Ergonomically Designed Tether Secures Tools and Prevents Injuries

The objective of personal tool tethering is to secure tools to prevent injury and damage to people and equipment below. At the same time, however, it is equally important the tether be ergonomically designed to maximize worker safety, productivity and convenience.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil.

The new ergonomic Gear Keeper, model no. TL1-3014 tether for tools up to 15 pounds, employs a very low stretch force so as not to cause fatigue at full extension while providing the proper degree of comfortable recoil. Delivering more than three times the stretch of competitive bungee-type tubular tethers, the Gear Keeper TL1-3014 elastic provides a gentle, low-resistance 61 percent stretch that minimizes a worker’s fatigue while maximizing his or her reach. This is achieved by having the elastic material sewn directly into the webbing during the manufacturing process.

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches). This is a significant safety issue that helps avoid entanglement issues when climbing or working in close quarters. Additionally, to protect against “drop shock”, Gear Keeper tool tethers are load-tested with a built-in safety margin beyond the breaking point.

The TL1-3014 specifications include a fixed loop tool attachment lanyard constructed with a Spectra core inside of a tightly woven nylon cord. Tight weave means less chance of wear and snagging during use and easier threading through the tool’s lanyard loop. The tool attachment cord is typically the failure point of other lanyards. The TL1-3014 comes standard with an aluminum carabiner or with an optional stainless-steel carabiner (model no. TL1-3024).

The Gear Keeper tool tether also has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

The Gear Keeper tool tether has a short retracted length (33 inches) and long extension (53 inches).

Learn More

Visit GearKeeper.com.
Call (888) 588-9981.

This “Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the March/April issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

PHOTOS: Gear Keeper

Premium Stone-coated Metal Roofing Lasts 50 Years or More

Allmet Roofing by Headwaters is a premium stone-coated metal roofing system sold through distribution. It delivers the rugged durability and strength of metal roofing while providing the handsome look of wood shake, genuine slate, Spanish tile and shingle roofing. And Allmet Roofing continues looking great year after year, for half a century or more.

Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break.

Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break.


An Allmet metal roof may cost a bit more to install, but the expense will be offset by lower repair and replacement costs. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing is light in weight and among the safest roofs in seismic regions. When installed as designed, this dry under-deck roof system eliminates the need for moisture barriers. Made from 3/16 Galvalume-coated metal, Allmet systems won’t rot, crack, warp or break. They’re energy efficient and offer protection against snow, ice, winds and hail. Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

Allmet is offered in an array of styles that attractively complement any home:

Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

Allmet stone-coated metal roofing also is non-combustible, earning a coveted Class A Fire Rating.

  • Granite Ridge Galvalume metal stone-coated shingles are a lightweight, tough and economical roofing backed by a lifetime warranty. This new-generation shingle is not only 67 percent lighter weight than asphalt laminates, but its raised seam joints also ensure enhanced protection against the elements.
  • Allmet Continental gives roofs the appearance of high-profile S-type concrete tiles. Yet it is lighter weight than standard cement- or clay-based tile.
  • Allmet Wood Shake melds the natural beauty of wood shake with the strength of metal roofing. This wood shake product won’t catch fire or blow off in high winds. Because many areas prohibit wood shake, stone-coated metal wood profiles are a good alternative.
  • Allmet Shadowline offers the aesthetics and dimension of natural slate and features four ENERGY STAR-rated colors among its 19 color blends.

Allmet is backed by a limited lifetime transferable warranty that covers up to 120-mph winds, 2.5-inch hailstones and fire.

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Upgraded Solar Roofing System Combines Greater Efficiency with Easy Wiring

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

Now featuring 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels, CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system combines greater efficiency and aesthetics with its trademark easy wiring installation. The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

“The solar industry continues to evolve and the demand for more efficient, affordable residential electricity-generating roofing systems is growing exponentially,” says Mark Stancroff, director, CertainTeed Solar. “The newly enhanced Apollo II is not only more efficient but also comes with one of the most robust warranties in the industry—with CertainTeed warrantying the Apollo II system itself and its installation by a CertainTeed certified installer.”

Like its predecessor, the newly enhanced Apollo II fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seam-less appearance. Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. Water channels and raised fastener locations further improve water-proofing of the solar roofing system.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Also available with the same powerful characteristics, Apollo Tile II offers an integrated system designed for flat, concrete tiles. It weighs 13 pounds and features a natural brown frame, black cells and black backsheet for curb appeal.

The Apollo II and Apollo Tile II systems are available nationwide and are offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation. Apollo II systems are Class A fire-rated and meet UL 790, UL 1703 and IEC 61215 requirements. Apollo II is also rated for wind resistance up to 110 mph and loads up to 250 pounds per square foot. In addition, the product is backed by a warranty for electricity output and installation workmanship, carrying a 25-year limited power warranty and 10-year limited product warranty.

Apollo II qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at Dsireusa.org. Additional incentives may also be available through local utility providers.

PHOTOS: CertainTeed Corp.

Create a Weathertight Seal with a Closure that Contours to a Metal Panel Profile

The newly patented design of LCF Universal Closure by Lakeside Construction Fasteners, Paragould, Ark., creates a weathertight seal by contouring to the metal panel profile without the need for carrying die-cut closures in stock.

“LCF developed this product to be a solution outside of die-cut closures for metal building rollformers and contractors,” explains Eric J. Velliquette, vice president of Sales and Marketing for Lakeside Construction Fasteners. “With the Universal Closure, only one product is needed to conform around various minor/major panel profiles of 1 1/2 inches or less.”

The LCF Universal Closure by Lakeside Construction Fasteners

The LCF Universal Closure by Lakeside Construction Fasteners

The new close-cell closure can be used as an inner/outer with adhesive applied the full length and width of the LCF Universal Closure. The patented adhesive bonding agent helps prevent water, dirt, snow and insects from penetrating the building structure after installation.

“With our patented UV Inhibitor and Anti-Microbial Coating System, this product can be exposed to direct sunlight or weather without fail,” Velliquette adds. “The aggressive adhesive on the Universal Closure is used the full length and width of the product, so, once attached to the metal panel, it will not fall out of the building structure.”

The LCF Universal Closure System can be used in multiple applications throughout the ridge cap, eave, hip or valley to provided an alternative in-place low-cost solution.

The LCF Universal Closure is Dade County approved to 110 mph, as well as contractor tested and approved.

“A key takeaway is the unique design of the Universal Closure allows for fast contractor installation while conforming to various metal-panel profiles to create a weatherized barrier, keeping the natural outside elements from penetrating the building structure,” Velliquette concludes.

Learn More
Visit Lakeside-Fasteners.com.
Call (870) 537-4160.

Resuscitate Metal Roofs and Walls with a Reflective Restoration Coating

“Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the July/August 2014 issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently introduced its CPR System, a highly reflective, low-odor, synthetic liquid rubber membrane designed to waterproof and restore existing metal roof and wall panel systems, delaying costly roof replacement and improving the overall performance of the roof system.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently introduced its CPR System, a highly reflective, low-odor, synthetic liquid rubber membrane designed to waterproof and restore existing metal roof and wall panel systems, delaying costly roof replacement and improving the overall performance of the roof system.

The Garland Co. Inc. recently introduced its CPR System, a highly reflective, low-odor, synthetic liquid rubber membrane designed to waterproof and restore existing metal roof and wall panel systems, delaying costly roof replacement and improving the overall performance of the roof system.

This lightweight, multi-layer waterproofing system will only add one-fifth of a pound per square foot to existing roof systems when completed, eliminating the time and cost associated with engineering a new roof system. The CPR System provides resistance to UV damage and deterioration caused by weathering by forming a rubber-like monolithic membrane over the entire surface. It is designed for application to properly prepared stainless steel, galvanized metals, Galvalume-coated metals, copper, aluminum and Kynar-coated metal roof systems.

According to Tom Stuewe, a Garland product manager: “The CPR System is the answer for building owners or facility managers who don’t have the budget for a replacement but need to extend the life of their roof system. The ease of application makes it ideal for in-house maintenance use, and its cold-process, low-odor formulation allows restoration projects to proceed with minimal disruptions to building operations and occupants.”

The CPR System is available in brush-or-trowel-grade versions and can be easily applied over sloped, contoured surfaces. When properly installed and maintained, this system can provide an additional 10 to 15 years of service life.

PHOTO: THE GARLAND CO. INC.

Learn More

Visit GarlandCo.com.
Call (800) 321-9336

A General Contractor Develops a Permanent Fall-protection Anchor Roofing Workers Will Use

The HitchClip’s main function is to provide roofing workers with fall protection.

The HitchClip’s main function is to provide roofing workers with fall protection.

Scott Fontaine was a general contractor for 30 years. Every day he was finding solutions to problems on job sites, one of which was convincing crews to wear safety equipment. He decided to put his problem-solving skills to work and created equipment that he could field test on the job. It was this entrepreneurial spirit that developed the HitchClip, a versatile and permanent residential fall-protection anchor.

Made from durable and lightweight powder-coated aluminum, the HitchClip is quick and easy to install (with six screws or six nails). Because it may be permanently installed, the HitchClip not only adds value to any home, but also helps reduce costs for contractors by allowing them to save money on temporary or one-use anchor options.

The HitchClip, which is now available for purchase from Qualcraft Industries, a division of Guardian Fall Protection, comes in black, gray or brown, and its sleek design allows it to easily blend in with nearly any roof. Its patented “key-hole” connection point allows it to be used as a standard fall-protection anchor and in combination with numerous attachment accessories, such as Qualcraft’s Bunk Jack, Roof Jack, Guardrails, Workbench, Platform Stage, Solar Panel Rack Bracket and more.

So far, the reaction in the marketplace has been enthusiastic. “The HitchClip system is widely used by contractors and homeowners alike,” Fontaine explains. “The simplicity and ease of use are a big factor, as well as the wide range of components that the system can utilize. There is no system quite like it.”

The HitchClip can help create a secure workbench on a residential roof.

The HitchClip can help create a secure workbench on a residential roof.

Inventors, though, can sometimes have a romanticized view of the product they’ve spent so much time developing. However, Justin Quick from Roofline Supply & Delivery, Eugene, Ore., says this is not the case with the HitchClip. “Roofers that I have sold HitchClip to love them,” Quick notes. “I like that they are an inexpensive add-on to an order that your customer will come back for over and over again.”

Learn More

Visit www.qualcraft.com.
Call (800) 231-5647.
Watch a HitchClip video.

“Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader
inquiries from the May/June issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

A Roofer Develops a Solar Solution for Ponding Water on Flat Roofs

The original Sentinel II XD Solar Roof Pump includes a rotatable 20-Watt solar panel.

The original Sentinel II XD Solar Roof Pump includes a rotatable 20-Watt solar panel.

When you say “flat roof”, many people cringe, thinking of stagnant ponding water, health concerns and damaging roof leaks. And it’s not unusual during very rainy seasons to hear about low-slope roofs collapsing under the weight of ponded water.

Auxiliary roof pumps and even solar roof pumps have been around for decades but can be unreliable. Nicholas Bryditzki, a licensed roofing contractor and certified infrared roof inspector, developed the Sentinel Solar Roof Pump because he wanted a more reliable option. “It’s not that I invented it; they already exist but none of them work,” he says. “I went to a premier solar engineer with the concept and said I want to make this thing ‘roofer-proof’.”

To Bryditzki, “roofer-proof” means the roof pump had to be very durable. Consequently, the Sentinel Solar Roof Pump is encased in spun aluminum that is powder coated with a DuPont coating to keep the patent-pending system cool. In addition, patent-pending cold-weather protection ensures the pump won’t freeze and burn out. To further protect the pump, a sensor detects when water needs to be drained, so the pump doesn’t run all the time; it uses a “siphon-effect”, per Bryditzki. The 20-Watt solar panel is large enough to recharge the battery.

The Sentinel II LP Solar Roof Pump is a stationary unit with an embedded solar panel.

The Sentinel II LP Solar Roof Pump is a stationary unit with an embedded solar panel.

“Roofers showed a little resistance to this until I showed them how to actually save a roof and service it until the owner was ready to re-pitch and re-deck or instead of installing expensive new in-roof drains,” Bryditzki adds. “That’s how it’s catching on right now.”

Currently, there are three Solar Roof Pump models available: the original Sentinel II XD Solar Roof Pump, which can be placed where it’s needed; the Sentinel II LP Solar Roof Pump, which is a stationary unit with an embedded solar panel; and Sentinel II XDR Solar Roof Pump, which features a removable solar panel that can be placed away from the pump. “We also developed a pan flashing; roofers install the pan in the roof, place the solar roof pump in the pan and, depending on the roof surface, it will help drain the roof down to virtually no water whatsoever,” Bryditzki adds.

The Sentinel II XDR Solar Roof Pump features a removable solar panel that can be placed away from the pump.

The Sentinel II XDR Solar Roof Pump features a removable solar panel that can be placed away from the pump.

Bryditzki is delighted by the Sentinel Solar Roof Pump’s success during the two years it has been available in the marketplace. He credits the success to the design of the roof pump itself. “The original prototype is still installed and running in the middle of New Mexico,” he says. “I was just out there last month and we tried to break it; we put mud, leaves and rocks in it and it was still draining.”

Learn More
Visit SolarRoofPumps.com.
Call (817) 771-5027.
Watch a Sentinel Solar Roof Pump video.

This “Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the March/April issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

PHOTOS: Nicholas Bryditzki

The KEMPEROL Roofpatch Provides 50 Years of Waterproofing Technology in a Quick Kit

KEMPEROL Roofpatch is a ready-to-use patch kit from Kemper System America Inc., West Seneca, N.Y.

KEMPEROL Roofpatch is a ready-to-use patch kit from Kemper System America Inc., West Seneca, N.Y.

KEMPEROL Roofpatch is a ready-to-use patch kit from Kemper System America Inc., West Seneca, N.Y. Kemper System invented cold, liquid-applied, reinforced waterproofing technology more than 50 years ago, and the Roofpatch kit offers the company’s technology as a quick solution to reliably stop leaks and cover cracks and damaged areas.

“The product itself is a cold, liquid-applied membrane system,” says Gino Soroker, brand and business development manager for Kemper System America. “Typically our product comes as a container of liquid and a roll of fleece, and you need a contractor to put the two together. Here you get the two already married.”

The kit’s flat aluminum packaging includes rubber gloves and a reinforcement fleece pre-saturated in a single-component, solvent-free and odor-free KEMPEROL 1K-SF waterproofing resin. The reinforced membrane is pre-cut to approximately 10 by 18 inches; a single patch can handle most repairs. Patches also can be overlapped to cover larger areas.

The reinforced membrane is pre-cut to approximately 10 by 18 inches; a single patch can handle most repairs.

The reinforced membrane is pre-cut to approximately 10 by 18 inches; a single patch can handle most repairs.

The multipurpose patch adheres tightly without a primer to bitumen sheets, PVC roofing, concrete, wood and metal. The resin is rainproof in 60 minutes and can be walked on after 12 hours.

Soroker says the kit is ideal for roof consultants and roofing contractors, as well as building owners and property managers, seeking an immediate repair on a roof. “If a building superintendent or roofing contractor gets called up on the roof because a tenant reports a leak and he sees an overlap or a crack, he can rip open this aluminum pouch and slap on the roof patch right there and then,” he says. “If a specifier or consultant needs to cut open the roof to find out what’s happening beneath it,
he can put the piece he cut out back in, place this patch right over it and seal up the hole he just opened.”

The kit’s flat aluminum packaging includes rubber gloves and a reinforcement fleece pre-saturated in a single-component, solvent-free and odor-free KEMPEROL 1K-SF waterproofing resin.

The kit’s flat aluminum packaging includes rubber gloves and a reinforcement fleece pre-saturated in a single-component, solvent-free and odor-free KEMPEROL 1K-SF waterproofing resin.

Developed in Germany, the UV-stable Roofpatch was introduced in the U.S. a year and a half ago. It currently is available nationwide through select distributors of building products. It also can be purchased via Kemper System America’s online store, which can be accessed through its website.

Learn more
Visit KemperSystem.net.
Call (800) 541-5455.
Watch the Roofpatch demonstration video.

The inaugural “Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader inquiries from the January/February issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

PHOTOS: Kemper System America Inc.