Universal Base Attachment Offers Increased Support Strength

Green Link Engineering has increased support strength by 40 percent on its Knuckehead universal base in response to customer needs in areas with high winds, seismic activity and other environmental fluctuations that can affect rooftop installations.

“Swings in weather patterns — high winds, and seismic events around the country, most recently in California, Puerto Rico and the Midwest — suggest the need for stronger, more stable installations of rooftop equipment. Responding to customer needs, we made a simple retool of our universal Knucklehead base without changing its basic design so that it now offers our customers the option to add more fasters to the base during installations,” said Dan Olinger, Green Link President. “When we heard from HVAC and roofing contractors about issues relating to equipment shifting during environmental events, we immediately looked at effective ways to retool our product to offer additional strength options. GreenLink prides itself on responding to customer needs and offering versatility in the use of our products. “

Greenlink Engineering’s retooled KnuckleHead universal base now offers an improved attachment feature for more secure installations. The universal base, which accepts a range of head designs, originally featured two holes for securing the base using screws that penetrate to the roof deck. The retooling now features four holes which allows for the doubling of mechanical fasteners. In laboratory tests, the four-fastener base installation increased support strength by 40 percent tested on a 12-inch strut Knucklehead configuration. No change has been made to the basic design of the base. The holes are still positioned in the center, and the base can also be further secured and sealed using specially formulated Green Link Adhesive/Sealant. 

A range of head designs can be fastened to the universal base for supporting struts, large pipes, small pipes, solar panels and pavers. KnuckleHeads offer a unique feature in that they can be attached or loose laid, depending on local conditions and specifications.

For more information, visit www.greenlinkengineering.com.

Roof Windows Provide Fresh Air and Natural Light in Easy-To-Reach Spaces

VELUX offers roof windows for in-reach applications in both top- and side-hinged options for attic and bonus room renovations. With easy maneuverability, roof windows also provide a point of egress, which can help structures comply with building codes requiring two points of escape in case of fire. 

“Roof windows offer convenient, practical options for homeowners who want easy roof access but also want to transform their space with natural light,” said Ross Vandermark, national product manager for VELUX America. “Plus, unique safety control features let homeowners rest assured they don’t have to sacrifice safety for fresh air ventilation.”

With convenient side or bottom handles for easy operation, homeowners can increase the amount of natural light and fresh air ventilation in their spaces, all while enjoying panoramic views. Plus, roof windows allow homeowners to rely less on electrical lighting, which helps to boost the home’s energy efficiency. VELUX also offers a variety of blind options for roof windows that give homeowners complete control over the amount of natural light they want in their rooms.

For more information, visit www.veluxusa.com

New Dome Skylight Offers Greater Strength, Less Glare

Kingspan Light + Air North America unveils its new advanced technology dome. The strong polycarbonate dome shape was engineered to meet all new building code standards and can be customized to fit any space.

According to the company, the new skylight product is currently available in single, double and triple glazed options to enhance thermal performance. Outer domes will typically be clear or white, with multiple options for inner domes based on U-value or lower SHGC needs. All domes will be able to capture light even at low angles and offer an even diffusion of light with less glare.

“Kingspan is proud to have responded to current industry demands and updated code requirements with a more durable, stronger skylight solution,” said Kyle McEnroe Vice President of Sales, Skylights, Kingspan Light + Air. “This new product will offer all of these benefits without sacrificing light capture and diffusion capabilities.”

For more information, visit www.kingspanlightandair.us

Multipurpose Roof Tape Protects Against Water Infiltration

IKO introduces GoldSeam, a multipurpose roof tape. This product can be used in a variety of deck-protection applications, including as a seam tape for the roof deck; a sealant for critical roof joints, such as small gaps around the eave and fascia; as well as around roof structures, such as skylights, chimneys, plumbing vents or ventilation caps. Designed to prevent ice and water infiltration as well as rodent and insect infestation, IKO GoldSeam is ideally suited to seal the joints of OSB (oriented strand board) or plywood roof deck panels when used in conjunction with an IKO underlayment, according to the manufacturer.

“Whether it’s roof deck or eave sealing, IKO GoldSeam provides the critical protection homeowners need to help prevent water infiltration inside their homes,” said Mark Okland, product development manager, North America. “Leading industry experts know that the gap between the fascia and roof deck is the most vulnerable area of the roof, and for far too long, has been the most overlooked detail in roof installation. IKO established an innovative solution with GoldSeam to effectively seal that gap and bring homeowners peace of mind.”

According to the company, IKO GoldSeam pairs perfectly with IKO’s Nordic and Dynasty performance shingles to provide superior protection for the entire roof system against blow-off and damage during extreme weather. IKO GoldSeam is also an accepted component of the Insurance Institute for Home and Business Safety’s (IBHS) FORTIFIED Home standards*. (Not all homes built using GoldSeam will qualify for a FORTIFIED Home designation. Homes require compliance with all FORTIFIED Home technical requirements and additional inspections. For more information, please visit www.fortifiedhome.org.)  

IKO GoldSeam is a specialized product that was designed to facilitate compliance with building codes requiring complete deck protection. Compliance with these regulations, which are particularly prevalent in areas where high winds are common, can usually be achieved by covering deck-panel joints with IKO GoldSeam in conjunction with a subsequent layer of synthetic underlayment, such as IKO Stormtite or RoofGard-Cool Grey. Prior to installation, applicable building codes should always be consulted, and all projects should be built in compliance with such codes.

For more information, visit www.iko.com

*IBHS does not provide any type of warranty or guarantee related to the FORTIFIED Home designation. IBHS shall not be held responsible or liable for damage to any property, systems, components or contents in a FORTIFIED-designated home. IBHS assumes no responsibility or liability for any individual or firm as a result of the designation.

Adhesive Carts Updated to Enable 6- and 12-Inch O.C. Bead Spacing

OMG Roofing Products announces that OMG BeadPro Carts, which apply canister based OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesive, now offer roofing contractors a choice of 6- or 12-inch on center bead application. OMG BeadPro Carts offer a stable platform for holding adhesive canisters and allows contractors to apply four adhesive beads spaced perfectly at 6- or 12-inches on center. Contactors simply load the cart with the canisters, secure the hoses, and apply straight line beads of OlyBond500 Insulation Adhesives. 

“Applying adhesive in straight-lines is the most efficient method for installing canister-based OlyBond500, and helps contractors achieve published coverage rates,” said Jim Lavallee, adhesives product manager for OMG Roofing Products. “While 12-inch on center bead spacing is common, we’ve seen a greater number of specifications requiring 6-inch on center bead spacing, so we updated the OMG BeadPro Cart to accommodate that application.”

OMG BeadPro Carts do not have pumps or other mechanical equipment that require maintenance, and come with solid tires that won’t go flat. In addition, each OMG BeadPro has a nozzle holder, hose hook for storage and a lifting ring for hoisting the cart to the roof easily. Disposable hose assemblies come with a secondary in-line static mixer for higher rise and better yield and connect directly to the applicator assembly supplied with the OlyBond500 Canister set.

“With the continuing labor shortage in the roofing industry, the diverse OMG BeadPro Cart provides a one-man solution for applying perfectly spaces adhesives from canisters,” said Lavallee. “ Not only is it simple and easy-to-use, but it also eliminates the need to bring wagons, wheelbarrow or other miscellaneous equipment to the roof.” 

For more information, visit www.OMGBeadPro.com.

Metal Wall Panel Designed to Recreate the Look of Dark Walnut Wood

Western States Metal Roofing introduces its T-8 PlankWall panels now available in Walnut Wood. According to the company, the painted metal T-8 Plank- Wall soffit and wall panels are a true-to-life representation of real dark walnut. The PlankWall system consists of four different wood patterns that eliminate repetition and create an authentic looking panel. 

“We received an astonishing response once we released T-8 PlankWall Distressed Wood in 2019,” said Paul Rubio, Vice President of Western States Metal Roofing. “Roofers and architects immediately expressed their interest in our wood-inspired metal wall and soffit panels and began requesting more colors. So, we decided to use their feedback and expand T-8 PlankWall to include a finish that looks like a dark walnut and called it Walnut Wood.” 

Walnut Wood is available in a Cool Tech 500 PVDF (aka Kynar 500/ Hylar 5000) finish, with a panel width of 8 inches and lengths that vary from 1 foot to 45 feet. According to the manufacturer, these panels require no maintenance as you don’t need to stain, paint, or seal metal. They’re easy to install for vertical or horizontal use with concealed fasteners for wall, soffit, and fascia. 

For more information, visit www.paintedrustedroofing.com

Polyisocyanurate Foam Insulation Board

IKO offers Ener-Air, an energy efficient, vapor-permeable, noise-reducing wall insulation board with outstanding R-value. Ener-Air is constructed from closed cell polyisocyanurate foam core bonded on each side to coated fiberglass facers during the manufacturing process. The product is lightweight and easy to cut, thus reducing labor costs on site. Plus, stud and fastener line indicators improve accuracy of installation. Ener-Air serves as a superior building envelope insulation product to meet a wide variety of commercial building needs. IKO Ener-Air has a high thermal R-value of R6 per inch (RSI 1.05 per 25 mm), providing superior insulation protection, which helps to reduce energy costs and increase efficiency.

For more information, visit www.iko.com.

Refillable System for Commercial Roofing Adhesives

ICP Building Solutions Group’s latest low-slope commercial roofing solution is a refillable system and is intended to pair with the company’s Polyset CR-20 and Board-Max adhesives. Polyset CR-20 is a low-rise, two-component polyurethane foam adhesive engineered for speed and simplicity. According to the company, it’s ideal for adhering fleece back membranes in both new and re-roof applications. Polyset Board-Max adhesive is specifically engineered to secure insulation and cover boards to various roof decks, cover boards and substrates. 

The new refillable cylinder options provide the same quality adhesives and a lower applied cost per square foot, with the same Handi-Gun dispensing unit and ColorWise Temperature Warning Nozzles, making it easy to access hard-to-reach areas and provide faster application on open roofs. According to the manufacturer, the system offers a higher coverage rate than disposable tanks, and low cost to entry makes this system ideal for high-volume and high-efficiency roofing contractors. 

“As part of our mission as an organization to innovate with contractors’ needs in mind, we’re pleased to bring refillable systems to the market, paired with our leading Polyset CR-20 and Board-Max adhesives,” said Dave Spaulding, director of sales, ICP BSG Low Slope Roofing Products. “This offering reduces equipment and applied costs while reducing the environmental impact of work, both on and off the job site, by eliminating landfill waste.” 

After the completion of the job, returning the cylinders is easy. When the tanks are empty, contractors simply return them to the pallet, wrap the pallet, and call the 800 number that comes with the cylinders on the Bill of Lading. There is no return freight for the contractor because the return freight is built into the total cost of the product, making this a greener solution with fewer steps for the contractor. 

For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com

Fastener Designed for Use With Oriented Strand Board

Triangle Fastener Corporation announces the addition of a #10 CONCEALOR with the patent-pending BURR BUSTER technology, specifically developed for use in oriented strand board. This new fastener offers the latest thread technology designed to produce superior performance.

According to the manufacturer, it provides up to 80 percent more pullout load on OSB compared to other screws, and the single lead, low-angle thread helps reduce problems associated over-driving the fastener. The fasteners offer more resistance to loosening due to more consistent tightening 

Triangle Fastener Corporation provides standard and specialty fastener, sealants, tools, and accessories to the commercial roofing and siding industries. They have 23 locations and provide engineering support from the TFC Tech Center. 

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com

New Acoustical Smoke Vent

The Bilco Company introduces the Type ACDSV Smoke Vent, which is specifically designed to provide fire and smoke protection for applications where exterior noise intrusion is undesirable, such as in auditoriums, concert halls, and theaters. The new ACDSV carries an OITC-46 sound rating to guard against low-frequency outdoor sounds such as traffic and airplane noises, and an STC 50 sound rating. In addition, the product has also received an ISO-140-18 sound rating when tested against rainfall sound. The figures are a significant improvement over BILCO’S previous model.

According to Michael Toohey, General Manager for The Bilco Company, “Our new Model ACDV features a number of upgrades and improvements over the Model ACDSH it replaces, yet still offers similar pricing and installation ease.”

“We’re especially pleased with the OITC rating the ACDSV earned,” continued Toohey. “While any noise can be disruptive to a concert-goer, lower-frequency sounds such as outdoor traffic, construction and airplane noises travel further and fall within the range where human hearing is most sensitive.”

“The OITC is the preferred rating when addressing sound insulation from exterior noise,’’ said Harold L. Merck, a principal and acoustician for Merck & Hill Consultants of Atlanta, Georgia. “While STC ratings may be fine for typical interior noise sources like voices, it does not adequately address the extended low-frequency noise contribution of aircraft, traffic, or even large roof-top equipment. This is similar to what we find with exterior windows in noisy environments — while a window with a relatively high STC rating might seem like it provides adequate exterior sound insulation, we frequently find that the ultimate interior noise impact is not significantly reduced due to low-frequency sound infiltration. Ratings that include the OITC are more useful to assess how well a window (or smoke vent) will isolate environmental noise.”

The manufacturer notes the ACDSV is the first automatic smoke vent to be rated with an ISO 140-18 Rainfall Sound Rating, which measures the impact sound insulation roof, skylights and roof/ceiling systems incur when exposed to artificial rainfall. Bilco’s new ACDSV’s rating of 37.5 dB features a nearly 9 percent improvement over Bilco’s previous four-cover smoke vent models.

According to the company, this new design features mineral wool insulation and high-density sound mat material within the unit’s covers and curb to better inhibit sound transmission. Structural improvements include the use of heavier gauge steel for the curb and cover liner, a new cover gasketing system, gas-spring lift assistance and a center-mounted gas traction spring to ensure reliable and controlled smoke vent operation. 

The new ACDSV is currently available in a number of standard sizes to meet the ventilation requirements of virtually any application. Custom sizes are also available when specified.

For more information, visit www.bilco.com.