A General Contractor Develops a Permanent Fall-protection Anchor Roofing Workers Will Use

The HitchClip’s main function is to provide roofing workers with fall protection.

The HitchClip’s main function is to provide roofing workers with fall protection.

Scott Fontaine was a general contractor for 30 years. Every day he was finding solutions to problems on job sites, one of which was convincing crews to wear safety equipment. He decided to put his problem-solving skills to work and created equipment that he could field test on the job. It was this entrepreneurial spirit that developed the HitchClip, a versatile and permanent residential fall-protection anchor.

Made from durable and lightweight powder-coated aluminum, the HitchClip is quick and easy to install (with six screws or six nails). Because it may be permanently installed, the HitchClip not only adds value to any home, but also helps reduce costs for contractors by allowing them to save money on temporary or one-use anchor options.

The HitchClip, which is now available for purchase from Qualcraft Industries, a division of Guardian Fall Protection, comes in black, gray or brown, and its sleek design allows it to easily blend in with nearly any roof. Its patented “key-hole” connection point allows it to be used as a standard fall-protection anchor and in combination with numerous attachment accessories, such as Qualcraft’s Bunk Jack, Roof Jack, Guardrails, Workbench, Platform Stage, Solar Panel Rack Bracket and more.

So far, the reaction in the marketplace has been enthusiastic. “The HitchClip system is widely used by contractors and homeowners alike,” Fontaine explains. “The simplicity and ease of use are a big factor, as well as the wide range of components that the system can utilize. There is no system quite like it.”

The HitchClip can help create a secure workbench on a residential roof.

The HitchClip can help create a secure workbench on a residential roof.

Inventors, though, can sometimes have a romanticized view of the product they’ve spent so much time developing. However, Justin Quick from Roofline Supply & Delivery, Eugene, Ore., says this is not the case with the HitchClip. “Roofers that I have sold HitchClip to love them,” Quick notes. “I like that they are an inexpensive add-on to an order that your customer will come back for over and over again.”

Learn More

Visit www.qualcraft.com.
Call (800) 231-5647.
Watch a HitchClip video.

“Roofers’ Choice” was determined by the product that received the most reader
inquiries from the May/June issue’s “Materials & Gadgets” section.

Line of Silicone Roof Coatings Offers Water- and Solvent-based Options

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories

Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories.

In response to the increasing demand for durable white reflective roofs, Polyglass U.S.A. Inc. has launched its latest white roof system option with a line of advanced silicone roof coatings products that include water-based and solvent-based options, primers and accessories. Polyglass silicone roof coatings are inorganic, moisture-cured coatings that provide a seamless, flexible and durable protective barrier against weather elements.

Benefits of using Polybrite silicone coatings on roof restoration projects, as well as new construction, include:

  • Excellent resistance to weathering including UV radiation, extreme temperatures, rain, ice and snow
  • Improves ponding water protection
  • Can reduce energy costs by decreasing roof surface temperature
  • Fungal and algal resistant—even in high temperatures
  • NSF Protocol P151 approved for rainwater catchment (white only)
  • 50 year limited warranty

Polyglass offers two silicone roof coating options as part of its Kool Roof Solutions – Polybrite 90, a premium grade, high solids, single component silicone roof coating; and Polybrite 95, a solvent-based, ready-to-use silicone roof coating. Both Polybrite 90 and Polybrite 95 meet or exceed the requirements of ASTM D6694 and ASTM C1305; are UL Class A rated and will soon be ENERGY STAR approved; rated with the Cool Roof Rating Council; Factory Mutual approved, Miami Dade County compliant and Florida Building Code approved.

Polybrite 90 and Polybrite 95 are available in White and Kool Grey colors and can be purchased in 5 gallon pails and 50 gallon drums.

Learn more about Polybrite 90 and 95.

Tool Storage Unit Offers Easy Maneuverability

DEWALT's TSTAK Trolley

DEWALT’s TSTAK Trolley

DEWALT introduces the new TSTAK Trolley – model DWST178888 – as the latest addition to the TSTAK family of innovative storage solutions. TSTAK products provide innovative solutions for power tools, hand tools, and accessories, whether it is portability, organization, or large storage capacity.

The new TSTAK Trolley features front casters that swivel 360 degrees and heavy-duty air filled back wheels for easy maneuverability. Side latches on the TSTAK Trolley provide easy connectivity for carrying and safe stacking. A three-position telescopic aluminum handle adjust for convenient mobility. The Trolley’s load capacity is up to 220 pounds and retails for approximately $129.99 in the independent channel.

The Trolley is ideal for stacking and pulling all the components of the TSTAK family of innovative storage solutions. The clear top organizer – model DWST17805 – incorporates small parts storage into the TSTAK system. The organizer comes complete with nine removable compartments for small parts storage or, when removed, power tool or hand tool storage. The heavy-duty polycarbonate, clear, impact resistant lid locks the compartments into place. This prevents the items being stored from shifting and getting mixed if the box is accidentally overturned. The DWST17805 will retail for approximately $34.99 in the independent channel.

The deep box organizer – model DWST17806 – provides users with the largest storage capacity of the TSTAK units. This allows users to store larger power tools and hand tools within their TSTAK™ system. A removable tray is included in this unit. The DWST17806 will retail for approximately $34.99 in the independent channel.

As the weight of tools quickly adds up and to allow easy transportation of tools, DEWALT has launched the TSTAK cart – model DWST17889. The cart features four 360-degree swiveling wheels for maximum maneuverability. Side latches securely connect the user’s TSTAK storage units to the cart. The DWST17889 is compact and light weight for easy handling and storage when not in use. A load capacity of up to 110 pounds (50 kilograms) allows the user to transport up to five TSTAK units. The cart will retail for approximately $59.99 and will be available in the independent channel.