Detect Leaks and Ensure Quality in Low-slope Roof Systems

Vector mapping from IR Analyzers detects leaks in low-slope roof systems.

Vector mapping from IR Analyzers detects leaks in low-slope roof systems.

Electric vector mapping from IR Analyzers is a cutting-edge technology that is redefining the art of leak detection and quality assurance in low-slope roofing and waterproofing systems. Low Voltage Vector Mapping is a method of electronic leak detection that pinpoints breaches in the roof membrane by tracing the flow of an electric current across the membrane surface. Already Europe’s most widely used method for detecting roof leaks, vector mapping is rapidly being adopted by manufacturers, contractors and specifiers in the United States.

Electronic Leak Detection eliminates the dangers and potential damage inherent in traditional flood testing. Unlike the interpretive process of water, flood, infrared or nuclear testing, vector mapping detects membrane faults directly. It is ideal for quality and warranty assurance needs, for leak testing of green (vegetative) and ballasted roofs, and for leak detection in all low-slope roofing systems in which the membrane is not electrically conductive and the deck can be electrically grounded. Even pinhole leaks invisible to the naked eye can be pinpointed with Electronic Leak Detection, and repairs can be made on the spot and immediately retested to ensure watertight results.

Vapor Retarder, Air Barrier Contributes to Thermal and Waterproofing Performance

Duro-Last Inc. has added to its Duro-Guard product line with Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP'R, a vapor retarder and air barrier membrane.

Duro-Last Inc. has added to its Duro-Guard product line with Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R, a vapor retarder and air barrier membrane.

Duro-Last Inc. has added to its Duro-Guard product line with Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R, a vapor retarder and air barrier membrane. This product is composed of a self-adhesive SBS modified bitumen with a polyethylene facer on the top surface and a silicone release film on bottom. Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R addresses the movement of air in roof assemblies as required in the 2012 International Energy Code.

When correctly engineered into a roof assembly, it will contribute to long-lasting thermal and waterproofing performance in all climate zones for all colors including white membranes provided by Duro-Last. Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R can also be used as a temporary roof in new construction or roof tear offs. Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R can be installed on steel, plywood, gypsum, concrete board, asphalt panel or concrete deck. The addition of the Duro-Guard SOPRAVAP’R provides Duro-Last customers with another Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky solution.

Roof Bracket Allows Staging of Materials without Covering Anchor Screws

Acro Building Systems' Johnny Jack roof bracket

Acro Building Systems’ Johnny Jack roof bracket

The Johnny Jack roof bracket’s patent-pending design provides a better platform for staging materials on steep-slope roofs. Made in the U.S.A. by Acro Building Systems, the roof bracket is designed to stage materials on architectural roofing, including metal shingles, slate, tile and asphalt, while never covering the anchor screws. It features a 5 1/2-inch surface clearance, and is ideal for working around dormers. Operational dimensions are 7 by 1 foot and the bracket folds to 48 inches for storage. The bracket, which weighs 14 pounds, is powder coated safety yellow and spans 6 1/2 feet.

Synthetic Underlayment Minimizes Labor Expense

REX SynFelt from Alpha ProTech Engineered Products

REX SynFelt from Alpha ProTech Engineered Products

REX SynFelt from Alpha ProTech Engineered Products is a high-strength woven synthetic roof underlayment that can save you 50 percent in labor and time expense, compared to 30# felt. Here’s why:

    The most slip-resistant underlayment in the industry
    20-times stronger than 30# felt; it won’t tear-off or buckle when wet
    10-times lighter per square
    10 squares per roll weighing only 28 pounds (250-foot roll)
    5 squares per roll weighing only 14 pounds (125-foot roll)
    UV-resistant and can be exposed for up to six months
    Light gray color reduces heat and provides cooler working surface

Pre-printed nailing pattern speeds installation.

Lens Cleaning Products Maintain Anti-scratch and -fog Coatings

Gateway Safety's Kleen View lens cleaning products

Gateway Safety’s Kleen View lens cleaning products

In most work environments, safety glasses have a way of getting dusty, dirty and smudged. Frequently, employees just use a t-shirt or facial tissue to clean their protective eyewear. There’s a problem with that method of cleaning: The worker is actually wiping off the anti-scratch and anti-fog coatings that were originally applied to the surface of the lens during the manufacturing process.

Gateway Safety has a solution to that problem with its improved line of Kleen View Lens Cleaning products. Kleen View lens cleaning products feature a fast-drying, silicone-free formula that actually includes an anti-fog, anti-static ingredient that helps extend the life of safety glasses. Workers love the functionality of the anti-fog coating and the dust and dirt resistance gained from the anti-static coating, while employers love the cost savings associated with longer-lasting safety products.

Kleen View Lens Cleaning products are safe to use on any Gateway Safety eye- or face-protection product. Kleen View is available as a spray solution packaged with soft, non-abrasive tissues or as convenient single-use towelettes for quick lens cleaning.

Solar Racking System Meets Common Rooftop Challenges

Silverback Solar's engineering department was able to utilize as much roof space as possible for solar panels by elevating them above HVAC equipment with the Silverback Solar racking system.

Silverback Solar’s engineering department was able to utilize as much roof space as possible for solar panels by elevating them above HVAC equipment with the Silverback Solar racking system.

A barrel roof with HVAC equipment and skylights is not the ideal platform for a crystalline panel solar system, but a watertight attachment system from Silverback Solar allows architects, engineers and contractors to work with such challenges.

Silverback Solar’s mounting system features a roof attachment system that creates a completely watertight structural mounting point. It also features a patented adjustable sprocket to allow adjustments with the curvature of the roof. The Silverback product is lightweight and durable, which makes the building of the racking easy and faster to install. The ability to adjust the bracing and supports makes the racking very adaptable to varying roof terrains. More importantly, there is no cutting of materials since the racking comes precut and bundled per array, which is also identified per location on the site layout from Silverback.

Each part is labeled alphabetically, so all that is needed is a measuring tape, protractor to confirm the pitch and a 5/16 impact driver to install the self-drilling screws to hold the brackets to the pipe.

Silverback Solar designs, manufactures and distributes engineered racking systems for mounting photovoltaic and solar thermal systems. Solar panel racking systems work on commercial flat and low sloped roofs as well as ground mount applications.

Class 4 Hail-rated Tiles Expand to Texas

Boral Roofing's Barcelona Impact concrete roof tile

Boral Roofing’s Barcelona Impact concrete roof tile

Boral Roofing LLC, a provider of clay and concrete roof tile, is expanding its line of Class 4 hail rated tiles with the introduction of the high-profile Barcelona Impact concrete roof tile in the Texas market.

Barcelona Impact is a hail-resistant concrete tile that passed severe impact resistance testing in accordance with the FM 4473 standard. The tile is proven to withstand sequential 2-inch ice ball impacts at speeds up to 70 mph, fired from within five feet. Barcelona Impact roof tile is certified through the Roof Covering Impact Certification Program sponsored by Architectural Testing.

The addition of high barrel Barcelona Impact provides a complete Class 4 hail rated roof tile offering to the Texas market to complement our flat profile Country Slate Impact Class 4 product. Boral Roofing has been serving the great state of Texas with American-made tile products since 1974, and the expansion of the Class 4 hail rated tile offering further shows this long-standing commitment to the market.

With this performance certification and recognition, Texas homeowners can have even greater peace of mind in their homes and may obtain potential insurance cost savings by selecting a participating insurance company and requesting that their roofing contractor verify that Boral Roofing¹s Class 4 concrete tile was installed. All Boral Roofing tile is covered by a Limited Lifetime, Fully Transferable, Non-Prorated Concrete Product Warranty.

A specialized color portfolio of the new high barrel Barcelona Impact Class 4 tile is based on extensive market feedback from Texas customers. The new colors include a range of beautiful earth tone blends with Buckskin, Charcoal Brown Blend, Lexington Blend and Salerno Clay Blend.

Track Projects, Gather Info, Complete Roof Take Offs and More with New App

Pitch Gauge is a 100 percent mobile-enabled roofing solution.

Pitch Gauge is a 100 percent mobile-enabled roofing solution.

Project management, lead management and roof measurements—all from your smartphone or tablet. Pitch Gauge is the first roofing solution that is 100 percent mobile-enabled. Pitch Gauge is designed to be fully functional on smartphones and tablets. A majority of the features can also be used by logging into your account online. By utilizing Pitch Gauge and its well-rounded mobile offering, you’ll see an increase in productivity and also monetary savings.

Get started on your own:
• Create your account from inside the app or at PitchGauge.com
• New (company) accounts get 3 free projects; no credit card needed up front
• Pitch Gauge walks you through the basic account setup
• Add employees to your account for free (no limit) – no per-user fees

Lead & Project Tracking/Management
• Enter leads and projects by logging into the app or PitchGauge.com
• With permission, users can assign leads and projects to team members
• Change project & lead workflow statuses
• Real-time data sync across company account

Information Gathering
• Collect client info, insurance info (if necessary), project notes, etc.
• Document damage: take pictures and provide captions/comments
• Use iPhone or iPad to scan documents into the homeowner’s file

Accurate Roof Take Offs / Measurements
• Preview the roof on the map, then save (or import image/blueprint)
• Access sketch tool, and trace the roof to measure, one plane at a time (no need to set a scale unless using an image/blueprint)
• Use positioning tool and tap points to reposition or delete
• Label each line (ridge, eave, rake, valley, hip)
• Find slope using integrated pitch finders
• Enter % for waste (under summary tab)
• Once finished, view the summary tab for accurate lengths, tear off, and total squares

Personalized Roof Reports
• Pitch, area, and length breakdowns with 3D diagrams
• Pictures of damage/visual documentation with captions
• Export full PDF roof report; print or email
• Great for quickly closing sales and estimating materials

Map & GPS Integration
• Pitch Gauge provides turn-by-turn directions to properties through GPS integration
• View all of your projects or leads as pins on a map

Schedule
• Schedule events: appointments, measures, installs, etc
• Review your schedule & receive alerts

Storage
• Store documents, reports, and photos inside each project to be accessed by admins and super admins

No per-user fees. It is free to add unlimited users to your company account. We encourage you to add all of your employees to your company’s Pitch Gauge account. It will help you to stay on the same page.

TAMKO Develops App for Its Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products' app developed especially to meet the needs of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products’ app developed especially to meet the needs of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors

TAMKO Building Products announces the availability of an app developed especially to meet the needs of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors. The TAMKO Pro App for iPad helps demonstrate the many advantages of hiring and working with TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors.

The TAMKO Pro App offers interactive presentations, photo galleries and detailed Limited Warranty information to help give customers peace of mind to help TAMKO Pros close the sale. Features of the TAMKO Pro app include:

    • Highlights the benefits of the TAMKO’s Mastercraft Limited Warranty Enhancement, exclusively offered by TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors
    • “Why a Pro?” presentation demonstrates the many advantages of hiring a TAMKO Pro
    • Ability to upload custom project photos to display during presentation
    • Field Notes section offers the opportunity to take photos during an inspection, add notes regarding roof areas that may need special attention, and then email the photos and notes directly to the customer
    • Features in-depth Limited Warranty and product information

The app is available for free download from the App Store on iPad. It can be found by searching for TAMKO in the store search bar or under the Lifestyle category.

SUN TUNNEL Skylights Are Improved

VELUX America has introduced the next generation residential and commercial SUN TUNNEL skylights.

VELUX America has introduced the next generation residential and commercial SUN TUNNEL skylights.

VELUX America has introduced the next generation residential and commercial SUN TUNNEL skylights to the roofing industry. Key improvements have been made to both tubular skylight product lines and a number of accessories have been added.

The new VELUX SunCurve, a highly transmissive light capturing technology for commercial SUN TUNNELS, captures more morning and evening daylight while diffusing the powerful afternoon sunlight to provide a more even and appealing light output throughout the day. Another key improvement to both the residential and commercial products is the Flexi-Loc tunnel assembly system that will enable installers to save approximately 50 percent of the time required for tunnel assembly while making quick, easy, and adjustable connections.

ThA new diffuser complements any décor with a choice of brushed nickel, polished brass, oil rubbed bronze, and white trim options. Manual blackout shades and night light kits are available for various SUN TUNNEL residential skylight models.

A new commercial SUN TUNNEL ordering system allows for configuring and ordering exactly what is needed, or for larger projects, in bulk, for cost savings from an extensive selection of new options and accessories.

Commercial ceiling options include hard, suspended and open while diffuser options include frosted for aesthetics, prismatic for a look and feel to match existing architectural design, and Fresnel to maximize light distribution.