The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) is searching for the top asphalt roofing projects in North America. Roofing contractors, architects, consultants and specifiers are invited to submit commercial and residential roofing projects to the association’s Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study (QARC) Awards program, now and through the end of the year.
Each year a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner are chosen. These roofing professionals receive cash prizes and gain national recognition. Winners and their projects receive media coverage and are featured in top trade publications. This year, ARMA has redesigned its submission process to make it easier than ever. Simply upload photos of your project along with a description and details about why asphalt roofing materials were chosen. High-resolution photos of the completed project are strongly encouraged for submission. Both new construction and renovation projects are eligible for the program.
Submissions for the 2016 Quality Asphalt Roofing Case-study Awards Program are currently being accepted through Saturday, Dec. 31. Roofing professionals can submit as many projects as they want without any cost to enter.
“The QARC program helps ARMA recognize the most beautiful and innovative asphalt roofing projects being built or restored today,” says Reed Hitchcock, executive vice president of ARMA. “By celebrating the use of asphalt materials in these low- and steep-slope projects, we shine a light on skilled roofing contractors who demonstrate the benefits of asphalt roofing.”
For more information on the Quality Asphalt Roofing Case Study Awards Program, visit ARMA’s website.
When traditional SBS-modified membranes age, the oils within the membrane heat up and “cook out”, causing cracking and eventually leaking. OptiMax utilizes an “active modification” process, which involves chemically reacting the polyurethane modifier to specific molecules within the asphalt. This modification provides enhanced long-term performance characteristics and weatherability.
Its performance is further improved by the fact that minerals are more strongly attracted to the polyurethane in the OptiMax membrane. The result is improved adhesion thus providing UV protection, preventing the likelihood of cracking and leaking issues common in traditional membranes. During advanced surface testing, OptiMax had fewer cracks when compared to traditional asphalt-modified membranes and retained its tensile strength in the face of damaging UV radiation.
“OptiMax has the ability to literally change the face of the roofing industry. This new technology will revolutionize the market and redefine expectations of building owners in terms of performance and protection. OptiMax has been engineered to outperform other commercial roofing products in the industry,” explains Melissa Rus, Garland’s director of research and development.
PHOTO: The Garland Co. Inc.
The 92,000-square-foot facility features 12,000 square feet of offices, 5,000 square feet of research and development space and 75,000 square feet of warehouse and manufacturing. New mixing, filling and laboratory testing equipment will be installed in the new facility. Production is scheduled to start in late 2015. This facility will replace a smaller sealants plant opened in 2013. The Chicago plant will continue operations with expanded capacity for asphalt products.
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.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) has released its 2014-15 market survey providing information about overall sales volume trends in the roofing industry, roofing experiences, material usage and regional breakdowns. It is an important tool to measure the scope of the U.S. roofing industry, and the data provides a glimpse into which roof systems are trending in the low- and steep-slope roofing markets.
This year’s survey reports sales volumes for 2014 and 2015 projections averaged between $7 million and just more than $8 million, respectively, and revealed a near-steady ratio of low- to steep-slope sales of 72 percent to 28 percent.
For low-slope roofs, TPO remains the market leader with a 31 percent share of the new construction market and 26 percent of the reroofing market for 2014. Asphalt shingles continue to dominate the steep-slope roofing market with a 44 percent market share for new construction and a 58 percent share for reroofing.
Polyisocyanurate insulation continues to lead its sector of the market with 75 percent of new construction and 70 percent of reroofing work.
In addition, roof cover board installation for 2014 was reported as 24 percent in new construction, 46 percent in reroofing tear-offs and 30 percent in re-cover projects.
NRCA’s market survey enables roofing contractors to compare their material usage with contractors in other regions, and provides manufacturers and distributors with data to analyze, which can affect future business decisions.
Working with the unique variables of a region and its climate poses a significant challenge to roofing contractors. Installing a roof system that looks beautiful and can stand up to ice, snow and freezing temperatures takes an expertise that only comes with experience. This is the case in the snowy and picturesque mountains of Park City, Utah. The city is a winter haven for skiers who vacation there, but the extended snow and cold season can deliver a beating to a roof.
The Grand Lodge at Deer Valley Resort, a luxury condominium development at one of North America’s top-ranked ski resorts, sits at an elevation of 9,000 feet in the mountainous area. Along with the breathtaking views comes an average annual snowfall of 350 inches. As a result, the 40,000-square-foot concrete tile roof of the lodge had begun to fail after only six years of intense weather and needed to be replaced immediately.
The concrete tile roof and poorly ventilated deck were causing major problems for the building owner, not to mention the residents who live and rent there. Heat was escaping through the roof, causing the snow to melt and refreeze at the eaves. Dangerous icicles would form, and noisy chainsaws were frequently needed to cut through the ice on the 5-story building. In 2013, the owner of the condominium decided to completely redesign the roofing system. IronClad Exteriors Inc., a Sandy, Utah-based roofing company had successfully installed roofs for Deer Valley in the past and was contacted by Deer Valley Resort Management to consult on the new design.
“Due to insufficient insulation and poor ventilation on the existing roof, ice dams were forming, tiles were cracking and the roof was falling apart,” says Eric Kircher, owner of IronClad Exteriors. “There was an architect involved in redesigning the roof … . I was asked to take a look at the design, and I recommended an asphalt shingle roof instead.
Kircher advised that a full asphalt roofing system with proper insulation and moisture protection would be able to withstand the harsh weather of the ski resort.
“Asphalt was the ideal material for the reroof for reasons that involve aesthetics, safety, and the long-term health and viability of the roof,” he notes. “I recommended a shake style because it really fit the architecture and look of the roof while being able to protect the building and residents from the weather conditions.”
Over the span of six months, IronClad Exteriors tore off the tile roof and installed a system they had used many times to help homeowners in the area protect their homes from ice and snow. FlintBoard ISO NB (Nail Base) Composite Polyisocyanurate/OSB Roof insulation was installed over the plywood deck, followed by a 3- by 10-inch fascia board. WinterGuard HT advanced waterproofing underlayment and DiamondDeck High Performance Synthetic Underlayment were then added to provide important moisture resistance. Finally, the Presidential Shake TL asphalt shingles provided a beautiful look that matched the lodge’s breathtaking surroundings. The project was completed in November 2014.
The Grand Lodge’s new asphalt roof also contains a unique feature that sets it apart in form and function. IronClad installed 11,000 copper snow guards that offer another layer of weather protection. Snow freezes around the copper pieces and keeps it from sliding down the roof to form dangerous ice dams at the eaves. Lodge residents no longer have to walk underneath potentially hazardous icicles or listen to the sounds of manlifts and chainsaws that are used to remove them.
“The roofing system we designed had the unique ability to withstand that type of cold environment,” Kircher notes. “There will be no heat loss contributing to ice and snow on the eaves, and the insulation protects the interior of the lodge. These are high-end condominiums with finished ceilings and no attic space at the top where you can put more insulation, so the insulation had to be installed on the existing roof deck to prevent ice dams.”
The installation process went smoothly despite the challenges brought on by Park City’s weather. Snow can begin to fall as early as September and lasts through the spring, providing little time for construction projects to take place. Fortunately, IronClad had extensive experience with the roofing systems needed in Park City.
GAF announces that it was voted No. 1 in “Quality Ratings” and as the “Brand Used the Most” in the 2015 BUILDER Brand Use Study in the category of “Roofing: Asphalt/Fiberglass Shingles.” This marks the 9th year out of the past 10 that the company has topped the rankings for highest quality.
“The Builder Brand Use Survey is an annual benchmark that provides extensive insight across the largest spectrum of products used by today’s builders,” notes Paul Tourbaf, group president of Hanley Wood‘s Residential New Construction division. In addition to providing brand familiarity and product use data, the study also captures the market sentiment when it comes to what’s driving product consideration and buying decisions. “There is a clear connection in the 2014 results that highlights a potent combination of product performance and features ahead of cost which drove decisions in the past,” adds Tourbaf. “Innovative brands like GAF that are committed to demonstrating continual advances in design and durability while they communicate unique attributes of their brand will continue gain builder attention and market share.”
“With our continued focus on producing high quality products at GAF, it is a true honor to rank highest in quality with builders yet again, and to know that GAF is the brand used by them most often,” states Paul Bromfield, senior vice president of marketing and business development at GAF.
GAF maintains a focus on quality in all of its products, and incorporates its proprietary Advanced Protection Technology into all its laminated roofing shingles. This results in improved performance, including superior durability and wind resistance, while reducing the use of precious natural resources. All GAF Lifetime Shingles also pass ASTM’s two toughest wind tests—ASTM D3161 Class F 110 mph and ASTM D7158 Class H 150 mph—and carry GAF’s Lifetime limited warranty.
For more than 20 years, the BUILDER Brand Use Study has proved to be an industry resource for trends and information. This year’s study was conducted in collaboration with Farnsworth Research and represents a survey response of 1,128 builders, builder/developers and general contractors.