Arkema Inc. Provides Guidelines to Estimate Topcoat Color Fade

Arkema Inc. presented recommended guidelines for estimating the color fade of PVDF-based topcoats for bright color architectural restoration and protective coating applications at the SSPC 2017 Conference in Tampa, Fla.

This year’s SSPC Conference served as an international forum at which contractors, consultants, inspectors, engineers, paint/equipment manufacturers and structure/facility owners exchanged research and technologies in the coatings industry. The event’s GreenCOAT technical program emphasized innovations, the latest advances in eco-conscious coating technology and developments for complying with green regulations.

Many common topcoat standards used for architectural and protective coating applications include a durability requirement based on the accelerated weathering performance of a white coating. However, there are currently no standards for field-applied coatings that address the needs of specifiers who want to ensure color performance in high-chroma (saturated or bright) colors.
 
Dr. Kurt Wood, a principal scientist in Arkema’s Fluoropolymers R&D Division, reviewed data for coatings made using a range of pigment chemistries, enabling estimates of color lifetime to be made for virtually any color, if one stays within the particular resin chemistry space. These principles were demonstrated with PVDF-based topcoats, where it was found that both the pigment grades and the resin are important factors for determining the color lifetime, along with the pigment volume concentration.   

Knight Joins Axalta Coating Systems to Manage Dura Coat Products

Dan Knight has joined Axalta Coating Systems (AXTA) in their Industrial Coatings segment as the vice president and general manager for Dura Coat Products.

Axalta purchased a majority stake in Dura Coat this past summer and will acquire the remaining outstanding shares by January 2019, subject to regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Founded in 1986, Dura Coat has developed a position in the market via its singular focus on overcoming customer challenges through innovation. Dura Coat brands include Durapon, Ceranamel and the XT series of specialty coatings.

“Product innovation has always been Dura Coat’s strength.” says Dr. Myung K. Hong, president of Dura Coat Products. “With the synergies that are possible through the acquisition, we welcome Dan to lead the integration of the two companies. We continue to be vigilant about our customer service while looking forward to increased product research and development.”

Dan comes to Axalta with 25 years of experience in sales, marketing and R&D management in the coil and extrusion coatings markets. Dan will work directly with Dr. Hong to continue to integrate the Dura Coat business into Axalta while working to expand the business both in North America and globally. Key priorities for Dan and the management team of Dura Coat will be maintaining the product innovation and customer service that Dura Coat is known for, while taking advantage of the synergies that Axalta offers Dura Coat.

SFS intec Structural Fasteners Meet Code Requirements

SFS intec Impax and Flex5 self-drilling structural fasteners have received an evaluation report (ESR-3870) from ICC Evaluation Service (ICC-ES) , providing evidence that these carbon steel self-drilling structural fasteners meet code requirements. Specifically, the carbon steel Impax HWH, MAC, ZAC, cupped sealer, SD2 pancake clip and Flex5 products were included in the report.

Building officials, architects, contractors, specifiers, designers and others utilize ICC-ES Evaluation Reports to provide a basis for using or approving product in construction projects under the International Building Code and International Residential Code.

ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian explains why ICC-ES Evaluation Reports are so important. “SFS intec can now reference the evaluation report to ensure building officials and the building industry that the product meets I-Code requirements,” Moinian states. “Building departments have a long history of using evaluation reports, and ICC-ES operates as a technical resource with the highest quality of product review for the building department. Final approval of building products is always in the hands of the local regulatory agency.”

ICC-ES examined SFS intec’s product information, test reports, calculations, quality control methods and other factors to ensure the product is code-compliant. “We are very proud of the report,” says Andy Lee, product & key account manager, Roofing & Cladding. “It is a tool that will provide our customers confidence in obtaining code approvals.”

Green Span Profiles’ Roof and Wall Panel System Receives Florida Approval

Green Span Profiles has received Florida Approval for all profiles of its insulated wall panel system as well as its insulated roof panel system.

Green Span Profiles’ insulated wall panel system, with an interior and exterior steel facing bonded to a poured-in-place insulating polyisocyanurate foam core, complies with Florida Building Code 2014 Section 1405.2. The approved profiles are MesaLine, ShadowLine, WaveLine, VeeLine, Impression, Stucco and Infinity in thicknesses ranging from 2-6 inches with the Green-Lock interlocking tongue and groove side joint in widths up to 42 inches. The system demonstrated compliance with ASTM E1592-05 for structural performance and ASTM E84-09 for surface burning characteristics.

The company’s RidgeLine insulated roofing panel recently received Florida Approval for installation over open framing, demonstrating compliance with ASTM E 1592, ATM E84 and FM 4471. RidgeLine is a patented 2-3/8-inch-tall mechanically seamed roofing panel covering 42 inches, with thickness options of 2.5, 3, 4, 5 and 6 inches. The core is a continuously poured-in-place polyisocyanurate insulating foam. Exterior and interior metal panels are available in 26-, 24- and 22-gauge Galvalume steel. Exterior finish is standard gloss PVDF coating. RidgeLine panels can be used on slopes as low as 1/2:12 and are available in standard lengths measuring 12 to 53 feet, with custom lengths available on demand.

Brian N. Jaks, P.E., VP of Sales & Marketing at Green Span Profiles says, “Due to the preponderance of hurricane activity in Florida, the state felt a responsibility to approve all building products utilized within the state. The State of Florida Building Code is one of the strictest in the nation therefore, we believe these certifications are great achievements.”

Atlas Roofing Roadshow Enhances Contractor Business Skills

Atlas Roofing has hit the road with its roadshow, visiting cities across the country. The purpose of this journey is to help contractors enhance the business skills that will increase their job close rate and maximize customer satisfaction.

“Our roadshows are designed to help contractors outshine the competition and maximize closing opportunities,” says Stan Bastek, Atlas director of Marketing and Sales Development. “We have built a rapport with contractors through events like these, and we, in turn, learn a lot from them.

“The main purpose of this roadshow is to share our ideas with everyone while educating contractors about our product line and marketing programs.”

The 2017 Atlas Roofing Roadshow will feature the following sessions:

  • Learn how to become a 3M Scotchgard Shingle Sales Specialist
  • Control your cash flow with Genesis Contractor Solutions
  • Set yourself apart: Sell on value, not on price and land more jobs
  • HP Shingle Technology: How to save both time and money on installation
  • Boost your social impact: Learn how to maximize your social media to gain leads and increase referrals.

The Roadshow provides an opportunity for roofing contractors to learn about product innovations and marketing partnerships that can be leveraged from Atlas Roofing. Professional headshots will be taken of all participants, free of charge. And as always, there will be more than $5,000 in giveaways and prizes for the lucky few who win the fun roadshow-themed game show, What’s That Streaking.

“Stan and his crew of Atlas professionals impressed me,” says Josh Thompson of Storm Doctors Inc. in Peachtree City, Ga. at this past year’s roadshow in Atlanta. “They had product knowledge and presentations. Although I’ve wanted to go to one of these events for a while, this was the first time I was able to attend. And I’m going home with some helpful knowledge,”

Atlas Roadshow events are half-day conventions open to contractors, their staff members and Atlas distribution partners. Registration is required to attend, but admission is free. This year, we will hit these markets:

  • Oklahoma City – Jan. 26
  • Minneapolis – Feb. 1
  • Ann Arbor, Mich. – Spring 2017
  • Nashville, Tenn. – Spring 2017
  • Philadelphia – Spring 2017
  • Pensacola, Fla. – Date TBA
  • Austin/San Antonio – Date TBA
  • Tampa, Fla. – Date TBA
  • Baton Rouge/New Orleans – Date TBA
  • Dallas – Date TBA

OMG Roofing Website Is Expanded to Include German Language

In order to support its growing business in central Europe, OMG Roofing Products has expanded the roofing website to include a German language micro-site. The German pages join the company’s existing list of micro-sites that support its business in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain and China. The site contains product information, technical data and language specific literature as well as access to the company’s list of videos, calculators and other content. In addition, product information on these micro-sites is presented with metric sizing and weights.

All of the language specific micro sites can be accessed from the OMG home page by clicking on the requisite country flag in the upper right corner of the site.

SKYCO Skylights Receives FM Approval for Industrial Skylight

Skyco Skylights can now add Factory Mutual FM Approval to its line of 4×8 industrial skylight.

FM Approvals is a third-party certification and approval of commercial and industrial products for property loss prevention purpose. Their certification assures building owners that Skyco Skylights’ line of 4×8 industrial skylights have been objectively tested and have met or exceeded the standard for quality, performance and reliability for commercial and industrial facilities.
 
“As we continue to grow our national and international presence, FM is a building block necessary in certain specifications. FM Approval is a certification of the quality and performance of our industrial skylights,” explains Skyco Skylights CEO, Ryan Marshall. “We have received support in the Southwestern markets and the FM Approval certification allows us to offer our industrial skylights to markets globally.”
 
The design enabled Skyco Skylights FM Approved skylight to meet a Severe (S) Hail Rating with 2.0 in diameter ice balls, the highest rating available, and a 195 psf high-performance wind uplift rating.
 
Marshall says, “This opens another opportunity for building owners seeking compliance, safety and performance for their buildings when it comes to daylighting products.”
 
The FM Approved industrial skylight is part of Skyco Skylights’ line of SKYPRO 4×8 industrial skylight models. Skyco Skylights uses aluminum framing with a capping system providing performance and longevity in polycarbonate domes. Polycarbonate material is known for its durability and is backed by a ten-year warranty against yellowing and breakage.
 
Skyco Skylights’ line of SKYPRO models boast other certifications, most notable is the ICC-ES Listing (ESR-3837) and UL Listing for its smoke and heat vent skylights. Skyco Skylights is also an active member of the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and a source for industry consulting on safety and daylighting topics.

CMG Opens Distribution Center, Expands Operations

Coated Metals Group expands its operations by opening a new distribution center in Phoenix.  Leading the staff at the facility are General Manager Jeff Larson and Account Manager Rusty Vandall. 
 
The Arizona distribution center has been an anticipated addition to CMG. Company president Gary Woodward states, “We’re thrilled to finally be opening our doors in the Phoenix-metro area. Our business in this region has expanded over recent years and we’ve looked forward to opening a branch facility there for some time. We are very excited to expand our reach and offer improved service and lead times with a full complement of inventory available on-hand and ready for delivery.” 
 
General Manager Jeff Larson was previously employed with CMG for eight years before moving out of state for other opportunities.  The CMG team welcomes Jeff’s return. “Jeff was a valuable member of the CMG team for many years. So we were disappointed to lose him when he left to pursue other opportunities.  We are pleased to welcome Jeff back and happy that he’ll be spearheading the new Phoenix branch. Jeff’s experience, attention to detail, and focus on customer satisfaction will ensure that customers in the region will benefit from a high level of service,” says Gary Woodward. 
 
Rusty Vandall is a newcomer to CMG and will be supporting the new distribution center in the role of Account Manager.  Rusty is a resident of the Phoenix area and comes to CMG with 25 years of customer service experience.  When asked why he chose to join the CMG team, Rusty states, “I am excited to join CMG because of their reputation and attitude to always taking care of their customer.”  
 
CMG”s new facility will stock a full assortment of inventory in coil and sheets, with the ability to offer slit coils that can be spun down into custom lengths.  Route truck delivery will be available to the Phoenix metro area. 

Solar Roof Dynamics Partners With GAF

Solar Roof Dynamics has announced its expansion into the Southern California market with the addition of six new roofing contractors into its Signature Dealer Network of vetted solar roofing installation companies.

“After successfully building out our Signature Dealer network throughout California, the company is now ready to expand nationally, thereby maintaining and solidifying our market position,” explains Aaron Nitzkin, founder and CEO of Solar Roof Dynamics. “Our goal is to bundle solar with roof installations nationwide, optimizing the warranties of both for homeowners and commercial building owners.” The company plans to enter at least five new markets during the first half of 2017, including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, and Texas.

“Our business has been transformed since joining Solar Roof Dynamics’ program in 2015,” states Aaron Weiss, owner of Roofmasters, a roofing contractor based in Suisun, Calif. “Through the support of the team at Solar Roof Dynamics, we now frequently sell and install solar systems at the same time that we are installing new roofs.”

Through a new relationship with GAF, Solar Roof Dynamics will help support GAF’s Solar Elite Contractors, factory-certified “Master Elite” roofing contractors integrating solar into their business.

Consumers across the country continue to have negative experiences going solar due to problems caused by solar companies that do not understand roofing. “About one out of every five residential solar systems have roofing problems caused by inexperienced solar installation companies. Problems that will often lead to roof leaks over time,” explains Nitzkin. “The best time to install solar is when a roof is being installed, and the most qualified contractor to handle this installation is a professional roofing contractor.”

OMG Roofing Products Demonstrates Induction Welding System

OMG Roofing Products demonstrated its new RhinoBond Foil Tool, an induction welding system for securing single-ply commercial roofing membranes, at the BAU show in Munich.

OMG’s RhinoBond Foil Tool is specifically designed for use over foil face PIR insulation. The welding tool includes plate sensor technology to help users locate RhinoBond Plates installed under the roofing membrane, and assists with tool alignment for optimum bonding. A tone and a visual indicator light lets operators know when the weld cycle is complete.

The RhinoBond System is induction based technology used for installing commercial roofing systems. To date, more than 170 million m2 of commercial roofing membranes have been installed around the globe with RhinoBond, including more than 125 projects in Europe accounting for more than 3,200,000 m2.

The company was also looking for new distribution partners in targeted geographies throughout Europe during the show.

“As more roofing contractors have seen the labor savings and roof performance benefits that the RhinoBond System can offer, we have had tremendous growth,” says Lennard Spirig, Europe market manager. ”With updated technology and expanded distribution, we expect acceptance of the RhinoBond System across the region.”

RhinoBond is a method for installing thermoplastic and soon will be available for certain clean EPDM membrane. The system consists of a stand-up induction welding tool and magnetic cooling clamps. Contractors install roofing insulation using fasteners and specially coated plates designed specifically for the type of membrane being installed – PVC, TPO or Clean EPDM. Each plate is then bonded to the roof membrane installed over the top with the RhinoBond plate welding tool. The result is a roofing system that can provide enhanced wind performance with fewer fasteners, fewer membrane seams and zero penetrations of the new membrane.

Currently the RhinoBond System conforms with CE requirements and is approved for use in Europe by many roof system providers, including Bauder, Carlisle/Hertalan, Danosa, Fatra, FDT, Firestone, GAF, IcoPal, IKO, Renolit, Sika, Siplast, and Soprema/Flag.

Headquartered in Agawam, Mass., OMG Roofing Products is a supplier of commercial roofing products including specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, roof drains, pipe supports, roof repair tape as well as productivity tools such as RhinoBond. The company’s focus is delivering products and services that improve contractor productivity and enhance roof system performance. For additional information, please contact OMG Roofing Products at (413)789-0252 or visit the website.