Clean, Quiet and Safe Glass

VELUX America has introduced “Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass” for its skylights.

VELUX America has introduced “Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass” for its skylights.

VELUX America has introduced “Clean, Quiet & Safe Glass” to the roofing industry. This laminated glass will keep ENERGY STAR-certified VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air skylights cleaner, reduce outside noise, and take the guesswork out of interpreting local building codes for the type of glass required for out-of-reach applications.

Clean: A thin coating of titanium dioxide and silicone dioxide on the exterior surface of the laminated glass will smooth the glass and, with the help of the sun, destroy organic matter deposited on skylights over time. Then, the next time it rains, this organic matter is washed away keeping the skylight glass cleaner longer.

Quiet: Laminated glass reduces outside noise by up to 25 percent when compared to a standard double pane glass and up to 50 percent more when compared to a plastic skylight.

Safe: U.S. building codes require laminated glass be used in out-of-reach applications where any point of the glass is 12 feet above the floor of the room. VELUX Clean, Quiet & Safe glass meets or exceeds this important building code requirement nationwide and also carries a 10-year warranty against hail damage on the glass itself.

In addition to its water-shedding properties, the new glass option carries a 10-year hail warranty and is superior to regular tempered glass in U-Value, UV protection and fade protection. Beginning in 2014, it will be available on most VELUX skylights and will be the standard glass option for the VELUX Solar Powered Fresh Air skylights. The new glass option is also available in Impact, Miami-Dade, White laminated and Snowload models.

The Solar Powered Fresh Air Skylight, now standard with Clean, Quiet & Safe glass, is also a No Leak Skylight and carries the VELUX 10-year installation warranty plus 20-years on glass, 10-years on product, and 5-years on blinds and controls. The units use standard VELUX engineered flashing and energy efficient LoE3 glass. VELUX solar powered skylights, along with solar powered blinds, as well as the installation costs, are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit.

Apps Are Made More User-friendly

TAMKO's Shingle Style App

TAMKO’s Shingle Style App

New updates have been implemented to the TAMKO Decking and Shingle Style Apps. The changes to both apps make them more user friendly and offer updated information about TAMKO’s products.

Updates to the Shingle Style App include a setting that enables users to select a region (NE, SE, SW, WS and CN) for the colors offered in their area or users can select “all shingles” if they want to view all of TAMKO’s shingle color options. In addition, multiple regional settings have been implemented under the navigation tab. When first opening the app, a regional map will pop-up which enables users to select their specific region. They can also adjust this setting from the navigation bar by clicking on the “Region” tab. Regional availability will be applied to the product lines that are not distributed nationally.

The Longest Up-front Protection Warranty section within the app has also been expanded. Now information can be viewed in a slideshow which enables users to easily navigate through content. Other updates included:

• Residential and Multi-family Warranty calculator.
• Content related to the “Find a Pro Page”.
• Addition of Heritage IR shingles and photo gallery colors.

The Decking Styles App now includes TAMKO’s EverGrain Deck Board Challenge. The challenge includes a side-by-side comparison of EverGrain Envision compression molded decking versus a competitor’s extruded decking product. Several new photos have been added to the photo gallery as well. Some of the new photos include TAMKO’s Marquee Railing systems which are available in the deck viewer and the photo gallery.

These apps are available for free download from the App Store on iPad on iTunes. They can be found by searching for TAMKO in the store search bar or under the Lifestyle category.

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.