FlashCo to Open New Flashings Manufacturing Facility in Piedmont, S.C.

FlashCo Manufacturing Inc. is building its first location dedicated to serving the East Coast and Southeast. The new FlashCo plant opening in Piedmont, S.C., will produce standard and custom accessories for commercial and residential roofing projects. Accessories manufactured will be available in TPO, PVC, lead, copper, zinc and galvanized metal to meet the needs of roofing contractors.

FlashCo saves the contractor time by providing single-ply roof flashings and accessories that install up to five times faster than field-fabricated parts. On a typical job, roof flashings can represent about 5 percent of the project cost but can take up to 20 percent or more of the project time. Saving time and labor costs can make a big difference on the bottom line for contractors. “Saving the contractor time is our mission,” says Greg Morrow, FlashCo president and founder. “With our Piedmont facility, FlashCo will be ideally located to significantly reduce freight costs and transit times for our East Coast and Southeast customers, as well as our private-label partners.”

A key part within FlashCo’s growth has been its commitment to getting standard and custom-made parts to contractors in one to three days. According to Morrow, “It has always been my vision and dream to strategically locate FlashCo throughout the country, because in our business, it is all about getting product into the contractor’s hands when they want it. Roof flashings and accessories are sometimes overlooked on projects, so we get them the parts they need to finish the job on schedule and move their valuable labor resource to new projects.”

FlashCo’s Piedmont facility is scheduled to open June 1, 2014. It will be the seventh facility for FlashCo, joining Santa Rosa, Calif.; Chandler, Ariz.; Woodland, Wash.; Englewood, Colo.; Raytown, Mo.; and North Salt Lake City, Utah.

TAMKO Now Produces Heritage IR Shingles in Phillipsburg, Kan.

TAMKO Building Products has begun production of its popular Heritage IR shingles at its Phillipsburg, Kan., manufacturing facility.

“It’s exciting for us at Phillipsburg to be producing Heritage IR,” said Travis Moore, general manufacturing manager at TAMKO Phillipsburg. “We are pleased to help provide additional distribution options for TAMKO customers.”

Reinforced construction enables the Heritage IR shingles to meet the UL 2218 Class 4 impact resistance rating at the time of manufacture. The UL 2218 Class 4 impact resistance test involves dropping a 2-inch steel ball onto a shingle from a height of 20 feet. Other shingles may crack or rupture during the test. Heritage IR shingles on the other hand, have met the test requirements for withstanding the impact.

“Heritage IR from Phillipsburg will be distributed throughout the U.S.,” said TAMKO’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally. “We’re excited that we will be able to ship orders from Phillipsburg.”

Heritage IR shingles feature the same natural beauty that has made the Heritage series such a popular choice among homeowners. Naturally deep shadow lines portray the look of real wood shakes, and six attractive color choices enable owners to find the perfect complement to their home. The colors include Olde English Pewter, Rustic Black, Harvest Gold, Thunderstorm Grey, Natural Timber and Weathered Wood.

All Heritage shingles come with a Better-Than-“Lifetime” Limited Warranty, offering more upfront protection, which covers both material replacement and labor costs. See TAMKO’s limited warranty for complete details.

GAF Offers Free Tools to Assist Roofing Contractors

GAF offers innovative tools to help roofing contractors save time and improve their businesses. The newest releases include the GAF Pro Roof Estimator app, the GAF Tips for Pros app and an Android version of its popular GAF Remodeler iPad app. It also debuted the GAF Roofing Shingle Design & Style Guide on its website with HGTV celebrities Genevieve Gorder and Carter Oosterhouse.

GAF is focused on helping contractors to improve their in-home sales process. In a recent third-party study, 43 percent of homeowners said they would be more likely to choose a contractor if he/she had a professional-looking estimate. Based on this need, GAF announces the GAF Pro Roof Estimator iPad App, which is available to GAF factory-certified contractors. This app offers a streamlined, customizable estimation process including roof measurement and inspection pictures, product and warranty selection, as well as other key aspects of creating a professional estimate that will help contractors close more sales.

GAF is also launching the GAF Tips From Pros app to provide assistance in the in-home selling process. This comprehensive collection of best practices from top contractors includes tips on measurement, inspections, warranties and other key areas of the in-home sales process. The app features photos and videos; users can also submit their own tips. Available for the iPad, GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractors can download it from the iTunes App Store.

In addition, using popular HGTV design celebrities’ advice on color and style, GAF introduced the Roofing Shingle Design & Style Guide, a web-based program. Created to help homeowners identify the roof styles that best match their home’s architectural style and their personal taste, this online, interactive shingle selection guide is both visually engaging and educational.

Finally, based on the success of its GAF Remodeler app for iPad, GAF announces a version of the app that is available for the Android tablet. This app allows contractors to take a photo of their prospect’s house and then quickly and accurately map the roof with just a tap of the screen. The homeowner can immediately select and apply any GAF Shingle within their region with a single touch. The app has helped GAF contractors demonstrate the beauty of GAF Shingles, eliminating one of the biggest impediments to closing the sale: answering the question, “How will it look on my house?”

The portfolio of GAF mobile apps enables our contractors to receive real world peer-to-peer advice from some of the best GAF contractors in the business while also providing a platform for our contractors to make an immediate impression with homeowners. “The collective power of our mobile apps will help our contractors make a first impression that is sure to help differentiate them from the competition, providing them with a distinct market advantage,” stated Leslie Franklin, senior product manager at GAF.

Drexel Metals Updates Its Website

Drexel Metals Inc. has updated its website to better present its products to architects, roofers and even homeowners.

In addition to a photo gallery featuring dozens of Drexel Metals projects, the site has a popular Roof Visualizer Section that allows visitors to upload a photo of their home or building and “try on” any Drexel Metals profile and color. The Roof Visualizer Section has a variety of buildings that could be used to sample roofing products and colors in the absence of a photo.

For architects, the site has the complete Drexel Metals library of products including metals roof systems, edge metals, custom fabrication capabilities, custom cornice, photo gallery and color selectors. It also features all Drexel Metals electronic marketing items like their interactive E-binder, product guides and other useful tools designed to help the design community to select and specify Drexel Metals products.

For roofing installers looking to reduce delivery time, resources include a complete list of product offerings and information about the Drexel Metals Association of Regional Manufacturers (DM-ARM) Program.

Homeowners will find everything they need to make an educated roofing selection, including locating a Drexel Metals contractor.

Receive Pallets of Duro-Last ISO without Additional Freight Costs

Duro-Last Inc. announces that 11Ž2- and 2-inch thick, 4- by 8-foot Duro-Guard ISO (Polyisocyanurate) insulation is available from all Duro-Last manufacturing locations for contractors to pick up or to “fill up” a flatbed shipment. These locations include Saginaw, Mich.; Grants Pass, Ore.; Jackson, Miss.; Sigourney, Iowa; and Carrollton, Texas.

This is another cost-effective and convenient option for customers to take delivery of the most popular Duro-Guard ISO products where there is open space on a flatbed truck that is delivering a Duro-Last roof order. This means that Duro-Last customers can receive pallets of ISO without incurring any additional freight cost.

Morin Partners with D.I. Roof Seamers

Morin, a Kingspan Group company, announces a partnership with D.I. Roof Seamers to provide customers with seamers for MORIN roofing products.

“The partnership with D.I. Roof Seamers will contribute to two key factors in the growth of MORIN,” said Scott Evans, operations director at MORIN. “First, it will allow MORIN to focus on its core business, which is Single Element Panels. Second, it provides a better avenue for our customers. D.I. offers training classes, online ordering, an impressive seamer maintenance program as well as new and innovative seamers to better support our customers’ needs. In short, the partnership benefits our customers through continued quality and improved customer service.”

MORIN installers needing seamers for MorZip, SRR and SLR (2-inch 90 degrees and 180 degrees) metal roofs can find them at a website created by D.I. Roof Seamers.

“We provide seamers for 35 roof panel manufacturers in the United States and Canada and we do it well,” said Kevin Thomas, director of sales at D.I. Seamers. “When we met with the management team of MORIN, we saw the same kind of commitment to excellence for providing quality products and customer service. The partnership was a natural fit.”

D.I. Roof Seamers calls the site a one-stop experience to secure the rental of seaming tools, review manuals on equipment, view videos, peruse the FAQs section and learn more about D.I. Roof Seamers. Access the D.I. Roof Seamers/Morin Rental Request Form.

Georgia-Pacific Gypsum Expands Canadian Sales

Georgia-Pacific Canada LP, an affiliate of Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, a manufacturer of gypsum products, has expanded its coast-to-coast sales presence in the country.

Three independent sales representative firms, all based in Canada, cover specific territories.
· Div7 Building Systems, based in Surrey, BC, will cover British Columbia
· North 49 Sales Agency Inc., based in Toronto will service Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
· Pilot Group Inc., based in Calgary, AB, will operate in The Prairie Provinces.

According to Leo Bissonnette, regional business manager – Canada & Northeast US, Georgia-Pacific Gypsum, the companies represent all gypsum products, including innovative Dens Brand fiberglass mat panels. This team will focus on building owners, architects and roofing contractors, complementing the work of the company’s internal field sales managers, who focus on drywall contractors and distributors.

Div7 Building Systems is a manufacturers’ representative agency whose prime focus is the promotion of premium manufacturers outlined in Division 7 of the construction specification category. Its principals are Enzo Saponaro, P. Eng., who has more than 16 years of experience in the construction industry, and Robert Jahnsen, who has more than 19 years of sales experience in the construction industry.
Contact information:
Enzo Saponaro
Email: enzo@DIV7.ca
Phone: (604) 644-5934

Robert Jahnsen
Email: robert@DIV7.ca
Phone: (604) 657-5886

North 49 Sales Agency Inc. is a building products sales agency owned and operated by Marc G. Allaire, who has been involved in the building science and roofing industries since 1980 in the areas of engineering, sales, marketing, building science and project management. Allaire and his team bring a wealth of experience in distribution to the table.
Contact information:
Marc G. Allaire
Email: Mallaire@north49sa.com
Phone: (416) 996-6164

Pilot Group Inc., under the direction of its president, Larry Shoesmith, has operated as a sales agency since 2002. Pilot Group represents manufacturers of quality products to cover a wide range of building envelope solutions for building owners, architects, consultants and contractors.
Contact information:
Larry Shoesmith, CTR
Email: larry@pilotgroup.ca
Phone: (403) 560-2107

CertainTeed Launches Second Webisode Featuring Facebook Home Makeover Contest Winner

CertainTeed launched its second webisode in the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest featuring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio. In this webisode, the family is empowered by CertainTeed’s digital design and color tools, allowing them to take a more active role in designing their home’s exterior makeover.

Using the CurbAppeal iPad app, ColorCoach virtual swatch book and ColorView home visualization design tool, the family takes you along as they view and try on roofing, siding and trim color and profile options, and see them applied to a photo of their own home before installation. This, along with guidance from their 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, helped them choose a winning combination of products to create a vibrant exterior.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with CertainTeed 5-Star Green, 5-Star Fence and Master Shingle Applicator contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion. In the first two webisodes, the homeowner selected multiple products, including Cedar Impressions and Monogram siding, Restoration Millwork trim, EverNew decking and railing, Bufftech fence and Landmark Pro roofing.

This summer, yet another lucky homeowner will be eligible to receive $75,000 worth of exterior building products, including installation. To enter the contest, homeowners need to round up their cast of kin, show off their acting talents and upload their most entertaining 30- to 90-second video to the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page. Videos should creatively explain why the home needs a makeover using CertainTeed¹s expansive selection of polymer, insulated and vinyl siding, roofing, housewrap, decking, railing, fence and trim. Find more information and complete contest details.

CertainTeed offers Freedom of Choice through its portfolio of roofing, long-lasting polymer, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking and exterior trim. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations, for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl and trim product lines.

Firestone Building Products Recognizes 189 Partner in Quality Award Winners

Firestone Building Products Co. LLC recognized 189 firms across the United States, Canada and Mexico with the 2014 Partner in Quality Award. The annual award honors an elite group of Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors for a high level of craftsmanship and the skillset required for superior roofing installations.

Firestone Building Products Red Shield Licensed Roofing Contractors are required to complete extensive product installation training. As a testament to their expertise, projects are backed by the Firestone Building Products Red Shield Warranty. Depending on the commercial roofing system, terms of the warranty can range from five years to 30 years.

To qualify, winners had to:

· Install four warranted Firestone Building Products roofs in each of the past five years.
· Maintain at least 1 million square feet of Firestone Building Products roofs under warranty.
· Achieve an annual Quality Incidence Rating (QIR) of 1.5 or less (QIR measures each contractor¹s performance based on warranty repair incidences per million square feet under warranty).

As part of the program, winners are able to participate in the Firestone Building Products Community Service Program which makes them eligible for a $1,000 annual credit to donate labor and materials for community roofing projects.

“At Firestone Building Products, we are committed to working with the best contractors in the industry to ensure the success of every Firestone roofing project,” said Tim Dunn, president of Firestone Building Products. “The Partner in Quality Award honors the expertise, skill and craftsmanship of our hard-working contractors.”

View a complete list of Partner in Quality Award Winners on Firestone Building Products’ website.

AccuTrac Helps Ohio Roofing Contracting Firm Achieve Safety Innovation Award

OMG Roofing Products has announced Advanced Industrial Roofing of Massillon, Ohio, has won the Judge’s Choice OSC Safety Innovation Award from the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation by demonstrating the benefits of using the AccuTrac System versus the traditional roofing fastener application method.

AccuTrac from OMG Roofing Products is an ergonomically correct stand-up tool that aligns and installs the insulation fastener in one motion. The system eliminates the need for continuous bending, twisting or kneeling often required in mechanically fastening roof insulation. AccuTrac also keeps workers safer by keeping their hands and face further away from the installation point.

“We have used the AccuTrac System for three years and it has enabled us to increase productivity by 52 percent while keeping our employees safer while they work,” says Fred Horner, president and CEO of Advanced Industrial Roofing. “AccuTrac has given our workers the ability to perform their duties more effectively and enables them to work later in life.”