Permeable Pavers Reduce Storm Water Runoff

Black Locust Lumber offers ProFlow Permeable Pavers, a patent-pending design utilizing Black Locust, which is naturally rot-resistant. Black Locust Permeable Proflow Pavers panels are available in a variety of models, including Roofline, a lightweight version ideal for green-blue roof applications. In storm water management applications, the pavers reduce runoff volume and rate, filter pollutants, and help restore and recharge groundwater resources while reducing the heat island effect. Permeable Proflow Pavers can satisfy prerequisites and earn points towards LEED, BREEAM, and Living Building Challenge certifications.

The Black Locust paver panels or setts (12 blocks each) are attached to a recycled wire mesh that lays flat for easy installation. The paver panels can be laid next to each other for quick and simple installation over large areas. The 3⁄8-inch joints are then fastened with joint filler. 

According to the company, ProFlow Permeable Pavers have a life span greater than 50 years. The light color and material properties of Black Locust make it a cooler alternative to concrete and other landscape surfaces, thus reducing the heat island effect. All Models are ADA compliant with the exception of the Hi Flow model. 

For more information, visit https://www.blacklocustlumber.com

NRCA Opens Registration for Virtual Legal Conference

The National Roofing Contractors Association is inviting roofing industry professionals to register for its virtual legal conference, Roofing Issues: Decks to Dockets, which will be held October 13-15.

During the legal conference, NRCA will provide nine legal, technical and business education programs—three sessions per day. Attendees can take advantage of discounted prices with a conference bundle that offers 45 percent savings. 

NRCA member and nonmember CEOs, owners, chief operating officers, human resources professionals, safety directors, training directors, on-staff legal counsel, office managers and project managers are encouraged to attend. With a variety of sessions, participants will hear from the industry’s brightest experts and thought leaders, including Tray Batcher, partner at Cotney Construction Law LLP, Tampa, Fla.; Trent Cotney, CEO of Cotney Construction Law and NRCA general counsel; Jacqueline Feliciano, managing attorney at Cotney Construction Law; Mark Graham, NRCA’s vice president of technical services; Roscoe Green, partner at Cotney Construction Law; Stephen Phillips, senior partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel P.C., Atlanta; and Philip Siegel, partner with Hendrick Phillips Salzman & Siegel, in an interactive platform that is cost-effective and convenient to access from any device. 

Sessions can be purchased individually at $39 for members and $49 for nonmembers, or attendees can bundle all nine sessions at $195 for members and $295 for nonmembers. 

For more information about NRCA’s virtual legal conference, visit nrca.net/legal/education/conference, or contact Alison LaValley at alavalley@nrca.net or Anne Schroeder at aschroeder@nrca.net.

Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals Win Top Honors In MRA Best Residential Metal Roofing Project Competition

The Metal Roofing Alliance (MRA) has selected Texas Traditions Roofing and Sheffield Metals as the first winners of its quarterly Best Residential Metal Roofing Project competition. 

As an outstanding example of beautiful metal roofing design and expert installation practices that successfully overcame a multitude of complex and challenging conditions, the winning project features the installation of a new metal roof on a historic Georgetown, Texas, home built in the 1890s that is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located just outside of Austin, the home’s new metal roof replaced an original section of a soldered, flat panel roof that had been damaged by lightning. With more than 20 roof planes, plenty of intricate details including internal gutter systems, challenging roof penetrations and many low slope transitions, the Texas Traditions crew installed a gorgeous 2.0 Mechanical Standing Seam roof manufactured by Sheffield Metals, prefinished in a red color and style that perfectly maintained the architectural integrity of the home while helping better protect it. That was key, given the historic status of the home. The team worked for eight months with the historical committee to ensure that the new roof met its strict guidelines for historical accuracy. The original 130-year old roof also suffered leaks and rotted decking, and the new metal roof is designed to help ensure long lasting protection for the home for many more years to come.

“Down here in Texas, metal roofing is a real benefit. Shingles age a lot quicker in this climate,” said Michael Pickel from Texas Traditions, in a Sheffield Metal video highlighting the project. “Metal is more durable to withstand the hail we get here as well.”

With the announcement of Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals as the first quarter winner of MRA’s competition, the search is on for next quarter’s Best Residential Metal Roofing project. Open to U.S. and Canada contractors, installers and manufacturers, MRA officials will select one outstanding metal roofing project based on project appearance, performance and originality/use of materials. The winning entries will be highlighted and featured on MRA’s website and across its digital channels, which attract hundreds of thousands of homeowners interested in metal roofing each year. Interested participants may upload their project photo along with a 200-word or less description for why their metal roofing project is worthy of top honors online at metalroofing.com. Next quarter’s winner will be announced in June, and only residential metal roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada will be considered. 

Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metals won the Metal Roofing Alliance’s Best Metal Roofing Project competition this quarter for work on this historic home.

 “MRA stands for quality residential metal roofing that not only maximizes a home’s curb appeal, but it can outperform anything else on the market when it comes to durability, low-maintenance and sustainability,” said Renee Ramey, MRA Executive Director. “As winners of our first quarterly competition of the year, the Texas Traditions and Sheffield Metal project certainly set the bar high by showcasing the outstanding work being done out there in the industry.”

For more information about how to enter MRA’s “Best Metal Roofing” competition for the trades, visit www.metalroofing.com

New Metal Connector Nailers Offer Extended Magazines

SENCO has added two new pneumatic nail guns with increased magazine capacity to its JoistPro line of metal connector nailers. The new JoistPro 150MXP and JoistPro 250MXP, used for fastening metal structural connectors like joist hangers, seismic/hurricane straps and rafter ties, feature several design innovations beyond magazine size that improve durability and boost productivity on the jobsite.

The JoistPro 150MXP fires 1 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .148 inches in diameter. Its new magazine holds two strips of SENCO paper-tape collated nails, cutting downtime for reloading in half. The 150MXP also features a redesigned adjustable hook made from heavier-gauge steel, allowing the nailer to be securely hung from a tool belt or rafter when not in use. 

It weighs just 5.3 pounds, allowing pros to work longer with less fatigue. The tool features a nose design that exposes each nail tip before it fires for exact placement into the pre-punched holes in metal connecting hardware.

SENCO’s more powerful JoistPro 250MXP fires 1 1/2-inch to 2 1/2-inch nails ranging from .131 to .162 inches in diameter. Like the 150MXP, the 250MXP features an increased-capacity magazine that holds two strips of paper-tape collated nails. It also includes the updated belt/rafter hook. 

Additionally, the 250MXP features an all-new nosepiece that provides accurate nail placement into pre-punched metal framing hardware. The redesigned nosepiece is sharper and more pronounced, making it easier to probe the pre-punched holes on metal connectors and achieve a perfect, flush drive every time. Durability updates have also been made to the 250MXP’s depth-of-drive wheel, which allows users to drive nails to a consistent, controllable depth. 

The tool features a rear-load magazine that captures the fastener by the head, so there’s no need for manual adjustments when switching between standard 1 ½-inch nails and the 2 ½-inch nails required by code in hurricane and seismic zones. 

According to the manufacturer, both products include all the leading features that are hallmarks of the JoistPro line, including a 360-degree adjustable exhaust port that directs blowback away from the user; a lockout that prevents dry firing and signals the user when it is time to reload; a full-comfort grip that reduces fatigue and minimizes slipping; and the power to drive nails into even the toughest substrates, such as engineered lumber. 

For more information, visit www.senco.com

Here to Help

President Ronald Reagan famously said, “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.”

But the truth is, at some level we all need the government to work — and work well. We need roads, we need schools, we need the garbage picked up. Communities need public transportation and energy form utilities. Citizens need policemen, firemen and EMS crews to be ready to respond if a crisis arises. In short, we need critical infrastructure, and we need it to function — and we need it to function in an emergency.

Roofs play a critical role in protecting public buildings. This issue, which spotlights government and municipal projects, highlights several ways the roofing industry and government interact. Case studies in these pages document ways roofing contractors protect the investment in air force bases, schools, waste disposal facilities, train stations, fire stations, and recreational areas.

This issue also spotlights policies that can save taxpayers money, help communities build more resilient buildings, and bolster the roofing industry as well, including the National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), a national government purchasing cooperative that streamlines the RFP process for publicly funded work, and the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program, which will support projects as part of FEMA’s national mitigation strategy and the Disaster Recovery and Reform Act.

If you don’t like the way government is working for the industry and for you as a citizen, there are many things you can do, starting with voting in every election. You can also make your voice heard by contacting your local, state and federal representatives. The NRCA is encouraging all roofing industry professionals to come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the third annual Roofing Day in D.C., which will be held April 21-22, 2020. The event is designed to bring together roofing contractors, distributors, manufacturers and other industry professionals to elevate the image of the industry and share its message with lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

“Help us demonstrate the depth of talent and diversity in our great industry,” said Reid Ribble, NRCA’s CEO. “As 2020 is an election year, it is especially important for roofing professionals to participate in Roofing Day in D.C. 2020.”

For more information about Roofing Day in D.C. 2020, contact NRCA’s Washington, D.C., office at (800) 338-5765 or visit www.nrca.net/advocacy/roofingday.

The nine most reassuring words in the English language just might be: “I’m a roofing professional, and I’m here to help.”

Roofing Alliance Announces Horch Roofing as Newest Governor Member

The Roofing Alliance, the foundation of the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), announces its newest Governor Level member, Horch Roofing, headquartered in Warren, Maine. Membership in the Roofing Alliance supports the efforts of the organization to secure the future excellence of the industry. 

Horch Roofing President Peter Horch said the decision to join was easy. “As Horch Roofing continues to grow, I recognized the need for strong partnerships with roofing industry leaders. The Roofing Alliance and NRCA are at the forefront of developing, strengthening and shaping the roofing industry. Joining The Roofing Alliance was the partnership I was looking for to assist in advancing my business and help the industry at the same time,” he explained.

The Roofing Alliance was established within the National Roofing Foundation (NRF) to create a permanent endowment fund to serve as a highly focused resource for the roofing industry. As the Foundation of NRCA, its objectives are to fund research projects while also supporting and funding charitable and educational programs. 

The Alliance members represent the best professionals in the roofing industry and include contractors, manufacturers and distributors. Members meet twice a year to review initiatives and determine the best use of Alliance funds for the betterment of the industry overall. 

Bennett Judson, Roofing Alliance Executive Director, remarked, “Each initiative that we fund would not be possible without the support and leadership of our members. Every one of our members understands the importance of the industry coming together to enable key industry education, training, and research programs.”

For more information, visit www.roofingalliance.net

OMG Roofing Products Names Two to Product Management Roles

OMG Roofing Products has hired Jim Lavallee as product manager for the Adhesives Business Unit, reporting to Adam Cincotta, director of the business unit. In his new role, Lavallee will manage daily product management activities for OMG’s line of OlyBond Insulation Adhesives, including new product development, voice-of-customer feedback as well as work with the marketing team to develop growth strategies for the adhesives business.

Lavallee comes to OMG Roofing from LoyaltyEdge, an American Express divestiture, where he led strategy, created a new product development process and implemented various process improvements that resulted in significant revenue growth and cost reductions. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA from New York University.

In addition, Pat O’Connor, who joined OMG Roofing Products in 2017 as the Edge Metal Product Manager for the company’s Metal Accessories Business Unit, has been named as RhinoBond Product Manager in the company’s Fastener Business Unit. He will report to Peter Coyne, senior vice president and general manager for the OMG Roofing Products Division.

In this role, O’Connor will develop and execute marketing and sales strategies for the RhinoBond product line including product development, and product life cycle management. 

Prior to joining OMG in 2017, O’Connor worked in various roles for Tyco Simplex Grinnell. O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s degree in industrial distribution and an MBA in marketing, both from Clarkson University.

For more information, visit www.omgroofing.com.

Capped Skylight Conversion Kit

Skyco Skylights offers the Capped Conversion Kit, which converts old capless skylights to a more trusted capped system. With the kit, commercial roofers receive a universal fitting Polycarbonate dome, a custom-sized aluminum cap, and Tek Screw with EPDM gaskets.

According to the company, using a cap around the perimeter of the polycarbonate dome creates a leak-free seal and eliminates cracking. The custom-fitted aluminum cap is fastened to the skylight frame with Tek-Screws instead of drilling through the plastic dome. Penetrating the dome with screws is a major cause for cracking. Many times, installers will over-torque the screw, immediately cause the dome to crack. Drilling through the Conversion Kit’s aluminum cap into a steal frames makes it easy to drill without cracking. 

Accroding to the manufacturer, the average install time for two installers is 1-2 minutes per kit. Watch the install video here.

For more information, visit www.skycoskylights.com.

NRCA ProCertification for Installers and Foremen Has Launched

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) announces the launch of the NRCA ProCertification program, a national certification initiative for roof system installers and foremen. Through a series of assessments, NRCA will certify workers who meet certain requirements and then issue a verifiable professional certification.

Experienced roofing workers can demonstrate their skills and knowledge to become a certified roof system installer in specific roof system applications and disciplines. Certifications now available include NRCA ProCertified Thermoplastic Systems Installer (e.g., TPO, PVC), NRCA ProCertified Asphalt Shingles Installer and NRCA ProCertified Roofing Foreman. Certifications soon will be available for all system disciplines.

A roof system installer certification is earned by passing a two-part exam—online and hands-on. Benefits to certifying your workforce include strengthened customer and supplier confidence; increased productivity; consistency of installation; improved safety; enhanced reputation and position in your local markets; and increased profitability.

NRCA ProCertification™ is designed to create a competent, sustainable and high-performing roofing industry workforce. For more information and to apply for NRCA ProCertification, visit www.nrca.net/NRCA-ProCertification.

MSCI Bestows Lifetime Achievement Award on Petersen’s John Palesny

The Metals Service Center Institute bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award on John Palesny, president of Petersen Aluminum Corp., in late November during its Aluminum Products Division Conference in Florida. The honor recognizes Palesny’s contribution to the metals industry during his 47-year career at Petersen, headquartered in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.

The Metals Service Center Institute is a trade association in Mt. Prospect, Illinois, representing metals producers, distributors and processors. MSCI provides its members with knowledge, thought leadership, data, education, industry advocacy, and a forum for debate, discussion and learning.

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all my colleagues at Petersen,” Palesny said. “Together we have built a great company that is recognized as an industry leader. So, it’s not really about me, it’s about the people who have made this company such a remarkable success and a joy to work with.”

Palesny said his approach to management has been to be hands-on while allowing people to do their work with the least amount of supervision. “I learned early in my career that it was critical to build a great team, set the goals and then let them have the necessary freedom to deliver,” he said. 

Palesny’s successes have not been achieved without challenges. “The biggest challenge in my career is keeping an eye on the competition and how we stack up against them on quality, service and product development. I think about that all the time.”

The list of people who previously won this award is filled with influential figures in the metals industry, said Robert Weidner III, CAE, president and CEO of MSCI. “These winners are iconic leaders. Their contributions within their respective companies, our industry and the communities within which they live are marked by their integrity, passion for metals and manufacturing, and empathy for others.”

The Roman god Janus was chosen as the symbol for the award for his ability to both reflect on the past and look toward the future, Weidner said. “John embodies the principles of Janus through his ability to look over the horizon to see what is coming and determine how the metals industry should respond. John is also able to reflect of the past and build on success.”

John Palesny is a true believer in the mission of the MSCI, said Mike Palesny, vice president of Petersen, and John’s brother. “John recognizes the value that MSCI brings to our industry, and has always been a cheerleader for the missions it champions. In more specific terms, John has supported the MSCI and its predecessor the National Association of Aluminum Distributors for a number of years with his time, expertise and wisdom.”

Volunteer leadership positions John Palesny has held includes president of the Chicago chapter of the former National Association of Aluminum Distributors, chair of MSCI’s aluminum division, and a term on the MSCI executive board. He also served on multiple committees and supporting groups in his career.

While John Palesny was a volunteer leader at MSCI, he embraced the concept of making MSCI greater than it was when he began, Weidner recalled. “He has a calling for giving back to the metals community. Right now the MSCI delegate level at our recently held conference was the highest it has been since 2004. I maintain that this is mostly because of the foundation for success John laid when he was in a leadership position during the recession. John’s approach to helping MSCI see itself through some of the most challenging issues has been collaborative and strategic for the good of the metals community.”

John was chair of the aluminum council when the recession began in 2008, Weidner recalled. “As it was ending, I remember John saying, ‘OK, this recession was bad and it took its toll on all of us, but the MSCI aluminum group members are not going to allow a recession to set this organization back.’ John worked in an unrelenting manner to be sure that companies in the aluminum industry had that same attitude. He said, ‘This group has been important and I’m going to put more sweat equity into helping MSCI and the industry get back to the level it was at before the recession hit.’”

John Palesny began his career at Petersen in 1970. “Over a 47-year span he rose from a warehouse position to become president of the firm. Over that time he was able to build annual sales from $3 million to its present day level of $170 million,” said Mike Petersen, CEO.

During his career, John Palesny has been a critically important counselor regarding every major decision that Petersen has faced, Mike Palesny said. “I believe the entire management group of the company would agree that John’s counsel and advice was invariably ‘spot on’ and helped PAC grow into the successful company and industry leader that it is today.”

“John possesses the rare combination of ‘book smarts’ and common sense. In my opinion, he’s the smartest businessman I have ever known,” Mike Palesny continued. “Furthermore, he’s an exceptionally good person with a true moral compass of what is right and what it wrong. He has used that internal compass to guide him in his dealings with customers, vendors and his fellow employees. I am proud of my brother John and sincerely thank him for his hard work both on behalf of PAC and MSCI. He has taught me many things through the years, and it’s my honor to work beside him.”

Mike Petersen feels similarly. “I am most fortunate to have had John as a co-worker and mentor for more than 40 years, and am proud to see his accomplishments recognized by the industry with this Lifetime Achievement Award.”

For more information, visit www.pac-clad.com.