New TW Seam Tape Offers Added Protection for Roof Decks

Contractors can now offer an additional layer of protection with the new TAMKO TW Seam Tape, which is used to close sheathing gaps on the roof deck and help keep water from entering the home. The new 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 has a textured, skid-resistant surface for added safety of the roofing crew. TW Seam Tape is applied to all roof deck joints and seams after the roof deck installation, before the underlayment is applied. 

“In the chance shingles and underlayment are torn or blown off during high winds, TW Seam Tape provides added protection against water,” said Brandon Knobloch, TAMKO corporate director of waterproofing. Unsealed roof deck seams are believed to be responsible for up to 60 percent of rain entering into an attic, according to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. 

“We’ll continue to give contractors what they need to get the job done with innovative applications of TAMKO’s Waterproofing products as part of our goal of delivering products and solutions that our customers rely on,” said Knobloch.

TW Seam Tape is designed for application on a variety of surfaces, including OSB, plywood and most other common roof deck materials. And TW Seam Tape works with all TAMKO shingles and underlayments. 

Manufactured at TAMKO’s Columbus, Kansas facility, TW Seam Tape comes in 4-inch rolls, with each roll covering 61 linear feet. This new product is available nationwide now and is UL classified in accordance with ASTM D1970 standards.  

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com/Waterproofing.

Skylight Automation System Designed to Make Modern Indoor Living Healthier

VELUX offers VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO to help homeowners by automating their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home.

Indoor air is five times more polluted than outdoor air, and with people spending so much time inside, VELUX recognized the need to help homeowners use natural ventilation to air out their homes on a regular basis.

“VELUX ACTIVE is indicative of our commitment to healthy, energy efficient homes,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Every homeowner deserves clean air, and this automation system will help reduce the risk of health hazards, such as asthma, that are aggravated by poor indoor air quality. This system will automatically open the skylights for fresh air, so homeowners can worry less about the air they and their families are breathing.”

VELUX ACTIVE, which is compatible with Apple HomeKit, allows homeowners to automate their skylights to more easily infuse natural light and fresh air into the home. The product supports the growing desire for smart home technology in the United States, with some projections showing the number of connected homes exceeding 35 million by 2021.

In an average home, the pollutant level is normally at a low level when people first enter the home or after effective ventilation. However, after an extended period of time, daily activities can raise the level of pollutants to unhealthy levels that can cause headaches, dizziness and sleepiness. Proper ventilation removes unwanted toxins, lowers CO2 levels and promotes an overall healthier lifestyle.

The system ensures a healthier indoor climate by automatically opening the skylights to air out the house two to three times daily. Here’s how it works: 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.

It also automates blinds to help control indoor temperature. For example, the system will extend the blinds to block sunlight during the day in the warmer months or extend them at night during the winter for an added layer of insulation. Homeowners can also use the VELUX ACTIVE smartphone app to control their skylights even if they are away from the house.

For more information on VELUX ACTIVE and the federal tax credit, visit whyskylights.com.

SBS-Modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Class 4 Impact Resistance

CertainTeed’s NorthGate is an SBS (styrene-butadiene-styrene)-modified asphalt shingle that offers Class 4 impact resistance and the dimensional appearance of wood shake roofing. The rubberized nature of NorthGate provides enhanced flexibility and shrinking/cracking resistance, which protects against damage caused by the freeze-thaw cycle and makes it install-friendly in freezing temperatures. NorthGate shingles come with a lifetime-limited, transferable warranty against manufacturing defects, 10 years of SureStart protection, 15 years of StreakFighter algae protection and 15 years of 110-mph wind resistance (upgradeable to 130 mph when installed with CertainTeed starter and hip and ridge shingles). 

For more information, visit www.certainteed.com

Pipe Flashings for Metal Roofs Available in a Variety of Colors

Dynamic Fastener’s DYNA-FLASH pipe flashings for metal roofs are designed for maximum resistance to all weather conditions. The pipe diameters can be seen clearly for proper fitting. The base is designed to mold to most panel configurations and roof pitches regardless of pipe location. EPDM flashings are available in 12 colors: Brown, Black, Dark Grey, Light Grey, White, Dark Green, Light Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Bright Red, Terra Cotta and Copper. High-temperature silicone flashings are available in Red and Grey. 

For more information, visit www.dynamicfastener.com.

Self-Retracting Lifelines Designed to Deliver Jobsite Durability

FallTech announced the launch of its DuraTech Personal Leading Edge line of single and twin 9-foot self-retracting lifelines.

“We designed our new family of DuraTech Personal LE SRL’ first and foremost to protect people working at heights from dangerous leading edge conditions. We tested them to meet ANSI leading edge standards to help protect against sharp edge hazards. Also, their innovative design assures that they connect quickly to a harness, are compact and durable,” said Zachary Winters, FallTech Engineering Manager.

Key benefits and features include:

The proprietary integrated dorsal connector provides a quick and straightforward push-button attachment.

  • The exclusive energy absorber design and placement limit user back discomfort
  • This new family of SRL’s are calibrated for typical walking speeds without the nuisance of unintended lock-ups
  • The constant-force main spring produces smooth lifeline payout and retraction operation
  • The lightweight and impact resistant nylon polymer housing ensures durability
  • Designed for overhead anchorage and up to 5-feet below the user’s D-ring
  • 9-foot working length for users weighing up to 310 lbs.
  • Available in single and twin-leg configurations with steel and aluminum snap hook, rebar hook, and carabiner lifeline connector options

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

Multilayered RF Shield Barrier Provides Next-Level Information Security

As an increasing number of government agencies, military installations, and commercial businesses seek ways to secure sensitive information, Fi-Foil Company is now offering its multilayered RF Shield barrier to block interference and prevent intrusion.

Fi-Foil’s multilayered RF Shield cripples electromagnetic (EM) and radio frequency (RF) interference in sensitive compartmented information facility (SCIF) rooms where National Security Agency (NSA) TEMPEST specifications are vital. RF Shield has been verified through a third-party independent IEEE-299 shielding effectiveness test at an NSA-approved TEMPEST facility.

The product is designed to keep IT systems secure and information locked down, saving users from the hassles, headaches and expenses that come with breaches, company CEO Bill Lippy said.

“Fi-Foil is proud to bring another quality solution to the building industry once again, this time with its cutting-edge RF Shield SCIF technology. Utilizing the latest scientific and technological advancements, RF Shield is designed to safeguard information of all kinds,” Lippy said. “At Fi-Foil, we understand how important it is to thwart cyberattacks and information leaks before they happen. RF Shield was created with safety in mind, and the applications are rapidly expanding in the commercial sector for inventory control and security.”

RF Shield comes in two variations — solid and perforated. Both are constructed of two outer layers of 99 percent pure aluminum foil with a strong inner layer of reinforced fiberglass scrim and Kraft paper.

Tests, performed at an accredited TEMPEST facility, show that RF Shield meets or exceeds minimum requirements for high-performance testing to 378 frequencies. RF Shield reduces noise impact and provides high-performance frequency shielding at an average RF attenuation of 73 dB.

RF Shield also meets the ASTM E84 Class A flame compliance rating and has Low-e reflective surfaces for thermal protection when exposed to air space.

Each roll of RF Shield, which is 51 inches wide and 118 feet long, covers 500 square feet. It is perfect for applications in the military, government, NASA and retail and commercial businesses. RF Shield, like other Fi-Foil products, is proudly manufactured in the United States.

For more information, visit fifoil.com.

Vapor Permeable Underlayment Designed for Use on Steep-Slope Roofs

VaproShield announces the release of SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered, a highly vapor-permeable roofing underlayment Air Barrier (AB) material. SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered (SA), a vapor permeable roofing underlayment, is designed for use on steep slope roofs of 2:12 or greater pitch. According to the manufacturer, the roofing underlayment features the patent-pending Vapor Permeable Polymer Composite Technology (VPPCT) developed by VaproShield.

“VPPCT combines advanced polymer coatings and our proprietary adhesive to create a primerless, highly-permeable, and fully-adhered [roofing] underlayment that is revolutionary to the industry. The black color also absorbs heat from the sun (while exposed), which increases the drying process of wet sheathing and insulation,” said Kevin Nolan, Technical Director of North America. “Every part of SlopeShield Plus, including the color, was intentional.” 

The development of SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered came from an existing market demand for a high-performance and permeable roofing underlayment. Traditional asphaltic and butyl-based peel-and-stick roofing underlayments offer liquid-water holdout but lack drying capacity due to their non-permeable nature. These underlayments inherently trap moisture, reducing insulation performance and accelerating sheathing decay-potentially causing premature roof assembly failure.

“The industry has had traditional [asphaltic and butyl-based] underlayments for years. We are always working to push the industry forward,” noted Lee Snyder, Managing Partner of VaproShield.

SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered offers superior performance to the polypropylene tri-laminate micro-porous permeable existing roof underlayments. The superior construction technology of SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered is a composite of polymers and polyester in a sheet good that allows vapor diffusion. According to the company, the design of SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered eliminates the water leakage created by the concussion effect (caused by heavy rain and foot traffic) while allowing for 6-month UV and climate exposure prior to roof system installation.

SlopeShield Plus Self-Adhered is compatible with metal roofing, slate/clay tile with batten/counter-batten substructures, and cedar shingles/shakes with VaproMat. VaproShield offers SlopeFlashing in two sizes: 29.5 inches and 19 2/3 inches. SlopeFlashing is used to flash eaves, hips, ridges and valleys.

Combining SlopeShield Plus SA and VaproShield’s vapor permeable WRB/Air Barrier wall membranes will create an airtight and watertight building enclosure that offers high drying capacity for the building envelope and roofing assembly-mitigating moisture damage and saving energy for the life of the building. A National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study (NISTIR 7238) showed that an effective air barrier can reduce a building’s energy costs by as much as 40 percent and electrical costs by more than 25 percent.

For more information, visit www.vaproshield.com.

New Membrane Delivers UL Class A Fire Rating

Designed for attachment directly to plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) roof decks, new TPO Fleece Back FR membranes from Mule-Hide Products Co. deliver a UL Class A fire rating without the need for a fire-retardant barrier board or slip sheet.

“TPO Fleece Back FR is ideally suited for use in the West, where fire is a significant concern and building codes require many buildings to have Class A fire-rated roofing systems,” said Ken Schultz, West regional director for Mule-Hide Products. “Building owners get the necessary Class A fire rating. Contractors get a faster, easier installation by eliminating the need to add a fire-retardant barrier.”

Fleece reinforcement gives the membrane an added layer of protection against punctures. Splinters from OSB and plywood roof decks will not create holes in the membrane – a common issue when standard membranes are attached directly to these materials. More puncture-resistant than modified bitumen membranes, it stands up to hail and damaging debris exceptionally well.

Large sheet sizes and a wide window of weldability make installation quick and easy. TPO Fleece Back FR is available in 10-by-50-foot and 10-by-100-foot sizes; this is significantly larger than typical modified bitumen sheets, reducing the number of seams to weld by 67 percent. The ability to weld at wide ranges of temperature and humidity also means fewer stops to adjust the settings on the automatic welder and perform a test weld.

TPO Fleece Back FR membranes remain flexible in low temperatures and offer excellent resistance to impacts. They also stand up to acids, bases and restaurant exhaust emissions without degradation.

Like all Mule-Hide Products TPO membranes, TPO Fleece Back FR membranes include the Mule-Hide Products Weathering Package, ensuring that the membrane will withstand exposure to severe climate conditions. The weathering package is comprised of three heat-stabilizing antioxidants, three ultraviolet (UV) light stabilizers and two UV light absorbers, making the membrane highly resistant to heat, sun, ozone and oxidation.

TPO Fleece Back FR membranes contain no chlorine, plasticizers or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and are odor-free, making them an environment-, crew- and building occupant-friendly choice. 

For more information, visitwww.mulehide.com.

New Fastener Designed for Quicker, Easier Installation

East Coast Fasteners introduces the Ply-Lo Driller,the latest innovative addition to the company’s fastener line, designed to save contractors time and money. The Ply-Lo Driller features a patent-pending design intended to be more forgiving than other fasteners. This means the tip is designed to reduce the likelihood of “walking” when fasteners are driven at a slight angle. Less walking means quicker and easier installation as well as a reduction in material damage and waste. The Ply-Lo Driller is available in colors to match virtually any panel as a #10 fastener in lengths of 1, 1-1/2, 2, 2-1/2 and 3 inches.

For more information, visit www.plyco.com.

Cap Nailer Delivers Durability and Enhanced Magazine Design

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. The original CN100 is a recognized leader in time-saving roofing tools and part of the GAF Hire a Hero training program for military veterans.

Lightweight at 4.9 lbs., STINGER’s CN100B features effortless loading, upgraded tool life, and utilizes full, one-inch collated plastic caps; it is capable of firing 200 caps/200 nails before reloading. The Electro Galvanized ring shank nails are 1” X .083” full round head.

“Our upgrades are completely based on customer feedback–we listened to our contractors’ needs to make several enhancements to the STINGER CN-100B. It is now even more durable with an improved cap magazine with fewer reloads,” said Roger Szotko, STINGER Product Manager, National Nail. “The plastic caps are also ASTM tested for high wind and UV performance.”

The STINGER CN100B also includes an installed belt hook, trigger with bumpfire and sequential modes, and durable carrying case.

For more information, visit www.STINGERWORLD.com.