Painted Aluminum Panels Are for Fascia, Flashing, Roof Caps and Other Trim

Alucobond Axcent flat panel, a line of painted aluminum metal panels designed for installation as building trim

Alucobond Axcent flat panel, a line of painted aluminum metal panels designed for installation as building trim

Alucobond Axcent flat panel, a line of painted aluminum metal panels designed for installation as building trim, now is available from 3A Composites USA in colors matching 12 of the of the company’s most popular stocked colors of Alucobond aluminum composite material (ACM).

Alucobond Axcent is a 0.040-inch-thick flat aluminum panel that is perfect for any building project that requires painted metal trim, including building fascia, flashing and roof caps. Axcent offers the perfect finishing touch to projects clad in matching Alucobond ACM colors.

Alucobond Axcent is available in 12 popular Alucobond ACM colors, including Bone White, Alabaster, Oyster, Castle Gray, Cadet Gray, Statuary Bronze, Platinum Mica, Anodic Clear Mica, Sunrise Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic, Champagne Metallic and Focus Black.

Alucobond, which consists of two sheets of 0.020-inch aluminum thermobonded to a plastic core, has been specified by architects as high-tech metal cladding for some of the world’s most unique buildings. Alucobond provides extraordinary flatness and rigidity, excellent formability, low weight and outstanding weather resistance. Alucobond aluminum-faced panels are manufactured in the standard 4-mm thickness.

Shake Roofing Is Maintenance-free

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake

Inspire Roofing Products’ Arcella Shake is changing the concept of shake roof architecture. Carrying a limited lifetime warranty, it combines optimum fire protection with no maintenance ever being required.

The Inspire Arcella Shake Roofing System carries a Class A fire rating, meaning it’s tested in accordance with Underwriters Laboratories’ “severe” fire exposure testing. In comparison, much wood shake roofing carries no fire rating at all. Many municipalities prohibit wooden roofs because of inherent fire risk. For communities that require Class A roofing or that deal with arid conditions, high wind and the combustible fuel of crackly brush, Inspire’s composite engineering offers a complete solution. Inspire removes fuel from potential fires with protection that could mean the difference in a roof and home surviving flying embers versus succumbing to them in flames.

According the U.S.D.A.’s Forest Products Laboratory, failure from decay in natural wood shake can occur in less than 10 years. But with Inspire’s line of genuine cedar colors, homeowners capture the look and texture of gorgeous cedar for as long as they own their home.

Inspire Arcella Shake is available in four rich colors that characterize nature’s warmth. Aged Cedar, New Cedar, Cedar Brown and Weathered Grey deliver handsome charm to complete a home’s classic look. Within each genuine color selection, two or three delicate shade variations deliver both a unified color field and unique authenticity. By comparison, other manufacturers’ synthetic shake has variations that veer further from a main color, perpetuating a mottled roof and calling authenticity into question.

To enhance the natural, handcrafted look, Inspire features a mix of 10-, 7 1/2- and 5-inch shake widths. Each Arcella Shake color selection is factory-sorted to deliver the ideal, ready-made proportions of shake width and nuanced color. Underlying the shakes’ authentic beauty, Inspire’s Arcella Shake’s innovative mineral filled polyolefin composition handles beastly weather; fierce wind-driven rain, Class 4 hail impact, sea-spray and 110 mph winds. Durability combines with meticulous realism reflecting hand-split cedar wood. By exactly mirroring nature’s texture, Inspire Arcella Shake produces deep dimension, long wood grain striations and wondrous interplays of light and shadow. All the attraction of shake roofing is delivered with significantly lower investments in money and time.

Since it is virtually maintenance-free, Inspire relieves homeowners from chores that risk safety. They don’t have to get the ladder out and scale the roof to perform work at dangerous heights, or hire someone. Inspire’s impermeability and toughness deliver valuable protection for coastal homes, standing up to extreme storms and years of saltwater-laden gusts. Its InFlex cambered design means fasteners hold the shakes snugly to the roof. Locking tabs provide easy installation and also protect against wind-driven rain, preventing water penetration for a structurally-sound roof.

Inspire Arcella Shake’s durability also makes it the sustainable cedar alternative. There’s no forced reliance on chemical treatments that need to be repeated every several years for wood shakes that could themselves need replacement in less than 20 years.

Metal Coating System Protects in Harsh Climate Conditions

CENTRIA's Versacor Elite PF coating system, featuring 1) 0 .8 mil [20.3 micron] nominal Solid Color PVDF Top Coat; 2)<br />2.0 mil [50.8 micron] nominal Versacor Elite Barrier Coat Primer; and 3) Substrate – G-90 galvanized steel, aluminum

CENTRIA’s Versacor Elite PF coating system, featuring 1) 0 .8 mil [20.3 micron] nominal Solid Color PVDF Top Coat; 2)
2.0 mil [50.8 micron] nominal Versacor Elite Barrier Coat Primer; and 3) Substrate – G-90 galvanized steel, aluminum

CENTRIA, a manufacturer of architectural metal wall and roof systems, has redefined its diverse line of coatings with the Versacor Elite Coating System.

The Versacor Elite Coating System is a premium metal coating system that provides the highest level of protection in the harshest climatic or environmental conditions. Ultimately, it differs from normal coating systems because it offers a superior level of abrasion resistance, as well as protection against moisture and intense sunlight. The system achieves a high level of performance with a 2-mil-thick barrier coat over a metal substrate, along with premium PVDF top coats.

Versacor Elite PF includes CENTRIA’s wide array of solid color coatings, while Versacor Elite MX offers a pearlescent effect and Versacor Elite AM incorporates metallic effects. The extensive color selection is available for use on CENTRIA’s foam insulated wall panel systems, standing seam roofing, and single-skin metal panels with concealed and exposed fasteners. CENTRIA’s Versacor Elite system includes a 25-year warranty on aluminum and 20-year warranty on steel products against cracking, chipping, peeling, color change, and chalking.

Residential Fall-protection Anchor Is Permanent

Qualcraft Industries' HitchClip

Qualcraft Industries’ HitchClip

Qualcraft Industries, a division of Guardian Fall Protection, has released a versatile residential fall-protection anchor: the HitchClip. Made from durable and lightweight powder-coated aluminum, the HitchClip is quick and easy to install (with six screws or six nails), and functions as a permanent anchor point. Because it may be permanently installed, the HitchClip not only adds value to any home, but also helps reduce costs for contractors by allowing them to save money on temporary or one-use anchor options.

The HitchClip, which is now fully available to purchase, comes in black, gray or brown, and its sleek design allows it to easily blend in with nearly any roof. Its patented “key-hole” connection point allows it to be used as a standard fall-protection anchor and also in combination with numerous attachment accessories, such as Qualcraft’s Bunk Jack, Roof Jack, Guardrails, Workbench, Platform Stage, Solar Panel Rack Bracket, and many more.

Create Renderings of a Home with New Roofing and Siding

CertainTeed Corp.'s ColorView

CertainTeed Corp.’s ColorView

CertainTeed Corp. debuted a revamped version of ColorView, an advanced set of exterior home design tools. Featuring a user-friendly interface, ColorView offers users preset color combinations along with an array of stock images to create exterior home designs. For a more customized approach, users can upload an image of a home and use do-it-yourself masking to more accurately create renderings that can be used as a selling tool with homeowner customers.

Explore preset color combinations, siding styles, and much more directly on the home.

Pneumatic Mini LED Light Pole Is Released

Larson Electronics' new pneumatic mini LED light pole

Larson Electronics’ new pneumatic mini LED light pole

Larson Electronics has announced the release of a new pneumatic mini LED light pole. This air powered mini light tower is equipped with two LED light heads that produce 1,368 lumens of bright, white light while drawing only 18 watts.

The PLM-13.5-NAC-2XLEDP3W-3-1227 is a pneumatic mini light pole that safely and effectively allows operators to elevate the two included high intensity LED lights to a maximum height of 13.5 feet. On the top of the pneumatic mast, Larson Electronics has constructed an aluminum mounting plate that holds two of their LEDP3W-3 lights which produce a total of 1,368 lumens of intense light output. Each light bar contains three CREE XLamp XR-E three watt LEDs that produce 228 lumens each. They are paired with high purity optics to produce a tightly focused 10 degree spot beam approximately 375¹ long. The lamps are IP68 rated waterproof and can be adjusted independently of each other for maximum area coverage.

The tower is constructed of high strength, heat treated aluminum tubing for strength and durability. The tower is comprised of four sections, and includes a locking top mounting plate for easy removal of lights or cameras. The mast is elevated using an air compressor, sold separately. An air release valve located at the base of this pneumatic mast allows operators to lower the tower. The 16/3 AWG wiring is internally routed so there is no loose wiring exposed when the tower is collapsed. The PML-13.5-NAC includes a three-wire internal wiring harness with 12 inches extending from both ends for easy installation and connection.

These lights are multi-voltage and can be operated with voltages ranging from 120 to 277 volrs AC via an inline transformer, making them ideal for connecting to power from vehicles and boats. The encapsulated AC to DC transformer steps 120-277 AC down to DC voltage. This transformer has 20 feet of oil and chemical resistant SOOW cable on the output side that connects the LED light to the transformer, and 5 feet of SOOW cable on the input side and terminated in an industrial grade 5-15 plug.

Interlocking Clay Roof Tiles Have Large Format

Marley Eternit's Maxima and Melodie large-format interlocking clay roof tiles

Marley Eternit’s Maxima and Melodie large-format interlocking clay roof tiles

Marley Eternit has launched two large-format interlocking clay roof tiles, which offer the aesthetic qualities of clay, together with the time and cost-saving benefits of interlocking tiles. The new tiles—Maxima and Melodie—are available in Natural Red and can be used at low minimum pitches for greater design flexibility.

Maxima is an interlocking double roman clay tile, with an open gauge so that it can be easily fixed on the roof and doesn’t require any complicated fittings. The tile gives a high coverage rate of 10.1 tiles per square meter, saving installation time and cost.

The Melodie is an interlocking clay pantile which has a traditional appearance, but has one of the lowest minimum pitches in the roofing industry at 12.5 degrees. The robust design of the interlock allows the roof tile to go down to a very low pitch, but the tile also has a flexible gauge so that it can be fixed easily. This low pitch clay pantile gives designers and contractors greater flexibility and is ideal for refurbishments or new builds. The natural red Melodie has a covering capacity of 13.8 tiles per square meter at the maximum gauge and gives a traditional, classic pantile appearance.

Both tiles have been extensively tested for wind driven rain and can be used with Marley Eternit’s Universal accessories, that are not only completely dry fix but can be used to provide ventilation.

Automate Roofing Waste Reduction with Software’s Panel Optimization Tools

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software.

AppliCad has announced Block-Cut panel optimization tools to be launched with the next version of the its Roof Wizard software. In one sense, there is nothing new about the new software tools. The method used with Block-Cut has been employed to reduce material waste by roofers in Australia and New Zealand for a very long time. What is exciting about this announcement is that the capability is now automated, interactive and embedded in the Roof Wizard software, so just about anyone can learn how to do it reliably and accurately. An added bonus is that all the required installer reports are generated automatically to user defined templates with your company details.

Block-Cut is a new process where the estimator determines where panels/sheets can go and more particularly, where the offcuts can go, as part of a “block” of panels, thus substantially reducing waste material. It takes the blocks created and sub-divides them to show where the off-cut is expected to be extracted from and applied to the roof.

This is actually taking what roofers do manually, automating it and completing it so quickly that various options may be explored to achieve the best fit. Those roofers who reduce waste by flipping sheets around on hip ends will take to this immediately. It shows them exactly how to achieve the best fit. This is done in the office, before getting to the job site.
Indeed, it is done at quotation stage, allowing full use of offcut material to reduce the costs, improve your competitiveness and increase job profit margins.

The multi-coloured panel placement drawing is sent to the job with the material, and the installation team can see at a glance where every single piece and offcut piece must be placed by colour and section placement code; panel area B1 goes to roof plane area B1, B5 goes to roof plane area B5 etc. This achieves the optimal use of material that might otherwise be offcut waste—almost zero waste in this typical example.

Instead of the average job waste allowance being 10 to 12 percent, you can easily get it to 2 to 5 percent. This can go directly to your bottom line without major retraining and changes to your usual practices. Those not familiar with any attempts to increase profit margin by reducing waste might find this process a little bizarre, but experienced metal roofing guys down-under know and fully appreciate the value of this technique and are excited to have it in the new AppliCad Roof Wizard software. This one new feature could repay the value of the Roof Wizard software in just one moderate sized metal roofing job.

App Helps Visualize a Home with a Metal Roof

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof app, which lets a homeowner visualize his or herr home with a metal roof quickly and easily.

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof app, which lets a homeowner visualize his or herr home with a metal roof quickly and easily.

Union Corrugating Co. has released its MyMetalRoof app, which lets a homeowner visualize his or herr home with a metal roof quickly and easily. Simply upload a photo of the home, follow the directions, and the homeowner can see what his or her home will look like with Union’s full range of metal roof colors and styles. If you don’t have a photo, you can choose from an existing library of homes to find the one that best matches your needs.

MyMetalRoof is an advanced visualizer app and uses state-of-the-art image mapping that’s seamlessly integrated into the iPad’s touchscreen technology so you can achieve professional looking results in just seconds.

Download the new free iPad app at on Union Corrugating’s website or through the iTunes App Store by searching MyMetalRoof.

New Cool Roof Colors in Concrete Roof Tile Product Line

The Madera 900 Tahoe Blend, which is included in the Boral Concrete Roof Tile product line

The Madera 900 Tahoe Blend, which is included in the Boral Concrete Roof Tile product line

Boral Roofing unveiled its latest offerings in its Cool Roof portfolio during the recent International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Las Vegas.

The two Cool Roof colors making their debut at IBS 2014 are the Saxony 900 Slate Charcoal Blend and the Madera 900 Tahoe Blend, both of which are included in the Boral Concrete Roof Tile product line. These new colors have been designed to accommodate the updated California Code of Regulations, Title 24, Part 6. A major revision of the energy code involves new prescriptive Cool Roof requirements in select climate zones for low-rise residential steep-slope roofs. The change has resulted in a sizable increase in the aged Solar Reflective Index (SRI) for all roofing materials: from 10 to 16 or greater.

The new additions to Boral Roofing’s color portfolio ensure that Cool Roof requirements are met without sacrificing beauty or performance. The Saxony 900 Slate Charcoal Blend, which comes from Boral Roofing’s manufacturing plant in Rialto, Calif., perfectly complements the inherent beauty in French and Tudor architectural styles. Saxony Slate emulates the distinctive appearance of natural slate, while delivering the advantages of concrete tile. The Madera 900 Tahoe Blend, which is manufactured in Boral Roofing’s plant in Gilroy, Calif., offers an authentic replication of a hand-split cedar shake roof that is flexible enough to complement any architectural style. The award-winning Madera 900 is the most affordable, authentic hand-split wood shake replacement product available with all the benefits of concrete tile.

Boral Roofing’s latest Cool Roof technology is also being showcased via a rooftop display that demonstrates the real-time thermal performance of Boral Tile compared to other roofing materials. According to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, an independent testing agency, a family in a typical single-family house could save up to 22 percent per year on heating and cooling costs compared to the standard asphalt shingle roof.* A single family house with a Boral Cool Roof System could save an average of $15 to $20 per month immediately compared to a standard asphalt shingle roof, and, as energy rates rise year over year, savings could increase up to $20,000 over 30 years.**

Boral Roofing is the first clay roof tile manufacturer in the world to receive the prestigious Cradle-to-Cradle Gold Certification for environmentally sustainable products. Boral Clay Roof Tiles have a recycled content of up to 59 percent and come in an array of rich, kiln-fired hues with unrivaled color retention. Boral Concrete Roof Tiles contain no chemical preservatives and are up to 100 percent recyclable.

*Steep-slope Assembly Testing of Clay and Concrete Tile with and without Cool Pigmented Colors, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 2005. Results vary based on profile of tile installed, location, weather and other factors.

**Results based on a 22 square roof in Southern California with no additional energy efficient upgrades during an average annual weather pattern, annual inflation rate of 3 percent, and annual energy cost increase of 3.5 percent. Savings may vary based on location, weather and other factors. Savings estimates are based on comparison to a similar size asphalt shingle roof.