CertainTeed Gypsum Receives Award for Customer Service from Do it Best Corp.

CertainTeed Gypsum was rewarded for its perpetual commitment to excellence in customer service by Do it Best Corp., a home improvement industry co-op. Do it Best Corp. named the Gypsum division the 2015 Building Materials Vendor of the Year at its annual Member and Vendor Excellence Awards in Indianapolis. The ceremony recognizes outstanding performance among Do it Best vendors based on four criteria: product quality, service level, sales growth and sales/customer service.

CertainTeed Gypsum stood out this year for the high level of support it gives Do it Best member-owners through competitive pricing, enhanced programming and improved market specials offered throughout the year.

“At Do it Best Corp., our number one goal is helping our members grow and achieve their dreams,” says Joe Corah, divisional manager for building materials sales at Do it Best Corp. “CertainTeed Gypsum has been a highly effective partner in pursuing that goal as we work together to strengthen independent dealers across the country with top-notch programs and services.”

CertainTeed Corp.’s gypsum product division was first awarded Vendor of the Year in 2013 when its scored high marks in the areas of inside and field sales staff support, quality products and accurate invoicing. The product division has continued to excel in these areas, proving its commitment to Do it Best Corp. and its members.

“We are honored to receive our second Vendor of the Year award from Do it Best Corp., especially because of what it represents,” says Dave Engelhardt, president of CertainTeed Gypsum. “Maintaining strong customer relationships is just as vital to us as manufacturing innovative, high-quality products, and this award is evidence of our commitment to our valued distribution partners.”

CertainTeed Teams up with the Host of Income Property

Scott McGillivray, the host of Income Property—the real estate, renovation and rental finance solution television show—is teaming up with CertainTeed Corp., a brand of high-performance building products. In addition to McGillivray and his construction team having access to CertainTeed’s wide range of interior and exterior building materials on upcoming episodes of Income Property, the partnership also includes event appearances, collaborative website and social media content and more.

“CertainTeed’s long-standing commitment to manufacturing a wide breadth of high-performance, sustainable building materials fully aligns with my philosophy of smart home renovation and passion for helping homeowners get the most value out of their biggest investment,” Scott says.

With the 11th season of Income Property premiering in 2016, the internationally renowned real estate investor, contractor, author and educator, will continue his quest to assist homeowners by building income rental suites to help them afford their mortgages. In each episode, Scott evaluates, plans, and executes renovations by presenting homeowners with two plan options, enhanced by CGI and three-dimensional animation. The final scenes reveal a beautifully staged income suite and the increased home equity data.

“Scott McGillivray is the definition of a Canadian success story; an astute real estate investor, skilled contractor and accomplished entrepreneur who shares our passion for sustainable innovation and the importance of taking a holistic, structural approach when remodeling a space,” says Mara Villanueva-Heras, vice president of corporate marketing for CertainTeed Corp. “We are fortunate to partner with such a respected and trusted resource to help us create greater awareness of the high-performance and stylish solutions CertainTeed offers North American homeowners.”

Scott will have his pick of CertainTeed’s extensive selection of ceiling, gypsum and mold prevention products, as well as roofing, housewrap, siding, trim, railing and fence products to remodel each show’s unique home projects. A sampling of his choices include:

  • AirRenew IAQ Drywall – Specially designed to offer a healthier living environment by improving indoor air quality and offering peace of mind for generations, AirRenew uses proprietary technology to absorb formaldehyde and convert it into safe inert compounds. Once captured in the board, the chemicals cannot be released back into the air.
  • Forticel Mold Prevention Coating – A spray applied mold inhibitor for use on interior wall studs and wood framing.
  • Membrain Smart Vapor Retarder – A revolutionary product that not only blocks moisture from entering, but also adapts permeability to allow excess moisture to escape from wall cavities, helping to reduce the potential for mold growth and other moisture-related problems.
  • Performa Fine Fissured Ceiling Panels – A mineral fiber panel with a 100 percent non-directional fissured pattern that comes in a variety of edge details and panel sizes, offering best-in-class value and performance. The VOC-compliant product is high-humidity and sag resistant.
  • Landmark PRO Asphalt Roofing Shingles – Engineered to outperform ordinary roofing in every category, Landmark PRO is available in a palette of Max Def colors that feature a rich mixture of surface granules for a brighter, more dramatic appearance. Heavier than traditional laminate shingles, and backed with a transferable lifetime limited warranty, Landmark PRO will keep a home comfortable and protected for years. The shingles are a key component of the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance.
  • Cedar Impressions Polymer Shake and Shingle Siding – All the rugged charm of cedar without the high cost and maintenance, Cedar Impressions enhances a home’s look with the elegant, yet subtle appearance of finely crafted cedar shingles in half-round, staggered, or straight edge styles. More than 30 color options are available in three authentic TrueTexture finishes.
  • Restoration Millwork Cellular PVC Trim – Available in TrueTexture woodgrain and smooth finishes and featuring UV resistance, Restoration Millwork cuts and mills with traditional woodworking tools and fastens with nails or screws.
  • Vinyl Carpentry – The most complete siding accessory line in the industry, Vinyl Carpentry includes window and door trim, corner systems, accents, wall and soffit transitions and functional trim such as j-channels and starter strips. Choosing the proper accessories can guarantee optimum performance, design flexibility and aesthetic enhancement to create eye-catching curb appeal.
  • CertaWrap Weather Resistant Barrier – A housewrap that provides an added layer of protection against air and moisture damage, helping to reduce heating and cooling costs by preventing air infiltration and leakage through gaps, cracks or holes.
  • EverNew Kingston Vinyl Railing System – Available in White, Almond or Clay, it offers classic wood styling in a durable, low-maintenance classic broad-loaf design for top and bottom rails with a choice of square or traditional balusters in two heights and two lengths.
  • Bufftech Vinyl Fence – Manufactured from premium quality polyvinyl chloride (PVC) for exceptional impact strength and UV resistance, Bufftech will not rot, warp, split or splinter. Its easy-care privacy or picket design comes in a variety of heights and leads the industry in colors, styles and textures including smooth, woodgrain and stucco finishes; and is backed by a lifetime limited warranty.

Mobile App Determines Amount of Roofing Ventilation Products Needed

CertainTeed has made available its Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application.

CertainTeed has made available its Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application.

CertainTeed has made available its Roofing Ventilation Calculator mobile application. The free digital tool gives building professionals a fast and accurate way to determine the amount of ventilation products needed to outfit an attic space with balanced ventilation. Available for iOS and Android devices, the app includes the complete line of CertainTeed Roofing ventilation products—ridge vents, rolled ridge vents, intake vents and static exhaust vents. Find the app on iTunes and Google Play.

The Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Recognizes CertainTeed Insulation Products

Thanks to an accreditation awarded by the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance Professional Certification Program (SPFA PCP), contractors can be confident that CertainTeed operates using the industry’s best practices for world-class spray foam insulation products, technical knowledge and training. CertainTeed is one of the first supplier companies in the spray polyurethane foam (SPF) industry to meet the rigorous demands of the respected professional organization’s certification program.

“We believe excellence in manufacturing the highest quality spray polyurethane foam products is just part of the equation,” says Ken Forsythe, manager of product marketing for CertainTeed Insulation. “Education and proper installation of building materials have always been top priorities with CertainTeed. SPF insulation is one of the more technical products to master, and our SPFA PCP supplier accreditation shows our dedication to partnering with building professionals well after the product leaves the factory.”

The SPFA PCP is an internationally recognized program built for those involved in the installation of spray polyurethane foam. Covering roofing and insulation applications, the program advocates industry best practices and safety. The new SPF Supplier Company Accreditation category is designed to increase the scope of the program, to include additional organizations and individuals which are key to the SPF supply chain, and to provide further distinction for those companies that invest in their people and customers.

The standards-driven program is ISO 17024 compliant and was developed by committees of industry stakeholders in collaboration with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in addition to other federal agencies and external stakeholders. It is offered both domestically and internationally.

“This prestigious achievement signifies CertainTeed’s adherence and commitment to the SPF industry’s best practices,” says Kelly Cook Marcavage, certification director for SPFA PCP. “It is an honor to work with such a dedicated company who shares our demand for the highest of standards and utmost professionalism.”

As part of the accreditation process, select CertainTeed personnel were required to become certified as SPF Insulation Supplier Representatives through the SPFA PCP. Criteria also included supplier offered training programs for contractors and best practices/risk management program verification.

Courses Added to CertainTeed Continuing Education Webinar Schedule

Building professionals can look forward to earning more free credit hours this year, thanks to additions to the CertainTeed Building Knowledge Academy of Continuing Education (ACE) webinar course schedule. Topics include specifying high-performance materials for medical facility interiors, sustainable systems for the building envelope and cool roofing. Residential landscape design and fence systems will also be covered.

“This year, we are celebrating more than 100,000 credit hours earned by architects and design professionals,” says Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed Corp. “It’s a milestone to be proud of, as we strive to be the best and most convenient resource for continuing education and technical information. Webinars provide a unique opportunity to have a dialogue with the architecture and construction industry in real time.”

“Landscape and Residential Fence Systems: An Overview,” 2 to 3 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 8, will cover will the advantages and disadvantages of four kinds of fencing materials for residential fencing systems. Attendees will learn about the vinyl manufacturing process, commonly used test standards, the ICC code for swimming pool fencing and vinyl fence installation methods.

Later that same week, “Up on the Roof: Asphalt Shingles,” 1 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10, will go over the key components within an asphalt shingle that contribute to solar reflectance and reduce the heat island effect. Learning objectives include how to properly ventilate roofing systems in order to reduce energy consumption within the building and increase indoor air quality; how the recycling of asphalt shingles contribute to a sustainable environment; the benefits of ENERGY STAR-rated roofing products and more.

All CEU courses are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for one learning unit. Many are also certified for AIA Health Safety and Welfare (HSW) and Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) credential maintenance program, giving professionals the credits they need and the product and system knowledge to specify smarter. The online academy also helps users easily organize and keep track of their completed courses and earned credits.

In addition, online content is accessible 24/7 via multiple platforms and devices, giving users the ability to choose how and when they want to learn—whether by attending scheduled seminars or taking an online self-guided course.

App Offers Holistic Approach on Selecting a Roofing System

With the Free CertainTeed Roofing Guide app, homeowners can now easily drive inspiration for their home’s exterior color palette.

With the Free CertainTeed Roofing Guide app, homeowners can now easily drive inspiration for their home’s exterior color palette.

With the Free CertainTeed Roofing Guide app, homeowners can now easily drive inspiration for their home’s exterior color palette. The user-friendly mobile application, updated for iPad and now available for Android tablets, is an easy and efficient way to showcase CertainTeed’s shingle color and design options.

To offer homeowners a holistic approach on selecting a roofing system, the app includes the latest CertainTeed Roofing products; a layer-by-layer look at the components of the Integrity Roof System; an accessories brochure; and the CertainTeed Idea Book, which depicts an array of inspiring design options.

Designed for tablets, the CertainTeed Roofing Guide can be found by searching “CertainTeed” on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Metal Resembles Clay and Wood

Presidio Metal Roofing from CertainTeed Corp. replicates the appearance of natural clay tile and wood shake.

Presidio Metal Roofing from CertainTeed Corp. replicates the appearance of natural clay tile and wood shake.


Presidio Metal Roofing from CertainTeed Corp. replicates the appearance of natural clay tile and wood shake. The high-performance, aesthetically pleasing steel alloy panels feature a patented anti-corrosive coating with cool roof technology. ENERGY STAR-qualified, Presidio is manufactured with up to 50 percent recycled material and is 100 percent recyclable when removed. Its solar-reflective, fade-resistant surface can significantly lower roof temperature, decreasing the amount of heat transferred into a home. The lightweight product, which does not require battens, contains overlaps that conceal the joints. Presidio resists winds exceeding 110 mph, is Class IV impact-resistant-rated and can be installed to achieve a Class-A fire rating.

CertainTeed Accepts Entries for Living Spaces Home Makeover Contest

Transform your family home from drab to dazzling by entering to win an expansive remodel from CertainTeed Corp., a North American brand of building products. Now accepting video entries, the annual Living Spaces Home Makeover Contest encourages homeowners to creatively showcase their wish lists for a dream house exterior redesign.

This summer, one lucky winner will receive an incredible $100,000 grand prize, which includes $75,000 worth of building products, including professional installation and a $25,000 tax gross-up payment. In prior years, winners received $75,000 worth of building products and installation; however, this year CertainTeed has pulled out all the stops by not only increasing the value to assist with ancillary costs, but also awarding energy-efficient attic insulation for complete home comfort behind the scenes.

To enter the contest, homeowners simply need to grab their cell phone or video camera and show off their family’s acting talents and unique personalities by uploading their most entertaining 30- to 90-second video to the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page. Videos should be creative and fun, such as using an original story idea or theme to explain why their home needs a makeover using CertainTeed’s extensive selection of polymer, insulated and vinyl siding, designer roofing, housewrap, insulation, decking, railing, fence and trim.

CertainTeed will be accepting entries through 11 p.m. EST on May 31 and will announce the winner on or about June 15.

Video entries will appear on the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook contest page where visitors can vote for their favorite until 11 p.m. EST on June 7. The top 10 videos that have received the greatest number of “like” votes will be finalists for best overall pick by CertainTeed judges. The winning family will also star in a series of Facebook and YouTube video webisodes featuring their home’s remarkable transformation, with the freedom to choose the latest mix and match of products, colors, styles and textures for exceptional curb appeal; combined with energy-saving insulation. Nine runners-up will each receive $500 outdoor living prize packages. For more information and complete contest rules and details, visit the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page.

CertainTeed offers unsurpassed Freedom of Choice through its portfolio of roofing, long-lasting polymer, insulated and vinyl siding as well as fence, railing, decking, exterior trim and the energy-saving benefits of new attic insulation. CertainTeed offers the advantage of using exterior products from a single source that are designed to mix-and-match with each other and feature authentic textures, versatile styles and rich color combinations for a beautifully coordinated look. As the result of a strong commitment to environmental responsibility, CertainTeed is the first manufacturer to issue and publish third-party validated life cycle assessments (LCA) for its vinyl and trim product lines. For more information, visit CertainTeed’s Freedom of Choice Web page.

SBS-modified Asphalt Shingle Offers Enhanced Weatherability

NorthGate, a designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability.

NorthGate, a designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability.

NorthGate, a designer asphalt roofing shingle offering manufactured by CertainTeed, boasts an SBS-polymer modifier for enhanced weatherability and a rich mixture of surface granules for added aesthetic depth and dimension.

Currently available in the Northwest region of the U.S., NorthGate is designed to endure harsh, cold-weather elements affronting the roof. The shingle’s SBS composition allows it to remain flexible at temperatures as low as 0 F, making it easier to install in cold climates. Plus, the two-piece laminated fiberglass-based shingle meets the requirements of UL 2218 Class 4 for impact resistance.

When tested against a standard asphalt shingle, NorthGate demonstrates a 40 percent improvement in tear strength, a 40 percent improvement in nail pull-through resistance and a 15 percent increase in granule retention.

In addition to its exceptional strength, NorthGate features a rich mixture of surface granules that deliver vibrant, maximum-definition curb appeal and create a dimensional appearance similar to that of natural wood. NorthGate is available in six classic Max Def colors: Burnt Sienna, Granite Gray, Heather Blend, Moire Black, Resawn Shake and Weathered Wood.

The 270 pound-per-square NorthGate comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty, including a 15-year StreakFighter warranty, 10-year SureStart protection, and 15-year 110 mph wind-resistance warranty. A wind warranty upgrade to 130 mph is available when NorthGate is installed with its companion hip and ridge accessory, NorthGate Ridge and CertainTeed starter shingles.

Upgraded Solar Roofing System Combines Greater Efficiency with Easy Wiring

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

Now featuring 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels, CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system combines greater efficiency and aesthetics with its trademark easy wiring installation. The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or with the installation of a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles.

“The solar industry continues to evolve and the demand for more efficient, affordable residential electricity-generating roofing systems is growing exponentially,” says Mark Stancroff, director, CertainTeed Solar. “The newly enhanced Apollo II is not only more efficient but also comes with one of the most robust warranties in the industry—with CertainTeed warrantying the Apollo II system itself and its installation by a CertainTeed certified installer.”

Like its predecessor, the newly enhanced Apollo II fully integrates with roofing shingles for a clean, seam-less appearance. Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easier electrical wiring. Water channels and raised fastener locations further improve water-proofing of the solar roofing system.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Each slim, 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation, and the sleek black frame, cells and backsheet visually blend with surrounding shingles.

Also available with the same powerful characteristics, Apollo Tile II offers an integrated system designed for flat, concrete tiles. It weighs 13 pounds and features a natural brown frame, black cells and black backsheet for curb appeal.

The Apollo II and Apollo Tile II systems are available nationwide and are offered in pre-engineered kits containing all components necessary for installation. Apollo II systems are Class A fire-rated and meet UL 790, UL 1703 and IEC 61215 requirements. Apollo II is also rated for wind resistance up to 110 mph and loads up to 250 pounds per square foot. In addition, the product is backed by a warranty for electricity output and installation workmanship, carrying a 25-year limited power warranty and 10-year limited product warranty.

Apollo II qualifies for a 30 percent federal tax credit and may be eligible for state rebates and incentives listed at Dsireusa.org. Additional incentives may also be available through local utility providers.

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