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.

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.

New High-Performance Reciprocating Saw Blades

The L.S. Starrett Company offers its new series of “3X Power” Bi-Metal Reciprocating Saw Blades featuring teeth that cut more efficiently. According to the company, the blades enable users to make up to three times the number of cuts than conventional blades, and are engineered for use on corded and cordless saws. Starrett 3X Power blades are also highly resistant to breakage and feature a reinforced shank.

The Starrett line of 3X Power Bi-Metal Recip Blades includes blades for cutting wood, metal, multiple materials and heavy-duty cutting:

  • Wood cutting blades are available in 6″, 9″ and 12″ lengths, in 3 or 6 teeth per inch (TPI), and feature straight or tapered shape.
  • Metal cutting blades are available in 4″, 6″ and 8″ lengths, in 14, 18 or 24 TPI, and have a straight shape. 
  • Multi-material cutting blades cut metal, plastics, wood, and rubber and are available in 6″, 9″ and 12″ lengths, in 6 – 10, 10 and 10 – 14 TPI, and have a tapered or straight shape. In addition, a 12″, 10 – 14 TPI tapered blade that is ideal for cutting car bodies, is also offered.
  • King Cut 3X Heavy-Duty blades feature heat-treated teeth with a super-aggressive pitch set designed to slice through virtually any material. Exceptional strength, fast cutting action and long life make the blades ideal for heavy-duty demolition, emergency vehicle extrication and other demanding cutting applications. King Cut 3X Power Blades are available in 6″, 8″, 9″ and 12″ lengths, in 6-10, 10-14 and 18 TPI, and feature a straight or tapered shape.

Starrett 3X Power Reciprocating Blades are packaged in 2-blade blister card packs, or in plastic tubes with 5, 20 or 50 blades. For more information, visit www.starrett.com/3xpower.

New Non-Penetrating Attachment Solution for Standing Seam Metal Roofs

S-5!’s new GripperFix technology ensures a secure and dependable attachment solution that preserves the integrity of the roof and avoids destructive corrosion. According to the company, this system is quick and simple to install, lasts the life of the roof, maintains roof warranties and is less expensive than other mounting methods. Gripper fix uses S-5 seam clamps or mini clamps to make a secure maintenance-free attachment to any standing seam metal roof using patented non-penetrating S-5 technology. 

Traditionally, mounting rooftop ancillary items using concrete blocks for ballast damages a roof and provides a temporary fix. Wooden dunnage causes early corrosion. According to the company, S-5!’s new GripperFix technology ensures a secure and dependable attachment solution that preserves the integrity of the roof and avoids destructive corrosion.  

S-5! will introduce its new GripperFix technology February 4-6 at the International Roofing Expo (IRE) in Dallas. Attendees are invited to stop by S-5! Booth #2622 to see firsthand its new universal GripperFix system, which makes mounting almost anything on standing seam and exposed-fastener roof profiles simple and easy.

For more information, visit www.s-5.com

Heated Apparel Designed to Help Workers Cope With Winter Conditions

Gobi Heat apparel launches the company’s new Duck Cotton Workwear jacket and vest. The jacket and vest are heated using a compact battery that is both comfortable and discreet, offering up to 9 hours of battery life. There are three heat settings: low, medium, and high.

The jacket is made from 13.4 oz. Duck Cotton Material and features built-in shoulder gussets for maximum flexibility, nylon interior, elastic cuffs, and a removable hood. The company also offers heated beanies, which are made of cotton/acrylic fiber blend material, offer up to 7.5 hours of battery life, and have heat zones over each ear.

For more information, visit www.gobiheat.com.

New Bi-Metal Hole Saws Are Designed For Fast, Smooth Cutting

The L.S. Starrett Co. offers a new, improved version of the company’s Starrett Deep Cut Bi-Metal Hole Saws with a distinct variable pitch tooth design, featuring a pattern of seven different progressive teeth called NVP Tech (New Variable Pitch). According to the manufacturer, this new tooth pattern, along with a special tooth set developed specifically for it, delivers fast, aggressive cutting action, enabling more cuts in less time. The new Deep Cut hole saws also produce a smooth cutting action, resulting in easier operation. 

Starrett Deep Cut Hole Saws are designed specifically for cutting thicker material and feature a high-performance tooth material with extra Cobalt for enhanced heat and wear resistance. These saws have a hole depth of 2 inches (51mm) and are ideal for cutting metal or tubes with a wall thickness of more than 1/8 inch (3mm). For multi-purpose use, the aggressive tooth design cuts a wide range of materials including carbon steel, stainless steel and non-ferrous metals. Starrett Deep Cut Hole Saws are used for cutting wood, metal and plastics in different shapes, sheets, profiles and tubes, and are offered in an extensive range of sizes and pitches from 3/4 inch (19 mm) to 6 inches (152 mm) and a metric-only line ranging from 56 mm to 210 mm — a total of 55 SKUs.

Starrett offers a wide range of Hole Saws from bi-metal and carbide tipped to diamond grit – application-specific Hole Saws that are engineered specifically for certain materials, power tools and jobs.

For more information, visit https://www.starrett.com

High-Performance Screw Fasteners Designed for Stone Coated Steel Roofing Tile

Boral Roofing LLC launches its official line of high-performance Screw Fasteners for use with Stone Coated Steel Roofing Tile. The comprehensive line of screw options is designed for durability and ease of installation. Weather resistant and designed for use in any climate, the best-in-class fasteners have all been performance tested.

According to the manufacturer, All Boral Steel screws are covered with L3 Dura Protec, a corrosion-resistant coating, and panel screw heads are colored to blend with roofing panels and trim. All Boral Steel screws have a finely detailed 0.25-inch Hex Washer Head (HWH), as well as a combination of a sharp T-17 self-tapping point along with H-Low high and low threads to ensure they drive quickly through the multiple layers of steel panels and into the wood decking and battens for fast, easy installation. By using screws to secure the stone coated steel roof panels and accessories, repairs and retrofits with solar, skylights and other roof upgrades in the future are made easier, according to the company.

“This line of screws is the culmination of in-depth company research into various fastener materials and technologies and represents the best options available for use with Stone Coated Steel Roofing,” said Pete Croft, brand manager of steel roofing for Boral Roofing.

Boral Steel’s high-grade carbon screws are corrosion tested to 1,000 hours of Salt Spray (ASTM B117). Boral Steel also offers Stainless Steel Panel screws, which have been tested to 1,500 hours of Salt Spray. These come with black coating on the head and shaft to easily identify them.Every box of panel screws contains a nut driver to ensure easy installation. Each nut driver includes a pre-set magnet.

For additional information on the screw collection, visit https://www.boralroof.com/wp-content/uploads/boral-resource/BoralScrews-0719.pdf. For more information about Boral Roofing, visit www.BoralRoof.com.

Innovative Step Flashing Engineered for Efficiency, Durability and Safety

NuStep Flashing launches its innovative step flashing. The patented high-density polyethylene (HDPE) flashing was specifically designed to provide a faster, easier, and safer way for crews to install step flashing. NuStep ramped up production this spring and introduced the improved product into the Denver market with plans to expand distribution nationally throughout the summer.

After testing early prototypes with contractors and crews, NuStep received a utility patent for its step flashing in December 2018. NuStep Flashing is manufactured from HDPE, making it 75 percent lighter than traditional metal flashing with a pliability that is easier and safer to work with. In addition to the material benefits, each piece of flashing has two color options.

“It is well documented year-after-year that roofing is one of the most dangerous jobs,” said Noah Schum, Chief Operating Officer at NuStep. “Small product improvements like reducing total weight up-and-down the ladder or eliminating sharp edges go a long way in protecting crews and reducing dangerous situations.” 

According to the company, NuStep Flashing is manufactured in the U.S.A. and every production run goes through extensive testing using the American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) process for impact, tensile, puncture resistance, and UV exposure. NuStep Flashing has been recognized and certified by the International Code Counsel (ICC ESR-3731) and backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

 “Anytime you release a product into a segment that has not been challenged in a while you face a certain level of skepticism.” said Schum. “But we embrace that; the roadmap is there. You can look back at Trex in decking, or Pex in plumbing. The roofing industry is seeing a lot of great innovation, and we are excited to be a part of it. Once you get this product in your hands, it is easy to see the benefit. “

For more information, visit www.nustepflashing.com.

Utility Mounting System for Metal Roofs

S-5! introduces the universal GripperFix utility system for standing seam, exposed-fastened, and trapezoidal metal roof profiles. Mount almost anything with this safe and cost-effective system that uses only struts, S-5! clamps or brackets and tabs. Install HVAC, satellite dishes, inverters, conduit, communication equipment, service walkways, light fixtures, and more without using improper materials that can compromise both the equipment and the integrity of the roof itself. Using concrete blocks for ballast is unsafe and causes destructive corrosion. According to the manufacturer, this all-aluminum and stainless system will last the life of the roof.

For more information, visit www.S-5.com