Adhesive-Free Roofing System Eliminates Temperature Restrictions

Carlisle SynTec Systems introduces its RapidLock (RL) Roofing System. This adhesive-free system uses VELCRO Brand Securable Solutions to fully attach 115-mil FleeceBACK RL EPDM or FleeceBACK RL TPO to InsulBase RL or SecurShield HD RL polyiso insulation. According to the manufacturer, the RapidLock system does away with temperature restrictions, has no VOCs or odors, offers wind uplift ratings comparable to traditional fully adhered single-ply systems and has a Factory Mutual 1-90 approval rating. The adhesive-free system also saves time and labor.

Carlisle’s new RapidLock Roofing System was unveiled at the 2018 International Roofing Expo in February 2018, where it won Best Commercial Product in the Expo’s Product Showcase. Judges reviewed new products and selected winners based on a number of criteria including innovation, productivity, and cost-effectiveness.

“We’re very excited about this product, seeing that it’s an industry first – a fully adhered system that’s adhesive-less,” said Chad Buhrman, Carlisle’s Insulation Product Manager.

“Carlisle’s RapidLock system is a game-changer for contractors. RapidLock installations are quick, quiet, and odor-free, making this system an ideal solution for occupied buildings,” said Austin Kulp, Carlisle’s FleeceBACK Product Manager.

For more information, visit www.carlislesyntec.com.

Roof Edge Solution Offers Long-Term Structural and Thermal Performance

Eliminailer-TMetal-Era releases the Eliminailer-T, a heavy gauge aluminum extrusion that gets installed directly onto the building substrate in place of wood nailers to support increased long-term structural and thermal performance at the roof edge.

According to the manufacturer, more than half of recorded roof failures are attributed to the roof’s perimeter. Since 1980, Metal-Era has been addressing this issue with products designed to withstand severe weather conditions and engineered to exceed the latest code requirements.

“Wood is an organic material that starts its deterioration process the minute it is cut down. Pressure treated lumber introduces chemicals that can be corrosive. It’s a decision between a lesser of two risks,” said Scott Kittilstad, Vice President of Engineering. “We wanted to remove wood from the equation and provide an alternative that could perform and protect as well as our lineup of high performance roof edge products.”

Eliminailer-T is tested and meets requirements for FM 1-49. According to the manufacturer, an independent ANSI/SPRIK/FM 4435/ES-1 test at FM resulted in Eliminailer-T being able to withstand greater than 999 PSF at the corner region. As a result, Metal-Era supports Eliminailer-T with a 215 MPH Wind Warranty. The product can be installed installing up to 60 percent quicker than wood nailers, the manufacturer notes, and it also provides thermal benefits to the building that contribute to an improved system R-Value at the edge, up to 35 percent greater.

The product is currently available in four sizes to meet the majority of re-roof and new construction projects and can be shipped next day. Additional sizes are in development to further fulfill building requirements and an even broader scope of application scenarios, planned to be available in the coming months.

For more information, visit www.metalera.com.

Reinforced EPDM Membrane Offers Tape-to-Tape Technology

JM EPDMJohns Manville unveils a new reinforced EPDM membrane sheet with tape-to-tape technology, JM EPDM R FIT. According to the manufacturer, the product is field tested and proven to speed up installation by as much as four times, leading to lower labor costs. The expense and time involved when using other membranes that require primer is also eliminated since no primer is needed, leading to lower installed costs. The initial bond between tape-to-tape membrane sheets has been measured to be up to 20 percent stronger compared to field-fabricated seams. The watertight seam is never exposed on the rooftop, so the risk of contamination during installation and post installation is minimal.

John Petruzzi, president of FPS Roofing, installed the new product and was impressed with how quickly the crew learned techniques to apply it. “We were sold when we saw for ourselves how fast the seam went together. We were hands-on with the product, the whole crew liked it, and I will continue to use it,” said Petruzzi.

JM EPDM R FIT enables a longer window of application time since the 10-foot-by-100-foot rolls are completely pre-taped. This means there is no waiting on primer to flash off to get to the next step. “Our field tests demonstrate that this product will go down up to four times faster than anything already on the market,” said John Quante, JM EPDM Product Manager, Roofing Systems. “The tape-to-tape creates a stronger initial bond, making the installation more robust from day one. This product evolution will allow roofers to bid more aggressively and no doubt architects and specifiers will see the benefits too.”

For more information, visit www.jm.com/roofing.

Roof Board Offers Enhanced Water Resistance

DensDeck Prime Roof Board with EONIC TechnologyGeorgia-Pacific Gypsum unveils DensDeck Prime Roof Board with EONIC Technology, which offers enhanced water resistance and increased vertical pull strength. According to the manufacturer, DensDeck Prime Roof Boards with EONIC Technology have manufacturing specifications that include a surface water absorption rate of 1 gram, and a total water absorption rate of 5 percent.

According to the company, in independent testing of total water absorption, alternative coated glass mat gypsum roof boards absorbed 76 percent more water more water than 1⁄2-inch DensDeck Prime Roof Boards with EONIC Technology, while 1⁄2-inch gypsum fiber boards absorbed 132 percent more. In independent testing of surface water absorption, 1⁄2-inch gypsum fiber absorbed 2.3 times more water than the new formulation, while alternative coated glass mat gypsum roof boards absorbed 4 times more water.

Finally, in vertical pull strength tests, DensDeck Prime Roof Boards with EONIC Technology were found to be 74 percent stronger than 1⁄2-inch gypsum fiber boards on the face, and 14 percent stronger on the back, notes the manufacturer. When compared to alternative coated glass mat gypsum boards, DensDeck Prime Roof Board is 2.5 times greater strength on the face, and 7 times more strength on the back.

For more information, visit www.densdeck.com.

Portable RhinoBond Hand Welder Designed for Use in Tight Spaces

OMG Roofing Products introduces the RhinoBond Hand Welder. Based on patented Sinch Technology, the portable RhinoBond Hand Welder is designed to help roofers weld RhinoBond Plates in tight spaces such as under raised rooftop equipment and on vertical surfaces. The ergonomically designed tool features a vibrating handle and an indicator light that lets roofers know when the tool is activated and when the weld cycle is complete. The base is recessed and features centering indicator lines to help users properly align the tool over installed RhinoBond Plates for optimum bonding and improved productivity.

The new tool weights just six pounds (2.7 kg), and operates on 110V and 220V power sources for global use. Each tool comes with three, eight-inch tall magnets, and a durable carrying case that protects the induction tool when not in use. Using a 12-gauge RhinoBond Power Cord (sold separately), the independent Hand Welder can be operated up to 100-feet (30 m) from the power source. A quick connect power cord pig-tail enables international users to quickly switch to the local plug configuration for global use (international pig-tails sold separately).

“Many roofers understand the tremendous productivity and performance benefits that RhinoBond offers,” said Web Shaffer, vice president of marketing for OMG. “In fact, some roofers have seen productivity rates increase by 30%. To enhance the systems’ overall productivity, we wanted to offer a solution that can be used everywhere on the roof, even in tight spaces. This new product makes that possible.”

The RhinoBond System is designed for use with TPO and PVC roofing membranes and approved by most roofing system manufacturers. The System uses advanced induction welding technology to bond roofing membranes directly to specially coated plates used to secure the insulation to the deck. The result is a roofing system with improved wind performance that requires fewer fasteners, plates, and seams, and zero penetrations of the new membrane. Since it was introduced in 1998, nearly 2.0 billion square feet (185 million square meters) of membrane has been installed with the RhinoBond System around the world.

For more information, visit OMGRoofing.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.

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.

Spray-Grade STPE Waterproofing Barrier Designed to Withstand Extreme Temperatures

COLPHENE LM BARR, spray-grade silyl terminated polyether (STPE) waterproofing membrane, is now available from SOPREMA. Ideal for use in positive-side waterproofing, foundation waterproofing and a variety of above-grade, horizontal waterproofing applications, this one-component, liquid-applied, moisture-curing elastomeric product can be applied in both vertical and horizontal applications quickly and easily with very minimal prep work.

COLPHENE LM BARR’s hybrid polyether composition combines the most desired features of multiple proven chemistries to deliver a broad range of desirable performance properties. It provides persistent adhesion to a wide range of materials—even “green” concrete—while demonstrating extremely high elongation properties. As a result, COLPHENE LM BARR forms tough, elastic seals capable of withstanding extreme temperatures, building movement and moisture without cracking or softening. This STPE product is also environmentally friendly with very low VOC content, cures quickly even at low temperatures.

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

Temporary Roof Membrane Offers Solution for Storm-Damaged Roofs

FiberTite Blue Roof FiberTite Roofing Systems introduces its new temporary roofing membrane, FiberTite Blue Roof. The FiberTite Blue Roof is a fabric-reinforced thermoplastic roof membrane designed for use on flat commercial and industrial roofs to offer a temporary solution for damaged roofs until permanent repairs can be made. The coating on the temporary roof membrane provides UV resistant performance for up to one year, as well as abrasion resistance. The fabric reinforcement provides both tear and puncture resistance. It is available in rolls that are 100 inches wide by 100 feet long. According to the manufacturer, it is ideal for temporary repair of damage caused by disastrous weather events, and it can also be used for tear-off areas or new construction until the final roof assembly can be installed.

The temporary membrane can be made watertight by conventional commercial hot-air weld seaming equipment. Alternate temporary seaming and sealing methods may include the use of FiberTite FTR-101 General Purpose Sealant, waterproofing caulk sealants, or adhesive tapes including duct tape. FiberTite accessories, such as molded pipe seals and corners, flashing membrane and FiberTite FTR-101 Sealant, can be used to temporarily seal roof penetrations.

Polyiso Sump Panel Arrives Ready to Install

Hunter Panels Target SumpTo provide contractors with a faster and easier way to create roof sumps, Hunter Panels introduces its new 4-foot-by-4-foot Target Sump. The polyiso insulation panel is ideal for low-slope applications, ships flat, arrives ready to install and increases the slope around drains to ensure water will flow to the drain instead of ponding.

According to the manufacturer, the Target Sump’s coated glass (CG) facer provides improved dimensional stability, fire performance, resistance to mold growth and is compatible with all major roofing membranes and application techniques.

The new product is Hunter’s second sump panel, extending options beyond the company’s 8-foot-by-8-foot hinged target sump. Both sumps are factory assembled and pre-cut for easy installation. According to the company, they install much faster than cutting insulation on the job site, and eliminate waste, which reduces dumpster fees.

“At Hunter we do whatever it takes to serve our customers,” said Jason Greenleaf, technical & tapered design services manager for Hunter Panels. “Customers asked for a 4-foot-by-4-foot sump option, and we delivered with an innovative product that helps make installation easier, and projects more profitable.”