High Wind-Resistant Roofing System

Polyglass announces the new Velociflex high wind-resistant roof assembly system. Independently tested, the Velociflex system provides for high-speed wind protection up to 270 psf (pounds/square foot).

The core of Velociflex is two or three plies of reinforced modified bitumen membranes. Suitable for new or re-roofing projects, this multi-ply system comprises of a mechanically fastened base sheet, optional interply, and a heat-welded or cold-applied cap sheet. According to the manufacturer, Velociflex is ideal for both steel and concrete decks.

The self-venting Velociflex system’s “loose-laid,” mechanically attached base sheet reduces the likelihood of blistering from substrate to membrane. Attached at the seams only, it also limits material and labor costs. Plus, the watertight system acts as a temporary roof once base sheet seams are heat-welded. Fast and efficient to install, the Velociflex system dries in fast, so projects can proceed with phased construction before cap sheet installation. 

Installed with a Polyfresko G cap sheet with initial Solar Reflective Index 96, the Velociflex system complies with 2016 Title 24 Part 6 Cool Roof Requirements and is ENERGY STAR Certified. The Velociflex system is also compatible with a variety of SBS and APP cap sheets from Polyglass, including Elastoflex, Polyflex, and Elastoshield membranes.

For more information, visit polyglass.us and view the Velociflex YouTube video.

New PVC Trimboard Accessories Added to Product Lineup

Palram Americas has launched a new family of PVC trimboard accessory products for its Color2Core (C2C) product lineup. The C2C line (home to a full offering of matching dimensional foam PVC trimboard) now includes PostWrap Column Wraps and Corners, plus two extruded decorative mouldings – Bead Board with Nail Flange and Brick Mould. The new accessories are available in three C2C colors – White, Sand and Clay – in multiple widths and lengths.

The new PostWrap Column Wraps use the patented Wrap-n-Snap design for quick installation by just one person. The flat-pack design makes it easy for both dealers and contractors to handle the material. There’s no waste by storing and moving “air” as with box-style column wrap designs. Palight PostWraps are available for 4, 6 and 8-inch posts in 8’6-inch and 10-foot lengths, and either smooth or woodgrain finish.

Palight Trimboard Corners are milled and glued from a single Palight Trimboard. The fabrication process leaves a thin “skin” of surface material in the center, so there is no visible joint or seam to finish during installation. Palight Corners come with EverClean Protective Film. Corners are available in 4, 6 and 8-inch widths and 20-foot lengths, with either a square or a rabbeted edge, and a smooth or woodgrain finish.

Palram is also adding two C2C decorative mouldings to its moulding lineup. The new 6-inch Bead Board with Nail Flange gives contractors new options for no-paint solutions for porch ceilings and wainscoting. And the Brick Mould provides the finish touch of color for many window and door surround designs.

For more information, visit https://go.palram.com/palight-trimboard.

Stone Wool Insulation Board Is Thermally Efficient, Non-Combustible

HARDROCK (DD) TRB (Thermal Roof Board) is a rigid, dual-density stone wool insulation which is purpose-designed to give an enhanced thermal performance across roofs that are subject to maintenance-only foot traffic. Manufactured using Rockwool’s patented dual-density technology, this A1 non-combustible thermal roof insulation board is ideal for large flat roof areas typically found on storage, logistics and distribution centers, as well as for education, healthcare and residential roofing applications.

“The roof is often overlooked in terms of fire safety, particularly from a regulatory standpoint, which can result in specifiers inadvertently yet routinely introducing a weak link into the building envelope via the unconsidered ‘fifth façade,’” said Will Wigfield, Product Manager at Rockwool. “However, there now exists a non-combustible flat roof insulation capable of meeting stringent thermal requirements in just one layer – offering contractors a quick and easy install without compromising fire safety. HARDROCK (DD) TRB achieves the highest-attainable Euroclass A1 rating under EN 13501-1, meaning that it simply will not burn.”” 

According to the manufacturer, HARDROCK (DD) TRB is easy to handle on site, and in the majority of applications can be securely installed within a mechanically-fixed single-ply waterproofing system using just one fixing per board, in contrast to the multiple fixings needed with PIR / PUR foam board installation. (Note: Exceptions may occur that demand multiple fixings, including, for example, the corner regions of flat roof systems, which are subject to increased external suction and internal pressure force, and require more fasteners.) The result is a quick and simple installation, reducing any risks of cold bridging that may otherwise compromise thermal performance. The product is also compatible with all commonly used flat roof membranes, including single-ply and EPDM, bitumen membranes and liquid-applied systems.

Manufactured from basalt rock, which is melted, spun and bound to create stone wool insulation boards, HARDROCK (DD) TRB is dimensionally stable, eliminating the need for any mechanical fasteners to prevent differential thermal expansion and undue stress on the waterproofing membrane. It is also water repellent and completely unaffected by damage caused by the freeze/thaw cycle, according to the manufacturer.

HARDROCK (DD) TRB Thermal Roof Boardis available as a specification-only product, supported by Rockwool’s Technical Solutions team who can provide U-value calculations, BIM modelling, and detailed technical guidance for all projects.

For more information, visit www.rockwool.co.uk

New EPDM Membrane Designed to Reduce Installation Time and Effort

Firestone Building Products Company LLC(FSBP) introduces FullForce EPDM, the next evolution of Secure Bond systems. According to the manufacturer, FullForce EPDM can be installed more than four times faster than standard adhered EPDM and in temperatures as low as 20 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing contractors to complete more jobs throughout the entire roofing season.

FullForce is the industry’s only EPDM membrane fully coated from seam to seam with Firestone’s factory-applied Secure Bond pressure-sensitive adhesive. With no seam tape, FullForce can be installed more quickly than traditional EPDM, offering valuable time savings for contractors and allowing roofers to get more projects done in a year. Additionally, the solution is ideal for occupied buildings and building owners, as it contains zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

“FSBP is committed to providing contractors with innovative solutions that make their lives easier while delivering on the long-term reliability they expect from the Firestone brand,” said Taylor Cole, president, FSBP. “FullForce EPDM exemplifies this commitment by empowering contractors to optimize their operations, which results in the opportunity for more revenue in a season.”

Hoekstra Roofing Company, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, was one of the first contractors to experience the time and labor savings of FullForce EPDM during a third-party time study conducted on one of its recent projects, Green Bay Packaging Inc. According to the study, Hoekstra Roofing’s four-person crew was able to install a 10-foot by 100-foot FullForce EPDM self-adhering membrane in just under 8 minutes versus nearly 36 minutes to install a traditional EPDM membrane of the same size.

“We have been in the roofing business for more than 100 years and have consistently used Firestone solutions for more than three decades,” said Steve Hoekstra, president, Hoekstra Roofing Company. “When the opportunity came along to test FullForce EPDM, we could not wait to explore the solution’s features for ourselves. Our whole team was immediately impressed by the installation speed and efficiency of this solution, as well as how easy it was to handle the product.”

Hoekstra is among the many contractors identifying ways to complete roofing projects more efficiently, in the face of increased industry labor shortages. “In addition to installing more quickly than traditional EPDM, we also anticipate a lower likelihood of re-work due to FullForce featuring factory applied adhesive, which allows consistency of application at the product’s seams,” Hoekstra said. “These benefits mean we are able to lay more squares in a day, allowing us to complete more projects in a season and take on new business we couldn’t take on before.”

For more information, visit www.firestonebpco.com.

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New Multi-Width Composite Shake Tiles Resemble Traditional Cedar

DaVinci Roofscapes has added a fourth shake profile to its composite roofing product offering: DaVinci Select Shake. Created with the authentic look of real cedar shake taken from natural wood profiles, the multi-width DaVinci Select Shake tiles resemble a traditional cedar shake look.

Available in 8-inch and 10-inch widths, each DaVinci Select Shake tile is 22 inches long and has a 5/8-inch thickness. The 10-inch wide pieces have a simulated keyway to give the appearance of 4-inch and 6-inch width shakes placed together. The unique tile design of DaVinci Select Shake allows for faster installation than previous DaVinci single- and multi-width products.

“In 2016 we updated our slate products to make them more realistic looking and this year we’ve done the same thing for our shake offering by launching the new DaVinci Select Shake,” said Michael Cobb, president and chief marketing officer of DaVinci Roofscapes. “If someone is looking for a jumbo shake look, we’d suggest our Bellaforté Shake product. However, if someone is searching for a multi-width shake tile with a truly authentic and traditional shake profile, then we’d recommend the new DaVinci Select Shake product.”

The new DaVinci Select Shake product line comes in eight color blends, including Autumn, Chesapeake, Mountain, Tahoe and Weathered Gray. The additional three color blends come from the Nature Crafted Collection and include Aged Cedar, Black Oak and Mossy Cedar. Introduced in 2018, the Nature Crafted Collection colors reflect different progressive aging processes found on real shake shingles. These colors recreate the natural warmth and softness of a patina previously only created by time and exposure to the elements.

DaVinci Select Shake products are currently undergoing testing and are expected to meet the same testing classifications as with other DaVinci roofing products. According to the manufacturer, the tiles are backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty and resist fading, rotting, cracking and insects.

“As we enter our 20thyear of manufacturing composite roofing materials we continue fine tuning our product offerings,” said Cobb. “DaVinci Select Shake results from our desire to constantly ‘make a good thing better.’ We’re excited to provide visual versatility to meet aesthetic vision and budget.”

With the addition of the DaVinci Select Shake product line, DaVinci now offers four composite shake tile options: DaVinci Multi-Width Shake, DaVinci Single-Width Shake, Bellaforté Shake and DaVinci Select Shake. 

For more information, visit www.davinciroofscapes.com

New Gutter Machine Roll Forms 7-Inch and 8-Inch Gutters

New Tech Machinery (NTM) introduces the MACH II 7”/8” Combo Gutter Machine. For 25 years, New Tech Machinery’s MACH II Gutter Machines have continued to innovate and bring the seamless gutter industry to a new level. After success with the 5”, 6”, and 5”/6” Combo 

MACH II equipment, New Tech Machinery saw the opportunity to bring a larger gutter machine option to the forefront. 

The new MACH II 7”/8” Combo Gutter Machine, which roll-forms 7-inch and 8-inch K-style profiles, gives gutter installers and suppliers the opportunity to capture a broader market for larger commercial and residential gutter applications. 

K-style profile options include 7” and 8” Straight Back Gutter. This new machine’s notable features include polyurethane drive rollers, stainless steel forming rollers, and fixed dual overhead reel stand. It features push-button RUN/JOG controls at entry and exit ends. 

For more information, visit www.newtechmachinery.com.  

Redesigned High-Temp Underlayment Offers Improved Walkability, Reduced Bleed-Through

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announces that Polystick MU-X self-adhered, high-temperature underlayment has been redesigned. A secondary water barrier for roof coverings, Polystick MU-X features an enhanced black polypropylene film, improving membrane walkability and reducing bleed-through.

Polystick MU-X is designed especially for high-temperature environments. It is rated as temperature resistant to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and has an exposure window of 90 days for job flexibility. Polystick MU-X features a proprietary SBS modified bitumen upper compound and patented ADESO dual-compound self-adhered technology on the bottom side of the reinforcement. A split-release film on the bottom of the roll allows for ease of application. Convenient 3-inch lay lines printed on both edges allow bi-directional installation, saving time and labor. 

“We are excited about the performance improvements we have made to the Polystick MU-X underlayment,” said Polyglass CEO Natalino Zanchetta. “We made the enhancements based on customer feedback and our commitment to adding value by meeting or exceeding customer expectations and increasing customer satisfaction.” 

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us.

Shingles With Proprietary Blend of SBS Offer Enhanced Durability

Owens Corning Roofing introduces TruDefinition Duration FLEX Shingles. Made with a proprietary blend of SBS polymer modified asphalt, Duration FLEX shingles are engineered to deliver pliability and increased flexibility compared to standard shingles, while offering advanced performance in harsh weather conditions. The shingles offer the highest impact rating available: UL 2218 Class 4.

Featuring Sure NailTechnology, TruDefiniton Duration FLEX Shingles provide a high level of performance. For example, compared to standard shingles, Duration FLEXShingles offer 42 percent better nail pull-resistance against wind. In addition, built-in flexibility helps the shingles resist cracks and tears in all-weather installation conditions – offering more than 10 percent stronger tear strength compared to traditional shingles.

Duration FLEX shingles are also manufactured for efficient installation and are formulated to lay flat more quickly than standard shingles for a clean, finished look. The rubber-like flexibility that helps the shingle withstand expansion and contraction stresses, also helps minimize loss of granules and protect the shingle against UV.

“Extreme weather events can put your roof to the test,” said Scott Schumacher, Director of Marketing. “As ourmost advanced Duration shingle, Duration FLEX Shinglesprovidecontractors and homeowners with a premium architectural asphalt shingle that offers performance, durability and impressive resistance to help protect their home.” 

Duration FLEX Shingles are available in seven colors.

For more information, please visit https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing.

New High-Density Polyiso Cover Board Offers Grade 1 Compressive Strength

Johns Manville (JM) introduces its ProtectoR HD High Density Polyiso Cover Board. According to the manufacturer, it provides excellent protection and can save time and expense for contractors. With a closed cell polyiso foam core and inorganic coated glass facers, this high-density cover board has a Grade 1 compressive strength and an R-value of 2.5. The product offers excellent resistance to moisture, hail, wind uplift and puncture, plus its light weight makes it easy to handle.

According to the company, the product has the lowest fastening rates in the market for a HD polyiso cover board — up to 50 percent fewer fasteners are needed to achieve FM I-90. As an example, it takes only eight fasteners per 4-foot-by- 8-foot board with adhered reinforced membrane (TPO, PVC, EPDM-R, mod bit) applications over a minimum 22 gauge steel or structural concrete deck to achieve FM 1-90 performance. 

“ProtectoR HD is an important addition to our polyiso cover board offering,” noted Tesha Kroll, Director of Product Management, Roofing Systems at JM. “It expands our line with a half-inch, high-density product and gives us the most comprehensive offering in the industry.” 

For more information, visit www.jm.com.

White Mod-Bit Cap Sheets Offer Superior Granule Embedment

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. announces important new updates to Polyfresko, a highly-reflective, white modified bitumen membrane cap sheet used as the final layer in a multi-ply roof system or as a flashing membrane. 

According to the manufacturer, independent laboratory testing confirms Polyfresko’s superior granule embedment and documents its aged reflectivity performance. Granule embedment was tested using ASTM D4977 Standard Test Method for Granule Adhesion to Mineral Surfaced Roofing by abrasion. The recently completed three-year aged reflectivity testing was conducted in three different climate zones, and demonstrated that Polyfresko maintains reflectivity performance over time. The product was deemed suitable for most Cool Roof specifications due to Polyfresko’s initial and aged reflectivity and emissivity performance. The laboratory testing results enabled Polyfresko to gain Energy Star Certification.

Polyfresko is manufactured with proprietary CURE Technology, a thin film technology infused with ceramic microspheres, ultraviolet (UV) stabilizers, and proprietary resins. This increases weatherability and decreases maintenance costs by “locking-in” the granules, so the high-performing Polyfresko membrane maintains reflectivity performance over time, decreases UV degradation, and increases abrasion and impact resistance. 

In addition, all Polyfresko products are now manufactured with FASTLap technology, a patented granule-free end lap that helps make the membrane watertight and increases speed of installation. Polyfresko is available in Polyglass’s APP (Atactic Polypropylene) and SBS (Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene) formulations and is adhered to the roof deck or other approved substrates by torching or self-adhered application.

“Granule loss is one of the challenges with modified bitumen membranes, and our new granule adhesion testing results show that Polyfresko is a premium solution, firmly positioned as a top performing product,” says Polyglass CEO Natalino Zanchetta. “The granule adhesion results achieved with our CURE Technology, together with our new three-year weathering milestone, demonstrate our leadership with asphaltic membrane cap sheet performance.”  

For more information, visit https://polyglass.us