CENTRIA Releases Online Color Selector Tool

CENTRIA has made available an online color selector tool, featuring enhanced color images and information about the company’s innovative coatings.

CENTRIA has made available an online color selector tool, featuring enhanced color images and information about the company’s innovative coatings.

CENTRIA has made available an online color selector tool, featuring enhanced color images and information about the company’s innovative coatings. The tool informs and educates architects about CENTRIA’s vast selection of coatings while serving as inspiration to reimagine metal as a dynamic and colorful building-envelope choice. Architects can browse 43 solid colors, 34 effect coatings and 13 textured coatings with a scroll of the mouse. By hovering over a color, users can review the hue’s unique name and product number. Clicking on the color box enlarges it while producing an information window that details the various coating systems available—Fluorofinish, Duracast or Versacor Elite.

Steelscape Releases Specialty Finishes Brochure

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure.

Steelscape has released its Specialty Finishes brochure, which highlights its complete product offering of durable architectural finishes that transform metallic-coated steel substrates into unique textures and finishes for use in a variety of applications. Included in the brochure are finishes, like RAWHIDE, which is a textured coating similar to stucco that is ideal for roofing, siding or custom applications. To request a copy of Steelscape’s Specialty Finishes brochure, call (360) 673-8660 or visit Steelscape.com to download the brochure.

METALCON Welcome Party to Be Played by Beatles Tribute Band, Featuring New Tech Machinery Sales Manager

2014 marks the 50th anniversary that The Beatles played at the world-famous Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado so booking a Beatles tribute band seemed like a great idea for the METALCON Denver Welcome Party. Plus, George is played by New Tech Machinery Sales Manager, Tom Laird.

The Fab 4, not affiliated with the Fab Four out of Las Vegas, is a Denver-based Beatles tribute band comprised of talented musicians who even mimic accents and movements of the original Beatles. Their charm has landed them many gigs in their 15 plus years, including cruise ships, private parties, sponsored outdoor concerts and professional sporting events!

The Fab 4 is scheduled to rock from 6:30 to 8:30 at the METALCON Welcome Party on Oct. 1 at the Colorado Convention Party. The party will be hosted by the Colorado Coalition founding members S-5! and New Tech Machinery.

GAF Rolls Out ‘Get Cruising’ Contest

So far, the winners of this year’s GAF Enter for an Experience Contractor Sweepstakes have received once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, including a ride-along with Paul Teutul Sr. from Orange County Choppers and an all-expense paid trip to visit the set of a ratings-shattering reality TV show. Now roofing contractors can enter to win the third and final prize of the contest, a suite on Kid Rock’s amazing “Chillin’ the Most” cruise!

From July 15, 2014, through Sept. 15, 2014, roofing contractors can enter the GAF “Get Cruising” contest to win round-trip air and ground transportation and a suite on Kid Rock’s amazing “Chillin’ the Most” cruise. In its 5th year, the sold out cruise features two Kid Rock Pool Deck shows and a full lineup of bands & artists hand-picked by Bobby Rock himself, with concerts all day and night and a special party on a private island. All meals are covered along with the special celebrations and amenities on the cruise, and the Grand Prize Winner will also receive a $1,000 Visa® PrePaid card.

GAF will also give away five authentic autographed Kid Rock Stratocaster guitars to first prize winners and 50 jobsite boom boxes with a Kid Rock CD Collection to second prize winners.

As in 2012 and 2013, GAF will be sponsoring events at select distributor locations across the country to support the promotion. Contractors who attend these events will be treated to a lunch from GAF and be eligible to win lots of local prizes, including gift cards, hats, and t-shirts.

Participating distributors will reach out to invite local contractors and feature signage announcing the events. Contractors should also check the GAF Facebook page to find out when events are coming to their area.

GAF is proud to support Operation Finally Home with a donation in conjunction with our Enter for an Experience sweepstakes.

CertainTeed Makes Multi-year Commitment to Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corp. has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company’s contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.

“Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation’s most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director, at Homes for Our Troops. “It’s an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed’s involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time.”

The 1-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.

Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.

CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback GlasRoc tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home¹s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe SP premium blowing wool.

A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.

Congress Associates Offers International Leak Detection Services throughout New England

Congress Associates is the new Independent Sales Representative for International Leak Detection (ILD) covering all of New England and Connecticut. ILD leak verification services are now offered through Congress Associates as a complement to its roofing and waterproofing solutions.

Congress Associates is excited to represent ILD leak detection and integrity testing services,” said John Massengill, Congress Associates President. “Our mission is a strong commitment to provide a high level of service to our customers by offering truly innovative products and services in the industry. ILD is a great addition to our roofing and waterproofing service offerings, but more importantly an exceptional solution to offer our customers for the long-term protection and maintenance of their building assets.”

International Leak Detection (ILD) has been the leading provider of roofing and waterproofing integrity testing since 2001. The company success is based on 30 years of experience, the proprietary Electric Field Vector Mapping (EFVM) testing method, and a dedication to extraordinary service. The ILD leak-proof reputation has been attained with stringent quality assurance and training standards to ensure the highest caliber of service.

ELECTRIC FIELD VECTOR MAPPING (EFVM) is a low-voltage test method that creates an electrical potential difference between a non-conductive membrane surface and conductive structural deck or substrate, which is earthed or grounded. Developed by ILD Germany in the early 1990s, EFVM quickly became a valuable tool for leak investigations on existing systems. Introduced to North America in 2001, the EFVM testing procedure has become the standard for waterproofing verification.

Over time, small punctures, membrane splits or mechanical damage to waterproofing membrane result in wet insulation, mold, and costly interior damage. Previously, lengthy and costly leak investigations were necessary to locate a membrane breach, especially in protected roof membrane assemblies, garden roofs, or parking and plaza decks. Now the unique ability of EFVM® allows for testing the integrity of waterproofing membranes with a non-invasive method while reading through the system overburden and providing accurate results.

PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder Available in Downloadable Format

PPG Industries’ coil and building products coatings group announced that its Architectural Metal Coatings binder is now available online in a digital, downloadable format.

The digital binder features fully updated catalogs, product brochures and data sheets for PPG’s entire roster of PPG liquid coil coatings such as DURANAR and CORAFLON fluoropolymer and DURASTAR polyester coatings, and liquid and powder extrusion coatings such as Duranar and Coraflon fluoropolymer and ENVIROCRON polyester coatings.

The binder also contains PPG color guides, technical documents, white papers and case studies, along with sourcing information for PPG CAP CERTIFIED APPLICATOR PROGRAM group participants and PPG-approved extrusion applicators and coil coaters.

Sharon Bird, PPG marketing communications manager, industrial coatings, said that the new digital binder demonstrates PPG’s commitment to “green” building and design, and it will complement PPG’s growing array of online tools, including a newly enhanced searchable project gallery.

“PPG is committed to sustainable business practices. This new digital binder shows that commitment while giving architects, specifiers, coaters and applicators access to the latest product information from PPG, even when they are on the go,” she said. Visit www.ppgideascapes.com to preview the digital PPG Architectural Metal Coatings Binder or call (888) PPG-IDEA (774-4332) for more information about PPG coil and building products coatings.

Atlas Roofing Offers Atlas Pro

Atlas Roofing has long offered a free account-based marketing program for roofing contractors, known as Atlas Signature Select. With the recent redesign and functionality upgrades to its corporate website, the Signature Select contractor user interface’s look and feel got a re-vamping of its own. Now renamed Atlas Pro, the features, benefits, selling tools and rewards that contractors love are still just a click away.

A free Atlas Pro account doubles as login credentials for the Atlas ProAPP for iPad, a contractor-centric approach to project management, estimating software, unique selling tools, and more for the contractor on the go. Atlas ProAPP and the web based Atlas Pro account also allow contractors to register warranties, track storms, and order marketing materials shipped to their doorstep.

Additionally, Atlas Pro membership provides the option to have the innovative Shingle Visualizer installed on the contractor’s own website. This allows for a more personal approach with their customers, without third party distractions. Contractors registered with Atlas Pro are also eligible for exclusive rewards, including unlimited cash earnings when using the full Atlas system of products on the roof.

“Our contractor partners are professionals,” said Stan Bastek, Northeast Region Manager for Atlas. “We want to help their business with tools that make their job easier.”

Sign up for a free account and take advantage of the full offerings from Atlas, or just to see the changes that have been made to the new website.

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Redesigns DensDeck Website

With the goal of providing more information and resources, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum has redesigned its website dedicated to its favorite roof board—DensDeck.

The new DensDeck website has targeted information that lets busy professional fine just what they need to know, quickly and effortlessly. Roofing consultants, Architects, Specifiers, Building Owners/Facility Managers or Roofing Contractors can click unto their specific section to find relevant content targeted to the interests and needs of those construction professionals.

The site was also designed to provide the best visual content for tablets and smart phones, making it much more accessible for highly-mobile design and construction personnel.

Visitors can also now sign up for eBlasts, with the option of providing a profile which will allowing Georgia-Pacific Gypsum to provide just that eBlast content which they would be interested in to make their roofing related tasks easier.

DensDeck.com also offers videos, case studies, technical resources and more on topics made to facilitate the roofing process for professionals.

Owens Corning Releases Eighth Annual Sustainability Report

Owens Corning announced significant progress toward achieving its 2020 environmental footprint goals and declared its intentions to expand its handprint beyond the walls of its facilities. The company released those results recently in its eighth annual Sustainability Report. The company defines its handprint as the net-positive effects of its products, market-leading work to drive energy efficiency and climate-impact improvements across the built environment, and improving the lives of employees, their families and their communities.

“Dedicating time and energy to achieving our sustainability goals, expanding our handprint, is one way we are striving to be better, every day, as a company,” said Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini. “This effort includes the products we offer, collaborating with customers to increase the positive impact of those products in the world and productively engaging in our communities.”

The report also highlights Owens Corning’s distinction as the winner of the exclusive Green Cross for Safety medal from the National Safety Council for leadership and progress in safety. In 2013, the company extended its industry-leading track record of safety achievement with performance comparable to 2012.

Building on the successes of its first 10-year sustainability goals, this is the third year the company is reporting against its 2020 goals. Introduced in 2011, the company’s 2020 goals were designed to expand the scope and further raise the bar on its commitment to sustainability.

“Our footprint reduction accomplishments are representative of the progress we have made this past year,” O’Brien-Bernini said. “We’ve received growing interest and support for our net-positive handprint accounting . It has led us to consider new business models and new ways of serving our customers that we hadn’t considered before.”

Highlights of 2013 include:

    · Commissioned the largest on-site solar PV system in the state of New York at the Delmar EcoTouch™ Insulation plant.

    · Recycled one million tons of asphalt shingles in North America, representing approximately 10 percent of the market.

    · Doubled our freight miles driven on natural gas (converted from diesel), paving the way to run 15 percent Natural Gas Miles in 2014; the goal is 50 percent by 2020.

    · Signed the Climate Declaration calling on the U.S. policymakers to address climate change and joined the Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) advocacy organization.

    · Assisted nearly 4,000 families through the donation of insulation and roofing materials for their homes.

    · Impacted the lives of more than 5,500 children in China by constructing nutritional food kitchens in rural schools.

Owens Corning’s 2013 Sustainability Report is consistent with Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines known as GRI-G3.1. GRI’s Sustainability Reporting Guidelines set a globally applicable framework for reporting the economic, environmental and social dimensions of an organization’s activities, products and services.