Union Corrugating Releases Animated Installation Videos

Union Corrugating Inc. has released its latest roofing innovation to the industry: 3D digitally animated installation videos. Using the latest technology, these videos reveal easy to follow instructions for each of the critical installation steps.

“We have started with our most popular panel, MasterRib, and have completed video instruction on the major installation steps,” says Keith Medick, Union CEO. “Our plan is to complete a series like this for all of our roofing systems.” For MasterRib, Union has completed videos that start with the installation of REPEL Synthetic Underlayment, and continues through how to install MasterRib Panels, Roof Eave Trim, Valleys, and Pipe Boots. In the very near future, Union will be adding the remaining videos to complete the MasterRib series.

“Our initial reviews are outstanding and I’m proud to say that they have been labeled ‘By far the easiest to understand metal roofing videos out there,’” says Medick.

You can view these videos on Union Corrugating’s website and click on the Installation Videos link on the left menu bar.

Garland Raises Money for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

­The Garland Co. Inc. raised more than $54,000 to support the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity in its effort to provide safe, affordable housing to local families in need.

The approximately 100 employees at Garland¹s headquarters on East 91st Street in Cleveland dedicated the week of May 27-May 30 to raising money in support of Habitat through various fund-raising activities. Meanwhile, Garland’s sales representatives, who are located across the U.S., Canada and the UK, joined in the cause, sending in donations throughout the week.

At the end of the week, funds raised totaled just over $27,000. Inspired by the incredible generosity of its employees, Garland’s Board of Directors announced that the company would match the amount raised, brining the total to $54,173.

“Garland’s generosity of funding and employee time is extremely meaningful. Here is a company that is making a significant investment in its own neighborhood and providing affordable home ownership opportunities for families ready to fulfill that dream,” said John Habat, executive director of Cleveland Habitat. “Garland’s Spirit Week is a tremendous example of corporate philanthropy in action.”

David Sokol, president of Garland Industries, added, “As I watched the employees at our corporate office dig deep in their hearts and pockets to give so generously to a family in need who they didn¹t even know, I felt an extreme sense of pride. Our employees truly value the importance of giving back and continue to demonstrate that year after year.”

In addition to the financial contributions provided by Garland, its corporate employees will be volunteering throughout the summer to rehabilitate a Habitat partner home in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.

Roof Hugger Releases Metal-over-metal Retrofit Reroofing Design and Installation Manual

Roof Hugger Inc. announces its 2014 Version 3.04 Design & Installation Solutions manual for Metal-over-Metal retrofit reroofing systems.

The 108-page manual provides design professionals and contractors with technical information pertaining to retrofit sub-framing systems for installing a new metal roof over an existing metal roof, without removal. Included in its content is information on utilizing the space between the old roof and bottom side of the new metal roof for installing insulation, dynamic ventilation and/or solar thermal hot air/water systems. Also included are 65 construction details that can be downloaded from Roof Hugger’s website in ACAD and PDF formats.

If interested in receiving a printed copy of the manual, send an email request to sales@roofhugger.com or fax (877) 202-2254.

PPG Publishes Info about Water-based ENVIRON MCL Coatings

PPG Industries’ industrial coatings business has published an informational guide about ENVIRON MCL coatings, an environmentally friendly, water-based coating for application on metallic coating lines over GALVALUME coated sheet steel and hot-dipped galvanized metal.

Environ MCL products provide a permanent coating that is superior to temporary anti-fingerprint coatings available on the market and extends the life of buildings by offering lasting aesthetics with enhanced solar reflectance (SR), ultraviolet (UV) protection and corrosion resistance. Available as a clearcoat or in a selection of colors, Environ MCL coatings have a minimum SR capability of 70, which enables them to reduce energy costs and improve comfort in metal building structures.

The guide includes performance specifications with data for dry film thickness, post-cure pencil hardness, solar reflectance, salt-spray and humidity resistance, accelerated weathering, and outdoor exposure.

As a water-based product with low VOC (volatile organic compound) content, Environ MCL coatings protect the environment by encapsulating zinc from the metal substrate to eliminate toxic runoff into the water supply. The coatings also can be applied on mill coatings lines, which can reduce costs by eliminating the need to send metal to a coil coater for processing.

Typical exterior applications for Environ MCL coatings include metal roofing, agricultural buildings, and shade and shelter structures. The coatings are also suitable for interior uses such as ceiling grids, structural steel, linear panels and roof decking.

Bryer Co. Now Offers X-Gard Snow Retention

The Bryer Co., a supplier of metal construction fasteners and accessories, launches its sales of the new S-5! X-Gard pipe snow retention system for standing seam metal roofs. As one of the only full-line S-5! distributors to offer online purchasing through an e-commerce store, and because there is an increasing market demand for stronger snow retention solutions, The Bryer Company expects X-Gard to become a top seller.

X-Gard is a non-penetrating snow retention system designed to preserve roof manufacturers’ warranties. Its innovative double-clamp design allows X-Gard to provide unprecedented holding strength when attached with S-5!’s standard or even mini-sized clamps; no other pipe snow retention system on the market has proven stronger. A one- or two-pipe system spanning up to 48 inches, X-Gard provides a reliable snow retention solution in a wide variety of situations.

For almost 30 years, The Bryer Company has been the premier manufacturer of architectural and commercial metal roof, wall, and soffit systems in the Northwest. The Bryer Company is also a long-time strategic national distributor for S-5!, carrying a full line of accessory mounting solutions, including the industry-leading ColorGard bar-type snow retention system. According to Peter Tuininga, VP at The Bryer Company, “Partnering with S-5! has been a jointly-profitable business venture. We’ve been able to provide our customers with truly innovative solutions by S-5!, the newest of which is the exceptional X-Gard.”

S-5! is the well-respected international authority on ancillary attachment technology for the metal roofing industry with products installed on over 1.4 million metal roofs worldwide. Providing strength and longevity never before seen, S-5! is trusted by engineers for critical holding strength, by architects for sleek design aesthetics, by roofers for zero-penetration technology, and by contractors for easy installation.

Rob Haddock, CEO at S-5!, feels confident that The Bryer Company will see high interest in the X-Gard, stating, “At S-5! we’ve always take innovation, engineering, development, thorough testing, and proper market introduction very seriously. Bryer trusts us to provide them with top-of-the-line products like X-Gard, and we have seen that Bryer, in turn, provides unbeatable customer service, including their popular e-commerce option.”

Sims Crane Raises $11,000 for Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels

Sims Crane & Equipment Co. helped to raise $11,000 after expenses at the inaugural fundraiser for the Tampa Bay Chapter of Construction Angels, a 501(c)(3) statewide non-profit that helps with financial support for families of construction-industry employees killed on the job.

Qualifying families can receive cash grants of $2,500 to offset immediate expenses after the death of a loved one on a construction site.

“Sims Crane was just amazing in the way they put together the fundraiser and attracted more than 100 people to help make it a success,” commented Kristi Ronyak, President and Founder of Construction Angels. “Having a net donation of $11,000 will make a huge difference for the better in the lives of families who have suffered the ultimate loss. We can’t thank them enough.”

When Dean Sims II, vice president of marketing for Sims Crane, learned fatalities on construction jobs in Florida increased from 41 in 2011 to 55 in 2012 – a 26 percent jump, he knew he had to do something. He founded the Tampa Bay chapter of Construction Angels, which originally began in Broward County.

“With all of the industry’s dedication to safety education and safety on the job, the fact that on-site deaths in the construction industry are on the rise is of major concern to everyone involved,” said Sims. “And the reality is, in most cases, the families of loved ones killed on the job need all the financial help they can get. That’s where Construction Angels comes in.”

The fundraiser, hosted by Sims Crane and open to the public, was held at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City. Complete with live music, silent auction, spirited live auction, raffle, commemorative photos, barbecue and locally grown and distilled strawberry and blueberry wine.

OMG Donates PaceCart2 to Raise Money for Roofing Industry Education

OMG Roofing Products of Agawam, Mass., donated a specially decorated PaceCart2 honoring the 40th anniversary of the Western States Roofing Contractor Association (WSRCA) to the association’s annual auction, held on June 8 at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. PaceCart2 is OMG’s patented application tool for applying OlyBond500 and OlyBond500 Green Insulation Adhesives. It is capable of dispensing enough OlyBond500 to cover 60 squares in an hour.

The PaceCart2 donated to the auction features a graphic commemorating WSRCA’s 40th Anniversary. Proceeds from the auction go to the Davis Memorial Foundation scholarship and grants programs. These scholarships are for children of the roofing industry and the grants are used to sponsor technical roofing seminars at colleges and universities.

“Throughout the years WSRCA has done a lot for roofers in the western region, especially regarding education for contractors and their families,” says Sam Everett, director of marketing for OMG Roofing Products. “Donating a WSRCA Anniversary-themed PaceCart2 is a fun and appropriate way to acknowledge their contributions in this area and celebrate this 40-year milestone.”

OMG Roofing Products is North America’s largest manufacturer of commercial roofing products featuring specialty fasteners, insulation adhesives, drains, pipe supports, emergency repair tape, edge metal systems and productivity tools.

N.B. Handy Showcases Sheet Metal Machinery During ‘Spring Fling 2014’

The N.B. Handy Company held its “Spring Fling 2014” Machinery Show on April 28-30 in Lynchburg, Va. Top roofing vendors brought their machines and worked with Paul Seufer, general manager at N.B. Handy, to showcase profitability through productivity.

The “Spring Fling” is the largest architectural sheet metal show under one roof in the Mid Atlantic Region. Attendees saw live demonstrations of the full suite of machinery products, including Quadro pan former, Lockformer CNC plasma cutter, Norlok metal fastening machine, Flagler Offset Snaplock machine and an ironworker to manufacture gutter brackets and punch holes.

Participating vendors were excited to travel from all over the country to meet with N.B. Handy customers and engage and share in the concepts and technologies being highlighted. The crowd saw lots of machines, asked questions and observed demonstrations with their own spec parts. Several customers took advantage of show specials to help them get the best machines into their shops now, at the beginning of the construction season.

Seufer took the opportunity of having the show serve a dual purpose; he held a roofing hands-on training session for the N.B. Handy roofing staff members and the employees at their subsidiary company, Morris Ginsberg. To qualify for participation, each person had to pass a pre-test to prove they were prepared to build a roof. The group worked as a cohesive crew to build a mock-up of a roof, incorporating ANSI and SPRI National Standards. This invaluable exercise showed the team what their contractors do on a daily basis.

“The Spring Fling was a place for everyone to bring their curiosity about the roofing industry and see for themselves, through a working exhibition, the incredible array of machines available today that keep us productive and profitable,” Seufer says.

N.B. Handy, headquartered in Lynchburg, Va., has 14 strategically located, full-service sales and distribution facilities in Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

During the Spring Fling, a hands-on training session took place for the N.B. Handy roofing staff and the employees of N.B. Handy's subsidiary company Morris Ginsberg

During the Spring Fling, a hands-on training session took place for the N.B. Handy roofing staff and the employees of N.B. Handy’s subsidiary company Morris Ginsberg.

CertainTeed Opens Warehouse in First Phase of Midwest Production and Distribution Site

CertainTeed Corp. has commemorated the opening of a new state-of-the-art 150,000 square-foot roofing product warehouse, located 60 miles west of St. Louis in Jonesburg, Mo. The warehouse is the first phase of a planned $100 million complex set to open in 2016, which will serve as the Midwestern production and distribution site for all of the company’s high-performance roofing products, optimally servicing Central U.S. customers.

The baseball-themed open house event, “Rounding Third and Heading for Home,” allowed guests, including contractors, architects, distributors and local dignitaries, an opportunity to participate in educational seminars, product demonstrations and tours of the new facility.

“Opening this spectacular new warehouse on schedule is a testament to our firm commitment to the St. Louis community, as well as the graciousness of state and local officials,: says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “Our company was founded over a century ago in St. Louis, and we’re proud to say we’re well on our way to having another home base in the area, which will guarantee efficient, local order delivery.”

Construction is already underway for the 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that will produce CertainTeed’s highly popular Landmark roofing shingles. When complete, the facility will serve as the production and distribution site for residential roofing shingles, bringing approximately 100 new permanent, local jobs to the community over the next few years, along with an estimated 400 ancillary local jobs in trucking, welding and maintenance services.

In addition to the Jonesburg facility, CertainTeed operates 10 asphalt shingle plants, one low-slope commercial roofing facility and three stand-alone granule production plants throughout the U.S. ‹ which includes the world’s largest roofing plant in Oxford, N.C.

Isaiah Industries Acquires RoofAquaGuard Underlayment Distribution

Effective May 14, 2014, Isaiah Industries Inc., has acquired the North American distribution of the RoofAquaGuard line of roofing underlayments. Based in Piqua, Ohio, Isaiah Industries has formerly served as a re-seller of the products through Nordic Waterproofing of Finland.

According to Isaiah president Todd Miller, “We are very excited to expand our involvement with roofing underlayments. We were one of the first companies to import synthetic underlayments into the United States many years ago. We see the value of these products and remain committed to providing our customers with high quality products and caring customer service.”

Assisting Isaiah in its efforts will be David Nemes of Vancouver, British Columbia. David has long been involved in the underlayment industry and will serve as a consultant to Isaiah, helping them achieve wider distribution.

The primary products included in this transaction are RoofAquaGuard UDLX which is a 5-foot-wide synthetic underlayment with a slip-resistant top surface. The RoofAquaGuard MT product is a self-adhering ice and watershield product with a slip-resistant and non-asphaltic top surface. The company also offers a breathable roofing and siding underlayment as well as a mesh product for ventilation, sound-deadening, and energy efficiency beneath roofing and siding products. Currently being introduced is RoofAquaGuard ECO which is a product designed for the metal, SBS, asphalt, and fiberglass shingle industries at a very competitive cost.

The company is currently aggressively working to develop new products and expand its involvement with products for waterproofing as well as vapor and moisture transmission control in the building envelope. Products are distributed from warehouses in Piqua, Ohio and Kent, Wash.