Acrylic Air Barrier Lowers Installed Costs

The acrylic air barrier resists air and water infiltration, saving energy and preventing moisture build-up.

The acrylic air barrier resists air and water infiltration, saving energy and preventing moisture build-up.

Kemper System America Inc. offers Wall Guardian FW-100A, a liquid-applied fibered acrylic air barrier that also acts as a water/weather barrier and vapor retarder. Evaluated by the Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA), it delivers air barrier performance – and value.

Wall Guardian FW-100A exceeds ASTM E2357 (Standard Test Method for Determining Air Leakage of Air Barrier Assemblies) with an air leakage rate of just 0.0004 cfm/ft2 @ 1.57 psf – 100 times better than the test requirement. Notably, the liquid-applied air barrier exceeded the standard in a single coat at 40 mils wet film thickness.

The engineered system is designed to resist air and water infiltration, saving energy and preventing moisture build-up that can lead to mildew and mold. Compared to house wraps and mechanically-fastened weather barriers, Wall Guardian FW-100A can be applied to building material surfaces with a sprayer, roller or brush.

The liquid-applied air barrier offers unified substrate protection, even on curved or other unconventionally shaped walls. The water-based coating is a low VOC product and meets LEED intent at 25 percent recycled content. The applied coating is also Class A fire rated.

In addition to Wall Guardian FW-100A, Kemper System also offers related air barrier component products through its STS Coatings line acquired in 2016. These include GreatSeal LT-100 polyether Liquid Tape for board-to-board joints, windows, doors, masonry, roof flashings, etc., and UT-40 Universal Tape for sealing cracks, transitions, penetrations and seams in exterior substrate and insulation board.

For over 60 years, Kemper System has been a leader in cold liquid-applied, reinforced roofing and waterproofing, having invented the technology. The company offers a full range of Building Envelope solutions to protect against weather, preserve the integrity of surfaces, and enhance the comfort and value of buildings. This encompasses Wall Guardian fibered acrylic air barrier, Roof Guardian Technologies elastomer-based roof coatings, and HeatBloc-ULTRATM radiant heat barrier. Other brands include COLEAN traffic coating systems, and the company flagship for exterior and interior waterproofing, Kemperol reinforced membrane systems.

To learn more, contact Kemper System at inquiry@kempersystem.net or call (800) 541-5455.

Rooftop Attachment Anchor Is Compatible with All Commercial Roof Systems

PowerGrip Universal reduces the need for ballast in solar racking systems, requiring less material handling and labor on the roof.

PowerGrip Universal reduces the need for ballast in solar racking systems, requiring less material handling and labor on the roof.

OMG Roofing Products has introduced PowerGrip Universal, a rooftop attachment anchor for mounting solar racking systems and other products to virtually any commercial roof. PowerGrip Universal is designed to reduce or eliminate the need for ballast in solar racking systems, so there’s less weight, material handling and labor on the roof.

PowerGrip Universal is designed with wind performance in mind and offers up to 3,300 lbf. (13.34 kN) of tensile strength, 2,500 lbf. (11.12 kN) of shear strength, and 2,000 lbf. (8.9 kN) of compressive load strength.

Made of cast aluminum, PowerGrip Universal units are designed with a base ring that gets secured through the roofing cover and into the structural roof deck, and a waterproof cover plate to keep water from infiltrating the roof assembly.

PowerGrip Universal units are easy to install, saving both time and labor when compared to alternative options. The system is designed to transfer the load to the structural roof deck, and does not require any membrane welding. PowerGrip Universal units are typically installed in less than five minutes.

In addition to commercial solar rack systems, PowerGrip Universal can be used for other roof mounted items such as pipe supports, step crossovers, raceways, satellite dishes, small antennas and HVAC applications.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a manufacturer of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, edge metal systems, drains, pipe supports and productivity tools. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance. For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at (800) 633-3800 or visit OMGRoofing.com.

Self-Adhered TPO Membrane Offers Easy Installation With No VOCs

UltraPly TPO SA Firestone Building Products offers UltraPly TPO SA with Secure Bond Technology, a self-adhering membrane with a factory-applied, pressure-sensitive adhesive. Designed to be the next generation in fully adhered roof system application, Secure Bond Technology ensures adhesion coverage across the membrane, establishing one of the strongest bonds possible. According to the company, this advanced technology not only significantly improves installation speed over traditional fully adhered applications, but allows installation in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit. With no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), UltraPly TPO SA with Secure Bond Technology is safe for the contractor, building occupants and the environment. 

Atlas Roofing Introduces Shingles That Are 42 Inches Wide

Atlas HP 42Atlas Roofing introduces its new HP42” shingle format. Larger than any other shingle currently manufactured in the United States, the HP42” format offers roofing contractors a faster installation process as well as big time and labor savings, according to the manufacturer.

The HP42” format launched in July and will be the new standard for the Atlas StormMaster Shake and Pinnacle Pristine shingle lines.

Features of the Atlas shingles with HP42” technology include:

  • A larger size: the shingle is a full 42 inches wide and 14 inches high.
  • An enhanced 1½-inch “sweet spot” nailing area that helps the crew stay accurate when aiming for the shingle common bond.
  • A 7-Course, Zero-waste shingle offset, providing up to 5 percent material savings versus other leading shingles brands.
  • A larger 6-inch exposure.
  • A high performance 130-mph wind limited warranty with a four-nail installation.
  • The HP42” format lets crews cover more roof area with fewer shingles and fewer nails. The 1.5-inch enhanced Sweet Spot nailing area with a FASTAC® double sealant line also helps crews hit their mark every time. And because crews can work more efficiently, they will be on and off the roof more quickly, and on to the next job.

    Based on an average 40-square job, savings versus other leading shingle brands include:

  • 320 fewer shingles to install.
  • Up to 6,000 fewer nails and penetrations, totaling up to $40 in savings on a 130 mph wind limited warranty installation.
  • Savings of two to four hours of labor time on the roof.
  • “Designed with the owner and installer in mind, these new high-performance shingles are larger and better engineered,” said Stan Bastek, Director of Marketing and Sales Development, Atlas Shingles and Underlayment Division. “As a result, they are faster and easier to install, which drastically improves the installation experience for contractors and their crews. They also help contractors save materials and labor.”

    “Working smarter saves time, labor and materials,” Bastek said, “and the savings really add up for a contractor’s bottom line. There isn’t a more contractor-friendly shingle design on the market today than Atlas shingles featuring HP42” technology.”

    Atlas offers a convenient and simple calculator that can determine the potential material, labor and time savings, both annually and per job, if using Atlas shingles with HP42” technology. The savings calculator is available at AtlasRoofing.com/pro.
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    Latest Addition to SnapTable Line Is Easily Transportable

    Swenson Shear's Eave MasterSwenson Shear introduces the Eave Master, the latest addition to the company’s SnapTable collection. Eave Master is designed to notch and hem eave cuts in metal panels between 12 inches and 24 inches wide. According to the manufacturer, the product provides a consistent cut on straight runs and is ideal for use in any commercial job. It weighs 125 pounds, and is designed to be manually lifted by two people and easily transported in the bed of a pickup truck.

    The Eave Master features an inch ruler on its notchers that allows for an easy-to-measure hem line, as well as a quick-change notching station for right and left panel runs. The machine is designed to be the perfect complement to the Towable SnapTable Pro.

    Upgraded Cap Hammer Offers Improved Staple Design

    Stinger Cap HammerNational Nail’s Stinger brand introduces the newly upgraded CH38-2 Cap Hammer. The CH38-2 is an economical, non-pneumatic cap fastener that eliminates the need for hoses and compressors—which also improves safety.  Best practice applications for the CH38-2 which features the holding power of a 1-inch cap, includes house wrap, rolled insulation, and roofing felt. The CH38-2 has been enhanced with increased internal handle strength, an improved staple design, track and spring, stronger welds and an added handle grip, all for maximum reliability and performance. The CH38-2 Cap Hammer has a fastener capacity of 168 full, 1-inch collated plastic caps and 3/8 -inch crown staples.

    Roof Restoration System Designed to Provide Flexibility, Durability

    ERSystemsERSystems PU300 released its new polyurethane system, consisting of the Polyurethane 300 Aliphatic Finish Coat and Aromatic Base Coat. The company’s original Polyurethane 300 has been re-engineered into two parts, an aromatic base coat and aliphatic finish coat. According to the manufacturer, the basecoat and topcoat system is uniquely formulated with a bio-based designed hydrophobic polymer system that supports the high-performance coating system. The newly designed elastomeric system is designed to provide excellent flexibility and durability, resulting in superior hydrophobicity, impact resistance and UV resistance over long periods. 

    Self-Adhering Vapour Permeable Membrane Is Mold Resistant

    The self-adhering vapour permeable membrane can be applied to common substrates such as gypsum, oriented strand board (OSB), block, concrete, concrete masonry unit (CMU) and plywood.

    The self-adhering vapour permeable membrane can be applied to common substrates such as gypsum, oriented strand board (OSB), block, concrete, concrete masonry unit (CMU) and plywood.

    IKO AquaBarrier VP Self-Adhering Vapour Permeable Membrane provides a primerless vapour permeable membrane solution with mold resistance for a variety of building envelope applications.

    Self-Adhering, Versatile Applications
    A self-adhering, primerless membrane, AquaBarrier VP, provides superior performance in wall assemblies where a vapour permeable, weather-resistive air barrier is required.

    Thanks to the vapour permeable matrix of AquaBarrier VP, it is compatible and can be applied to common substrates such as gypsum, oriented strand board (OSB), block, concrete, concrete masonry unit (CMU) and plywood. The membrane is also designed for various applications, including masonry cavity walls, metal cladding systems, renovations and retrofits, siding, curtain walls and parapets.

    The design of the AquaBarrier VP membrane allows for installation ease, with no mechanical attachments or primer required for standard application. Coated with a proprietary acrylic adhesive on the back surface, AquaBarrier VP offers performance for common wall applications and features a polypropylene release film to aid in removing the membrane.

    AquaBarrier VP is an effective vapour permeable membrane when installed according to IKO specifications.

    AquaBarrier VP is constructed of a polyolefin synthetic polymer (fibre) membrane with low water retention capacity and is therefore mold and mildew resistant.

    The IKO AquaBarrier line includes a full range of membrane and accessory products that provide protection in wall assemblies with air and vapour barrier systems. Engineered to meet or exceed industry standards, the line includes self-adhering and torch-on wall membranes, through-wall flashing membrane, foundation protection and flashing tapes.

    For more information on AquaBarrier VP and details on IKO’s commercial wall and roofing system solutions and accessories, visit the IKO website.

    Vapor-Permeable, Liquid-Applied Technology Provides Continuous Air Barrier

    Soprema introduces SOPRASEAL LM 204 VPSoprema introduces SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP—a one-component, 98 percent solids content, low-odor, vapor-permeable, liquid-applied polyether air barrier product. According to the manufacturer, this new, hybrid STPE technology provides excellent air infiltration and moisture protection while also offering ease of use in low- and high-temperature applications, superior elastomeric performance and tie-in compatibility.

    A fully adhered, monolithic membrane option, SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP offers a continuous air barrier that works well even in applications where conformity to complex geometries is a must. It is ultra-low-VOC and moisture curable in low relative humidity and low-temperature applications, while exhibiting excellent freeze-thaw characteristics. It does not shrink and requires less wet film to achieve dry film thickness, according to the company.

    The product can be applied in temperatures down to 25 degrees Fahrenheit without the use of additional additives. It is also available in an accessory product, SOPRASEAL® Liquid Flashing—a high-quality, 100 percent solid, low-odor, STPE membrane designed to provide air and water protection to critical rough openings while sealing joints and creating a seamless transition to air barrier membranes.

    “We are pleased to offer customers even more choices when waterproofing wall systems with the latest expansion of our SOPRASEAL liquid membrane product line,” says Sara Jonas, Marketing Manager, Soprema. “We want to make it as easy as possible for contractors to keep structures energy efficient and comfortable year-round, and with SOPRASEAL LM 204 VP air barrier technology, they now have a strong option for moisture protection behind wall claddings ranging from brick to siding to metal panels, EIFS and stucco.”

    Pre-Notched Trims and Flashing Components Save Time at the Jobsite

    ATAS pre-notched trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.

    ATAS pre-notched trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.

    ATAS International Inc. has expanded its line of pre-notched trims and flashing components.  Trims and flashing are often critical elements of metal roof, wall and soffit installations.  They provide weather resistance of the installed system, as well as aesthetic value of the finished building.  ATAS can provide solutions that address both of those elements which can help to control costs.  
     
    Common problems that occur in metal panel trim and flashing installation include maintaining the correct overlap distances.  As well, heavier gauges and multiple bends or complex shapes may make field notching difficult.  The quality of workmanship in creating trims and flashings in the field are not as easily controlled compared to factory fabrication, and the time to perform this operation in the field is typically longer.
     
    ATAS trims and flashing are consistent dimensionally and provide an aesthetically pleasing final installation.  The use of these components eliminates unknown field costs and results in an efficient installation, which saves the contractor time and money.