New Tech Machinery Sells Roof Panel and Gutter Machine Accessories Online

New Tech Machinery now offers an online Estore that sells roof panel and gutter machine accessories and parts. The introduction of the online Estore means that with the few clicks of a mouse, parts and machine accessories can be ordered from anywhere at any time.

The Estore offers New Tech Machinery’s most popular parts and accessories for roof and gutter machines as well as products that can be used to clean and maintain the machines. New Tech Machinery has the largest parts department in the industry and most parts can ship within one day.

Shoppers can access the Estore on the website through the yellow “Visit Estore” button located on the left-hand side of the screen. The store accepts major credit cards. Any customers using the Estore for the first time are welcome to call New Tech Machinery at (800) 574-1717 for help completing an order. Watch for future coupons for use in the Estore.

Global Cranes Launches Lease-to-own Program

Global Cranes, the exclusive distributor of the Zoomlion RT and Crawler crane lines, has just created a one-of-a-kind lease to own program where 100 percent of the payments made go toward the purchase of one of its world-class cranes.

With special financing from Zoomlion Capital, Global Cranes is now leasing its cranes on three- to six-month plans to its U.S. clients, starting at just $5,000 a month for the RT40, a 40-US ton capacity rough terrain crane.

The RT40 is only one of a complete line of cranes loaded with features and a best-in-class chart for lifts at radius. Five models, all ANSI certified, with lifting capacities ranging from 40 to 110 US tons are available. Designed in the U.S. and built by Zoomlion, the entire line has equal or superior construction, features and equipment compared to competing cranes at a fraction of the cost. Now with its new lease-to-own program, Global is making its cranes even more affordable.

“We’ve been flooded with inquiries since we started our revolutionary lease to own program,” said Ed Gibson, Global Sales Manager. “I’m proud of our line and our clients are thrilled with being able to get into a Zoomlion RT so affordably.”

Every crane leased through this program comes with a one-year, 2,000-hour warranty. Based on the popularity of its cranes, Global has recently and dramatically ramped up its parts and service centers, increasing the size and staff to help streamline inquiries. All cranes are available for immediate delivery anywhere in the U.S.

IMT Hydraulic Loader Sales, Parts and Service Now Available in Florida

Iowa Mold Tooling Co. Inc., an Oshkosh Corporation company, announces the addition of Equipment Repair Solutions Inc., of Tampa, Fla., to its distributor network. Equipment Repair Solutions now offers IMT hydraulic loader sales, parts and service to customers throughout Florida.

Equipment Repair Solutions brings decades of individual experience servicing boom trucks and cranes, including IMT hydraulic loaders. The company has extended its product offering to include the IMT 16000, 24562 and 28562 hydraulic loaders, which are ideal for handling stacked or palletized material in the building supply and construction industries.

“We’re pleased to welcome Equipment Repair Solutions as our newest distributor partner,” said John Field, product manager of material handling at IMT. “The company is well-respected in the local hydraulic loader market, and their staff shares our commitment to customer success. With high-quality loader sales and service, Equipment Repair Solutions can help our Florida customers increase productivity and profitability.”

In addition to IMT hydraulic loaders, Equipment Repair Solutions offers a complete range of on-site and in-shop maintenance and repair services, along with OSHA crane inspections and fabrication.

“We take pride in providing our customers the highest-quality products and service,” said Anthony Stanonis, president of Equipment Repair Solutions. “We’re proud to be a distributor of IMT hydraulic loaders, and we look forward to building existing customer relationships and starting new ones.”

GAF Sponsors Certified Green Distributor Program

GAF is sponsoring the new Certified Green Distributor Program, an extension of the highly successful Certified Green Dealer Program. The Certified Green Distributor Program now offers online, on-demand training, green certification and marketing support to the nation’s one-step distributors.

The training is web-based and covers five topics that are central to one-step distributors: Air Sealing, Cladding, Roofing, Insulation, and Roof Shingle Recycling. Each course module is accompanied by a downloadable study guide.

GAF’s sponsorship is just one of the many steps that the company has taken to support green-building training and roof recycling initiatives. In addition to sponsoring the Certified Green Distributor Program, GAF has instituted highly regarded internal sustainability efforts. GAF has also launched the Certified Green Roofer Program, which includes a multiyear sponsorship of ShingleRecycling.org, a site that helps contractors and distributors connect with qualified shingle recyclers across the U.S. and Canada. Its dedicated webpage for green building, offers a wide range of related resources, including tools and information to educate and inform roofers and contractors about the importance of cool roofs, roof ventilation, and green codes and rating systems.

CSI Specifications Available for Colt Natural Ventilation Products

New Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) three-part specifications have been developed for Colt natural ventilation products and are currently available online, making it much easier for building design professionals to specify these new products.

CSI is an organization that keeps and changes the standardization of construction language as it pertains to building specifications. CSI provides structured guidelines for specification writing and its MasterFormat serves as the organizational structure for building products in the construction to help architects, engineers, owners, contractors, and manufacturers classify how products are typically used.

CSI 3-Part Specifications are available for Colt natural ventilation products and can be found and downloaded from the Download Center on the Bilco/Colt website.

VELUX America Study Finds Skylights Offer Energy Efficiency to Single-family Homes

Homes that depend more on skylights in combination with vertical windows to provide adequate levels of daylight tend to be more energy efficient, according to a study commissioned by VELUX America.

“A Study of the Energy Impacts of Residential Skylights in Different Climates,” prepared by Group14 Engineering, used computer models based on a 1-story, open plan, single-family home modeled under code-compliant conditions of California’s Title 24 regulations (California Energy Commission, 2008), Residential Package D. The baseline-modeled home has a maximum 20 percent window-to-floor area (with no skylights) with windows evenly distributed on all facades to achieve an average daylight factor of 5 percent.

Researchers added skylights and adjusted the amount and configuration of vertical windows to test how the model would perform in different climate zones, while giving the living space sufficient daylight to allow lights to be switched off. The study explored the effects of these configurations on the utility bills generated by the model homes in Los Angeles and Napa, California, and then expanded the models to Boston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, Minneapolis, Orlando and Seattle, using their specific code requirements.

It found that by providing daylight from above via skylights, the total fenestration area could be reduced from a maximum 20 percent of floor area to as low as 12 percent of floor area while achieving the same baseline average of daylight factor target of five percent.

This was found to reduce annual heating and cooling energy use and costs in all but two of the 108 models with skylights that the group analyzed. Lighting savings, shading efficiencies, and increased natural ventilation attributable to skylights were not evaluated for simplicity. Further studies are planned to look into quantifying these additional efficiency contributions.
“While we have always known the intangible benefits of adding daylighting from above to homes, this study provides empirical evidence that natural light from skylights can contribute to the home’s overall energy efficiency,” said Stephan Moyon, direct of sales for VELUX America.

An in-depth discussion of the study, as part of a GreenExpo365 webinar titled “How To Reduce Energy Use By Improving Daylighting,” is available online. The full study report is available from VELUX upon request. VELUX continues to study and document the role and effectiveness of skylights in providing daylighting and passive ventilation.

Ceiling Finishing System Meets Florida Building Code

Zip-UP Ceiling finishing system is designed for finishing the underside of exterior soffits at schools, hospitals, airports, and commercial facilities. Testing for wind pressure, under both static load and cyclic load, was performed in accordance with the requirements of the Florida Building Code (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) and the product meets every Florida standard for static and cyclic load tests of hurricane strength winds. The Static Load Test (TAS 202) is performed, in several ascending stages, under test conditions that eventually meet -110 psf design pressure for a prescribed length of time. The Cyclic Load Test (TAS 203) tests under various alternating positive/negative pressures for 631 cycles.

Made from durable interlocking PVC components engineered to fit together easily, Zip-UP Ceiling provides a flat, clean, grid-free washable mildew and mold resistant paintable ceiling surface. The panels unzip for quick access to mechanical and electrical services in the soffit. Unlike steel finishing systems which rust and require pressure washing, Zip-UP Ceiling is rust-free and can be cleaned with a garden hose.

The manufacturer warrants that the system is free from defects, materials and workmanship for 25 years from the date of purchase and that the components will continue to zip together for that time.

Owens Corning Celebrates Contractors Who Advance the Industry

Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt LLC recognized the industry’s most distinguished professionals at its 2014 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Celebration. This annual event celebrated the 18 Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractors who have demonstrated exceptional market-leading business initiatives that advance the roofing industry.

“Each of this year’s Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Preferred Contractor Award winners elevates the roofing industry through their commitment to excellence in all aspects of their business,” said Matt Roth, director of Contractor Services, Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt. “Every award winner honored today has an inspiring success story that highlights a results-oriented, customer-driven approach to running their business and epitomizes why Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractors are truly preferred by homeowners.”

The Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Advisory Board reviewed each nationally nominated candidate and selected one category-leading recipient for each of the top three coveted award categories:

· Industry Stewardship Award: Deer Park Roofing of Cincinnati was honored for the third consecutive year as the 2014 recipient of the coveted Owens Corning Roofing Platinum Industry Stewardship Award for creating a new industry benchmark through their ongoing contributions to local and national programs and initiatives. Deer Park Roofing actively contributes value on a national level to the building materials industry through their local work in the residential and commercial sectors in the Ohio Valley, as well as the introduction of Deer Park University to collaborating with the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) and the development of the ProForeman educational initiative.

· Spirit Award: Arnold’s Home Improvement of Toledo, Ohio, was recognized for its unwavering commitment to integrity, respect, accountability and innovation. The Spirit Platinum Award brings a national spotlight to the tradition of excellence Arnold’s Home Improvement has established through its exceptional values-driven business practices and customer-inspired solutions.

· Bright Future Award: Red River Roofing Companies Inc. of Tulsa, Okla., earned the coveted “Bright Future” recognition for the company’s remarkable business growth in its first year as part of the Owens Corning™ Roofing Platinum Preferred Roofing Contractor. The significant growth in 2013 is credited to Red River Roofing Companies, Inc. commitment to market-leading performance and innovation.

The award celebration also recognized Platinum Preferred Contractor award recipients in three additional business categories, including:
2014 Shingle Recycling Volume Award: The award recipients in the category represent the five companies that achieved the highest volume of recycled roofing material through participation in the Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt Shingle Recycling Program. Each of these companies successfully delivered cost-effective shingle recycling solutions to their customers by diverting tear-off roofing materials from landfills.
Findlay Roofing / Roof Roof USA, Atlanta
Mastercraft Exteriors, Rockton, Ill.
Old World Roofing, Denver
Sela Roofing and Remodeling Inc., St. Louis Park, Minn.
Tadlock Roofing Inc., Tallahassee, Fla.

System Advantage Platinum Limited Warranty Registrations Award: This award recognizes the following companies for market-leading success communicating the benefits of the trusted Owens CorningSystem Advantage Platinum Limited Warranty to provide added peace of mind for their customers.
Alan’s Roofing Inc., Orlando, Fla.
Los Gatos Roofing, San Jose, Calif.
M&M Home Remodeling Services, Crete, Ill.
Metro Construction Inc., Denver
Skywalker Roofing, Eden, N.C.

Owens Corning Roofing Purchase Volume Award: The companies honored in this category have each demonstrated industry-leading performance, expertise and service that drove the respective company’s substantial growth and purchase volume of Owens Corning roofing products in the past year.
American Dream Home Improvement, Downers Grove, Ill.
Best Choice Roofing, Hendersonville, Tenn.
Bob Behrends Roofing LLC, Greeley, Colo.
Findlay Roofing / Roof Roof USA, Atlanta
Quick Roofing LLC, Kennedale, Texas

GAF Begins Next Round of ‘Enter for an Experience’ Sweepstakes

GAF is continuing its 2014 Enter for an Experience sweepstakes, giving roofing contractors the chance to win one of three unique “life experiences” with major celebrities.

After recently concluding the first round of its 2014 Enter for an Experience sweepstakes—where roofing contractors could enter to win a ride-along with Paul Teutul Sr., the star of the television series American Chopper and Orange County Choppers—GAF is kicking off round two of this exciting promotion. From May 15, 2014, through June 15, 2014, roofing contractors can enter the “Get Real” contest to win a day on the set of a record-breaking, popular reality television show, including airfare, two nights at a hotel, and $1,000 in spending money. Five runners-up will win $500 gift cards. For more information and to enter the sweepstakes, visit GAF’s website for the sweepstakes.

Contractors should check the GAF Facebook page to find out more about the 2014 Enter for an Experience sweepstakes and for information about the next and final round in July.

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

Van Mark Products Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2014

Van Mark Products Corp. is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2014. Founded in 1964 by Gene Van Cleave, Van Mark has become a worldwide leader in manufacturing portable job-site bending brakes and installation tools for the residential and commercial construction industries.

Doing business globally and based out of Farmington Hills, Mich., Van Mark designs and manufactures tools for the residential roofing, siding, window and gutter installation industries as well as tools for metal roofing and post frame construction. Van Mark’s quality has made its tools the preferred brand among contractors and distributors worldwide.

Van Mark began in 1964 when Gene Van Cleave founded the business after working as a stone mason and siding and window installer for many years. Recognizing the need for portable job-site tools he pioneered, developed and patented many high quality long lasting tools designed to help installers do their jobs more efficiently. He focused on making high quality durable tools, a core value that exists at Van Mark to this day.

Family owned and operated by the second generation, Van Mark is run by Gene’s son Jeff Van Cleave. As the company continues to develop innovative new products every year, Van Mark is poised to continue as the leader in quality and innovation for the next 50 years, as contractors and distributors have recognized over the past 50 years.