New Color Palette Available for High-Definition Shingles

Atlas Roofing Corporation launches its new Pinnacle Pristine Natural Expressions high-definition color palette.

Natural Expressions’ exhilarating hues are created through a proprietary manufacturing process in which drops of different colors are strategically added to the dragon’s tooth and shim — the parts of the shingle that give it depth and character.

Pinnacle Pristine shingles featuring the Natural Expressions palette pull from rich, color-reserve blends and are available in five bold, designer shades:

  • Coastal Granite – Imagine standing on the windswept coast of Maine and feeling a little thrill to see how the color of the rocks almost matches the pounding seas. This deep gray shingle is anything but neutral.
  • Copper Canyon – Drawn to wide-open spaces and big, dramatic vistas? Looking like they came directly from the rugged landscapes of the Old West, these shingles can’t help but inspire a sense of adventure.
  • Majestic Shake – Know how historic trees have a certain dignity about
 them? Some homes do too. Offering a formal, traditional aesthetic, these shingles deliver a look that’s serious without being severe.
  • Morning Harvest – Golden sunlight and a market basket overflowing with the bounty of the garden – if anything inspires warmth and contentment, this is it. These golden tones offer a simple message: welcome.
  • Summer Storm – The world just seems fresher after a good rain. The air smells clean and rain-washed cobblestone streets shimmer like jewels. These shingles capture that mood of renewed optimism, all with not a cloud on the horizon.

“These colors, which are ‘inspired by nature and designed for you,’ will help homeowners express their personal style on the exterior of their homes,” says Paul Casseri, product manager for Atlas Roofing.

In addition, Natural Expressions shingles include all of the great benefits and features of the Pinnacle Pristine line.

Backed by more than 25 years of proven performance, Scotchgard Protector from 3M offers a lifetime limited warranty against black streaks that make roofs look older, tired and ugly. These stains, caused by algae, are prevented thanks to 3M’s copper granules and the way Atlas distributes those granules throughout each shingle.

“Atlas shingles offer the only lifetime warranty against black streaks and stains backed by the power of Scotchgard Protector from 3M,” says Stan Bastek, director of marketing and sales development for Atlas Roofing.

Pinnacle Pristine shingles with the new Natural Expressions palette feature HP42” Technology with an enhanced 1 ½-inch Sweet Spot nailing area and double FASTAC adhesive sealant line that provides a 130 mph wind protection guarantee.

“The reason we can accomplish this high-wind warranty is because we’re thermally sealing the back fiberglass mat of this shingle,” Casseri explains. “That’s where all the strength is coming from.”

All Pinnacle Pristine architectural shingles are eligible for the Atlas Signature Select Roofing System, which includes:

  • Atlas WeatherMaster Ice & Water Underlayment
  • Atlas Premium Underlayment
  • Atlas Pro-Cut Starter Shingles
  • Atlas Roof Shingles
  • Atlas Pro-Cut Hip & Ridge Shingles

Visit AtlasRoofing.com/roof-inspiration to use the Roof and Home Design Studio and download the RoofSwap app to see how the new Natural Expressions colors can enhance the look of any roof.

For more information on all of Atlas Roofing’s products, visit AtlasRoofing.com/roof-shingles.

Owens Corning Earns 2018 Women’s Choice Award

Owens Corning announced that it earned the 2018 Women’s Choice Award, which recognizes the brand behind America’s Most Recommended Roofing Products. This designation is based on a national survey reflecting responses from thousands of women in the United States who were asked to select brands they would highly recommend to friends and family. The announcement coincides with National Roofing Week, June 3 through June 9.

“We are honored that women have expressed their confidence in Owens Corning Roofing with the Women’s Choice Award. Women have long driven design and style decisions inside and outside the home, including the roof,” says Sue Burkett, marketing manager, Owens Corning Roofing. “Women consider the functional features of a home’s roofing system that help seal and defend a home from the elements, as well as the aesthetic aspects of the roof.”

A new roof consistently ranks among the top home improvements that achieves a strong return on investment. As a home’s roof typically represents about 40 percent of a home’s exterior, the roof can play a significant role in boosting curb appeal. The summer provides an opportunity for consumers considering home improvements to view their roof as both functional and stylish.

The annual Owens Corning Shingle Color of the Year initiative, which highlights the roof as a design element, is informed by women’s influence in coordinating a home’s external color schemes. The company developed color tools, such as online style boards and visualization resources, to help consumers consider the important aesthetic aspect of a new roof.

Delia Passi, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Women’s Choice Award stated, “By carrying the Women’s Choice Award seal, brands like Owens Corning signify their commitment to empower women to make smart buying choices, which is important because women’s spending power continues to grow. They currently control the majority of the purchasing decisions for consumer goods in the United States.”

This award can serve as a competitive differentiator in the marketplace.  “When a woman is willing to recommend a brand or service to others, it means that business has earned her loyalty. We are pleased to salute Owens Corning Roofing for its focus on excellence, a commitment that is recognized by women consumers nationwide,” Passi continued.

For more information, visit www.owenscorning.com.

 

U.S. Department of Labor Issues Memorandum Outlining Enforcement of Silica Standard

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a memorandum outlining the initial enforcement of the standard for respirable crystalline silica in general industry and maritime. Most provisions of the standard become enforceable on June 23, 2018. The standard establishes a new 8-hour time-weighted average permissible exposure limit, action level, and associated ancillary requirements.

During the first 30 days of enforcement, OSHA will offer compliance assistance for employers who make good faith efforts to comply with the new standard. OSHA intends to issue interim enforcement guidance until a compliance directive on the new standards is finalized.

OSHA’s Small Entity Compliance Guide for the Respirable Crystalline Silica Standard for General Industry and Maritime discusses methods of compliance, such as using engineering and work practice controls, assessing exposure levels, respirator use, medical surveillance, and written exposure plans.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

RCI Manual of Practice Goes Digital

RCI Inc. announced that the RCI Manual of Practice is now available exclusively as an interactive PDF. According to the association, users can jump to various sections from the table of contents, search the document, and access it from any screen. The Manual of Practice Task Force is currently working on a revision of the 2010 manual.

The RCI Manual of Practice is designed to be a standard for practitioners performing roof, exterior wall, and waterproofing consulting and quality assurance functions. The manual is intended to provide a peer-reviewed structure for the practice of consulting in the construction of the building envelope, according to RCI. In simple terms, it describes what a professional consultant does and how the consultant does it.

For more information, visit www.rci-online.org.

Water-Repellent Sloping Material Promotes Positive Drainage

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. launches POLYSLOPEPolyglass U.S.A. Inc. launches POLYSLOPE, a water-repellent, fiber reinforced, cementitious compound designed to address standing water, promote positive drainage, and divert water off the roof. According to the manufacturer, the product can be used to create positive drainage on roofs that have low spots and divert standing water. POLYSLOPE is ready to use after adding water and mixing. It is easy to screed and paintable after 48 hours.

“We are proud to bring this product to market and enable contractors to quickly resolve roof challenges,” said Ariel Lender, director of product management and codes and compliance. “Our mission is to deliver quality and innovative solutions to the roofing industry that are sustainable and help prolong the life of the roof.”

A video of the product is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arWqDMSKPPg.

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

Industrial Maintenance Coating Designed for TPO and PVC Roofing Systems

EverprimeEverest Systems offers Everprime All Ply, a primer for various new and aged single-ply membranes. According to the manufacturer, this high-quality, plasticizer free, single component, solvent based primer can be applied by a spray brush or a roller. The product is designed to provide exceptional adhesion to new and aged TPO and PVC membranes. In addition, this high-performance coating provides excellent surface for subsequent application of acrylic, 100 percent solids Silicone and fluoropolymer coatings.

For more information, visit http://everestsystemsco.com.

SRS Distribution Enables Digital Business Using Contractor Applications

SRS Distribution Inc. announced the company has reached agreement with top contractor applications to enable real-time pricing and electronic order transmission for its loyal base of professional contractor customers using an Application Programming Interface (API).

“Innovation is key to the SRS culture and growth plans, and by enabling APIs that communicate directly with our industry leading distribution platform, we take our first step towards digitizing the contractor experience,” commented Sonya Wells, Senior Vice President of Information Services for SRS Distribution.

According to the company, integration will initially focus on providing professional contractors the ability to submit orders directly from each respective application, but will soon expand to other capabilities, such as real-time delivery tracking, scheduling, hotshot pickups and product availability.

“We recognize the unique value that each of our partners bring to our customer base, and by enabling these digital capabilities, we enrich and complete the end-to-end solution that each contractor application provides. We envision the contractor will estimate, price, order, and soon, track deliveries on the application of their choice.” said Patrick Garcia, Vice President of Innovation and Technology Adoption for SRS Distribution.

“JobProgress, iRoofing, JobNimbus, Xactware, EagleView, Core Logic, One Click Contractor and CutterCroix are among the select contractor applications that have chosen to align with SRS and will be the first to participate in this digital initiative. Co-development will simultaneously commence in June 2018 and target release date will be determined by each respective participant,” Garcia added.

“We have learned a lot through our existing partnership with EagleView Technology’s EagleView Construct software and we are excited to expand on that capability as we seek to make our entire family of companies easier to do business with,” Wells said.

For more information, visit http://srsdistribution.com.

OSHA Proposes Rule Changes for Crane Operators

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently announced a proposed rule designed to increase the safety of America’s construction sites. In addition to providing long-term clarity regarding crane operator certification requirements, the proposal reinstates the employer duty to ensure that a crane operator is qualified to safely operate equipment.

Under the proposed rule, a change to the categories of certifications for crane operators would ensure more operators are able to meet the requirement. The proposal discontinues a 2010 requirement, which never went into effect, that crane operator certification must include the crane lifting capacity for which the operator is certified. The proposal would expand the type of certification programs for crane operators.

Comments on the proposed rule may be submitted electronically at http://www.regulations.gov, the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, or by facsimile or mail. See the Federal Register notice for submission details. Comments must be submitted by June 20, 2018.

OSHA recently published a final rule extending the operator certification compliance date until November 10, 2018, in order to provide the agency with additional time to complete this rulemaking to address stakeholder concerns related to the Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

New Line of Fasteners Designed for Extreme Environments

The new 40-year Ply-Lo Extreme line of fasteners from East Coast Fasteners is designed for extreme environments. Ply-Lo Extreme was successfully tested in accordance to ASTM B117 for more than 3,000 hours of salt spray. With all the features of the original Ply-Lo fastener, the Ply-Lo Extreme is available in #10, #12 and #14, with a 40-year warranty. Ply-Lo #12 is designed to secure metal panels in place and prevent separation in extreme environments. Ply-Lo #14 is designed for use on larger buildings and as replacements in extreme environments. All Ply-Lo Extreme fasteners are tested internally and by a third party. Also new is the Ply-Lo #10 Extended fastener, the fastener that built the post-frame industry. Ply-Low #10 Extended, with a 12-year warranty, was successfully tested in accordance to ASTM B117 for a true 1,000 hours of salt spray.

For more information, visit www.plyco.com.

Ridgeworth Roofing Company Showcases Commercial Roofing Projects on New Website

Ridgeworth Roofing Company has launched a new website, www.ridgeworthroofing.com, to provide an even better user experience and showcase the company’s exceptional commercial, institutional, condominium, and industrial roofing projects.

“All of us at Ridgeworth Roofing are proud to have served the Chicagoland area for 44 years,” said Rodney Petrick, Owner and President. “We’re also proud to announce the launch of our new website, which is designed to provide our current and future customers with a wealth of information about how we can provide them with the best products and service available in the roofing industry today.”

The new website features a project gallery that includes photos and details of a wide range of roofing applications on buildings such as schools, warehouses, commercial buildings, and a 36-story Chicago high rise.

“We’re excited to present in even more detail the extensive skill and expertise of our team,” said Petrick.

Ridgeworth Roofing is a family-owned business, founded in 1974 by Petrick’s father, Robert Petrick. The business continues to thrive today, driven by the same passion and dedication to customer service that Robert Petrick brought to the company at its start.

“Our company is more than a business,” said Rodney Petrick. “It’s a family legacy. Every project we take on advances the tradition of excellence in both craftsmanship and customer service my dad started in 1974.”

Ridgeworth Roofing’s commitment to customer service extends into its dedication to the local community. In addition to offering superior service at a fair price, the company has provided materials and labor for a number of charitable roofing projects.

A leader in the industry, Petrick serves as a member of various professional committees and has held key positions in the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association (CRCA), and the Midwest Roofing Contractors Association (MRCA).

“Our new website is an attractive and engaging starting point for potential customers to see what we can do. We then encourage them to contact us about how we can solve their commercial or industrial roofing problems, no matter how complicated,” said Petrick.

For more information, visit www.ridgeworthroofing.com.