Roofers’ Advantage Products Issued Patents on Asphalt Shingle Innovations

Roofers’ Advantage Products, LLC (RAP) has been granted its third patent in the line of patents titled, “Layout Starter and Field Shingle for Sloped Asphalt Roofing.” After its creation in 2013, RAP has quickly grown its intellectual property portfolio, adding numerous patented and patent pending roofing products.

These recent patents grant layout marks placed on starter shingles, starter rolls, and the front of back of field shingles. According to the manufacturer, using such marks placed on shingles eliminates the use of a tape measure, simplifies the roofing process and ensures uniformity while reducing the number of tools that need to be brought up to the roof. In general, the starter shingle or starter roll becomes the tape measure, and marks on the front or back of shingles aid in accurate cutting of books and shingle placement, while providing for patented nail placement.

“As roofers by trade, we are well aware of the day-to-day needs of roofers in the field,” said RAP inventor Benjamin Folkersen. “When we approach a contract, we look at ways to make the work easier for the men and women doing the work. I would like to invite you to look at our video, which has been produced without a shingle manufacturer in place. You’ll get the idea.”

“These ideas come from collaborating with my 28- year-old son, who runs our largest crew and after a decade in the trenches we have become a tight team,” said RAP manager and founder Jon Folkersen. “After recently attending our first IRE, we have been bolstered by the positive response from the shingle manufacturing community -”. 

RAP is seeking a strategic alliance with one or several shingle manufacturers who are looking for a truly revolutionary line of asphalt shingles. Benjamin Folkersen goes on to say, “Once in a generation, a market changing invention comes from the field, and that time is now.”  

For more information, call (603) 522-5200, email j.folkersen@roofersadvantage.com and visit www.roofersadvantage.com.

IKO Launches New North American Residential Roofing Website

IKO announced the launch of its new North American website for residential roofing. Designed with both contractors and homeowners in mind, the easy-to-navigate new site elevates the user experience for those researching roofing options, products and best practices.

Homeowners can “Find a Contractor,” review product and accessory overviews, peruse the design center, access a roof inspection checklist and more. Contractors can “Find a Distributor,” learn more about the new ROOFPRO loyalty program and take advantage of professional tools and support that can help business efficiency and efficacy.

“We’re excited to launch our new residential website,” said Jeff Williams, brand director, North America. “More and more research is being done online and this new site provides a valuable, easy user experience for homeowners and contractors alike.” 

Contractors and customers will also benefit from IKO’s Roofviewer app. The app is a tool to create a mock-up of a home and test a fresh and vibrant selection of roofing colors. Experiment with new colors from IKO’s performance product lines — Dynasty™ and Nordic™ — and see how they complement shutter, railing, door, window and trim colors. IKO consults with roofing design specialists in emerging color trends every year to ensure the colors reflect today’s styles. IKO’s residential website will be continually updated with new product announcements, blog posts, project profiles and more. To learn more, visit https://www.iko.com/na/.

Travis Roofing Supply Announces Seven Winners of 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award

Travis Roofing Supply announced the seven recipients of the 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award.The 2019 Wolfpack Scholarship Award recipients areDrew Boy, Austin, Texas; Joseph Bockerstett, St. Louis, Missouri; Chipper Comer, Norfolk, Virginia; Brianna Glenn, Orlando, Florida; Lainey Hendrix, Houston, Texas; Trevor Maruscak, Austin, Texas; and Samantha Pensari, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Michael Boy, Travis Roofing Supply’s CEO and Founder, said, “We’re excited to support an exceptional group of students in 2019 as they continue their educational growth. Helping individuals realize their dreams is exactly what being part of the Travis Roofing Supply Pack is all about.”

This marks the second year the Wolfpack Scholarship Award has been awarded to selected students. The award was created to encourage and support Travis Roofing Supply employees and families by rewarding outstanding students who work hard and have financial need. The Scholarship provides financial assistance and academic support to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

For more information, visit www.travisroofingsupply.com.

Sheffield Metals International Launches New AIA Accredited Course

Sheffield Metals International, a member of Mazzella Companies and a distributor of coated and bare metal coil and sheet products, recently launched a new American Institute of Architects (AIA) accredited course for the architectural and design community. The Continuing Education (CE) course, titled “Portable Rollforming, Applicable Engineering & Installation Details,” provides design professionals with in-depth insights into the benefits of portable rollforming in standing seam metal roof and wall applications, including efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability.

Learning objectives include: 

  1. Define the benefits of portable rollforming. 
  2. Describe how to achieve a UL 90 Wind Uplift Classification or rating. 
  3. Explain the difference between when a metal panel manufacturer provides written test reports from a qualified testing and inspecting agency representing Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) versus providing a listing of the UL Construction Number(s). 
  4. Correctly specifying applicable uplift testing requirements based upon the project’s deck assembly. 
  5. Recognize the appropriate, cost-effective installation details to apply, based upon job-specific conditions. 

The presentation is hosted as a video on the Sheffield Metals website, lasts approximately one hour, and delivers one Learning Unit hour that includes teaching relevant to HSW (Health, Safety, Welfare) for both AIA members and non-members. All attendees will have their attendance recorded with the AIA and have the Learning Unit Hour applied to their record. The course is also applicable to state MCE (mandatory continuing education) licensure. 

“In addition to the online course, we’re offering a ‘Face-to-Face’ program that teaches the same topic to architects, designers, specification writers, project managers, and beyond who want us to come to their city,” said Lori Reynolds Morrow, Architectural Project Manager at Sheffield Metals. “The ‘Face-to-Face’ program offers the same Learning Unit hour and serves as a fantastic opportunity for firms to receive a more interactive, high-energy, and personalized presentation.” 

A Certificate of Completion is provided to “Face-to-Face” program attendees and to online participants who achieve an 80 percent or higher on the brief 10 question quiz at the end of the course. 

For more information, visit https://www.sheffieldmetals.com/ce.

PrimeSource Building Products Expands Asian Operations Through Partnership in Taiwan

PrimeSource Building Products Inc. announced it has formed a joint venture in Taiwan with long-time buying agent and business partner, Certified Products Taiwan Inc. (CPT). The joint venture will be based in Koahsiung, Taiwan, and will be led locally by experienced and respected business leader George Lu.  The joint venture will be known as Certified Products Global (CPG).

“After decades of local procurement support from CPT, we couldn’t be happier to see our relationship evolve. Partnering with CPT combines the best of each organization for the benefit of our customers,” said PrimeSource CEO Tom Koos. “The combination expands PrimeSource’s capabilities in Asia and shortens the distance between our customers and the sources of the products we provide.”

The partnership leverages PrimeSource’s worldwide sourcing and supply chain capabilities and CPT’s mill relationships and familiarity with Asian cultures, regulations and business practices.

“PrimeSource has been a valued customer for many years. This partnership expands our commitment to one another and to all PrimeSource customers,” said CPT Chairman George Lu.  “PrimeSource is the global leader in construction fastening solutions. We are very pleased to partner with such an organization and to become a more integrated part of their business.” 

CPG will manage procurement services in Taiwan, China and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. 

For more information, visit www.primesourcebp.com.

TAMKO Recognized by UL for More than 50 Years of Dedication to Product Safety

A first-of-its-kind award was presented to TAMKO Building Products, Inc. for more than 50 years of dedication to product safety and compliance by UL, a globally recognized third-party research and testing company.

UL presented the “50-years Dedication to Safety” award to TAMKO on February 11 at the International Roofing Expo in Nashville, Tennessee in honor of UL’s 125th anniversary. This year, TAMKO also celebrates a significant milestone of 75 years in business. The award was presented to TAMKO for its long, continuous relationship with UL and its focus on product safety, as evidenced by its product certifications.

“We are grateful to be a partner with TAMKO for over half of a century,” said Christopher Hasbrook, vice president and general manager of the Building & Life Safety Technologies division at UL. “We are privileged to have TAMKO’s loyalty, dedication to safety and continued support of our mission – ‘Working for a Safer World.’”

UL conducts product testing for manufacturers who choose to obtain third-party compliance certifications for their products, and UL has conducted product evaluations and certifications for fire, wind resistance and impact performance tests on TAMKO products for 57 years. TAMKO was also UL’s first ever roofing customer to receive a supplementary UL Evaluation Report, which demonstrates product compliance with building code requirements through technical evidence.

“We are committed to safety at TAMKO, for our employees and customers, which is why we seek to provide safe, high quality products,” said Stephen McNally, vice president of sales and marketing. “TAMKO is honored to have earned this significant achievement in product safety and compliance.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. Opens Location in Junction City, Kansas

ABC Supply Co. Inc., announced the opening of a new location at 2617 Central Drive in Junction City, Kansas. The branch will primarily focus on steep- and low-slope roofing products, siding, windows and gutter-building materials.

Jesse Pickerill will manage the branch, building relationships with local contractors and leading his team to provide the service customers need. Pickerill joined ABC Supply in 2015 as a delivery driver at the Wichita, Kansas, location on First Street. Last year, he transitioned into a position with the company’s Central Plains District, helping more than 14 ABC Supply branches implement electronic logging devices into their fleet of delivery trucks.

Prior to his career with ABC Supply, Pickerill was in the United States Marine Corps.

“Jesse has a passion for this industry and a drive to do everything he can to make it easier for contractors in north central Kansas to succeed,” said Jonathan Shepard, vice president of ABC Supply’s Southwest Region. “He’s assembled a talented team at Junction City that shares his commitment to offering the right products and solutions customers need to run their businesses.”

With the opening of the Junction City branch, ABC Supply has six locations throughout Kansas. At the Junction City branch and in locations across the country, ABC Supply associates are dedicated to providing superior customer service. The company’s delivery promise ensures that contractors will have the supplies they need within 30 minutes of the scheduled delivery time. When orders are delivered, contractors can be assured that their material arrives complete and that no substitutions will be made without prior approval.

Branch hours through March 31 are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday. Starting April 1, branch hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday, and 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For more information, visit www.abcsupply.com.

Innovative Chemical Products Acquires ASTEC

Innovative Chemical Products (ICP Group) announces the acquisition of ASTEC, a brand of fluid-applied membrane systems for the sustainable restoration of roofs, walls, tanks, piping, ductwork and other industrial surfaces.

ASTEC has provided professionals with high-quality, fluid-applied systems since 1985. According to ICP, the acquisition helps the company expand the breadth of trusted brands the company offers to commercial building contractors and facility managers to solve their toughest challenges.

“The acquisition of ASTEC is exciting for ICP and helps us strengthen our comprehensive building products portfolio to benefit all of our customers and channel partners,” said Doug Mattscheck, CEO, ICP Group. “ASTEC offers high-quality products that have demonstrated proven performance for years, and we’re confident that our customers will see that value.”

ASTEC products complement ICP’s RoofSlope solution for quick and easy alleviation of slope-to-drain challenges, and its Polyset low-slope roofing adhesives for fleeceback membranes and insulation boards. Collectively, these brands allow ICP to deliver comprehensive commercial roofing solutions to professionals everywhere, according to the company.

Since 1985, the ASTEC mission has been to solve commercial and industrial problems with high-quality solutions. ASTEC products add to the weathertight sustainability of restored roofs, walls and other industrial surfaces, and are used to improve appearance and save energy.

 “Since our founding, we’ve been at the forefront of coatings innovation and technology development, which has allowed us to become a leader in the roof coatings industry. The success of our mission continues to surpass our most optimistic hopes and projections,” said Dave Ziebarth, president, ASTEC. “That journey continues as we join the ICP Building Solutions Group, where we’ll continue to provide quality solutions to customers old and new.”

ICP Group is a portfolio company of Audax Private Equity.For more information, visit www.icpgroup.com.

MFM Building Products Hires New Sales Representation For Southern California

MFM Building Products, a manufacturer of a full envelope of waterproofing and weather barrier products for the building industry, announced that the firm has reached an agreement with Chalupnik Sales Group LLC to represent MFM in Southern California.

Chalupnik Sales Group was founded in 1987 and will serve one-step and two-step building products and roofing distributors, with support through architect and builder promotions, training and marketing support. For more than 30 years, the organization has established markets and created sales growth for residential and commercial roofing product manufacturers.

Tony Chalupnik, owner, brings nearly forty years of experience in the roofing industry. Chalupnik worked as a roofer installing and repairing residential roofs after graduating college. In 1987, he founded the Chalupnik Sales Group, an independent sales organization that specializes in both residential and commercial roofing. Tony’s extensive knowledge is a valuable asset in servicing customer needs. Tony graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Marketing. 

For more information, visit www.mfmbp.com

IKO Launches ROOFPRO Loyalty Program

IKO introduced its new loyalty program designed to help contractors increase their business and boost their bottom line. The fully integrated program connects contractors with potential customers as they begin the research process and guides the contractor customer relationship throughout the buying journey. Online resources shine a spotlight on IKO’s ROOFPRO contractors through agency-managed advertising and program vendor programs. The ROOFPRO GO! app delivers leads from multiple input sources directly to member’s smartphones. And, the robust Salesforce customer relationship management (CRM) program is customized for roofing contractors and allows for real-time alerts and responsive communications — from initial interest through installation.

“We’re proud of this program and are excited to launch it for 2019,” said Jeff Williams, brand director, North America, IKO. “ROOFPRO contractors will not only benefit from comprehensive business support tools designed for their businesses — a game changer for their bottom line — but they’ll also benefit from educational resources, expert community programming, extended warranties and much, much more.”

“We’ve taken loyalty programs to the next level with ROOFPRO,” says Nicole Gray, IKO loyalty program manager. “We say that ‘IKO is roofing elevated’ and this program delivers on that promise in a big way for our contractors.”

Current IKO loyalty program (Shield and ShieldPRO plus) members began transitioning to the new program in January. Contractors interested in becoming an IKO ROOFPRO member can apply at www.ikoroofpro.com.