Metal Building Insulation Offers 10-Year Warranty

New rFOIL Ultra White 2600 Series metal building insulation offers a 10-year UV degradation warranty on material flaking and labor cost. According to the manufacturer, Ultra White blocks 97 percent of radiant heat transfer and prevents interior condensation. Ultra White is a single or double layer of polyethylene bubbles bonded to and sandwiched between a radiant barrier metalized foil and white polyethylene sheet. Designed to control heat gain and loss in all types of metal and metal-clad buildings, Ultra White features Quickseam-Taped Tabs for easy handling and installation. Puncture- and tear-resistant Ultra White is not affected by humidity and will not support mold and mildew.

For more information, visit https://www.rfoil.com

Standing Seam Roof Clamp Accommodates Variety of Seam Profiles

Dynamic Fastener offers the Standing Seam Roof Clamp, which is designed for use on a standing seam roof. The DFSSRC-03 installs over the clip on a completely seamed, attached roof section a minimum 4 feet or further from the edge with no damage to roof panels or finished seams and no roof penetrations. The clamp accommodates seams up to 1 inch wide, and the unique “flip” design of the DFSSRC-03 allows for fit on both the Butler MR24 and Butler VSR-style seams just by removing the bolts, turning one side of the clamp around the ring and replacing the bolts. According to the company, any roof that meets similar loadings, specifications, and codes of the Butler styles will accept these anchors for safety tie off.

This product serves as a part of a fall protection system with compatible equipment as determined by your competent person. A safety lanyard, of a maximum length 6-foot length, with a deceleration (shock absorber) device and full body harness should be used with the clamp. Clamps have been tested to meet and exceed the following OSHA standards: 1926.502 (d) (2), (3), (4) and (15): Anchorages for attachments of personal fall arrest equipment.

The clamp features durable, all steel construction with zinc electroplate finish, and it designed to be lightweight, reusable, and easy to use. The clamp must be attached to a fully seamed panel and must be attached over a clip that is bolted/screwed down (generally to a purlin). The flange of the clamp must be hooked under the seam before the four bolts are tightened to a torque of 50 ft./lb.

“Contractors tell me they appreciate the ease of installation,” says Ken Webb, Sales Manager, Dynamic Fastener. “Their customers, the building owners, will often request to buy the clamps from the contractor so their maintenance crews can use them as tie-off points when working on the roof. When it comes to safety, you need a reliable product that’s also affordable. You definitely get that with the DFSSRC-03 Standing Seam Roof Clamp.”

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The “Roofers’ Choice” winner is determined by the product that receives the most reader inquiries from the “Materials & Gadgets” section in a previous issue. This product received the most inquiries from our July/August 2019 issue.

USGBC Launches New “Insight” Feature to Help Green Building Projects Prioritize Sustainability Strategies, Improve Performance

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) launched Insight, a new data-driven tool that highlights building project design features that can lead to better performance. Insight is available as a feature of the Arc platform and provides information on the design attributes of LEED certified buildings within a specified geographic region. Project teams can then compare and rank potential sustainability strategies to see how they stack up against the performance of other buildings. Insight leverages the depth of the existing LEED data to aid designers and builders in adopting smart, practical and achievable sustainability strategies.

“The Insight tool is all about partnership, innovation and green building performance,” said Mahesh Ramanujam, president and CEO, USGBC. “USGBC has a vision of a performance-oriented future and the trajectory of LEED is to continue to improve the performance throughout the lifecycle of buildings. Holistically, LEED enables the best possible buildings – and with tools like Insight, it will also allow building owners and city leaders to better track progress toward their environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals.”

Insight can be leveraged by LEED and green building teams to improve the design – and eventually performance – of their buildings by encouraging the implementation of best practices during the design and construction stage. Insight helps green building and LEED project teams identify practices that could improve building performance and eliminate those that pose a risk to their long-term investment. The new tool is part of USGBC’s continued efforts to leverage data and technology to encourage more informed decisions around sustainability.

Insight was created in partnership with Skanska – a project development and construction group – and also USGBC member company and longtime supporter of the green building movement. Experts from both organizations worked together over two years to develop the tool.

“Insight can compare your project team’s aspirations for energy, water and waste savings with results from similar buildings in your region, which allows you to visualize how the performance of your project stacks up to other buildings like yours and will help you make informed decisions about practical and achievable sustainability strategies,” said Beth Heider, FAIA, chief sustainability officer, Skanska USA. “Skanska is proud of this work alongside USGBC that provides design phase insight to the Arc platform.” 

The ability to consider the impact of strategies and decisions will help building teams be more effective in tracking sustainability performance and progress. Insight supports teams pursuing LEED certification, as well as projects that are already certified, but are committed to maintaining a high level of performance or seeking recertification.  

For more information, visit https://new.usgbc.org

Hard Hat Liners Wick Away Sweat, Reduce Odors

NoSweat is a disposable, moisture-wicking performance hard hat liner. The product is designed to stick to the inside of any hat or hard hat, wicking away sweat to help prevent headwear from becoming musty smelling while also helping workers focus on what they are doing, rather than wiping sweat out of their eyes. According to the company, NoSweat is made with hypoallergenic materials that are thin, soft and lightweight. The liners also help prevent sweat stains on your headwear and reduce fogging in glasses, half shields and eyewear. NoSweat performance liners are made in the USA. 

For more information, visit www.nosweatco.com

The Top 40 Products of 2019

The following product roundup features the Top 40 products of the year, as chosen by the readers of Roofing magazine. The products were selected based on the number of reader requests for sales leads through the Reader Action Card in the print issue and the number of clicks on the website, www.RoofingMagazine.com, including those generated through our monthly e-newsletter. The product generating the most leads from each print issue is also featured as our “Roofers’ Choice” product, and the past year’s winners are also included here. If you have a new product you’d like us to consider for a future edition of our Materials & Gadgets section, please email Editor-in-Chief Chris King at chris@roofingmagazine.com.

Water-Repellent Sloping Material Promotes Positive Drainage

Polyglass 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 is ready to use after adding water and mixing. Polyslope is mixed with 1.2 gallons to 1.3 gallons of water per 50-pound pail. It is easy to screed and paintable after 48 hours. www.Polyglass.us

Roof Vent Designed Specifically for Clothes Dryers

The DryerJack is the first roof termination specifically designed for the demanding needs of venting clothes dryers. Made in the USA of Galvalume and available powder coated in black, brown or white, DryerJacks feature a patented curved damper that meets code requirements and more, according to the company. To safely vent dryers, airflow restriction must be minimized to prevent lint blowback and the fire hazard that creates. A passageway of 21 square inches delivers nearly zero airflow restriction, allowing the dryer to operate at peak performance. www.DryerJack.com

Low-VOC Aerosol Contact Adhesive/Primer Applies Quickly

The new AeroWeb Low-VOC Aerosol Contact Adhesive/Primer from Mule-Hide Products Co. complies with VOC-related regulations in all 50 states. According to the manufacturer, the product delivers aggressive adhesion and a quick drying time while going on as much as 60 percent faster than traditional roller-applied adhesives. It can be used in a wide variety of applications, including adhering standard TPO and standard EPDM membranes to horizontal and vertical surfaces; adhering fleece back membranes to vertical surfaces; enhancing the bond between Mule-Hide F5 Air & Vapor Barrier and various substrates; and priming unexposed asphalt prior to applying Mule-Hide Helix Low-Rise Adhesive for insulation attachment. www.MuleHide.com

Waterproofing Membrane Is Solvent Free

Chem Link launches NOVALINK WM, a waterproofing membrane available in two- or five-gallon pails. NOVALINK WM is a cold-applied, single-component waterproofing membrane that cures by exposure to atmospheric and substrate moisture to form a continuous, tough, reinforced elastic seal. It is solvent-free and compliant with all known environmental and OSHA requirements, allowing its use in confined spaces with standard personal protection equipment. www.ChemLink.com

Structural Acoustical Roof Decks Reduce Noise Levels

Tectum Structural Acoustical Roof Deck solutions from Armstrong Building Solutions provide predictable noise absorption, durability, and sustainability to meet building design needs. Composite roof deck options provide R-values up to 44. By providing noise absorption up to 0.80, the panels often eliminate the need for additional acoustical treatments, providing faster and easier installations than standard steel roof decks. According to the manufacturer, Tectum Roof Decks are an ideal noise reduction solution for large, high traffic, exposed structure spaces such as auditoriums, gymnasiums, arenas, pools, ice arenas and multi-use facilities. www.ArmstrongBuildingSolutions.com

High-Temperature, Self-Adhered Underlayment

Boral 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. 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. The high-strength woven polyester surface remains intact under high foot traffic and provides UV resistance up to six months. It comes in 216-square-foot rolls for a net two squares. www.BoralRoof.com

Vent Secured Roofing System

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces the VacuSeal Vent Secured Roofing System, which uses special vents that harness the power of the wind to lock roof membranes in place. According to the manufacturer, VacuSeal systems are quick and easy to install and save cost and labor by substantially reducing the amount of glue, ballast, or fasteners a project requires. According to the company, there are no cold-weather limitations for installation and no VOCs or odors. The system is UL certified with uplift certification at 195 psf negative pressure. www.CarlisleSynTec.com

Extended-Length Aluminum Retrofit Drain

Marathon Roofing Productsnow offers an extended version of its Aluminator Retrofit Drain that is 22 inches long. According to the company, the Aluminator Drain is constructed of heavy-duty spun aluminum body, aluminum ring/dome and the ProSeal seal designed to prevent water backup issues. The Aluminator also has the option to be PVC or TPO coated for direct hot-air welding to PVC or TPO membranes. www.MarathonDrains.com

Versatile All-Weather Roof Flashing

New Seal-Fast Repair Hero roof flashing from Mule-Hide Products Co. is an all-system, all-weather maintenance and repair product. The solvent-based, fiber-reinforced terpolymer sealant adheres to all roof substrates, including asphalt, modified bitumen, metal, TPO, EPDM, PVC, Kynar, concrete, Elvaloy/PVC, Hypalon (CSPE) and polyisobutylene (PIB). According to the manufacturer, Repair Hero can be applied to dry or wet surfaces and under water. It can be used in any weather and in any ambient temperature. Repair Hero complies with VOC-related regulations in all 50 states and does not need to be mixed or stirred before use. www.MuleHide.com

Bulk Material Warmer Protects Temperature-Sensitive Products

Powerblanket 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. www.Powerblanket.com

Silicone-Infused Elastomeric Roof Coating

Nationwide Protective Coatings Mfrs. Inc. introduces PERMASIL, a new silicone-infused bright white elastomeric acrylic, ceramic insulating, waterproofing protective roof coating. The water-based, energy-saving formula is designed to beautify, protect and extend the life of roofing surfaces. Silicone technology adds extra waterproofing protection by sheeting off water from the dried coating surface. According to the manufacturer, the product is easy to apply and comes with a 15-year warranty. www.NationwideCoatings.com

Rooftop Walkway System Features Integrated Safety Railing

Kee Safety Inc. introduces Kee Walk with Guardrail, an OSHA-compliant rooftop walkway system with an integrated safety railing. Designed to provide a secure, anti-slip walking surface on all roof types including metal profile and standing seam roofs, Kee Walk with Guardrail accommodates steps, traverses, and sloped roofs with pitches up to 35 degrees, according to the company. Kee Walk with Guardrail helps to eliminate potential fall hazards by presenting a clear demarcation route for personnel accessing the roof. The corrosion-resistant walkway-railing system is compatible with other Kee Safety fall protection products to deliver a complete rooftop safety solution, according to the company. www.KeeSafety.com 

Self-Adhering, High-Temperature Roofing Underlayment

MFM Building Products unveils a high-temperature roofing underlayment, Premium HT Tile & Metal. This self-adhering roofing underlayment is composed of a high-grade, reinforced polyester fabric laminated to a high-temperature asphalt adhesive system. This premium product also has a fiberglass-reinforced core for extreme durability. Product features a 3-inch (7 cm) selvedge edge to ensure a secure, monolithic seal. The surface fabric offers excellent foot traction and for stacking tiles during construction. UV exposure is 180 days. Premium HT Tile & Metal will withstand the high temperatures created by metal and tile roofing with a high temperature rating of 250°F (121°C). www.MFMbp.com

PVC Pressure-Sensitive Cover Strip Eliminates Need for PVC-Coated Metal

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces Sure-Flex PVC Pressure-Sensitive (PS) Cover Strip, a groundbreaking new product designed to help contractors save time, labor, and money. Carlisle’s new PVC PS Cover Strip is used for stripping-in flat metal edging and eliminates the need for costly PVC-coated metal or two-piece clip-on edge metal. PVC PS Cover Strip is compatible with a variety of metal finishes and is quick and easy to install; no welding is required. Simply apply PVC Step 1 Activator, followed by PVC Step 2 Primer, then install the PVC PS Cover Strip. www.CarlisleSynTec.com

New Roof Coating Products

EPDM Coatings announces the addition of several new products to its roof coating line, including its 97 percent volume solid EnergyMax, Bonding Primers, Rust Inhibitors and Clear-Coat specifically designed for coating skylights, brick and stucco. EPDM Coatings provides its customers worldwide with a full range of products, including many that have been ASTM tested and CRRC rated, Miami-Dade approved, as well as NSF approved for potable water applications. The company offers solutions for almost all types of roofs, including built-up, modified bitumen, metal, concrete, TPO, EPDM and foam. Also, for roofs on a budget, one base coat of the aromatic polyurethane can fix most leaks, and the application can be completed after a year to get the full benefits of a system. www.EPDMcoatings.net

Modified Bitumen Membranes Feature Highly Reflective Granules

Soprema unveils a new-generation of SOPRALENE SG and ELASTOPHENE SG modified bitumen cap sheets enhanced with 3M Highly Reflective Granules. These new-generation granulate-surfaced cap sheets bring improved durability and an even brighter white appearance to the market. Moving forward, the new 3M ultrareflective granule will be integrated into Soprema SG products to create solutions that provide the solar reflective index (SRI) ratings needed to comprehensively meet the highest U.S. and Canadian reflectivity requirements while providing the proven protection factor of multi-ply SBS-modified bitumen systems. The new lightweight cap sheets also feature robust opacity, protecting the asphaltic layer and extending the life span of the rooftop. www.Soprema.us

Porcelain Roofing Tile Replicates Slate, Timber and Clay

Daltile launches its Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tile, which is available in six colors and designs to replicate the look of slate, timber, and clay. According to the manufacturer, Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tiles are easy to install and the low overall weight of Daltile’s Perennial Porcelain Roof System adds to the speed of installation. Daltile utilizes its patented, cutting-edge digital printing process, Reveal Imaging, to produce Perennial’s tile designs. Made in the U.S.A., Daltile’s Perennial tiles offer all of the inherent advantages of porcelain tile: resiliency, longevity, resistance to frost, high breaking strength, imperviousness to water, 110 mph wind rating, Class A fire rating (fire resistant), Class IV hail impact rating, and walkability. www.Daltile.com/roofing

Ladder Personal Fall Arrest Systems Comply With OSHA Regulations

Design Components Inc. offers both rigid rail and cable grab style ladder Personal Fall Arrest Systems (PFAS). This is in response to the OSHA requirements that went into effect on November 19, 2018. OSHA regulations now require that all fixed ladders over 24 feet be equipped with a PFAS. Design Components offers a variety of fall arrest systems that meet the new OSHA and existing ANSI standards. These systems are customizable and are packaged together to include the needed accessories, including the attachment hardware, trolleys, cable grabs, and deluxe body harnesses. www.DesignComponents.com

Sealer Designed Specifically for Metal Roof Applications

Drop-Stop sealer was specifically designed for application to metal roofs and problem areas such as gutters and expansion joints. According to the manufacturer, Dynamic Fastener, Drop-Stop can easily be applied over sloped, contoured surfaces and will give long-lasting, colorful protection. Made from select synthetic rubbers, Drop-Stop is applied as effortlessly as heavy-bodied paints and stretches and recovers to bridge roof joints in which thermal movement can be expected. With 1,500 PSI tensile strength and 600 percent elongation capabilities, the product can singlehandedly tackle most metal repairs. White Drop-Stop is stocked in 20-ounce sausage packs, 1-gallon pails, 5-gallon buckets and 55-gallon drums. www.DynamicFastener.com

Redesigned Strut Support Provides Improved Performance

Green Link Engineering offers its redesigned KnuckleHead Strut Support, which provides improved performance and more visually appealing aesthetics. The new design features a sleeker look with ribs flanking each side of the head. The new strut head features a 1 1/8-inch deep cavity for holding a standard steel strut. When mechanically fastening the strut into place, bolts or screws pass through the side of the head into the metal strut. The new design features a flat surface, instead of the previous curved design, resulting in easier installation and a tighter fit between screw and head. With shear strength of up to 275 psi, Green Link Adhesive/Sealant can replace mechanical fasteners making for easier installation. www.GreenLinkEngineering.com

Capped Skylight Conversion Kit

Kingspan Light + Air offers the Skyco Skylights Capped Conversion Kit, which converts old capless skylights to a more trusted capped system. With the kit, commercial roofers receive a universal fitting Polycarbonate dome, a custom-sized aluminum cap, and Tek Screw with EPDM gaskets. According to the company, using a cap around the perimeter of the polycarbonate dome creates a leak-free seal and eliminates cracking. The custom-fitted aluminum cap is fastened to the skylight frame with Tek-Screws instead of drilling through the plastic dome. Penetrating the dome with screws is a major cause for cracking. www.SkycoSkylights.com

Multi-Width Composite Shake Tiles Resemble Traditional Cedar

DaVinci Roofscapes has added a fourth shake profile to its composite roofing product offering: DaVinci Select Shake. Created with the authentic look of real cedar shake taken from natural wood profiles, the multi-width DaVinci Select Shake tiles resemble a traditional cedar shake look. Available in 8-inch and 10-inch widths, each DaVinci Select Shake tile is 22 inches long and has a 5/8-inch thickness. The 10-inch wide pieces have a simulated keyway to give the appearance of 4-inch and 6-inch width shakes placed together. The unique tile design of DaVinci Select Shake allows for faster installation than previous DaVinci single- and multi-width products. www.DaVinciRoofscapes.com

Polyiso Cover Board Offers Grade 1 Compressive Strength

Johns Manville introduces its ProtectoR HD High Density Polyiso Cover Board. According to the manufacturer, it provides excellent protection and can save time and expense for contractors. With a closed-cell polyiso foam core and inorganic coated glass facers, this high-density cover board has a Grade 1 compressive strength and an R-value of 2.5. The product offers excellent resistance to moisture, hail, wind uplift and puncture, plus its light weight makes it easy to handle. www.JM.com

Attachment Protects Standing Seam Roofs From Retractable Lanyards

SeamSAFE, a provider of fall protection for standing seam roofers, offers its Retractable Lanyard Disks, which fit over SeamSAFE anchors to help protect standing seam roofs from damage caused by dragging or dropping retractable lanyards during roofing projects. The disks serve as a shield to minimize the potential for roof scrapes and surface indentations. The Retractable Lanyard Disk is one of three new attachments designed to extend the utility and versatility of the company’s safety anchors. The other new accessories are SeamSAFE’s ladder attachment and toe board attachment. www.SeamSafe.com

Redesigned Cap Nailer Features Enhanced Magazine

National Nail introduces the newly-enhanced STINGER CN100B Cap Nailer with an innovative design that improves performance with an improved cap magazine for added durability. Lightweight at 4.9 pounds, STINGER’s CN100B features easy loading, upgraded tool life, and utilizes full, 1-inch collated plastic caps; it is capable of firing 200 caps/200 nails before reloading. The Electro Galvanized ring shank nails are 1-inch by .083-inch full round head nails. The unit also includes an installed belt hook, trigger with bumpfire and sequential modes, and durable carrying case. www.StingerWorld.com

Measuring Tape Specially Designed for Applying Architectural Shingles

The Roofers Tape is specially designed for installing 5-5/8-inch architectural shingles. Crew members can mark and layout the roof quickly and accurately without mistakes using the Red Points and Red Arrows as a guide, minimizing waste and saving money. All measurements of 5-5/8 intervals are marked on the 25-foot Roofers Tape. The 5-5/8 layout reveal complies with factory recommended installation, especially with wind damage. The Black Points are also included for marking short vertical starter lines or bond lines on standard three-tab shingles 6 inches before any even 3 feet. www.TheRoofersTape.com

EPDM Membrane Designed to Reduce Installation Time

Firestone Building Products Company LLC (FSBP) introduces FullForce EPDM. According to the manufacturer, FullForce EPDM can be installed more than four times faster than standard adhered EPDM and in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing contractors to complete more jobs throughout the entire roofing season. The membrane is fully coated from seam to seam with Firestone’s factory-applied Secure Bond pressure-sensitive adhesive. With no seam tape, FullForce can be installed more quickly than traditional EPDM. Additionally, the solution is ideal for occupied buildings, as it contains zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs). www.FirestoneBPCO.com

TW Seam Tape Offers Added Protection for Roof Decks

TAMKO’s TW Seam Tape is used to close sheathing gaps on the roof deck and help keep water from entering the home. TW Seam Tape is a flexible, self-adhering SBS-modified bitumen membrane with a polymer film on the surface and a removable treated release film on the adhesive side. It is applied to all roof deck joints and seams after the roof deck installation, before the underlayment is applied. It is designed for application on a variety of surfaces, including OSB and plywood. It has a textured, skid-resistant surface and comes in 4-inch rolls, with each roll covering 61 linear feet. www.TAMKO.com

Upgraded Adhesive Dispenser Helps Increase Productivity

OMG’s PaceCart 3, the exclusive equipment for dispensing OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesives, offers more robust and faster pumps to help enhance rooftop productivity with the capacity to dispense enough OlyBond500 to apply up to 120 squares of insulation per hour – twice as fast as before. In addition, the PaceCart 3 includes several other features that help improve jobsite productivity including an easy-to-use, ergonomically designed manifold and a simplified electrical system with an easy-to-read voltage meter so contractors know when power is insufficient. Color-coded adhesive trays help prevent cross contamination of Part 1 and Part 2 components. www.OMGRoofing.com

New Line of Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines

Malta Dynamics introduces its Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines. According to the manufacturer, the Edgehog line meets ANSI standard Z359.14-2014 for a worker capacity range of 130-310 lbs. Boasting a compact and lightweight design, the Class A Edgehog Leading Edge Self-Retracting Lifelines feature durable housing, a quick-action braking system, an integral shock absorber and a swivel top connection point. The Edgehog units contain shock packs on the end. When the cable becomes isolated over an edge during a fall, the shock pack engages to reduce arresting forces. This puts less force on the worker who has fallen and also doesn’t damage the cable. www.MaltaDynamics.com

Pipe-Style Snow Guards Designed for Tile Roofing

The three-pipe PP235LS from Alpine SnowGuards is height adjustable to 39 degrees to accommodate varying roof pitches. The bracket is available in aluminum mill-finish, powder coated aluminum and brass. The PP235 system’s base plate is sized to match your tile, and is also available in aluminum and brass. The image pictured here is the PP235LS three-pipe height-adjustable system for Ludowici Spanish Tile. www.AlpineSnowguards.com

Skylight Automation System Provides Natural Ventilation

VELUX offers VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO help ensure a healthier indoor climate by automatically opening the skylights to air out the house. Smart sensor technology monitors CO2, humidity and temperature in the home, while the system also connects to online weather forecasts. It automatically opens the skylights if fresh air is needed inside and automates blinds to help control indoor temperature. Homeowners can also use the VELUX ACTIVE smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house. www.WhySkylights.com

Nine-Foot Self-Retracting Lifelines

FallTech introduces its DuraTech Personal Leading Edge line of single and twin 9-foot self-retracting lifelines (SLRs). According to the manufacturer, the new products were tested to meet ensure they meet ANSI leading edge standards to help protect against sharp edge hazards. Their innovative design features a lightweight and impact-resistant nylon polymer housing and proprietary integrated dorsal connector that provides a quick and straightforward push-button attachment. SLRs are calibrated for typical walking speeds and are available in single and twin-leg configurations with steel and aluminum snap hook, rebar hook, and carabiner lifeline connector options. www.FallTech.com

Advanced Polymers for the Manufacturing of TPO Membranes

Dow’s portfolio of materials for roofing membranes features advanced polymers for thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) systems. These proven solutions can help manufacturers develop custom-tailored formulations that fit specific designs, production processes, and end-use requirements. With several advantages over incumbent materials, ENGAGE TR Polyolefin Elastomers (POEs) represent the company’s current state-of-the-art for TPO-based membrane formulations. According to the manufacturer, ENGAGE TR POEs offer an ethylene-based solution that has inherently better longevity, and can be formulated to produce membranes with significantly improved flexibility and broad welding window. The unique design of ENGAGE TR also allows increased filler loading, which can, in turn, be used to improve fire performance. www.Dow.com

Shingle Line Available in Six New Cool Colors

IKO expands its Cambridge Cool Colors shingle line with six new colors that have an increased Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) of 20-plus, exceeding California’s Title 24 minimum standard by 25 percent. The expansion of this line offers three distinct color blends ranging from COOL PLUS, COOL and Natural COOL. The COOL PLUS color selection includes the darker options of Weatherwood, Harvard Slate, Dual Brown and Graphite Black. COOL shingles are available in SRI 20-plus in the medium color blends Canyon Oak and Sand Dune. The original color range, NATURAL COOL, has an SRI of 16-plus with an added benefit of Dual Grey also being algae resistant and Arctic White having the highest SRI of 23-plus. www.IKO.com

New Fluid-Applied Membrane Restoration System

Garland’s first ever fluid-applied seamless membrane, LiquiTec, is designed to form a virtually impenetrable surface over aged modified bitumen, metal and single-ply roof systems, adding years of waterproofing protection. LiquiTec is an aliphatic polyurea coating system with a tightly bonded molecular structure that provides strength and durability similar to truck bed liners. The product is built to protect roof surfaces from damage caused by hail, foot traffic, wind scour and other impact. According to the manufacturer, LiquiTec fully and partially reinforced systems exhibit extremely high tensile strength and remain flexible at temperatures down to -60°F (-51°C), which helps keep the coating from cracking or becoming brittle to ensure a complete watertight seal and long-term waterproofing protection. www.Garlandco.com

Ladder Extension System Helps Provide Safe Access to Rooftops

The Safe-T Ladder Extension System from Dynamic Fastener easily attaches to most standard extension ladders and allows for safe and easy access to rooftops. According to the manufacturer, it requires no tools, drilling, or bolting to install, and once installed, it provides two offsetting handrails that offer a point of walk-through to step on or off the ladder. This item will allow workers to comply with OSHA standard 1926.1053(b), which states, “When portable ladders are used for access to an upper landing surface, the ladder side rails shall extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface to which the ladder is used to gain access.” www.DynamicFastener.com

HDPE Step Flashing Offers Two Color Options

NuStep Flashing launches its innovative step flashing manufactured from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The patented product was specifically designed to provide a faster, easier, and safer way for crews to install step flashing. According to the company, it is 75 percent lighter than traditional metal flashing with a pliability that is easier and safer to work with. Each piece of flashing has two color options. NuStep Flashing is manufactured in the U.S.A. and every production run goes through extensive testing using the ASTM process for impact, tensile, puncture resistance and UV exposure. NuStep Flashing has been recognized and certified by the International Code Council and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty. www.NuStepFlashing.com

Cut-Resistant Gloves Designed to Help Prevent Jobsite Injuries

PrimeSource Building Products introduces a new range of cut-resistant gloves under its GRX brand. According to the manufacturer, the new range will provide better cut protection and more durability, without sacrificing comfort or dexterity. The 700 Series features PalmWick Breathable Palm Technology, which allows the hand to breathe on the palm side of the glove. The 600 Series features the ExaGrip Latex Palm, which combines best in class durability and grip. The new cut-resistant technology meets ANSI standards and comes in a range of ANSI A-2 (500 grams to cut) for light to medium cut protection, all the way up to ANSI A-6 (6,000 grams to cut) for extreme cut hazards on the job. www.PrimeSourceBP.com

Concrete Tile Lines Available in New Suite of Colors

Boral Roofing LLC unveils the Vista Collection. The new concrete roof tile options include five new varied neutral shades introduced to meet specific architectural, lifestyle and color trends emerging within the state of Texas. The new suite of hues is available with two of Boral Roofing’s most popular tile styles in the region – Saxony Country Slate and Shake. The shades include Charcoal Brown Blend, Chestnut Burnt, Dark Bordeaux, Weathered Cedar and Weathered Greige. The collection launch is a direct result of extensive research conducted into consumer lifestyle and home design trends happening within the state. The concrete tile offers a Class A fire rating. www.BoralRoof.com

WSRCA Announces New Technical Advisor

In efforts to maintain the highest levels of technical information and assistance for its members, the Western States Roofing Contractors Association (WSRCA) is proud to announce a partnership with new Technical Advisor, Kenneth Klein of Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH). 

SGH is a national engineering firm that designs, investigates, and rehabilitates structures, building enclosures, and materials. The company’s award-winning work encompasses building, energy, civil/infrastructure, and science/defense projects in the United States, Canada, and more than 30 additional countries. 

Kenneth Klein leads the West Coast Building Technology division of SGH and is experienced in the design and investigation of waterproofing of commercial, institutional, and residential buildings. His work addresses issues related to the integrity of curtain walls, roofs, plaza deck, and below-grade waterproofing systems on a wide-range of structures from residential and high-rise building to buildings of historic significance. Klein has consulted with architects, contractors, and building owners to analyze and repair water intrusion problems and construction defects. Well known in the industry, he has frequently presented to groups regarding building-envelope design and remediation.

According to the association, Klein and his SGH team will provide timely and critical technical bulletins to the member community as a benefit. Attendees at the Western Roofing Expo will see him each year as he will present a technical seminar that promises to be informational and enlightening to the roofing industry.

WSRCA members have special access to these sources of technical information, which can be used by contractors, engineers, consultants throughout the roofing industry as a valuable feature of membership. For information about a free 15-minute consultation with the technical advisor, visit https://wsrca.site-ym.com/Login.aspx.

For more information, visit www.WSRCA.com

Continuus Materials Announces Additions to Leadership Team

Continuus Materials, LLC announced the addition of two key leaders to its team — Allan Bradshaw and Jason Burris.

Allan Bradshaw joins Continuus as Senior Vice President of Operations. In this role, he will be leading efforts to optimize and expand the Continuus manufacturing footprint. Allan spent 30 years at Weyerhaeuser serving in a range of executive positions in Operations, Engineering, and Product Development. Prior to joining Continuus, Allan was Vice President of Engineering and Capital for Weyerhauser’s Eastern Wood Products Division. He has a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Structural Engineering and a Master of Arts in Leadership Development from the University of Victoria.

Jason Burris joins Continuus as Vice President of Market Development. Jason spent 22 years with James Hardie Industries in various leadership capacities, including U.S. Division Environmental Health and Safety Leader, Manufacturing Plant Leader, and most recently, Interiors Business Western Division Sales Leader. Jason has a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

“At Continuus Materials we are committed to building a superior team that can meet our aggressive growth goals,” said Chris Riley, CEO of Continuus Materials. “We continue to add talented people from high-caliber organizations. We are excited to add two experienced building materials professionals to our team.”

Continuus is the manufacturer of EVERBOARD brand roof cover boards. The company operates two manufacturing plants in Des Moines, Iowa and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. According to the company, the manufacturing facility in Philadelphia is the first fully automated plant in the world to extract plastic and fiber from Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), then process it into building products at scale. Continuus is based in Houston, Texas. 

For more information, visit www.continuusmaterials.com.

IIBEC Extends Deadline for ICBEST Abstracts Until December 6

The International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC) announced that the deadline for abstracts for the 2020 International Conference on Building Envelope Systems and Technologies (ICBEST) has been extended. Abstracts must now be submitted by December 6. 

ICBEST 2020 will be held in Vancouver August 31-September 2. The event, co-hosted by IIBEC and the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), provides a worldwide forum for the exchange of information and discussion of recent developments in, and applications of building envelope engineering. ICBEST’s scope is to bring together engineers, architects, scientists, and practitioners with a common interest to promote new knowledge and practice of building envelope systems and technologies.

According to IIBEC, abstracts of each paper (200 words) should be filled out digitally on the form on the ICBEST 2020 website. The deadline for abstract submissions is December 6, 2019. Notification of acceptance/regret will be made December 17-20, 2019, and final papers are due to IIBEC on April 3, 2020.

For more information, visit https://icbest2020.com

Metal Retrofit Project Protects Air Force Base

On this 7,800-square-foot building at Hurlburt Field, a new metal roof was installed over the existing roof using Roof Hugger sub-purlins. Photos: Roof Hugger

Over the past 15 years, Royster Contracting, LLC of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, has completed several metal-over-metal retrofit projects. Skip Royster, the company’s owner, started his general contracting firm in 1977, and it has a strong reputation for quality construction, with a focus on metal buildings, metal roofing and walls, and retrofit roof systems.

Royster’s newest retrofit roofing project was for the U.S. Air Force on a 7,800-square-foot building located at Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida. This Air Force base is very familiar with retrofit roofing projects, with some stretching back more than 25 years. The existing building needed a new metal roof, but in lieu of removing the existing roof and replacing it, the Base Facility Construction department elected a metal-over-metal retrofit. In this case, a new metal roof was installed over new structural sub-framing from Roof Hugger that attaches directly to the existing roof’s support system, without removing the existing metal roof.

Officials at the base knew that it was possible to engineer the new retrofit system to meet current wind uplift design criteria for the area. In this case, the system was designed to meet a Category V hurricane with wind speeds of 157 mph. With the recent catastrophic Hurricane Michael damage at nearby Tyndall Air Force Base and elsewhere on the Florida Panhandle, this project just 82 miles away suffered no damage, even with Michael’s documented peak wind speed of 155 mph.

Roof Hugger provided 2,700 linear feet of the standard Model C sub-purlins, manufactured to fit over 12-inch on center PBR rib panel roofs. Central States Manufacturing of Lowell, Arkansas, furnished their 24-inch-wide Central Seam Plus trapezoidal standing seam roof in 24-gauge Brite white. The general contractor for the project was CCI Mechanical, LLC of Shalimar, Florida.

In addition to hardening the building with the increase in wind uplift resistance, the Base chose to include 3 inches of fiberglass insulation between the existing roof and bottom of the new metal roof. Hardening of building roofs is very common on metal-over-metal retrofit roofs in the coastal states. Many older buildings that were engineered for a 90 to 100 mph windspeeds must be upgraded to minimum code requirements that are currently at 120 mph inland and 130 mph for coastal areas; some parts of Florida and Texas have requirements of 155 mph or greater. U.S. Government facilities typically specify criteria that exceed locally adopted codes.

TEAM

General Contractor: CCI Mechanical, LLC, Shalimar, Florida, www.cci-alliance.com

Roofing Contractor: Royster Contracting, LLC, Fort Walton Beach, Florida, www.roysterconst.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: Central Seam Plus Trapezoidal Standing Seam Roof, Central States Manufacturing, www.centralstatesmfg.com

Sub-Purlins: Roof Hugger, www.roofhugger.com

Composite Slate Roof Tops New Train Station

The 2,800-square-foot Wyandanch Station is topped with 5,000 square feet of DaVinci composite slate roofing. Photos: DaVinci Roofscapes

These days, when trains stop at the Wyandanch Station in Wyandanch, New York, they’re traveling through a completely renovated, eye-stopping facility. Atop that train station can be found a new composite slate roof.

The state-of-the-art location is the most recent new train station constructed by the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR). The 2,800-square-foot structure is topped with 5,000 square feet of DaVinci Single-Width Slate roofing in a Castle Gray color.

As part of the Double Track Project, the LIRR built two new 12-car-long platforms that include a snow melt system, a pedestrian overpass with elevators, new stairs, new canopies and new platform shelters. The interior of the station features Terrazzo tile floors, a wood-paneled ceiling and chandeliers. Some 4,200 people use the train station each day.

The new Wyandanch Station is part of a revitalization effort called Wyandanch Rising. A highlight was the construction of the new train station and adding a second Long Island Rail Road track running through the Wyandanch area. The LIRR partnered with the Town of Babylon and Suffolk County in the site location and design of the new Wyandanch Station.

As construction progressed on the train station, Ashlar Contracting was brought in to work on the project and install the roof. “The roof is a key architectural element on the design of this station,” says Christopher Monahan, owner of Ashlar Contracting in Bohemia, New York. “The DaVinci composite slate was very easy to install and makes a large visual impact on this structure. The product looks like real slate and complements the entire look of this train station.”

Opened in September of 2018, the Wyandanch Train Station is receiving positive reviews from daily users and the general public. “We get compliments all the time on the train station,” says Peter Casserly, project manager with Bay Village Consultants Inc. out of Amityville, New York, developer of the site. “The entire facility has been well received by the immediate community and all those who utilize it. The roof plays a vital visual role in the train station. I’m pleased to say we’ve had no issues with it and look forward to it providing both shelter and beauty for the structure for decades into the future.”

TEAM

Roof System Installer: Ashlar Contracting, Bohemia, New York, www.ashlarcontracting.com

MATERIALS

Roof System: DaVinci Single-Width Slate roofing, DaVinci Roofscapes, www.davinciroofscapes.com