an excellent opportunity to continue with our global growth strategy, and to expand our metal roofing business beyond our partnership with Metrotile NV, particularly in the North American market. We are looking forward to growing and building RTG’s business and learning from the knowledge and experience of our new team members in the metal roofing industry.”

IKO did not disclose the financial terms of the acquisition. The company indicated that the immediate future will see RTG continue to run its operations on a “business as usual” basis, while the company focuses on onboarding its new employees and gaining familiarity with RTG’s operations.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Branch in Alpharetta Georgia

ABC Supply Co. Inc., opened a branch at 6180 Shiloh Crossing, Suite B in Alpharetta, Georgia. In addition to the roofing and siding products and tools available, the branch offers services including customizable marketing materials, covered ground drops and warranty claims assistance to contractors.

Grant Truex will manage the branch. Truex joined ABC Supply in 2009. He was named manager of the Johnson City, Tennessee, location in 2011 and went on to manage the Conley, Georgia, branch in 2015.

ABC Supply now has 15 locations throughout Georgia with the opening of the Alpharetta branch.

“Grant is an experienced leader who will work hard to make sure his team has the support and knowledge they need to serve local contractors,” said Jim Kaufmann, vice president of ABC Supply’s Southeast Region. “At every ABC Supply location our goal is to provide solutions that make our customers’ jobs easier.”

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

 

Reliant Roofing Announces Final Recipient of Every Shingle Heart Initiative

Reliant Roofing announced their final recipient of the 2018 Every Shingle Heart Initiative to the Samaritan Food Pantry based out of Macclenny, Florida. This is the first year that Reliant Roofing has included a non-profit in their annual Every Shingle Heart Initiative, which provides new roofs to the community. Earlier this year, Reliant Roofing announced in a surprise ceremony their selection of two local families to receive new roofs.

CEO Sean Shapiro says, “Our ultimate goal with Every Shingle Heart was to bring our community together and help as many people as possible. With this in mind, we have chosen the Samaritan Food Pantry as the third recipient of our 2018 Every Shingle Heart Initiative. This organization provides food and other supplies to those in need. Their volunteers are the nicest people, who truly care about the individuals who live in their community. Their facility has been damaged heavily by hurricanes and hail, and we felt that the food pantry deserved to have someone help them for a change.”

Reliant Roofing will begin replacement of the new roof on Saturday, November 17. That day, the team will also be hosting a food drive to benefit the Samaritan Food Pantry. Non-perishable Thanksgiving Dinner food items can be dropped off between 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations will also be accepted November 1st – November 19th. Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at United Christian Church located at 590 North 7th Street Macclenny, Fla.

Pastor Mitch Rhoden of the Samaritan Food Pantry says, “We appreciate anybody that can help us feed 1000 people or more per month. Reliant Roofing is helping us do what God has called us to do, which is help care for the residents in our community in Baker County. We are just so appreciative and thankful for the roof replacement donation along with the Thanksgiving food drive that Reliant Roofing is hosting on our behalf. We feed 1,000 people or more a month and that number will be even higher during the holiday months. The need for help here is great, so this roof and food donation is such a blessing and we can’t express enough how much we appreciate all the help!”

All three recipients of the 2018 Every Shingle Heart Initiative will have their new roofs completed by the end of this year. To learn more about our recipients and Every Shingle Heart visit: https://reliantroofing.com/everyshingleheart/.

For more information, visit reliantroofing.com.