Mule-Hide Products Co. Launches New TPO Installation Training Videos

New training videos from Mule-Hide Products Co. guide viewers through the steps of correctly installing TPO roofing systems and completing essential maintenance and repair tasks, helping contractors deliver roofing systems that provide long-lasting, hassle-free performance.

The 26 videos cover installing mechanically attached and fully adhered TPO systems; insulation attachment; proper techniques for seaming, flashing and installing accessories; and best practices for completing common maintenance and repair jobs. 

The videos’ combination of live-action footage and animation create an engaging learning experience for viewers. Explanations of not only what to do, but the reasons for doing things, ensure that novice roofers and veteran contractors alike will learn something.

The video libraries can be accessed on the Mule-Hide Products YouTube channel  (youtube.com/user/MuleHideVideos/videos) or on mulehide.com.

For more information, visit www.mulehide.com.

Daltile’s Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tile Listed in This Old House Magazine’s Annual Top 20 Building Materials

Daltile’s Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tile was recognized as one of the This Old House’s Top 20 Building Materials of the Year. Curated by This Old House magazine’s editors after months of research, review, testing, and input from industry pros, The TOH Top 20 Building Materials of the Year list continues the brand’s tradition of crowning the freshest, game-changing products of the year for construction and remodeling projects.

This year’s list was revealed in the July/August issue of This Old House magazine and online at www.thisoldhouse.com/top20. Daltile’s new Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tile was the first product on the list, with This Old House magazine providing the following commentary: “Daltile — Porcelain, known for its great durability and resistance to fading and moisture, is now going on roofs. The 9mm- and 12mm-thick tiles, which resemble slate, clay, or wood-shingle roofing, can be used anywhere in the country, have a lifetime warranty, and should last for at least 75 years. From $3 per square foot; Daltile.”

“At Daltile, we are bringing the innovation of porcelain roofing tile to market,” said Doug Pedersen, National Director of Roofing Sales for Daltile. “Porcelain roofing tile will be a game-changer for the specialty roofing products segment — destined to soon outsell the current slate, clay, concrete, and metal roofing options.”

“Daltile’s Perennial provides the ultimate roofing solution for contractors, builders, interior designers, architects, and homeowners who are seeking beauty, durability, and ease of installation in their roofing tiles, at a very competitive price,” said Pedersen. “Available in six colors and designs, the new line realistically replicates the look of slate, timber, and clay, but provides the strength of porcelain tile.”

 “Daltile’s new Perennial Porcelain Roofing Tiles are significantly less expensive than most slate, clay, synthetic/polymer shingles, and metal tiles,” concluded Pedersen. “Perennial prices are in line with concrete roof tiles and Class IV asphalt shingles.”

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

Atlas Roofing Corporation Announces Changes to Leadership Team

Atlas Roofing Corporation announced Tracy Cook has joined the company as its new Director of Marketing, overseeing the Shingles & Underlayments and Roof & Wall Insulation Divisions. Cook also will guide Atlas’ overall corporate marketing strategy across the company’s Shingles & Underlayments, Roof & Wall Insulation, Molded Products and Web Technologies divisions. As the first director of marketing to manage multiple divisions under the Atlas brand, she will provide strategic guidance and insight on all marketing efforts, ensuring brand consistency, developing new marketing opportunities and expanding strategic partnerships, including those with 3M Scotchguard and television host Mike Holmes.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tracy to the marketing leadership team,” said Steve Heaton, Vice President, Roof & Wall Insulation Division. “We are taking significant strides in our marketing efforts, ensuring the right people and resources are in place to enhance our strengths and further confirm Atlas’ leadership position in the building materials industry.”

Cook joins Atlas with more than 20 years of experience and deep expertise in marketing strategy, customer insights, trend forecasting, brand strategy and management. Prior to joining Atlas, Cook worked for nine years at INVISTA, most recently serving as the Senior Director, Shopper Innovation, as well as previous senior marketing positions with Mohawk Industries and Interface. She graduated with a B.A. in liberal arts from Auburn University and resides in metro Atlanta.

In addition to Cook’s appointment as Director of Marketing, Atlas officially announced Stanley Bastek’s promotion to National Sales Director for the Shingles & Underlayments Division. Bastek started his career at Atlas in 2007 and has held several cross-functional sales and marketing positions over the past 10 years. In his new role, Bastek will manage national pricing and sales development, contractor engagement programs and distributor relationships.

“This is a very exciting time for Atlas,” said Kirk Villar, Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “These strategic investments to our sales and marketing departments ensure our continued growth and success, allowing us to deliver innovative products to our customers.”

These new appointments are part of Atlas’ continued expansion of its corporate sales and marketing footprint in Atlanta. In addition to the sales and marketing teams, the Atlanta headquarters houses several fundamental departments, including the leadership team for the Shingles & Underlayments, Roof & Wall Insulation, and Tapered Services divisions; pricing, accounting and finance; and human resources. Atlas’ marketing teams recently won multiple industry awards, including the notable Hanley Wood Brand Builder Awards for best product marketing launch and the best B2B marketing event.

For more information, visit https://www.atlasroofing.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Location in Boise, Idaho

Building products distributorABC Supply Co. Inc. has opened a new branch at 6417 W. Gowen Road, Suite 160, in Boise, Idaho. The newest location will give area contractors access to roofing, siding and other select exterior building products they need to run their businesses as well as support and expertise from ABC Supply’s associates.

Darin Weaver manages the branch and brings over 20 years of management experience, including nearly 10 years in the building materials industry. He joined ABC Supply’s Nampa, Idaho, team in August 2018 and completed the company’s Branch Management Training program earlier this year. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Weaver looks to build meaningful relationships with professional contractors and help them grow their businesses.

“Darin’s management experience and industry expertise will be a great asset to Boise-area contractors as they strive to run successful businesses,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “He’ll lead an outstanding team dedicated to providing world-class customer service and resources contractors need to make their jobs easier.”

Branch hours are 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. MDT, Monday through Friday. The phone number is 208-202-3120.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Firestone Building Products Aids Official Carbon Partnership Between Dow and the IOC

Marking the first carbon mitigation project in North America under the Official Carbon Partnership between Dow and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dow announced its collaboration with Firestone Building Products, a subsidiary of Bridgestone and a manufacturer of commercial building performance solutions. The collaboration is supporting the creation of an energy modeling tool to accurately describe reductions in cost, energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of commercial structures that use innovative polyurethane roofing insulation from Firestone Building Products. This insulation, developed by Firestone and enabled by Dow’s polyurethane raw materials, addresses low-temperature thermal drift without compromising the other performance metrics. 

“With cities growing at a rapid pace, it is paramount that we as an industry evaluate and implement innovative new materials to accelerate the adoption of solutions that mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in the infrastructure market segment,” said Dr. Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, circular economy market director for Dow and global technology & sustainability director for Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions. “Firestone Building Products shares our vision, and enabled by the Dow-IOC Official Carbon Partnership, we’ve embarked on a mission that will empower architects, contractors and building owners to better identify energy saving solutions and improve decision-making, doing their part to create a low-carbon legacy.”

The new energy modeling tool – to be available on Firestone’s website in 2020 – is being developed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) with funding support from Dow. With this new tool, commercial architects, property owners, roofing consultants and construction companies can scenario-test the potential long-term reductions in whole-building energy use and the associated GHG emissions resulting from installation of the ISOGARD newly-formulated Firestone polyurethane foam roofing insulation. Use-phase building energy consumption is compared within the modeling tool to alternative roofing technologies, allowing for informed selection of material and amount of insulation. This ability to compare performance will be particularly valuable for cold climate zones of the United States and Canada, where temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and older polyurethane foam formulations experience a drop in their insulation performance. 

“Partnering with Dow and working with ORNL to create a modeling tool will help to validate, quantify and reinforce Firestone’s commitment to sustainable building solutions,” said Taylor Cole, president, Firestone Building Products. “Sharing the tool on our website for everyone to use is just another way we’re working with industry partners to not only provide attainable solutions for our customers, but to also work together to do our part in reducing carbon emissions.” 

The new whole-building energy modeling tool will be used to further promote and advance the adoption of Firestone’s ISOGARD roofing insulation, enabled by Dow polyurethane raw materials. ISOGARD foam is formulated to retain more of its R-value (insulating value) at temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit compared to existing polyurethane foams. This formulation is designed to create tighter building envelopes and improve building energy efficiency, without changing the installation qualities—such as thickness, compressive strength, weight, and dimensional stability—of the roofing boards. The formulation is estimated to increase the R-value of the roofing material from 5.5 to 6.3 per inch when tested at 40 degrees Fahrenheit and lower. For commercial construction trade professionals, this translates to improved energy savings and can contribute to obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

This agreement is the second of several anticipated joint efforts that will result from the Collaborative Blueprint for unlocking carbon reductions announced last year by Dow. The first agreement was signed in April with PETRONAS Chemicals Glycols. The Blueprint underpins the Dow-IOC Official Carbon Partnership, initiated in 2017 to balance the operational carbon footprint of the IOC, and encourages organizations outside the Olympic movement to adopt programs for reducing carbon emissions while catalyzing change across value chains.  

For more information on Dow’s sustainability programs and the Dow-IOC Carbon Partnership, visit www.dow.com/en-us/sports/sustainability. For more information about Firestone Building Products, visit http://firestonebpco.com/.

Novagard Sends Building Materials to Tornado-Ravaged Dayton Community

Novagard Solutions Inc., a Cleveland-based manufacturer of highly-engineered foams, sealants, coatings, lubricants, and thermal management products for the construction, electronics, transportation/automotive, manufacturing, medical and military markets, donated 38 skids of the company’s NovaFlexand NovaBond silicone and hybrid construction sealants (caulk) and weather-stripping to tornado-ravaged Dayton, Ohio. In May, the Dayton area was devasted with over 15 tornados damaging homes and businesses with rain and high winds. The materials donated directly to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton will be used to install windows, doors, siding, shutters, and roofs. Two trucks, donated by MDL Logistics, transported the materials, which were worth more than $200,000. With over 30,000 tubes of caulk, thousands of homes will be able to be repaired and made livable before winter sets in on the damaged community.

“We have many employees from the Dayton area, and we felt this was a great opportunity to step in and address a critical need,” said Sarah Nash, CEO of Novagard. “Novagard is in a position to help with the recovery and repair of scores of homes. We also appreciate the partnership with Habitat for Humanity which is coordinating the use of our products directly with contractors.”

For more information, visit www.novagard.com.  

Triangle Fastener Releases Two Updated Product Catalogs

Triangle Fastener Corporation announced the release of two new versions of the company’s catalogs, Cladding and Interior. Each catalog is market-specific and provides extensive information on a wide variety of available fasteners, sealants, tools, programs, and technical support. They conveniently outline various brands, sizes, and materials, making it easy to find the exact products needed for specific applications, including hard-to-find items. 

The catalogs are also a reliable source for information on screws, rivets, sealants, flashing, anchors, pins, bolts, bits, power tools, fall protection, abrasives, saw blades, tie wires, contractor supplies, installation tips, technical data, and much more.

Cladding Catalog

  • Metal Roofing
  • Metal Building
  • Post Frame

Interior Catalog

  • Drywall
  • Mechanical
  • Electrical 

For more information, visit www.trianglefastener.com

ABC Supply Opens New Branch in Stockton, California

ABC Supply Co. Inc. continues to add locations throughout California. The newest branch—the company’s 44th in the state—is located at 409 S. Aurora St. in Stockton, California.

Sandy Steele manages the branch. In her role, she is responsible for branch operations, including growing her team and building relationships with the area’s contractors. She joined ABC Supply in 2014 as an outside sales representative at the company’s Bakersfield, California, location.

“Sandy has worked closely with contractors in the tile, stone and building materials industry for a number of years, so she has a deep understanding of their challenges, opportunities and how we can help them better tackle their jobs,” said Matt Cooper, vice president of ABC Supply’s West Region. “She’ll do a great job leading her team and making sure that contractors who choose to work with ABC Supply receive the support they need to grow their businesses.”

Branch hours are 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, and closed on Saturday. The phone number is (209) 990-5845.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com

Icynene-Lapolla Announces Exclusive Platinum Sponsorship with Spray Foam Worldwide

Icynene-Lapolla announced a Platinum Sponsorship with Spray Foam Worldwide (SFWW). The first and only manufacturer selected for a sponsorship, Icynene-Lapolla is supporting the thriving online spray foam contractors community while leveraging a number of unparalleled promotional opportunities.

“We have been active, daily participants in Spray Foam Worldwide’s community since its inception as we recognized immediately the inherent value in a vibrant on- and off-line community of spray foam contractors,” said Doug Kramer, president and CEO of Icynene-Lapolla. “As the community evolves with the introduction of sponsor partnerships, Icynene-Lapolla is proud to be the only manufacturer included.”

SFWW was founded in 2016 as a private Facebook group for spray polyurethane foam installers to connect about professional jobs and practices, as well as to form supportive relationships. Growing significantly year over year, the group now encompasses thousands of participants including installers, manufacturers, equipment providers and additional industry stakeholders. Growing in sophistication, the community hosts industry events and now offers educational materials, including videos, to educate sprayers on industry best practices. A website to host shared industry resources is currently under development.

“Sprayfoam Worldwide has grown into an 8,000 strong global community of contractors and industry participants and numerous individuals within the Icynene-Lapolla family have been contributing members for many years,” says SFWW founder Bill Bilben. “We are excited to have Icynene-Lapolla as our exclusive manufacturer partner.”

As part of the Platinum sponsorship, Icynene-Lapolla will be given a wide range of promotional opportunities aimed at connecting the company’s brand, building envelope solutions and support services to contractors and installers.

For more information, visit www.icynene-lapolla.com

TAMKO, Blair Exteriors, Heely Brown Donate Roof for Tuscaloosa’s One-Stop Resource Center for Families in Need

For 20 years, Tuscaloosa’s One Place has been a resource hub for families in times of need. But last year, the group found itself in need of help.

Formed through a merger of three Tuscaloosa volunteer groups, all with the goal of improving the quality of life for children and families in the area, Tuscaloosa’s One Place serves as a one-stop-shop for families in need. The nonprofit offers a variety of services, including after-school care for children, parenting classes, teen intervention and mentoring, GED courses and workforce development. In the last two decades, the organization has become an important service provider in western Alabama.

But after purchasing a new building last year to expand their services even further, the organization known for offering help to the community, instead found itself in need of the community’s help. The roof of the new Tuscaloosa’s One Place building was in bad shape and desperately needed replacing.

“When I started to realize what all Tuscaloosa’s One Place does – serving 7,000 families in west Alabama each year – I was very impressed and told them I would install the roof for free if we could get the materials donated,” said Billy Reel, owner of Blair Exteriors in Birmingham, Alabama.

National shingle manufacturer TAMKO Building Products has been a major part of Reel’s life for 20 years, first as a contractor and later as his wife rose in the ranks of TAMKO’s sales organization. TAMKO has been a proud part of the Tuscaloosa community since breaking ground on a large manufacturing facility there in 1973. TAMKO’s 75 years in business and long history of philanthropy caused Reel to know immediately that he wanted TAMKO to donate the shingles. It was an easy decision for TAMKO, according to company leadership.

“Tuscaloosa’s One Place does so much for our Alabama community, so we jumped at the chance to help support them in their mission by donating the shingles for their new roof,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “The organization’s focus on children, families and education is right in line with how we focus TAMKO’s philanthropy in the communities where we operate.”

TAMKO donated the roof shingles and distributor Heely Brown donated the roof accessories and delivery. The new roof was installed in February, just in time to celebrate Tuscaloosa’s One Place’s 20th anniversary this year. The nonprofit will host an anniversary party open to the public from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at their offices at 810 27th Avenue in Tuscaloosa.

“Installing a new roof was a critical need in our new home. Our agency could not serve as many families as we do if it were not for the generosity of others like Mr. Reel and TAMKO,” said Amanda Lightsey, executive director of Tuscaloosa’s One Place. “We cannot thank them enough and because of this donation we are able to focus on positively impacting families.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.