Perforated Starter Shingle Designed to Save Time and Reduce Waste

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. introduces the Perforated Starter shingle to its roofing product line. Made from fiberglass mat coated with asphalt and surfaced with ceramic granules, the Perforated Starter course shingle is the answer to roofing contractors need for an easy to install starter strip prior to shingle application. The perforation ensures that contractors no longer lose time field cutting shingles to the appropriate size while reducing related waste.

“Roofing contractors need more ways to make their jobs hassle-free,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TAMKO, Stephen McNally.  “With TAMKO’s Perforated Starter shingle, you remove the tedious time-consuming job of field cutting shingles for the starter course so roofing contractors can finish a job quicker with less waste.”

TAMKO’s Perforated Starter shingle is intended for application to the eave or rake edge of a roof to assist with proper alignment of the shingle course. The starter strip also fills in the spaces under the shingle joints and helps the first course of shingles to seal. Perforated Starter comes in a bundle of 16 full-size (13 ¼ inches) perforated shingles to be separated into 32 starter strip shingles (6 ⅝ inches).

Available now to customers nationwide, the Perforated Starter shingle is being produced at TAMKO’s Frederick, Maryland manufacturing facility. The Perforated Starter shingle can be used with TAMKO’s full line of asphalt shingles including the Heritage series laminated asphalt shingles and Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingles.

For more information, visit TAMKO.com.

Algae Resistant Asphalt Shingles

PABCO Roofing Products announces its new premium asphalt shingles featuring Algae Defender with an algae resistance warranty. Many areas of the United States are susceptible to black streaks on rooftops caused by algae – especially coastal regions or those that experience high humidity. Preventing those black streaks helps preserve your home’s curb appeal.

PABCO shingles and accessories featuring Algae Defender prevent black streaks caused by algae from forming on your roof, according to the company. “We have a precise target blend of copper containing granules in the manufacturing process and our results are closely monitored during every production run,” explains Rebecca Newman, Plant Operations Manager, “When moisture contacts your Algae Defender protected roof in the form of dew or rain, copper ions are gradually released over time to provide reliable protection from black streaks caused by blue-green algae.”

With more than two decades of experience in producing algae resistant shingles, PABCO has seen proven results from our manufacturing techniques. Newman adds, “We are constantly monitoring our algae resistant shingles in actual field installations to ensure they are performing to our high standards.”

PABCO shingles with Algae Defender are available in most markets where PABCO is sold. “We are excited about the Algae Defender warranty – which is Limited Lifetime for many products – and are confident in the performance.” States Gerry Kilian, General Sales Manager. “It is such a benefit to the homeowner to have that kind of protection.”

For more information, visit pabcoroofing.com.

Railing System Provides Temporary Fall Protection

The Finnish company Alupro announces the immediate availability of the Parapet Bridge for the temporary fall protection AluFix EVO.

In 2015, Alupro successfully introduced the temporary fall protection railing system AluFix EVO for highly secure roof work.

The new Parapet Bridge serves as an additional, outer safety railing, with which the temporary fall protection AluFix EVO can be extended quickly, easily and tool-free. The Parapet Bridge creates additional freedom of movement, because it increases the available working space beyond the parapet. Without having to set up a scaffolding from the outside, e.g. work on the parapet cover can be performed with the proven counterweight system AluFix EVO. The fall protection railing is flexibly applicable up to a parapet thickness of 730 mm and allows safe working on levels up to a roof pitch of 10 degrees. The Parapet Bridge consists of a sturdy, high-quality aluminum construction, which is mounted to a continuous safety railing. The secure connection points consist of self-locking clamping mechanisms that enable tool-free installation.

The system extension Parapet Bridge as well as the basic system AluFix EVO according to EN13374-A has been successfully tested and equipped with the GS mark for proved safety.

New features of the Attika bridge for AluFix EVO:

  • Fast, easy and tool-free installation
  • Lightweight and stable construction made of high quality aluminum components
  • Can be used on levels up to 10-degree roof pitch
  • Additional, enlarged working space for attic covers
  • Variable adjustment of the attic width up to 730 mm
  • Tested to EN-13374-A GS seal of approval for tested safety

Proven features (AluFix EVO):

  • Simple, tool-free installation
  • Lightweight, highly stable aluminum construction
  • GS tested, meets safety standard EN 13374-A

AluFix EVO can simply be supplemented by existing customers with the Parapet Bridge and can be used for all roof variants up to a 10-degree inclination.

For more information, visit www.alupro.com.

3-D Modeling Tool Aids in Solar Design Projects

SmartRoofAurora Solar Inc., a solar design software company, offers SmartRoof, a tool that allows anyone to accurately and easily model residential and commercial sites for solar projects. According to the company, SmartRoof intelligently infers the internal structure of a roof after a few clicks, reducing solar design time and difficulty.

According to the company, SmartRoof requires just an outline of the perimeter of the roof to automatically infer its internal structure. It allows solar designers to drag and drop dormers into the model, integrating them into their respective roof planes seamlessly. The remote site modeling tool enables designers to insert folds and intersect multiple roof structures, making modeling of complex roof structures significantly easier. The resulting 3-D model has clean edges, right-angled corners, and evenly tilted roof planes, giving designers and solar salespeople alike the ability to easily create permit-ready models.

Christopher Hopper, CEO of Aurora Solar, said, “We started Aurora with the goal of developing technology that would enable anyone to design solar easily and quickly, without sacrificing quality. An accurate roof model is foundational to the residential solar design process, so we set out to rethink the modeling process from the ground up. After over a year of development, we’re proud to introduce SmartRoof: a novel way to model roofs that has the potential to revolutionize solar design.”

For more information, visit www.aurorasolar.com.

One-Component Liquid Flashing Seals Penetrations

POLYFLASH 1C POLYFLASH 1C from Polyglass is a one-component, liquid flashing compound designed for use with various membrane systems. Use it to seal roofing and waterproofing details such as walls, curbs, vents, roof drains, pitch pans and unusually shaped penetrations. POLYFLASH 1C cures to form a more durable membrane when PolyBrite Reinforcing Polyester is embedded.

For more information, visit www.polyglass.us.

Laminated Asphalt Shingles Have Energy Efficiency Ratings

TAMKO Building Products Inc. TAMKO Building Products Inc. announced that the company’s Heritage series laminated asphalt shingles and shingle accessories in Glacier White (dependent upon the region of the United States) and TAMKO’s Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab asphalt shingles in White and Glacier White are now Energy Star qualified for their ability to reflect a portion of the sun’s rays, potentially lowering the amount of energy needed to cool a home. Additionally, both products have also been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).

“These new ratings for TAMKO products put energy efficient roofing within the reach of even the most cost-conscious consumer,” said TAMKO Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally.

For instance, TAMKO’s Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingle is one of TAMKO’s entry-level roofing options, and this includes the Energy Star qualified White and Glacier White color options. With TAMKO’s Heritage® laminated asphalt shingles in the Glacier White color option, it’s possible to achieve the appearance of traditional wood shake roofing with the added bonus of an Energy Star qualification.

According to the company, both Heritage® series shingles and shingle accessories in Glacier White and Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingles in White and Glacier White are available now, dependent on the region of the United States, and some are rated by the CRRC while others are Energy Star qualified.

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

High-Visibility Primer Improves Adhesion for Acrylic Coatings

KM SP 1000KM Coatings offers KM SP 1000, a VOC-compliant, solvent-based primer designed to improve the adhesion of acrylic coatings to most aged TPO and PVC membranes. According to the manufacturer, using this primer with a KM-approved acrylic coating provides excellent coverage and long-term protection. Its orange color enables strong identification for the applicator to achieve complete monolithic surface application.

For more information, visit http://kmcoatings.us.

Composite Shake Shingles Offered in New Colors

DaVinci Roofscapes launches the Nature Crafted Collection DaVinci Roofscapes launches the Nature Crafted Collection of composite shake shingles, which includes three realistic, nature-inspired colors: Aged Cedar, Mossy Cedar and Black Oak. According to the manufacturer, each new color reflects different progressive aging processes found on real shake shingles. The Nature Crafted Collection is designed to capture the look of a moment and retain it for decades.

“The DaVinci Nature Crafted Collection is our most ambitious foray into color development in our company’s history,” said Ray Rosewall, president and CEO of DaVinci Roofscapes. “Our proprietary process technology enables us to recreate the natural warmth and softness of a patina previously only created by time and exposure to the elements.”

The realistic-looking colors on the composite shake tiles provide homeowners with the ability to gain the specific natural color they desire for roofing tiles without the hassles of dealing with real wood. The DaVinci shake products have a lifetime limited warranty and will not split, crack, curl or fade, according to the company. Each tile has been crafted to resist fire and impact, along with high winds, mold, algae, fungus and insects. The composite tiles come in both wavy and straight grains throughout each shake tile to achieve an authentic wood look.

Research, time and attention have been dedicated to the development of the Nature Crafted Collection to assure a unique variety of colors appealing to homeowners nationwide. “We had our teams scanning the country to identify any colors that may be missing from our current selections,” says Rosewall. “This allowed us to identify three distinct ‘aged’ cedar palettes with different tones. In most cases when real wood has aged to the point where these beautiful patinas appear, the cedar itself begins to deteriorate as a roofing material. We have captured those natural colors and married them up with our composite shakes to offer long-term performance without the worry of failing roof materials.”

The new Aged Cedar color reflects a burnt reddish cedar tone. This color is generally found when there’s a transition from a new cedar shake roof into the weathered deeper tone. Mossy Cedar features a damp, greenish character. While in real cedar this is achieved by moss and lichen that are not good for the longevity of the roof, the color is one that people desire for their natural-looking shake roofs. The Mossy Cedar color captures that tone while taking away worries about the durability of the roof.

Finally, the new Black Oak color reminds people of natural cedar shingles that have been saturated with moisture and mold for many years. The color tells the story of dark, aged cedar on a home. Some people love this color, but the decaying natural cedar truly is not practical for a roof. Now, by recreating the mature, almost black bark coloring, homeowners have the mature-looking cedar color they want but with the durability of a composite shake.

“People who truly appreciate the natural aesthetic that comes with the aging of a cedar shake tile will find the new colors in the Nature Crafted Collection very realistic,” said Rosewall. “The hues and tones replicated on these tiles are ‘consistently inconsistent’ … much like Mother Nature makes them. The colors in the collection allow people to have the look and character of naturally aged cedar roofs but with the performance features that are missing in the real cedar product.”

The Nature Crafted Collection is available on all DaVinci Multi-Width and Single-Width Shake composite roofing tiles.

For more information, visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.

Adhesive Application Designed to Allow for Venting of LWIC

COLPLY EF for ribbon applicationSoprema Inc. announces the launch of COLPLY EF for ribbon application. The moisture-cured, solvent-free, polymeric adhesive is applied in ribbons as a solution to allow for the venting of vapor pressure and the migration of trapped moisture from lightweight insulating concrete.

COLPLY EF for ribbon application is packaged in cartridges, which will allow for the product to easily be applied in ribbons. The new application process will allow for the partial attachment of the SBS membrane or vapor retarder to address any concerns of blistering or issues caused by trapped moisture.  COLPLY EF is low odor and requires no hot torching, making it ideal for many applications with odor and heat restrictions, such as schools, hospitals and apartments.

“The ability to apply COLPLY EF in ribbons is just another way Soprema has created solutions that are needed within the industry,” said Matt Davis, product manager, Soprema. “The unique process will easily allow for venting to avoid trapped moisture and the structural damage that accompanies it resulting in an easier-to-use product and alleviating problems many contractors typically see in these applications.”

According to the company, COLPLY EF can be applied by loading 5-gallon pails into a gravity fed applicator, or by using the new cartridge packaging for use in the same battery powered applicator or multi-bead applicator commonly used for its DUOTACK products.

COLPLY EF Meets FM, UL, FBC, Miami-Dade and South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations.

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

COLPLY EF for ribbon application

High-Performance Adhesive/Sealant Introduced for Rooftop Support System

Green Link Adhesive/Sealant

Green Link offers a new adhesive/sealant designed for use with the company’s KnuckleHead Rooftop Support System. Green Link Adhesive/Sealant bonds and seals the KnuckleHead Universal Base and is effective on a wide range of roof surfaces. The new adhesive/sealant has been specially formulated to adhere to PVC, EPDM, TPO, and mod bitumen, as well as the KnuckleHead base itself, which is composed of glass-reinforced nylon.

According to the company, Green Link Adhesive/Sealant is based on polyether chemistry. It cures by exposure to moisture, so it can be applied to damp surfaces and will not shrink upon curing. It will not discolor from UV exposure, can be applied at temperatures as low as 32°F, and is capable of joint movement in excess of 35 percent, states the company. It is available in standard 10.1-ounce cartridges.

“The KnuckleHead base is unique in that it can be adhered directly to the roof membrane,” said Ondrej Pekarovic, Green Link design engineer. “While there are some products on the market that effectively bond and seal the KnuckleHead base, Green Link adhesive/Sealant is the only product that effectively adheres to even the most challenging types of PVC membranes.”

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