Simulated Slate Is Virtually Maintenance Free

Inspire Roofing Products, a division of The Tapco Group, releases Aledora Slate Roofing.

Inspire Roofing Products, a division of The Tapco Group, releases Aledora Slate Roofing.

Aledora Slate Roofing offers the look of genuine slate tile at an economical price and lighter weight. The virtually maintenance-free solution from Inspire Roofing Products, a division of The Tapco Group, features sharp and jagged tile edges, as well as natural shadow variance. The slates, which can be nailed by hand or nail gun, are available in Charcoal Black, Mist Grey, Olive, Steel Grey, Sage Green, Red Rock and Brandywine. The product features a Class A fire rating, 110-mph wind-uplift rating, Class 4 impact rating and a limited lifetime warranty.

Engineered Slate Blended with Natural

Ply Gem’s engineered slate shingles

Ply Gem’s engineered slate shingles

Molded from nearly 100 percent recycled materials, Ply Gem’s engineered slate shingles feature deep shadow lines and chiseled edges. Color schemes include Sagebrush, gray mixed with deep green hues; Brownstone, a subtle mixture of earth-tone colors; Pewter, blends light and dark slate to create a rich gray; and Charcoal, dark gray slate with silver and charcoal shades. Each color is blended with natural slate to produce an authentic look. The shingles are manufactured with indented nail flanges, eliminating the need for additional framing support or special tools.

Take the Guesswork Out of Nail Placement

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt’s new Dura-Ridge Hip and Ridge Shingles feature patented SureNail Technology.

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt’s new Dura-Ridge Hip and Ridge Shingles feature patented SureNail Technology.

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt’s new Dura-Ridge Hip and Ridge Shingles feature patented SureNail Technology, which adds a layer of reinforcing fabric to a clearly defined nailing zone. Engineered with a multi-layered design that delivers 130-mph wind warranty performance, the hip and ridge shingles feature a limited lifetime warranty when installed with any Owens Corning laminate shingle. The hip and ridge shingles include a precut design and are available in vibrant colors.

Roof Windows Are Operated By Hand

VELUX's GDL CABRIO roof window

VELUX’s GDL CABRIO roof window

Roof windows and skylights share common elements, including glass, wood frames, sashes and aluminum. But skylights are designed for out-of-reach applications and can be automated while roof windows are within reach and are operated by hand.

Roof windows utilize a ventilation flap that allows fresh air circulation even while the unit is closed. Roof window sashes also rotate inward for easy cleaning from the inside.

VELUX produces two types of roof windows: the deck mount GPL Top hinged model which opens to a 45-degree angle to satisfy current requirements for emergency escape and rescue, while admitting natural light and passive ventilation, and the deck mount GDL CABRIO roof window which utilizes a dual-sash operation that allows the top to open upward to 45 degrees for ventilation and the bottom to open outward to create a roof balcony. The design makes the CABRIO a “fresh air” alternative to a dormer and it can also provide emergency escape and rescue capabilities.

Both models can be fitted with blinds and screens and provide decorative flair in addition to their functional features.

Pipe Flashing Features Compression Collar to Prevent Relaxation Away from Pipe

Ultimate Pipe Flashing from Lifetime Tool & Building Products LLC

Ultimate Pipe Flashing from Lifetime Tool & Building Products LLC

The Ultimate Pipe Flashing from Lifetime Tool & Building Products LLC features a proprietary PVC compression collar that prevents relaxation away from the pipe. Its premium tested materials include ultra-pure high consistency molded silicone rubber and Kynar PVDF-coated 24-gauge galvanized sheet metal. A lubricant towelette is supplied to aid in installation. The generous perimeter flashing allows for proper sealing—ample 4 inches of flashing on each side, 6 inches at the top, 3 inches at the bottom (all minimums from the embodiment). Plate flanges have nailing slots for ease of installation. This true long-term solution replaces lead and accommodates flat roofs to slopes 18:12 plus.

Underlayment Provides Traction During Roof Installation

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has made available its patented WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has made available its patented WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment.

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt has made available its patented WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment that helps make installation safe for contractors working on the roof. The product’s design is engineered with SureStep Technology, which features a non-abrasive surface, providing excellent traction to help roofing crews reduce the potential for slippage. As part of the Owens Corning Total Protection Roofing System, WeatherLock Mat Self Adhering Underlayment acts as a secondary water shedding layer under shingles to deliver the weather protection that homeowners expect, while featuring the self-adhering, lightweight and versatile design contractors need for convenient and safe installation.

New Roofing Ventilation Products

CertainTeed Intake Vent

CertainTeed Intake Vent

Strengthening its position as a one-stop-shop for complete roof solutions, CertainTeed announces the introduction of seven new roofing ventilation products. Part of the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, the new product line includes CertainTeed Ridge Vent, CertainTeed Rolled Ridge Vent and CertainTeed Intake Vent.

CertainTeed Ridge Vent is available in 7, 9 and 12 inches with filtered and unfiltered options. Each ridge vent is made of high quality co-polymer to remain sturdy, nailable and flexible. Reinforced ribs provide greater stability and rigidity, imprinted slot guides ensure proper slot width, and nail holes and nail lines enable easy, mistake-free installation. The product line also includes a Class A fire-rated vent.

CertainTeed Rolled Ridge Vent, also available in filtered and unfiltered, is designed for use in roof pitches from 3/12 to 12/12. The product features a unique, virtually invisible profile that installs fast.

CertainTeed Intake Vent is easily installed on a shingled roof with or without overhangs, and can be used to supplement existing soffit or undereave vents. Internal baffles, drainage system and weather filter provide three levels of weather protection. The intake vent allows air to flow into the attic and helps prevent heat build-up and ice dams.

The new ventilation products feature proven, effective technology for shingle roofs in all climates and come with a lifetime limited warranty and five-year SureStart Protection.

The products are designed with an external baffle to deflect wind and weather over the vent, creating low pressure above the vent to pull air out of the attic. Each vent comes in a black finish to blend with a variety of shingle colors and create a clean, uncluttered roofline. All provide excellent weather protection and prevent premature deterioration of roofing materials by continuously moving air year-round to improve interior comfort.

Radiant Barrier Combines Energy Efficiency with Moisture Protection

Huber Engineered Woods has released its ZIP System radiant barrier.

Huber Engineered Woods has released its ZIP System radiant barrier.

The most recent innovation from Huber Engineered Woods combines superior strength and stiffness, moisture resistance, and now a radiant heat barrier. The new ZIP System radiant barrier incorporates the signature ZIP System technology with radiant heat protection.

ZIP System radiant barrier combines the energy-efficiency benefits of radiant barrier with the superior moisture protection and simple installation of ZIP System sheathing. The panels are now available for national distribution.

ZIP System radiant barrier panels block up to 97 percent of radiant heat transfer which can lower attic temperatures by as much as 30 degrees. The all-in-one sheathing allows for a faster, more efficient installation, providing an instant 180-day rough dry-in. Homeowners also can reap the benefits of ZIP System Radiant Barrier, as the roof panels reduce home cooling costs up to 12 percent.*

ZIP System radiant barrier roof panels are available in 1/2-, 5/8-, and 7/16-inch thicknesses. ZIP System roof panels eliminate the need for felt paper, resulting in a more efficient building process.

*All testing. Testing was done in accordance with ASTM standard and test methods. The Florida Solar Energy Center/University of Central Florida Publication #FSEC-EN-15-87 titled “Radiant Barriers: A Question & Answer Primer.” Studies represent cases in the Southeast and may not be representative of other regions. Savings also depend on the amount of heat the roof and attic contribute to a home’s cooling load.

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.

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.