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.


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.

Asphalt Roofing Products Provide a Historic Mansion with Modern Performance Without Sacrificing its Classic Curb Appeal

Historic renovations can pose many challenges to roofing contractors. But when done correctly, a renovation on a classic home maintains the structure’s unique style, provides modern performance and even helps to preserve the rich history of an area. This kind of challenge was presented to Highland, Md.-based Certified Inc. when the roofing company was called upon to install a new roof on a historic mansion in Laurel, Md. By choosing the right roofing materials and utilizing proper techniques, the contractor was able to successfully preserve the home’s Victorian appearance and character using today’s safer, more affordable and reliable products, while also meeting the requirements of the local Historic District Commission.

Formerly known as the Phelps mansion, this Victorian-style house was built in 1888.

Formerly known as the Phelps mansion, this Victorian-style house was built in 1888.


Formerly known as the Phelps mansion, this Victorian-style house was built in 1888. The mansion was the home of Edward Phelps, who served as the first mayor of Laurel. Throughout his seven terms in office, Phelps modernized the rural community by overseeing the addition of electric street lights; brick-paved roads; a telephone system; and a railroad that connected Laurel to Washington, D.C.

Jim Lessig, Certified’s project manager, was immediately drawn to the project when it was referred to him by a previous customer. “I was very interested in the project due to the historic nature and elaborate architecture of the home,” he says. “It wasn’t the largest project of the year for us, but definitely the most interesting and intricate.”

The Phelps mansion is located in the Historic District of Laurel, an area that is part of the original town. In the 1970s, a Historic District Commission was established to ensure the preservation of homes and businesses and keep the area’s small-town charm. When it came time to install a new roof on the mansion in June 2013, the homeowners worked with the commission to receive approval on building materials and roofing techniques based on a set of guidelines drafted by the organization.

Sunny Pritchard, coordinator for the Historic District Commission, describes the mansion as a magnificent old home that “sits on a sweeping piece of land and looks grand and proud with its high roof lines, gables and big open porches.” To Pritchard and the rest of the commission, it was imperative that the roof retained the home’s noble, Victorian look.


Certified was faced with a historic challenge: How could it imitate the look of the home’s original slate roof while providing the safety and durability of today’s products? The answer came in the form of asphalt shingles, which were selected for the renovation and were approved by the historic commission.

The roofing contractor chose asphalt shingles because they were able to mimic the historic look of the original slate tiles while providing modern performance and reliability.

The roofing contractor chose asphalt shingles because they were able to mimic the historic look of the original slate tiles while providing modern performance and reliability.

“We chose to use asphalt shingles because they were able to mimic the historic look of the original slate tiles while providing modern performance and reliability,” Lessig notes. “The commission approved the shingle because in their view it gave an authentic slate look that maintained the house’s turnof- the century appearance.”

The chosen shingles are individually colored using precision color technology which allows a roof to maintain the color, contrast and authentic look of natural slate. Natural slate is expensive and takes a specialized labor force to install because the process is an art form. Natural slate can also be a heavy product and breakage can occur when you install it. Asphalt shingles provided a great value for the project, while mimicking the look and tone of slate from the curb.

Contractors used a combination of low- and steep-slope materials on the roof, and added built-in copper gutters to really make it stand out. The end result was a roof that is beautiful and durable. The home retains its ability to transport passersby back into a time of horse-drawn carriages, top hats and hoop skirts.


Since the installation, the Phelps mansion’s new roof has gained national attention. In February, the historic home received one of the asphalt roofing industry’s top honors—the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study Awards (QARC) Bronze Award. The annual QARC awards program is run by the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA), Washington, D.C., and recognizes roofing projects that demonstrate the beauty, durability, reliability and affordability of asphalt-based roofing products.

the historic home received one of the asphalt roofing industry’s top honors—the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study Awards (QARC) Bronze Award.

The historic home received one of the asphalt roofing industry’s top honors—the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-Study Awards (QARC) Bronze Award.

The Bronze Award recognized the contractor’s choice of an asphalt roofing product that was easy to work with and provided a safe working environment while successfully replicating the 19th century look and feel of the home.

Because of Certified’s excellent work and the unique products used for the project, this historic mansion will continue to represent the image of the original Laurel district and help preserve the area’s history for many more years to come.

“I would have loved to be one of the preserved boards in this house so I could have recorded the happenings throughout the years,” Pritchard notes. “That is what old homes have, a history of happenings, and if you let the roofs and boards decay and rot and eventually fall down, all of that history goes with it. We want to preserve both—the boards and the history.”

Highland Slate shingles: CertainTeed Corp.

Learn More about Asphalt Shingles
To learn about the color process and how asphalt shingles are made, check out this video from the Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association.

Learn about ARMA and the QARC awards program.


Residential Section of IKO Industries’ Website Available in Spanish

IKO Industries Ltd., a global manufacturer of residential and commercial roofing products, is now making the residential section of its website available in Spanish.

According to Director of Marketing Carol Perkins, the move was made in response to a rapidly growing need to provide Spanish-speaking homeowners, installers, contractors and others involved in the roofing business with the same level of expertise and product information other site visitors enjoy.

“IKO roofing shingles and accessories, such as underlayment, ice and water protector and other components of our ShieldPRO plus+ roofing system have earned a well-deserved reputation for quality. Homeowners and contractors alike have come to ask for IKO by name.

“There’s a large and fast-growing segment of the population whose mother tongue is Spanish. We wanted a way to help them to feel that same level of confidence and trust in all of our IKO products.

“By ‘speaking their language’, we hope to simplify their buying decision. It’s complicated enough to understand the technical aspects of asphalt roofing shingles. Imagine dealing with a language barrier at the same time!”

She goes on to say that more and more Spanish-speaking contractors are starting up businesses, too.

“Contractors have always told us how much they appreciate IKO’s support, especially in helping them build their businesses. They know they can count on us for accurate, timely information on IKO roofing products as well as sales, service and technical support.

“By extending the product information on the residential side of our website to include Spanish, as well as English and French, we’re confident we will succeed in building trust with them, too. Everything that Spanish-speaking homeowners and contractors need to know about all of our asphalt roofing shingles will be right at their fingertips.”

Ms. Perkins observes that globalization is presenting all companies with unique challenges and opportunities.

“As an international leader and innovator in the roofing industry for over 50 years, IKO is very well positioned to deal with these new realities. We’ve always responded to the changing demands of our contractor and distributor networks as well as to those of their customers. Communicating in their language of choice is in everyone’s best interest.”

She encourages homeowners and professional roofing contractors to check out the residential section of IKO’s corporate website, now in Spanish.

ARMA and ASTM to Develop Product Category Rules for Asphalt Roofing in North America

The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) has partnered with ASTM International to develop Product Category Rules (PCR) for asphalt roofing in North America. The new PCR will provide consistent methodologies for asphalt roofing manufacturers to measure and report the expected environmental impact of their products. This new document can be accessed for free on ASTM International’s website (

PCRs provide guidelines for the development of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for a specific product group. PCRs are valuable to any industry because they streamline the process through which products are measured and their environmental impacts communicated, creating globally consistent documentation. Asphalt roofing manufacturers can use these guidelines to review their own products and develop an EPD, which is a verified document that reports the expected environmental performance of a product based on its expected life cycle. An EPD uses the data collected through PCR guidelines to provide comparable environmental impact data for similar products.

“This PCR is a significant, universal resource for the asphalt roofing industry,” said ARMA executive vice president Reed Hitchcock. “It provides asphalt roofing manufacturers with a way to collect, measure, and communicate data pertaining to expected product environmental impacts through an Environmental Product Declaration, and will give consumers and industry professionals new insight into asphalt roofing materials. Developing these guidelines helps further ARMA’s commitment to transparency and environmental sustainability.”

ARMA and several of its member companies participated in the development of this PCR, titled “Asphalt Shingles, Built-Up Asphalt Membrane Roofing, and Modified Bituminous Membrane Roofing.” The guidelines cover asphalt shingles applied over underlayment, and low-slope roofing assemblies consisting of various combinations of factory-produced asphalt-saturated or coated base sheets, ply sheets and cap sheets together with specified viscous asphalt coatings, adhesives and surfacings.

ASTM began its PCR and EPD program in 2012 to provide an infrastructure that can be used for the evaluation and communication of a product’s full-lifecycle environmental impacts. ASTM develops PCRs in partnership with various segments of the building construction industry and in accordance with international standards. ARMA’s partnership with ASTM was an efficient way to provide a PCR to asphalt roofing manufacturers that is standard among researchers, developers, consumers and businesses.

ARMA Seeks Projects that Demonstrate Beauty, Affordability and Reliability of Asphalt Roofing

Does your asphalt roofing project have what it takes to win one of the top awards in the industry? The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is again looking for the top commercial and residential asphalt roofing projects for its 2015 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) Awards Program.

QARC is open to roofing contractors, consultants and architects working with asphalt roofing products. The awards program will honor the top three projects that demonstrate the beauty, affordability and reliability of asphalt roofing.

The submission period for the QARC Awards Program is coming to an end. Roofing professionals have until Wednesday, Dec. 31 to submit their best asphalt roofing projects. ARMA wants to see your most outstanding work from 2014, so submit your entry today before time runs out!

Submitting a project is easy. Industry professionals can enter their project online on the QARC Awards page of ARMA’s website by providing a description of the project and explaining why and how asphalt products were used. Entrants are also required to upload a few hi-resolution photos of the completed project. Both new construction and renovation projects are eligible for the program.

“The QARC Awards Program highlights top industry professionals and their work with asphaltic roofing products,” said Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “Previous winners have been chosen for their innovative design, sustainable building methods and successful renovation techniques. We aim to document outstanding projects that demonstrate the benefits of asphalt roofing systems and help home and building owners find the best value in roofing.”

There is no limit to the number of entries a contestant can submit, and there is no fee to enter. ARMA awards cash prizes to the top three roofing projects, and the winners are featured in national roofing trade publications.

GAF Roofs Recognized in ARMA’s 2014 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study Program

Three GAF roofs were recognized in ARMA’s (the Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association’s) 2014 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study (QARC) program. The QARC program seeks to recognize industry professionals who use asphaltic roofing and to document successful projects that illustrate the benefits of asphalt roofing systems.

Winning the Gold award was Doral City Hall, submitted by Precision Roofing Corp. of Miami. The built-up roofing project tasked the contractor with performing a complex roofing job under tight government scrutiny while protecting the building’s assets, reducing costs, and assuring roof longevity. In addition, Precision Roofing was mandated to install an energy-efficient roof system using a cap sheet that exceeds the reflectance requirements of ENERGY STAR, Title 24 and the Miami 21 Initiative. The project featured multiple roof areas, including a portion over lightweight insulating concrete using the GAFGLAS Stratavent Eliminator Nailable Venting Base Sheet, three plies of premium glass ply, and the hot-mopped EnergyCap BUR cap sheet. This premium roof system features high reflectivity, meets the latest building code standards, and offers reliable and redundant protection for this important government facility.

This year’s Silver award-winning project was completed by Advanced Roofing Inc. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on a high-profile Publix grocery store. As a Publix Corporate preferred roofing contractor, Advanced Roofing was chosen from more than 200 other bidders for this new construction roofing project. The 60,000-square-foot roof consists of three plies of Type 6 hot-mopped roofing felt followed by one ply of Ruberoid PRF modified bitumen fire-rated cap sheet, and then coated with a white/gray striped design. The coating added reflective performance and an aesthetic design, offering Publix the extra protection of a four-ply asphalt roofing system that features both durability and sustainability. In fact, Publix Corporate uses asphalt-based roofing for 90 percent of its properties, and this roof was the 70th new roof installed by Advanced Roofing Inc. for the grocery store chain since 1996.

Achieving Honorable Mention in the 2014 ARMA QARC contest was The Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., submitted by Mark J. Sobeck Roof Consulting Inc. The decision to go with GAF’s Monaco roofing shingles in Venetian Coral was based on the County’s desire to re-create the look of the original building’s European clay tile while saving up to 70 percent of the cost of the original roof. The asphalt roofing shingles were also chosen for their durability, impact resistance, and ability to hold up to roof traffic compared with the original barrel-shaped Spanish tile. Not only has this roof become the talk of the town of Wilkes-Barre, it also met the four key criteria specified by the County and the roof consultant: durability, aesthetics, reliability, and cost.

“These three award-winning projects are great examples of how asphalt-based roofing can do it all—on low- and steep-slope roofs for a variety of clients,” says Lynn Picone, director of inside sales at GAF. “The roofing industry is indebted to ARMA and its leadership for following through on yet another successful QARC program. This case study program provides all industry professionals the opportunity to share good roofing practices and have their efforts recognized by ARMA’s panel of judges.”

Asphalt Roofing Industry Announces Winners of 2012 Accident Prevention Contest

The asphalt roofing industry is honoring 12 companies for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) recognized the winners for their outstanding safety records in the manufacture of asphalt roofing materials.

“We are extremely proud of all this year’s winners,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice-president of ARMA. “Safety is a No. 1 concern for all our ARMA members. The work that ARMA’s Health, Safety & Environment Committee puts into this contest every year shows our continued focus on the safety of our members and how the industry is taking proactive steps to maintain and improve on our collective safety records.”

The contest’s winners are determined by the “ARMA Index,” which scores facilities based on their safety data for the year. To ensure all participants competed against plants of comparable size and capacity, entrants were grouped by the following criteria: Group A comprised facilities with more than 300,000 labor hours worked per year; Group B included facilities with 200,000 to 300,000 labor hours; Group C with 100,000 to 200,000 labor hours; and Group D with 100,000 or fewer labor hours worked per year. The facilities were classified based on the previous year’s total labor-hours worked.

Awards were presented in four categories: President’s Award, Award of Excellence, Perfect Employee Safety Certificate and Certificate of Improvement.

President’s Award: Presented to the plant in each labor-hour group that has had the lowest combined ARMA Index over the last two years.

  • Group A: GAF, Michigan City, Ind.
  • Group B: GAF, Baltimore
  • Group C: Atlas Roofing Corp., Hampton, Ga.
  • Group D: CertainTeed Corp., Wilmington, Calif.

Award of Excellence: Presented to those plants that have recorded three consecutive years of a “perfect” ARMA Index and are not President’s Award winners.

  • CertainTeed Corp., Little Rock, Ark.
  • GAF, Walpole, Mass.
  • Henry Co., Bartow, Fla.; Houston; Huntington Park, Calif.; and Ontario, Calif.
  • Owens Corning, Brookville, Ind., and Houston
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Atlanta; Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis; Minneapolis; Portland, Ore.; and Summit, Ill.
  • Tarco, North Little Rock, Ark.

Perfect Employee Safety Certificate: Presented to those plants that had a “perfect” ARMA Index for 2012.

  • Atlas Roofing Corp., Franklin, Ohio
  • CertainTeed Corp., Milan, Ohio; Oxford, N.C.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Wilmington, Calif.
  • GAF, Fresno, Calif.; Walpole, Mass.; Tampa, Fla.; Fontana, Calif.; Chester, S.C.; Shafter, Calif.; and Stockton, Calif.
  • Henry Co., Indianapolis; Ontario, Calif.; Bartow, Fla.; Huntington Park, Calif.; Kingman, Ariz.; and Houston
  • Johns Manville, Macon, Ga., and South Gate, Calif.
  • Malarkey Roofing Products, Oklahoma City
  • Owens Corning, Jacksonville, Fla.; Houston; Kearny, N.J.; Savannah, Ga.; and Brookville, Ind.
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Kearny, N.J.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Irving, Texas; Houston; Denver; Atlanta; Medina, Ohio; Memphis; Minneapolis; Oklahoma City; Portland, Ore.; and Summit, Ill.
  • TAMKO Building Products, Columbus, Kan.
  • Tarco, North Little Rock, Ark.

Certificate of Improvement: Presented to those plants that demonstrate an improvement in their ARMA Index of at least 25 percent compared with their previous year’s performance.

  • Atlas Roofing Corp., Ardmore, Okla.; Franklin, Ohio; and Daingerfield, Texas
  • Building Products of Canada, Joliette, Quebec, Canada; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and LaSalle, Quebec
  • CertainTeed Corp., Oxford, N.C.; Milan, Ohio; and Norwood, Mass.
  • GAF, Tuscaloosa, Ala.; Myerstown, Pa.; Tampa, Fla.; Stockton, Calif.; Chester, S.C.; and Fontana, Calif.
  • Henry Co., Indianapolis
  • IKO Production Inc., Wilmington, Del.
  • Johns Manville, South Gate, Calif.
  • Owens Corning, Denver; Minneapolis; Summit, Ill.; Memphis; and Kearny, N.J.
  • Owens Corning (Asphalt), Oklahoma City; Medina, Ohio; Kearny, N.J.; Denver; and Houston
  • Polyglass USA Inc., Hazleton, Pa., and Winter Haven, Fla.
  • TAMKO Building Products, Joplin, Mo., and Columbus, Kan.

For each of the awards, participants must file quarterly reports, which measure key components of a comprehensive plant safety program, including lost or restricted time after an injury, OSHA reportable incidents and the labor hours worked at the location.