Asphalt Roofing Technical Bulletins Are Available in Spanish

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association now offers eight of its educational Technical Bulletins in Spanish.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association now offers eight of its educational Technical Bulletins in Spanish.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association now offers eight of its educational Technical Bulletins in Spanish. The new Spanish-language documents cover steep-slope issues, like algae and moss prevention, asphalt shingle recycling tips and the prevention of ice dams on asphalt shingle roofs. Low-slope and commercial roofing topics, including cold-weather installation techniques and the damaging effects of ponding water, also are covered. ARMA plans to convert more of its educational resources and roofing publications into Spanish in the future. Download the free bulletins.

ARMA Updates Its Laminated Asphalt Shingles Technical Manual

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has updated its technical manual <em>Good Application Makes a Good Roof Better – A Simplified Guide</em>.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has updated its technical manual Good Application Makes a Good Roof Better – A Simplified Guide.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has updated its technical manual Good Application Makes a Good Roof Better – A Simplified Guide. The 38-page manual outlines installation methods for laminated asphalt shingles and is now available as a print-on-demand book and an eBook. Updates include the latest industry best practices to instruct the roofing professional and DIY enthusiast about installation methods that help to maximize shingle life and weather protection. Readers will be able to purchase and access the eBook instantly from any e-reader device and can customize their reading experience by adjusting font sizes, zooming in on images and diagrams, and bookmarking key chapters. For more information or to purchase the guide, visit ARMA’s website.

Roofing and Waterproofing Committee Presents Award of Merit

ASTM International’s Committee on Roofing and Waterproofing (D08) presents its annual award – the Award of Merit – to Aaron Phillips of TAMKO Building Products Inc. in Joplin, Missouri. The Award of Merit is ASTM’s highest recognition for individual contributions to developing standards.

The committee honors Phillips for outstanding leadership, personal commitment, and participation in many subcommittees and task groups with dedication to developing standards. He has been a member of ASTM since 1991, serving as the D08 committee chairman from 2007 to 2013. He received the Distinguished Leadership Award in 2012 and the Award of Appreciation in both 2008 and 2014.

Phillips is the corporate director of technical systems at TAMKO Building Products Inc. and has been with the company since 2009, having previously served as a research assistant and technical systems specialist.

In addition to ASTM, Phillips is a member of the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association, Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association, the Metal Construction Association, the Roof Coatings Manufacturers Association, Canadian Standards Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Learn about Advances in Asphalt Roofing Systems

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has developed two Fast Facts documents to educate the industry about advances in asphalt roofing systems.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has developed two Fast Facts documents to educate the industry about advances in asphalt roofing systems.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has developed two Fast Facts documents to educate the industry about advances in asphalt roofing systems. From shingle technology and durability to installation methods and environmental options, these advances have improved quality for the contractor, installer, building owner and homeowner. Download the residential document and the commercial document from ARMA’s website.

ARMA Selects Top Installations in North America

The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association selected the winners of its Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards, an annual program that recognizes exceptional roofing projects in the U.S. and Canada.

The Gold Award honored John Foster, a general contractor in Esparto, Calif., for his company’s installation on a star-shaped home. The homeowners required a roofing system with a style that wouldn’t get lost in the bold architecture. PABCO Roofing Products Premier Advantage Granite shingles provided the necessary aesthetic to complement the home while protecting it from the windy, damp coastal environment to which it is subjected.

The Silver Award was given to Advanced Roofing Inc., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., which was called upon to install a new low-slope asphalt roofing system on two buildings at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. The contractor chose a SOPREMA three-ply SBS-modified bitumen roofing system with a base sheet and cap sheet that delivered a pristine appearance while protecting the roof from harsh weather and heavy foot traffic.

Precision Roofing, Hialeah, Fla., received the Bronze Award for the roof it installed on Northeast Regional Library, Aventura, Fla. A GAF hybrid built-up/SBS-modified bitumen roofing system using three plies of GAFGLAS Ply 4 Ply Sheet and a Ruberoid EnergyCap 30 Granule FR membrane was chosen because the contracting company knew the system would meet the project’s durability requirements and budget restrictions.

“Each of the submissions we received this year illustrated the beauty and curb appeal that asphalt roofing can provide,” says Reed Hitchcock, ARMA’s executive vice president. “These winning projects were singled out for successfully using the unique qualities of their roofing materials to deliver superior protection for a building, whether from salty storms, high winds, or other wear and tear.”

The following received Honorable Mentions:

  • Rust Road Project, Grace Construction, New Boston, Mich.
  • Anacortes Home, Old School Roofing, Anacortes, Wash.
  • Mukilteo House, Chris Howard Roofing LLC, Mukilteo, Wash.
  • Mukilteo House, Chris Howard Roofing LLC, Mukilteo, Wash.

The 2016 awards were judged by a panel of roofing industry experts, including leaders from trade associations, architects and members of the media. The judges look for projects that use asphalt roofing technology to provide durability, value and curb appeal.

ARMA Is Looking for Asphalt Roofing Projects to Showcase

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is looking for the top commercial and residential asphalt roofing projects to showcase in its 2016 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards Program.

The QARC Awards are open to contractors, consultants, architects and specifiers working with asphalt roofing products. The top three projects that best demonstrate the beauty, affordability and reliability of asphalt roofing will take the prize.

Submissions for the 2016 QARC Awards Program are currently being accepted through Thursday, Dec. 31. Roofing professionals can submit as many projects as they want without any cost to enter.

Industry professionals can enter their project online through the QARC Awards page of ARMA’s website by providing a description of the project and explaining why and how asphalt products were used. High-resolution photos of the completed project are also required for submission. Both new construction and renovation projects are eligible for the program.

“The gold, silver and bronze winners of the QARC Awards Program are selected by leaders in the roofing industry,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Previous recipients have been chosen for the beauty that their project displays, as well as how it demonstrates the benefits of asphalt roofing systems. From weather protection and energy efficiency to fire and wind resistance, QARC winners demonstrate the breadth of performance that asphalt roofing systems provide.”

ARMA awards cash prizes to the top three roofing projects, and the winners are featured in national roofing trade publications. For more information on the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study Awards Program, please visit ARMA’s website.

Asphalt-based Low-slope Roof Systems Provide Long-term Service Life

Asphalt-based roof systems have a long-standing track record of success in the roofing industry. In fact, asphalt-based roof systems have more than a century of use in the U.S. Building owners, roofing specifiers and contractors should not lose sight of this fact. It is important to understand why asphalt roofing has been successful for so long. Asphalt roofs demonstrate characteristics, such as durability and longevity of materials and components, redundancy of waterproofing, ease and understanding of installation, excellent tensile strength and impact resistance. Each of these characteristics helps ensure long-term performance.

Using a composite built-up/ modified bitumen roof system provides redundancy helping ensure durability and longevity. Surface reflectivity and a multilayer insulation layer provide excellent thermal resistance. Quality details and regular maintenance will provide long-term performance. PHOTO: Advanced Roofing

Using a composite built-up/
modified bitumen roof system provides redundancy helping ensure durability and longevity. Surface reflectivity and a multilayer insulation layer provide excellent thermal resistance. Quality details
and regular maintenance will provide long-term performance. PHOTO: Advanced Roofing

There are two types of asphalt-based low-slope roof systems: modified bitumen (MB) roof systems and builtup roof (BUR) systems. MB sheets are composed primarily of polymer-modified bitumen reinforced with one or more plies of fabric, such as polyester, glass fiber or a combination of both. Assembled in factories using optimal quality-control standards, modified bitumen sheets are manufactured to have uniform thickness and consistent physical properties throughout the sheet. Modified bitumen roof systems are further divided into atactic polypropylene (APP) and styrene butadiene styrene (SBS) modified systems. APP and SBS modifiers create a uniform matrix that enhances the physical properties of the asphalt. APP is a thermoplastic polymer that forms a uniform matrix within the bitumen. This matrix increases the bitumen’s resistance to ultraviolet light, its flexibility at high and low temperatures, and its ability to resist water penetration. SBS membranes resist water penetration while exhibiting excellent elongation and recovery properties over a wide range of temperature extremes. This high-performance benefit makes SBS membranes durable and particularly appropriate where there may be movement or deflection of the underlying deck.

BUR systems consist of multiple layers of bitumen alternated with ply sheets (felts) applied over the roof deck, vapor retarder, and most often insulation or coverboard. BUR systems are particularly advantageous for lowslope applications. The strength of the system comes from the membrane, which includes the layers of hot-applied bitumen and the reinforcing plies of roofing felt.

FACTORS FOR LONG-TERM PERFORMANCE AND SERVICE LIFE

It is important for building owners and roof system designers to recognize the principles of long-lasting, high-performance roof systems. Roof longevity and performance are determined by factors that include building and roof system design, job specifications, materials quality and suitability, application procedures and maintenance. The level of quality in the workmanship during the application process is critical.

Longevity and performance start with proper design of the asphalt-based roof system. Proper roof system design includes several components: the roof deck, a base layer supporting a vapor retarder or air barrier when necessary, multi-layer insulation and a coverboard, the asphaltic membrane, appropriate surfacing material or coating, and the attachment methods for all layers. Roof consultants, architects and roof manufacturers understand proper design. Roof design needs to follow applicable code requirements for wind, fire and impact resistance, as well as site-specific issues, such as enhanced wind resistance design, positive drainage and rooftop traffic protection. Roof designers can provide or assist with the development of written specifications and construction details that are specific to a roofing project for new construction or reroofing.

Low-slope asphalt-based roof systems are redundant; they are multi-layered systems. BUR systems include a base sheet, three or four reinforcing ply sheets and a surfacing, either aggregate (rock) or a cap sheet. MB sheets include one and sometimes two reinforcing layers and are commonly installed over a substantial asphaltic base sheet. Modified bitumen roofs can be granule surfaced, finished with reflective options or coated after installation. Aggregate, granules, films and coatings add UV protection, assist with fire resistance, provide durability to the roof system and can improve roof aesthetics.

An asphaltic cap sheet with a factory-applied reflective roof coating is installed over three glass-fiber ply sheets and a venting base sheet. The reflective coating reduces heat gain, and insulating concrete provides a stable substrate and high R-value. PHOTO: Aerial Photography Inc.

An asphaltic cap sheet with a factory-applied reflective roof coating is installed over three glass-fiber ply sheets and a venting base sheet. The reflective coating reduces heat gain, and insulating concrete provides a stable substrate and high R-value. PHOTO: Aerial Photography Inc.

Coverboards provide a durable layer immediately below the membrane, are resistant to foot traffic and separate the membrane from the thermal insulation layer. Protecting the thermal insulation helps maintain the insulation R-value as specified and installed.

Asphalt is a durable and long-lasting material for roof membranes and flashings. Asphalt is stable under significant temperature swings and can be highly impact resistant. Various reinforcements can be used to increase an asphaltic membrane’s durability. All asphaltic membranes are reinforced, during installation (BUR) or the manufacturing process (MB membranes). Polyester reinforcement has excellent elongation, tensile strength and recovery. It provides good puncture resistance and stands up well to foot traffic. Glass fiber reinforcement resists flame penetration and provides excellent tensile strength and dimensional stability.

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ARMA Converts Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual into eBook

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has converted its popular <em>Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual</em> into an eBook that is available in all major online retail bookstores.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has converted its popular Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual into an eBook that is available in all major online retail bookstores.

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association has converted its popular Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual into an eBook that is available in all major online retail bookstores. It can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, the Kindle from Amazon and Nook eReader from Barnes and Noble. An eBook format allows users to bookmark key pages or diagrams, take notes and change the font size for better viewing. In addition, the print-on-demand version of the Residential Asphalt Roofing Manual, which was updated earlier this year, allows the publication to ship straight from the printing press to the customer at a reduced cost. ARMA also is offering discounts for bulk purchases. Purchase ARMA publications.

2015 QARC Winners Highlight Asphalt Roofing’s Durability

The winners of the 2015 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards have been announced, and it’s no beauty contest. Although the winning projects all feature aesthetic and innovative design, none were chosen for their looks alone. The top three winners this year—a high school, luxury condominium complex and an upscale home—were chosen because of the vital way asphalt roofing was used to solve a key issue and protect valuable assets.

D&D Roofing, Commerce City, Colo., won the QARC Gold Award for the new roof system installed at Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver.

D&D Roofing, Commerce City, Colo., won the QARC Gold Award for the new roof system installed at Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver.

The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association honored D&D Roofing, Commerce City, Colo., with the Gold Award for the new roof system installed at Thomas Jefferson High School, Denver. The school selected a redundant BUR system to protect the school’s staff, students and equipment from a variety of different weather conditions, including heavy snowstorms, hail and high winds, as well as the effects of the blazing sun.

The Silver Award was given to IronClad Exteriors Inc., Sandy, Utah, for its work on The Grand Lodge at Deer Valley, Park City, Utah. This luxury condominium complex located at a ski resort required a new asphalt roof that would prevent heat from escaping through the attic and causing ice damming when snow melts and refreezes at the eaves.

Tom Goldston Roofing, Gardnerville, Nev., received the Bronze Award for the Rosenthal Residence, Glennbrook, Nev. This beautiful home in South Lake Tahoe required fire-resistant asphalt shingles because it’s situated in a heavily wooded area. The homeowners also wanted the shingles to resemble the look of the original wood shake roof.

“Whether through protection from the elements, reliable insulation or fire-resistance, asphalt roofing solved a problem for each building while meeting the aesthetic requirements of the job,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA.

The annual QARC Awards program honors North America’s best architects, contractors and specifiers who use asphaltic roofing materials on low- and steep-slope building projects. The program honors the residential and commercial roofing projects that demonstrate the beauty, affordability and reliability of asphalt roofing.

The 2015 QARC judges represented experts from the trade media, roofing industry, and building and construction. For the low-slope commercial systems, judging focused on the project’s reliability, performance and affordability while also considering overall aesthetics. The steep-slope projects were evaluated on how asphalt shingles solved the homeowner’s problem and provided the look he or she desired through different asphalt shingle colors, textures and the overall curb appeal.

The top three winners will receive a check from ARMA in the amounts of $2,000, $1,000 and $500 and will have their roofing projects featured on the ARMA website. For a complete list of winners and to submit your project for the 2016 QARC Awards, visit ARMA’s website.

PHOTO: DAVID PAHL, STACK

Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association Celebrates 100 Years of Commitment to the Roofing Industry

Since its early days in 1915—a year when women couldn’t vote, President Woodrow Wilson was in office and Babe Ruth hit his first career home run—the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has had a momentous impact on the roofing industry.

The trade association has brought the majority of North American manufacturers together under the common goal of championing asphalt roofing and promoting the industry. This year, the association celebrates its 100th anniversary with a new logo and looks back on a century of commitment to asphalt roofing excellence.

ARMA celebrates its 100th anniversary with a new logo and looks back on a century of commitment to asphalt roofing excellence.

ARMA celebrates its 100th anniversary with a new logo and looks back on a century of commitment to asphalt roofing excellence.

Asphalt has been used as a roofing product since roll roofing hit the market in 1893—three years before Henry Ford built his first automobile engine. Since then, it has become the standard in roofing, with four out of five homes in the U.S. choosing asphalt for its beauty, affordability and reliability. Through continuous innovation, asphalt roofing manufacturers have developed high-quality, high-value products.

Since its humble beginnings in New York City as the Asphalt Roofing Industry Bureau 100 years ago, ARMA has served as an industry leader for asphalt roofing and has dedicated its services to the long-term vibrancy and sustainability of the roofing community. Over the years, ARMA’s location has changed from New York City, to Garland, Texas, to its current headquarters in the nation’s capital, but its purpose has remained the same. ARMA represents the majority of North America’s asphalt roofing manufacturing companies and their raw material suppliers and includes almost 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers of bituminous-based roofing products.

When first introduced, all asphalt shingles were organic, with mica, dolomite and even oyster shell granules added to the shingle surface to make it more durable. Now there are many different asphalt roofing systems available, from traditional residential roofing shingles to Built-Up Roofing (BUR), Atactic Polyproylene (APP) and Styrene Butadiene Styrene (SBS) modified systems. Asphalt roofing comes in a variety of colors, styles and textures and continues to be the preferred roofing material based on its durability, long-life expectancy and low maintenance.

ARMA is kicking off its 100th year by unveiling a new association logo with a sleek, modern design that represents steep- and low-slope roofing systems. Throughout 2015, ARMA will promote its centennial celebration with an anniversary banner that reads “ARMA: Celebrating a Century of Roofing Excellence.”

The new ARMA logo reflects the association’s commitment to innovation and advancements in the roofing industry. In recent years, ARMA has redesigned its website to improve the user experience and enhance the mobile application of its industry news, technical information and educational resources. The association is also streamlining its bookstore by offering technical manuals and other important publications as eBooks this year.

As ARMA positions itself as a technologically savvy and contemporary organization, it will look back at its century-long history throughout 2015. Check ARMA’s website for historical asphalt roofing information, vintage collateral and fun facts.