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.

CertainTeed Corporation Joins NRCA’s One Voice Initiative

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has announced building materials manufacturer CertainTeed Corporation, headquartered in Malvern, Pa., has joined NRCA’s One Voice initiative, upgrading its associate membership to “partner member.”

In 2017, NRCA launched its One Voice initiative to unite the roofing industry and speak with one voice about matters critical to the roofing industry’s continued success.

To ensure all industry sectors are given an opportunity to participate, NRCA amended its bylaws to allow manufacturers, distributors, architects, engineers and consultants that choose to participate to become full members of the association, meaning they will be granted voting rights and are eligible for leadership roles within the association. Previously, such rights were reserved only for contractor members.

“NRCA’s One Voice initiative offers a unique opportunity for the roofing industry to address the major issues we face. However, our work can only be accomplished with commitments from leaders from all sectors of this great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “Only together as a roofing community can we take this transformational approach to address our issues and concerns and achieve success in the future.”

Issues currently affecting the roofing industry include workforce development and certification; advancing the industry’s public policy agenda; building codes and insurance; and increasing professionalism throughout the industry.

“For more than 30 years, CertainTeed has been listening and responding to professional roofing contractors on key industry topics,” says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Corporation. “We are pleased to align our efforts with NRCA’s One Voice initiative to support efforts to address the important issues that will impact the future of this profession.”

For more information about NRCA and its One Voice initiative, go to www.nrca.net/onevoice.

RICOWI Announces Deployment of Teams to Hurricane Michael

The RICOWI Board of Directors announced deployment of four teams to investigate the damage to roofs from Hurricane Michael in the Panama City, Florida area. This will be the sixth hurricane team deployment. The Wind Investigation Program (WIP) teams include wind engineers, roofing material specialists, insurance analysts, structural engineers, and consultants.

The WIP mission is to investigate the field performance of roof assemblies after major wind storm events, factually describe roof assembly performance and modes of damage, and formally report results of investigations and damage modes for substantiated wind speeds. A report will be generated and made available online at www.ricowi.com.

This program places experts in the field that have the required product knowledge and program training to ensure that sound, scientific and unbiased reporting occurs. The reports generated by RICOWI investigation teams are utilized to help educate all stakeholders and improve products, installation techniques, and safety. They are designed to help reduce overall roofing and insurance costs for the industry. The results will also provide a valuable resource to FEMA and state emergency management agencies.

RICOWI chairman David Balistreri stated: “RICOWI volunteers will provide factual information on the roof damage, based on wind speed and other data. Clearly, this information will improve the roofing structure, and greatly help the community in the long term.”

Prior to Hurricane Michael, RICOWI conducted five of the most comprehensive roofing investigations of hurricane-stricken areas: Hurricanes Charley (August 13, 2004), Ivan (September 16, 2004), Katrina (August 29, 2005) Ike (September 13, 2008), and a smaller investigation for Hurricane Irma (October 31, 2017).

For additional information about RICOWI, or assisting with sponsorships of this research, contact RICOWI’s Executive Director, Joan Cook, by phone at 330-671-4569 or via email at jcook@ricowi.com.

For more information, visit www.ricowi.com.

 

Heidi J. Ellsworth and Karen L. Edwards Launch Second Marketing Book for Roofing Contractors

Heidi J. Ellsworth and Karen L. Edwards, consultants in the roofing industry focused on sales and marketing, have released a second book focused on marketing planning. As a follow up to their successful introductory-level book, Sales and Marketing for Roofing Contractors, the pair have teamed up again to publish the next book in the series, Building a Marketing Plan for Roofing Contractors.

The book serves as a guide and a workbook for contractors to understand each step and section of developing a strong marketing plan. It includes action items that allow contractors to answer the questions that will help them create their own marketing plan and identify the resources to help them implement that plan. With information that will help any small business, this book shows how to build a marketing plan and features an appendix with helpful templates that demonstrate the structure of the plan, a budget guideline and other useful tools.

“I think one of the biggest things I took away is the importance of having a plan,” stated Lynne Marie H. Rosado, Marketing Director of Houston, Texas-based R. B. Hash Roofing and Waterproofing. “I was able to work towards the items I felt were most important for R. B. Hash this year, which included re-branding with a new logo and launching a new website. These things take time and you want to do it right the first time, so having a plan with marketing items to focus on this year helped us prevent wasted time and money.”

Both books can be purchased on Amazon or the NRCA bookstore.

Ellsworth and Edwards are actively involved in RoofersCoffeeShop.com, Ellsworth as a partner and Edwards as the site’s editor. They also have their own consulting companies, HJE Consulting and Casimir Group LLC, respectively. They both also work with several industry manufacturers, service providers and roofing contractors throughout the country. Ellsworth and Edwards are available to speak to contractor audiences as part of training and educational programs.

For more information, visit their RoofersCoffeeShop Directory.

TAMKO Donates Roof For Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Project

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans at no cost, will open a new guest home to accommodate traveling veterans from across the country while they’re paired with a new service dog – all thanks to generous donations from a group of manufacturers and contractors, including The Dallas Builders Association and TAMKO Building Products Inc.

The new Patriot PAWS guest home is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ADA compliant and can host veterans as they go through the two-week process of being paired with a service dog. During this period, veterans live and train with their dogs at the guest house, before returning home. The service dogs and use of the new guest home are provided at no cost to the veterans.

This project was made possible through donations from multiple manufacturers, distributors and contractors, and through a partnership with the Dallas Builders Association. Builder Captains for this project were Donnie Evans and Gregg McGriff of Altura Homes and Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders.

“Although Patriot PAWS is located in Texas, their impact is felt nationwide, and we are proud to have members who generously help when called upon,” said Sheena Beaver, education director and executive administrator for the Dallas Builders Association. “Without TAMKO’s donation, this project would have been financially burdensome and this beacon of hope would still be just a dream.”

This is the first Patriot PAWS project for TAMKO, but support for veterans is a longtime focus of the Missouri-based building products manufacturer, which donated the roof system for the new facility.“Between Hero Flights, Honor Flights and roof donations for wounded vets, TAMKO has a long history of supporting our heroes,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “And we appreciate what veterans bring to the job – more than 15 percent of our employees have a military background. When we heard about the Patriot PAWS organization, we knew that we wanted to find a way to support them in the important work that they’re doing for veterans.”

Patriot PAWS provides a crucial and much-needed service. Patriot PAWS receives around 400 requests for service dogs every month from people across the nation. The process to raise and train a service dog takes approximately two years and can cost up to $34,000. Since its start in 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed 187 service dogs and has 92 veterans on a waiting list.

“We owe veterans far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time,” said Lori Stevens, founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. “We admire companies like TAMKO that realize and appreciate the true value of veterans.”

The service dogs are trained by volunteers, other veterans, inmates in the Texas Corrections System, and students from the University of North Texas. Patriot PAWS’ 3-acre location includes a 25-run kennel facility and a dedicated training facility. Between the training facility and the Prison Training Program, the organization can train about 60 dogs at a time, and places 10 to 15 service dogs with veterans every year.

For more information about Patriot PAWS, visit http://patriotpaws.org/.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.