CertainTeed-credentialed Roofing Contractors Now Can Quickly Locate Homes Damaged by Hailstorms

A partnership between CertainTeed Corp. and advanced weather forensics company HailStrike aims to help CertainTeed-credentialed roofing contractors quickly and accurately locate homes damaged by hailstorms so they can connect with homeowners in need of roof repairs. Three services are available: HailStrike tracking, OneSite reports and AniSwath hail map. Roofers with HailStrike tracking have access to radar-based storm-tracking software that trails the heart of the storm and provides the size of hail. The OneSite tool provides site-specific information for hail activity at exact locations. The AniSwath service gives direct access to a colorized, fully animated hail swath map. Contractors interested in learning more about HailStrike can contact their local CertainTeed territory manager.

Repair Roof Leaks in One Step

SmartFlash EZ Patch from CertainTeed Corp.

SmartFlash EZ Patch from CertainTeed Corp.

SmartFlash EZ Patch from CertainTeed Corp. is a single-component, high-performance, self-terminating cold-liquid-applied membrane that quickly patches leaks and cracks on flat and sloping surfaces. The UV-stable, pre-saturated self-adhering product is fleece-reinforced and made of one part urethane. Each package contains latex gloves and a pre-saturated fleece patch, measuring approximately 16 by 10 1/2 inches. It can be used on bitumen, single-ply membranes, concrete, wood and metal roofing surfaces. Once finished, there is no leftover material to clean up, and the roof is rainproof in one hour and completely cured in 48 hours.

Solar Roofing System Delivers More Wattage

CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system has been upgraded to 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels.

CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system has been upgraded to 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels.

CertainTeed Corp.’s Apollo II solar roofing system has been upgraded to 60-watt monocrystalline integrated photovoltaic panels. The lightweight, durable panels are resistant to wind uplift and can be integrated into an existing roof or installed as a new roof that combines solar panels and asphalt shingles or flat concrete tiles. Each 12-pound module features 14 high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Its low-profile design does not require structural reinforcement or evaluation. The product also features an open space under the modules to allow for easy electrical wiring. Water channels and raised fastener locations further improve waterproofing of the roof system.

CertainTeed Recognizes Remodeler Project of the Quarter

CertainTeed Corp. recently recognized Rogers Development Corp., Babylon, N.Y., with the Remodeler Project of the Quarter award for exemplary craftsmanship in a recent residential remodeling project.

The Remodeler Project of the Quarter is an opportunity for remodelers using multiple CertainTeed products to receive recognition for outstanding renovations. The six-month, complete exterior residential remodel featured Landmark roofing shingles in Moire Black, Cedar Impressions Shake (Gable Wall) in Charcoal Grey and white Restoration Millwork exterior trim.

“Our main focus with this project was the exterior of the 1900s home, which needed a complete overhaul. The façade was deteriorating and we wanted to give the historic Babylon home dimension and curb appeal. For an undeniably durable product with a timeless look, we always direct our customers to CertainTeed products,” said Ken Rogers, owner of Rogers Development. “Our goal with this renovation was for the house to catch your eye as you pass through the village. The home owner is exceptionally pleased with the finished product, as are we.”

“We are proud to congratulate Rogers Development Corporation on their award-winning project performance, along with their strong commitment to homeowner happiness,” said John Violante, manager, residential builder and remodeler programs at CertainTeed. “Rogers Development has been a loyal CertainTeed customer for over a decade and we are pleased to showcase their dedication to customer service and professional, high-quality work by awarding them the Remodeler Project of the Quarter.”

Rogers Development Corporation provides quality home-improvement and new development services to Long Island residents. Established in 1980, Rogers Development Corporation is family-owned and operated and equipped with a staff of professional carpenters. For more information call (631) 376-0665 or visit www.rogersdevelopmentcorp.com.

The Remodeler Project of the Quarter award is an opportunity for remodelers using multiple CertainTeed products to win cash and promote their business. Projects can be submitted on www.certainteedrewards.com, by simply providing basic product information and images. Submissions are posted on CertainTeed’s Facebook page where followers can vote on their favorite.

The award is part of the CertainTeed Building Solutions program that celebrates local, active remodelers who demonstrate excellence in workmanship and creativity using multiple CertainTeed products.

CertainTeed Webisode Delves into Integrity Roof System

The fifth installment in the CertainTeed 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest webisode series delves into the CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, designed to provide optimum performance regardless of weather conditions. The system consists of WinterGuard and DiamondDeck underlayments that offer long-term roof protection in conjunction with SwiftStart starter shingles and CedarCrest hip and ridge shingle caps.

Starring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, the webisode details the family’s quest for a new roof to complement the natural appeal of the century-old home. The homeowners selected CertainTeed Landmark Pro Max Def Weathered Wood shingles to create the perfect look of multi-dimensional visual appeal and beautiful shadows. CertainTeed’s Max Def colors tout a richer mixture of surface granules that enhance the dimensional quality of the shingles and lead to a brighter, more vibrant appearance.

CertainTeed 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, completed the installation of the durable shingles, which will protect the home for years to come.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts, are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with CertainTeed 5-Star Green, 5-Star Fence and Master Shingle Applicator contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion.

In the last webisode, RJK Construction Co. installed WinterGuard and DiamondDeck roofing underlayment, as well as CertaWrap, CertaTape and CertaFlash housewrap products to ensure a water- and wind-tight barrier to protect the century-old home’s original structure.

To view all of the webisodes, music videos and video entries from the 2013 $75,000 Exterior Living Spaces® Home Makeover, visit the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Shingle Applicator’s Manual Available as a Mobile App

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM).

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM).

CertainTeed has released a mobile app for its roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual (SAM). Available via the Google Play Store, the iTunes Store and the CertainTeed MyEDGE website, the app is a practical, forward-thinking tool that brings the company’s robust roofing installation guide to roofing professionals’ mobile devices for use whenever, wherever they need it. CertainTeed is the only roofing manufacturer to offer this type of digital service.

The user-friendly app offers quick reference to detailed installation instructions and helpful product videos the company’s entire shingle product line, including three-tab, Patriot, Landmark, Hatteras, Presidential, Independence, Highland Slate, Grand Manor, and Carriage House. The education-based app is formatted for use on the iPhone, iPad and all Android devices.

To search for the app, users simply type “CertainTeed” into the Google Play or iTunes search field and look for CertainTeed Roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual. Once the app is downloaded, it is ready for use, and navigation of the tool is easy. A drop-down menu is prominently displayed on the app’s homepage that allows users to find brief product-specific instructional videos, how-to procedures for fastening shingles on low- and steep-slope roofs, instructions on the preferred methods of installation and much more.

The Roofing Shingle Applicator’s Manual app is a complementary tool to the popular CertainTeed SAM, which is the industry’s most comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to steep-slope roofing installation. It features application instructions for all CertainTeed shingle products as well as important guidelines for workmanship. Roofing contractors use it as a training tool, reference guide, and sales aid.

New CertainTeed Webisode Highlights Attic Ventilation

CertainTeed’s fourth webisode in the 2013 Living Spaces Facebook Home Makeover Video Contest, featuring the Bielfelt family of Mentor, Ohio, dives deep into the importance of superior weather-resistance and proper ventilation as part of a healthy whole-home system.

CertainTeed 5-Star Green and Master Shingle Applicator contractor, RJK Construction Co., of Willoughby, Ohio, installs Winterguard and DiamondDeck roofing underlayment as well as CertaWrap, CertaTape andCertaFlash housewrap products in the webisode to create a water- and wind-tight barrier to protect the century-old home’s original structure.

Grand prize winner of the $75,000 exterior makeover contest, the Bielfelts are the subject of a series of CertainTeed Living Spaces webisodes documenting the renovation of their 100-year-old home. The series follows the family, along with local contractors, from the planning stages of the renovation through its completion.

In the first few webisodes, the homeowner selected multiple products, including Cedar Impressions and Monogram siding, Restoration Millwork trim, EverNew decking and railing, Bufftech fence and Landmark Pro roofing. The homeowner also utilized the CurbAppeal iPad app, ColorCoach virtual swatch book and ColorView design tool, which allows homeowners to visualize how products will look on their home.

To view all of the webisodes, music videos and video entries from the 2013 $75,000 Exterior Living Spaces Home Makeover, visit the CertainTeed Living Spaces Facebook page or YouTube channel.

CertainTeed Launches Academy of Continuing Education

Strengthening its long-standing reputation as a leading resource for Building Knowledge, CertainTeed Corp. has launched the Academy of Continuing Education, a new dynamic resource for professional training and technical information created to inform and inspire. The academy features the industry’s most extensive and engaging collection of Continuing Education Unit courses and provides access to unparalleled applied building science expertise through CertainTeed’s subject matter experts and live events.

“For nearly 20 years, CertainTeed has been educating architects and design professionals on the latest trends, building and product innovations,” said Jill Betters, manager, commercial and architectural programs for CertainTeed Corporation. “The Academy of Continuing Education takes education delivery to a whole new level by making it easy and efficient for busy professionals who need more dynamic ways of learning in their ever-changing professions.”

Developed in conjunction with McGraw Hill Construction, the Academy of Continuing Education features intuitive navigation of the company’s CEU courses, helping to establish a clear connection between current industry topics and relevant products and solutions from CertainTeed. The courses are designed by experts with hand-on experience to address the ever-changing issues faced by today’s building professionals. A few of the most recent courses cover topics including “Understanding and Improving Indoor Air Quality,” “Understanding LEED 2009 vs. LEED Version 4: Driving Transparency in the Marketplace,” and “Creating Superior Acoustic Environments in Schools with Evidence-Based Design.”

All CEU courses available through the Academy are accredited by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and many are certified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), giving professionals the credits they need and the product and system knowledge to specify smarter. And the online academy helps users easily organize and keep track of their completed courses and earned credits.

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. In addition to the Academy of Continuing Education, CertainTeed also connects with architects through in-person learning opportunities at national trade shows, architect symposiums and plant tours.

“Years of building science and construction expertise make CertainTeed an acknowledged leader in educating building professionals, and sharing what we know is an essential part of our company purpose,” said Eric Nilsson, vice president of corporate marketing for CertainTeed Corporation. “The launch of the Academy of Continuing Education takes CertainTeed to the next level in being a trusted and innovative resource for up-to-date, unbiased information that helps architects put sound building principles to work for their clients, and for their business.”

CertainTeed Makes Multi-year Commitment to Homes for Our Troops

CertainTeed Corp. has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company’s contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S. ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.

“Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation’s most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home,” said Bill Ivey, Executive Director, at Homes for Our Troops. “It’s an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed’s involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time.”

The 1-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.

Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.

CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback GlasRoc tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home¹s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe SP premium blowing wool.

A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.

CertainTeed Opens Warehouse in First Phase of Midwest Production and Distribution Site

CertainTeed Corp. has commemorated the opening of a new state-of-the-art 150,000 square-foot roofing product warehouse, located 60 miles west of St. Louis in Jonesburg, Mo. The warehouse is the first phase of a planned $100 million complex set to open in 2016, which will serve as the Midwestern production and distribution site for all of the company’s high-performance roofing products, optimally servicing Central U.S. customers.

The baseball-themed open house event, “Rounding Third and Heading for Home,” allowed guests, including contractors, architects, distributors and local dignitaries, an opportunity to participate in educational seminars, product demonstrations and tours of the new facility.

“Opening this spectacular new warehouse on schedule is a testament to our firm commitment to the St. Louis community, as well as the graciousness of state and local officials,: says Tom Smith, president of CertainTeed Roofing. “Our company was founded over a century ago in St. Louis, and we’re proud to say we’re well on our way to having another home base in the area, which will guarantee efficient, local order delivery.”

Construction is already underway for the 60,000 square-foot manufacturing facility that will produce CertainTeed’s highly popular Landmark roofing shingles. When complete, the facility will serve as the production and distribution site for residential roofing shingles, bringing approximately 100 new permanent, local jobs to the community over the next few years, along with an estimated 400 ancillary local jobs in trucking, welding and maintenance services.

In addition to the Jonesburg facility, CertainTeed operates 10 asphalt shingle plants, one low-slope commercial roofing facility and three stand-alone granule production plants throughout the U.S. ‹ which includes the world’s largest roofing plant in Oxford, N.C.