New House-Branded Synthetic Roof Underlayment

Gulfeagle Supply announces new house branded synthetic roof underlayment; Gulfeagle SecureGrip25 manufactured by Continental Materials, Inc. (CMI).

This synthetic underlayment is proprietary to Gulfeagle and will offer roofing contractors an industry leading product and warranty. The Gulfeagle SecureGrip25 is a 48’ wide 250’ long, provided in the “Gulfeagle blue” and boasts a 90 day exposure rating and a 25 year material warranty. The Gulfeagle underlayment is made with ultra violet inhibitors in all 4 layers of construction and each roll carries a tracking number for total traceability and quality assurance.

President of Gulfeagle Supply, Brad Resch, stated that “Gulfeagle identified a need to provide a highquality roof underlayment at a competitive price for our roofing contractor customers. We wanted something that improved their installations & efficiency but was reliable and available across all of our branches. CMI was able to provide us all of that in a product and make it for us in a great color that is all our own.”

“Gulfeagle was early to identify a trend in house-branding synthetic roof underlayment. This product gives us the ability to be consistent and uniform in our offering to our roofing customers. Whethervinstalling asphalt shingles, residential metal or even composite shingles, roofers should know that whenvthey select Gulfeagle SecureGrip25 roof underlayment they will receive the same great performingvproduct every time. Our contractors come to trust the product like they trust Gulfeagle.” says VicevPresident of Purchasing & Marketing, Stephanie Rich.

“We are very proud to be the manufacturer of Gulfeagle’s new roof underlayment. Working closely withvthe Gulfeagle team we were able to put together a product that is uniquely theirs and we will supportvtheir offering just as we do with all underlayment products we produce”, offered Mark Hinterlong, Director of Underlayments for CMI.

For more information, visit www.gulfeagle.com.

Petersen adds Technical Representatives in Canada for Metal Roof, Wall Systems

Petersen is expanding its network of manufacturer representatives into Canada to meet the country’s growing demand for metal roof and wall cladding systems. The manufacturer representatives from Enercorp will support architects, consultants, installing contractors and others involved in the specification and installation of exterior metal cladding products from coast-to-coast across Canada.

Enercorp (enercorp.ca) will represent Petersen’s PAC-CLAD architectural metal cladding products in Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec. The firm also represents products made by Carlisle Construction Materials, which owns Petersen. PAC-CLAD products will be shipped from its Elk Grove Village, Ill., facility.

“Partnering with Enercorp to represent Petersen is a significant step toward successfully servicing Canadian design and construction professionals who are looking for metal roof and wall products. The sales team at Enercorp will satisfy the architectural metal needs of Petersen’s existing and new customers in Canada as we grow the PAC-CLAD brand,” said Mike Petersen, president.

Petersen’s metal cladding products are used in Canada for a wide variety of projects, including commercial, educational, healthcare, residential and most other buildings to deliver a clean and elegant aesthetic. Petersen’s PAC-CLAD products include a high percentage of recycled material, which lowers their environmental footprint and supports sustainability, while being equally applicable for both new construction and restoration of existing building envelopes.

“One of Enercorp’s strengths is consulting architects on product specification, and Petersen is a spec-driven manufacturer, so this is a strongly aligned partnership,” said Dan Meskell, architectural representative at Enercorp. “Adding the PAC-CLAD product line to the Enercorp mix is a natural growth opportunity. We look forward to giving Canadian architects and construction professionals additional options for their exterior cladding needs with quality PAC-CLAD products.”

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

Expanded Shingle Line Offers Enhanced Products With Algae-Fighting Technology

GAF announces the latest expansion of its residential product line with the newly enhanced Timberline American Harvest shingles (Timberline AH), now featuring proprietary GAF StainGuard Plus and LayerLock technologies across its range of distinct color blends.

Roofing contractors may now offer GAF’s most feature-rich residential shingle to homeowners, including time-release algae-fighting technology, fast and accurate installation with LayerLock technology, which is also eligible for a WindProven limited wind warranty when installed with four qualifying accessories.

“We are leading the industry forward with new and advanced technologies that aim to provide the highest level of comprehensive protection for our customers,” said David Ellis, GAF Vice President of Residential Marketing. “These shingles are fast and easy to install, while also offering long-term performance benefits that help protect roofs against blue-green algae discoloration and wind.”

According to the company, compared to more traditional copper-coated granules, StainGuard Plus time-release technology delivers long-lasting algae fighting power and a 25-year limited warranty against blue-green algae discoloration, thanks to its specially engineered capsules infused with copper microsites.

GAF Timberline AH shingles are engineered for fast and accurate installation, with the industry’s largest nailing area powered by LayerLock technology. New Timberline AH shingles offer up to 99.9 percent nailing accuracy and up to 30 percent faster nail fastening during installation vs. Timberline HD shingles. 

For more information, visit https://www.gaf.com/ah

AppliCad Launches Scholarship Program

AppliCad has launched a scholarship program to support digital skill development in young adults. The Global AppliCad Learning for the Future Scholarship Program is designed to give young adults across the globe the opportunity to increase their digital skills relevant to the roofing industry of the future. AppliCad’s roof take-off software is the preferred software for Australian roofing contracting companies, and more and more employers Worldwide discover its benefits and regard it as the benchmark, especially in the metal roofing and cladding industries. 

“At AppliCad, we want to support young people in accessing the roofing estimator skills of the future and have started this scholarship program to provide to selected candidates, our online training course for free, together with an extended free software trial period of 60 days. We would like to think that our new Scholarship Program will be good news for a young person with aspirations in the roofing industry to get a bit of a head start. We are in difficult times and sometimes all we need is a little good news to make our day,” said Ray Smith, AppliCad’s Founder and Managing Director. “The online training course typically takes up to four full days to complete, and together with the extended free trial period, we believe our scholars will have ample time to practice their new skills.”

Applications are open to young adults between 18 and 25 years old who are interested in working in the roofing industry, where digital skills become more important in the future. Applicants need to have access to a PC and the internet and should be willing to learn a professional roofing take-off software. Applications close at 5 p.m. AEST on July 31, 2020.

For more information, visit https://www.applicad.com/2020-applicad-scholarship/.

FRSA Convention & Expo Moves to Online Platform

After closely monitoring the worldwide situation with COVID-19, the FRSA Executive Committee and staff made the difficult decision to cancel FRSA’s 98th Annual Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo, originally scheduled to take place July 15-17, 2020 in Kissimmee, Florida.

“We did not make this decision lightly,” said Lisa Pate, CEM, FRSA Executive Director. “In our 98-year history, we’ve never had to cancel an expo, even after some major hurricanes, but at the end of the day, health and safety must be our priority.” 

With the cancellation confirmed, FRSA staff got right to work transitioning components of the event to an online platform. Extensive roofing-specific changes to the 2020 Florida Building Code and the FRSA-TRI Tile Installation Manual 6th Edition made seminars a clear priority. The Association partnered with AAA Construction School, Jacksonville, and will host 17 online seminars taught by industry professionals. Seminars are competitively priced and Florida and industry specific. A full 14-hour package is $69, an 8-hour package is $39, and a single hour is $14. To register for the seminars, visit www.floridaroof.com and click on the “Register” button on the right. 

Next to receive a digital overhaul was the Silent Auction hosted by FRSA’s Educational and Research Foundation. Each year, donations, such as vacation getaways, restaurant gift cards and roofing materials, raise money for student scholarships. After awarding an unprecedented $30,000 to deserving students this year, the auction was pivoted to an online format in hopes of setting new record-breaking numbers next year. The auction will run from July 10-17. To register and bid on items, text FRSA to 243725 or visit www.floridaroof.com and follow the Online Auction link. 

With contractors unable to walk the aisles of the Expo hall this year, the next challenge was finding new ways for Florida roofing contractors to connect with the exhibitors, sponsors and associate members that support the Association. The all-new Expo Guide was the perfect solution. The 92-page guide highlights many components of the show, including the 2020 S.T.A.R. Award winners, recipients of important industry awards, seminar descriptions, advertisements from generous event sponsors and a complete list of the exhibitors that donated or rolled over their 2020 booth fees.

The guide is currently in the mail heading to over 10,000 Florida roofing contractors and will be available in digital format on the FRSA website and social media platforms. As an added bonus for those flipping the pages, FRSA has included two unique opportunities to win cash. The FRSA 25 Square Challenge has moved online this year. Visit the websites of participating companies to answer trivia questions and send in your answers for a chance to win $1,000. FRSA members are also eligible for the $1,000 Grand Prize by finding the answers to ten trivia questions hidden throughout the Expo Guide. 

“It’s been a learning year for everyone as we stepped away from our normal routine,” said Pate. “We are excited about our online offerings this year and some of them may stick around for future events.” But don’t expect anything online to replace FRSA’s in-person Annual Convention any time soon. “Success in this industry relies on relationships, networking and face-to-face meetings. We will gather again and we are more excited than ever to celebrate our 99th year in 2021.” 

FRSA’s 99th Annual Convention and Expo will take place July 21-23, 2021 at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center. To learn more about online events happening this year, visit www.floridaroof.com

Convoy Supply Appoints New President

Convoy Supply announced the appointment of Martin Côté as president of the company, replacing Alma Garnett.

“We wish to thank Ms. Garnett for her leadership during these past years as Convoy Supply became part of the SOPREMA Group of companies in 2012,” the company said in a statement. “Mr. Côté comes to this position with more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, most recently as Deputy Director of Convoy Supply, and after serving as Vice-President for the North American RESISTO, a division of SOPREMA. He contributed extensively to creating and establishing RESISTO as a brand, and the division grew exponentially during his tenure. Mr. Côté brings a high level of expertise, energy, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the construction industry to Convoy Supply.”

According to the company, his mandate will be to support the growth and operational optimization of Convoy Supply across Canada and the United States, and provide the highest level of service to the company’s customers and suppliers.

Established in 1972, Convoy Supply is an independent wholesale construction materials distributor in North America with 44 locations spanning six provinces and four states. For more information, visit convoy-supply.com.

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Guidance to Ensure Uniform Enforcement of Silica Standards

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently issued a compliance directive designed to ensure uniformity in inspection and enforcement procedures when addressing respirable crystalline silica exposures in general industry, maritime, and construction.

The new directive provides OSHA compliance safety and health officers with guidance on how to enforce the silica standards’ requirements, including:

  • Methods of compliance
  • Table 1 tasks and specified exposure control methods
  • Exposure assessments
  • Housekeeping
  • Respiratory protection
  • Regulated areas
  • Recordkeeping
  • Employee information and training
  • Medical surveillance
  • Communication of hazards

The directive also provides clarity on major topics, such as alternative exposure control methods when a construction employer does not fully and properly implement Table 1, variability in sampling, multi-employer situations, and temporary workers.

OSHA began enforcing most provisions of the construction standard in September 2017, with enforcement of the requirements for sample analysis starting in June 2018. Enforcement of most of the general industry and maritime standards began in June 2018, with enforcement of some medical surveillance requirements commencing on June 23, 2020. On June 23, 2021, OSHA will begin enforcing requirements for engineering controls for hydraulic fracturing operations in the oil and gas industry.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

Roofing Alliance Opens Nomination Period for MVP and Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), has opened the nomination period for two industry award programs—the 2020-21 Most Valuable Player (MVP) and the Gold Circle Awards. The two programs spotlight and promote excellence in the industry with the MVP Awards Program recognizing workers committed to excellence on and off the roof and the Gold Circle Awards program recognizing Roofing Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding workmanship, innovation and safety in roofing.

MVP Awards

The Roofing Alliance’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Awards program recognizes workers who make outstanding contributions to their companies, co-workers and communities.

The award categories include:

  • Outstanding On-the-Job Performance/Workmanship – Dedicated, reliable employees are vital to a company’s success and, among those employees, usually one stands out above all others. That’s the employee who 1) Has a strong work ethic, 2) Shows leadership, initiative and resourcefulness, 3) Has earned an outstanding safety record, 4) Shows support for his or her co-workers and 5) Goes above and beyond. 
  • Outstanding Performance/Other Noteworthy Contributions Outside the Workplace – Outstanding workers not only have a passion for the work they do and a sense of loyalty toward their employers, but they also show compassion for others outside the workplace. They volun­teer their time with their communities, churches, families and friends. They are determined to overcome challenges and obstacles they may face personally or stand by others who need their support. They’re always willing to extend a helping hand. They display exemplary service, leadership, commitment and selfless devotion.

MVPs are role models who demonstrate work-related and personal goals to which others aspire. Roofing professionals are encouraged to nominate employees for an MVP award to recog­nize their outstanding contributions through on-the-job performance and workmanship and for their outstanding performance and other noteworthy contributions outside the workplace.  In addition, one MVP winner will be chosen to be Professional Roofing’s Best of the Best. The person selected as the Best of the Best typically stands out in both categories.  Deadline for nominations is November 20, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at http://roofingalliance.net/programs/mvp/.

Gold Circle Awards

The Roofing Alliance’s prestigious 2020-21 Gold Circle Awards program recognizes Roofing Alliance and NRCA members for outstanding professionalism, innovation, safety and workmanship in roofing. Unique roofing-related jobs (commercial or residential), programs and services completed between June 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020, are eligible. Roofing contractors are encouraged to submit their best work for a chance to earn this elite recognition.

Roofing Alliance and NRCA members are nominated for contributions to the roofing industry in two categories:

  • Outstanding Workmanship and Innovative Solutions -Outstanding workmanship and innovative solutions applies to projects that exceed standard roofing practic­es.  Submitted projects must be unique, creative and useful.
  • Safety Preparedness and Performance – Safety is integral to a successful roofing project. Completed jobs that exemplified safety preparedness, execution and review  are eligible for nomination.

All entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges within the roofing industry. The highest-ranking entries will determine the winner.  The deadline for Gold Circle Awards is October 23, 2020.  Applications and additional information can be found at http://roofingalliance.net/gold-circle-awards-program/.

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net.

4C’s Spray Equipment Launches New and Improved Website

4C’s Spray Equipment, inventor and manufacturer of the HULK (Heated, Urethane, Low-rise Adhesive, Kart) Spray Rig, announced the launch of its new website. The easy to navigate website is optimized for viewing on mobile devices with pages that load quickly, as more contractors are seeking information and answers while in the field using their phones and tablets. 

“Our customers want immediate access to the information they need to keep their jobs moving,” said Mike Calaman, founder and owner of 4C’s Spray Equipment. “We’ve added frequently asked questions and how-to videos to assist them in quickly finding answers.”

Contractors considering adding the HULK to their arsenal of equipment can see what other contractors have to say about the rig on the new testimonials page. Contractors agree that the HULK has “exceeded their expectations” and that the rig has “saved time and money.” A featured video on the homepage of the new site shares a FleeceBACK spray rig race hosted at Carlisle Syntec Systems’ training facility in which the HULK outperformed every other machine in the race and finished first for speed and performance.

The new website provides contractors with an easy way to order parts for most of the machines, spray guns and carts on the market today. Web visitors simply choose their equipment, reference the convenient parts diagrams, and indicate the quantity desired on the order form. The form offers the ability to either place the order immediately or request a quote.  

For more information, visit www.4cssprayequipmentrental.com.

New Line of Rooftop Fall Arrest Systems

Kee Safety, Inc. introduces its comprehensive line of Kee Rigid Anchors fall arrest systems to provide personal fall protection in tie-back applications including suspended platforms, window washing, equipment tie-back, and general rooftop maintenance and repair operations. Available in stock for shipment within 24 hours, they are designed to withstand a pull-out force of 5,000 lbs. applied in any direction and meet applicable OSHA, ANSI, and Cal/OSHA standards, Kee Safety states.

New Kee Rigid Anchors are galvanized for corrosion resistance and durability, easy to install, and have insulated posts to stop conductivity and provide for temperature consistency on the building, according to the company. The product line includes five standard options to meet a wide range of building and roof types:

  • Bolt on style clamps directly onto new or existing structural steel using patented and proprietary BeamClamp steel-to-steel connectors.
  • Bolt around style bolts around structures of steel, concrete or wood using connector rods and a backer plate.
  • Cast-in-place style casts directly onto new concrete roof slabs of minimum grade 3000 psi and 7-inch thickness.
  • Epoxy adhesive style fastens onto concrete roof slabs of minimum grade 3000 psi and 8-inch thickness.
  • Weld on style welds directly onto new or existing structural steel.

All five Kee Rigid Anchors options are available in three diverse attachment points, depending on application, Kee Safety said. They can be fitted with a forged D-Ring system, Stainless Steel U-Bar model, or a Tapped Hole option for horizontal lifelines. The company also offers custom-design and manufacturing services for anchoring installations that may require different sizes and solutions.

Standards and codes met include OSHA 29 CFR 1910.66 for powered platforms, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.140 for personal fall protection, Cal/OSHA Title 8 Regulations Section 3291 for permanent rooftop installations, ANSI/IWCA I-14.1 for window cleaning safety, ANSI Z359.18 for anchorage connector safety requirements and active fall protection systems, and ANSI/AISC 360-16 specification for structural steel buildings.

For more information, visit www.KeeSafety.com.