Retrofit MBI System for Insulating Metal Buildings

rFOIL introduces the Retrofit MBI System for insulating metal buildings. According to the company, the patented clip and pin system combined with rFOIL’s reliable insulation provides a cost-effective and energy-efficient way to insulate all types of metal buildings. The MBI Retrofit clip is installed to the bottom of the exposed roof purlins and inside the wall girts. The system allows for the addition of insulation mass. The Retrofit MBI System is lightweight, easy to handle and easy to install. With its unique attachment system, it can be quickly installed with minimal interruption to the facility’s operation.

rFoil insulation is a single or double layer of polyethylene bubbles bonded to and sandwiched between a highly reflective surface and a white polyethylene sheet. According to them manufacturer, rFOIL is recognized for its thermal performance, easy installations, versatility and environmental friendliness and offers a number of advantages over traditional insulations. Its unique construction is specially designed to reduce radiant heat gain or loss in residential, commercial, post-frame, metal frame and HVAC applications. 

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

Plyco Announces New National Sales and Marketing Director

Plyco Corporation announced it has named Tom Granitz as its new national sales and marketing director. Since 1989, Granitz has worked in various positions with Dominion Building Products, EXPI-Door, and most recently as general manager for Diamond Door Products at the Elkhart, Indiana manufacturing facility. 

Plyco manufactures and/or distributes a wide variety of products including metal doors, windows, horse stall systems, ventilation products, reflective insulation, fasteners and closures. 

For more information, visit www.plyco.com.

METALCON Gives Back to the Local Community Helping Pittsburgh Area Veterans

METALCON, the metal construction industry’s largest international event for metal construction products, technologies and solutions, gives back to the local community during its annual tradeshow and conference taking place October 16-18 at Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

This year, METALCON has partnered with the Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania (VLP), to raise money for essential housing, employment, and vital support services for eligible Pittsburgh-area veterans, service members, and their families to improve their self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.

METALCON keynote presenter Rocky Bleier, a four-time NFL Super Bowl Champion and former running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is a great supporter of the organization. After being drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1968, he was drafted by the U.S. Army to fight in Vietnam just one year later. Bleier was quickly thrust into combat, seriously wounded and told he would never walk again. He bravely rehabilitated himself to condition for re-entry into the NFL and defeating all odds, regained his running back position. Today, he is actively involved in fundraising and volunteering for VLP. 

“The VLP was created at a time of need and change in the Pittsburgh community,” said Bleier. ”With the advent of a changing steel industry in the early ‘80s, mills were closing and people were left without jobs. Like all transitions, some people were caught in the middle and found themselves adrift, in debt, troubled and often homeless. Some of those people were veterans. The VLP was created and served as a hands-on agency, finding housing, jobs, interacting with the veterans association, and a place to just sit and talk or be alone.” 

“I support VLP because they save lives, they make a difference and because it is the right thing to do,” continued Bleier.

Each year, METALCON gives back to the local community where the show takes place. Last year, thousands of dollars were raised during the Charlotte, North Carolina show to benefit the Steve Smith Family Foundation, dedicated to helping families impacted by domestic violence and to promoting child health and wellness. This year’s giving back program will raise money for necessary veteran services in the Pittsburgh area.

Contributions to VLP can be made before, during and after the show online at www.metalcon.com or at The Deck, by the registration area in METALCON’s exhibit hall, where members of show management will be available to meet supporters. Following all fundraising efforts, a special check presentation ceremony with the organization’s Chief Executive Officer, Ben Stahl, and METALCON show management will take place on October 17 at 4:45 p.m. in the convention center. 

“We are happy to support a wonderful organization near and dear to our keynote speaker,” said METALCON Show Director, Claire Kilcoyne. ”Rocky’s story is one of courage and determination, conquering insurmountable odds and becoming an extraordinary achiever. We hope the funds raised by our generous show audience will help other veterans who are facing adversity.”

For more information, visit www.metalcon.com.

Rheinzink Names New Regional Sales Manager

Rheinzink America Inc. has named Michael Dell’Olio as its regional sales manager serving architects, contractors and other building team members seeking architectural-grade zinc materials for their commercial and residential projects. Dell’Olio transitioned into the position under the guidance of his long-time colleague, Charles (Chuck) Bell, who recently retired from the role.

“We congratulate Chuck on his retirement, and thank him for his many contributions to Rheinzink’s customers’ success. We look forward to Mike continuing to build on this legacy and make new advancements in the market,” said Charles (Chip) McGowan, president of Rheinzink America.

Dell’Olio will manage sales and support for customers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, West Virginia, Virginia, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Based in New Jersey, he can be reached by phone at 302.660.6401 or email at Michael.DellOlio@rheinzink.com.

Dell’Olio most recently worked with Engineered Wall Systems Midwest Inc.’s New York office as a project manager and operations director. Prior to this, he was a partner and vice president of sales with Kenneth J. Herman Inc. and its metal composite wall systems. His previous positions include Northeast regional sales manager with ALUCOBOND and Northeast district sales manager with HH Robertson/Centria.

For more information, visit www.rheinzink.us.

New Stainless Steel Bi-Metal Screws

Concealor 304 Stainless Steel Bi-Metal Screws from Triangle Fastener Corporation are manufactured from304 stainless steel for superior corrosion resistance and exceptional ductility. According to the company, the buttress thread increases pullout loads and resistance to back-out compared to ordinary roofing screws. The screws are TRI-SEAL top-coated to improve tapping and reduce thread roll-over and feature a #2 square recess for optimal stability during installation. The screws attach to metal, wood, and concrete. They can drill and tap up to 16-gauge steel, and the buttress thread is specified in many metal roofing systems to attach SSR clips over rigid insulation into metal deck.

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com

Roofing Alliance Announces Horch Roofing as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Governor Level member, Horch Roofing, headquartered in Warren, Maine. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Horch Roofing President Peter Horch said the decision to join was easy. “As Horch Roofing continues to grow, I recognized the need for strong partnerships with roofing industry leaders. The Roofing Alliance and NRCA are at the forefront of developing, strengthening and shaping the roofing industry. Joining The Roofing Alliance was the partnership I was looking for to assist in advancing my business and help the industry at the same time,” he explained.

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs. 

The Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members. Every one of our members understands the importance of the industry coming together to enable key industry education, training, and research programs.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

Roofing Technology Think Tank Announces Innovator of the Year

Roofing Technology Think Tank (RT3), a group of progressive roofing professionals focused on technology solutions for the roofing industry, awarded the Innovator of the Year award to Curtis Sutton of Carthage, Tennessee-based Rackley Roofing. The award was presented at the 2019 Best of Success Conference in Miami.

“We had many great nominations and it was very hard to narrow the field down to just one,” stated Anna Anderson, Award Task Team Leader and RT3 Board Member. “We selected Rackley Roofing because they embrace technology and have demonstrated that they are early adopters when it comes to implementing new innovations.”

In an interview after the presentation, Reid Ribble commented on the importance of innovation in roofing, saying, “Given the workforce demands and the changing technology, the companies that are innovating are going to be winning. Innovation really matters if we are going to reach out to that new, young 18-, 19- or 20-year old worker who still sees roofing as something hot and dirty and not something technologically advanced.”

Curtis Sutton, President of Rackley Roofing commented on winning the award, “It’s an honor because innovation is one of our six core values. Innovation is driven in our company. Innovation to us also means being open to change. We lead everything with technology in the decisions we make in our company.”

Sutton brings a respect for the traditional craftsmanship of a professional roofer and passion for the latest technological innovations. Under his leadership, Rackley has introduced industry-leading technologies like Rackley RoofCheck and Rackley RoofView. They have implemented the use of virtual reality safety headsets that allow everyone to experience being on a roof and learn best safety practices. The company is beginning the use of in-ear translators that can translate speech into any language and dialect.

As a founding sponsor of National Women in Roofing and a member of RT3, the company is committed to always innovating and learning about new technologies and solutions that will help advance the roofing industry overall.  

For more information, visit www.rt3thinktank.com

Rutter Roofing Awards a New Roof to Army Veteran

Army veteran David Gardner received a new roof from Rutter Roofing. Pictured (from left) are Dave Gardner, David Gardner and Joan Gardner.

Retired Army sergeant David Gardner of Harleysville, Pennsylvania, has been selected as the winner of Rutter Roofing’s Memorial Day Giveaway. As winner of the veteran-aimed promotion, Gardner will receive a brand-new roof system courtesy of Rutter Roofing. 

Rutter Roofing, a full-service, family-owned and -operated exterior remodeling company located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, held the giveaway in the weeks leading up to Memorial Day. Gardner was unknowingly entered into the giveaway by his son, Dave, who saw it posted on the company’s Facebook page. 

“I was totally shocked,” said Gardner. “When [Rutter Roofing] called and told me I had won a new roof, I actually dropped my phone and broke it. When I picked up my new phone and returned the call, all I could say was, ‘You’re kidding?’” 

As a young man, Gardner volunteered for the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam War, where he rose to the rank of Platoon Sergeant in the Fourth Infantry Division. After the war, Gardner built a career with the Ellis Coffee Company of Philadelphia, where he was the first employee promoted from the service department to the sales team. Now, fully retired, Gardner spends most of his free time painting. 

Jackie Blinebury, director of business development at Rutter Roofing, said the company created the giveaway as part of its Community/Service/Leadership (C.S.L.) pledge, which focuses on charitable giving efforts each fiscal quarter. According to Blinebury, Gardner was the perfect candidate to receive a new roof because his current roof is more than two decades old. 

“The average life of a basic roof system is about 20 years,” said Blinebury. “There was a spot that had started to leak and the plywood underneath was weak and ready for replacement. We will be installing an Integrity Roof System with Landmark shingles from CertainTeed, so the Gardner family won’t have to worry about their roof for a long time. The extended warranty that comes with it — which covers the installing workmanship and the roofing materials — will give them additional peace of mind.”

“A roof is perhaps the most crucial component of keeping your home and belongings safe, but it’s also a major investment that many people put off due to the cost,” Blinebury continued. “This was a great opportunity for us to help someone who fought to protect our nation, and it makes all of us here feel proud to say we work for Rutter Roofing.”

“Any donation is always a good thing, but this was perfect because we had just finished discussing repairs to the house that need to be done,” said Gardner. “Their representatives presented to us in person at our front door with their smiles. Rutter Roofing has given my wife and I a wonderful gift.” 

For more information, visit www.rutterroofing.com.

MRA Declares ‘Love Your Roof’ Week Beginning October 6

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) is declaring the week of October 6–12, 2019 as “Love Your Roof” week in the United States and Canada. The purpose of the designation is to help call attention to the important role roofs play in protecting homes and encourage homeowners to give their roofs some TLC to make sure they are prepared and ready for the coming cold weather season.

“There’s no doubt that roofs have a huge impact on a home’s all-season performance, including lowering energy costs, protecting against threats such as severe storms and keeping occupants safe and more comfortable,” said Renee Ramey, MRA executive director. “With the transition from summer to fall, now is an ideal time to perform rooftop maintenance and consider necessary repairs or replacement before cold weather season starts.”

A good roofing system is essential home protection because roofs take the brunt of the worst that Mother Nature can dish out, shielding homes against ultraviolet radiation, wind, rain, snow, hail and ice. They also are a major investment. Homeowners can protect that investment and maximize rooftop performance with regular care and maintenance, and by choosing quality roofing material and installation methods designed to stand up to regional climate conditions.

For the seven days of Love Your Roof Week, MRA has prepared seven key tips to help all homeowners ensure their roofs are in tiptop shape and ready for the winter season, including:

1. Get an inspection.

Now is a great time to get a professional evaluation of your roof’s condition. An experienced pro can safely identify potential trouble spots, point out needed maintenance and recommend proper repairs for minor problems before they turn into major issues. If hiring a professional is not an option, MRA recommends that at minimum you perform a simple roof inspection yourself.  A guide on what to look for as you inspect your roof can be found in the new MRA Buyer’s Guide, available for free at www.metalroofing.com. If a roof replacement is needed, look for worry-free roofing options that will last for decades, hold up to climate extremes and deliver low-maintenance reliability to maximize long-term savings. 

2. Keep gutters clean.

Regular gutter maintenance is essential for helping your roof properly drain water. Year-round contact with wet leaves and dirt build up can not only damage a roof but overflowing gutters can lead to much more serious problems, including foundation issues and the potential for leaks.

3. Trim trees and bushes.

Keep your trees trimmed and away from the roof. Doing so will help keep gutters clean and is a good safety precaution, especially in areas prone to wildfire threats or heavy snow or ice which can lead to broken branches or falling trees that can damage roofs.

4. Deal with dirt and debris.

Dirt and debris, combined with wet, cool weather can lead to rooftop moss and algae. That can cause rot and displaced singles for susceptible roofing material including wood shakes and asphalt. If replacing a roof in climates prone to these issues, choose a smoother, easier to clean material such as metal roofs, which tend to shed debris easily and naturally resists moss and algae without the use of harsh chemicals.

5. Pay attention to what’s underneath.

Adding or replacing attic insulation and ensuring proper venting will keep your home comfortable and protected in any season. Have a professional conduct an energy audit in your attic and make sure it includes adequate venting. Selecting energy efficient roofing materials with proper coatings that help reflect damaging sun rays can lower energy costs.

6. Put your guards up.

Last year, major winter cold snaps led to costly ice dam issues, especially for owners of asphalt roofs. Metal roofs can help prevent ice dams from forming in the first place, but it’s always a good idea to take extra steps to ensure safety in areas that experience heavy snow and ice. For example, snow guards can be installed to help keep frozen precipitation in place and cause it to melt or slid off in small pieces rather than dangerous chunks.

7. Ensure safety above all else. 

Last but certainly not least, safety is the number one top priority for any type of roof maintenance or care. Rooftop falls can be dangerous and even deadly. Never get on a roof without proper safety gear, in inclement weather conditions, or if you feel unsafe, insecure or unsteady. Better yet, leave all rooftop inspection and maintenance to a qualified, experienced pro who is licensed, bonded and insured.

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

Picturesque Mountain Clubhouse Gets a Metal Roof Upgrade

The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti was recently re-roofed with CertainTeed’s Matterhorn Shake metal roofing. Photo: CertainTeed

Just 60 miles north of Atlanta in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, the 7,000-acre Big Canoe community is an ideal location where residents enjoy mountains, lakes and a 27-hole championship golf course. The Clubhouse at Lake Sconti serves as Big Canoe’s central hub, with 25,000 square feet of gathering space that is host to weddings, corporate events, writers’ groups, poker clubs, trivia nights and more. Adding another 10,000 square feet to the overall facility is Duffer’s Bar and Grille and an adjoining golf cart storage facility.

Big Canoe’s original clubhouse — established in the early 1970s along with the community — burned to the ground 13 years ago after being struck by lightning. The entire structure was rebuilt, which included the installation of a classic cedar shake roof. After severe wind and hail damage from a more recent storm, the Big Canoe community found itself in the position of needing a complete roof replacement.

“It was a beautiful roof, but we weren’t getting the longevity out of the cedar shake as originally intended,” says Katie Wercholuk, marketing and communications director of the Big Canoe Property Owners Association. “We want our residents to be proud of their clubhouse and to not bear the cost of a new clubhouse roof every 10 years. We needed something with durability that would be able to stand up to mountain weather, which can sometimes be unpredictable.”

After six months of researching the best solution, the Big Canoe Property Owners Association found Colony Roofers, a veteran-owned roofing company based in Marietta, Georgia. Company president Mark Seymour suggested CertainTeed’s Matterhorn Shake in the color Cedar to keep the look of classic cedar shake while adding the benefits of metal.

“You should get about 30-40 years out of a cedar shingle roof, but it was 11 years and the original roof was deteriorating much quicker than it should have,” notes Seymour. “As we started ripping it off, we noticed that it wasn’t vented very well. A lot of the cedar shake shingles were curling up and breaking apart. It also sits inside of a valley and gets a lot of wind, so many of the hip and ridge shingles were coming up.”

Between the clubhouse, restaurant and golf cart barn, the job required 40,000 square feet of metal roof panels. In addition to be being the largest metal roofing job undertaken by Colony Roofing, the job’s secluded location and status as an active business presented additional challenges to the installing team.

“This was a big, six-to-eight-week job,” Seymour says. “Putting a roof on an operating business is difficult, so it required a lot of coordination with the property owners association. Big Canoe is also up in the mountains, so some of the bridges and roads you have to navigate aren’t meant for tractor-trailers and big machinery. If we were doing a standing seam roof where you have to stage long runs of metal and cut them to size, we would have definitely had some issues transporting it.”

Seymour said the way the product is designed and palletized allowed his team to “minimize the footprint” his team had on the property, and that the interlocking panel system allowed his crew to install the product quickly, helping Big Canoe get back to business as usual.

“Weather is unpredictable in the mountains and storms will come and go in the evenings,” says Seymour. “The main thing that helped us move quicker was the Matterhorn system. It goes on well and interlocks in a way our guys can understand. It’s a well-designed, user-friendly product.”

According to Wercholuk, the installation is a “win-win” for the Big Canoe community. “It’s not just low-maintenance, it’s no-maintenance and it looks beautiful,” says Wercholuk. “Anytime you have guests or visitors, the clubhouse is something you want to show off. We have intentionally tight architectural controls here and everything just blends into nature. You would never be able to tell it’s metal from far away.”

Wercholuk said that the product has left a great impression on Big Canoe’s roughly 6,000 residents.

“Everything we’ve heard from residents has been extremely positive,” Wercholuk adds. “Metal provided the look we were after as a mountain community, but with more efficiency.”

TEAM

Roofing Contractor: Colony Roofers, Marietta, Georgia, www.colonyroofers.com

MATERIALS

Metal Roof System: Matterhorn Shake metal roofing in Cedar, CertainTeed, www.certainteed.com